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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    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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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    The Others is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    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

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    The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson

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    Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 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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    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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    1408 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    1408 Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 12 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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    Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Red Dragon Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time


    Black Swan Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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    The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 15 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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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta

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    The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 19 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 Babadook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    The Babadook Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

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    The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    The Bone Collector Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Cube is listed (or ranked) 23 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 Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 24 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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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time


    The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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    Frailty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Frailty Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

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    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    The Omen Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow

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    Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time


    Secret Window Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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    Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time


    Hard Candy Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson

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    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Hide and Seek Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen

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    Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time


    Panic Room Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 33 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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    Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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    Fallen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Fallen Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland

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    Copycat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time


    Copycat Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick

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    Cape Fear (1991) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Cape Fear (1991) Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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    Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel

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    The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time


    The Haunting Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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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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    Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan

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    Joy Ride is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Joy Ride Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Walton Goggins

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    Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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    The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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    Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Fatal Attraction Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski

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    Disturbia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Disturbia Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Mr. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    Mr. Brooks Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, Danielle Panabaker

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