Best new Thai Movies in 2021 & 2020 (Netflix, Prime, Hulu & Cinema List)


List of the latest Thai movies in 2021 and the best Thai movies of 2020 & the 2010's. Top Thai movies to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ & other Streaming services, out on DVD/Blu-ray or in cinema's right now.

New Thai movies in 2021 in Cinema & on VOD

Top movies up for release in 2021 in cinema and on VOD
  • The Chain: You’ve Got 48 Hours

    DIRECTOR: Tanit Jitnukul
    CAST: Bela Padilla, Sanya Lopez & Ploypailin Thangprapaporn
    Supernatural terror is linked to a mysterious chain. Once somebody touches the chain, the clock starts and you only have 48 hours to live. The curse continues to plague all who touch such an item. The only way to break this curse and keep yourself alive is to solve the secrets of its evil doings and crack the mystery behind it. But that may be easier said than done. This chilling horror comes from director Tanit Jitnukul (Ghost Day, Black Night) and stars Bela Padilla, Sanya Lopez, and Ploypailin Thangprapaporn. Read more

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  • The Chain: You’ve Got 48 Hour

    DIRECTOR: Tanit Jitnukul
    CAST: Sanya Lopez Ploypailin Thangprapaporn Bela Padilla
    Supernatural terror is linked to a mysterious chain. Once somebody touches the chain, the clock starts and you only have 48 hours to live. The curse continues to plague all who touch such an item. The only way to break this curse and keep yourself alive is to solve the secrets of its evil doings and crack the mystery behind it. But that may be easier said than done. This chilling horror comes from director Tanit Jitnukul (Ghost Day, Black Night) and stars Bela Padilla, Sanya Lopez, and Ploypailin Thangprapaporn. Read more

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Best Thai movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ or DVD in 2021

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and the 2010's best rated Thai movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ & More).
  • The Cave

    DIRECTOR: Tom Waller
    CAST: Ron Smoorenburg, Kelly B. Jones & Lawrence de Stefano
    Tragedy befalls a Thai soccer team when they find themselves trapped inside a cave. As rescue workers scramble to save them, different points of view are seen from the men trapped beneath rock to the men above trying accomplish rescue operations, utilizing everything from water pumps to cave divers. This survival drama is based on the real-life Tham Luang cave rescue of 2018 and features several people involved in the incident playing themselves, including cave diver Jim Warny.
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  • Inhuman Kiss

    DIRECTOR: Sitisiri Mongkolsiri
    CAST: Phantira Pipityakorn, Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang & Sapol Assawamunkong
    Sai may seem like an innocent and typical girl during the day in her far-off village. But come nightfall, her head detaches from her body as she becomes the monster Krause, an evil spirit of Thai folklore that seeks to feast on flesh under cover of darkness. The Krause appears disturbing at night with no body, floating with its internal organs dangling externally beneath the neck. The villagers are terrified of this monster terrorizing their livestock but friends of Sai may stand beside her when the villagers want to slaughter the Krause. Read more

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  • Manta Ray

    DIRECTOR: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
    CAST: Aphisit Hama, Wanlop Rungkamjad, Rasmee Wayrana
    An eccentric fisherman finds a nearly drowned Rohingya refugee. He decides to offer the man shelter and the two of them form an unlikely friendship. Read more

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  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    DIRECTOR: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
    CAST: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai, Nicolas Shake
    Billy Moore ends up in a Thai prison after a stupid mistake. In order to survive, he partakes in Muay Thai boxing tournaments. 'A Prayer Before Dawn ' is one of the most brutal, depressing and mesmerizing prison films you're likely to see. Read more

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    RATING: 77/100

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  • Motel Mist

    DIRECTOR: Prabda Yoon
    CAST: Prapamonton Eiamchan Vasuphon Kriangprapakit Wissanu Likitsathaporn
    Motel Mist is a very entertaining sci-fi film, obviously flirting with exploitation cinema, but in a rather stylish way. The story evolves around four different persons all staying in the same motel, for various reasons. Weird, funny and shocking. Read more

