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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. 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 Invitation


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Actors: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Aiden Lovekamp, Michelle Krusiec, Mike Doyle, + more

Initial Release: 2015

Directed by: Karyn Kusama

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The Babadook


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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 Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear appear in supporting roles. The Babadook was produced by Causeway Films and is based on the short film Monster, also written and directed by Kent. The film was shown at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan, Hayley McElhinney, Craig Behenna, + more

Initial Release: 2014

Directed by: Jennifer Kent

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The Perfect Host


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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 and Clayne Crawford. Filming took place in Los Angeles, California. It was filmed in 17 days. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: David Hyde Pierce, Helen Reddy, Nathaniel Parker, George Cheung, Greg Brown, + more

Initial Release: 2010

Directed by: Nick Tomnay

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Seven


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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 Fincher based on a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker. The newly transferred David Mills and the soon-to-retire William Somerset are homicide detectives who become deeply involved in the case of a sadistic serial killer whose meticulously planned murders correspond to the seven deadly sins: gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and envy. The film was released in the United States on September 22, 1995. Grossing $327 million at the box office ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey, + more

Initial Release: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

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#2 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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#12 on The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

#42 on The Greatest Movies for Guys

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