Everyone loves a good thriller movie! Although they might not be so popular, Psychological thriller movies are a mix between entertainment and a mysterious puzzle game. They blow your mind into a state of uncertainty, doubt, and anxiety. When you think you’ve figured it out, then it hits you with a mind-twisting plot. Thrillers are known to “thrill” their audiences, leaving them in a state of awe. If you love to exercise your mind, then you should try the list in this article.
What Are Thriller Movies?
There is a lot to expect from psychological thrillers, they are a broad genre of fiction that share many of the same traits as mystery novels. A disagreement has arisen, usually as a result of a crime or suspicious event, such as a robbery, murder, or disappearance.
The plot then shifts its focus to resolving the dispute. As a result, thriller movies are suspense-filled, edge-of-your-seat stories about characters who are driven by dread, paranoia, or a desire for retribution. Readers who enjoy thrillers will discover a wide variety of subgenres to choose from. Legal thrillers take place in courtrooms or behind the closed doors of powerful organizations.
Adventure thrillers movies follow a hero on a life-changing quest; spy thrillers immerse you in a high-stakes game of international secrecy. Let’s jump right into our top ten list of best-rated psychological thrillers of the decade without further ado. Prepare to have your mind blown!
A mind is a boundless place, the interpreter of reality and within it dwells a mirage of the universe or multiverse itself. Inception is a movie released in 2010 that demonstrates the boundless capabilities of the mind. Leading actor; Leonardo DiCaprio does an excellent job of taking us on a journey into the domains of the vast mind. The scriptwriter Christopher Nolan probably meditated for months to come up with such intriguing brilliance.
The Plot of Inception
The plot of the movie is centered around a thief, Dorn Cobb, who is gifted with the ability to dive into people’s dreams and steal memories from their subconscious. There is no denying that inception is a movie written to confuse the mind of its audience.
Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a high-ranking corporate raider. He infiltrates other men’s minds and steals their thoughts. Now he’s been paid by a prominent billionaire to do the exact opposite: inject a concept into a competitor’s mind and make it so convincing that he believes it’s his own.
This has never been done before because our minds are just as sensitive to foreign ideas as our immune systems are to infections. Cobb is forced to flee his home and family when a wealthy man named Saito (Ken Watanabe) offers him an offer he can’t refuse. However, Cobb is faced with a daunting challenge. While he is a mastermind dream infiltrator, he needs another person called ” the architect” with skills capable of creating worlds inside of their victim’s mind.
Ratings of Inception
Rotten Tomatos.com gives the thriller movie an 87% rating on its website. The audience gives the thriller movie a score of 91%. “bitchmedia.org” offers a mixed review of the movie but concludes it’s a fantastic one.
Inception seems downright revolutionary when compared to the rest of the dreck being screened in neighborhood multiplexes this summer. – Bitchmedia.org
IMBD has even more positive remarks about the thriller, given the movie an 8.8/10 rating with numerous accolades from its critics. Inception is one thriller movie that would leave you thrilled and with a yearning taste for philosophy.
Prisoners are one of those movies that put its audience in the shoes of its characters. The thriller movie creates a scene we all know too well, Emotions, Pain, and Fear. The trauma of having your child missing is exactly what the movie describes brilliantly. With the leading actor (Hugh Jackman), we are drawn into the investigative process taken by detective Loki( Jake Gyllenhaal) to find the missing girls.
The Plot Of Prisoners
What lengths would you go to defend your loved ones? Keller Dover is dealing with the worst nightmare of any parent. Anna, his six-year-old daughter, and Joy, his daughter’s playmate, are missing, and as the minute passes, worry builds in.
The only lead is an old motorhome that was parked on their street previously. Detective Loki, who is in charge of the investigation, arrests the vehicle’s driver, Alex Jones, but he is released due to a lack of evidence. As the police explore several leads and the pressure rises, the panicked Dover believes he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands, knowing his child’s life is on the line. But, to protect his family, how far will this desperate father go?
Ratings of Inception
Guzikowski’s well-honed thriller movie occasionally idles under Villeneuve’s dark character studies, but the director’s powerfully imposed mood of dread elevates what might otherwise have been just a superior police procedural. – Kate stables(Rotten Tomatoes Critic).
Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie a rating of 8.1/10. With many of its critics scoring t at 87%. Maybe Rotten Tomatoes have too high an expectation. What more does it want? IMBD rewards the movie with similar ratings as Rotten Tomatoes. With many of its audience applauding the film for its thrill.
3. Shutter Island
Another entry with Leonardo DiCaprio, shutter island lives the world of your mind utterly shattered into islands. The backbone of the movie is similar to that of Inception, it explores the limitations of the mind. Is reality in the mind? Whose reality is real and who’s is a mere creation of the imagination. How can we be certain of our daily minds? These are questions that you would ask yourself after watching shutter island. The twist in the plot shocks you into panic and the doubt of your reality. You’d be forced to rewind the movie just to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
The Plot of Shutter Island
We’re told Shutter Island is a desolate and rugged island off the coast of Boston, where a Civil War-era fort has been converted into a jail for the criminally ill. We arrive by boat under the darkening sky, and the sensation is similar to that of approaching King Kong’s island: looming in gloom from the water, it fills the visitor with dread. Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his accomplice Chuck Aule, a US marshal, travel to this island (Mark Ruffalo).
I don’t think Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer gives Shutter island the rating it deserves. I would score it a 9.0/10. However, it was scored 68% by the website. The audiences, however, gave the movie a better review of 77%.
An absorbing, challenging film from start to finish. The ambiguous ending just added to the mystery, and makes you question the subtle definition between being insane and living in what you think is the real world. It’s the uncertainty of self-awareness that I loved most about DiCaprio’s character, and his final scene was outstanding. – Zola L. (Comment on rogerebert.com)
IMBD does justice to the ratings of this splendid movie. Indeed, it deserves nothing short of an 8.0/10. IMBD scores the movie an 8.2/10. That’s more like it! Good job, IMBD!!
The Joker is a very dark thriller movie. It is centered on a troubled comedian who is often shunned by society. The psychological damage from the harsh realities of life led the leading character, Arthur Fleck, down a dark path of no return. In the Batman franchise, the joker is seen as a villain who performs only cruel deeds. After the release of the Joker in 2019, audiences now sympathize with the joker character. The Joker makes you question your character and reconstructs your belief of criminals and trouble people in society.
Arthur Fleck is a would-be stand-up comedian who suffers from a variety of mental problems, including one that causes him to laugh uncontrollably when he is scared, which frequently leads to his getting himself into trouble. Even though all Arthur wants is to be liked by others, his mental illness causes practically everyone in society to reject and look down on him. Arthur’s life spirals out of control as he is severely abused and his medication is taken away, leading to delusions, violence, and chaos until he eventually transforms into Gotham’s famed Clown-Prince of Crime.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie an unjustifiable score of 68%. Should we take Rotten Tomatoes seriously on this? The Joker has practically given us a ‘behind the scene’ perspective of the development of criminals. IMBD surely knows what they are doing. With a score of 8.4/10, the Joker sits on the throne of one the best crime thriller of the decade.
“Joker is undoubtedly the year’s Trumpiest thriller movie, and I mean that as a compliment. Not only an intelligent throwback to the feel-bad shock cinema of the 1970s, Joker is all but unique in its social realism: No other movie so cogently addresses the crisis of the present moment, both in Hollywood and the world.” – J. Hoberman(tabletmag.com)
5. Gone Girl
Gone girl features the dark side of a manipulative wife in a marriage. So far, this is probably the odd one out of all the thriller movies discussed so far. While it may not boggle your mind like the already discussed movies, it surely would leave you shocked at the turn of events.
This movie is the classic case of “don’t be quick to judge.” It features a few familiar faces like Tyler perry, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris. 8 out of 10, when a wife goes missing, the husband is responsible. This movie takes that idea and twists it every way possible.
The plot of the movie is based on a novel written by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay of the movie. ‘Gone Girl,’ adapted from the novel by Gillian Flynn and directed by David Fincher (‘Se7en,’ ‘Fight Club,’ and ‘The Social Network,’) is an exciting and terrifying mystery thriller that has us wondering what our protagonists have “done to each other” and what they will do.
