Top 10 Best Psychological Movies of All Time to Watch

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Psychological Movies of All Time till 2017 to Watch. Nothing shocks quite like a psychological thriller. While horror, comedy, and even drama can pull at the emotions, a good thriller will go far deeper and pull at the more base instincts that drive humanity, teasing and twisting them into knots. Those who can figure out the plot and the twists are often those who enjoy watching such films, while others who are awaiting the sudden reveal that will give them the answers are often left emptied and hollowed out when it finally comes. That is the essence of a good psychological thriller. With that, here are the top 10 psychological movies 2017 to watch if you’re looking for a truly disturbing experience.

List of Top 10 Best Psychological Movies of All Time till 2017 to Watch

10) Insomnia (2002)

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While not terribly complex, “Insomnia”, which is a remake of an earlier film of the same name, offers up memorable characters and a devious twist that leaves viewers scratching their heads as to how something so obvious could be seen as such a masterful movie. Al Pacino and Robin Williams steal the show by their presence alone, while Hillary Swank adds a down-home counterpoint to this thrilling game of cat and mouse. Whether the viewer guesses what is coming next or not is dependent upon the attention they pay to the point of the film, and how closely they are watching the main characters.

9) The Machinist (2004)


Psychological thrillers are often quite adept at showing the darker side of humanity, and “The Machinist” is no exception. Christian Bale goes to the extreme in this film as he depicts a man driven to the edge by his own guilty conscience which, in true thriller fashion, becomes a walking, talking presence that he is convinced is out to get him. Bale’s transformation throughout the film places a horrifying exclamation point on how much dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors can affect one’s physical health.

8) Jacob’s Ladder (2009)

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Tortured, troubled, it seems to equate to the same type of nightmares that plague the titular character. Tim Robbins has made an exceptionally successful career out of playing characters who are either emotionally unstable or have deep, dark secrets that are capable of destroying whomever they touch, including his character. In “Jacob’s Ladder” Robbins must confront his own sense of reality as the losses and hardships his character have undergone conspire to make his every waking moment a living hell that he cannot hope to escape. As masterful thrillers go, “Jacob’s Ladder” is still one that people talk about.

7) Funny Games (2007)

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This is not the typical thriller film that most people would think of, but once the terror begins it is hard to stop watching. Two teenagers who are intent on torturing and debasing their victims plague a well to do neighborhood, terrorizing those who are unfortunate enough to cross their paths. If this isn’t horrifying enough, the essence of this film is carried to a new level as the characters are allowed to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to the viewers as though seeking to open a running dialogue. While in the current era of film this is not entirely unheard of, at the time this movie was released it was still highly unconventional.

6) American Psycho (2000)

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Christian Bale makes this list once again as the star character, and for good reason. His
character is that of a bored, ruthless businessman who on the outside appears to be successful
and very professional. Behind closed doors however he is a troubled, homicidal psychopath, as the title of the movie indicates. Murdering prostitutes, running naked through a hallway wielding a bloody chainsaw, and even chopping up a supposed friend while wearing a plastic poncho is par for the course in this disturbing vision of maniacal mayhem. And yet, his girlfriend paints him as monster simply because he lacks any true feeling for her. That is a true thriller.

5) Seven (1995)


The darkest, most base desires of humanity are often what people seek to hide, erase, or otherwise not think about. In this gritty, pulse-pounding film Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman go toe to toe with a deranged killer, played by Kevin Spacey, who is intent on punishing sinners using the seven deadly sins as labeled by Dante Alighieri. Gruesome and unusual as the killings are, they serve a point in highlighting the iniquities of humanity and the many flaws that are seen among the masses. One can almost believe that the killer has at least a small point when considering how he selects his victims. By the ending, it is hard to know who to side with. This is one of the Top 10 Best Psychological Movies of All Time till 2017 to Watch.

4) Memento (2000)

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Guy Pierce is perhaps one of the only people in the world who could possibly pull off the smooth, uninterrupted transitions between one memory sequence and another. His calm, cool attitude propels the movie forward despite its disjointed and often confusing flashbacks. There is a definite sense of urgency as well as mounting desperation as he seeks to find his prey, especially considering that at certain points of the movie, he is the prey. The twists and turns that keep this movie from ever being fully pinned down until the end make it an instant classic as well as a film that needs to be watched more than once to understand every little point.

3) Black Swan (2010)

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There is no room for anything but perfection in this film. The life of a professional ballerina is one of perfection, of seeking to be poised at all times, and to remain a rational, logical human being in the process. Natalie Portman portrays the lead character in such a way that even upon the breaking of her fragile persona, one cannot help but feel sorry for her. Tortured and driven beyond the brink of what might be considered normal for any human being, this is a classic tale of what absolute devotion to one’s craft can bring.

2) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)


There is so much to be said about this movie that it cannot possibly be talked about
enough. “The Silence of the Lambs” was disturbing on many levels, not the least of which were
the constant themes that were discussed throughout and spoken of jokingly and in hushed, almost
awe-filled tones even two decades after the film was released. Though the role of Hannibal
Lecter was portrayed in an earlier film by Brian Cox, it was Anthony Hopkins who made the
cannibalistic doctor truly come to life. Through his masterful work as the brilliant but extremely
dangerous character, he almost overshadowed the brilliant work done by Jodie Foster as agent
Clarice Starling. The two were the primary focuses of the film, easily outstripping Ted Levine’s character of Buffalo Bill, who, as some may actually forget, is supposed to be the film’s main antagonist. While many people will remember only famous lines and moments, the entire scope of “The Silence of the Lambs” is a dangerously smooth and slippery ride into madness that will spill one into the murky, muck-filled cesspool that waits.

1) Vertigo (1958)


Despite receiving mixed reviews when it first came out, “Vertigo” is now considered to be a Hitchcock classic, and one of the works that defines his career. James Stewart also gained great notoriety for his role as former police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson. The entire point of the film, aside from the matter of Scottie following Kim Novak’s character, Madeleine, is to show the increasingly powerful effect of Scottie’s acrophobia, which developed during an incident in the line of duty. In fact, thanks to the cutting edge cinematography used in the film, it was coined as “the Vertigo Effect”. This movie is by today’s standards still a masterpiece, and has become the standard to which many movies are held. this is the Top 10 Best Psychological Movies of All Time to Watch till 2017.

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