The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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List Criteria: Psychological thriller movies and psychological horror films only--no slasher flicks

What are the best and scariest psychological thrillers and psychological horror  movies of all time? If you consider yourself a fan of psychological thrillers, browse through this list of the scariest psychological thrillers of all time to find a movie that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time. Listed in order of the most popular scariest psychological thrillers to the least popular , you can easily see which scary psychological horror movie was good enough to earn top ranking. If a particular favorite is on the bottom of the list, go ahead and vote for it so that it can be raised higher on the list.

If you know of a great psychological thriller that isn’t listed, add it to the list so that others can begin watching it too. Horror movies with plenty of blood and gore are fairly easy to find, but it can sometimes be difficult to find just the right scary movie that has more of a psychological plot. With this handy list, you will be able to pick some great psychological thrillers and psychological horror movies for a scary movie marathon.

Movies like Sixth Sense and the Secret Window keep the viewer guessing until the end, with plenty of thrills along the way. And, there are many other great psychological thrillers to choose from as well. Go ahead and look through the list. You may just find a new favorite for the best psychological horror or thriller movie that you’ll never tire of watching!
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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland

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    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

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    Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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