Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time


Psychological thrillers are not horror movies. Yet their terrifying effect is no less than a pure horror one. Because of their turns and twists, psychological thrillers indeed left us waiting with beating heart to see what is going to happen next.

Whether it is a movie or TV Series, best quality psychological thrillers give us the most dramatic suspense which is not easily forgettable. As a matter of fact, psychological thrillers are all about exploring the human psyche. It can be in the form of a serial killer or a gone girl. In addition, no one knows what twist is waiting in the end.  From personality disorder to sexual fantasies you witness all in these best thriller movies. Also, there are no limits what these thriller movies can offer. So, be prepared to be chilled and thrilled!

Best Psychological Thrillers

A list of the best psychological thrillers of all time is provided briefly in this section. The list is made based on the story, plot, ratings and user feedbacks. As you can see there is no universal definition of the psychological thriller genre. It is well accepted as thriller if the movie can integrate mystery and suspense in a delicate balance. So, these are the best mystery movies as well. Without further delay let’s find out the best psychological thrillers of all time that can provide you with the spine-chilling experience.

1. Se7en (Seven)

Se7en (Seven)

Se7en is one of the best American psychological thriller films of all time. It was directed by David Fincher and stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. The storyline of this psychological thriller is about two homicide detectives the soon-to-retire William Somerset and the newly transferred David Mills who were desperately trying to hunt a serial killer whose motives is based on seven deadly sins: gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and envy.

The seasoned, cultured and also jaded William Somerset researches these Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer’s motivation while the bright, green and impulsive Detective David Mills put his efforts to get inside the killer mind.

The story provides true suspense till the end. If you are to one of the best psychological thrillers indeed, start with this one.

Short Info about “Se7en”

  • Release Date: 22 September 1995 (USA)
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Screenplay: Andrew Kevin Walker
  • Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6

2. The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is an American thriller film that perfectly blends elements of the crime and horror in a single platform. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Anthony Hopkins. As a matter of fact, this film is based on one of the best psychological thrillers books Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel of the same name.

A young and intelligent FBI trainee Clarice Starling has been sent to the Baltimore state hospital to interview an inmate Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist imprisoned for eight years in maximum security isolation for turning into a serial killer who also cannibalized his victims. She must match the intellect with Lecter to gain clues to find the “Buffalo Bill,” another unknown psychopathic serial killer who has already killed five victims.

Short Info about “The Silence of the Lambs”

  • Release Date: 14 February 1991 (USA)
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Writer: Thomas Harris (Novel), Ted Tally (Screenplay)
  • Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney
  • Runtime: 1 Hour And 58 Minutes
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6

3. The Game

The Game

The Game is an American mystery thriller movie directed by David Fincher and produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films.

It tells the story of a wealthy investment banker who is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In his 48th birthday, he is given a mysterious gift by his long-gone brother Conrad. He presents a card to participate in a game that integrates into strange ways with his daily life. As the banker’s real life and the game become more uncertain,  a large conspiracy also becomes apparent. And soon he fails to differentiate his real life from his game life. The game is lesser known, but it is highly praised by The New York Times and critics like Roger Ebert. I am certain; you will indeed enjoy the thrill it offers.

Short Info about “The Game”

  • Release Date: 12 September 1997 (USA)
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Writer: John Brancato, Michael Ferris
  • Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn
  • Runtime: 2 Hours And 9 Minutes
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8

4. The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley is another one of the best psychological thrillers. Anthony Minghella directs the movie. This film is adapted from one of the best psychological thrillers books, Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name.

The story tells an incredible story of a young underachiever Tom Ripley. The plot was set to 1950s. Tom Ripley was sent to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy Dickie Greenleaf. Ripley manages himself to become friend with Dickie Greenleaf with excellent lying, impressions and forgery skills. Soon the story turns utterly terrifying when Tom’s obsession grew to be not just Dickie’s best friend but to be Dickie at whatever cost.

Short Info about “The Talented Mr. Ripley”

  • Release Date: 25 December 1999 (USA)
  • Director: Anthony Minghella
  • Writer: Patricia Highsmith (novel), Anthony Minghella (screenplay)
  • Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
  • Runtime: 2 Hours and 19 Minutes
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4

5. Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver is a masterpiece of all psychological thriller. Martin Scorsese and stares direct it by Robert De Niro who provides incredible acting performance. The movie was Nominated for four Academy Awards and won the Palme d’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. This movie also ranked the 52nd-greatest of all American film on its AFI’s 100 Years from s100 Movies list.

