My Top 10 Favorite Psychological Thriller Films

Psychological thrillers are my favorite to read & watch. I’ll have another post on my favorite psychological thriller novels one day but today, we’re focusing on the films only!

I do feel like an ass publishing a “dark” post so close to Christmas but I’m doing it anyways–bookmark this post for when the holidays are over if all you’re watching is Christmas films this month.

These are in order starting with my most favorite:

1. Shutter Island (2010)

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This is not only my favorite psychological thriller film but it’s my all-time favorite movie.

ShutterislandposterSynopsis: “‘Shutter Island’ is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.” (via Bing)

2. Butterfly Effect #1 (2004)

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220px-Butterflyeffect_posterSynopsis: “Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.” (via IMDb)

3. Fight Club (1999)

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fight club3Synopsis: “An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.” (via IMDb)

4. The Uninvited (2009)

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the uni.jpgSynopsis: “Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.” (via IMDb)

5. Inception (2010)

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inception.jpgSynopsis: “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 have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the 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.” (via IMDb)

6. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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giSynopsis: “In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she’d never seen before, Susanna Kaysen was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder-an affliction with symptoms so ambiguous almost any adolescent girl might qualify-and sent to a renowned New England psychiatric hospital where she spent the next two years in a ward for teenage girls. There, Susanna loses herself in an OZ-like nether world of seductive and disturbed young women: among them Lisa, a charming sociopath who stages a disastrous escape with Susanna, Daisy, a pampered girl with a predilection for rotisserie chicken, and Polly, a remarkably kind burn victim. Ultimately, assisted by the hospital’s head psychiatrist, Dr. Wick, and a no-nonsense ward nurse, Valerie, Susanna, like Dorothy, resolves to leave this Oz and reclaim her life.” (via Bing)

7. The Girl On The Train (2016)

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gotSynopsis: “Rachel, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel.”

8. Get Out (2016)

go.jpgSynopsis: “It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.” (via IMDb)

9. Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

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bigtsSynopsis: “A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.”

10. Shut In (2016)

shut inSynopsis: “A heart-pounding thriller about a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.” (via IMDb)

39 thoughts on “My Top 10 Favorite Psychological Thriller Films

  1. I’ve only seen 1, 2, 3, and 5, and liked all of them. I then tried reading the novel “Fight Club” and found it so boring I couldn’t figure out why anyone had thought it would make a good movie. LOL – You should go to youtube and search for “Honest trailers fight club”

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    1. I think you’d like the other movies, too if you liked those!! LOL I’ve never tried reading The Fight Club novel, I’m surprised to hear it was boring! But I’m glad someone was able to get through it & make a movie of it. Such a fantastic film!!!
      Lol I will have to go on YouTube later & look that up, I’m curious.


    1. Uninvited was the hardest for me to find the name of. I remembered the movie exactly & I was on the internet typing in the whole plot line looking for the title of it lol.
      I remember watching Secret Window when I was younger but I don’t remember it. I want to see that one & Black Swan asap.

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  2. There are a few on here I haven’t watched and must add to my must watch list! Because the films you added that I’ve seen, I love! Especially Shutter Island. The Butterfly Effect was one of my favorites growing up, never saw Ashton Kutcher so serious before either. I watched Before I Go To Sleep randomly one day on Netflix and really loved it. Great list! I’ll be coming back to add those other movies ☺️ also, fight club is a classic. It’s funny, I just bought fight club and the butterfly effect on DVD last night for myself 😂 $4 each

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    1. Shutter Island is soooo amazing, I watched it once a day for 3 days in row when I first saw it lol. Ashton Kutcher did so good in Butterfly Effect, I loved him all serious like that 😍
      Before I Go To Sleep was insane, I didn’t think it was gonna be that good bc the amnesia after an accident schtick is so overdone but I loved it.
      I hope you get a chance to see the ones you haven’t yet! You’ll love them! 🙂 & I own both of those on DVD, too! Fight Club is def a classic!!! I could watch it over & over again & still be surprised that he was both guys hahahah.

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      1. Right? Now I need to buy that movie to watch it again, pretty sure it’s not on Netflix 😭 haha. And right?
        Amnesia really is overdone, but they made it original in that movie and it was really good! And I’m sure I will ☺️ and right? The first time I watched it I was blown away haha

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  3. No way!! The Uninvited is one of my all time faves! I normally hate scary movies, but just found this one so intriguing. It’s one of the only “horror” movies I’ve seen more than once. Normally I ask people about it and they’ve never seen it!
    I also just watched The Belko Project last night, it blew me away! I read the synopsis and was so curious about how it was going to end that I had to rent it. I was surprised at the writing, I actually really enjoyed it! Though some of the violence seemed gratuitous for my tastes. Lol

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    1. Gosh, I couldn’t remember the name of it. In my drafts I had it as: “horror movie with creepy daughter & popular blonde actress” hahah I had to search the whole plotline before it finallt showed up! It was SO good, I’m surprised more people haven’t seen or heard of it.
      I rented the Belko Project when it was on Redbox & I thought it was such an interesting movie but yeah a bit gorey-er than it needed to be! I really didn’t expect much of it when I watched it but I was pleasantly surprised!
      I’m still mad that girl on the elevator died, I really thought she was gonna be a survivor.

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      1. Lol. It’s one of those movies I don’t think about for a long time and then it pops into my head at the craziest times.
        I agree! Man, she made that jump in heels and they spent so much time with her character I thought for sure she was going to make it. Then boom. Lol

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        1. Lol yeah, scenes from the movie just popped into my head when I decided to make this post but not the title of it!
          I know! They spent SO much time on her character. I was glad the old guy did not win though. 🙂


  4. YES! Shutter Island is THAT good! Also Inception. Seen them both and I’ve loved them.. I hope I’m not being biased because I love Leo! ;D ❤
    The majority of these I haven't seen yet but I have heard of them. Will have to watch them someday. I have seen so many other psychological thrillers and a lot of them were mind blowing to say the least.. The Machinist, Donnie Darko, and Requiem for a Dream, to name a few.

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    1. Lol, I love Leo too but for good reason!! He’s an amazing actor…even straight men love him & those movies!
      Hopefully you get to watching the ones you haven’t seen someday!! You’ll love them!
      I was going to make this a top 12 & add Requiem for a Dream & Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas but I like the number 10 better lol. 😛
      I need to see Donnie Darko but I’ve never even heard of the Machinist, I’ll add ’em both to my must-watch list!! I also wanna see Secret Window & Black Swan, have you seen either of those?

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      1. Yeah he’s a dreamboat! I fell in love when I watched the Titanic when I was like 7 or 8 years old 😀
        Oooohhh!! Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is SOOOO GOOOD! I think they used to be on Netflix, maybe they’re not there anymore. I want to watch Black Swan! 🙂


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