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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 The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn, the film is based on Thomas Harris' 1988 ...more

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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 The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers. The film is based ...more

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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 Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin Spacey in supporting roles. It was directed by David ...more

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
oldrocker added Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins Psycho is a 1960 Psychological thriller and horror film written by Joseph Stefano and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
gigantricks added Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances Sternhagen. Directed by Rob Reiner, the film received ...more

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism case of Roland Doe, deals with the demonic ...more

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear, a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and talk to the dead, and an equally troubled child ...more

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
MarialVadskaer added The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for Best Film and Best Director. This was the first ...more

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Sinister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
MarialVadskaer added Sinister Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke as fictional true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt who discovers a box of home movies in his attic that ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, and Mary McDonnell. The film depicts the ...more

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Ralph Bellamy, ...more

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki. The Ring was released in ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
gigantricks added Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film received two Academy Award nominations, one ...more

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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 Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. The Special Edition of the film was released on DVD ...more

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Sploich added The Babadook Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film stars Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman, while Daniel ...more

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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 Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby, Jr., ...more

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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 Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious ...more

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1408 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
KaseyStieber added 1408 Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh 1408 is a 2007 American psychological horror film based on the Stephen King 1999 short story of the same name directed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström, who earlier had directed the horror film Drowning Ghost. The movie stars John ...more

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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 Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name, featuring psychiatrist and serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The novel was ...more

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates ...more

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The Omen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
MarialVadskaer added The Omen Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow The Omen is a 2006 remake of Richard Donner's The Omen. Directed by John Moore and written by David Seltzer, the film stars Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, and Mia Farrow. It was released worldwide on June 6, 2006. ...more

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What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
MarialVadskaer added What Lies Beneath Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta What Lies Beneath is a 2000 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is the first film by ImageMovers. It stars Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as a well-to-do couple who experience a strange haunting that ...more

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One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
willyboymcoy added One Hour Photo Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, One Hour Photo ...more

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. The Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. joint production stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and ...more

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Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
OscarLedezmaEscamilla added Hide and Seek Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen Hide and Seek is a 2005 American horror film starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. It was directed by John Polson. The film opened in the United States on January 28, 2005 and was a massive box office success. However it received mainly ...more

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Sharian, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, and ...more

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Cube is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Cube Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film was a successful product of the Canadian Film Centre's First Feature Project.

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
gigantricks added What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford about an actress who holds her crippled sister captive to get people to idolize her. ...more

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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
MarialVadskaer added The Bone Collector Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah The Bone Collector is a 1999 psychological thriller film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Martin Bregman. The movie was based on the crime novel of the same name written by Jeffery Deaver, ...more

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Frailty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
MarialVadskaer added Frailty Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange relationship between two young boys and their ...more

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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 The Strangers is a 2008 American horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino and starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a young couple who are terrorized by three masked assailants, who break into the remote summer home and destroy all ...more

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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 The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells the story of a wealthy investment banker who is ...more

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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 No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-Western thriller directed, written, and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin and tells ...more

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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Hard Candy Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the torture of a suspected sexual predator by a 14-year-old female vigilante. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian Nelson, and starred Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. It ...more

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Cape Fear (1991) Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis and features cameos from Gregory Peck, ...more

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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 The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart. The title refers to the butterfly effect, a popular hypothetical ...more

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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 Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film stars Robert De Niro and features Jodie Foster, ...more

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The Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
OscarLedezmaEscamilla added The Uninvited Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel The Uninvited is a 2009 American psychological horror film directed by the Guard Brothers, and starring Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel and David Strathairn. It is a remake of the 2003 South Korean K-Horror film A Tale of Two ...more

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Fallen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
arun added Fallen Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland Fallen is a 1998 American fantasy action film directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. It was the only Turner Pictures film to receive an R rating. ...more

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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 Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on December 20, 1996, Scream follows the character of ...more

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the ...more

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Copycat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Copycat Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick Copycat is a 1995 American psychological thriller, starring Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter and Dermot Mulroney. The film was directed by Jon Amiel, with a score composed by Christopher Young.

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank Insomnia is a 2002 American crime thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives investigating a murder in an Alaskan town. A ...more

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High Tension is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
gigantricks added High Tension Cécile de France, Philippe Nahon, Maïwenn Besco High Tension is a 2003 French psychological suspense and slasher film that was later released in 2004 in the UK and 2005 in the US and Canada. The film, directed by Alexandre Aja, stars Cécile de France, Maïwenn, and Philippe Nahon. ...more

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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
middlechild114 added The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production company. The film relates the story of three ...more

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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Fatal Attraction Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski Fatal Attraction is a 1987 American psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and Anne Archer. The film centers on a married Manhattan man who has a weekend affair with a woman who refuses to ...more

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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Secret Window Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro Secret Window is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King, featuring a musical score by ...more

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Disturbia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
persongee added Disturbia Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis, Carrie-Anne Moss Disturbia is a 2007 drama and thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso.

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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Julie MamaSpitta Parks added Hostel Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez Hostel is a 2005 American horror film written, produced, and directed by Eli Roth and starring Jay Hernandez. It is the first installment of the Hostel film series, followed by Hostel: Part II, released on June 8, 2007, and Hostel: Part III, ...more

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Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Panic Room Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David Koepp. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is invaded by burglars, played by Forest Whitaker, Jared ...more