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Best Hollywood Thrillers That Keep Our Hearts Racing…

We love watching Movies, TV Shows and Plays. While we love to explore movies from all genres except adult, horror and some other categories, genuinely written and executed detective/spy stories and thrillers are our preferences. Some recognizable changes are seen in the industry due to the availability and affordability of high-speed Internet. As a result, various online video streaming websites have come into existence and are getting popular too. Out of them, ZEE5, in particular, has been creating a lot of buzz for its impressive content collection, targeting varied audience tastes. That is exactly what we shall be talking about here too, with a specific focus on movies. By the way, you can watch all the below mentioned movies online by following below given link:
Watch these thrilling movies online.

These subscription based on-demand video stream websites are getting more and more popular in India and even international players like Amazon (through its venture prime video), NetFlix are also there in the local market.

One of the good things about a on-demand video-streaming site like ZEE5 is the freedom of watching a movie or TV Show at your wish, as per your mood. Another USP of such a website (which comes with their respective mobile apps also) is the “originals” they bring in.

In our constant quest to find the best movie streaming websites and share our experience with our readers, we keep exploring various video streaming websites and I found the catalog of ZEE5 comparatively short yet impressive. Today, let us talk about some thrillers which are available on ZEE5.

Best Hollywood Thrillers That Keep Our Hearts Racing…

While the catalog is quite long and the movie choices are different for different viewers, let me share a few movie details in no particular order.


The team behind the Salt movie wanted to make a spy film with the plot of Russia-USA cold-war in the backdrop. Tom cruise was final as the protagonist Edwin Salt. But he was also doing a similar movie titled Knight and Day co-starring Cameron Diaz. So he thought not to do two similar films at a time and hence role of the protagonist is changed from Edwin to Evelyn Salt. The protagonist here is played by Angelina Jolie, whose action movies like Lara Craft series, Mr. and Mrs. Smith etc. are well received.

Movie : Salt
Director :
Phillip Nouce
Produced by : Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Sunil Perkash
Writer :
Starring : Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl, Daniel Pearce, Hunt Block, Andre Braugher, Olek Krupa, Cassidy Hinkle, Corey Stoll, Vladislav Koulikov, Olya Zueva, Kevin O’Donnell, Gaius Charles, and others…

We’ve already shared our movie review for the same which you can read at:
Salt | Hollywood Spy Movie | English Film Reviews

Now You See Me

Now You See Me is an American heist film. Thile the movie uses familiar heist genre points, basically, you have seen such things earlier also. But the novelty of the movie is that the plot points have been weaved into the story nicely. Most of the queries are answered for the earlier heist(s) but you will still have some questions unanswered at the end.

Movie : Now You See Me
Director :
Louis Leterrier
Produced by : Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Screenplay by : , ,
Release Date : (New York city), (USA),
Starring : Jesse Eisenberg (J. Daniel “Danny” Atlas / The Lover), Mark Ruffalo (Dylan Rhodes), Woody Harrelson (Merritt McKinney / The Hermit), Isla Fisher (Henley Reeves / The High Priestess), Dave Franco (Jack Wilder / Death), Mélanie Laurent (Alma Dray), Morgan Freeman (Thaddeus Bradley), Michael Caine (Arthur Tressler), David Warshofsky (Cowan), Michael Kelly (Agent Fuller), Common (Agent Evans), José Garcia (Étienne Forcier), Caitriona Balfe (Jasmine Tressler), Elias Koteas (Lionel Shrike), and more…

The screenplay is tight and there are quite a few moments where the story gets dull in terms of pace. The only thing you may complain at a few places is about connecting dots. But it adds to thrills as well. The locations are chosen wisely and in terms of cinematography, the film is eye pleasing.

Now You See Me - Movie poster

Now You See Me – Movie poster

We’ve already shared our movie review for the same which you can read at:
Now You See Me | A Heist Film | Personal Views And Reviews

John Wick Film Series

John Wick (retroactively titled John Wick: Chapter 1) was realised in 2014.

