The final frontier, as they say, is the mind and not space. This means that if you have gained full control over your mind, you have gained control of everything. However, it is the mind that tells you some of the biggest lies and makes you believe in them even when everything else seems otherwise. And that is why, the diverse personalities are formed, making them exist in one body at the same time.
And its proved every then and now that Hollywood’s keen interest in psychology is not hidden. Working on these mind-boggling facts, they have made many amazing classics which I am sure you would want to watch any time.
Not only these Hollywood psychological thriller movies are best to watch during any pandemic but are a must-watch to give yourself a good treat. Lockdown or not, they will help you pass your time by taking you to a trip full of chills. In this list, you will find the name of those top psychological thrillers that will help you shake off any kind of jitters or boredom.
Further, he hints that the doc along with the hospital staff is playing games with him. This has forced him go crazy, therefore, breaks into the lighthouse which he convincingly sees as the den of some evil conspiracy. However, his discovery shocks him even more. Honestly, Shutter Island stands as one of the best psychological thrillers of all time with an ending that will baffle you hard.
Top 6 Psychological Thriller Movies From Hollywood
Shutter Island (2010)
Shutter Island is based on the 2003 novel by Dennis Lehane with the same name. This thriller was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as U.S. Marshal Edward Daniels. He is in charge of conducting an investigation for a psychiatric ward on Shutter Island because one of the inmates had gone missing.
During his investigation, he comes to know that he has been fed with many false leads and that there have been many mind-control experiments conducted by the chief psychologist who runs the institution. In all of this, he comes in contact with a patient who confirms the theory. He further says that many patients were also getting lobotomised.
Black Swan (2010)
Starring Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder, Black Swan is directed by Darren Aronofsky. This Hollywood psychological horror film is all about the production of Swan Lake ballet from Tchaikovsky. In it, the parts of the Black and White Swan are performed by the same dancer.
Portman who plays the role of Nina is perfect for the role of White Swan. However, her teacher says that a new dancer named, Lily, played by Kunis would be more suitable for the role of Black Swan. This induces jealously and insecurity in her which takes extreme forms, leading her to hallucinate, self-harm and even murder.
She is, moreover, not able to decide what’s real and what’s not. Only when everything around her becomes an illusion, she truly comes alive. This psychological thriller is great when it comes to considering it as a study of an artiste’s obsession.
Gone Girl (2014)
Gone Girl is based on a novel that was written Gillian Flynn with the same name. This psychological thriller was directed by David Fincher and stars Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris.
Nick Dunne, a role played by Affleck, on his fifth wedding anniversary returns home only to find that his wife Amy, a role played by Pike, is missing. Amy was a small celeb due to her parents’ popular Amazing Amy children’s books.
Then it turns out that the media and press are already convinced that Nick has killed Amy. Even the police begin to believe that. However, it was later found that Amy has had a history – where she falsely incriminates her boyfriends. Why? Either she gets bored or she believes that they must be punished. This makes Nick lay a trap for her but turns out she is far too intelligent for the lead investigator and for him (Nick).
Enemy is an adaption of José Saramago’s novel – The Double – that came out in 2002. This movie was directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Jake Gyllenhaal playing a double role of two men that have different personality but are physically identical.
Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal), is a history professor who discovers that an actor looks just like him when he rents a movie, where there is will there is way, he was able to trace that actor by his other movies and then contacts his agent, where everyone believes that he is the actor.
He was also given a confidential letter which he doesn’t open and finally, when he is about to meet the actor, the meeting gets cancelled. But the actor becomes obsessed with him and to the point where he expresses his desire to sleep with the professor’s girlfriend. And the professor strangely agrees.
When the girlfriend discovers the charades they both fight and leave together in a car which is then met with an accident. Meanwhile, the professor has gone to the actor’s house where the actor’s wife also finds about the truth but still agrees to sleep with the professor. The morning comes with the big twist when professor questions his sanity along with the viewers.
In the Unbreakable trilogy, it is the second instalment which is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Betty Buckley. This movie is solely based on the split personality disorder.
Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) has shown in the movie with 23 different personalities which compel him to kidnap 3 teenage girls which he says are to be sacrificed to “The Beast”. All the girl try to befriend the less violent personalities. However, none of them, succeed.
When the news of the girls kidnapping spreads the psychiatrist who treated him suspects him and visits his house and was able to find one of the girls. He overpowers her too but when the girl says his full name aloud he calms down. After that Kevin asks her to shoot him.
This is the point where other personalities take over, summoning The Beast. The beast had already killed 2 girls but left her saying she was pure. A large section of healthcare professionals criticised this psychological thriller movie as they felt it wasn’t truthful regarding its portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
The Joker (2019)
This movie is based on one of the most famous DC villain, joker, directed by Todd Phillips, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the joker. This mind-bending Hollywood psychological thriller film provides an alternative origin story for this famous character.
Set in 1981, the film follows Arthur Fleck who is a failed stand-up comedian. He goes mad and commences his crime by first murdering policemen. Ironically, all his crimes are seen as an act of defiance by the dissatisfied citizens of Gotham as well as the city. He loves his mother the most and takes care for her just like Norman Bates from psycho; the only difference is that his mother is alive.
Arthur is fed with a lie by his mother – she tells him that he might be the illegitimate child of Thomas Wayne, who is the real father of Bruce Wayne. However, when he learns the truth, he turns violent. In his hallucinations, he finds himself falling in love with his next-door neighbour.
He is not able to distinguish between reality and madness. Then he embraces madness and kills a talk show host. Why? Because he has always made fun of him. Later, he gets arrested by the police but gets rescued by an army of rioters, all of them are found to be wearing Joker masks. Finally, the Joker is confined to a mental asylum, but this is just the beginning of a never-ending journey of madness.