The best psychological thrillers in film history

These are some of the most outstanding psychological thrillers in the history of recent cinema, from cult jewels to great Hollywood productions that you should not miss if you are a fan of the genre.

The cinematic sub-genre of the psychological thrillers focuses on unstable emotional and mental states, characterized by unexpected twists, trauma, surprises, suspense, and a clear dynamic of tension. Some of the elements that manage to excite, awaken the bile and stir the spectators’ anguish are games of mirrors, violence, doubts between good and evil or mental confusion.

If you are an avid follower of the genre, we want to review some of the most awarded titles, praised by critics and loved by the public that have managed to shake many viewers over the past few years. Do not miss which are the best psychological thrillers in the cinema to enjoy from your sofa …

Vertigo (1958)

Considered by many to be the masterpiece of the already master Alfred Hitchcock, this film that does not lose its brilliance over the years stars the traumatized detective John Stewart, who suffers from vertigo. When a classmate falls into a void from a ledge while pursuing a criminal, he decides to withdraw although he returns to charge to do a favor for an old friend from school, who hires him to watch his wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), a woman obsessed with past affairs. In 2012, it was named the best movie of all time in the Sight and Sound critics’ poll.

The silence of the lambs (1991)

The nineties were the decade that he fell in love with the movies of psychopaths, a lot of blood, cannibalism and obsessions poured into other films such as Se7en, Scream or Halloween. Undoubtedly, the clear queen of her genre is The Silence of the Lambs, which won a good list of awards in 1991 and which featured the magnificent performances of Jodie Foster in the role of police, Anthony Hopknins playing the dreaded Hannibal Lecter and Ted Levine as ‘Buffalo Bill’. Oscared and magnificent, it will continue to make your hair stand on end.

Se7en (1995)

One of the most successful crime and thriller movies of the 1990s, in which a veteran homicide lieutenant Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is to be replaced in retirement by the impulsive young detective David Mills, played by Brad Pitt . The two together must face a peculiar case: the detection of a psychopath who relies on the seven deadly sins to commit their crimes: gluttony, laziness, pride, avarice, envy, lust and anger.

The Fight Club (1999)

Sound adaptation of the novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, this is one of David Fincher’s most honored works, a psychological thriller combined with drama, black comedy and mystery, as well as social satire and criticism of the system.¬† Its gray protagonist, a man suffering from insomnia embodied by Edward Norton meets Tyler Durden, who convinces him that self-destruction is the only thing that makes life worthwhile, inviting him to found a secret fighting club called the fight club.

Memento (2000)

This Christopher Nolan film is one of the great cult gems of the early 21st century. On the road between neo-noir, thriller and intrigue, this complex psychological maze draws us into the irreversibly damaged memory of Leonard, an insurance agency investigator who suffered damage while trying to stop the murder of his wife. With an instant camera and notes tattooed on his body, he must decipher the riddle and find the culprit of the crime.

Prisoners (2013)

Denis Villeneuve – director who signed other great films like Incendies or Sicario – is the author of this masterpiece of the genre, a film in which you will not be able to breathe easy for a single second due to the high levels of tension, constant suspicions and intrigue in surrounding the disappearance of two six-year-old girls in a quiet neighborhood. Hugh Jackman in the role of desperate father and Jake Gyllenhaal under the seams of a cunning police officer with a tickled face will be responsible for putting the pieces back together and finding the little ones safe and sound. However, not everything will be a smooth journey, since doubt, revenge and hysteria will permeate every corner of the film.

Gone Girl

Gorgeous adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel, which begins when on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reveals the mysterious and inexplicable disappearance of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike). What at first seemed like pure homey happiness and the portrait of a perfect couple begins to crack, even showing Nick as a possible suspect.

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