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Psychological Thriller Movies

Updated on March 27, 2015

Psychological Movies

If there is anything that i like about hollywood then it has to be those twisted psychological thriller movies. Though psychological movies can be from any genre like sci-fi, horror, action and drama but i prefer to watch psychological thriller movies. There are plenty of variations in psychological movies with mix of - suspense, horror, fantasy in it just makes watching these movies unforgettable.

In this lens i've compiled a list of best psychological thriller movies which will keep your brain twisted for hours. If you have any suggestion other than the movies listed in this lens then feel free to post it in comment section below.

A Clockwork Orange

Mixing horror, thriller and fantasy in one plot gets you hardcore psychological movie like- a clockwork orange. New high definition version of this movie is much improved and you should get your hands on that copy. Music and Visuals are excellent and is what makes the movie worth to watch. It is classic psychological thriller yet it beats many titles in modern cinema.

Donnie Darko

I didn't get the film until I got my hands on Directors Cut. All your answers related to the movie are inside the directors cut. It is one good movie which is not just sci-fi but also a psychological thriller. It leaves many questions unanswered for those who are digging much into the plot. I suggest watching this movie at least once in your life.

The Shining

The Shining seems to be the movie that roams around borderline of scary meter and twists it with psychological plot. Those who like scary psychological plots will enjoy watching "the shining". It'll keep you stick on couch till the end with the fear factor in it. Excellent soundtrack, story plot and acting that you can see in this movie.

Lost Highway

Another david lynch's creation. Lost highway has much complicated story compared to other writing. It will take quite some time for you to understand this story as It has lots of twists and turns. If you like psychological mystery movies, this is definitely a must see movie.

Mullholand Drive

David Lynch's yet another psychological mystery thriller pick. Lynch's writing of moving story from one character to another while keeping the suspense till the last moment is what I admire. Mullholand drive has an excellent character development and will keep you thinking for hours over entire plot.

Hensel & Gretel

Heljelgwa geuretel 2007 (Korean Film)

It's not your typical fairty tale. It is one of the best psychological thriller from korea. It does have it's thrilling and chilling moments. I am not going to spoil the story for you so go ahead and see if you can get this movie.

Shutter Island

Leonardo's one best performance movie in psychological thriller title. This movie has the perfect plot, music, characters and twist that makes it one of the best psychological thriller movie. Soundtrack is what makes the real thrill in this movie. Sound of lighthouse horn throughout the movie that will unhold the real mystery in this movie for you.

Jacobs Ladder

It's old yet one of the good psychological movie that puts a lot of twists. It makes you think at one point, whether it was started or ended in mind. In any case the movie is worth watching atleast once.

Session 9

A story about asbestos removal team in the Danver Asylum. You don't get scared in this movie but characters and the horror around them grows slowly on you. If you like Stanley Kubricks thriller style then I am sure you'll surely like this movie. DVD version of this movie comes with directors cut (alternate ending) and few other extras.

The Objective

Desert. Talibanis, Ghosts and Aliens. That's how I can sum up this psychological thriller. It is categorized in horror movie. I don't see this as horror in any way. It's perfect psychological thriller with concept of panspermia and aliens in deserted region. I know I'm spoiling it already by giving you hint about aliens. But you have to watch it on your own. No amount of spoiler is going to kill your interest. It's just too good movie - kinda like documentary with psychological thriller touch.

The Hitcher

This movie has a lot of twists and will keep you thinking till the end. It has it's scary moments so you can call it horror psychological thriller. Plot will remain in your head for long time and you'll watch it again and again. There are two movies with this title - the new one seems to be the remake movie so you should avoid the remake and get the original.

Silent Hill

The story plot of this movie was inspired by video game. Though it has it's scary moments the way movie is woven it's nice psychological movie. Soundtrack is what makes the movie more interesting. The sound of mine horn is scary and will pump up your heart till the end of this movie. If you've played the video game then this movie should be definitely in your list.


When Christopher Nolan releases any movie then there is something special in it every time. Inception is fantasy psychological thriller that will make you laugh, chill your bones and will twist you around the plot. Excellent story, music and acting which is what makes it another great movie in your collection.


This one is horror psychological thriller. It's not much of scary but definitely makes you relate to some of your experiences. The concept of fractal for ghost capturing is innovative and so is anti-gravity. It's korean movie if i'm not wrong while reading subtitles. Definitely worth to watch for those who like horror psychological thriller.

Farm House

Unlike other psychological thriller movies this movie progresses slowly and ends up connecting every missing puzzle. There are few horror moments in this movie but that's not much of scary if you ask me. Overall excellent story, acting and flow of the plot in this movie. Definitely worth to watch if you like twisted horror/psychological thriller.

No Country for Old Men

This one is action psychological thriller that will force you to think. Javier Bardem gave one of the best performance of his time in this movie. This movie get on your nerves once you meet the scary javier. One scary thriller that you'll remember for long time. Definitely worth to add in your psychological movies collection.


