The 25 Best HBO Max Thriller Movies to Watch Right Now

The 25 Best HBO Max Thriller Movies to Watch Right Now

HBO Max has some fantastic thrillers that can be easily watched and reimagined often. True cinematic thrillers are often overlooked these days, and the genre has been taken over by several documentaries. There are still some films that deserve all the praise in the world. Here''s a list of the best thrillers on HBO Max.

People must learn to do something about a thriller film to see that they are alive. The Thrillers are a great genre that is appreciated by individuals. The interesting and wild journey these films take their viewers through is just incredible. HBO Max has a slew of fantastic contemporary and classic thrillers that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

25.Michael Clayton (2007)

  • Director:Tony Gilroy
  • Writer:Tony Gilroy
  • Cast:George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton
  • IMDb Ratings:7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:91%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Michael Clayton is one of the most popular HBO Max titles. In this episode, we see law firm fixer Michael who discovers that he has gone through terrible hardships. He had the responsibility to hold Arthur, an attorney.

In a suit, Arthur represents an agricultural company- U-North. If Arthur is not included then there might be depreciation as he can say things that will worsen this classic action suit. Michael is attempting to solve and handles things in his own manner, but Karen is approaching more aggressive solutions.

This legal thriller is well-known for those who want to see it.

24.The Night of the Hunter (1955)

  • Director:Charles Laughton
  • Writer:Charles Laughton, James Agee
  • Cast:Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:95%

The Night of the Hunter, directed by Charles Laughtons, was a great thriller that was not much appreciated when it arrived. Laughton is better known as an actor and never directed another film.

Robert Mitchum is known for playing anti-heroes and villains. He is seen playing Reverend Harry Powell who is a religious man, but his delusion ends up in murders and deceit. He has a charisma that makes everyone come to him for the first time in film history.

The story has a lot of suspense in it, which has inspired many other films. Laughton is seen engaging in diverse things like religion and sexuality, but Mitchum was the one who grabbed everybody''s attention.

23.The Maltese Falcon (1941)

  • Director:John Huston
  • Writer:John Huston
  • Cast:Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

The Maltese Falcon, directed by John Hustons, is a psychedelic thriller set in 1941. It starts with a detective (played by Humphrey Bogart) and a lovely lady (played by Mary Astor). The film is based on Dashiell Hammett''s novel The Maltese Falcon.

A private investigator is spotted finding the murderer of his business partner and a statuette. On his quest, he discovers several suspicious characters and a femme fatale who is beautiful but deceptive. This film is filled with disturbing revelations and star power.

22.Collateral (2004)

  • Director:Michael Mann
  • Writer:Stuart Beattie
  • Cast:Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Mark Ruffalo, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Collateral, a thriller and action film by Michael Mann, was first announced in 2004. It is one of the most successful films with over $220 million and too much money across the globe. This also led to Jamie Foxx being nominated for the 77th Academy Awards. He is also seen playing Vincent in the role of his contract killer. He is given the permission of assassinating five targets across the city of Los Angeles.

With that hostage, Max becomes a taxi driver (played by Foxx) who dreams of starting his own business someday. Collateral is one of the most memorable displays of LAs life, and the acting done by Cruise is one of his finest to date.

21.Diabolique (1955)

  • Director:Jeremiah Chechik
  • Writer:Henri-Georges Clouzot and Don Roos
  • Cast:Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:21%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

After Psycho was made by Alfred Hitchcock, he wanted to develop a new film that might scare him like Diabolique. The final scene in this film is a beauty with a horror twist. No one could have predicted that twist in the plot. This has been copied several times by now.

20.Psycho (1960)

  • Director:Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writer:Joseph Stefano
  • Cast:Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:8.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:96%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

In this film, serial killer Norman Bates was introduced to this world by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960 and he is one of the best-known villains in the cinema. He also challenged censorship practices of that time with his displays of sexuality and violence.

Psycho is considered to be the first slasher film, which laid the foundation for a new sub-genre. Psycho also made Hitchcock earn his name in horror. There are a number of words that can be used to describe genius in Psycho. The first half of the film is spent by the audience being on Marion Cranes side, but she is eventually murdered.

