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Top 31 Best Hollywood Psychological Thriller Movies Which Will Bend Your Mind

Psychological Thriller is one of the most complex genres and we don’t usually see many movies in this genre. Audience is also not very clear on the difference between thriller and psychological thriller? Psychological thriller is a subgenre of thriller which focuses on psychology of its characters which is generally heightened or unstable. Often, viewers gets confused while watching psychological thrillers and keeps viewers engaged till the end.

Now, you know what are psychological thriller movies. Are you a fan of Psychological thrillers movies? There is no doubt that psychological thrillers are the most cinematic art of work in Cinema and not many movie industries have good psychological thriller movies. Here, Hollywood as an industry comes to savior, Hollywood have produced many good psychological thriller movies over the years.

Here, we have compiled a list of the best Hollywood psychological thrillers which might confuse you totally. There will be twists and turns which you can not think of, the guy you are trusting the most might be indulging in illusions. What are you waiting for, turn your lights off and start watching this list of best Hollywood psychological thriller movies of all time.

Best Hollywood Psychological Thriller Movies List (Updated 2023) –

1. Shutter Island (2010)

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Shutter Island is a solid thriller with a good story and some great performances by lead actors. Watch Now!

It’s 1954, and U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Hospital. He’s been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn’t been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister.

Teddy’s shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals “escape” in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything – his memory, his partner, even his own sanity. This is known as one of the suspense best psychological thrillers of all time.

IMDb – 8.1

Director – Martin Scorsese

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2. The Machinist (2004)

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The Machinist is very much a Filmophile experience for those who appreciate character development and cinematography as much as plot points and a storyline that can be defined and followed from one action to the next. Watch Now!

Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) is a machinist in a factory. An extreme case of insomnia has led to him not sleeping in a year, and his body withering away to almost nothing. He has an obsessive compulsion to write himself reminder notes and keep track of his dwindling weight, both scribbled on yellow stickies in his apartment. The only person he lets into his life in an emotional sense is Stevie, a prostitute, although he has an infatuation with Maria, a single mother waitress working in an airport diner. His co-workers don’t associate with and mistrust him because of not knowing what is going on in his life that has led to his emaciated physical appearance.

A workplace incident further alienates him with his coworkers, and in conjunction with some unfamiliar pieces of paper he finds in his apartment, Trevor believes that someone or some people – probably one or some of his coworkers – are out to get him, using a phantom employee named Ivan as their front. As Trevor goes on a search for evidence as to?

IMDb – 7.7

Director – Brad Anderson

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3. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Drive is a very gripping and dark tale of two women and a complete masterpiece of cinema.

A young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be trapped in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious nightclub Silencio.

IMDb – 8.0

Director – David Lynch

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4. Black Swan (2010)

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Black Swan is a masterpiece that wraps itself around your brain, rendering you speechless for its entire length. There is just something so unique and so incredible about this film that it almost felt awkward stepping back into reality when it was all over.

Nina (Portman) is a ballerina dancer in a New York City ballet company who spends most of her time dancing. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well.

Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side – a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

IMDb – 8.0

Director – Darren Aronofsky

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5. Inception (2010)

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Inception is incredibly brilliant as a movie and is a breakthrough in contemporary cinema.

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption.

One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists must pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be a perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

IMDb – 8.8

Director – Christopher Nolan

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6. Donnie Darko

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This is a classic piece of cinema that will not give you any idea about what is going on in the movie, Why Donnie Darko behave strangely, It is some supernatural power?

Donnie Darko doesn’t get along too well with his family, his teachers, and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank, a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event and Donnie’s escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie’s mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure.

IMDb – 8.0

Director – Richard Kelly

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 7. The Shining (1980)

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This film scares me the most just by using suggestions to turn your own imagination against you. The Shining is a brilliant cinematic masterpiece, the likes of which have never been seen before or since.

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer, and former teacher agree to take care of a hotel that has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry about his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the “Shining”, to inform the people outside about whatever is going on in the hotel.

IMDb – 8.4

Director – Stanley Kubrick

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 8. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

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A Tale of Two Sisters is a Korean thriller movie about two sisters as the name suggests. The film became a huge success and it was remade in Hollywood as The Uninvited (2009).