Movie : John Wick
Director :
Chad Stahelski
Produced by : Basil Iwanyk, David Leitch, Eva Longoria, Michael Witherill
Written by :
Release Date : (Fantastic Fest), (USA)
Starring : Keanu Reeves (Jonathan “John” Wick), Michael Nyqvist (Viggo Tarasov), Alfie Allen (Iosef Tarasov), Adrianne Palicki (Ms. Perkins), Bridget Moynahan (Helen Wick), Dean Winters (Avi), Ian McShane (Winston), John Leguizamo (Aurelio), Willem Dafoe (Marcus), and more…

The story focuses on John Wick (a former hitman associated with the underworld), searching for those responsible for the theft of his vintage car and the murder of his puppy. The puppy was a memento of his wife Helen who recently met an untimely death. In the quest to find peace and a reason to live after losing his beloved wife, John went on a long drive in his vintage car with the puppy when this incident happened. So, what exactly has happened? And, more importantly, what will be the consequences of this tragic incident, is explored in the movie brilliantly.

John Wick - Movie poster

John Wick – Movie poster

After a long time, Reeves had seen playing an action-packed role and he did it very convincingly. The club and chase scenes are the highlight of the film in addition to the fights. If you love typical masala films in the same genre, the film is definitely worth a watch. We will share our detailed review of the same later.

The commercial success of this movie resulted in encouraging the makers to come up with another installment of the movie, where the story starts from where it was ended in part 1.

Movie : John Wick: Chapter 2
Director :
Chad Stahelski
Produced by : Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee
Release Date : (USA)
Starring : Keanu Reeves (Jonathan “John” Wick), Bridget Moynahan as (Helen Wick), Thomas Sadoski as (Jimmy), Riccardo Scamarcio as (Santino D’Antonio), Ian McShane as (Winston), Ruby Rose as (Ares), Common as (Cassian), Youma Diakite as (Lucia), Laurence Fishburne as (The Bowery King), Lance Reddick as (Charon), and more…

Titled John Wick: Chapter 2, the movie starts exploring the fictional incidents that happened after 4 days from where the previous film in the series ended. John Wick retrieves his stolen 1969 Ford Mustang from a chop shop owned by Abram Tarasov, brother of Viggo and uncle of Iosef. Of course, it results in a deadly fight where John overpowers the gang however leaves a key person intact as a gesture of peace and cements his weapons.

John Wick Chapter 2 - Movie poster

John Wick Chapter 2 – Movie poster

But, it is said that the journey to the world of crime and criminals is one way. Once you enter you cannot exit. As your actions going to create reactions resulting in a chain of actions which you cannot break, no matter how genuine your efforts are!

What happens from this point forward is explored in the movie in a way that action thriller lovers will enjoy. Of course, there is a heavy dose of brutality which was unavoidable. We are excited to share a detailed review of this fantastic movie with you all, which you can expect soon.


Drive is a thriller released in 2011 and is based on a book with the same name by author James Sallis which was published in 2005.

Movie : Drive
Director :
Nicolas Winding Refn
Produced by : Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Gigi Pritzker, Michel Litvak, John Palermo
Screenplay by :
Based on :
Release Date : (Cannes Film Festival), (USA)
Starring : Ryan Gosling (Driver), Carey Mulligan (Irene), Bryan Cranston (Shannon), Christina Hendricks (Blanche), Ron Perlman (Nino), Oscar Isaac (Standard Gabriel), Albert Brooks (Bernie Rose), and others…

The movie (and the novel) are named after the actions of the protagonist who works as a driver cum stunt man cum body double (and as expected remain unnamed). He works as a hire-on-demand car driver for criminals in LA, California. His POC is an auto shop owner who manages all his jobs as well. But things changed when he decides to help a guy with a heist.

Drive - Movie Poster

Drive – Movie Poster

The movie has an important question – Can you detach yourself from the world of Crime and Criminals once you get associated with it? Also, do you think it is possible to keep crime and criminals away from the family where too much money is involved? Well, you know the answers :).

The movie tries to explore the storyline in a highly stylized manner with adrenaline-pumping chase and action scenes. It is interesting to know that the producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions optioned the novel after Siegel read the book’s review in Publishers Weekly :). So reading/writing a book review can prove fruitful anytime; don’t ignore it :). Of course, a detailed movie review from us is in the queue.

