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What are the best psychological thriller movies?

You can never go wrong with psychological thriller films that bring you to the edge of your seat. Whatever kind of eerieness you're up for, you can watch the best psychological thriller movies in this list that will surely keep you up all night.

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  1. 1A Quiet Place

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    A Quiet Place is a 2018 psychological horror movie directed by John Krasinski. Starring Emily Blunt and the director himself, it tells the story of a family who lives in silence, in fear of a creature who hunts through sound.

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  1. 2Paprika

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    Paprika is an animated, drama, fantasy, and crime movie directed by Satoshi Kon. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. It follows the story of a young female therapist named Paprika.
  2. 3Coherence

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    Coherence is a sci-fi and horror movie directed and written by James Ward Byrkit himself. This horror movie follows the story of 8 friends at a dinner party and their strange experience on the night a comet passing close to earth.
  1. 4Shutter Island

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    Shutter Island is a crime thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese released in 2010. Leonardo di Caprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels who investigates the disappearance of a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane that quickly turns nightmarish.  

  2. 5The Sixth Sense

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    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 supernatural thriller movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It is about a child psychologist who tries to help a frightened boy who claims he can see ghosts. What he finds out instead is far more terrifying than expected.

  3. 6Blue Velvet

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    Blue Velvet is a drama, mystery, and thriller movie directed and written by David Lynch himself. This movie follows the story of a college student and the strange story that happens at a small town in North Carolina.
  4. 7Memento

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    Memento is a 2000 psychological thriller about Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man with anterograde amnesia caused by head trauma. Shelby is trying to solve the mystery of his wife's murder by following clues from photos and tattoos on his own body.

  5. 8Psycho

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    Psycho is a mystery thriller film revolving around a secretary who is on the run for embezzling money. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the novel by Robert Bloch. This movie stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles.

  6. 9Requiem for a Dream

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    You might want to sign up for this psychological film Requiem for a Dream written by Hubert Selby Jr. Apart from following the story of four Coney island people as their addiction gets deeper and their drug-induced utopia persists, it is enveloped in the universal human experience that we want to feel--to love and be loved.

  7. 10The Silence of the Lambs

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    Prepare to enter the mind of a notorious psychopath serial killer by way of 1991's The Silence of the Lambs. This crime, drama, and thriller movie follows a young FBI cadet as she tries to outsmart a ruthless killer with the help of another incarcerated madman. 

  8. 11Mulholland Drive

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    Mulholland Drive is a suspense and mystery drama directed by David Lynch. It was released in 2001 and starred Naomi Watts and Laura Harring. It is about an aspiring actress who found herself mired in a startling conspiracy.

  9. 12Vertigo

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    San Francisco police detective Scottie Fergusson develops a fear of heights and is forced to retire when a colleague falls to his death during a chase. One of the most Alfred Hitchcock acclaimed movie.
  10. 13The Game

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    The Game is a dramatic and thrilling mystery motion picture that Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, and Sean Penn. It was directed by David Fincher and was written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris. The film premiered in September 1997.

  11. 14Black Swan

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    Black Swan is a 2010 psychological thriller set in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet. Nina, played by Natalie Portman, finds herself locked in a web of intrigue with a new rival at the company, both vying for the role of the Swan Queen. 

  12. 15Saw

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    Saw is one of the most iconic mystery psychological thriller films of the 2000's. Directed by James Wan, the films details the gruesome experience of two strangers who wake up in a room and discover they are pawns in a deadly game of a notorious serial killer. 

  13. 16A Clockwork Orange

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    Alex is the leader of a small gang of thugs who enjoy doing illegal and violent felonies. One day, he gets captured, and with the main goal of his rehabilitation into society, he is forced to undergo some controversial techniques to change his behavior. 

  14. 17What Lies Beneath

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    The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind. What Lies Beneath is a 2000 American psychological horror film directed by Robert Zemeckis.


  15. 18I Saw the Devil

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    I Saw the Devil is a Korean horror thriller movie directed by Kim Jee Woon in 2010 starring Lee Byung Hun and Choi Min Sik. It won Grand Prize at the 2011 Baeksang Arts Awards and Best Film at Fantasporto Film Festival. 