The movie tells the story of a lonely, ex-Marine veteran Travis Bickle (De Niro) who works as a taxi driver in New York City. He is a great loner, drives a taxi at night and watches porn movies at day times. He also has a strong sense of right and wrong. The story gets intense when he meets Iris, a very young prostitute. He thinks it his duty to make the world a better place. One of his priorities become freeing Iris from her pimp.

Foster was only 13 when she played the role, and she needed to undergo psychological tests of the California Labor Board in order to prove that she was not scared by the starring role.

Short Info about the “Taxi Driver”

  • Release Date: 8 February 1976 (USA)
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Writer: Paul Schrader
  • Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 58 Minutes
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3

6. The Machinist

The Machinist

The Machinist is a Spanish, but English language psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson. The story tells the story of an industrial worker who began to doubt his own sanity.

Trevor Reznik is a machinist. Because of an extreme case of insomnia, he was unable to sleep for a year. His body started deteriorating, and he lost most of his weights. 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 story turned when there was an accident in the factory involving one of his co-workers. After being fired, Reznik goes into a high level of delusion and a downward spiral of paranoia which leads to all mysterious stuff.

The movie was well-received by the critics, especially for Bale’s outstanding performance. For making his role perfect, Bale lost more than 28 Kilograms (62 pounds) of his weight. The movie was a co-production of France, Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Short Info about “The Machinist”

  • Release Date: 3 December 2004 (USA)
  • Director: Brad Anderson
  • Writer: Scott Kosar
  • Stars: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 41 Minutes
  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7

7. Memento


Memento is an American psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was also written by Nolan based on a short story “Memento Mori” by his younger brother Jonathan Nolan.

Memento is presented in two separate stories of Leonard. Leonard is an ex-insurance investigator with has short-term memory loss. The last thing he remembers is the murder of his wife. As he proceeds to find the murderer of his wife, the mystery starts. Among the two storylines, one storyline represents the forward time while the other reveals the story backward providing more insight into the story each time. This is not just a mystery/thrilling film – it is an intelligent film that always leaves you guessing.

Short Info about “Memento”

  • Release Date: 25 May 2001 (USA)
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Writer: Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Jonathan Nolan (short story “Memento Mori”)
  • Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 53 Minutes
  • Genres: Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5

8. Insomnia


Insomnia is an American crime thriller movie directed by Christopher Nolan. The movie is a remake of a 1997 Norwegian movie of the same name. It tells the story of two homicide detectives who were sent to Alaska to investigate the murder of a teenage girl.

As they start investigating the teen’s case, they have developed close brushes with the main culprit. And soon the prime suspect began to play dangerous chase games with the lead officer. The lead officer accidentally kills his partner and given an uncertain and unexpected. However, the solution turns to be more stressful, and it increases the guilt and mental complexity of the detective. There is also another local detective who also investigating his partner’s death.  Soon the detective begins to lose track and started doubting his own sanity. Will it all crash down on him.

Short Info about “Insomnia”

  • Release Date: 24 May 2002 (USA)
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Writer: Hillary Seitz (screenplay), Nikolaj Frobenius (1997 screenplay) and Erik Skjoldbjærg (1997 screenplay)
  • Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 58 Minutes
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2

9. Hard Candy

Hard Candy

Hard Candy is a crime thriller focusing on a teenage girl Hayley and 32-year-old photographer Jeff Kohlver who targets the children. Hayley suspected Jeff as pedophile, rapist, and murderer and started chatting with him online. After talking for around three weeks, Hayley convinces Jeff to meet in a public place. Thinking of another victim is on the way, he takes her home. There, Hayley and Jeff’s true intentions come out. It becomes clear that their meeting was no accident on either side. Their plans are incompatible and have severe and deadly consequences.

Short Info about “Hard Candy”

  • Release Date: 28 April 2006 (USA)
  • Director: David Slade
  • Writer: Brian Nelson
  • Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 44 Minutes
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1

10. Misery


Misery is a horror psychological thriller which is based on 1987 adaption of Stephen King’s novel that came with the same name. The story tells the story of a psychotic fan who captivates an author to force him to write her story.

After completing his latest book Paul Sheldon, the best-selling novelist was on his way home when he fell into a car crash in a freak blizzard. Paul was severely injured, but his number one fan Annie Wilkes rescued him. Soon he realized that Annie is a psychic person and they care he is receiving is the beginning of a nightmare of abuse and captivity.

The movie was a great success and received critical acclaim. Bates was also won the 990 Academy Award for Best Actress.

