film The Best Psychological Thriller Movies on Netflix  

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The best psychological thriller films don't have cheap scares or ghosts that flash onto the screen without warning. Instead, their twisted messages will seep into your brain, and make you fear every silent moment. This list of the best psychological thriller movies on Netflix promises to keep your palms sweaty and your heart pumping.

Some wonderfully disturbing performances run throughout this Netflix thrillers list: Robert De Niro as a vicious ex-con in Cape Fear, Sharon Stone's questionable killer femme in Basic Instinct, and Ellen Page's disturbing role in Hard Candy.

If you're ready to leap beyond the paltry scares of lesser horror films and into the core-rattling ones of these classics, then this list of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix is the one for you. Vote up the best psychological thriller films streaming on Netflix, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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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, ...more

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Basic Instinct Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more

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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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We Need to Talk About Kevin Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2011 British-American psychological thriller film, directed by Lynne Ramsay and adapted from Lionel Shriver's novel of the same name. A long process of ...more

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The Good Son Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, David Morse The Good Son is a 1993 American psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by English novelist Ian McEwan. The film stars Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood.

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The Manchurian Candidate Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Vera Farmiga The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. The film, based on Richard Condon's 1959 novel of the same name and a re-imagining of the previous 1962 ...more

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Exam Gemma Chan, Colin Salmon, Jimi Mistry Exam is a 2009 British psychological thriller film written by Simon Garrity and Stuart Hazeldine, directed by Stuart Hazeldine and starring Colin Salmon, Chris Carey, Jimi Mistry, Luke Mably, ...more

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The Babadook Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan 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 ...more

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The Invitation Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Aiden Lovekamp

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Dream House Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig Dream House is a 2011 American psychological thriller written by David Loucka directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts and Marton Csokas. It was released on ...more

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The Perfect Host David Hyde Pierce, Helen Reddy, Nathaniel Parker The Perfect Host is a 2010 American black comedy/psychological thriller film written and directed by Nick Tomnay, a remake of Tomnay's 2001 short film The Host. The film stars David Hyde Pierce ...more

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Rear Window Daryl Hannah, Christopher Reeve, Robert Forster Rear Window is an American television movie directed by Jeff Bleckner. The teleplay by Larry Gross and Eric Overmyer is an updated adaptation of the classic 1954 feature film directed by Alfred ...more

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The Lazarus Project Paul Walker, Piper Perabo, Linda Cardellini The Lazarus Project is a 2008 American drama/thriller film directed and written by John Patrick Glenn. It stars Paul Walker as Ben, a former criminal who gets a second chance at life and ...more

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Reasonable Doubt Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Gloria Reuben Reasonable Doubt is a 2014 Canadian crime thriller film directed by Peter Howitt and written by Peter A. Dowling. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Erin Karpluk, Gloria Reuben ...more

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The Hunter Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor The Hunter is a 2011 drama film written by Alice Addison and directed by Daniel Nettheim based on the novel by Julia Leigh.

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After the Dark James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara

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The Double Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Double is a 2013 British black comedy film written and directed by Richard Ayoade and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. The film is based on the novella The Double by Fyodor ...more

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Amber Alert Alaina Huffman, Barry Flatman, Damon Runyan

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The Scribbler Sasha Grey, Katie Cassidy The Scribbler is a 2014 American thriller film directed by John Suits and written by Daniel Schaffer, based on his own graphic novel of same name. The film stars Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, ...more

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The Snowtown Murders Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris

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Trespass Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet Trespass is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as a married couple taken hostage by extortionists. Shooting on the project ...more

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Fractured Vinnie Jones, Callum Blue, Indigo Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Fractured is a 2013 horror thriller film that was directed by Adam Gierasch, based on a script by Gierasch and his writing partner Jace Anderson. The film had its world premiere on October 12, ...more

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Brake Tom Berenger, Chyler Leigh, Stephen Dorff Brake is an 2012 American thriller film directed by Gabe Torres, written by Timothy Mannion, and starring Stephen Dorff.

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The Two Faces of January Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac The Two Faces of January is a 2014 thriller film written and directed by Hossein Amini.

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Grand Piano Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Tamsin Egerton Grand Piano is a 2013 English-language Spanish thriller film starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack. The film is about a once promising pianist returning for a comeback performance, only to be the ...more

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Karla Laura Prepon, Misha Collins, Brandon Routh Karla is a 2006 American-Canadian psychological thriller film. The film is based on the true story of Canada's two most notorious serial killers, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, though the ...more

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Sangre de Mi Sangre Jesús Ochoa, Paola Mendoza, Jorge Adrián Espíndola

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Dark Tourist Melanie Griffith, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Michael Cudlitz

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The Tortured Erika Christensen, Jesse Metcalfe, Bill Moseley The Tortured is a 2010 American-Canadian mystery horror-thriller film directed by Robert Lieberman and written by Marek Posival. The film tells the story of a couple whose life is broken when a ...more

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Abattoir Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye

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Crave Edward Furlong, Ron Perlman, Richard Speight^! Jr. Crave is a 2012 American drama thriller film directed by Charles de Lauzirika. The film stars Josh Lawson as a man who retreats into a fantasy world that comes with deadly consequences. Crave ...more