Thrillers are filled with conflict, twists and turns, and suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat rather than the gore and bleeding of many horror films. Better still, thrillers can make viewers question themselves, loved ones, and even their own reality because of the fear, terror, and confusion they experience.
What could be more satisfying than witnessing a female protagonist going through those horrific times and then watching her superbly unravel? From a bold revenge for a best friend to a fight-or-devour situation, here’s a list of ten of the best female-lead thrillers of the 2020s that will have you biting your nails the whole time.
“Promising Young Woman” (2020)
Emerald Fennelthe former showrunner of kill EveShe has created a frightening and utterly captivating drama about rape and the trauma that comes with it. Cassie (Carey Mulligan), is a 30-year-old high school dropout whose life has come to a standstill since her childhood best friend was sexually abused and humiliated at a college party. Her attackers need not be punished and live on while Cassie devises a plan to make her and all men like her pay for their unworthy deeds.
Cassie is a tough, determined and sober woman who ends up making a very daring and controversial decision. Promising young woman is a unique rape revenge tale devoid of opportunistic violence and possessing an affinity that thrillers of this genre often lack.
‘I Care Very Much’ (2020)
Rosamund Pike is one of the few actresses who can play a character who does terrible things and still wins the hearts of the audience. in the I care a lotShe played a very Amy Dunne-esque character named Marla Grayson, a professional legal guardian. Marla takes advantage of the legal system to take care of the elderly to take over all of her valuables and assets that she now has to manage. Finally, Marla feels like she’s met her own kind when she sets her sights on mafia lord Roman Lunyov’s mother (Peter Dinkel).
Pike’s Marla, like Amy Dunne, exhibits unsettling traits such as lack of fear, incessant lying, skillful manipulation, and a propensity for extremes. I care a lot is a compelling and humorous exploration of American greed and the diverse ways people can exploit the mechanisms in key places for personal gain.
“Last Night in Soho” (2021)
Last night in Soho Audiences are never fully oriented in time, much like Eloise (Thomas McKenzie), a social misfit and aspiring fashion designer who is constantly lured back in time to uncover the tragic story of lounge singer Sandie (Anya Taylor Joy).
Eloise and Sandie, the lead actresses, are both resilient, fierce, brave young women learning about themselves and the world for the first time. Last night in Soho is the epitome of “show, don’t tell”. It creates an interesting mystery that spans decades but without giving anything away, culminating in a twist that blurs the film’s own message.
Elizabeth Moss plays the title role in this story, a fictional thriller about mystery and horror writer Shirley Jackson, best known for works like the lotteryy and The Haunting of Hill House. Shirley and her husband Stanley (Michael Stuhlbarg) Rose and Fred Nesmer (Odessa Young and Logan Lerman), a young newlywed couple who inspired their latest work, and things go sour from there.
Shirley is intelligent, but possibly even crazier. Shirleyisn’t exactly cinematic comfort food; There’s a sense of uneasiness that flows from scene to scene, with Moss adding to the tone of the picture by bringing tremendous depth and compelling performance to her character.
Angela played by Zoë Kravitz, is a claustrophobic woman who works for a large tech company that made the Alexa-style device, Kimi. She analyzes and updates data from Kimi’s users to improve the quality of the service, and while she’s at it she overhears a recording of a damsel in distress and decides to help her.
Angela’s physicality, as well as her portrayal of past trauma, make her a character that audiences desperately want to root for. Aside from the thrills Kimihas a lot to say about the ins and outs of our over-reliance on technology, women in the workplace, and living amidst COVID, which the film acknowledges and plays along.
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (2020)
I’m thinking of ending things summarizes the point of view of an anonymous female leading lady Jessie Buckleywho is considering ending her relationship while she is with boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) to visit his parents at their farmhouse. From there things get truly bizarre Charlie Kaufman Fashion.
The film is truly Buckley’s show as she gives a compelling performance as a lithe and vibrant woman. The story develops psychological tension and the ending will undoubtedly blow your mind. At the same time, the acting is excellent and the film is thought provoking and scary.
‘The Invisible Man’ (2020)
Leigh Wannellthe writer/director, has recreated the original Universal Monster as an obsessive scientist who uses his invisible fantasy technology to fake his death and perfectly gaslight his ex-girlfriend, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss).
The Invisible Man is a new, exciting and utterly unnerving take on a classic tale that allows the audience to feel the relentless fear and suffering of our tormented protagonist. Cecelia von Moss is the true star of the show, fighting for her life against the invisible monster.
Kiera Allen‘s character, The Daughter in To runfinds that her loving mother (Sarah Paulson) is more actively responsible than she could have imagined for her many long-term illnesses and disabilities.
In this film, The Daughter is spirited, approachable, watchable, and effortlessly hip, providing an anchor of empathy and a compelling desire to see her win. Her mother, on the other hand, is fearsome and unrivalled. To run is a must-see female-led thriller with unrelenting suspense, surprising laughter and one of the most heartbreaking endings yet.
Mimi caves safe directorial debut opens with a critique of modern app-based dating and Noa (Daisy Edgar Jones) is a terrible first date. She later has an unexpected sweet encounter with a seemingly more mature and charming Steve (Sebastian Stan) in a grocery store, it’s an invigorating change and he seamlessly charms her. When Steve invites Noa on a vacation to a place he claims will remain a secret, things quickly go awry.
Freshis a fast-paced emotional roller coaster that will turn your stomach. With Noa, played by Edgar-Jones, develops from a naive, vulnerable and loving character at the beginning to a robust, courageous and resolute lady in the finale.
“I’m Your Wife” (2020)
I am your wife focuses on the spouses and mothers who often settle in the background Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppolas acclaimed crime dramas. Rachel Brosnahan plays an innocent mob puppet who is kept in the dark about her husband’s illegal activities until she becomes the target of an escape.
The film takes crime fiction, melodramas and road films and blends them into a likeable if shaky tale of taking control of your own future in a life-and-death situation. Jean (Brosnahan) goes from fear to fearlessness and powerless to powerful. Brosnahan transforms a woman who might have been irritating into a moving character and an effective audience surrogate.
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