Short Info about “Misery”

  • Release Date: 30 November 1990 (USA)
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Writer: Stephen King (novel), William Goldman (screenplay)
  • Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 47 Minutes
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8

11. Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Gone Girl is mystery thriller movie which is based on the 2012 thriller novel of the same name. The movie is released two years after the release of the book. The Fight Club Director David Fincher directs it. This is one of the highly rated best psychological thrillers of recent time.

The movie tells the story of a man Nick Dunne, whose wife gone missing on their fifth anniversary. Under the pressure of the media frenzy and the policemen, Nick’s blissful portrait began to crumble. Because of his lies, strange behavior and deceits made everyone ask the dark question: Did Nick kills his wife? Soon the story turns into a cat-and-mouse game where no one can be trusted.

The great subverting twist while looking into the mind of a psychopath made this thriller film that should not be missed.

Short Info about “Gone Girl”

  • Release Date: 3 October 2014 (USA)
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Writer: Gillian Flynn (screenplay, Novel)
  • Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
  • Runtime: 2 Hours and 29 Minutes
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1

12. Rear Window

Rear Window

Rear Window is another masterpiece of all mystery thriller movies of all time. The movie is based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 thriller short story “It had to be Murder.” The movie is considered to be one of the best movies of the director Alfred Hitchcock. This movie also received four academy awards nominations.

The movie tells the story of a professional photographer L.B. Jeff Jeffries who breaks his leg while taking an action shot at a racing competition. Confined to his apartment with his broken leg he spent his time with only a pair of binoculars staring at his rear window. Soon he began to suspect that, one his neighbor might have murdered his wife. Jeff then enlists help from his visiting nurse Stella and his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont to investigate. The story comes to its nail-biting conclusion when Lisa goes over to get the actual investigation.

Short Info about “Rear Window”

  • Release Date: September 1954 (USA)
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writer: John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (short story)
  • Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 52 Minutes
  • Genres: Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5

13. The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense 2

The Sixth Sense is a supernatural thriller film of 1999. Straddling between psycho-thriller and horror, the movie has become infamous for its mysterious and wild twist ending.

The story of the movie is about Malcolm Crowe is a child psychologist who encounters a young boy Cole who has the same illness as his ex-patient. Later it is found that the boy is not only troubled with emotional problems but also there is something wrong with him. As the boy, there is something not right with the psychologist, Malcolm as well. With some jump scares, The Sixth Sense is a perfect supernatural scary movie for those audiences who prefer more thrills and less gore.

Short Info about “The Sixth Sense”

  • Release Date: 6 August 1999 (USA)
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 47 Minutes
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1

14. Fight Club

Fight Club

Fight Club is the Drama, Thriller that gives a true mystery and twist that you will not be easily forgettable. The movie is based on a 1996 psychological thriller novel by Chuck Palahniuk of the same name.

The movie explores the insomniac mind of an unnamed narrator who attends different support groups to inhibit his emotional state and relieve the insomniac state. When the narrator meets Tyler Durden, his life began to change. Tyler takes the narrator to a fight club where people work out their mental traumas through fighting. Together they spiral out of control and engage in a rivalry for power and love. When the narrator has realized the true agenda of Tyler’s fight club, he must accept the scary truth that Tyler may not be the one he says he is.

Short Info about “Fight Club”

  • Release Date: 15 October 1999 (USA)
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Writer: Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)
  • Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf
  • Runtime: 2 Hours and 19 Minutes
  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.8

15. Black Swan

Black Swan

Black Swan is a psychological horror-thriller film from the director Darren Aronofsky and star Natalie Portman. The movie is a sort of female version of “Fight Club” if we oversimplify it. But if you pay deep attention, the film offers much more than that.

Black Swan tells a story about a committed ballerina Nina who works for New York City Ballet Company. The plot revolves around the production of the ballet Swan Lake. The production requires someone who can fit of an innocent White Swan. Nina is selected the perfect fit this role while another new ballerina Lily suited best for the dark Black Swan role. Nina becomes overwhelmed by the immense pressure when she finds herself in the competition for the role. This results in some strange hallucinations making her loose grip of reality and keeps the audience wondering what is real and what isn’t!

Short Info about “Black Swan”

  • Release Date: 17 December 2010 (USA)
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writer: Mark Heyman (screenplay), Andres Heinz (screenplay) (as Andrés Heinz) and John J. McLaughlin (screenplay) (as John McLaughlin)
  • Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 58 Minutes
  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0

16. Vertigo


Vertigo is a 1958 psychological thriller movie based on Pierre Boileau’s 1954 thriller novel “D’Entre Les Morts.” This Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic can only be described as one of the best psychological thrillers.