19.No Country For Old Men (2008)

  • Director:Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Coen brothers)
  • Writer:Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Coen brothers)
  • Cast:Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald
  • IMDb Ratings:8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

The cast of No Country for Old Men features Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, and Kelly Macdonald. The film transmits the message that if anyone spots a bag full of money, it is better to leave it alone. Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin) does not follow this advice and then this film gets made.

Anton Chigurh, who was directed by Javier Bardem, is seen as one of the most dangerous hitmen in film history. After so many years, the Coen brothers are seen as obsess with such characters. The film gets in the head of the viewers because there is a lot of bloodshed and pleasure.

18.Seven (1995)

  • Director:David Fincher
  • Writer:Andrew Kevin Walker
  • Cast:Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:8.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:82%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Brad Pitt plays David Mills in this 1995 crime thriller. Davids works with a homicide detective- Morgan Freeman who will retire soon. They work with each other to discover a killer who might be targeting those who have committed one of the seven fatal sins. The killer kills them in a manner that represents the sin that the victim has committed.

17.Vertigo (1958)

  • Director:Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writer:Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, and others
  • Cast:Kim Novak, James Stewart, Barbara Bel Geddes, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:8.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:94%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, has been named among the top 10 films that have been produced till now (as per the second poll conducted by Sight and Sound Magazine) in 2012. It is indeed the best film and a masterpiece created by Hitchcock. It was his last collaboration with Jimmy Stewart. The themes of this film were the mistaken identity and the relationship between death and love.

Giving spoilers for this movie would be a crime that we will not forget to commit. Vertigo is a murder mystery and this murder is the element that keeps the plot of this film in its place. Trauma, deception, and obsession are among the topics covered in Vertigo.

16.Memento (2000)

  • Director:Christopher Nolan
  • Writer:Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
  • Cast:Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
  • IMDb Ratings:7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Memento is one of the first works by Christopher Nolan, who is a writer and filmmaker. The film is about history and morality that has been uncovered through the narrative of a man who is experiencing short-term memory loss and incapable of making new memories. Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) has his body tattooed with the important details related to his wife''s murder so he doesn''t forget that.

This film reveals two timelines, one being shown in black and white, which progresses forward with several calls. Another one is colored and is shown in reversed order, and the important information is revealed to the viewers when they least expect it.

15.North by Northwest (1959)

  • Director:Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writer:Ernest Lehman
  • Cast:Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:8.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:97%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Yes, there is a new action movie from Alfred Hitchcock. His film North by Northwest is different from others and is a fantastic thriller. The protagonist is seen in the web of misgivings, crime, and intrigue. This film has been adapted for the present James Bond films.

Cary Grant, the film''s main cast member, was approached to play the role of Bond in Dr. No (1962), but he refused. This will show our viewers how much impact this film has on the future of Bond films.

As compared to other Hitchcock films, things have been kept light and funny. Eva Marie Saint and Grants char contributed to making this film a success. However, after so many years, this film is incredible.

14.The Wages of Fear (1953)

  • Director:Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • Writer:Henri-Georges Clouzot and Jerome Geronimi
  • Cast:Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Folco Lulli, Peter Van Eyck
  • IMDb Ratings:8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

The Wages of Fear is one of the best classic thrillers with a very simple narrative. Men desperate for money travel over difficult terrain. This trip is worth too much money but the risk is also equivalent. The film can not be described as tense as it would be disrespectful. Every mile that these drivers drive can be their last one as they may be killed in a ball of fire. William Friedkin has remade this film in the 1970s.

13.Femme Fatale (2002)

  • Director:Brian De Palma,
  • Writer:Brian De Palma, Peter Coyote, and others
  • Cast:Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, Rie Rasmussen and others
  • IMDb Ratings:6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:49%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Because of all of the sex, glam, and glitz that was shown in this film in 2002, Femme Fatale became an instant hit. Laure is the main focus of this film. She is a member of a crime ring and she steals jewelry from a model. After this, she decides to run.

Lily is joined by Laure, who once killed herself, and Laure enters her identity with the aim of starting a fresh new life.