  16. 19Seven (Se7en)

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    Seven (Se7en) is a 1995 crime thriller film directed by David Fincher and stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Detectives William Somerset (Freeman) and David Mills (Pitt) hunt a killer who uses the 7 deadly sins as a motif to commit a series of grisly murders

  17. 20Dolores Claiborne

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    Dolores Claiborne is a mystery and thriller film adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel of the same name which stars Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh. 

  18. 21Funny Games (2007)

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    Funny Games is a 2007 psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Haneke. It's a remake of his own 1997 Austrian film of the same name. The story tells about two psychopathic young men who took a family hostage in their cabin. 

  19. 22Split

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    Split is a 2016 film directed by M. Night Shyamalan which stars an incommensurable James McAvoy portraying almost 30 different personalities in a breathtaking thriller with a truly epic background story.  

  20. 23Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

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    Murder on the Orient Express is the 2017 movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's famous Hercule Poirot mystery novel. With a murder on board the train, Poirot is determined to solve the crime and find the killer among the other 13 passengers.

  21. 24Insomnia

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    This movie about a cop with insomnia chasing a killer is not one of the most famous Nolan movies, but probably one of the most important. Nolan counts, for the first time, with big movie stars and a standard Hollywood budget.
  22. 25Misery

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    Misery is a film adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling horror novel of the same name which stars James Caan and Academy Award-nominee Kathy Bates. It is said to be one of the best horror film ever made.

  23. 26Circle (2015)

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    Circle is a science fiction film directed and written by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione that revolves around fifty captives who have to decide on one person to live. The 2015 thriller drama stars Julie Benz, Carter Jenkins, and Mercy Malic.

  24. 27The Dark Knight

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    Christopher Nolan recreates The Batman trilogy successfully and it has arguably reached its peak with this second movie. The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film that shows Bruce Wayne in a different light as it boasts a formidable cast which features Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Christian Bale, and the late Heath Ledger.

  25. 28Ma (2019)

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    Ma is a 2019 horror/thriller film written by Scotty Landes and directed by Tate Taylor. It stars Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, and Juliette Lewis. The film received an R rating from the MPAA. Its U.S. release was on May 31, 2019. 

  26. 291922

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    1922 is a Netflix Original film directed by Zak Hilditch and written by Stephen King. It is a crime, drama and mystery movie about a farmer set in 1922. It features Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid.

  27. 30I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

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    I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a film about a nurse taking care of an elderly author that lives in a hunted house. It is a Netflix Original and directed by Oz Perkins. It is starred by Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban.

  28. 31Jacob's Ladder

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    Jacob's Ladder is an American drama, horror, and mystery movie directed by Adrian Lyne starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, and Danny Aiello in 1990. This film is about a war veteran Jacob Singer. 

  29. 32The Others

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    The Others is a horror film released in 2001 written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar which stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It centers on a mother along with her children living in a haunted house. 

  30. 33The Wolf Hour

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    The Wolf Hour is a psychological thriller movie which was released in 2019. It is directed by Alistair Banks Griffin, and it stars Jennifer Ehle, Naomi Watts, and Jeremy Bobb. Its world premiere was at the Sundance Film Festival.

  31. 34Mr. Brooks (2007)

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    Mr. Brooks is a psychological thriller film about a well-respected businessman who often controlled by his murder and mayhem-loving alter ego. The film is met with mixed reviews from critics and grossed over 48.1 million USD.

  32. 35Take Shelter (2011)

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    Take Shelter (2011) is a psychological thriller drama film about a young husband and father who's plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions. Now, he questions whether he should shelter his family from a coming storm or from himself.

  33. 36The Machinist (2004)

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    The Machinist is a psychological thriller film starring Christian Bale. The story is about an industrial worker named Trevor Reznik whose insomnia and psychological problems lead to a workplace accident that involved a co-worker.

  34. 37I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

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    I Don"t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a comedy, crime, and drama released in February 2017. It is a Netflix Original and directed by Macon Blair. It features Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey.

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Did you know that Natalie Portman won her first Academy Award for her performance on Black Swan? The 2010 psychological thriller film is what led her to win one of the most prestigious acting awards. In the psycho-thriller movie, Natalie plays the role of a 28-year-old New York ballet dancer, Nina. The ballet dancer struggles to find the balance between the White and the Black swan in her. Her character fits well with the white swan persona yet fails to embody the sensual Black Swan. Things get more complicated as a newbie, Lily played by Mila Kunis arrives. Nina feels threatened by Lily which will lead to dark hallucinations. Black Swan as a psychological thriller puts Portman's acting career to a new high. The terrifying thriller movie Black Swan also keeps audiences on the edge of their seat.

