The 35 Best Psychological Thriller Movies On Netflix



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Prepare for the mind-blowing, brain-melting, life-changing ride of a lifetime, because we are ranking the best psychological thriller moves on Netflix! The psychological thriller is known to be the crème de la crème of the horror and crime subgenre. Each of these pulse-pounding films doesn't rely on cheap jump scares to get audiences' hearts racing, instead twisting and weaving their brilliant and terrifying stories, often involving death, obsession, family, and nerve-wracking investigations to sink their tusks directly into the hearts of audiences until their sweaty palms ball up in a fit of anxiety-riddled terror. For those who adore this magnificent feeling of suspense, mystery, and dread, or those who merely want to feel it from the comfort of their own homes, Netflix has an incredibly expansive and robust list of some of the best psychological films of all time for audiences to choose from!

Each of these fantastic mysteries will have audience members on the edge of their seats and questioning everything they thought they knew about what a human could do, and the lengths they would go to get the answers they need. From the sheer unrelenting terror of horrifying films like Hush, Cam, and His House, to the brilliant and mysterious slow burns of films like Nocturnal Animals and Gerald's Game, to the gritty police investigation crime noirs with gut-wrenching twists in films like Shutter Island and Prisoners, no two films on this list are alike, and each and every one of them is sure to offer the psychological ride of a lifetime!

Vote up the best psychological thriller films on Netflix, and for those who want to take a little break from all the heart-wrenching anxiety for something a little more lighthearted, be sure to check out the Best Comedy Movies on Netflix!

  • Hush
    Photo: Hush / Netflix / Public domain
    873 votes

    In this frightening and pulse-pounding thriller, a deaf and mute writer is being tormented by a masked killer in at her isolated house in the middle of the woods. Showing unrelenting terror and vulnerability, Hush forces audiences into a nightmarish scenario many have never and will never be in before. Without the ability to hear or talk, survival seems next to impossible, and this horrifying fever dream will have audiences guessing until the melancholic credits role!

    I can come in anytime I want. And I can get you, anytime I want. But I'm not going to. Not until it's time. When you wish you're dead... that's when I'll come inside.

    • Actors: John Gallagher, Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, Emma Graves
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Mike Flanagan
    • Runtime: 87 Minutes
  • Gerald's Game
    Photo: Gerald's Game / Netflix
    647 votes

    Stephen King's novel adaptations often lead to some of the most unique and frightening experiences ever put on screen, and Gerald's Game is no exception. After the titular Gerald unexpectedly dies during a romantic getaway with his wife, she is trapped and handcuffed to the bed. Desperate in her attempts to escape, Geralds's wife quickly learns that she is not alone, and something remarkably terrifying is lurking in the dark.

    Women alone in the dark are like open doors, Jessie, and if they scream for help, who knows what might answer.

    • Actors: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Carol Stuycken, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Mike Flanagan
    • Runtime: 103 Minutes
  • Fractured
    Photo: Fractured
    47 votes

    Fractured asks a remarkably dark and brutal question to audiences, can you ever really trust yourself? After a terrible accident forces his daughter to go to the hospital, Ray Monroe played brilliantly by Sam Worthington is forced to go through the wringer when the staff of the hospital says his daughter has never been here. What is real, who can you trust, and what will it take to solve this nail-bitting thriller? With more questions than answers, Fractured will leave viewers fractured themselves with what they think they can believe.

    How about next year we stay home...

    • Actors: Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky, Lucy Capri, Adjoa Andoh
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Brad Anderson
    • Runtime: 100 Minutes

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  • Cam
    Photo: Cam
    207 votes


    A brilliant, blood-curdling, mind-bending thriller for the modern age, Cam uses the tropes and ideology of the modern age to tell one of the most shocking and jaw-dropping stories in years. When Alice, a camgirl, suddenly finds herself replaced on her live stream by an individual who looks exactly like her, the lengths she will go to in order to get answers to who is stealing her life are shocking. Betrayal, social commentary, and technological terror reign supreme in this masterclass of storytelling.

    You stole my face and now I'm going to get it back!

    • Actors: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters, Devin Druid, Imani Hakim
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Daniel Goldhaber
    • Runtime: 94 Minutes

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  • The Platform
    Photo: El hoyo
    36 votes

    Showcasing rivetting social and political commentary on what humans will do in order to survive, The Platform is a film not for the faint of heart or wear of stomach. Trapped in a vertical prison, prisoners only get the scraps of food from those below, so the lower the level, the worse and more dire things become. An endless nightmare trapped in a neverending pit of despair, survival is the only solution, but for those brave enough, escape is a feat that could end in unrelenting pleasure… or pain.

    There are 3 kinds of people; the ones above, the ones below, and the ones who fall.

    • Actors: Emilio Buale, Zorion Eguileor, Alexandra Masangkay, Ivan Massagué, Antonia San Juan
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
    • Runtime: 94 Minutes
  • Bird Box
    Photo: Bird Box
    65 votes

    Netflix's global sensation, Bird Box took the world by storm when it was released in 2018, and it is still one of the tensest and most dangerous psychological thrillers the company has ever released. Five years after a dangerous and mysterious plague has forced humanity to blindfold themselves in fear of seeing an entity that will make them kill themselves, survival and safety are all the people of the world seek, but for some, this isn't enough. Answers are the only thing that will suffice, and the journey to get these is as deadly as the creatures roaming the world.

    If you hear something in the woods, you tell me. If you hear something in the water, you tell me. But under no circumstances are you allowed to take off your blindfold.

    • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Susanne Bier
    • Runtime: 124 Minutes

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