Nick and Amy Dunne, played by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, are a happily married couple in a rural Missouri town approaching their fifth anniversary until Amy mysteriously vanishes in dubious circumstances. Nick is named as a key suspect in the disappearance and is subjected to severe media scrutiny; nevertheless, concerns regarding the true nature of his relationship with “Amazing Amy” and who she begins to surface.
It would seem this kind of drama is what the critics at Rotten Tomatoes love. The thriller was rated 87%, matching the score of the audiences on the website. On IMBD, the movie performs well, with a score of 8.1/10 and many positive reviews. Audiences were fascinated with the film’s concept, probably because it centers around a scam-riddled marriage. Many have criticized the fast-paced plot for having noticeable plot holes.
The last half is deliciously cold. The movie ends a bit early, but it’s already over 2 hours long. Modern movies don’t usually go far longer than that, and it’s set up for an exciting sequel:- Snoopy Style, critic on IMBD.
6. The Handmaiden
Directed by Park Chan-wook, the movie tells a story we are already very familiar with. However, the writers knew that this is not a “spark of an idea”. Bearing this in mind, they must have made sure to add elements that would make the drama feel out of this world. With terrific acting by the cast, carefully presented plots, and a brilliant exploit of emotions, “the handmaiden” is a movie watched twice. The Handmaiden is a movie of many genres, if you’re looking for a blend of romance, drama, and thriller, then this movie is perfect.
A fresh girl (Sookee) is employed as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko). The heiress lives a reclusive life on a large countryside estate with her overbearing Uncle in 1930s Korea during the period of Japanese occupation (Kouzuki). The maid, on the other hand, has a secret. A swindler posing as a Japanese Count hires her to be a pickpocket to help him lure the Lady into eloping with him, rob her of her riches, and imprison her in a madhouse. The strategy appears to be on track until Sookee and Hideko experience some unexpected emotions.
With its touch of sexuality, drama, thriller, and suspense, it delivers a powerful emotional effect on its audience, who can’t figure out whether to be afraid, angry, or just awed by the drama. Rotten Tomatoes rates this movie very highly, stamping it with a score of 95%.
The Handmaiden is exemplary proof of Park’s mastery, a high point from a director known for his purposeful aesthetic care, even in matters of overwrought sexual melodrama. – K. Austin Collins, Critic on Rotten Tomatoes.
Split is another movie in the same class as inception and shutter island. James McAvoy(playing Kevin) expresses his acting skills in 24 dimensions. The horror -thriller would leave you with chills from the unwavering anxiety and unpredictability. It combines many stories into one dynamic thriller. “is he going to break” “would he harm the girls” are possible frightening questions audiences anxiously ask themselves. Like shutter island, it exploits the universe of the mind and pushes its plot beyond the boundaries of the mind.
Kevin Wendell Crumb, a shattered man, suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, preys on the naive art-class schoolmates Casey, Claire, and Marcia in broad daylight after a harmless birthday celebration at a mall. Kevin is home to not one but twenty-three separate and suppressed personas; nevertheless, among the swarm that plagues him, some are invariably more sinister than others.
The mysterious 24th “Beast” identity will emerge in all its grandeur as an amalgamation of Kevin’s attributes and the pinnacle of human growth, sooner or later. However, is the dreaded monster within real or just a fiction of Crumb’s morbidly sick imagination?
Psychological thrillers are all about stretching the boundaries of the mind while straining the contemplative mind of the audience. Split provides an intensified case of a psychological disorder known as dissociative personality/identity disorder. Rotten Tomatoes seems not to rate such movies highly as the movie- even though spectacular- is rewarded with 77%. Audiences agreed with the rating but added a little bonus to it with a final score of 79%. IMBd scores it even lower with 7.3/10. A film that has received 26 nominations and won 10 of them should have higher rankings.
8. Black Swan
Competition on the stages of Ballerina can become fierce. Black Swan tells a beautiful story and complements it with passionate visuals of the rivalry between ballerina stars.
