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. It doesn't have to be Halloween to enjoy a bit of a scare, right? 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, according to Popsugar, to find a film that will keep you on the on the edge of your seat.
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.
This film borders on the edge of thriller and horror. It's a fascinating movie about a family vacation that is abruptly destroyed by two creepy characters who terrorize the family with their "games."
This movie was made in the 1940s, but it's still worth watching today. It stars Dana Andrews as a detective investigating the murder of a successful advertising executive named Laura. The closer he gets to solving the case, the more connected he feels to the victim.
Another crime mystery, Basic Instinct is about a detective who is investigating the death of a famous rock star. He ends up in a torrid love affair with the rocker's ex-girlfriend, who just so happens to be the prime suspect in the case. The film is fraught with suspense and sexual tension.
The ultimate thriller, The Shining is about a family who moves to a Colorado ski hotel during the dead of winter. They are completely isolated from the rest of the world when the hotel starts teeming with supernatural activity, leading to Jack Nicholson's character's famous words, "Here's Johnny!"
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