Best Asian Dark Thriller Movies

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1. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-Hyuk Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 93,539 | Gross: $0.13M

2. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim

Votes: 49,370

3. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 170,469 | Gross: $0.92M

4. Talvar (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An experienced investigator confronts several conflicting theories about the perpetrators of a violent double homicide.

Director: Meghna Gulzar | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Shah

Votes: 25,283 | Gross: $0.34M

5. Ugly (2013)

Not Rated | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The case of a missing girl takes us through a journey of human greed and brushes upon the egos and repressed emotions of the characters.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Rahul Bhat, Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Vineet Kumar Singh

Votes: 16,684

6. Rahasya (2015)

123 min | Mystery, Thriller

A Doctor stands accused of killing his own eighteen-year old daughter. While this aggrieved father protests his innocence, all evidence points towards him irrefutably. While his own wife ... See full summary »

Director: Manish Gupta | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Ashish Vidyarthi, Tisca Chopra, Mita Vasisht

Votes: 3,741

7. Drishyam (2015)

Not Rated | 163 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Desperate measures are taken by a man who tries to save his family from the dark side of the law, after they commit an unexpected crime.

Director: Nishikant Kamat | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Tabu, Rajat Kapoor

Votes: 54,474 | Gross: $0.74M

8. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 99,932 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Montage (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

15 years ago, a mother lost her child in a kidnapping case. A similar crime happens again and she won't let him go this time.

Director: Geun-seop Jeong | Stars: Jeong-hwa Eom, Sang-kyung Kim, Young-chang Song, Hie-bong Jo

Votes: 4,432

10. No Mercy (2010)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Despite of being nearly proven the murderer, a serial killer threatens to kill the daughter of a forensic pathologist if he doesn't get him bailed out.

Director: Hyeong-Joon Kim | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hye-jin Han, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 4,829

11. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 456,658 | Gross: $0.71M

12. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 36,942 | Gross: $0.55M

13. A Hard Day (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

76 Metascore

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Jin-Woong Cho, Man-sik Jeong, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 8,378

14. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 50,557

15. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-a Shin, Yeong-cheol Kim, Jung-min Hwang

Votes: 31,590

16. New World (2013)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

An undercover cop finds it difficult to play both a cop and a goon.

Director: Hoon-jung Park | Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Jung-min Hwang, Sung-woong Park

Votes: 17,451 | Gross: $0.46M

17. Chronicles of Evil (2015)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Thriller

A decorated detective involved in a taxi driver's death realizes he is caught in a trap and must untangle past mistakes to figure out why he was targeted in the first place.

Director: Woon-hak Baek | Stars: Hyeon-ju Son, Dong-seok Ma, Daniel Choi, Seo-Joon Park

Votes: 1,027

18. Confession of Murder (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Thriller

Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing murders he committed after the statute of limitations expires. A detective and one of the victim's mothers search for the author while another killer begins a spree of murders.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Shi-hoo Park, Hae-Kyun Jung, Yeong-ae Kim

Votes: 7,006

19. The Wailing (2016)

Not Rated | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak, Woo-hee Chun

Votes: 35,012

20. Drishyam (2013)

Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A man goes to extreme lengths to save his family from punishment after the family commits an accidental crime.

Director: Jeethu Joseph | Stars: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba, Esther

Votes: 24,164 | Gross: $0.18M

21. Memories (III) (2013)

Not Rated | 132 min | Mystery, Thriller

Sam Alex, a drunkard ex-cop, is forced to investigate a series of murders which are committed in the same pattern. His search leads to a serial killer, and something more than what he expected.

Director: Jeethu Joseph | Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sreejith Ravi, Vijayaraghavan, Suresh Krishna

Votes: 4,599

22. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 78,121 | Gross: $2.01M

23. Eagoler Chokh (2016)

117 min | Thriller

A detective seeks the truth about the murder of a young woman.

Director: Arindam Sil | Stars: Jaya Ahsan, Riya Banik, Anirban Bhattacharya, Gaurav Chakrabarty

Votes: 636

24. Children... (2011)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Thriller

The film is based on a true case from the early 1990s that is known among Koreans as the "disappearance of the frog children." In 1991, five elementary school students told their parents ... See full summary »

Director: Kyu-maan Lee | Stars: Yong-woo Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Dong-il Sung, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 1,961

25. Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A police officer retires after an accident during a case investigation. Years later, he is forced to relive the past as he narrates the story to his friend's son.

