41 Top Psychological Thrillers to give you Goosebumps at any time of the day

Black Swan

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IMDB rating: 8/10
A very talented ballerina, Nina, lives in New York but practically lives and breathes dance. When the role casting begins for a play named ‘Swan Lake’, Nina is the first person who the artistic director, Thomas, thinks of. Nina is a very innocent girl full of dreams. Things start taking a toll on her due to the negativity around her, one of it being her mother who is a former ballerina herself. Soon, she comes across a competitor named Lily who is also being considered by Thomas for the play. Swan Lake needs a dancer who can play the role of the White Swan for which Nina is appropriate and the Black Swan which Lily is perfect for. All this rivalry leads to the development of a strange friendship between Nina and Lily and Nina begins to get in contact with her dark side.

Hard Candy

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IMDB rating: 7.1/10
‘Thonggrrrl14’ is a 14-year-old girl named Hayley Stark who has been chatting with ‘Lensman319’ who is a 32-year-old fashion photographer named Jeff for three weeks. After talking to each other and feeling a connection, both of them decide to meet at a coffee shop called Nighthawks. As soon as the duo meets, Hayley starts flirting with Jeff who tries to distance himself keeping in mind the age of the young girl. However, Hayley does not step down and convinces him to move the conversation back to his place where things go haywire when Jeff reveals she knows he talks to teenage girls online and would do anything to get him to confess.

Pi

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IMDB rating: 7.4/10
A brilliant mathematician Maximillian Cohen (Max) believes that the existence of everything in the universe can be explained in the form of numbers and that patterns emerge when these numbers are fed into a system. He has been a lonely man all his life with his headaches being his constant companions apart from one pal who also happens to be his former professor, Sol Robeson. The kind of genius that he is, Max goes on to develop a supercomputer in his house in order to predict the patterns of the stock market. A mysterious number developed by the intelligent machine can result in a profit of millions for which a wall street company starts chasing Max with his headaches deteriorating further.

Perfect Blue

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IMDB rating: 7.9/10
Mima is a very talented member of the idol group, CHAM. She is about to leave the group and embark on a new journey as an actress. While climbing onto the ladder of success, she mostly plays the role of rape victims and also poses nude for the magazines. On this wonderful journey to glory, everything goes on fine with Mima until she comes across a fan who is obsessed with her and stalks her and a ghost who has returned from her past and is now haunting her.

A Cure for Wellness

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IMDB rating: 6.4/10
Lockhart, an executive in a financial services firm in New York, is sent to a wellness centre situated in Swiss Alps in order to bring back the CEO of the firm, Roland Pembrok. Since the firm is in the middle of a merger and is being held accountable for criminal misconduct, it is imperative for the CEO to be present to address the questions. When Lockhart arrives at the wellness centre, he is kept from meeting Pembroke and comes across a girl named Hannah who tells her that whoever comes to the centre never returns. On his way back, Lockhart suffers from an accident and wakes up 3 days later at the centre. The things he unfolds there astonish him and he finds himself caught in the midst of darkness.

Rosemary’s Baby

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IMDB rating: 8/10
Rosemary Woodhouse is married to a struggling actor named Guy Woodhouse. In order to start their lives together, the couple decides to move into a building in New York which had stories about a horrific event. The couple gets friendly with their neighbours next-door who is an old couple. Guy starts to spend a huge amount of time with the elderly couple and starts growing distant from Rosemary. Strange things start happening with Rosemary when a young woman she meets in the laundry suicides. She also starts having scary dreams and in the midst of all this becomes pregnant. Soon, she realizes that the couple has some plans for her baby and that they have had something planned all along.

Repulsion

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IMDB rating: 7.8/10
Carol works in London as a manicurist at a beauty salon. She stays with her elder sister Helen who is having an affair with a married man named Michael. Carol is generally quiet and doesn’t talk much but whenever she does, it is usually about how Michael invades her personal space by visiting the apartment a bit too much. In the midst of all this, a young man named Colin develops a liking for Carol who has some kind of hatred towards men which she fails to explain to him. While Michael takes Helen for a holiday abroad, Carol is left behind in the house surrounded by her demons and darkness and begins to hallucinate.

