September 01, 2017

Mind on Movies wants to share with you our 15 Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time!

Psychological thrillers are some of the most exhilarating and thought provoking movies known to man. A sub-genre of the thriller movies category, psychological thrillers often take up a lot of the top spots in the ‘Greatest movies of all time’ lists and when you look at what movies come under this genre it is clear to see why. But what is it that constitutes a psychological thriller and why do we love them so much? Read on to find out more!

Although there is no set definition for a psychological thriller the movies that come under this category are all ones that concentrate on the psychological state of the characters as much as (if not more than) the plot itself. Often overlapping with other dark genres such as mystery and horror, these movies are ones that draw in audiences from far and wide and often leave the viewer thinking about them for many days afterwards.

This lingering feeling is one of the reasons we enjoy watching psychological thrillers as much as we do and is also the reason they blend so well with the horror and mystery genres. Although many of us love nothing more than going to the movies and leave feeling entertained there is something intensely satisfying about watching a movie that makes you think and lingers in the back of your mind for days to come.

Such a fascinating and immensely engrossing genre of movie, it can be difficult to know where to begin when finding the best psychological movies. Fortunately for you we have come up with a list of the top 15 psychological thrillers to get you into the genre and get you up to speed. So in no particular order, here we go:

1. Shutter Island
2. Se7en
3. Inception
4. Black Swan
5. Gone Girl
6. Zodiac
7. Identity
8. The Exorcist
9. The Silence of the Lambs
10. Fight Club
11. The Sixth Sense
12. Psycho
13. The Shining
14. Misery
15. Vertigo

Psychological thrillers are such a popular genre of movie with good reason. As times move on and the techniques behind making movies improve there are many psychological thrillers that feel as pertinent in the present day as they did when they were made. This timeless effect is largely down to the nature of the movies themselves and the fact that you are there with the characters rather than getting caught up on plot lines that fit with the era they were made in.

An often intense and difficult watch, psychological thrillers make a big impact on the nature in which the viewer watches subsequent films. Enjoying twists and turns and always keeping you guessing, this genre of movie will very easily stand the test of time like no other. So settle in and enjoy, you’re in for one incredible journey.

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