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The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

Updated September 22, 2020 51.4k votes 7.4k voters 707.6k 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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    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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    The Shining
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 3
    The Sixth Sense
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Misery
    1,061
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Psycho
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    345

    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Seven
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    502

    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    The Thing
    547
    217

    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Rosemary's Baby
    611
    259

    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    The Exorcist
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Frailty
    407
    189

    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

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    Sinister
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    425

    Sinister

    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    The Ring
    834
    401

    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    The Others
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    439

    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    The Strangers
    469
    212

    The Strangers

    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward

    Released2008

    Directed byBryan Bertino

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    Rear Window
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    123

    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

    Released1954

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Vertigo
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    Vertigo

    James Stewart, Kim Novak

    Released1958

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    What Lies Beneath
    436
    228

    What Lies Beneath

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Red Dragon
    519
    239

    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    1408
    580
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    1408

    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack

    Released2007

    Directed byMikael Håfström

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    Cape Fear (1991)
    340
    143

    Cape Fear (1991)

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • 21
    Jacob's Ladder
    508
    251

    Jacob's Ladder

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Carrie
    614
    310

    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 23
    No Country for Old Men
    381
    170

    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Zodiac
    446
    207

    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    The Bone Collector
    370
    214

    The Bone Collector

    Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington

    Released1999

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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