Natalie Portman played several film characters from different movie project and plays. These films include the Léon: The Professional (1994) and the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Portman was also nominated for her first Academy Award for Closer which released in 2004. She got nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Portman became more prominent as she participated in more big screen projects. Her previous works like The Other Boleyn Girl, Jackie, and Thor led to her growing popularity.

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30 comments

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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2019
    "Can I just say how much I love Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis??? Nina is such as beautiful ballerina. Okay, to tell you the truth, I am a fan of Natalie Portman. I found out that she actually had a formal ballet training when she was around 4 years old to 13. Anyway, I can greatly compare this thriller movie to The Wrestler. They share similarities in the pseudo-documentary shooting style. Recommended as one of the best psychological thriller movies!"
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    Black Swan
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    Anonymous
    March 1, 2018
    "Split is a great psychological thriller, with an amazing twist at the end. Without giving away any spoilers, its about a man with multiple personalities (20+ in fact) who kidnaps a young girl. Its a great movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, but - if you are a fan of M Night Shyamalan and have seen his other movies - your in for a real treat ;)"
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    Split
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2019
    "Who else is watching this classic psychological thriller movie in 2019? This is an underrated film. I was surprised it wasn't among the top 5 in the list. Anyway, technicality wise, I commend the technical directors and editors. A fresh plot (at least for me) is a plus too. Again, consider the time this was made and shown! A must-watch thriller movie!"
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    Jacob's Ladder
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    Anonymous
    May 24, 2018
    "I watched this movie and feel it is a great psychological thriller. You start thinking the elderly author is nuts and her house is not really haunted, but then the nurse finds out something totally different. I enjoyed the movie and it was not easy to guess how it was going to end. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Highly recommend."
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    I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2019
    "This should at least be among the top 3 best psychological thiller movies! The movie was shown in the same year I was born and I must say David Fincher is the man!! What I particularly about this crime movie is the set of color palettes used to evoke certain emotions and feels during the movie. Fincher's directorial style is simply iconic."
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    Seven (Se7en)
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    Anonymous
    September 28, 2017
    "I was hosting the monthly movie party at my house and since it was so close to Halloween I wanted to pick a thriller. I didn't want to go with the usual slasher movies that everyone watches normally on Halloween. So, I went a little rogue and picked What Lies Beneath. Everyone loved my choice and it turned out to be a great movie night."
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    What Lies Beneath
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2019
    "Nice combination of crime, drama, and thriller. I love the character of the young Jodie Foster in here. Her hint of naivety and sense of vulnerability made her acting so brilliant. I think for a drama and thriller movie, a sense of being vulnerable is a must so the audience can totally feel the emotions meant to be felt."
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    The Silence of the Lambs
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    Anonymous
    February 27, 2017
    "The Sixth Sense was first released in 2008 and continues to send chills up the spine to anyone watching this film. The concepts of the after life and connections between the living and the dead set the stage and gnaw at your own fears of mortality and what may have caused you to tremble in the dark as a child."
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    The Sixth Sense
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    Anonymous
    May 30, 2018
    "This movie is good for a Netflix movie, if you understand what I'm saying. As far as being the best out of everything, I wouldn't even consider it. There are much more mainstream movies not developed for Netflix that are more of a thriller. And a thriller would never be considered a comedy."
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    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2019
    "I must say the thriller sparked me some excited but I also didn't expect this to be some good psychological thriller movie. The actors were brilliant. The build up of the story didn't need too be lavish when it comes to the production value. It was a low-budget film but a must-watch one!"
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    Coherence
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2019
    "Old but gold. This is a classic thriller movie that you should watch when you are into a psychological and thriller genre. Michael Douglas' performance in this film was simply exceptional. He played the role of Nicholas Van Orton. He pulled the character of being innocent very well!"
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    The Game
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2019
    "I don't think this is going to be one of my top choices for best psychological thriller movies. First, I am not a fan of animated series. Secondly, this is not a thriller nor psychological movie at all. I prefer A Quiet Place or the legendary movie Psycho. It's classic!"
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    Paprika
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2019