Cube

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IMDB rating: 7.3/10
Six people with different talents including a maths champion, a cop, a doctor, a disabled man, a building designer, and an escape master all wake up together in a mysterious maze which appears in the form of a cube. None of them is aware of how they got into the maze and how to get out of it. All of them start using their gifted talents to help each other and find a way out together. Things worsen when they are devoid of food and water and have little time to get themselves out of the place alive.

Mulholland Drive

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IMDB rating: 8/10
After a horrific car accident, Rita, a Hollywood actress, suffers from mass amnesia. Confused about who she is, she winds up at a stranger’s door who turns out to be a young woman named Betty Elms. Betty, who is trying to earn her name in Hollywood and is an aspiring actress finds herself drawn to Rita’s story and promises to help her find her true identity. What they both fail to realise is that their journeys are somewhat correlated as they discover that not everything that glitters is gold in this city of dreams.

American Psycho

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IMDB rating: 7.6/10
Patrick Bateman is a young, twenty-seven-year-old investment banker. He appears to be intelligent, well-educated, and handsome and everyone at work seems to like him. However, what everyone fails to notice is the fact that Patrick has an alternate ego, the one that becomes alive at the onset of dawn. He is born as a human being but is not able to feel a single emotion which is why he resorts to murder and execution, killing several innocent people and not knowing why.

The butterfly effect

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IMDB rating: 7.7/10
Evan Treborn never had a normal childhood since he was molested by his father and bullied by his brother. From the age of seven, Evan suffers from memory blackouts especially during stressful situations and ends up finding himself in some other situation altogether. Nobody believes him and he eventually grows out of these blackouts but notes everything down about them in his journal. One day in college when he reads out his journal, he realises that he can go back in his past and change events that caused those blackouts in his childhood. Things go haywire as he goes back in his past to undo the trauma he went through.

The Gift

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IMDB rating: 7.1/10
Simon and Robyn are a happily married couple who move to California in a beautiful house. Things go well until they stumble upon Gordo in a store where he introduces himself as Simon’s classmate in high school. The three of them start hanging out after which the couple start receiving weird gifts from Gordo and he starts to drop by their house unexpectedly. The couple realises that Gordo is getting a little creepy with them and ask him to stay away from them after which Gordo sends them an apology note that reads ‘let bygones be bygones’. Robyn starts to feel that something had happened between Simon and Gordo which is when she decides to snoop around and uncovers startling secrets about her husband.

Enemy

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IMDB rating: 6.9/10
A college professor, Adam Bell, spots a man named Anthony while watching a movie who looks exactly like him. Since Adam does not have a brother, he becomes obsessed with finding more about this man. Adam follows the same routine in his life and lives with his girlfriend, Mary. He discovers that Anthony is a movie actor is married to a woman named Helen who is pregnant. Adam and Anthony finally decide to meet and their lives intertwine. Anthony then finds himself becoming obsessed with Adam but in a slightly different way than Adam ever was.

Identity

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IMDB rating: 7.3/10
On a stormy night, ten strangers from different spheres of life completely unrelated wind up at a motel at a deserted place with nowhere else to go. The lot comprises of a convict named Malcom Rivers who has been sentenced to death, Malcom’s lawyer, Ginny and Lou – a not-so-happily married couple, Ed who is a chauffeur for the famous actress Caroline Suzanne, George York who is a husband trying to find help for his wife, Paris who is a prostitute, and Rhodes who is a police detective who is stuck there with a guy named Robert Maine in his custody. However, strange things start to happen as they begin to lose their lives one by one and Ed decides to go deeper to find out about the murderer.

Buried

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IMDB rating: 7/10
A truck driver named Paul’s convoy is attacked by some unknown captors in Iraq. He is hot on the back of his head with a rock and that is the last thing he can recall as he wakes up to find himself buried inside a wooden coffin. He also finds a cell phone with sixty-per cent battery and a cigarette lighter inside the coffin. He calls every possible person who can help him get out before the air is sucked out including the police and his wife but finding a buried man in the entire Iraq desert becomes an impossible target to achieve.

Saw

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IMDB rating: 7.6/10
Adam and Dr Lawrence Gordon, who are complete strangers, wake up in a bathroom with their feet tied to the pipe with chains. Another man is lying dead on the bathroom floor. They find a tape in their back pockets. On listening to the tape, they realise that one of them is threatened while the other is not. They are given a task which involves one of them killing the other by 6 PM or his daughter and wife will be executed. They find hacksaws beside them and they try to cut loose of those chains to get out but fail. As flashback begins, it is seen that the game is designed by the Jigsaw Killer who never really kills his victims but makes them kill themselves or each other in the process by making them believe that they do not have a choice or a way to get out without doing what they are told to do.

