Best-Reviewed Thrillers 2014

 

#1

Nightcrawler (2014)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 106343%
Critics Consensus: Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.
Synopsis: Los Angeles denizen Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) survives by scavenging and petty theft. He stumbles into a new career as... [More]
Directed By: Dan Gilroy

#2

Blue Ruin (2013)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 100911%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stripped-down, and thrillingly grim, Blue Ruin proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat.
Synopsis: An ominous piece of news sends a drifter (Macon Blair) back to his hometown to exact brutal -- and inept... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier

#3

Gone Girl (2014)
87%

#3
Adjusted Score: 103615%
Critics Consensus: Dark, intelligent, and stylish to a fault, Gone Girl plays to director David Fincher's sick strengths while bringing the best out of stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
Synopsis: In Carthage, Mo., former New York-based writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his glamorous wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) present a... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#4

The Drop (2014)
89%

#4
Adjusted Score: 96791%
Critics Consensus: There's no shortage of similarly themed crime dramas, but The Drop rises above the pack with a smartly written script and strong cast.
Synopsis: Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) tends bar in his cousin's pub and looks the other way when local mobsters use the... [More]
Directed By: Michaël R. Roskam

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 93503%
Critics Consensus: Smart, subtle, and steadily absorbing, A Most Wanted Man proves once again that John le Carre books make for sharp, thoughtful thrillers.
Synopsis: An escaped militant's (Grigoriy Dobrygin) attempt to claim an inheritance gives a German agent (Philip Seymour Hoffman) the chance to... [More]
Directed By: Anton Corbijn