10 popular psychological thrillers that will leave you in awe

Psychological thrillers are all about confusing your mind. Although a variety of definitions have been proposed for the genre “psychological thriller”, there are no universally accepted guidelines. Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest psychological thriller filmmakers of all time, aptly described the genre: “There is a distinct difference between ‘suspense’ and ‘surprise’, and yet many images continually confuse the two. Here, we have compiled the 10 Popular Psychological Thrillers that will leave you in awe.

1) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Directed by: Jonathan Demme

This film is based on the classic novel by Thomas Harris. He follows a young FBI cadet named Clarice who enlists the help of a former psychiatrist and incarcerated cannibal murderer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch another serial killer.

2) The Sixth Sense (1999)

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Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

A frightened and withdrawn 8-year-old boy from Philadelphia claims he can communicate with spirits. He then seeks help from a discouraged child psychologist.

3) The Brilliant (1980)

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Jack Torrance decides to reconnect with his family by taking a job as a winter guard at a remote historic resort. What may seem like fun work quickly turns into a frightening experience when he sees gruesome forebodings from the past and the future.

4) The Island of the Shutters (2010)

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, two American marshals, are sent to an asylum on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Ultimately, Teddy discovers a shocking truth about the location and must leave the island alive.

5) Misery (1990)

Directed by: Rob Reiner

A novelist named Paul is the victim of a serious car accident and is rescued by a former nurse who is a fan of his novels. Soon he realizes that the care he receives is just the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

6) Psychosis (1960)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

A Phoenix secretary goes missing after stealing $ 40,000 from her employer’s client. Her lover and sister try to find her and eventually reach a secluded motel run by a young man named Norman Bates.

7) Missing Girl (2014)

Directed by: David Fincher

Nick Dunne’s wife Amy Dunne mysteriously goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The spotlight is now on him as it is suspected that he may not be innocent.

8) American Psycho (2000)

Directed by: Mary Harron

Patrick Bateman, a wealthy investment banker, hides his alternative psychopathic ego from colleagues and friends as he delves into his violent and hedonistic fantasies.

9) Remembrance (2000)

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Leonard Shelby, an insurance investigator with short-term memory loss, tries to track down his wife’s killer, which is the last thing he remembers.

10) Seven (1995)

Director: David Fincher

A serial killer begins to murder people according to the Seven Deadly Sins. Two detectives, a recruit and a veteran, are tasked with apprehending the criminal.

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