The Village

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IMDB rating: 6.5/10
A small village in Pennsylvania is surrounded by woods away from the outside world. The woods, as the elders say, have evil spirits and creatures residing within who do not enter the village as long as the villagers stay away from the woods. Lucius is a young man who is love with a girl named Ivy who has been blind since she was young. He is inquisitive about the woods and wants to know what lies beyond them. He enters the woods against the wishes of the villagers and things turn into havoc when the next morning, all the doors in the village are marked red. Moreover, Noah, who is also in love with Ivy stabs Lucius, and Ivy sets out into the woods to find supplies for Lucius that can save his life.

Red Dragon

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IMDB rating: 7.2/10
Will Graham is a retired FBI agent who is set to solve the case of murders of two families that happened around the full moon before the murderer attacks his next prey. In order to solve this case, Will is required to partner with a madman named Dr Hannibal Lecter who is a convict himself and was caught by Will. Haunted by his past experiences and putting his family’s as well as his own life in danger, Will sets out on this adventure to track down this murderer who represents the highest level of evil possible.

Martha Marcy May Marlene

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IMDB rating: 6.9/10
Martha is a young girl who renames herself as Marcy May and lives with a cult for two years. Martha calls her elder sister, Lucy, when she escapes from the cult. She then begins to stay with Lucy and Ted, her brother-in-law. However, things start to turn ugly when Martha begins to showcase a different kind of behaviour due to the time that she has spent with the cult and the things that they made her do. Unaware about the situation and her past, Lucy and Ted do not know the root cause of Martha’s problems who is having a hard time differentiating between her dreams and her reality.

Queen of Earth

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IMDB rating: 6.3/10
Two friends go away together on a retreat. While enjoying their wonderful getaway, one of them meets a young man and the two get involved leaving the other friend alone. The betrayed friend starts to act all weird as her psychic wounds start to open up and she swears on not being there for her friend when she needs her. The next time when they go away, their roles reverse and these differences make up for the displacement in the parallel universe of these two events.

Personal Shopper

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IMDB rating: 6.2/10
Maureen lives in Paris and works as a personal shopper for a celebrity named Kyra. She is still coping up with the events in her life after the sudden demise of her 27-year-old twin brother from a heart attack. Maureen who is suffering from the same heart condition as her brother waits for a sign from her brother as the duo had made a pact in the past about the person who dies first sending a sign to the other about the afterlife. One fine day, Maureen does receive a sign from her brother in the house where they both lived in Paris but then the events start taking a turn and begin to haunt her. She starts contemplating whether it is really her brother or some evil spirit just toying with her and her mind.

Green room

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IMDB rating: 7/10
The Ain’t Rights is a punk rock band that decides to perform at a night and drug club. However, things do not go as planned on their tour as they stumble across a crime scene and become witnesses. Darcy Banker who is the owner of the club is somewhat related to the incident. The Ain’t Rights then start to work together to figure out a plan in order to escape from the club before being found by Darcy and the gang who will do anything to erase each and every evidence linked with the murder.

A bigger splash

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IMDB rating: 6.4/10
Marianne, a Rockstar, decides to go on a vacation with her boyfriend, Paul who is a filmmaker. They go to the volcanic island of Pantelleria and relax together. However, an old friend of the couple who also happens to be Marianne’s ex pops up along with his daughter and decides to stay with the couple thereby disrupting their holiday. Old flames ignite as the past re-unites and the couple starts to get involved with different people. Driven by nostalgia, jealousy, laughter, and passion, the events take a dangerous turn harming everyone in the process.

The Master

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IMDB rating: 7.1/10
Freddie Quell is a veteran of World War II who is trying to adjust to society while recalling the horrific events that took place during the war. He is arrogant, obsessed with sex and has erratic behaviour. Trying to switch between jobs, he comes across a yacht that belongs to Lancaster Dodd who is the founder of a cult named ‘The Cause’. Feeling some sort of connection, Dodd invites Freddie to stay back with him and attend his daughter Elizabeth’s wedding. Freddie then travels with the members of ‘The Cause’ trying to spread their teachings which are about exercises to clear emotions. However, if he is able to stick around despite his irrational behaviour is something to find out.