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother’s obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

IMDb – 7.2

Director – Jee-Woon Kim

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 9. Source Code (2011)

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SOURCE CODE is a must-watch. It’s one of the few original films out there and it’s worth your time.

Army Captain Colter Stevens finds himself working on a special program where his consciousness can be inserted into another human being. The only catch is that can only be there for 8 minutes at any given time. That morning, a bomb exploded on a commuter train just outside Chicago. He occupies the body of a teacher going to work on that train and is confused as to what he is doing or why he is there as his last memory is of flying his helicopter on a combat mission in Afghanistan.

Those in charge of the program explain to him that there is a bomb on the train and that he must locate it. More importantly, he must identify the bomber as another bombing is expected later that day. He is also told however that he cannot change the past and can only gather information. As he develops a liking for his travelling companion Christina, he sets out to test that theory.

IMDb – 7.5

Director – Duncan Jones

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10. Identity (2003)

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Identity is a mystery and psychological thriller film. Ten strangers are stranded at a deserted Nevada motel during a stormy night. They get to know each other when they realize that they’re being killed one by one. Can you find the real killer?  Identity is must watch if you are looking for a gripping thriller with deep mystery. Get some popcorns and delve into the mystery.

IMDb – 7.3

Director – James Mangold

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11. Seven (1995)

This masterpiece by David Fincher follows the story of two detectives that are on the hunt of a deadly killer who is killing people based on the seven deadly sins mentioned in the bible. The two detectives, played by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, put forth a convincing performance. Although extremely violent and gory, the movie manages to keep you expecting what is to come next. Although Fincher has proved his worth in this genre with several of his movies, Seven is considered to be the best of all his works.

IMDb – 8.6

Director – David Fincher


12. Taxi Driver (1976)

This incredible movie starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd traces the life of an ex-marine and Vietnam veteran who works as a Taxi Driver. Director Martin Scorsese showcases his loneliness in an extremely raw and honest manner. But things get worse when Travis, played by De Niro, meets a teenage prostitute. He decides to set this girl free from her pimp and clean the city of its corruption. The movie has gained a cult classic status over the years and is regarded as De Niro’s best performance ever.

IMDb – 8.3

Director – Martin Scorsese

 13. Enemy (2013)

The enemy is a masterpiece that is hard for everyone to understand. Right from the complex storyline to the metaphor in the form of spiders, the movie takes you on a crazy ride and leaves you completely astonished by the end. Jake Gyllenhaal plays two roles and plays both of them very convincingly. Denis Villeneuve presents yet another psychological thriller that has the potential to leave you introspecting.

IMDb – 6.9

Director – Denis Villeneuve

 14. Fight Club (1999)

Another Fincher thriller that shakes you to the core, is the 1999 Fight Club starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. The movie traces the life of an insomniac whose life changes when he meets a guy named Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt. Tyler introduces him to a Fight Club, a place where people go to vent out their frustrated and repressed emotions. With excellent performances by the cast along with amazing direction by Fincher, this movie went out to become one of the best psychological thrillers ever.

IMDb – 8.8

Director – David Fincher

 15. Rear Window (1954)

Alfred Hitchcock was the master of creating suspense on-screen and with this particular movie, he managed to create a sense of mystery inside a single room. Rear Window is about a professional photographer who is stuck in his apartment due to a broken leg. Boredom gets to him and he soon starts spying on his neighbours. This is when things take a turn and he believes something is wrong in one of the apartments. The film makes us feel what the protagonist is feeling since the entire movie is shot in and from one room.

IMDb – 8.4

Director – Alfred Hitchcock

16. Memento (2000)

Christopher Nolan has time and again proven, why he is regarded as one of the best directors of all time. He is known for pulling off difficult projects that the biggest directors might not dare to do. But it all began back in 2000 when Nolan made ‘Memento’, a story about a guy who is suffering from short term memory loss and the only thing he remembers is a man killing his wife. The film is shown in reverse chronology which makes this complex film even more difficult to comprehend. However, the star of the film is its screenplay that is so precise and crisp which makes this one of the best psychological thrillers.

IMDb – 8.4

Director – Christopher Nolan

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