Has your humdrum life got you down? Exhausted from a day at the office, updating spreadsheets and avoiding mindless chit chat with your coworkers? Then direct your attention to the streaming video player of your choice, on which you can fire up Netflix and find a film that’ll give you a little boost of excitement.

From suspenseful dramas, psychological mind-benders, and gritty mysteries, there are many good thriller movies for you to enjoy. But what makes a good thriller? It’s difficult to say exactly, and the proliferation of subgenres only complicates the question: psychological, erotic, supernatural, legal, political, and so many more.

If you don’t know what to choose, follow our list of 10 best thriller movies in the 2000s.

1) Dark Knight (2008)

Directed by: Christopher Nolan.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman.

Summary:

When the menace known as The Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

The film slips into different genres with effortless ease – one minute it’s a heist movie, the next it’s a mob drama – with a gnawing Hans Zimmer soundtrack murmuring in the background and occasionally punctuating the action.

2) Inception (2010)

Directed by: Christopher Nolan.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine.

Summary:

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible, inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea, but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

3) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Directed by: Paul Greengrass.

Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Édgar Ramírez, Albert Finney, Joan Allen.

Summary:

Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. Bourne is once again brought out of hiding, this time inadvertently by London-based reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar–an upgrade to Project Treadstone–in a series of newspaper columns.

Bourne sets up a meeting with Ross and realizes instantly they’re being scanned. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally, ultimately, uncover his dark past whilst dodging The Company’s best efforts in trying to eradicate him.

4) The Prestige (2006)

Directed by: Christopher Nolan.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis, David Bowie.

Summary:

In the end of the nineteenth century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough, and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death, and they become enemies.

Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences.

5) Memento (2000)

Directed by: Christopher Nolan.

Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano.

Summary:

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife’s murderer. We take part in trying to uncover the story of Leonard (Guy Pearce), whilst Leonard himself tries to uncover the murderer of his wife. He attempts to combat a rare disease which instils short term memory loss by leaving photographs and tattoos on his body of clues, numbers and names for him to discover and uncover.

He has to work backwards to unveil what he needs to find, the truth. This film also poses the questions: who can we trust and how can we trust as people? When people take advantage of Leonard’s situation, it is his sense of reality that becomes diluted.

6) Shutter Island (2010)

Directed by: Martin Scorsese.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Max von Sydow.

Summary:

It’s 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He’s been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn’t been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister.

Teddy’s shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals “escape” in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything – his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.

7) Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Directed by: Guy Ritchie.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan.

Summary:

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. After finally catching serial killer and occult “sorcerer” Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case.

But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner’s new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic – and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.

8) Taken 1 (2008)

Directed by: Pierre Morel.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky, Katie Cassidy, Holly Valance, Famke Janssen.

Summary:

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. Seventeen year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Central Intelligence Agency to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda.

When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him “good luck,” so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend.

9) Blood Diamond (2006)

Directed by: Edward Zwick.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen, Arnold Vosloo, Gaurav Chopra.

Summary:

A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer’s life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him.

10) The Departed (2006)

Directed by: Martin Scorsese.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin.

Summary:

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. Based on the 2002 thriller Infernal Affairs, set in Hong Kong, The Departed takes place in the south of Boston, where the state police wage war on the Irish-American mafia.

Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is given the task of infiltrating a mafia syndicate run by the gangster Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Meanwhile, the young criminal, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), infiltrates the police on behalf of Costello, making the film a race to reveal the traitor on the other side. The tension and drama created by the brilliant trio of actors contributes to make this film a classic in the genre of gangster films.