In Psychological Thrillers, characters are no longer reliant on physical strength to battle and defeat their enemies like but on their minds and logical thinking. The battle can be trickery and reason or a physical attack that is latched and grounded on planning and tactics.
The excitement, suspense and even torture in a psychological thriller often comes from the characters’ mind, their ability to reverse engineer their opponent’s motive by interpreting the results, playing mind tricks or by simply pushing someone’s sanity to the edge.
Here are the best ones ever made.
10. The Prestige
Plot: The rivalry between two magicians intensify when one of them performs an illusion so shocking and so unbelievable, it shocks the whole industry of magic.
It’s the battle between the reality and unreality of illusion. It simply messes you up into believing that the illusion is real and that reality is an illusion.
Plot: A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia is hired to tail and investigate a woman. The detective falls in love with the woman only to realize that she is suicidal and he might find himself in the middle of the chaos she created.
Sometimes when you try so hard to conquer your biggest hurdle in your life, you end up creating new ones. That’s what the movie makes you realize.
8. Black Swan
Plot: A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette. But her choreographer tells her that she can’t be Odile, the Black Swan unless she gets in touch with her inner demons. As she struggles to dance into the darkness, she starts losing her grip on what is white and what is black.
There is nothing more frightening than realizing that the only way you can perfectly play the role is by being the character.
7. Rear Window
Plot: A photographer (James Stewart) with a broken leg passes the time by spying on his neighbors. When he becomes convinced that his salesman neighbor (Raymond Burr) murdered his wife, he just can’t let it go.
They say that the same characteristic that makes a reporter great is the same characteristic that makes him dangerous.
6. Basic Instinct
Plot: A police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive writer could be involved. As he tries to find out the truth, he realizes that she has successfully made him a character in her story.
Not many guys can stand being manipulated exactly at the time when they are told they are bing manipulated.
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