Are you a fan of Psychological thrillers movies? There is no doubt that psychological thrillers are the most cinematic art of work in Cinema. Here we have compiled a list of the best 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.
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Best Hollywood Psychological Thriller Movies List –
1. Shutter Island (2010)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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