10 Best Psychological Thriller Movies

Psychological thrillers is one of the best genres of film; here are the 10 best psychological thrillers of all time. These films will make you think, re-think, and cling to the edge of your seat.

  1. "Dead Again" (1991) directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. This film is smart and blends the past and present through flashback. It ponders the questions of fate and reincarnation. This psychological thriller will keep you guessing until the end, and you won't feel comfortable with a pair of scissors for awhile.
  2. "Primal Fear" (1996) directed by Gregory Hoblit starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and Edward Norton. Split personalities, cut-throat lawyers, corrupt clergy,this film has it all, There are many layers to the film, and it is certainly a thriller.
  3. "Seven" (1995) directed by David Fincher starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Gwyneth Paltrow. The seven deadly sins; we all have at least one of them, This film follows murders that manifest each deadly vice. Pitt armed with "Cliff's Notes," tries to figure out who is committing these murders. The final scene is the ultimate in psychological thrillers.
  4. "Basic Instinct" (1992) directed by Paul Verhoeven starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. Not only does this movie have the best interrogation scene ever, but its twists and turns never stop, It is one of the best thrillers ever.
  5. "The Usual Suspects" (1995) directed by Bryan Singer starring Stephen Baldwin and Kevin Spacey. You haven't seen a true psychological thriller until you have seen this film. You might even need to see this twice.
  6. "Gattaca" (1997) directed by Andrew Niccoli starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. Set in the future, this film questions that morality of science all while a murder plays out. This is a fabulous psychological thriller that will make you shed a tear.
  7. "The Sixth Sense" (1999) directed by M. Night Shyamalan starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. "I see dead people." You must see this film!
  8. "The Game" (1997) directed by David Fincher starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. When a game becomes life itself, a recipe for a great psychological thriller unfolds.
  9. "The Ninth Gate" (1999) directed by Roman Polanski starring Johnny Depp. With Polanski and Depp, you can't go wrong. A search for a book goes much further.
  10. "Vertigo" (1958) directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. If you are looking for a classic, this is it. Sometimes to find the best psychological thriller you have to go back in time.
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