14 best psychological thrillers to watch in 2021


Getting away from watching a movie is something we can all enjoy. Feel bad? Start a playful romantic comedy. Chase away the nostalgia? Try a classic Disney movie. But sometimes, whether we like to admit it or not, playing with our own mind is the best form of entertainment, and psychological thrillers are the cream of the crop. Hitchcock classics like Rear window, with modern minds like the work of Ari Aster, we’ve compiled the most thrilling psychological thrillers you can stream online right now.

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The sixth sense

Even if you haven’t seen The sixth sense, you might know a famous quote from one of the film’s main characters, Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment): “I see dead people.” Sear’s bizarre claims lead to the intervention of psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), but through their encounters, Crowe discovers more about himself than he could have imagined.

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Environment

Ari Aster’s folk-horror / psychological-thriller, Environment, is the kind of movie that haunts your dreams (and, let’s be honest, waking hours), for days to come. The film tells the story of a group of friends who travel to Sweden for a legendary midsummer festival. Things start off peacefully, although one of the travelers (Florence Pugh) shows trepidation from the start. The idyllic getaway turns into a horribly violent nightmare, involving the ancient rituals of a pagan cult.

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Gerald’s game

Many of Stephen King’s novels have been made into films, but Gerald’s game is the one we have turned to over and over again for thrills. A husband and wife, Jessie (Carla Gugino) and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) decide to spend some quality time in a secluded lakefront home in Alabama. The two quickly make their way to the bedroom, where Gerald holds Jessie in bed in handcuffs in an attempt to spice things up. Jessie becomes uncomfortable and asks Gerald to remove them, but a few minutes later Gerald has a heart attack and dies, leaving Jessie to fend for herself while she is handcuffed to the bed. Jessie begins to hallucinate and ends up slipping into nights of pure horror.

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Mother!

that of Darren Aronofsky Mother! is a psychological horror that tests the limits of viewers’ imaginations, while tapping into the Bible and Victorian literature to tell the story of a woman, “Mother” (Jennifer Lawrence), who is the housewife of ‘a writer (Javier Bardem), known as him. “When unwanted guests begin to enter their home without their mother’s approval or acceptance, their existence is put to the test and eventually spirals out of control.

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Telephone booth

If a high heart rate is your hallmark of success when watching a psychological thriller, then Telephone booth should be added to your watchlist as soon as possible. When Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) picks up a ringing phone in a booth in central New York City, an anonymous caller threatens to shoot him if he hangs up or breaks his rules. What happens from there is a cinematic roller coaster: he has to reveal the many hidden truths in his life or watch it end.

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Get out

Jordan Peele’s first psychological thriller tells the story of a man whose experience of meeting parents goes horribly, horribly wrong. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) travels upstate to meet the parents of his girlfriend (Allison Williams), but their overwhelming kindness soon turns out to be a complete disguise.

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Uncut gems

For the time being Uncut gems begins, viewers are completely immersed in the anxiety-provoking story of a New York jeweler (Adam Sandler) with a gambling problem and numerous debts, all of which crumble on him at the same time. While this psychological thriller doesn’t involve traditional “horror,” the movie makes you feel like you’re really there, keeping you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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Black Swan

An incredibly passionate ballerina named Nina (Natalie Portman) is chosen to replace the Ballet Dancer as the White Swan in “Swan Lake”. But soon after receiving the good news, Nina faces competition from a new ballerina, Lily (Mila Kunis), who is about to dance as the Black Swan. The initial rivalry takes a dark turn and the relationship between Nina and Lily is reversed.

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Shutter island

When U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is called upon to investigate the disappearance of a murderer at Ashecliffe Hospital, a lunatic asylum on a remote island, he teams up with investigator Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) to further the investigation. Over time, Daniels discovers he has to look inside to make it out alive.

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Disturbance

When a troubled teenager (Shia LaBeouf) under house arrest is fascinated by a neighbor he suspects is a serial killer, he uses his free time at home to obsess over what may be going on. across the street. But spying on neighbors turns out to be nothing but trouble.

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Rear window

Rear window would have inspired Disturbance (above), and the Hitchcock classic follows press photographer Jeff (James Stewart), who believes he witnessed a murderer. Confined to a wheelchair, Jeff spends countless hours watching his neighbors, which only further proves his theory that a murder has taken place.

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The brilliant

Another thriller based on a Stephen King novel, The brilliant tells the story of a passionate writer (Jack Nicholson) who decides to take his family with him to the Overlook Hotel, where he takes on the role of janitor in an attempt to heal his writer. It doesn’t take long before Jack learns about the hotel’s dark history, as his son, Danny, develops unsettling visions that can reveal terrifying truths.

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Thesilenceofthelambs

If you love the genre of horror that leaps at you, but still want the depth of a psychological thriller, Jonathan Demme Thesilenceofthelambs is for you. The film adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel of the same name tells the story of a young FBI intern, Clarice (Jodie Foster), who is in pursuit of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill. In order to fully understand the inner workings of the murderer, she seeks advice from another serial killer (imprisoned), Dr. Hannibal Lecter, with unintended consequences.

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Silence

This movie takes the Lake House in the Middle of Nowhere thriller to the next level. A deaf writer (Kate Siegel) lives in a secluded house in the woods, when a masked murderer discovers the quaint house. You can see where this one is going …

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