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10 Psychological Thrillers That Will Totally Blow Your Mind!

10 Psychological Thrillers That Will Totally Blow Your Mind!

Movies can inspire, move and evoke a plethora of emotions. But, here's a list that will mess with your head, but is totally worth a watch.

Over the last few years, the genre of psychological horror movies has amassed its own set of dedicated followers. That being said, it is not that the genre went completely into obscurity, but over the last half a decade or so, there has been a huge increase of brilliant psychological horror that offers an alternative for those looking for something “more meaningful” to their movies. This genre makes us question  “What all is actually possible?” These movies have some of the highest box office numbers and viewer ratings of any genre and the moviegoers love them. Here is a list of 10 such movies. 

10. American Psycho



 

This movie is based on the book written by Bret Easton Ellis of the same name. This movie tells the story of Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, who is a rich New Yorker who seems to have it all on the surface. What his close ones does not know is that Patrick has an alter-ego which he attempts to hide from his family, his co-workers, and even his fiancée. But slowly, as his lack of empathy starts becoming more and more clear, his actual mental state becomes more and more unclear. The ending of the movie is left to the interpretation of the viewers if you start thinking a little too deeply. 

9. Memento



 

This movie was Christopher Nolan's directorial debut and it definitely solidified his position as the psychological master of 21st-century filmmaking. This movie's main challenge for the viewers is to understand the real timeline of the movie as the lead character of the movie, Leonard, played by Guy Pierce suffers from long-term memory loss. Regarded as one of the best movies of all time, this movie will leave you wondering for a very long time, even after you are done watching it. 

8. A Beautiful Mind



 

This movie sees one of the best performances by Russell Crowe and this movie, more than being an outright thriller is rather a slow-burner. It tells the true story of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician who finds himself trying to untangle a mysterious international conspiracy. His biggest challenge is not actually the complicated mathematical equations but actually finding out what is real and what is imaginary. This movie received four Academy Awards, along with the coveted Best Picture award. 

7. Mulholland Drive



 

This movie by David Lynch is regarded as one of the most puzzling, terrifying, and heartbreaking mysteries ever in cinema. Naomi Watts gets her first breakout role as Betty, who is a charming aspiring actress, but slowly, throughout the movie, her glamorous and dreamlike character starts becoming a complete nightmare after it is revealed Betty is not actually Betty at all. 

6. The Others



 

This movie sees one of the best performances by Nicole Kidman. The movie is set in the aftermath of World War II and Kidman plays the role of a wealthy mother who protects her children as she is waiting for her husband to return from the frontlines. The things around her house start taking a strange and weird turn. When you watch the movie, you will find yourself questioning what is real and what is wrong, and the reveal, in the end, will have your jaw hanging on the floor. 

5. Identity



 

This movie, directed by James Mangold has become a cult classic since it was released in 2003. The story follows the group of 10 strangers who are stranded at a hotel in Nevada. But, as the characters start getting murdered one by one, the group begins to realize they are somehow connected to each other. 

4. The Butterfly Effect



 

This movie is actually based on the real-life concept of how the flap of a butterfly’s wings could start a storm halfway through the world. This movie demonstrates how the smallest decisions can make a massive impact on the lives of those around us. Ashton Kutcher plays the role of Evan, who has undergone a number of psychological treatments because of his childhood trauma. He later discovers that these treatments have left him with the ability to travel back in time and taking advantage of this, he travels back in order to change the events of his past in order to save himself and his childhood friend. 

3. The Machinist



 

Even though this movie failed to garner the same sort of success in the box office like the other movies on this list, it has gained a cult following since its release. Christian Bale stars as the protagonist of the movie where he plays the role of a blue-collar worker who is riddled with guilt after accidentally killing a boy with his car and then driving away. Due to his heavy guilt, it triggers his insomnia, and he becomes progressively paranoid and troubled. This movie is in fact so good that it's compared with classical psychological thrillers such as Psycho by critics and viewers alike.

2. The Prestige



 

It is a thing for Christopher Nolan to mess with the minds of his audience and 'The Prestige' is a prime example of one such movie. The movie co-stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman where both of them are ambitious but rival magicians and both of them are intent on being the first to perform the ultimate illusion. The timeline of the movie jumps back and forth as both the characters start sabotaging each others performance where they disclose terrible secrets and even try murdering. If you feel that you have no idea what is happening, the final moments of the movie will clear the doubts or it might raise even more questions. 

1. Black Swan



 

This movie is one of the most terrifying, emotional, beautiful, and utterly mind-bending movies of all time. 'Black Swan' got Natalie Portman her first ever Oscar win where she played the role of Nina, a skilled ballet dancer who has finally found herself on the brink of fame. But, as soon as her dreams start to take shape into reality, she becomes more and more paranoid and struggles to maintain her grasp on reality.

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