Black Swan is a perfect combo of drama, mystery, and thriller. This is probably a masterpiece of the movie’s director, Darren Aronofsky. The actresses -Nina Sasers(the swan queen) and Lily(the black swan) play the roles of yin and yang in this movie with so much passion and intensity.
Nina (Portman) is a dancer in a New York City ballet company whose life is fully occupied by dancing, as is the case with all individuals in her profession. Erica (Hershey), her neurotic former ballerina mother, has stifling control over her daughter. Nina is the first option of the company’s creative director, who intends to install a new ballerina for the dualistic role of “Swan Lake.”
However, Nina faces competition in the form of Lily (Kunis), a new dancer who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. The two are the perfect balance of good and evil, but one must rule.
Good and Evil have always been the cornerstone of all civilizations while it may seem the world is overshadowed by darkness, the world is filled with just as much light. Black Swan, although, utilizing the title of darkness presents a passionate battle between good and evil.
Black Swan is a top-form thriller-visceral, moving, and stunningly beautiful-but it’s also a film about the darkness our minds conjure up when we’re overwhelmed by ambition.- Aviva Dove-Viebahn.
Audiences love such a struggle between the good and light as it resonates with their core being. Rotten Tomatoes scores the Black Swan an 85%; however, I believe it could be rated higher very easily. IMBD also follows suit in awarding the thriller movie an 8/10.
Nightcrawler is one of those dark thrillers that reveals a dark side of journalism. Journalists are always on the hunt for the next big news, that intense pressure and drive can sometimes envelop the journalist with sinister motives.
This is how journalists with jobs feel; how about a journalist desperate for a job. A journalist who would break laws to become the next big hit. Nightcrawler masterfully exploits that ideal and intensifies the thrill of the thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Lou Bloom, delivers a brilliant act and gracefully wears the mask of a dark and desperate journalist. Just how dirty are journalists willing to get for front-page news. Nightcrawler reveals that dirt and evil to its extreme, leaving the audience at the edge of their seat.
NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller movie set in modern Los Angeles’ nocturnal underbelly. Lou Bloom, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is a determined young man in search of a job who then stumbles upon the fast-paced world of Los Angeles criminal journalism. Lou enters the cutthroat, deadly world of night crawling, where each police siren cry means a potential windfall, and victims are converted into dollars and cents.
He accomplishes this feat by finding a group of freelance video operators that capture crashes, fires, murder, and other mayhem. Lou blurs the line between viewer and participant, aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the bloodsport that is local TV news, to become the star of his own story.
Jake Gyllenhaal is a force to be reckoned with, he takes crazy to a new level. The story is a lot more interesting, although it could have been shot better. It is a daunting subject matter, that will have you continue to think after it is over. Nick M. – Critic on rottetomatoes.
Critics of Rotten Tomatoes are very happy with the production and cinematography of Nightcrawler. Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance has received numerous praise from critics. Unfortunately, the movie didn’t sit too well with critics on IMBD but that’s okay. Folks on IMBD scored the movie a 7.9/10. Justifiably, the movie has received several awards and a nomination for the Oscar. It has performed well.
10. Get out
Interracial romance gets a lot of attention. While an audience may anticipate the racial slurs towards the lead actress’ (Allison Williams) fiancee. The plot delivers a stunning twist to the plot.
Today’s society struggles greatly with racial discrimination and the fight for human rights. Get out is a movie that doesn’t teach you about handling or getting along with racist in-laws. No! Get out takes the hate and amplifies it to unspeakable levels. Most shockingly, what if the spouse was in on the evil act all along.
Chris and his girlfriend Rose to spend the weekend in upstate New York visiting Rose’s parents. Chris initially interprets the family’s overly accommodating behavior as sleek attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial romance. However, as the weekend progresses, a sequence of progressively horrifying revelations lead him to a truth he could never have anticipated.
The thriller movie features scenery never seen before and almost delivers an iconic thriller. The thriller movie received mixed reviews from different critics but scored well in the ratings. Rotten Tomatoes was very impressed with the novel approach of the movie. Their excitement was reflected in the 98% rating they awarded the film. IMBD, on the other hand, rates it with a 7.7/10. This is not to say that the movies were bad, maybe it didn’t sit well with critics at IMBD.
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