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What are the best suspense movies on Netflix in 2022?

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Are you in search of suspense movies or want something to intrigue your inner detective? Then Netflix is your go-to platform Because it understands people’s obsession with thrill and suspense. With the success of series such as Stranger Things and Squid Games, there’s a plethora of movie titles that could make you bite your nails – or create tension while you put your mind to solving the mystery. So, if you like testing your puzzle-solving skills, here is the list of the best suspense movies on Netflix. 

The Gray Man

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The Gray Man

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Writer: Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Star cast: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas

IMDB Rating: 6.5

Runtime: 2 hrs.2 mins

It’s an American action thriller movie adapted from Mark Greaney’s 2009 book of the same title. The Gray Man had a limited cinema release that started on July 15, 2022, and then on July 22, it was made available digitally on Netflix. Critics gave it mediocre reactions, praising the ensemble cast and the action scenes while criticizing the clichéd narrative and rapid pacing.

Its story follows the most talented CIA agent who unintentionally unravels the dark secrets about the agency. But he had to fight for his life when a former psychotic team member put a bounty on his head. 


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Director: Michael Bay

Writer: Chris Fedak, Laurits Munch-Petersen, Lars Andreas Pedersen

Star cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González

IMDB Rating: 6.1

Runtime: 2 hrs.16 mins

It is an American action thriller modeled on the Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen 2005 Danish film with the same title. The movie had its big debut on March 20, 2022, in Paris, France, and on April 8, 2022, Universal Pictures released it in theatres in the US. The movie underperformed with a $40 million cost of production, earning around $52 million globally. However, despite some complaints about the plot, it got plaudits for Michael Bay’s direction and the action scenes.

Its story follows two criminals who seize an ambulance when their heist goes wrong.

Don't Worry Darling

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Don’t Worry Darling

Director: Olivia Wilde

Writer: Katie Silberman, Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke

Star cast: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine

IMDB Rating: 6.2

Runtime: 2 hrs.3 mins

A spec script written by Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke, and Silberman served as the basis for this American psychological thriller. On September 23, Warner Bros. distributed the movie in theatres across the US. Pictures. Critics admired Pugh’s performance, cinematography, and production design. On a $35 million budget, it brought in $86 million.

A housewife who shares a utopian experimental society with her spouse starts to wonder if his dazzling company might conceal unsettling secrets.

I Came By

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I Came By

Director: Babak Anvari

Writer: Babak Anvari, Names Khan

Star cast: Antonio Aakeel, Alicia Ambrose-Bayly, Percelle Ascott

IMDB Rating: 6.1

Runtime: 1 hr.50 mins

It’s a 2022 British crime thriller that was first made available in the UK on August 19, 2022, before being streamed via Netflix on August 31, 2022. Critics gave the movie mixed to excellent reviews, praising Bonneville’s portrayal but criticizing the overt political allegory.

Its story follows a young graffiti artist who learns a terrible secret that could get him and his family in trouble.


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Director: Jordan Peele

Writer: Jordan Peele

Star cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea

IMDB Rating: 6.9

Runtime: 2 hrs.10 mins

An American sci-fi horror movie premiered in theatres on July 22, 2022. Even though the screenplay attracted mixed reviews, it has earned $171 million globally and has been praised for its ambition, acting, ideas, photography, and directing. In addition, the film received the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. 

Its story revolves around residents of a remote Californian canyon who witness a strange and terrifying event.

The Outfit

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The Outfit

Director: Graham Moore

Writer: Graham Moore, Johnathan McClain

Star cast: Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, John Gumley-Mason

IMDB Rating: 7.1

Runtime: 1 hr.45 mins

It’s an American psychological crime drama launched in the US on March 18, 2022. The film garnered mostly positive reviews praising the cast’s performance. 

In order to make it through a deadly night, a skilled cutter must outsmart the bad guys.

Orphan: First Kill

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Orphan: First Kill

Director: William Brent Bell

Writer: David Coggeshall, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Alex Mace

Star cast: Isabelle Fuhrman, Julia Stiles, Rossif Sutherland

IMDB Rating: 5.9

Runtime: 1 hr.39 mins 

It’s a sequel to the 2009 movie Orphan and is a 2022 psychological horror-thriller slasher. Critics gave the movie mediocre reactions, praising its surprises, realistic effects, and Fuhrman’s performance while criticizing its plot and contradictions. Nevertheless, the film has made $37 million globally.

Esther comes to America by posing as the missing child of an affluent family – after masterminding a great escape from a mental hospital in Estonia.

Where the Crawdads Sing

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Director: Olivia Newman

Writer: Delia Owens, Lucy Alibar

Star cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson

IMDB Rating: 7.1

Runtime: 2 hrs.5 mins

A 2018 coming-of-age murder mystery, Where the Crawdads Sing, is written by American author Delia Owens. In July 2022, a movie adaptation was launched. The movie was nominated for the People’s Choice Award for The Drama Movie of 2022.

A woman who’d been nurtured in the Deep South’s swamps and was formerly connected with the victim is now a suspect in his murder.

The Stranger

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The Stranger

Director: Thomas M. Wright

Writer: Kate Kyriacou, Thomas M. Wright

Star cast: Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Jada Alberts

IMDB Rating: 6.6

Runtime: 1 hr.57 mins

It’s a psychological crime thriller from Australia modeled on Kate Kyriacou’s murder nonfiction book The Sting: The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe’s Killer. Critics gave the movie favorable reviews.

On a flight, two men engage and begin a conversation that develops into friendship. This is a lifelong physical laborer and criminal Henry Teague’s great accomplishment.

The Northman

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The Northman

Director: Robert Eggers

Writer: Sjón, Robert Eggers

Star cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang

IMDB Rating: 7.1

Runtime: 2 hrs.17 mins

It is a 2022 American historical epic action thriller centered on the Amleth tale. The movie opened in theatres on April 22 in the US to applause from critics who praised the director, quality of the production, and the performances by Skarsgard, Kidman, and Bang. Despite having a poor opening weekend globally, the movie had a financial triumph in the home video and VOD industries.

Its story follows a young Viking prince who wants revenge for his father’s death.



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