Tom at the farm

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IMDB rating: 7/10
Tom and Guillaume are lovers who work together. Tragedy strikes when Guillaume dies and Tom decides to go to Guillaume’s home town. There, he meets Guillaume’s mother, Agathe and his brother, Francis. Agathe is unaware of her son’s sexual orientation. Francis, being the only person who knows about Tom, asks him to leave as soon as the funeral gets over. His treatment towards Tom turns aggressive and before anyone knows, Tom is stuck at the farm in a sadistic and perverted game by Francis.

Stoker

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IMDB rating: 6.8/10
India Stoker, who is very fond of her father, is devastated when her father dies on her 18th birthday. She is left with her mother who is emotionally unstable. On his funeral, everyone is surprised by the presence of Charlie, who claims to be Richard’s brother and has been travelling the world ever since. India’s mother invites Charlie to stay with them and the two grow intimate. Things start going haywire when the head caretaker of the house goes missing along with India’s Aunti, Gin. Despite the strange nature of Charlie, India finds herself getting attracted to him who also feels the same connection.

Inland Empire

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IMDB rating: 7/10
Nikki, an actress, bags a role in a film opposite her co-star, Devon. Little did they know that signing up for the movie will mean much more than just that as it is a remake of a supposedly ‘cursed’ movie which couldn’t be completed as the lead actors were murdered. The film takes an eerie turn as Nikki recalls her encounter with a mysterious woman who recounted two strange folk stories to her, in a way predicting Nikki’s future which seems to be in danger.

Coherence

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IMDB rating: 7.2/10
One night, eight friends who are like a close-knit family attend a dinner party at Mike’s house. Kevin and his girlfriend Emily to attend the party where they are taken aback by the presence of Laurie who also happens to be Kevin’s ex-girlfriend making things awkward for them. Everything is going on fine until they hear a comet passing and the power goes out. Following this, some strange events take place making all of them question whether they can trust each other and whether one of them is behind the occurrence of those strange events.

The Game

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IMDB rating: 7.8/10
Nicholas Van Scrooge, an investment banker in San Francisco, prefers being alone most of the time. On his 48th birthday, also the day when his father committed suicide, he gets a surprise visit by his brother Conrad who has been away for a while now and is a free-spirited man with all kinds of addictions. He gives the card of a company known as ‘Customer Recreation Services’ to his brother telling him that they make custom games for each of their customers in order to make up for the missing parts in their lives. But when Nicholas begins playing ‘The Game’, all sorts of bad things begin to happen to him and he decides to infiltrate this group and get to the bottom of what exactly is this company all about.

Funny games

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IMDB rating: 6.5/10
The movie revolves around a loving family who visits their vacation home to spend a peaceful holiday together. However, their plans are disrupted by their next-door neighbours, Peter and Paul, who come to visit them and ask for eggs. Then, they come back asking for more eggs saying that the previous ones that they had borrowed were broken. Their visit turns dreadful in no time when they take the family hostage and torture them. The two psychotic men enjoy seeing the family suffer and make them play all sorts of sadistic games in order to stay alive.

Triangle

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IMDB rating: 6.9/10
Jess, along with her friends, sets out on a yacht with her friends despite having a bad feeling about the idea. Her fears turn into reality when a storm hits the yacht and in order to save their lives, the group gets on-board an ocean liner that is passing by. As soon as Jess boards the ship, she gets memories of her being on the ship before but fails to recall exactly when and how. Though the ship appears old and a place that has not been visited in ages, somebody is behind the entire group and wants to take them out one by one.

Primer

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IMDB rating: 6.9/10
Four engineers namely Robert, Abe, Aaron and Philip are working on an invention in Aaron’s garage. One day while running some tests, Aaron discovers a development in the main unit and tells Abe about it. Together they arrive at the conclusion that what they have developed is actually a time machine. They then decide on using the time machine to make it big in the stock market by using it to travel in time and see how the stocks are playing out in the market but little did they know that it is not so easy to trick time and they have to pay for it.

Zodiac

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IMDB rating: 7.7/10
Zodiac, a merciless killer, is on the loose in San Francisco. He sends encrypted letters and codes after killing his targets to mock the authorities. The media and the investigators are bent on learning his identity but are left startled and confused because of his cryptic messages, mind games and threatening phone calls.

