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The Best Psychological Thriller Movies

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“What are the best Psychological Thriller Movies Of All-Time?” We looked at 233 of the top Psychological Thriller films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 27 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Psychological Horror” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 200+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 27 Psychological Horror Moviess



27 .) A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) directed by Kim Jee-woon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Hunt
  • Refinery29
  • Taste Of Cinema

A recently released patient from a mental institution returns home with her sister, only to face disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house- all of which are connected to a dark past in the family’s history.

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26 .) Bug (2006) directed by William Friedkin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • IMDB
  • The Odyssey Online

A lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband. But when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter, an eccentric, nervous drifter, she starts to feel hopeful again – until the first bugs arrive…

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25 .) Frailty (2001) directed by Bill Paxton

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • The Odyssey Online

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family’s story of how his religious fanatic father’s visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed “demons.”

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24 .) Kill List (2011) directed by Ben Wheatley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Hunt
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Vore

Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

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23 .) Manhunter (1986) directed by Michael Mann

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Odyssey Online

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.

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22 .) Psycho (1960) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Lists It Appears On:

  • Spark Views
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Top Tens

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

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21 .) Session 9 (2001) directed by Brad Anderson

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • The Odyssey Online

Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.

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20 .) Seven (1995) directed by David Fincher

Lists It Appears On:

  • Spark Views
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Top Tens

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the “seven deadly sins” in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer’s mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

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19 .) Stoker (2013) directed by Park Chan-wook

Lists It Appears On:

  • Crave
  • Scoop Whoop
  • The Lineup

After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

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18 .) The Gift (2015) directed by Joel Edgerton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Crave
  • Decider
  • Scoop Whoop

A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a “friend” from the husband’s past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin.

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17 .) The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) directed by Anthony Minghella

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • Daily Hunt
  • The Lineup

Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it’s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley worms his way into the idyllic lives of Dickie and his girlfriend, plunging into a daring scheme of duplicity, lies and murder.

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16 .) Fight Club (1999) directed by David Fincher

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views
  • The Lineup

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground “fight clubs” forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

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15 .) Misery (1990) directed by Rob Reiner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • Daily Hunt
  • The Lineup
  • The Top Tens

Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the “number one fan” of Paul’s heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her mercy.

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14 .) Primal Fear (1996) directed by Gregory Hoblit

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views

An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a 3rd person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone’s perception of the crime.

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13 .) Rear Window (1954) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • Spark Views
  • The Lineup
  • The Top Tens

Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

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12 .) Shutter Island (2010) directed by Martin Scorsese

Lists It Appears On:

  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views
  • The Top Tens
  • The Vore

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

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11 .) The Shining (1980) directed by Stanley Kubrick

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views
  • The Culture Trip

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren’t prepared for the madness that lurks within.

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10 .) Vertigo (1958) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • Spark Views
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Lineup

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

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9 .) Hard Candy (2005) directed by David Slade

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • Scoop Whoop
  • Spark Views

A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him.

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8 .) Jacob’s Ladder (1990) directed by Adrian Lyne

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Odyssey Online

A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn’t what he believes it to be when he’s attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him…

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7 .) Taxi Driver (1976) directed by Martin Scorsese

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • Daily Hunt
  • IMDB
  • Spark Views
  • The Lineup

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

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6 .) The Machinist (2004) directed by Brad Anderson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Decider
  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views
  • The Culture Trip

The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep. This is no ordinary insomnia…

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5 .) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) directed by Jonathan Demme

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • Daily Hunt
  • IMDB
  • Spark Views
  • The Lineup
  • The Top Tens

FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.

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4 .) Black Swan (2010) directed by Darren Aronofsky

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • Crave
  • Daily Hunt
  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views
  • The Lineup

A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

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3 .) Gone Girl (2014) directed by David Fincher

Lists It Appears On:

  • Crave
  • Daily Hunt
  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Lineup
  • The Vore

With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

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2 .) The Sixth Sense (1999) directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • Daily Hunt
  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views
  • The Lineup
  • The Top Tens

A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts of dead people.

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1 .) Memento (2000) directed by Christopher Nolan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Backpack Verse
  • IMDB
  • Refinery29
  • Spark Views
  • The Culture Trip
  • The Lineup
  • The Odyssey Online
  • The Top Tens

Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman’s noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.

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The 200+ Additional Best Psychological Horror Movies



 