The movie is about a retired detective Scottie Ferguson who is forced to take early retirement because of an incident of his duty that caused him to develop vertigo and acrophobia. Scottie is hired by his friend, Gavin Elster, as a private investigator to investigate Gavin’s wife Madeleine, whose behavior seems strange recently. Gavin thinks his wife is going insane and might commit suicide as he started to believe that his wife is possessed by a dead ancestor who also committed suicide. Scottie was skeptical about this fact but still agrees to take the investigation when he sees her, the beautiful Madeleine.

Short Info about “Vertigo”

  • Release Date: 21 July 1958 (Brazil)
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writer: Alec Coppel (screenplay by) & Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay by) (as Samuel Taylor), Pierre Boileau            (based on the novel “D’Entre Les Morts” by) and Thomas Narcejac (based on the novel “D’Entre Les Morts” by) and Maxwell Anderson (contributing writer) (uncredited)
  • Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
  • Runtime: 2 Hour and 8 Minutes
  • Genres: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3

17. Stoker


Stoker is a British-American psychological thriller drama film directed by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook and written by Wentworth Miller.

The story of Stoker revolves around an 18-year-old girl India Stoker. On her 18th Birthday, India lost her beloved father and best friend Richard who died on sudden and mysterious car crash. She is left with her unstable mother only. Soon after the accident, her uncle Charlie suddenly arrived, whom she knew never existed. Pretty soon she started to suspect Charlie that he might have ulterior motives!

Short Info about “Stoker”

  • Release Date: 1 March 2013 (UK)
  • Director: Chan-wook Park
  • Writer: Wentworth Miller
  • Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 39 Minutes
  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8

18. Shutter Island

Shutter Island

Shutter Island is Leonardo DiCaprio’s masterpiece psychological thriller. The film is adapted from Dennis Lehane’s 2003 thriller novel of the same name. Shutter Island grossed more than 128 million USD in its initial domestic theatre release an additional 166 million USD internationally.

The film tells the story of the U.S. Marshal Edward “Teddy” Daniels, who went to Shutter Island to investigate a psychiatric facility. The primary goal was to investigate the disappearance of a patient there. He’s been pushing to investigate the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn’t been caught up in a twisted plot by the hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from illegal to unethical sinister.

Teddy’s sharp-witted investigating skills soon indicate a promising lead, but the hospital authority refuses him to access the records he suspects would break the case down. As a hurricane cuts off all the communication to the mainland, more dangerous criminals “escape” in confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply. Soon, Teddy begins to doubt his partner, his memory, even his own mental health.

Short Info about “Shutter Island”

  • Release Date: 19 February 2010 (USA)
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Writer: Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)
  • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 58 Minutes
  • Genres: Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1

19. The Shining

The Shining

The Shining is British-American Horror film which is best known for the psychological thrills it provides. The move is based on the 1977 thriller-horror novel of the same name by the famous writer Stephen King.

The movie is based on recovering alcoholic and aspiring writer Jack Torrance who accepted his role as the off-season caretaker of the isolated Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. The hotel has a long, violent and terrifying past that puts everyone in the hotel in danger. Soon, Jack slowly gets violent of his life. His son, Danny, tries to use an exceptional talent, called the “Shining,” to inform the outside people about what’s going on in the hotel.

Short Info about “The Shining”

  • Release Date: 13 June 1980 (USA)
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writer: Stephen King (novel), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) and Diane Johnson (screenplay)
  • Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
  • Runtime: 2 Hour and 26 Minutes
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4

20. Inception


Inception is a science fiction thriller film co-produced, directed and written by Christopher Nolan. The movie tells a story about a professional thief, Dom Cobb who commits corporate spying by pervading the subconscious mind of his targets.

Dom Cobb’s secret behind the success is that he infiltrates the subconscious mind in the dream state when the target is at its most vulnerable state. This excellent and rare ability has made him the most desired player in this faithless new world of corporate espionage, but it has also cost him everything he has loved and made him an international fugitive. However, there is a way of redemption. One final job that gives him everything back, but he needs to can accomplish the impossible “inception.”

Short Info about “Inception”

  • Release Date: 16 July 2010 (USA)
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Writer: Christopher Nolan
  • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 58 Minutes
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.8

Best Psychological Thrillers on Netflix

Best Psychological Thrillers on NetflixFor those who like nothing more than some mind-twisting horror and thrillers, movies and TV series are typically the ways to go. And if you’re one of the avid Netflix streamers, you’ll be surprised to know that there are a plethora of TV Series and movies that provide true suspense and thriller available on the platform for you to watch.

