List of Psychological Thriller Movies That Will Keep You on Edge

There’s just something about psychological thrillers that keep you at the edge of your seat.

Unlike horror movies with lots of gore and a lot of instrumentals playing in the background to scare you, this genre doesn’t only keep your chest pounding, you wonder what’s next.

If that’s what you’re looking for then this list of psychological thriller movies is a must-watch!

1. Before I go to sleep

Christine, a forty-year-old car accident survivor suffering from anterograde amnesia, loses all her memories back to her twenties every night after falling asleep. And every day, Christine wakes up next to Ben, a stranger who claims to be her husband.

Christine keeps a meticulous and illuminating video diary to compensate for her complete inability to form new recollections, as directed by her psychologist Dr. Nasch, in the hope of piecing together her fragmented existence.

Little by little, unexpected and uncomfortable flashbacks begin to unravel the thick mystery of Christine’s deep trauma; however, who should she trust in the process?

2. Fractured

Ray, his wife, and their daughter are driving cross-country when they stop at a highway rest stop, where his daughter falls and breaks her arm.

Ray is finally able to get her to a doctor after a frantic rush to the hospital and a clash with the check-in nurse. Ray collapses in a chair in the lobby while his wife and daughter go downstairs for an MRI.

They have no record or knowledge of Ray’s family ever being checked in when they wake up.

3. Only mine

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Julie, who has been tortured and left for dead by a scorned lover, finds the strength within herself to recover and retaliate against her abuser.

4. Deadly illusions

Mary Morrison, a bestselling novelist suffering from writer’s block, hires Grace, an innocent young woman, to look after her twin children.

The novelist’s dangerous indulgence in her new bestseller blurs the line between the life she’s writing and the one she’s living.

5. Gone girl

Nick Dunne, a small-town guy who made a name for himself as a magazine writer in the big city, blames the recession and the loss of his job for the decline of his marriage to his intellectually superior wife with a sizable trust fund.

Following his wife’s disappearance on the morning of their fifth anniversary, questions about his motives and character begin to surface.

As the search for his missing wife continues, the media circus camped outside his house fuels guilty suspicions into a national frenzy. Is this happy-go-lucky everyman capable of murdering his wife?

6. Sightless

Ellen Ashland withdraws from the world to recover after an attack blinds her. However, she quickly succumbs to paranoia, unable to persuade anyone that her assailant has returned to terrorize her by hiding in plain sight.

7. The woman in the window

In New York, an agoraphobic woman living alone begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.

8. Mirage

Nico is a 12-year-old boy who is obsessed with videotaping himself while playing guitar on November 9, 1989 (the same day the Berlin Wall falls). Mara, his single mother, is raising him.

On the same night, a 72-hour electric storm breaks out, and Nico witnesses a violent scene in the house of his neighbor, Angel Prieto, through his room window. He enters the house and discovers Hilda Weiss, Prieto’s wife, died on the floor. Running away from Prieto, who has discovered him in his home, Nico is hit and killed by a passing car.

9. Rebecca

A newly married young woman arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast, after a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter.

She begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, naive and inexperienced but finds herself fighting the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.

10. When the bough breaks

In this blend of horror and erotic drama, a young woman agrees to be a surrogate for a married couple, but she soon falls in love with the household’s father-to-be.

Although she initially appears stable and normal during an introduction with potential parents John and Laura, Anna becomes fixated on John and is willing to go to any length to seduce him.

11. Shut-in

Steven is a troubled adolescent from Maine who has been sent to boarding school. While his father, Richard Portman, is driving him there, they have a heated argument, and the car swerves into oncoming traffic, killing Richard and leaving Steven in a coma.

Six months later, Richard is being cared for by his mother, Mary. Mary is a child and adolescent psychologist who works from home. She is distressed to learn that one of her patients, a deaf child named Tom, will be transferred to a Boston school.

Later, Mary meets with her therapist, Dr. Wilson, to discuss Steven. Despite her guilt, she has decided to place Steven in a care facility because he is unresponsive.

12. Lavender

After a traumatic accident, a photographer in a failing marriage suffers from severe memory loss. Strange hints in her photos suggest she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she had no idea about. A concerned psychiatrist attempts to assist her in regaining lost memories.

13. Get out

Rose Armitage is introducing Chris Washington, her boyfriend, to her parent. He’s worried about how they’ll treat him because they’re white and he’s black. Her parents, on the other hand, appear unfazed, and everything appears to be fine.

Chris then begins to notice some strange behavior patterns among the African-American staff at the house. The Armitages throw a lavish party, and Chris finds himself in awkward conversations with the guests.

Initially, he chalks it up to racial differences, but the guests’ and Armitages’ motives become more sinister. Chris decides it’s time to leave.

14. Joker

Struggling to make people laugh in grim early-1980s Gotham City, Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill street clown and failed stand-up comedian, wears his smudgy makeup every day to make ends meet.

Mocked, bullied, and, above all, marginalized, Fleck’s tenuous grasp on reality will pave the way for a slow descent into a dark world of unrestrained violence as a loaded revolver enters the picture, promising long-awaited liberation.

The medications then stopped working, and troubled Arthur’s ferocious hatred appears to be the only way out. Is the world ready for the gloriously malevolent arrival of the grin-sporting super-villain, Joker?

15. Ma

Sue Ann is a woman who struggles with social rejection, peer pressure, and bullying in the revenge film. She is a lonely veterinary assistant who lives in an Ohio town.

When she meets a group of teenagers, things start to go wrong. Sue Ann is invited to the clique despite their age differences, for which she purchases alcohol. Sue Ann, who comes to be known as Ma, enjoys it at first because her friendship with the high schoolers allows her to be social and gets her invited to parties.

However, she is finding it increasingly difficult to say goodbye to her friends on weekends. She eventually develops an obsession with the group.

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Esosa is the Chief Editor and Movie Reviewer for Film-ish. She's a living library of literary and cinematic knowledge! She spends her free time googling the funniest stuff on the internet when she isn't penning paranormal stories or watching movies. She dabbles in everything quirky, enjoys reading and video games, and is frequently found commenting on Marvel Universe Facebook groups!

By Esosa Kolawole

Esosa is the Chief Editor and Movie Reviewer for Film-ish. She's a living library of literary and cinematic knowledge! She spends her free time googling the funniest stuff on the internet when she isn't penning paranormal stories or watching movies. She dabbles in everything quirky, enjoys reading and video games, and is frequently found commenting on Marvel Universe Facebook groups!

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