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The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

Updated September 22, 2020 51.0k votes 7.4k voters 705.9k views144 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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  • 1
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • 4
    Misery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 5
    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 6
    Seven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • 7
    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 8
    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • 9
    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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  • 10
    Frailty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

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  • 11
    Sinister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • 12
    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 13
    The Others is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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  • 14
    The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    The Strangers

    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward

    Released2008

    Directed byBryan Bertino

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  • 15
    Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

    Released1954

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 16
    Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Vertigo

    James Stewart, Kim Novak

    Released1958

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 17
    What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    What Lies Beneath

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 18
    Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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  • 19
    1408 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    1408

    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack

    Released2007

    Directed byMikael Håfström

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 21
    Cape Fear (1991) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Cape Fear (1991)

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Jacob's Ladder

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • 23
    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time
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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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