30 Psychological Thrillers on Netflix That Will Make You Question Everything
Watching horror movies that give us actual nightmares is one thing (we’re looking at you, The Conjuring). But when it comes to psychological thrillers that delve into the complexities of our own minds, that’s a whole different level of scary—which makes it all the more entertaining. From mind-bending films like The Vanished to international thrillers like The Call, we found 30 of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix right now.
1. ‘Clinical’ (2017)
You may want to watch this one with the lights on. In Clinical, Dr. Jane Mathis (Vinessa Shaw) is a psychiatrist who suffers from PTSD and sleep paralysis, all because of a patient’s terrifying attack. Against her doctor’s advice, she continues her practice and treats a new patient whose face is horribly disfigured from a car accident. When she takes on this new patient, strange things begin to occur in her home.
2. ‘Tau’ (2018)
A young woman named Julia (Maika Monroe) falls asleep at home and wakes up to find herself in a jail cell with a glowing implant in her neck. While trying to escape her high-tech prison, she discovers that she’s being used as a test subject for an even bigger project. Will she ever hack her way out?
3. ‘Fractured’ (2019)
After his wife, Joanne (Lily Rabe), encounters a stray dog and suffers injuries, Ray (Sam Worthington) and their daughter decide to take her to the hospital. As Joanne goes to see a doctor, Ray falls asleep in the waiting area. When he wakes up, he finds that both his wife and his daughter are missing, and the hospital seems to have no record of them. Prepare for your mind to be blown.
4. ‘The Vanished’ (2020)
This gripping thriller recently skyrocketed to the second spot on Netflix's list of top movies, and judging by this trailer, we can see why. The movie follows Paul (Thomas Jane) and Wendy Michaelson (Anne Heche), who are forced to launch their own investigation when their daughter suddenly disappears during a family vacation. Tensions rise as they discover dark secrets about the lakeside campground.
5. ‘Calibre’ (2018)
Childhood friends Vaughn (Jack Lowden) and Marcus (Martin McCann) go on a weekend hunting trip in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands. What starts off as a pretty normal trip turns into a series of nightmarish scenarios that neither of them prepared for.
6. ‘The Platform’ (2019)
If you're into dystopian thrillers, then you’re in for a treat. In this compelling film, prisoners are kept in a Vertical Self-Management Center, also known as "The Pit." And in the tower-style building, a wealth of food typically descends by floor where the lower-level inmates are left to starve while those on top eat to their heart’s content.
7. ‘The Call’ (2020)
In this fascinating South Korean thriller, we follow Seo-yeon (Park Shin-hye), who lives in the present, and Young-sook (Jeon Jong-seo), who lives in the past. Both women get to connect through a single phone call, which winds up twisting their fates.
8. ‘The Girl on the Train’ (2021)
This Bollywood remake of the terrifying 2016 film (originally based on Paula Hawkins’s book of the same name) actually jumped to the third spot on Netflix’s top ten list earlier this month. Parineeti Chopra stars as Mira Kapoor, who looks forward to observing a seemingly perfect couple during her daily commute. But one day, when she witnesses a disturbing event, causing her to get entangled in a murder case.
9. ‘Bird Box’ (2018)
Based on Josh Malerman's best-selling novel of the same name, this movie takes place in a community where people are driven to commit suicide if they make eye contact with the manifestation of their worst fears. Determined to find a place that offers sanctuary, Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock) takes her two children and embarks on a terrifying journey—while totally blindfolded.
10. ‘Fatal Affair’ (2020)
Ellie Warren, a successful lawyer, agrees to have a few drinks with David Hammond (Omar Epps), an old college friend. Although Ellie is married, sparks seem to fly, but before things go too far, Ellie takes off and returns to her husband. Unfortunately, this prompts David to obsessively call and stalk her, and it escalates to a point where Ellie begins to fear for her safety.
11. ‘The Occupant’ (2020)
Due to unemployment, former advertising executive Javier Muñoz (Javier Gutiérrez) is forced to sell his apartment to a new family. But he can’t seem to move on, because he begins to stalk the family—and his motives are far from pure.
12. ‘The Guest’ (2014)
The Guest tells the story of David Collins (Dan Stevens), a U.S. soldier who pays an unexpected visit to the Peterson family. After introducing himself as a friend of their late son, who died while serving in Afghanistan, he begins to stay in their home. Not long after his arrival, a series of mysterious deaths occur in their town.
13. ‘The Son’ (2019)
This critically acclaimed Argentinian film follows Lorenzo Roy (Joaquín Furriel), an artist and father whose pregnant wife, Julieta (Martina Gusman), exhibits disturbingly erratic behavior during her pregnancy. Once the child is born, her behavior gets even worse, putting a huge strain on the entire family. We won’t give away any more details, but the twist ending will definitely leave you speechless.
14. ‘Lavender’ (2016)
Over 25 years after her entire family gets murdered, Jane (Abbie Cornish), who has amnesia due to a head injury, revisits her childhood home and discovers a dark secret about her past.
