Must Watch Thriller Movies 2021

Thrilling Movie Trends of 2021

With the world in turmoil, everyone craves a little entertainment to escape the mundane. Thrillers are the perfect genre to add a bit of spice and danger to a person’s day. As the technology used to make movies continues to improve, the thrillers of this year are sure to deliver a truly remarkable experience. Whether you’re looking for a mind game, a thrilling heist, or a suspenseful drama, here are some must-watch thriller movies of 2021 to get your heart pumping.

Moral Complexities of Crime

The crime thriller has always been a popular genre with the audience. In 2021, filmmakers are exploring the moral complexities of those caught up in illegal activity. Cinema provides an ideal platform for crossing boundaries, both on-screen and off. With a thrilling flair and a moral story that brings to light points of social relevance, these movies will be sure to draw audiences in.
One such movie that is making waves is the upcoming Black Widow. Written & directed by Ridley Scott, this sci-fi action-thriller follows the story of Natasha Romanoff (played by Scarlett Johansson), a former assassin determined to help save the world. Despite being on the right side of the law, Natasha’s activities tread the line of morality and legality, leaving audiences captivated and wondering if her mission is justified.

Edge of Your Seat Thrillers

The allure of thrillers lies in their heart-stopping suspense. This year alone, fans can look forward to watching more on-the-edge-of-your-seat movies filled with thrills of a different kind. Movies like the psychological thriller Don’t Worry, Darling and the grippingly tense Nobody both promise to keep viewers on their toes.
Don’t Worry, Darling follows the story of Alice (played by Florence Pugh), a housewife whose life unravels as darker secrets lurking in her idyllic town start to reveal themselves. The audience is taken on a rollercoaster as Alice slowly discovers disturbing truths, as well as her own inner strength.
In Nobody, a typical suburban dad, Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk), is thrust into a violent confrontation and discovers his hidden skills for action and self-defense, prompting more intense levels of violence. Simultaneously thrilling and thought-provoking, this movie gives viewers so much more than they expect.

A Mind-Boggler

Mind games have always been a favorite of thrill seekers. In 2021 the fans can look forward to In the Earth, a thrilling zombie horror suspense drama from Ben Wheatley. The movie follows Martin (played by Joel Fry), a biochemical scientist, as he sets out on a journey to reach a research lab located deep in the woods. Along the way, he meets Zoe (Ellora Torchia) and Daniel (Tom Meeten), two mysterious locals who promise to help him reach his destination.
As patterns start to unravel and Martin’s ‘grand puzzle’ starts to show itself, viewers will be left questioning the validity of Martin’s mission, and the consequences of his actions. In the Earth is sure to be an exhilarating watch, with the best part being that viewers get to uncover the answers right alongside Martin.

An Inventive Heist

Stealing is a risky business––one wrong move and you’ll get caught. Heists are a staple in the thriller genre, and for good reason. Audiences will be able to indulge in a thrilling heist story with the upcoming movie Free Guy. Starring Ryan Reynolds, this movie follows the story of a background character from a video game, who discovers he is actually a real person living in a simulated world. In order to free himself, he teams up with a beautiful stranger to stage the most ambitious and imaginative heist ever seen.
This movie promises to be an entertaining mix of comedy and action, as the stakes in this intricate game of thievery are ever increasing. Free Guy brings a unique perspective to the heist genre, one that is sure to keep everyone on their toes.

Cult Classic Horror

Composed of suspense and fear, horror thrillers are intense and often unpredictable. The upcoming Evil Dead sequel, Army Of The Dead, is sure to hold up to its cult classic status. From the hand of beloved director Zack Snyder comes this action horror movie that follows a team of mercenaries as they battle their way through a zombie-infested Las Vegas.
Exploring themes of class divisions and social unrest, this movie shatters the boundaries between popular action films and horror films. Starring Dave Bautista, the movie balances intense action sequences with taut suspense, both drawing viewers in and allowing them to enjoy a thrilling cinematic experience.

Pulse Pounding Suspense

Suspenseful thrillers keep audiences constantly on their toes, often keeping them guessing until the final scene. Movies like the upcoming Without Remorse, based on the novel by Tom Clancy, bring the suspense needed to captivate the audience.
There’s action, there’s mystery, and there’s a lot of covert operations throwing audience off the trail. Starring Michael B. Jordan, the film follows the story of John Kelly as he uncovers government secrets and discovers a hidden world of deadly cat and mouse games. Without Remorse is sure to be an adrenaline-pumping and edge of your seat viewing experience.

Unforgettable Thrills

When it comes to the thrillers of 2021, it’s safe to say that the audience won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re looking for an edge of your seat mind game or a heart pounding heist, there’s a movie to suit everyone’s taste. The array of themes and storylines used in these movies are a true testament to the creativity and innovation of filmmakers. No matter what you choose to watch, these movies are sure to provide unforgettable thrills that will keep your heart pounding.

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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