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List Rules 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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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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Sinister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Sinister Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Jacob's Ladder Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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The Babadook Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Black Swan Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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1408 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
1408 Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Red Dragon Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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The Omen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Omen Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
What Lies Beneath Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta

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One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
One Hour Photo Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg

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Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Hide and Seek Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Bone Collector Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

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Frailty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Frailty Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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Cube is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Cube Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett

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The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Strangers Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Cape Fear (1991) Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Hard Candy Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson

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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Butterfly Effect Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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The Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Uninvited Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel

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Fallen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Fallen Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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Copycat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Copycat Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick

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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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High Tension is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
High Tension Cécile de France, Philippe Nahon, Maïwenn Besco

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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Fatal Attraction Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski

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Disturbia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Disturbia Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Secret Window Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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Joy Ride is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Joy Ride Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Walton Goggins

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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Hostel Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez