Sponsored
342 voters

The Best R-Rated Psychological Thriller Movies

Updated February 16, 2021 6.0k votes 342 voters 39.1k views203 items

List RulesAdd your favorite movie to the list if it's missing, but only if it's the correct rating.

List of R-Rated psychological thriller movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated psychological thriller movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Psychological thriller movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated psychological thriller movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Psychological thriller movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Psychological thriller films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Psychological thriller film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

Movies on this list include Fight Club and Seven.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated psychological thriller movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated psychological thriller movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new psychological thriller movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great psychological thriller movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

Get your social network's input by re-ranking the list, making it votable then sharing everywhere you can. {#nodes}

list.itemsDescription

...more
  • Seven1
    109
    14

    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars...  more

    More Seven 

    Behind The Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'Se7en'#73 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • Fight Club2
    82
    20

    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The...  more

    More Fight Club 

    'Fight Club' Fan Theories That Just Might Be True#40 of 155 The Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time

  • Shutter Island3
    76
    20

    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The...  more

    More Shutter Island 

    #11 of 19 The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in February 2021#8 of 37 The Best Martin Scorsese Movies

  • Memento4
    75
    20

    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan....  more

    More Memento 

    #20 of 28 28 Great Films That Didn't Win Oscars#13 of 15 15 Movies Where The Relationship Gaslighting Is The Real Horror

  • Misery5
    52
    15

    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of...  more
    Amazon_watch buy button

    More Misery 

    Behind The Scenes Of Annie Wilkes Hobbling Paul Sheldon In 'Misery'#287 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

  • Mystic River6
    46
    12

    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It...  more

    More Mystic River 

    #20 of 170 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#27 of 132 The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors

  • Lost Highway7
    42
    13

    Lost Highway

    Richard Pryor, Gary Busey

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by...  more

    More Lost Highway 

    #45 of 49 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama#9 of 128 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

  • The Devil's Advocate8
    47
    18

    The Devil's Advocate

    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's...  more

    More The Devil's Advocate 

    #13 of 54 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins#44 of 114 The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

  • The Game9
    45
    16

    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

    The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael...  more

    More The Game 

    #26 of 63 Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time#7 of 13 Twist Endings That Are Better Than The Twist Endings They Ripped Off

  • The Crying Game10
    45
    17

    The Crying Game

    Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent

    Released1992

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by...  more

    More The Crying Game 

    #490 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#323 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

  • Identity11
    38
    10

    Identity

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack

    Released2003

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a...  more

    More Identity 

    #118 of 261 The Best Ensemble Movies#57 of 100 List of Movies Like Inception

  • Cape Fear12
    42
    15

    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a...  more

    More Cape Fear 

    Behind The Scenes Of 'Cape Fear,' Robert De Niro's Most Unsettling Role#124 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • Basic Instinct13
    44
    16

    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul...  more

    More Basic Instinct 

    #174 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#40 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies

  • First Blood14
    39
    12

    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy

    Released1982

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted...  more

    More First Blood 

    #16 of 206 The Best Adventure Movies#11 of 14 Movies That Threw Book Endings Out The Window Completely

  • The Machinist15
    45
    19

    The Machinist

    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Anderson

    The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad...  more

    More The Machinist 

    #13 of 16 Complicated Movie Storylines No One Truly Understands#28 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

  • American Psycho16
    44
    19

    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

    American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by...  more

    More American Psycho 

    #568 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#27 of 64 The Greatest Movies About Making Money

  • The Dead Zone17
    31
    7

    The Dead Zone

    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

    Released1983

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    This film is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay...  more

    More The Dead Zone 

    #179 of 722 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#245 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

  • In the Mouth of Madness18
    33
    9

    In the Mouth of Madness

    Sam Neill, Julie Carmen

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    In the Mouth of Madness is a 1995 American Lovecraftian horror film directed and scored by...  more

    More In the Mouth of Madness 

    #9 of 15 Horror Movie Endings People Only Pretend To Understand#7 of 20 20 Shocking Horror Movie Endings That Took You by Surprise

  • 12 Monkeys19
    40
    19

    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by...  more

    More 12 Monkeys 

    Behind-The-Scenes Stories From '12 Monkeys'#607 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

  • Gone Baby Gone20
    34
    12

    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

    Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck,...  more

    More Gone Baby Gone 

    #37 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time#19 of 24 The Best Movies with Twist Endings

  • Falling Down21
    34
    13

    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas

    Released1993

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith....  more
    Amazon_watch buy button

    More Falling Down 

    #303 of 456 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time#17 of 25 Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes

  • The Butterfly Effect22
    38
    17

    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

    Released2004

    Directed byJ. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

    The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and...  more

    More The Butterfly Effect 

    #45 of 230 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#432 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • Don't Look Now23
    30
    9

    Don't Look Now

    Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie

    Released1973

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    Don't Look Now is a 1973 independent British-Italian film directed by Nicolas Roeg. It is a...  more

    More 

    #108 of 553 The Best '70s Movies#47 of 50 The Best Movies Based on Short Stories

  • Silver Bullet24
    29
    10

    Silver Bullet

    Gary Busey, Corey Haim

    Released1985

    Directed byDan Attias

    Silver Bullet is a 1985 horror film based on the Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf....  more

    More Silver Bullet 

    #20 of 20 The Scariest Kids In The Stephen King Cinematic Universe, Ranked#2 of 23 Underrated Halloween Movies You Should Watch This Year

  • Saw25
    42
    25

    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

    Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's...  more

    More Saw 

    The Best Saw Characters in the Whole Franchise, Ranked#2 of 88 The Goriest Movies Ever Made