When the mood strikes for a movie night, think beyond romance films and lighthearted comedies, and turn to Netflix's array of psychological thrillers to add a little suspense to your evening in. Pop the popcorn, pour a glass of wine, and find someone to share the couch with who won't mind you grabbing their arm mid-movie when an unexpected twist blows your mind. Not sure which movie to choose? Consult this list of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix to find a film that will keep you on the on the edge of your seat.
Indulge in cult classics like Donnie Darko (who could resist a young Jake Gyllenhaal?), iconic films like The Sixth Sense, which quite possibly holds the title for the greatest twist of all time, and suspenseful flicks like The Invitation. They're eerie, unsettling, and will keep you guessing until the final credits roll. Tune into one the best thrillers on Netflix below for a dose of adrenaline.
Before I Wake
This eerie film follows an 8-year-old boy named Cody after he's adopted by a couple who recently lost their own son. The couple begins seeing visions of their dead son after Cody moves in, which leads them to wonder if their grief has taken over or if something more sinister is happening.
This cult classic starring Jake Gyllenhaal is a must-see psychological thriller. The main character, Donnie, starts seeing visions of a man in a disturbing bunny costume and a clock counting down to the end of the world after a plane falls into his house, leaving many questions unanswered.
Not for the claustrophobic, this film begins with a group of strangers waking up in a cube structure with no information about how or why they ended up there. It's up to them to find a way out without succumbing to booby traps or their own hysteria.
The Sixth Sense
A film that arguably contains the greatest twist in movie history, The Sixth Sense always entertains and will keep you guessing until the end. It's about a young boy who sees dead people and the child psychologist who tries to help him.
When a man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife in his former home, a sinister plot reveals itself. He hasn't seen his ex since their son died tragically years ago, but now she's back with a new husband, a new life, and a mysterious agenda.
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Would You Rather
As the title suggests, this psychological thriller follows a group of people forced to play a game of Would You Rather. Only instead of playing for fun, a collection of downtrodden individuals enticed by a reward end up playing for their lives. Reminiscent of the Saw franchise, the film is a horrifying portrayal of the lengths people will go to survive.
Ryan Gosling plays opposite Anthony Hopkins in a twisty film about murder, betrayal, and weakness. When Hopkin's character discovers that his wife is having an affair he plans the perfect murder, although it's not as simple as it first appears.
In this Canadian thriller, Ryan Reynolds plays the father of a girl who's gone missing. Eight years after his daughter's disappearance, he's still the prime suspect, but new clues seem to indicate that Cassandra could still be alive. It's a mysterious thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Secret in Their Eyes
A remake of an Argentine film by the same name, Secret in Their Eyes unravels the mystery behind the murder of an FBI agent's daughter. Julia Roberts plays a mother who's spent 13 years obsessively looking for her daughter's killer, but it's her former fellow agent, Ray, who uncovers a new lead that might solve the case after so many years. This thriller will have you guessing until the end.
An old acquaintance threatens to disrupt the lives of a young married couple, Simon and Robyn, when he mysteriously shows up and presents them with odd gifts. When Robyn learns the truth about her husband's past with the uninvited visitor, she begins to question how well she really knows her spouse.
This post was originally published on January 8, 2018, and has since been updated.