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Power Rankings: Best Psychological Thrillers

In the mood to give your brain a workout? Whether it's a mind-blowing story, insane plot twist, or a maniacal villain, these films will get you the rush you're searching for. These are our Power Rankings of the best psychological thrillers.


Title: Gone Girl

Release Date: October 3, 2014


Plot: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.


Title: Inception

Release Date: July 16, 2010


Plot: A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.


Title: Misery

Release Date: November 30, 1990


Plot: After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.


Title: The Usual Suspects

Release Date: August 16, 1995


Plot: A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.


Title: Fight Club

Release Date: October 15, 1999


Plot: An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.


Title: Shutter Island

Release Date: February 19, 2010


Plot: In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.


Title: The Sixth Sense

Release Date: August 6, 1999


Plot: A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.


Title: The Shining

Release Date: June 13, 1980


Plot: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.


Title: The Silence of the Lambs

Release Date: February 14, 1991


Plot: A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.


Title: Se7en

Release Date: September 22, 1995


Plot: Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

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