When done right, psychological thrillers can make for some of
the most gripping, edge-of-your-seat thrill rides that have ever been put on
the big screen. Unlike your conventional thriller flick, psychological
thrillers centre themselves around – well – the psychology of one or more of
the main players and dive deep into their mindset and actions.
combined with elements of crime, suspense, or even horror as the tension is raised to nerve-racking levels to make the central
mystery all the more tantalising, this subgenre is home to releases that every self-respecting cinephile simply has to see. But with so many entries in this expansive subgenre it can
be hard to know where to start. Though there are plenty of great examples of cinema to be found in the genre, there are also plenty of stinkers, too, that are best avoided.
There are simply too many fantastic psychological thrillers
to recommend in the space of one list, but here are just ten of the most
notable and acclaimed examples of the genre to date.
Notable runner-ups that didn’t quite make the cut include
Fight Club, Misery, Black Swan, and Burning, just to name a few.