Top Thrillers on Netflix to Spice Up Your Christmas

When Christmas comes around, most people think of comedies, dramas, or family films as their go-to genres. However, there a smaller crowd that enjoys a darker and bloodier twist to their holiday entertainment. If you belong to this group, we have curated a list of three thrilling movies currently available on Netflix. With suspenseful plots and captivating performances, these films will surely take your mind off Christmastime worries.

1: The Pale Blue Eye (2022)

In the criminally underrated film “The Pale Blue Eye,” streaming on Netflix, Christian Bale delivers a remarkable performance as Augustus Landor – a former detective haunted by the death of his wife. Set in snowy New York during the early 19th century, this visually stunning movie is the perfect choice for a cold December night. Landor’s fading career takes an unexpected turn when a cadet from West Point is brutally murdered, leading to his retirement being interrupted. Seeking help from one of Fry’s classmates, Cadet Edgar Allan Poe (played by Harry Melling), Landor embarks on a mysterious journey to solve the murder. While the flaws of the film, especially the somewhat ludicrous identity of the killer, are evident, it’s worth watching Bale in this gripping period thriller that ends in a way you won’t see coming.

2: A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

Liam Neeson’s chilling performance in “A Walk Among the Tombstones” perfectly encapsulates the combination of action and cold weather. The movie follows Matt Scudder, a former FBI agent-turned-private detective working the cold streets of New York City. When a drug kingpin seeks Scudder’s assistance in finding the men responsible for his wife’s murder, Scudder’s investigation takes unexpected turns, challenging his moral compass. With its tight script, memorable supporting characters, and Neeson’s always commanding presence, this film serves as a brilliant example of modern film noir. If you need to release pent-up holiday aggression, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is the perfect choice.

3: The Ice Road (2021)

Once again, Liam Neeson delivers a riveting performance in “The Ice Road,” where he portrays Mike, a truck driver with a volatile temper. When a group of diamond miners find themselves trapped in their working quarters due to a collapse, Mike embarks on a treacherous journey across the unforgiving Canadian wilderness in a violent snowstorm to rescue them. As the weather intensifies, the rescue mission proves to be much more dangerous than anticipated. Loosely based on the classic 1953 French thriller “The Wages of Fear,” “The Ice Road” is technically an action movie, but it excels as an adrenaline-pumping thriller. The icy locations depicted in the film make it a fitting choice for your Christmas Day viewing.


Venture beyond the expectations of usual Christmas genres by exploring the thrilling offerings on Netflix. With “The Pale Blue Eye,” “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” and “The Ice Road,” you’ll find yourself immersed in suspenseful narratives that provide a departure from the usual holiday fare. So grab your hot cocoa, snuggle up by the fire, and allow these gripping films to transport you into a world of thrilling escapades this Christmas season.

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