Director: Karthick Naren | Stars: Rahman, Prakash Raghavan, Sharath Kumar, Santhosh Krishna

Votes: 8,453

26. 13B: Fear Has a New Address (2009)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A man experiences a supernatural occurrence at his newly purchased apartment; a soap opera being telecast exclusively on his TV, which shows the future of his family.

Director: Vikram K. Kumar | Stars: Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Poonam Dhillon, Saranya Ponvannan

Votes: 4,683 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Kshanam (2016)

110 min | Thriller

Rishi, a non-resident Indian, returns to India to help his ex-lover find her kidnapped daughter.

Director: Ravikanth Perepu | Stars: Adivi Sesh, Adah Sharma, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Ravi Verma

Votes: 3,483

28. Aamir (2008)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A doctor of Indian origin returning to Mumbai from London is forced to participate in a terrorist plot.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta | Stars: Rajeev Khandelwal, Aishwarya, Vasan Bala, Chinkal

Votes: 9,552

29. Death Note (2006)

Not Rated | 126 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A battle between the world's two greatest minds begins when Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to rid the world of criminals.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Asaka Seto, Shigeki Hosokawa

Votes: 26,884

30. Thani Oruvan (2015)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Siddharth Abimanyu, an influential scientist, is involved in various illegal medical practices. Mithran, an efficient IPS officer, decides to expose him.

Director: Mohan Raja | Stars: Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swamy, Nayanthara, Nassar

Votes: 13,649

31. Bad Genius (2017)

TV-MA | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Lynn, a genius high school student who makes money by cheating tests, receives a new task that leads her to set foot on Sydney, Australia. In order to complete the millions-Baht task, Lynn and her classmates have to finish the international STIC(SAT) exam and deliver the answers back to her friends in Thailand before the exam takes place once again in her home country.

Director: Nattawut Poonpiriya | Stars: Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Eisaya Hosuwan, Teeradon Supapunpinyo, Chanon Santinatornkul

Votes: 13,492

32. Confessions (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 32,060

33. Dhananjay (2017)

140 min | Drama

Dhananjoy's story is based on the conviction of Dhananjoy Chatterjee, accused for the gruesome murder of Hetal Parekh, which took place in the year 1990. On the basis of circumstantial ... See full summary »

Director: Arindam Sil | Stars: Mir Afsar Ali, Paran Banerjee, Anirban Bhattacharya, Mimi Chakraborty

Votes: 606

34. Black Water (2007)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia

Directors: David Nerlich, Andrew Traucki | Stars: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould

Votes: 11,755

35. Ratsasan (2018)

Not Rated | 170 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Constant rejections in his attempts to become a filmmaker and family constraints force Arun to let go of his dream and take up the job of a Police officer.

Director: Ram Kumar | Stars: Radha Ravi, Sangili Murugan, Nizhalgal Ravi, Saravanan

Votes: 10,248

36. The Forbidden Door (2009)

115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The life of a successful sculptor named is turned upside down when he began receiving mysterious messages from someone who asked for his help.

Director: Joko Anwar | Stars: Fachry Albar, Marsha Timothy, Ario Bayu, Tio Pakusadewo

Votes: 1,592

37. The Raid: Redemption (2011)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

73 Metascore

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah

Votes: 175,456 | Gross: $4.11M

38. The Raid 2 (2014)

R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

71 Metascore

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

Votes: 104,149 | Gross: $2.63M

39. The Night Comes for Us (2018)

TV-MA | 121 min | Action, Thriller

69 Metascore

Ito (Joe Taslim), a gangland enforcer, caught amidst a treacherous and violent insurrection within his Triad crime family upon his return home from a stint abroad.

Director: Timo Tjahjanto | Stars: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Julie Estelle, Zack Lee

Votes: 14,139

40. Andhadhun (2018)

Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A series of mysterious events change the life of a blind pianist who now must report a crime that was actually never witnessed by him.

Director: Sriram Raghavan | Stars: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte, Anil Dhawan

Votes: 42,026 | Gross: $1.19M

41. Tumbbad (2018)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A mythological story about a goddess who created the entire universe. The plot revolves around the consequences when humans build a temple for her first-born.

Directors: Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi, Adesh Prasad | Stars: Sohum Shah, Jyoti Malshe, Anita Date, Ronjini Chakraborty

Votes: 13,762



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