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The Best Movies with a Psychotic Main Character

Updated March 3, 2020 3.7k votes 477 voters 18.1k views27 items

List RulesVote up the greatest films in which a main character is a completely unhinged, probably violent psychopath.

Whether they're a wall street executive, a wanna-be drug dealer, or a disgruntled taxi driver, all these characters go a little mad sometimes. The best psychopath movies feature crazy killers who audiences actually enjoy watching for 120-plus minutes. This is a list of the best movies about psychopaths including everything from No Country for Old Men to The Shining to Psycho.

What films will you find on this list of movies featuring psychotic characters? The Silence of the Lambs was an instantly classic entry into the genre. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) was equally terrifying and intriguing as he helped Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) hunt down the serial killer Buffalo Bill. Funny Games is another great movie with psychos as the main characters. Quentin Tarantino is the king of psychopath movies, but Death Proof – starring Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike – has to be one of his best. Other good films featured on this top psychopath movies list include American Psycho, Taxi Driver, and True Romance.

Do you have a favorite among these movies about crazy people? Give the best films a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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    The Silence of the Lambs
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Psycho
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    American Psycho
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

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    The Shining
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    No Country for Old Men
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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Taxi Driver
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Natural Born Killers
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    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd

    Released1994

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Scarface
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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Cape Fear
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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Reservoir Dogs
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    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

    Released1992

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Joker
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    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    From Dusk till Dawn
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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    Inglourious Basterds
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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byEli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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    Death Proof
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    Death Proof

    Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson

    Released2007

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Sin City
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    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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    Friday the 13th Franchise
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    Funny Games
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    Funny Games

    Naomi Watts, Tim Roth

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Haneke

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    Kalifornia
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    Kalifornia

    Brad Pitt, David Duchovny

    Released1993

    Directed byDominic Sena

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    The Lighthouse
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    The Lighthouse

    Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Eggers

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    True Romance
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    True Romance

    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer

    Released1993

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Badlands
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    Badlands

    Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen

    Released1973

    Directed byTerrence Malick

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    L.A. Confidential
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Tone-Deaf
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    Tone-Deaf

    Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick

    Released2019

    Directed byRichard Bates Jr.

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    Savages
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    Savages

    Salma Hayek, Blake Lively

    Released2012

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Four Rooms
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    Four Rooms

    Madonna, Salma Hayek

    Released1995

    Directed byAlexandre Rockwell, Quentin Tarantino, Allison Anders, Robert Rodriguez

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