Psychological thrillers are the most exciting genre of all times. A psychological thriller can be equally traumatic, but it depends on the person who tries to view it. Psychological thrillers basically deal with a character’s psyche. The most important thing in any sort of psychological thriller is the Plot. It is the plot of a thriller that keeps the audiences at the edge of their seats. Psychological thrillers are intense action oriented and are based on the themes consisting of perception, reality, identity etc. A good psychological thriller will blow up your mind. Over the time a lot of psychological thrillers were produced by the movie industry. Some were brilliant and some were not so good. So here we come with a list of the top ten psychological thrillers of all times:
1. The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is one of the most taut, suspenseful, psychological thrillers ever produced. Director Jonathan Demme’s superbly-crafted, harrowing film is dark, moody, sombre, and truly frightening. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, his second to feature Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. This movie is arguably the best psychological thrillers of all time
2. The Black Swan
The Black Swan is an award winning movie which is one of the best psychological thrillers of all time. Natalie Portman begged the 2010 Oscar award for best actress for her commendable performance in the Black Swan as Nina. It is a psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet where a featured dancer finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival. A must watch movie for all thriller lovers.
3. The Prestige
The Prestige is a 2006 mystery thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, with a screenplay adapted from Christopher Priest’s 1995 novel of the same name. The story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results. This movie is yet another masterpiece of Christopher Nolan and is indeed one of the best psychological thrillers of all time.
4. Rear Window
The Rear Window is a murder mystery movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. The movie was one of the oldest thrillers which still stand in the top 10 thriller movies of all time. In this movie, a wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
5. The 6th Sense
The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American psychological thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear, a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and talk to the dead, and an equally troubled child psychologist who tries to help him. The film established Shyamalan as a writer and director. This is one of the best movie on psychological disorder and one of the classic movies of all time. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It is a movie worth watching and one of the most brilliant performances by any child artist in all movies.