12.The Invisible Man (2020)

  • Director:Leigh Whannell
  • Writer:Leigh Whannell
  • Cast:Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, and Storm Reid
  • IMDb Ratings:7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:92%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

The film based on a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells, which gives its own unique meaning. In 1933, a film adaptation of the same was made. Elisabeth Moss is seen as a formidable woman who barely escapes from her abusive husband just to confront a new danger. She is the only one to experience someone invisibles presence.

11.Memories of Murder (2003)

  • Director:Bong Joon-ho
  • Writer:Bong Joon-ho, Shim Sung Bo
  • Cast:Song Kang-Ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roi-ha and others
  • IMDb Ratings:8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:95%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Memories of Murder is based loosely on the first serial murders confirmed in Korea. This was the second film that received several Korean awards for Best Director, Best Film, and Best Actor (won by Song Kang-ho). Park Doo, a local detective, is seen playing the role of the first serial murderer.

The methods employed by Park D00-man are identical to those followed by Seo Tae-Yoon (played by Kim Sang-Kyung) and he is a young detective from Seoul who wants to assist in solving the case of a serial killer. This film, Memories of Murder, is one of the finest serial killer and detective thrillers on HBO Max.

10.The Bourne Film Series (2002-2016)

  • Director:Doug Liman
  • Writer:Tony Gilroy and William Blake Herron
  • Cast:Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles
  • IMDb Ratings:7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:84%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

The first film in this fantastic franchise influenced the whole genre for the benefit of others. With films such as Mission: Impossible and Bond becoming into more absurd narratives, The Bourne Identity have introduced CIA thriller films that have been copied till now.

Those who doubted Matt Damon for his role in the action game were forced to give up their words. With the help of the next installments, Paul Greengrass was able to take this franchise to the next level. The Bourne Identity was depicted in the film "The Bourne Identity."

9.The Godfather (1972)

  • Director:Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and others
  • Writer:Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Towne, Mario Puzo
  • Cast:Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Diane Keaton and others
  • IMDb Ratings:9.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:97%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

This film from Hollywood''s Golden Age was disappointing. Some of these films were initially successful as thrillers didn''t receive much attention in those days. This genre was abandoned for several years.

The Godfather has been a popular title and was also nominated for the 11 Academy Awards, including the one for Best Picture. This film is universally considered a masterpiece, and the influence it has on cinema can not be underestimated. Even after so many decades, this thriller stands out as a classic.

8.The Lady Vanishes (1938)

  • Director:Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writer:Alma Reville, Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat
  • Cast:Margaret Lockwood, Dame May WHITTY, Michael Redgrave, Selma Vaz Dias, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:98%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

You can see several Hitchcock movies on this list, and this one is the most recent one. Numerous aspects are seen in this which sets it under the criteria of Hitchcockian. This film caught David O. Selznicks attention. Later they made Rebecca which proved to be a crucial step in his career.

7.Uncut Gems (2019)

  • Director:Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
  • Writer:Adam Sandler, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie and others
  • Cast:Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, LaKeith Stanfield, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:92%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Adam Sandler delivers a fantastic performance as Howard Ratner in New York and he is a sportsman and a licensed gambling addict. One day he discovers a rare black opal with which he may pay his debts at the same time. The worst part is that he is his own enemy. He is a terrible habit of manipulating his family members, friends, and relatives.

6.Unstoppable (2010)

  • Director:Tony Scott
  • Writer:Mark Bomback
  • Cast:Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Jessy Schram, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:87%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Tony Scott''s last film Unstoppable was his best among the audiences in which drama, thriller, and action are explored. Denzel Washington is seen as Frank Barnes. He is a veteran railroad engineer who has to train a newly hired train conductor- Will Colson (played by Chris Pine).

When a runaway train disrupts the life of a Pennsylvania area, they have to work together to stop it. Pine and Washington are seen working together in great dynamics. Pine is seen as part of the younger generation of workers who push older people like Washington out of their jobs. This film is an exciting thriller and is only 98 minutes long.