Solaris

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IMDB rating: 6.2/10
Dr Chris Kevin is a famous psychiatrist who comes aboard a space station that is studying the planet, Solaris on a request by his dear friend Dr Gibarian. Dr Gibarian is a part of that team in order to study a strange phenomenon that the people in that spacecraft feel but are unable to explain. When Dr Chris arrives at the station, he finds only two people alive, Dr Gordon and Snow since Dr Gibarian had committed suicide. After spending some time there, Chris finds himself seeing things like his wife Rheya who had been dead for over ten years now with whom he had a very loving relationship. Chris begins investigating this strange phenomenon of the crew members seeing their loved ones and acting strange but finds himself trapped in all the mess.

Mirror

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IMDB rating: 6.2/10
Ben Carson is an ex-police detective and also an alcoholic who shoots and kills a man while he is on duty. Being declared unfit to serve the police department, Ben loses not only his job but also his wife and two kids. To get his life in order, he takes up the job of a watchman at the Mayflower Department Store that had burnt down and destroyed a few years ago. Things become spooky when Ben starts to see strange images in the mirrors of the store. He feels as if something is staring back at him and wants to enter his world but he wants sacrifices to be made.

Mine games

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IMDB rating: 5.4/10
Seven friends are headed to another friend’s cabin in the woods for vacation but their van breaks down and they are forced to walk on foot and look for the cabin. Upon seeing a note addressed to three of them outside one of the cabins, they go inside assuming this is the place they were looking for. All goes well until the next day when one of them finds an abandoned mine nearby and they all go to explore it only to find themselves trapped inside a vicious cycle which can be broken only if they trace back their steps and reverse their fates.

Looper

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IMDB rating: 7.4/10
In a futuristic world, it is possible to go back in time but only for those who can pay a hefty amount in the black market. A mob decides who they want to eliminate. They send that person back in time where a “looper” arranged by them waits to finish the task. Little did this looper, Joe, know that fate will play a game with him when his bosses send him as the next bait to be killed.

The crying game

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IMDB rating: 7.3/10
Jody is a British soldier who is abducted by the IRA while he is on his leave. When the IRA’s demands are not met, they decide to kill Jody. Meanwhile, Fergus who is one of his kidnappers finds himself drawn to Jody and they develop a close friendship. Jody tells him about his girlfriend, Dil, who is London and asks him to seek her out should be he be executed. Fergus heads to London and meets Dil in a bar. He maintains a fake identity in front of Dil and they both fall for each other. Little did Fergus know that Dil is also hiding secrets in her.

Session 9

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IMDB rating: 6.5/10
Five members of an asbestos abatement company, Gordon, Phil, Hank, Mike, and Jeff bag the contract to remove the asbestos from a mental institution, Danvers State Hospital, in a week. What interferes with their work are the personal problems that the crew is facing their lives. Gordon is amidst family problems while Phil is not fond of Hank since he stole his girlfriend. However, the problems truly begin when Mike finds a box labelled ‘evidence’ and plays the recordings in it which were that of a mental patient named Mary Hobbes who had multiple personalities. In the 9th session when Simon appears, he finds out that he is evil. On the other hand, Hank is nowhere to be found after he comes across some ancient silver coins.

Stay

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IMDB rating: 6.9/10
Sam is a psychiatrist who works in New York. His patient, Henry, is a college student and does not appear very different from the rest of the cases that Sam has dealt with. However, things start to seem off when Henry claims that he has trouble in differentiating between what is real and what is imaginary and tells him that he is going to kill himself in exactly three days at midnight. On learning this, Sam starts doing everything that is in his power to prevent Henry from taking his own life. While doing so, Sam strangely faces the exact problem as Henry. He must do everything he can to save Henry when he finds out exactly how Henry will kill himself.

Insomnia

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IMDB rating: 7.2/10
A seventeen-year-old girl is murdered in Alaska and to look into the case, two homicide detectives, Will Dormer and Hap Eckhart are sent to the crime scene. Will starts suffering from insomnia due to a secret that he is carrying with him which makes him delusional. Amidst all this, he receives a phone call from the murderer who tells him how he knows about his secret and starts playing mind games with him. The duo decides to keep each other’s secret until someone figures out the missing parts of the story and puts it all together.


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