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor is a Biographical war drama which was released in 2013. It is based on the book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell who documented his experiences he faced during an operation against Taliban. The survival of Marcus is nothing less than a miracle. And, the sequence of incidents he penned are no less thrilling than a fictional movie. With this movie, it can be rightly said that The truth is stranger than fiction.

Movie : Lone Survivor
Director :
Peter Berg
Produced by : Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Randall Emmett, Norton Herrick, Barry Spikings, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Vitaly Grigoriants
Written by :
Based on :
Release Date : (AFI Film Festival), (USA)
Starring : Mark Wahlberg (Marcus Luttrell), Taylor Kitsch (Lieutenant Michael P. “Murph” Murphy), Emile Hirsch (Danny Dietz), Ben Foster (Matthew “Axe” Axelson), Eric Bana (Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen), and others…

This film explores the story of Marcus Luttrell (played by Mark Wahlberg convincingly) and his team who are sent to find a Taliban leader only to be cornered into a major enemy attack.

Lone Survivor - Movie poster

Lone Survivor – Movie poster

A realistic representation of the terrorism and insurgency operations not only makes one proud of the soldiers who are living each of their breath as it could have been his/her last one. And yes, it adds to respect for the same.

The director tries to remain as faithful to the book as possible, however, one must understand that the canvas of a book and a movie are very different. So you can expect some stuff to be changed.

If you can face realities and like to watch biographical movies, this one is definitely a good choice.

Captain Phillips

Captain Richard Phillips (born May 16, 1955) was a merchant mariner from USA. He was serving MV Maersk Alabama when it was hijacked by the Somali Pirates in April 2009. He was the only person captured in the hijack and he survived.

Movie :
Captain Phillips
Producers : Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, Scott Rudin
Director :
Paul Greengrass
Released On :
Starring : Tom Hanks (Richard Phillips), Barkhad Abdi (Abduwali Muse), Catherine Keener (Andrea Phillips), Faysal Ahmed (Najee), Michael Chernus (Shane Murphy), David Warshofsky (Mike Perry), Corey Johnson (Ken Quinn), Chris Mulkey (John Cronan), Yul Vazquez (Commander Frank Castellano), Max Martini (U.S. Navy SEAL commander), Omar Berdouni (Nemo), Mohamed Ali (Assad), Barkhad Abdirahman (Bilal), Mahat M. Ali (Elmi), Issak Farah Samatar (Hufan), and others…

His real life incidents are not less than anything filmy. Later he penned a book named A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea about this entire incident and his experiences, which forms the basis of this movie. The survival shown in the movie is tough enough to the level of unbelievability. But his strong will, a series of events and circumstances, the prompt actions by rescuers and other factors played a positive role in the same.

Captain Phillips - Movie Review

Captain Phillips – Movie Review

The movie’s screenplay is gripping and the writer deserves the credit for the same. Some of the scenes are underplayed and proved effective that way. Also, Tom Hanks is convincing as Captain Phillips and he performed really well. His facial expressions showing his determination, helplessness, genuineness,… all are fantastic. Barkhad Abdi’s job is even tougher and he performed it pretty well. After watching the film, you may not accept anyone else playing the role. Faysal Ahmed as Najee is convincing too. They both played major roles, but we must say that the actors playing small roles did some great efforts as well. None of them gave a chance to complain about his/her performance.

We’ve already shared our detailed reviews for this movie, which you can explore.

Other Movies To Consider In Equal Respect

Of course, there cannot be a complete list of thrillers that can be ranked in a single article. Hence, here are some honorable mentions that I would love to add.

  • Panic Room
  • White House Down
  • Total Recall
  • American Psycho
  • The Imitation Game

What I am trying to maintain is the fact they all of them must be available at a common source, so it will be easy for the viewers to find them for watching. And I am glad to share that you can Watch these thrilling movies online.

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Over to you:

How many of the above mentioned movies did you get a chance to watch? And, how many of them which are pending and you are curious to watch. Feel free to share your views and review about this article, these movies or anything in the context.

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