Psychological thrillers

List of the best psychological thriller films according to visitors: Shutter Island, Run, The Guilty, Memento, Fear of Rain, The Place, The Lodge, The Girl on the Train, Halloween, Gothika.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersPsychopath, Doctors
PlotPuzzles, The escape, Investigation, Split personality, Chase
PlaceSea, Islands, Psychiatric hospitals, Hospitals, USA
StylePopular, Unexpected ending, Psychological problems, Twisted plot, Smart

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersTeens, Disabled people, Mom and daughter, Single mothers, Guardian
PlotInvestigation, Mental disorders, Mystery, Tracking
StyleWomens in main roles, Disturbing

Chloe, a teenager who is confined to a wheelchair, is homeschooled by her mother, Diane. Chloe soon becomes suspicious of her mother and begins to suspect that she may be harboring a dark secret.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, crime
CountryUSA
PlotPhone calls

A demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk is conflicted when he receives an emergency phone call from a kidnapped woman.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersKillers
PlotPuzzles, Revenge, Investigation, Lost memory
PlaceUSA
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Philosophical

Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlotMental disorders, Fear

A teenage girl living with schizophrenia begins to suspect her neighbor has kidnapped a child. Her parents try desperately to help her live a normal life, without exposing their own tragic secrets, and the only person who believes her is Caleb – a boy she isn’t even sure exists.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryItaly
Duration01:37
PlotMystery, Death, Mystery, Fate, Mystery
PlaceItaly
StylePhilosophical, Fascinating, Makes me think, Intellectual, Depressive

The fates of an apparently random group of strangers who each come into contact with a mysterious figure who they believe possesses the power to grant any wish, in return for which they must carry out a task he assigns them.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, USA
CharactersDogs, Teens, Childrens, Family, Journalists
PlotSurvival, Death, Supernatural, Mental disorders, Snow
PlaceCountry houses
TimeNew Year, Dark ones, Winter
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Tense, Gloomy

When a father is forced to abruptly depart for work, he leaves his children, Aidan and Mia, at their holiday home in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace. Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace's dark past.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:21
CharactersAlcoholics, Lovers, Psychiatrists
PlotLove, Time travel, Investigation, Obsession, Mental disorders
PlaceTrains, New York
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Rachel Watson, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersDogs, Maniacs, Teens, Serial killers, Killers
PlotRevenge, Death, Pursuit
PlaceSmall cities
TimeHalloween
StyleHeavy, Tense, Disturbing

In John Carpenter's horror classic, a psychotic murderer, institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, France, Canada, Spain
Duration01:38
CharactersSerial killers, Psychologists
PlotSuperpowers, Investigation, Mystery, Supernatural, Mental disorders
PlaceUSA
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Gothic

After a car crash, a criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) comes to, only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband -- but she has no memory of committing the crime. As she tries to regain her memory and convince her co-workers of her innocence, a vengeful spirit uses her as an earthly pawn, which further convinces everyone of her guilt.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:25
CharactersManiacs, Clowns, The Joker, Losers, Psychopath
PlotLoneliness, Depression, Mental disorders
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, DC, By comics, Atmospheric, Heavy

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers, Spiders, Sheriffs
PlotCancer
PlaceCemetery, Small cities
StyleGothic

In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters converge around young Arvin Russell as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountrySpain
Duration01:48
CharactersLovers
PlotLove, Revenge, Investigation, Mystery, Missing people
PlacePrison
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Serious

A woman’s body disappears mysteriously from the morgue without a trace. Police inspector Jaime Peña investigates the strange occurrence with the help of Álex Ulloa, the widower of the missing woman.

Markimdb: 8.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:11
CharactersLosers
PlotFight, Fights without rules, Obsession, Split personality, Loneliness
StyleInteresting, Popular, Unexpected ending, Psychological problems, Mind-altering

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryItaly
Duration02:11
CharactersScammers, Friends
PlotLove, Robbery, Relationship, Loneliness, Love with age difference
PlaceItaly
StyleTwisted plot, Fascinating, Smart, Intellectual

Virgil Oldman is a world renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally damaged Claire to oversee the valuation and sale of her family’s priceless art collection, Virgil allows himself to form an attachment to her – and soon he is engulfed by a passion which will rock his bland existence to the core.

