Despite taking first place in Netflix’s Top 10 queue this week, The woman in the window – starring Amy Adams as Anna Fox, an agoraphobic psychologist – doesn’t hit the spot with fans of the thriller genre. The movie is based on a book of the same name by AJ Finn, which isn’t great at first (yes, this writer has read this novella and is disappointed with the ending after buying it on impulse from a packed the pre-Covid era). While the end stays the same, Adams isn’t too bad as Fox, and neither are the film’s noir frames. So if you’re still thinking about giving it a shot, please do. Or follow my advice and skip it altogether and watch these female-led thriller movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube instead.
5 best thriller movies to watch on Netflix and more after The Woman in the Window
1. GONE GIRL – AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
David Fincher’s Gone girl is a fantastic adaptation of author Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel of the same name. The plot follows the insane missing case of the Amazing Amy (played by Rosamund Pike). However, after several minutes into the movie, you realize that something is wrong with the perfect life of her and her husband Nick (played by Ben Affleck). Their meet cute has turned into its worst nightmare. For him there is no escaping Amy and her kind of eternal love / obsession that I killed for you.
2. LUCY – NETFLIX
Starring Scarlett Johansson, this 2014 sci-fi thriller follows her as a young American college student, studying in Taipei, Taiwan, who is tricked into working as a drug mule and acquires psychokinetic skills! Yes, it’s a pretty intense watch that only gets better on the big screen.
3. THE GAME OF GERALD – NETFLIX
This psychological horror thriller film is based on Stephen King’s 1992 novel of the same name. It follows a couple’s romantic escapade in a remote house in the woods. However, the man dies almost immediately and is eaten by a dog and the woman, handcuffed to a bed, is faced with her worst nightmares. Please note this movie is not for the faint of heart.
4. I CARE A LOT – NETFLIX
Netflix’s I care a lot, also starring Rosamund Pike, follows the Golden Globe-winning actor as Marla Grayson, a professional court-appointed guardian of dozens of senior units. It highlights a very nuanced set of get-rich-quick tactics employed by her that ultimately led to her downfall and a shocking end.
5. KAHAANI – NETFLIX
Kahaani is one of IMDb’s top rated thrillers. The film’s plot follows Vidya Balan as a pregnant woman who takes to the streets of Kolkata to investigate her husband’s sudden disappearance. However, she is not who she really claims to be and invites us to jump down a crazy rabbit hole with her.
5 best thriller movies to watch on Netflix and more after The Woman in the Window to make up for lost time
Featuring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Ratajkowski
Release date: October 10, 2014
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Release date: September 29, 2017
I care a lot
Featuring: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest
Release date: February 2021
Featuring: Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Release date: March 9, 2012
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