These best psychological thrillers on Netflix are made for a gripping night in if you dare to give them a try, but be warned! You might not want to watch these best psychological thrillers Netflix alone. Bring your buddy, OK?

1. Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Stranger Things is an American science fiction, horror-thriller web television series. Duffer Brothers has created, directed, and written the series. It released on Netflix. It is one of most top rated horror thriller on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes with the score 8.9/10 and 94% respectively.

The story focuses a small town of Hawkins, Indiana where everyone knows everyone. An incident starts a chain of peculiar events that have a connection to the disappearance of a child. Which begins to tear at the fabric of reality. Dark government agencies and seemingly malevolent supernatural forces start to converge on the town. While a few locals started to realize that there’s more going on than it seems to be and meets the eye.

Short Info about “Stranger Things”

  • Release Date: 11 July 2016 (USA)
  • Creators: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
  • Writer: Christopher Nolan
  • Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder
  • Runtime: 51 Minutes (Per Episode)
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 8.9

2. ARQ


ARQ is an American-Canadian science fiction thriller movie. Tony Elliott has directed the movie. The movie got released on Netflix on September 16, 2016.

Renton is an engineer who’s invented the ARQ, a new energy source that can indeed save humanity. Unfortunately, it causes time to loop during a home invasion. While attempting to keep his former lover, Hannah, he learned who has targeted him and why.

Short Info about the “ARQ”

  • Release Date: 16 September 2016 (USA)
  • Director: Tony Elliott
  • Writer: Tony Elliott
  • Stars: Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 28 Minutes
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 6.4

3. Collateral


Collateral is a British television thriller series. David Hare has created the series. S. J. Clarksonand is the director of it. Netflix has distributed and also co-produced the Series.

The story revolves around a London detective who is investigating the seemingly random murder of a pizza delivery man. Who uncovers a convoluted case of interlocking circumstances among British society.

Short Info about the “Collateral”

  • Release Date: March 2018 (International)
  • Director: S. J. Clarkson
  • Writer: David Hare
  • Stars: Carey Mulligan, Jeany Spark, Nicola Walker
  • Runtime: 57 Minutes (Per Episode)
  • Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7

4. What Happened to Monday

What Happened to Monday

What Happened to Monday also as Seven Sisters is a dystopian science fiction thriller movie. Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson have written the film. And Tommy Wirkola directed it. At first, the movie first came theatrically in Asia and Asia and Europe. Netflix bought the streaming rights of the movie for the UK and as well as the United States and Latin America. Netflix first released the movie on August 18, 2017. This is definitely one of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix 2017.

To illustrate, the movie tells a story about the distant future of Earth. Where governments undertake a drastic One-Child Policy to reduce the overpopulation and famine. In this situation, seven identical sisters live by the hide-and-seek existence as the Child Allocation Bureau pursued them. However, the sisters outwit the bureau by taking turns assuming the identity of a single person: Karen Settman. They were named Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and each can go outside once a week but are only free to be themselves in of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday has gone missing.

Short Info about “What Happened to Monday”

  • Release Date: 18 August 2017 (USA)
  • Director: Tommy Wirkola
  • Writer: Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson
  • Stars: Carey Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe
  • Runtime: 2 Hours and 3 Minutes
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9

5. Gerald’s Game

Gerald's Game

Gerald’s Game is a psychological horror-thriller movie. Flanagan and Jeff Howard have written the movie. And Mike Flanagan has directed it. As a matter of fact, the movie is based on Stephen King’s 1992 thriller novel of the same name.

The movie tells a story about a married couple who were to have fun in their remote lake house when a simple game suddenly becomes a horrifying fight for survival. To survive the wife, Jessie must confront the long-buried demons of her own mind which was. And possibly it is lurking like the shadows in the empty house.

Short Info about “Gerald’s Game”

  • Release Date: 29 September 2017 (USA)
  • Director: Mike Flanagan
  • Writer: Mike Flanagan (screenplay), Jeff Howard (screenplay), Stephen King (the novel)
  • Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia
  • Runtime: 1 Hour and 43 Minutes
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6

Psychological Thrillers are those movies that will give you a thrill, unimaginable twist all combined in a spine-chilling experience that will keep you guessing until the end. On the whole, in this article, I mentioned some of the best psychological thrillers of all time including original Netflix thrillers.

If you are a psychological thriller lover who craves to watch a true thriller. I believe this list will indeed meet your need. Happy Movie Time!

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