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The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

Updated May 14, 2021 48.2k votes 7.5k voters 712.5k views167 items

List RulesPsychological thriller movies and psychological horror films only--no slasher flicks

What are the best and scariest psychological thrillers and psychological horror movies of all time? If you consider yourself a fan of psychological thrillers, browse through this list of the scariest psychological thrillers of all time to find a movie that will have you sitting in suspense and on the edge of your seat the entire time. Listed in order of the most popular scariest psychological thrillers to the least popular , you can easily see which scary psychological horror movie was good enough to earn top ranking. If a particular favorite is on the bottom of the list, go ahead and vote for it so that it can be raised higher on the list.

Horror movies with plenty of blood and gore are fairly easy to find, but it can sometimes be difficult to find just the right scary mystery movie that has more of a psychological plot. With this handy list, you will be able to pick some great psychological thrillers and psychological horror movies for a scary movie marathon.

Movies like Sixth Sense and the Secret Window keep the viewer guessing until the end, with plenty of thrills along the way. And, there are many other great psychological thrillers to choose from as well. Go ahead and look through the list. You may just find a new favorite for the best psychological horror or thriller movie that you’ll never tire of watching! And if you're in the mood to watch these ASAP, many of these psychological thrillers are on Netflix.

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

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    Misery

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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

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    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

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    The Strangers

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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

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    What Lies Beneath

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford

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    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

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    Vertigo

    James Stewart, Kim Novak

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    Red Dragon

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    Jacob's Ladder

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    Cape Fear (1991)

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

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    Carrie

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