10 Suspenseful psychological thriller films

10 Suspenseful psychological thriller films

The best psychological thrillers will make you feel uncomfortable long after the credits are over and usually have an ending that makes you say, “What the heck did I just see?”

If you like your thrills chilling, and your drama cerebral, then make sure to check out all of these mind-blowing psychological thriller movies.

So without wasting much time. Let’s give your brain a look at the best psychological thrillers, that will explode. You. Mind.

The Intruder

The Intruder is a psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor and written by David Loughery. The Film Follow A young couple buying an idyllic old house in Napa Valley. Yet the guy they bought it from is so attached to the place that he keeps coming back.

DIRECTOR: Deon Taylor
CAST: Dennis Quaid, Joseph Sikora, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy


Joker is a psychological thriller film directed and produced by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the script with Scott Silver. The film, based on characters from DC Comics, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and provides a possible origin story for the character.

The movie follows Gotham in the 1980s, Arthur Fleck is a struggling comedian. The moment he breaks down, becoming the vilest of all villains: The Joker. With Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, this project is really something to look forward to.

DIRECTOR: Todd Phillips
CAST: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a neo-noir psychological thriller film based on the 2005 novel by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson.

In Stieg Larsson’s Swedish crime novel a journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years. The movie by the same name ‘Män som hatar kvinnor’ is an adaptation that does the book justice, and is a great thriller in its own right. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is directed by Niels Arden Oplev and was released on Dec 21st, 2011.

DIRECTOR: Niels Arden Oplev
CAST: Michael Nyqvist Noomi Rapace Ewa Fröling

Kill List

Kill List is a psychological horror crime film directed by Ben Wheatley, co-written and co-edited with Amy Jump.

 Kill List is an unsettling thriller that already shows Wheatley’s love for horror elements. Shot intimately and slightly experimentally, the film is deeply invading and is more an investigation into the human psychology than a narratively nicely tidied up film. 

DIRECTOR: Ben Wheatley
CAST: Neil Maskell MyAnna Buring Harry Simpson


Drive is a 2011 American action crime drama film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. It is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by James Sallis.

An anonymous driver works as a mechanic, stunt double, stunt driver, and a getaway car driver hired by a criminal in Los Angeles, California. All of his jobs are managed by auto shop owner Shannon, who persuades Jewish mobster Bernie Rose and his half-Jewish and half-Italian partner Nino ‘Izzy’ Paolozzi to buy a car for the driver to compete with.

DIRECTOR: Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST: Ryan Gosling Carey Mulligan Bryan Cranston

Shutter Island

Shutter Island is a neo-noir psychological thriller film based on Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel of the same name.

Shutter Island is in comparison a way more modest film. In execution at least. Story-wise it definitely is a mind-fuck, but perhaps one you could see coming. Nonetheless, I do think it’s a great thriller, one that has a nostalgic feel about it.

DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese
CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio Emily Mortimer Mark Ruffalo


Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is a religious and disciplined carpenter who resides with his family, which includes his wife Grace (Maria Bello), son Ralph (Dylan Minnette), and daughter Anna (Erin Gerasimovich). On Thanksgiving, the Dovers are invited to the home of their friends, Franklin and Nancy Birch (Terrence Howard and Viola Davis).

When his daughters Anna and Joy disappear on the same day, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is assigned to the case. Alex Jones (Paul Dano) with mental problems is arrested as a suspect but is released due to lack of evidence. Convinced that Alex is responsible, Keller decides to take matters into his own hands and kidnap Alex to force the truth out of him. As Keller moves to torture Alex in desperation for him, Loki struggles within himself to solve the case while he runs out of leads and suspects.

DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve
CAST: Hugh Jackman Jake Gyllenhaal Viola Davis


Split is a psychological thriller film written, directed and produced by M. Night Shyamalan. A psychopath with 23 different personalities kidnaps girls and does whatever he wants. Psychological mind games everywhere.

DIRECTOR: M. Night Shyamalan
CAST: James Mcavoy Anya Taylor-Joy Haley Lu Richardson

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow is a spy thriller based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Jason Matthews. The film follows a sexy Russian spy who falls in love with a CIA officer and considers becoming a double agent.

DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence
CAST: Jennifer Lawrence Joel Edgerton Joely Richardson


Glass is a superhero film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

In a Film of escalating encounters, former security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

DIRECTOR: M. Night Shyamalan
CAST: Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Bruce Willis

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