Worth To Watch: Top 10 Best Psychological Thrillers of The 21st Century

Some of the movies not only rule your time as you are watching but they get into your head and start messing around, yes these genre is considered as the psychological thriller movies that incorporate elements of mystery, drama, action, and horror, particularly psychological horror. It gives us some of the most dramatic art in cinema. In the 1990s, after the success of The Silence of the Lambs, the term ‘psychological thriller’ tended to be applied to just about any serial killer film but some of the 21st-century films woven it with the human mental situations and presented spine-chilling films. Here is the list of 10 best psychological thrillers since the year 2000.

1. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Drive (2001)

David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive is a psychological thriller film which is also considered as the greatest thriller movie of the 21st century and BBC ranked the movie in its 2016 poll in the first place. The plot of the film is close to impossible due to the narrative twists that leave it open to interpretation as to what is a dream and what is the reality. As it’s a story turns around an aspiring actress named Betty Elms played by Watts, newly arrived in Los Angeles, who meets and befriends an amnesiac woman played by Harring hiding in an apartment which belongs to Betty’s aunt. The movie is an ever-deepening reflection on the allure of Hollywood and on the multiple role-playing and self-invention.

2. Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan (2010)
Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is a frightening depiction of disorders like Ocd, self-harm, bulimia, anorexia, and schizophrenia. The film turns around Nina played by Natalie Portman, a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She found a lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. The film shows us how Nina gets so mentally and emotionally engrossed in her character that she develops a mental disorder of an Obsessive Compulsive type.

3. Memento (2000)

Memento (2000)
Memento is an innovative structured movie in the genre of murder that will definitely make your mind to think twice that what is going in the movie. The film turns around the man Guy Pearce as Leonard who is suffering from anterograde amnesia keeps looking for his wife’s killer. Leonard takes pictures of evidence and tattoos important information onto his body so that he does not forget critical information. The movie connects an audience with its storyline that is its one in color and one in black and white that open-ended finale which makes them wonder.

4. Oldboy (2003)

Oldboy (2003)
Park Chan-wook’s masterpiece, Oldboy is a South Korean movie that gained cult status in psychological thriller movies list of the 21st century. Korean star Choi Min-Sik plays a husband, father, and alcoholic who gets kidnapped on his daughter’s 4th birthday. He spends the next 15 years locked in a small room, teaching himself to fight and counting the years with hatch-mark tattoos. His release sets him on a path to revenge, but first, he must discover who locked him up and why, and when he finally unlocks the mystery the secret is even grosser than the scene where he eats a live octopus. With the film’s world being dominated by twisted secrets, incest, suicide and mutated violence, Park Chan-wook found a way to guide the audience through this labyrinth of perversions.

5. Cache (2005)

Cache (2005)
Michael Haneke’s, Cache is A French psychological thriller that follows an upper-class family who, one day, receive a mysterious tape in the mail. The family’s routine life is interrupted by anonymous delivery of threatening videotapes and phone calls. The videos are secretly shot from the street in front of their house, which means that someone with the right equipment is observing them. The entire film could be read as an expression of Georges’ guilt and hidden turmoil relating to his own past. It is an intelligent film for mature viewers that work effectively as a psychological thriller and political allegory.

6. Shutter Island (2003)

Shutter Island (2003)
Shutter Island is a psychological mystery thriller revolves around the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. The movie is full of surprises and twists, while somewhat transparent. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Edward “Teddy” Daniels who is investigating a psychiatric facility on Shutter Island after one of the patients goes missing. Mark Ruffalo plays his partner officer, Ben Kingsley is the facility’s lead psychiatrist, and Michelle Williams is Daniels’ wife. The clue here lies in Daniels’s troubled personal life: his war record and the death of his wife.

7. American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho (2000)
Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho is based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel of the same name. It’s first psychological thriller with many dark comedic elements too. Christian Bale in the role of Patrick Bateman who is a wealthy investment banker and spends his time demanding the best table at trendy restaurants, getting luxurious skin care treatments, and graphically murdering innocent young women. From pop-infused acts of murder to hyper-designed business cards that send chills down the spine, this movie will surely give you thought for the while about Bale and his character.

8. Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)
David Fincher’s Gone Girl follows the events surrounding Nick Dunne (Affleck), who becomes the primary suspect in the sudden disappearance of his wife, Amy (Pike). It’s story about a missing girl in mysterious situations. It presents something that always takes place between a couple that these are two people pretending to be other people, better people, versions of the dream guy and dream girl, but each one couldn’t keep it up, so they destroy each other. The film is exposing the irrational side of our fear of coupledom.

9. Inception (2010)

Inception (2010)
Inception’s title itself tells everything about the film as it is the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious. The movie is based on dream within a dream strategy. The film stars Leonardo Di Caprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious and is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious. The film’s hero tests a young architect by challenging her to create a maze, and Nolan tests us with his own dazzling maze.

10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
David Fincher’s, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is rife with social commentary. It’s Swedish-American psychological thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. It tells the story of Blomkvist’s investigation to find out what happened to a woman from a wealthy family who disappeared 40 years prior. He recruits the help of Salander, a computer hacker. The drama of her struggle with the Swedish government and with herself has the power to help people understand how exactly treating mental illness is a uniquely complicated undertaking.


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