25 Best Psychological Thrillers


If there’s anything that will send Ree Drummond flying off the side of the Marlboro Man couch, it’s one of his favorite horror movies. Can we blame her? A good horror movie has that startle effect on people, especially around Halloween. But sometimes you might be in the mood to watch something with less ghosting, less gore, and a bit more suspense and drama. That’s where the best psychological thrillers come in.

Movies like this offer plenty of thrills, thrills, and intrigue, and will likely leave you feeling queasy long after the credits roll. (Hey, can’t say we didn’t warn you!) They also often have endings that will make you say, “What the hell? Damn did I just watch?!” If you’re an old school movie buff, you’ll love classics like Thesilenceofthelambs, psychologyand Misery. But don’t sleep on modern thrillers. (You really have won’t sleep after watching them. Ha!) Recent hits like get out, The invisible Manand Joker are as frightening as they are thought-provoking.

After watching one or two of these top psychological thrillers, you might need a little palate cleanser. It’s the perfect time to pop some popcorn, throw a romantic movie on Netflix, and wait for the goosebumps to wear off!

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When a married couple moves to Los Angeles, they meet an old “friend” of the husband. The energy begins to shift when the friend shows up at his house unannounced with gifts.

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What is your dream job? For Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), it’s about recording violent crimes and selling the footage to local news channels. But how far will he go to capture the perfect crime scene?

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This Oscar-nominated film from Christopher Nolan has a complex, non-linear structure that makes it one of the most mind-blowing films of all time.

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We will definitely not check into the bates motel in this lifetime! This classic from director Alfred Hitchcock centers on owner Norman Bates and his hapless guests. The iconic shower scream will live in your head for days.

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This film follows the true story of the search for the Zodiac Killer. The serial killer, who brought terror to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s, teased officials with letters, crime scene evidence and figures mailed to newspapers . This movie will make you disgusted, even during the day.

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“Have the lambs stopped crying?” Quotes like this and many other scary moments will replay in your head for years to come. This fictional story about a violent psychopath and the young FBI intern assigned to interview him is as bizarre as you’d imagine.

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the brilliant

Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, the brilliant is timeless and terrifying.

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get out

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut proved to be a huge success with get out. This film quickly established itself as one of the most hair-raising and thought-provoking thrillers of recent years.

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missing girl

When a man’s wife disappears without a trace, he finds himself at the center of his rescue investigation. Along the way, it becomes clear that she is not – and never was – who he thought.

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shutter island

When a killer appears to disappear from an insane asylum, a U.S. Marshal and his partner are called to the scene. As the investigation drags on, they both realize that darker forces are at work.

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American psycho

Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) looks like a normal, well-to-do young businessman, which makes it all the more terrifying that he’s a psychopath who kills for no reason.

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When a stranger calls

This thriller put an end to Ree’s babysitting career for good. While the remake is good, the 1979 original can’t be beat!

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Here’s another interesting cooler by the same folks who made get out. This one has a shocking ending that will make you question everything.

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Another Stephen King original, this one is loosely based on his own experiences as a writer. Find out what happens when a bestselling author finds himself trapped under the control of a maniacal fan.

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The girl on the train

When an unreliable witness sees something shocking unfold on her daily commute, she becomes obsessed with the unfolding mystery, but no one believes her. Read the book firstthen watch the movie!

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The sixth sense

We can’t promise you won’t “see dead people” after watching Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment face their demons, real and imagined, in this 1999 thriller.

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The invisible Man

After a young woman escapes her dominant ex, he continues to terrorize her life, but she can’t prove it. The invisible Man will make your head spin when you consider all the unseen.

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A teenage dream turns into a nightmare when a group of young children allowed to party in a lonely middle-aged woman’s basement discover the truth behind her unexpected generosity.

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A silent place

In this post-apocalyptic world, the slightest noise can be a death sentence. Watch a family navigate their gruesome reality together in complete silence.

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Two lighthouse keepers on a remote island fight for their survival and their sanity in this gripping film based on the 1890s.

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A man with dissociative identity disorder loses control of one of his personalities and kidnaps three teenage girls.

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The small things

Come for the star-studded cast, stay for the gripping plot. Denzel Washington (one of Ree’s famous crushes!) and Rami Malek star as two cops hunting down a suspected serial killer (Jared Leto). But, of course, all is not as it seems.

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After a man is brought to justice for shooting and killing his wife, he engages in a battle of wits with a young assistant district attorney.

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Black Swan

When devotion crosses the line into obsession, a young ballerina’s sense of reality is seriously threatened.

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Joaquin Phoenix portrays the Joker as Batman fans have never seen it before. This film can finally answer the question “Why so serious?”

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