We love a good thriller, which is why we've narrowed down some of the best ones that are now available to watch on Netflix Australia. These films will have you on the edge of your seat in suspense, so sit back, try to relax, and enjoy.
Director David Fincher revolutionised the modern-day serial killer thriller with his masterpiece, Se7en, so when it came time to revisit the genre with Zodiac, the visionary director opted to tear it back down again (in a good way, that is). Eschewing the grim flashiness of the aforementioned film, Zodiac follows the true (and still unsolved) Zodiac murder spree that occurred across the US during the 1960s-70s. Fincher approaches the morbid material with the kind of journalistic attention to detail and intense investigation that would become incredibly popular several years later (just imagine how celebrated Zodiac would be if it were released now, in the time of total true crime obsession). Jake Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith, the real-life newspaper cartoonist that would eventually devote decades of his life in the pursuit of the Zodiac killer's true identity. The rest of the cast ain't shabby, either – Robert Downey Jr (not playing Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (not playing Hulk), Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox and Chloë Sevigny star in supporting roles. A gripping true story, Zodiac is a must for devoted true crime enthusiasts. It also makes for a terrific companion to Fincher's serial killed-themed Netflix Original series, Mindhunter.
Equal parts Oldboy and La Femme Nikita, The Villainess is a female-driven Korean revenge thriller with the most incredible and original action sequences this side of The Raid — seriously, the first-person knife fights and shootouts in this put Hollywood action movies to shame. Sook-hee (Ok-bin Kim) is apprehended after carrying out a killing spree that leaves dozens of gangsters dead. She's given a choice: train to become a ruthless assassin and receive freedom after ten years, or spend the rest of her life in jail. Obviously, she chooses the former, and before long it becomes clear to her that her rampage was spurned on under false pretences. Now, it's time to make everyone pay for what they did to her.
2017 has been a great year for Stephen King adaptations (ahem, The Dark Tower aside), and the new Netflix Original film Gerald's Game joins It and 1922 in the upper echelon. In an attempt to rekindle their marriage, Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and Jessie (Carla Gugino) retreat to a remote lake house. When a sex game goes awry, Jessie is left alone and handcuffed to the bed and must overcome her mounting paranoia and deep, personal demons. Though the film mostly takes place within the one room, Gerald's Game remains thrilling from start to finish. It also features one of the best performances of Gugino's career.
Drive is the film that made it cool to love Ryan Gosling. Based on the novel of the same name by James Sallis, this pulpy thriller is one of the most stylish films of the last decade, having almost single-handedly revived the neon '80s synth-pop scene. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Only God Forgives), Drive sees Gosling play a nameless stunt driver who works as a shady wheelman by night. When a job goes horribly wrong, this 'driver' must dispense violent justice to make things right for those he cares for. The film's immense influence can be felt across all forms of media – the video game Hotline Miami, in particular, owes a large debt of gratitude to Drive. A loving ode to the early tough-guy crime movies of Michael Mann, Drive is essential viewing.