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The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time  

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List Rules Psychological 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 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.

If you know of a great psychological thriller that isn’t listed, add it to the list so that others can begin watching it too. 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 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!
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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more
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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock
Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story. Originally released by Paramount ...more
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
gigantricks added Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford about an actress who holds her ...more
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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman
The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. The title refers to the butterfly effect, a popular ...more
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The Omen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
MarialVadskaer added Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow
The Omen is a 2006 remake of Richard Donner's The Omen. Directed by John Moore and written by David Seltzer, the film stars Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, and Mia Farrow. It was released ...more
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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
MarialVadskaer added Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah
The Bone Collector is a 1999 psychological thriller film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Martin Bregman. The movie was based on the novel ...more
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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski
This film is a 1987 American psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and Anne Archer. The film centers on a married Manhattan man who has a ...more
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Cube is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett
Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film was a successful product of the Canadian Film Centre's First Feature
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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Sploich added Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman
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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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson
Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the a 14-year-old female vigilante. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian Nelson, and starred Ellen Page and Patrick ...more
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox
Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on ...more
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The Game is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze
The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells ...more
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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese
Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more
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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock
Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was ...more
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One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
willyboymcoy added Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg
One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. ...more
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The Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
OscarLedezmaEscamilla added Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel
The Uninvited is a 2009 American psychological horror film directed by the Guard Brothers, and starring Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel and David Strathairn. It is a remake of ...more
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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro
Secret Window is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden ...more
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Fallen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
arun added Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland
Fallen is a 1998 American fantasy action film directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. It was the only Turner Pictures film to receive an R ...more
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Copycat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick
Copycat is a 1995 American psychological thriller, starring Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter and Dermot Mulroney. The film was directed by Jon Amiel, with a score composed by Christopher Young.
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When a Stranger Calls is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts
When a Stranger Calls is a 1979 psychological horror film. It was directed by Fred Walton and stars Carol Kane and Charles Durning. The film derives its story from the classic folk legend of ...more
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Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
OscarLedezmaEscamilla added Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen
Hide and Seek is a 2005 American horror film starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. It was directed by John Polson. The film opened in the United States on January 28, 2005 and was a ...more
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Joy Ride is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
but chickens double d added Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Walton Goggins
Joy Ride, also known as Roadkill, is a 2001 American thriller road film. The film was written by J. J. Abrams and Clay Tarver and directed by John Dahl and starring Steve Zahn, Paul Walker and ...more
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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty
Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their ...more
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Cujo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
Julie MamaSpitta Parks added
Cujo is a 1981 psychological horror novel by Stephen King about a rabid dog. The novel won the British Fantasy Award in 1982, and was made into a film in 1983.
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Disturbia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
persongee added Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis, Carrie-Anne Moss
Disturbia is a 2007 American thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso. The film follows a teenager (Shia LaBeouf) who is placed on house arrest and begins to spy on his neighbors, thinking one of ...more