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    RATING: 52/100

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  • Mekong Hotel

    DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    CAST: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Mekong HOTEL is a mix between a horror movie, a documentary and a boring movie rehearsal that gives you the creeps of alienation. Do not ask me what it’s about. Just see it for yourself. It’s weird and annoying for sure, but also strangely pretty and entertaining in its laziness. Read more

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    RATING: 60/100

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  • In April the Following Year, There was a fire

    DIRECTOR: Wichanon Somunjarn
    CAST: Wichanon Somunjarn
    This Thai independent film, with its cool title, is a typical example of fun meta-cinema. It’s quite obvious that the main character is supposed to represent the director himself, so we quickly get into the areas of self-reflection and portrayal, which always proves to be interesting, but sometimes also a tiny bit forgettable. Read more

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    RATING: 62/100

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  • 36

    DIRECTOR: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
    CAST: Vajrasthira Koramit Wanlop Rungkamjad Nottapon Boonprakob
    Memories fade, but photographs live forever. This experimental film explores the differences in this digital age between our own real memories and the memories we capture, meaning the photographs we make. The title of the movie is to be taken literally, as it consists of only 36 static shots, all more random than spectacular. If the main characters are in it or not does not matter, the camera will not move. Life is simple. Read more

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    RATING: 70/100

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  • Dao khanong (By the Time It Gets Dark)

    DIRECTOR: Anocha Suwichakornpong
    CAST: Arak Amornsupasiri Apinya Sakuljaroensuk Achtara Suwan
    'By the Time it Gets Dark' is a beautiful and melancholic film, exploring the massacre during a student uprising in Bangkok, 1976. Director/writer Anocha Suwichakornpong chooses to tell her story through identity shifting characters that are different and somehow the same. Read more

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    RATING: 66/100

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  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    CAST: Thanapat Saisaymar Jenjira Pongpas Sakda Kaewbuadee
    It would be a shame not including The Palme D’or of 2010 in this list. It is certainly not Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s best film, but it’s definitely a good start for exploring his oeuvre for film lovers not familiar with him. Because of its sheer absurdity (you will see a man in a monkey suit) it’s quite inarguably his most accessible to date. Read more

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    RATING: 66/100

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  • Tae peang phu deaw

    DIRECTOR: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
    CAST: Margot Chung Weerasak Glunrawd Nastnathakit Intarasut
    Two Friends, Lek and Kong, one of them being a locksmith, have made it a hobby to break into other people’s houses and stay there for a while to drink their wine, watch television, but not really steal anything. One day, things go wrong and the film takes a totally unexpected and different course. A fascinating mystery ensues. Read more

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    RATING: 71/100

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  • By the Time it Gets Dark

    DIRECTOR: Anocha Suwichakornpong
    CAST: Arak Amornsupasiri Apinya Sakuljaroensuk Achtara Suwan
    'By the Time it Gets Dark' is a contemplative and meandering film about several lives that are loosely connected. As a whole, it paints a beautiful of both contemporary Thai history and the art of filmmaking. Read more

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    RATING: 80/100

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Thai Cinema is probably best known for director Weerasethekul Apichatpong. If anything, he is proof of the abolute unique character of the cinema of Thailand. Please make sure you’ll watch some other gems too! Since the end of the 90s, Thai cinema has been building up international presence. Before then, the Cinema of Thailand was really at the bottom of the barrel and nobody paid attention to it. But with the emergence of a new breed of young filmmakers, both artistically and intellectually more audacious, the national film industry enjoyed a prosperous development. Directors like Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives, 2010) – he also goes by the name of “Joe” – and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe), have helped Thailand contribute substantially to the international film scene for the past 15 years. Being part of the so-called new wave in Thai Cinema at the turn of the century, they created a logical gateway for the flourishing of Thai Independent Film. Many new artists have come on the scene to try and experiment, and to express their own voice, in whatever way befits them best.

By giving you a list of the most interesting Thai films of the decade so far, this article should serve as a perfect introductory to Thai Independent and Contemporary Cinema for beginners.