|List of the Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time|
Don't Look Now (1973) - Elderly sisters, the occult, psychic flashes, and a girl walking the streets in a red cloak. What's not to like? Stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. Directed by Nicolas Roeg.
Play Misty for Me (1971) - A very good reason to avoid one night stands. Things can go from normal to deadly in no time at all. Directed by and Stars Clint Eastwood with Jessica Walter as the psycho bitch.
May (2002) - A flawed little indie prize disguised as a modern day Frankenstein story that somehow manages to mesmerize with it's sound, intrigue with its visuals and numb with its ending. Yet another brutal demonstration of what happens to people with traumatized childhoods. Directed by Lucky McKee.
The Game (1997) - A lonely but successful Wall Street banker accepts an invitation to a place called Consumer Recreation Services. It turns out it's a place where weird and sadistic things take place. The lesson? Don't accept invitations to places with such generic-sounding names.
Vertigo (1958) - Alfred Hitchcock directs James Stewart and Kim Novak in this little film that collected two Oscar nods. Though the film received mixed reviews upon initial release, it has garnered much acclaim since then and is now frequently ranked among the greatest films ever made, and often cited as a classic Hitchcock film and one of the defining works of his career.
The Usual Suspects (1995) - A perfect example of how telling lies can set you free. Stars, Kevin Spacey, Chaz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benicio Del Toro. Directed by Brian Singer. Also appears on our List of the Best Movie Twists of All Time.
The Night of the Hunter (1955) - Robert Mitchum and Shelly Winters star in this Southern Gothic drama adapted from American author Davis Grubb's national best seller of the same name. Set in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Directed by Charles Laughton.
In Cold Blood (1967) - Based on Truman Capote's book that explores a botched robbery that results in the brutal murder of a rural family. Directed by Richard Brooks and stars Robert Blake... before he killed his wife.
Primal Fear Wow. Wow. Wow. The only way to describe Edward Norton's breakout role.
Psycho (1960) - Another Hitchcock classic makes the list. This one starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. A bit of trivia: this was Alfred Hitchcock's last feature film in black and white, filmed November 30, 1959 to March 1, 1960.