    "Honestly, A Quiet Place may pass as a horror film but not under the genre of a psychological thriller film. This is more of a horror film to me. A film about a family. Although I like the use of American sign language as a means of communication."
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    A Quiet Place
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    Anonymous
    January 15, 2017
    "I watched this movie with a group of friends over the weekend & let me just say this movie had a great plot & more twists and turns than a mountain highway. I don't think I will ever feel safe in the shower again."
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    Psycho
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    Anonymous
    June 11, 2017
    "While I would say this is a great thriller of a movie, it is definitely much more to do with drugs than psychology. I would say that even within this response you can find another, better, psychological thriller in the movie Pi."
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    Requiem for a Dream
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    Anonymous
    November 14, 2017
    "This is a good korean movie that has a lot of scary jump scenes. It isn't for everyone, and definitely not something to watch with the kids. If you like scary movies or movies that have weird twists, this is the one for you."
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    I Saw the Devil
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    Anonymous
    March 25, 2019
    "David Lynch is a brilliant director! Perhaps this is his most famous movie. As a crime movie, this is unique in the sense that I haven't actually watched a crime movie with the same plot considering this was shown in 2004."
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    Blue Velvet
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    Anonymous
    March 28, 2017
    "With so many psychological thriller movies out there, I think it make perfect sense to go with a classic. Vertigo is a masterpiece of the genre, with no shortage of fear, intrigue and connecting the dots."
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    Vertigo
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    Anonymous
    February 6, 2017
    "The other day I wanted to see a good psychological thriller. A friend recommended Mulholland Drive and I was not disappointed. Director David Lynch nails it in this one of a kind psycho thriller!"
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    Mulholland Drive
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    Anonymous
    June 26, 2017
    "Momento was quite a strange movie, at least for me. It took me a while to get into it, but the plot twists kept me going and got more interesting as the movie went on. The acting was very good."
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    Memento
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    Anonymous
    October 24, 2017
    "A good, shocking thriller that's sick, twisted and very entertaining. I don't think it's the masterpiece that some claim it is, but it's a solid entry in the genre that doesn't disappoint."
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    Saw
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    Anonymous
    October 27, 2017
    "I found this to be an interesting but rather disturbing film. The plot twists are quite dark. Do not be misled by the seemingly light-hearted title. It is a good psychological thriller."
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    Funny Games (2007)
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    Anonymous
    October 3, 2017
    "I think that Shutter Island is one of the top 5 as far as psychological thriller movies with a lot of ups and downs. I also asked myself so many times while watching, what is going on?"
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    Shutter Island
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    Anonymous
    March 6, 2018
    "Truly a classic. I like how they made a few changes to the story for the big screen, but still largely stayed true to the novel. And Poirot was expertly played. Quite enjoyable."
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    Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
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    Anonymous
    March 5, 2018
    "This is an excellent thriller that keeps you engaged and guessing from the start. I thought that the plot was good, it was well acted and the characters did not disappoint."
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    Insomnia
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    Anonymous
    May 10, 2018
    "One of the best written and directed movies of all times. Got lots of extremely deep meanings. Easily one of the, if not the best movies of all times."
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    The Dark Knight
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "Kathy Bates is again, absolutely amazing in this Stephen King Adaption. A dark, disturbing movie with depth. A mesmerizing, thoroughly engaging experience."
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    Dolores Claiborne
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    Anonymous
    May 6, 2019
    "This movie makes you question your moral compass and principles as the plot follows 50 strangers among who gets to live and escape the circle."
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    Circle (2015)
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2018
    "This movie was a bit much for me. It seemed to really want to push all possible buttons and appear "edgy". I thought it was ridiculous."
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    A Clockwork Orange
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    Anonymous
    May 24, 2018
    "A really good movie if you are into this sort of genre. Was very entertaining and kept me glued to the screen!"
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    1922
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1A Quiet PlaceMovies 38 Paid
2PaprikaMovies 32 Paid
3CoherenceMovies 31 Paid
4Shutter IslandMovies 29 Paid
5The Sixth SenseMovies 28 Paid
6Blue VelvetMovies 27 Paid
7MementoMovies 25 Free
8PsychoMovies 24 Paid
9Requiem for a DreamMovies 23 Paid
10The Silence of the LambsMovies 22 Paid
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