#MovieDirectorLists
(Films Appear On 2 Lists Each)
28Altered States (1980)Ken RussellRefinery29
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29American Psycho (2000)
Spark Views
The Odyssey Online
30Blue RuinCrave
The Vore
31Cape Fear
The Odyssey Online
The Top Tens
32Coherence (2014)James Ward ByrkitRefinery29
Scoop Whoop
33Cube (1997)Vincenzo NataliIMDB
Refinery29
34Das Experiment (2001)Daily Hunt
Taste Of Cinema
35Dead Man’s Shoes
The Odyssey Online
The Culture Trip
36Donnie Darko (2001)Richard KellyRefinery29
Spark Views
37Funny Games (1997)Michael HanekeDecider
IMDB
38Green RoomJeremy Saulnier
Scoop Whoop
The Vore
39I Saw the Devil (2010)IMDB
The Odyssey Online
40Inception (2010)Christopher NolanRefinery29
Spark Views
41Insomnia (2002)Christopher NolanIMDB
Scoop Whoop
42Martha Marcy May MarleneSean DurkinCrave
Scoop Whoop
43Mulholland Drive (2001)David LynchRefinery29
Spark Views
44Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford
Scoop Whoop
The Vore
45Panic Room (2002)IMDB
The Odyssey Online
46Phone Booth (2002)IMDB
The Odyssey Online
47Primer (2004)Shane CarruthRefinery29
Scoop Whoop
48Queen of EarthAlex Ross PerryDecider
Scoop Whoop
49Repulsion
Taste Of Cinema
The Odyssey Online
50Rosemary’s Baby
Taste Of Cinema
The Culture Trip
51Saw (2004)IMDB
Spark Views
52Se7en (1996)David FincherIMDB
Refinery29
53Sound Of My Voice (2012)Zal BatmanglijIMDB
Refinery29
54Split (2017)M. Night ShyamalanRefinery29
The Vore
55The Exorcist (1973)IMDB
The Top Tens
56The Game (1997)IMDB
Spark Views
57The Invitation (2016)Karyn KusamaCrave
Refinery29
58The Prestige (2006)Christopher NolanRefinery29
Spark Views
59Tom at the FarmXavier Dolan
Scoop Whoop
The Vore
60Triangle (2009)Christopher SmithRefinery29
Refinery29
61Unbreakable (2000)IMDB
The Odyssey Online
62Videodrome (1983)David CronenbergRefinery29
Taste Of Cinema
63Zodiac (2007)IMDB
The Odyssey Online
(Films Appear On 1 Lists Each)
6413 Tzameti (2005)IMDB
652001: A Space Odyssey (1968)Stanley KubrickRefinery29
6688 Minutes (2007)IMDB
67A Bigger Splash (2015)Luca Guadagnino
Scoop Whoop
68A Perfect Murder (1998)IMDB
69A Scanner Darkly (2006)Refinery29
70Absentia (I) (2011)IMDB
71Affliction (1997)IMDB
72After Hours (1985)Martin ScorseseRefinery29
73Akagi
Online Fanatic
74Alias Grace (2017)Refinery29
75Anamorph (2007)IMDB
76Angel Heart
Taste Of Cinema
77ArgoThe Vore
78Arrival (2016)Denis VilleneuveRefinery29
79Asylum Seekers (2009)Refinery29
80Atonement (2007)Joe WrightRefinery29
81Audition (1999)IMDB
82Awake (2007)IMDB
83Basic InstinctPaul VerhoevenDecider
84Blade Runner (1982)Refinery29
85Blood Simple
The Odyssey Online
86Blow Out
The Odyssey Online
87Blue Velvet
Taste Of Cinema
88BorgmanThe Vore
89Bound (1996)IMDB
90Breakdown (I) (1997)IMDB
91Captain PhilipsThe Vore
92Code Geass
Online Fanatic
93Cold FishCrave
94ComplianceCrave
95Copycat (1995)IMDB
96Dark Water (2005)IMDB
97Dead Ringers
Taste Of Cinema
98Death Note
Online Fanatic
99Don’t Say a Word (2001)IMDB
100Don’t Look Now
Taste Of Cinema
101DriveThe Vore
102Duel (1971 TV Movie)IMDB
103EnemyDenis Villeneuve
Scoop Whoop
104Ergo Proxy
Online Fanatic
105Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)Michel GondryRefinery29
106Ex MachinaAlex Garland
Scoop Whoop
107Extraction (2012)IMDB
108Eyes Wide Shut
Taste Of Cinema
109Flatliners (1990)IMDB
110Following (1998)IMDB
111Fracture (2007)IMDB
112Frozen (I) (2010)IMDB
113Gerald’s Game (2017)Mike FlanaganRefinery29
114Good TimeThe Vore
115Hannibal (2001)IMDB
116Hide and Seek (2005)IMDB
117High Tension (2003)IMDB
118Higurashi When They Cry
Online Fanatic
119Holy Motors (2012)Leos CaraxRefinery29
120Hour of the Wolf
Taste Of Cinema
121Identity (2003)IMDB
122In the Cut (2003)IMDB
123Inland EmpireDavid Lynch
Scoop Whoop
124Inside (2007)IMDB
125Irreversible (2002)IMDB
126Jagged Edge
The Odyssey Online
127Killer JoeThe Vore
128L’inconnu du LacThe Vore
129Les Diaboliques
Taste Of Cinema
130Les SalaudsThe Vore
131Martyrs (2008)IMDB
132Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
Online Fanatic
133Monster
Online Fanatic
134Moon
The Culture Trip
135Mother! (2017)Darren AronofskyRefinery29
136Mr. Brooks (2007)IMDB
137Mr. Nobody (2004)Jaco Van DormaelRefinery29
138My Little Eye (2002)IMDB
139Mystic River (2003)IMDB
140Nemesis Game (2003)IMDB
141Neon Genesis Evangelion
Online Fanatic
142Next Door (2005)IMDB
143Night CrawlerCrave
144November (I) (2004)IMDB
145Oldboy (2003)Park Chan-wookRefinery29
146One Hour Photo (2002)IMDB
