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Top 5 Worth-Watching American Psychological Thrillers

Psychological Thrillers

Psychological thrillers have always captivated our hearts through their persuasive language, story, and emotional connection. Here is a list of 5 must-watch American psycho-thrillers which will change your thinking in a beautiful yet exciting manner. 

1) Gone Girl

This American psychological thriller revolves around Amy Elliot, played by Rosamund Pike, who is later revealed as suffering from “Antisocial Personality Disorder” along with some symptoms of “Borderline Personality Disorder”. Amy, after marrying Nick Dunne, suddenly disappears, leaving no clues behind but just one suspect – her own husband – played by Ben Affleck. Are these psychological disorders the reason for her disappearance? Or is Nick (her husband) hiding something? To find out what the reality is, watch this psycho-thriller on Netflix and Amazon Prime! 

2) Bird Box

This American psycho-horror thriller bounds itself to the issue of “Mental illness” and how a non-visible demonic-looking creature, without touching you, deliberately persuades you in committing suicide. This Hollywood movie has been acknowledged by a lot and especially for the brilliant cinematography and script for not showing the creature till the very end. It connects the stories of the past and present of Malorie — played by the very talented Sandra Bullock, who with her two children, Olympia and Tom have to survive this deadly stitch. Imagine a situation where you can’t go out or even peek through your windows without wearing blindfolds! Frightening, isn’t it? Well, to feel these horrifying surroundings, curbed with love, drama, and mostly thriller is available for you to binge-watch on Netflix. 

3) Joker

An American psychological thriller, revealing the mental traumas suffered by Arthur Fleck – depicted by the Oscar winner, Joaquin Phoenix, who is neglected by the society and later steps into the world of crime and chaos. The story illustrates the life of Batman’s half-brother, “Joker”, a stand-up comedian, along with showcasing the society’s attitude towards mentally-ill people around them. The special element of this movie is that even after being disregarded by society, Arthur tries to make people around him smile. His peculiar laugh, while bringing fresh content to the story, describes Pseudobulbar Affect” as the cause for it, engaging the audience further. Available on Amazon prime video, go watch now!

4) Inception

This psycho-science fiction thriller is a definite must-watch, because of its engaging storyline and power-packed performance by some of the best actors, a film like this could offer – Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur, Ellen Page as Ariadne, Tom Hardy as Eames and so many others. The story puts forth vague dreams, bouncing between the reel and real-world of thinking and emotional responsiveness, as a major symptom of Schizophrenia. The movie has been handed-over awards for best cinematography, best visual-effects, most frightening performance, and what not! Available on Amazon prime video, go watch now!

5) Shutter Island

One of the best American psychological thrillers ever made; and my personal favorite for leaving no stone unturned! Performances by Leonardo DiCaprio in and as Andrew Laeddis and Teddy Daniels will leave you speechless in the end for drawing attention towards “Delusional Disorder” in such a beautifully thrilling manner. The supporting cast involving Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, and others brought their characters to life with such ease, which surely lured me to think out of the box. Won accolades and honorable mentions in various categories for its astonishing engaging power and creativity. Available on Netflix as well as Prime video, go get some chills!


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