The wikipedia definition of psychological thriller is “a thriller story which emphasizes the abnormal psychological states of its characters”. As per director John Madden, “psychological thrillers focus on story, character development, choice, and moral conflict; fear and anxiety drive the psychological tension in unpredictable ways.” Of course, psychological thriller is a sub-genre within the broader thriller genre, but there’s no denying that it could be a genre in itself, especially when you take into account its popularity among both the audiences and the filmmakers. Though, psychological thrillers have really found its footing in the 21st century. Here is the list of top psychological thrillers ever. You can watch some of these best psychological thrillers on Amazon Prime or Hulu.
20. Coherence (2013)
‘Coherence’, a story of eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events, is essentially based on a scientific theory referred to as Schrödinger’s cat theory. Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. In simple terms, it is the possibility of existence of multiple simultaneous realities at the same time. It is a film that works both as a science fiction and as a great psychological thriller.
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19. The Invitation (2015)
At certain times, “The Invitation” will make you wonder about the sense of the plot and you will question the logics behind the main character’s actions, not to mention his strange and frustrating attitude towards the story. However, there are reasons for these blank holes and although slowly brought to the surface, the film will still manage to keep you loyal because of the piercing tension floating through the air, from beginning to end. It’s strange, mysterious and the feeling that something wicked is going on will linger throughout its 100 minutes. Long story short, it’s about Will and his girlfriend attending a dinner at his ex-wife’s Hollywood home. There will be her new husband, old friends and some past secrets taunting the harmony of the evening. Clever, effective and incredibly teasing.