Top Psychological Thrillers

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1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,004,454 | Gross: $130.74M

The best Hannibal movie. If you havent seen, you don't know psychological thrillers!

2. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 691,129 | Gross: $44.02M

An absolutely must-see classic. The hype is there for a reason. An incredible movie, you will be sitting in suspense for hour after hour trying to put two and two together.

3. Identity (2003)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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64 Metascore

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes

Votes: 194,301 | Gross: $52.16M

Its in the name... and dayum.

4. Hannibal (2001)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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57 Metascore

Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced F.B.I. Agent Clarice Starling, and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta

Votes: 223,042 | Gross: $165.09M

5. Hannibal Rising (2007)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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35 Metascore

After the death of his parents during World War II, young Hannibal Lecter moves in with his beautiful aunt and begins plotting revenge on the barbarians responsible for his sister's death.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Rhys Ifans, Li Gong, Aaran Thomas

Votes: 92,487 | Gross: $27.67M

6. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.8
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,511,749 | Gross: $37.03M

Wow. An amazing movie. I believe you have to see this, its relatively recent for a psychological thriller, but it does not mean its bad, the oposite in fact.

7. Red Dragon (2002)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

A retired F.B.I. Agent with psychological gifts, is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him, is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 217,612 | Gross: $93.15M

8. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 897,247 | Gross: $128.01M

A (new) classic that one just has to see. Yes, it is like many psychological thrillers, though if it wasn't like that would you still watch it?

9. Unbreakable (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.2
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62 Metascore

A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark

Votes: 284,224 | Gross: $95.01M

Such a clever movie, it is a bit long and tedious but once you understand what is happening it is truly exceptional.

10. Hide and Seek (2005)

R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.9
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35 Metascore

As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace, at first, in her imaginary friend.

Director: John Polson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue

Votes: 74,485 | Gross: $51.10M

It has a lot of bad comments, but honestly it is a really good movie. You never see anything coming, thus making the pop-ups almost the climax of the movie... but obviously I cant reveil the real climax.

11. Session 9 (2001)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

6.5
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas

Votes: 47,113 | Gross: $0.38M

Really worth seeing

12. Dream House (2011)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.0
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35 Metascore

Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Elias Koteas

Votes: 55,385 | Gross: $21.28M

13. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

Votes: 1,150,317 | Gross: $100.13M

Its a good movie to have seen, however it is a lot like most cop TV series these days, except they dont solve the mystery within 45 minutes, but more like 2 hours.

14. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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83 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 267,101 | Gross: $7.22M

EPIC beyond compare

15. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 775,301 | Gross: $293.51M

16. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 150,109 | Gross: $81.30M

17. Basic (2003)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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34 Metascore

A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen, Tim Daly

Votes: 53,197 | Gross: $26.54M

18. Presumed Innocent (1990)

R | 127 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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72 Metascore

As a lawyer investigates the murder of a colleague, he finds himself more connected to the crime than anyone else.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Harrison Ford, Raul Julia, Greta Scacchi, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 31,842 | Gross: $86.30M

19. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 146,772 | Gross: $56.12M

20. Mr. Brooks (2007)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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45 Metascore

A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.

Director: Bruce A. Evans | Stars: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt, Dane Cook

Votes: 130,690 | Gross: $28.48M

21. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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78 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 622,937

22. Gone Girl (2014)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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79 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Votes: 672,036 | Gross: $167.77M

23. The Loft (2014)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

6.3
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24 Metascore

Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city--a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved.

Director: Erik Van Looy | Stars: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet

Votes: 41,213 | Gross: $5.98M

24. Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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52 Metascore

An Oxford graduate takes up a job in a mental asylum, only to discover that the "revolutionary" new treatments are inhumane and that there is more going on than meets the eye.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 41,247