147One Outs
Online Fanatic
148Out of the FurnaceThe Vore
149Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)Refinery29
150Paranormal Activity (2007)IMDB
151
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
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152
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
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153Parasyte the Maxim
Online Fanatic
154Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
Scoop Whoop
155
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Online Fanatic
156Pi (1998)IMDB
157PrisonersThe Vore
158Psycho Pass
Online Fanatic
159Red Dragon (2002)IMDB
160Red Lights (2012)IMDB
161Red Road (2006)IMDB
162
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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163
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)
IMDB
164Saw II (2005)IMDB
165Saw III (2006)IMDB
166Saw IV (2007)IMDB
167Saw V (2008)IMDB
168Saw VI (2009)IMDB
169Secret Window (2004)IMDB
170Side Effects (I) (2013)IMDB
171Silence of the Lambs
The Culture Trip
172Sinister (I) (2012)IMDB
173Sleep Tight (2011)IMDB
174Sliding DoorsPeter HowittRefinery29
175Soylent Green (1973)Richard FleischerRefinery29
176Spider (2002)Refinery29
177Steins;Gate
Online Fanatic
178Stigmata (1999)IMDB
179
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Refinery29
180Take ShelterJeff Nichols
Scoop Whoop
181Tell No One
Taste Of Cinema
182Terror in Resonance
Online Fanatic
183The Broken (2008)IMDB
184The Butterfly Effect (2004)IMDB
185The Cell (2000)IMDB
186The CircleThe Vore
187The Conversation
Taste Of Cinema
188The DoubleRichard AyoadeDecider
189The Exorcist III (1990)IMDB
190The Flock (2007)IMDB
191The Fountain (2006)Refinery29
192The Fury of a Patient ManThe Vore
193
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Vore
194The Hitcher
The Odyssey Online
195The Hunter (IV) (2011)IMDB
196The Illusionist (2006)Neil BurgerRefinery29
197The Innocents
Taste Of Cinema
198The Killing Gene (2007)IMDB
199The Killing Room (2009)IMDB
200The Lazarus Project (2008)IMDB
201The Lobster (2016)Refinery29
202The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
Scoop Whoop
203The Matrix (2013)Refinery29
204The Night of the Hunter
Taste Of Cinema
205The Others (2001)
Spark Views
206The Pledge (I) (2001)IMDB
207The Ring (2002)IMDB
208The Ring Two (2005)IMDB
209The Secret in Their Eyes
Taste Of Cinema
210The Skin I Live In (2011)Pedro AlmodóvarRefinery29
211The SnowmanThe Vore
212The Strangers (2008)IMDB
213The Tenant
Taste Of Cinema
214The Truman Show (2013)Refinery29
215The Usual Suspects (1995)Bryan SingerRefinery29
216The Vanishing
The Odyssey Online
217The Wicker Man
Taste Of Cinema
218Them (2006)IMDB
219Timecrimes
Taste Of Cinema
220Timer (2009)Refinery29
221Transsiberian (2008)IMDB
222Trauma (I) (2004)IMDB
223Upstream Color (2013)Shane CarruthRefinery29
224Vacancy (2007)IMDB
225Vanilla Sky (2001)Cameron CroweRefinery29
226What Lies Beneath (2000)IMDB
227
Whatever Happened to Baby
Taste Of Cinema
228White Noise (I) (2005)IMDB
229
White Noise 2: The Light (2007)
IMDB
230Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)Mike NicholsRefinery29
231Wind RiverThe Vore
232Wolf’s Rain
Online Fanatic
233You’re Next (2011)IMDB


15 Best Psychological Horror Film Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Backpack Verse The 10 Best Psychological Thriller Movies That Will Alter Your Reality
Crave The 10 Best Psychological Thrillers of the Decade (So Far)
Daily Hunt 10 Best Psychological Thriller Movies That Will Completely Twist Your Brain
Decider 10 Underrated Psychological Thrillers You Can Stream Now
IMDB The 100 best Psychological Thriller Movies
Online Fanatic Top 15 Best Psychological Thriller Anime List [Recommendations]
Refinery29 These Movies Will Hurt Your Brain (In A Good Way)
Scoop Whoop 18 Twisted Psychological Thrillers That Will Leave You Totally Mind Fucked
Spark Views Best Psychological Thriller Movies
Taste Of Cinema The 25 Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Culture Trip Top 10 Psychological Thrillers Of All Time
The Lineup 12 Twisted Psychological Thriller Movies That Will Mess with Your Head
The Odyssey Online 20 Psychological Thrillers That Deserve More Love
The Top Tens Top Ten Psychological Thrillers of All time
The Vore 15 most suspenseful psychological thriller films (2017) – Top Netflix & Cinema

 

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