Must See Thriller Movies 2021

Thriller Movies to Look Out For in 2021

The lockdown period has been a time of re-discovering films, both old and new. But the upcoming year looks to be an even greater time for releases! Every thriller movie fan needs to get ready to see some of the best upcoming films this year. We have gathered some of the most promising films that you need to have in your watchlist, so let’s take a look.

The 10 films listed here are a mix of films that are released or will soon be released, from cinemas to streaming services.

Shoplifters of the World

Fans of the 80s classic The Breakfast Club should definitely be on the lookout for this promising comedy drama. It follows a group of four friends who suddenly find themselves jobless, and decide to take revenge on their ex-employer, by robbing a shop. The story is filled with plenty of laughs, but also plenty of tension, making it great for anyone who loves the blend of drama and comedy seen in The Breakfast Club and lets to further explore the beloved Molly Ringwald’s acting career.

The Clearing

Based on a number of true stories, this mystery film follows a young woman in her search for her missing husband. Written by the ever talented James Ponsoldt, this film is sure to be a hit with fans of The Following and Twin Peaks. It follows the woman’s journey as she becomes increasingly desperate to find her husband, and has to face the increasing darkness of the world. It’s sure to have viewers at the edge of their seats.

Godzilla vs. Kong

The classic monster movie with a tense, action-packed twist is set to release this year. After the success of Godzilla: King of Monsters and Kong: Skull Island, this film will pit the two iconic monsters battle it out one last time. An all-star cast, amazing special effects and some of the best monster scenes we’ve seen in a while, this is sure to be one of the biggest films of the year.

Night Hunter

The best part about this movie is its simplicity. A serial killer on the loose, a rogue cop and a rookie detective team up to piece together the clues and solve the case. The story then unravels with plenty of surprises added along the way. This movie is the perfect blend of mystery, horror and suspense. It’s sure to keep viewers guessing till the very end.

Escape Room: The Maze

The Escape Room franchise has been a huge hit with audiences, and this installment is sure to hit it out of the park. What makes this film unique is that it takes the franchise to the next level – a 3D maze of death traps, where the players have to work together to make it out alive. It promises to be a story full of twists and turns, with plenty of thrilling scenes that are sure to leave viewers wanting for more.


Made by the team behind You’re Next, this horror-comedy hybrid will surely be a hit with viewers. The story follows a high school student who suddenly finds himself body-swapped with an infamous serial killer, and has 24 hours to find a way to reverse the spell or else be stuck an an evil psyche forever. It’s sure to be an incredibly entertaining story, filled with plenty of laughs and frights.

The Dig

This crime thriller follows a group of archaeologists who make an amazing discovery while on a dig. This discovery quickly spirals into an intricate web of lies and deceit as the team is drawn into a world of secret societies and criminal organizations. It’s sure to be an edge of your seat thriller that viewers won’t want to miss out on.


This horror-mystery follows two brothers in their search for a missing girl. It quickly turns into a terrifying game of cat and mouse, when the brothers realize that a serial killer is on the loose. The story is filled with tension and plenty of scares, making it a must-see for any avid horror fan.

She Dies Tomorrow

This is the perfect movie for anyone looking for something a little different. It follows a group of people who are exposed to a virus that causes them to become obsessed with the idea of death. It’s an incredibly unique and thought-provoking story that is sure to keep viewers guessing till the very end.


This romantic comedy is perfect for anyone who needs a good laugh in 2021. It follows Emma, a young woman who is tired of being single on every holiday. In a plot full of shenanigans and plenty of romantic moments, this is the perfect movie for anyone looking for their next big romantic comedy fix.

A Look At Genre Trends

It is evident that the thriller genre is a vibrant landscape of films from many different styles and subgenres. Fans of thrillers this year can look forward to a variety of different releases, from horror-comedies to mystery-dramas and even some rom-coms with a thriller twist. It is clear that the thriller genre is continuing to become more diverse and expansive, providing viewers with a wide range of films to enjoy.

The Role of Social Media Influencers

Given the popularity of thriller films, social media influencers can play a major role in driving up viewer numbers. By sharing the trailers and providing recommendations, they can direct viewers towards specific films and increase their fan base. This is especially true for independent filmmakers, as they often rely on influencers to spread the word about their films and bring attention to them.

A Year of Innovative Storytelling

This year will see a slew of fresh and innovative stories within the thriller genre. Writers and filmmakers are constantly pushing the boundaries of their craft, creating complex and engaging stories that keep viewers intrigued. We can expect to see some truly innovative stories, with a variety of subplots and characters that will keep us gripped from start to finish.

The Future of the Thriller Genre

Thrillers will continue to be a popular genre for many years to come. With new technologies, such as virtual reality, filmmakers will be able to create more immersive and engaging experiences for viewers. We can also expect more independent filmmakers to join the fray and challenge the status quo of the genre, creating new and unique stories that will captivate viewers.

Vicki Strouth is a life-long film enthusiast, having grown up watching classic cinema in her childhood. She has since gone on to pursue writing about films and movie news, with her work being published on various online platforms. She is passionate about supporting independent filmmakers and highlighting important stories from around the world. She has also written a successful book about classic movies from Hollywood's Golden Age era. Vicki currently lives in Seattle, where she continues to explore films of all genres and eras.

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