Magnolia is a twisted psychological story that will take you to set of stories that appears to be disconnected. The story, characters and the visual effects are woven together nicely. You'll also find the soundtrack and camera effects appealing in this movie. If you're like me enjoys twisted stories then you should watch this movie.


Another good psychological movie from japan. It's not horror and gory but has few disturbing scenes with twisted story plot. Camera visual, soundtrack and the story plot is excellent. Definitely a must see movie for those who like watching psychological thriller.


Most of the psychological thriller movies involve stories of people who are under trauma. Sybil is also one such movie based on true story of patient in trauma. After reading the title and spoiler,you may feel like this being just another story of crazy but after watching this movie you'll feel the difference.


Don't get surprised if you find out this story is written by Stephen king. He's the man when it comes to thriller and horror stories. Carie is one of the best psychological story plot written by Stephen king. You'll find slight horror in Carrie but for the rest it's one good psychological thriller story.

Masters of Horror: Imprint

Don't go just by the title. It is not only horror but a good psychological thriller movie. It has it's horror elements and the thriller element will keep you hooked. It is japanese movie and is subbed and dubbed, you'll definitely find this movie interesting and if you like japanese cinema, this movie is treat for you.


Audition is the movie from Japanese director and will take you to another psychological ride of different culture. There are some disturbing scenes in this movie so if one of from your family can't take it then you should watch this on your own. It is one nice psychological movie with Japanese cultural shock.

Secret Window

Johny depp with yet another classic performance in twisted psychological movie. The story of this movie is adapted from the Stephen king's novel. You can expect good performance from Johny depp in this twisted psychological movie. Definitely worth to watch if you're johny depp fan.

Few more movies to add -

  • Predestinaton
  • Source Code
  • Prisoners
  • Midnight Meat train (Psychological horror)
  • Nightcrawler

What's your favorite psychological Movie ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I believe the very same thing about Magnolia :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Jacket

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Carrie and The Hitcher

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I remember the first time that I saw that movie. Had to watch it again just to get it. What about the Bone Collector? That was a good psych thriller as well.

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Have you seen the second one?

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      From the list I have seen The Shining, Shutter Island, Silent Hill, Inception, Sybil (loved) and Carrie (the version the pic is from). Sybil was my first favorite after I watched it in my Psychology class and very engaging. Silent Hill took over because there were things that were taking place that left you asking questions even towards the end of the movie (haven't played the games). I have seen a few good psych thrillers though one that sticks with me is a classic movie film called The Bad Seed. You're left thinking you have things figured out till you are introduced to information that changes everything. Hannibal is another one in addition to Misery. Midnight Meat Train is another but I'm not sure if it falls into the psych category completely; I know the story does but the movie adaption -- not sure. Awesome lens by the way.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All Good Things with Ryan Gossling and Kirsten Dunst is a GREAT psych movie!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That is my favorite ghost movie. If you like that, you will like Ghost Story and the recent movie, The Awakening.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yay! Someone besides me has heard of and appreciates Magnolia, which is one of my favorite movies period. I also like memento and Jacob's ladder for psych thrillers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would like to recommend 'insidious' and 'paranormal activity 3' (if u haven't seen it) and 'the fourth kind' as well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great list! Been looking everywhere for one with Silent Hill included because then I know you're on my level haha. Thanks

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love to watch a psychological thriller once in a while. Thanks for the great ideas!

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      aylsbillones1 5 years ago

      Thanks for the list, I look forward to watch these movies, I was only able to watch a Shutter Island and Inception. Thanks for the list.

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      bofirebear 5 years ago

      Very good lenses. By the way when I liked this lenses it was my 900th squidlike. I thought that was neat.

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      pumpum 5 years ago

      Very interesting list,most of these movies I have seen. There are few my favorites, but I will most definitely watch these japanese movies and one korean movie.I love their movies.Great lens.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      I like psychologically scary movies, but not gory gutsy movies.

      Interesting list.

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      webrunner2023 5 years ago

      I agree about The Hitcher. Rutger Hauer is awesome in this movie. Definitely get the original

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I'm not keen on horror but I do like psychological thrillers, very much. You didn't mention Silence of the Lambs? That was too horrific for me. :) but I did like Play Misty For Me.

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      Squidpress 5 years ago

      Huge fan of Clockwork Orange and Donnie Darko but I also got a lot of Movie Ideas from this Lens thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have the DVD at home, it ALWAYS gets to me at the end.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      repo one of them

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      Elenaind 6 years ago

      the Shining

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      the shining. yikes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Others. Definitely see The Others

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      BusyMOM LM 6 years ago

      very scary! Great ideas to get scared by.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i've seen inception. it is a mind-boggling movie.

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      cocomoonbeams 6 years ago

      you've given me some new films to check out! Thanks for the squidlike!

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      NYThroughTheLens 7 years ago

      Nice compilation!

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      Tr0y 7 years ago

      I'm a true horror fan. It doesn't matter what it is just as long as it's scary. Good lens.