Duration01:49
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers
PlotMoney, Obsession, Split personality, Mental disorders, Mystery
PlaceHotels
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Heavy, Smart

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySpain
Duration01:49
CharactersKillers, Lawyers, Businessmen, Detectives
PlotInvestigation, Death
PlaceCourt, Spain
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Tense

"The Invisible Guest” turns on a young businessman who wakes up in a hotel room locked from the inside with the dead body of his lover next to him. He hires a prestigious lawyer, and over one night they work together to clarify what happened in a frenetic race against time.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Killers, Friends, Psychiatrists
PlotTravel, Investigation, Split personality, Death
PlaceHotels, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Twisted plot, Serious, Disturbing

Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersSerial killers, Sisters
PlotSurvival, Investigation, Pursuit, Missing people, Justice
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, Smart, Tense, Serious

Jill Parrish is trying to rebuild her life after surviving a terrifying kidnapping attempt. Though she is having a difficult time, she takes small steps toward normalcy by starting a new job and inviting her sister, Molly, to move in with her. Returning home from work one morning, Jill discovers that Molly has vanished, and she is certain that the same man who previously abducted her has returned for revenge.

Markimdb: 8.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:28
CharactersHackers, Spy, Scammers
PlotAdventure, Puzzles, Skirmishes, Fight, Virtual Reality
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleInteresting, Popular, Exciting, Psychological problems, Action

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, detective
CountrySpain
Duration01:47
CharactersFamily, Surgeons, Nurses
PlotTime travel, Cars, Chase, Mystery
PlaceSchool, Trains, Parallel worlds, Psychiatric hospitals
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Tense, For men, Disturbing

During a mysterious thunderstorm, Vera, a young mother, manages to save a life in danger, but her good deed causes a disturbing chain of unexpected consequences.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Family, Strangers
PlotSurvival, Growing up, Mental disorders, Experiments, Vacation
PlaceIslands, Beach, Ocean, Sand
StyleUnexpected ending, Makes me think

A group of families on a tropical holiday discover that the secluded beach where they are staying is somehow causing them to age rapidly – reducing their entire lives into a single day.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, fantasy, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersClairvoyants, Housewives, Detectives
PlotDisasters, Time travel, Fate
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Psychological problems, Serious, Disturbing

A depressed housewife who learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the day after to a world in which he is still dead.

Duration01:53
CharactersTeens, Sleepwalkers
PlotTime travel, Puzzles, Superpowers, Death, Supernatural
StyleInteresting, Unexpected ending, Psychological problems, Twisted plot, Atmospheric

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:29
CharactersPolice
PlotTreason, Abduction, Investigation, Intrigue, Mystery
PlaceUSA, Office, New York
StyleInteresting, Unexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Twisted plot

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountrySpain, USA
Duration02:11
CharactersSerial killers, Twins, Friends, Brothers, Fathers
PlotLove, Mystery, Death, Dolls, Mental disorders
PlaceBeach
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Twisted plot, Tense

A young man and his four younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:08
CharactersAlcoholics, Psychiatrists, Nurses
PlotWeapon
PlaceHospitals, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing

Driving cross-country, Ray and his wife and daughter stop at a highway rest area where his daughter falls and breaks her arm. After a frantic rush to the hospital and a clash with the check-in nurse, Ray is finally able to get her to a doctor. While the wife and daughter go downstairs for an MRI, Ray, exhausted, passes out in a chair in the lobby. Upon waking up, they have no record or knowledge of Ray's family ever being checked in.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, France
Duration02:27
CharactersLesbians, Killers, Girlfriends, Directors
PlotLove, Puzzles, Relationship, Investigation, Lost memory
PlaceHospitals, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Smart

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersParents
PlotPassion, Obsession, Split personality, Mental disorders, Ballet
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Atmospheric, Explicit scenes, Serious

A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersSerial killers, Family, Mothers
PlotInvestigation, Cheating
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy, Serious

Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school to find his mother (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?





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