5.Presumed Innocent (1990)

  • Director:Alan J. Pakula
  • Writer:Alan J. Pakula, Frank Pierson
  • Cast:Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia
  • IMDb Ratings:6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:87%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

When Carolyn and his co-worker are murdered, Rusty Sabich, a prosecutor, finds that he is on the wrong side of a murder trial. Once Rusty and Carolyn were involved, evidence provided, but it would be difficult to prove himself innocent, as there is a political storm which is building up.

He can be sacrificed very easily so that his boss can be protected (there are elections coming. Will he be able to conserve his reputation and prove his innocence? This film is a legal thriller that will allow the audience to go into deep thinking.

4.Inside Man (2006)

  • Director:Spike Lee
  • Writer:Russell Gewirtz, Adam Erbacher
  • Cast:Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodi Foster
  • IMDb Ratings:7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

With the help of a high profile, Detective Keith Frazier''s career may be destroyed or even reached new heights. He works tirelessly to protect a hostage situation. The producers of this thriller may well understand that they have prepared well and were quite smart. Frazier''s founder will give the product until the contents of the safe deposit ox remain hidden. This film, however, will be highly recommended.

3.Inception (2010)

  • Director:Christopher Nolan
  • Writer:Christopher Nolan
  • Cast:Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:8.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:87%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

The film from Christopher Nolan is considered one of the greatest sci-fi films, but Leonardo DiCaprio is the character of Cobb, who is the leader of a group of thieves. They intend to conduct high-concept corporate espionage. Cobb has planned to implant an idea into the brain of a dying subconsciousness of a CEO. They travel through dreams within dreams.

The presentation of the film is astounding. Inception, Nolan is constructing a dazzling world. It is not only the most engaging sci-fi, but also one of the most technically precise movies.

2.Chinatown (1974)

  • Director:Roman Polanski
  • Writer:Robert Towne
  • Cast:Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:99%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Chinatown is a detective film that is filled with twists and challenges viewers from time to time. Unlike many other detective films, this one also continues to add several layers before one is able to tell the truth. It becomes difficult to remember what lead one is following, although the film is extremely engaging throughout its run time.

1.Stoker (2013)

  • Director:Park Chan-wook
  • Writer:Wentworth Miller
  • Cast:Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jackie Weaver, and others
  • IMDb Ratings:6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating:70%
  • Streaming Platform:HBO Max

Park Chan-wook is the same filmmaker who created Oldboy. This thriller serves as his English language debut. After the death of India Stokers (played by Mia Wasikowska) her father on her eighteenth birthday, hidden worries of the family resurface. She becomes the center of attention for her uncle (played by Matthew Goode).

In this film, Park has played great with his characters, and this one is a rich blend of pure schlock and social commentary. The audience will be guessing the story until the end. Nicole Kidman is playing the role of Wasikowska''s mother.

Other Good Thrillers on HBO Max

This list of HBO Max''s top 25 thrillers will come to an end, but we need more advice.

Cruel Intentions

This was an instant classic in which we witness a plot that involves revenge, high stakes, manipulation, and sexuality. Ryan Phillipe is playing Sebastian as the headmasters daughter, and he has been challenged to be with her until the summers end.

Twelve Monkeys

This book, written in 1995, reveals a tale of love, madness, and plague. Bruce Willis is now traveling in search of the source of a virus that poses a threat to humanity. He is then asked to seek help from a mentally ill person (played by Brad Pitt) and a psychiatrist. Will he be able to save humanity?

The Bodyguard

Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner are seen in this 1992 hit that has enthralled the whole world. Whitney is a famous actress and singer who is being threatened by a stalker. Kevin Costner plays the role of her bodyguard and he was also a member of the Secret Service. Love blossoms between these two are incredible.


Evan Alex and Shahadi Wright Joseph are playing the role of two children whose parents take them on a summer vacation. They went to Northern California but, Adelaide is getting disturbed by previous trauma. She is paranoid and thinks something bad will happen to her family. This simple summer getaway really got devastating.

Other than these, Dog Day Afternoon, Reservoir Dogs, and Training Day are all fantastic experiences that will make your day worthwhile.

Cleo from 5 to 7 is among the must-watch movies as there aren''t enough directors who are female. Take this chance to see the film directed by Agnes Vardo, an expert in the French Wave, and it''s also an important part of both cinema history.

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