15. ‘The Invitation’ (2015)
This one will make you think twice before accepting an invitation to your ex’s dinner party. In the film, Will (Logan Marshall-Green) attends a seemingly friendly gathering at his former house, and it’s hosted by his ex-wife (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband. However, as the evening rolls on, he begins to suspect that they have darker motives.
16. ‘Buster's Mal Heart’ (2016)
This 2016 flick follows Jonah Cueyatl (Rami Malek), a hotel concierge turned mountain man. While on the run from authorities, Jonah is haunted by memories of his past life as a husband and father. FYI, Malek’s performance is absolutely brilliant.
17. ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ (2015)
Thirteen years after the brutal murder of investigator Jess Cobb’s (Julia Roberts) daughter, former FBI agent Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor) reveals that he finally has a lead on the mysterious killer. But as they work with district attorney Claire (Nicole Kidman) to continue pursuing the case, they uncover secrets that shake them to their core.
18. ‘Delirium’ (2018)
After spending two decades in a psychiatric hospital, Tom Walker (Topher Grace) is released and goes to live at the mansion that he inherited from his father. However, he becomes convinced that the house is haunted, due to a string of strange and mysterious events.
19. ‘The Paramedic’ (2020)
An accident leaves paramedic Ángel Hernández (Mario Casas) paralyzed from the waist down, and, unfortunately, things only go downhill from there. Ángel’s paranoia leads him to suspect that his partner, Vanesa (Déborah François) is cheating on him. But when his disturbing behavior pushes her to leave him for good, his obsession with her actually increases tenfold.
20. ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ (2016)
The Spanish thriller follows the seemingly quiet José (Antonio de la Torre), who strikes up a new relationship with café owner Ana (Ruth Díaz). Unbeknownst to her, José has some pretty dark intentions.
21. ‘Rebirth’ (2016)
In this thriller, we follow Kyle (Fran Kranz), a suburban dad who’s convinced to go on a weekend-long Rebirth retreat that requires him to give up his phone. Then, he gets pulled down a bizarre rabbit hole that’s virtually inescapable.
22. ‘Shutter Island’ (2010)
Leonardo DiCaprio is U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels, who’s tasked with investigating the disappearance of a patient from Shutter Island’s Ashecliffe Hospital. As he delves deeper and deeper into the case, he’s haunted by dark visions, causing him to question his own sanity.
23. ‘House at the End of the Street’ (2012)
Moving into a new home is stressful enough for Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) and her newly divorced mom, Sarah (Elisabeth Shue), but when they learn that a gruesome crime took place in the house next door, they’re especially unnerved. Elissa starts to develop a relationship with the killer’s brother, and as they get closer, a shocking discovery comes to light.
24. ‘Secret Obsession’ (2019)
After Jennifer Williams (Brenda Song) gets struck by a car, she wakes up in a hospital with amnesia. Shortly after, a man appears and introduces himself as her husband, Russell Williams (Mike Vogel), proceeding to fill her in on all the details she’s forgotten. But after Jennifer is discharged and Russell takes her home, she suspects that Russell isn’t who he says he is.
25. ‘Sin City’ (2019)
Philip (Kunle Remi) and Julia (Yvonne Nelson) seem to have it all, including successful careers and a seemingly perfect marriage. That is, until they decide to get away for some needed quality time and end up on a last-minute trip to an exotic hotel. Watch as their relationship gets tested in ways they never would’ve expected.
26. ‘Gerald’s Game’ (2017)
A kinky sex game between a married couple goes horribly wrong when Gerald (Bruce Greenwood), Jessie’s (Carla Gugino) husband, suddenly dies of a heart attack. As a result, Jessie is left handcuffed to the bed—without a key—in an isolated house. Worse yet, her past begins to haunt her and she starts to hear strange voices
27. ‘Gothika’ (2003)
In this classic thriller, Halle Berry portrays Dr. Miranda Grey, a psychiatrist who wakes up one day to find herself trapped in the same mental hospital where she works, having been accused of murdering her husband. Penélope Cruz and Robert Downey Jr. also star in the movie.
28. ‘Circle’ (2015)
The film’s plot is kind of like a competitive game, except there’s a deadly and sinister twist. When 50 strangers awake to find themselves trapped in a darkened room, with no memory of how they got there…and they’re forced to choose the one person among them who should survive.
29. ‘Stereo’ (2014)
This German thriller film follows Erik (Jürgen Vogel), who leads a quiet life and spends most of his time at his motorcycle shop. His life gets turned upside down when Henry, a mysterious stranger, shows up in his life. To make matters worse, Erik begins to encounter a bunch of sinister characters who threaten to harm him, which leaves him no choice but to turn to Henry for help.
30. ‘Self/less’ (2015)
A business tycoon named Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) learns that he has a terminal illness but with the help of a brilliant professor, he’s able to survive by transferring his own consciousness into another person’s body. However, when he starts his new life, he’s plagued by a number of disturbing images.