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10 Best Psychological Thrillers Of All Time

The best psychological thrillers to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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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.

Typically 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.

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Glasgow-based cinephile who earned a Master's degree in film studies to spend their time writing about cinema, video games, and horror.