We Dare You to Watch the Best 25 Psychological Thrillers on Netflix Right Now

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We love a good fashion-focused film, but when this week's movie night rolls around, we dare you to think beyond romance films and lighthearted comedies. Instead, turn to Netflix's array of psychological thrillers to add a little suspense to your evening. Butter the popcorn, sip some wine (or tea), and find someone whose arm you can grab when unexpected plot twists blow your mind (pets count, too).

Indulge in trendy films like Bird Box, suspenseful flicks such as Fractured with its sinister plot, or a harrowing modern crime drama like The Devil All the Time. They're as eerie as they are unsettling, and they'll keep you guessing until the final credits roll. Tune into what we deem the 25 best psychological thrillers on Netflix for a dose of adrenaline and intrigue.

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Fractured (2019)

Fractured (2019)

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In this Netflix Original movie, one man's wife and child disappear from the hospital after a roadside accident. They are examined by multiple doctors and even go down to the basement for imaging, yet there are no records of their visit, and our protagonist is convinced the hospital is up to no good...like perhaps an illegal organ harvesting operation. Fractured stars Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, and Stephen Tobolowsky.

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Bird Box (2018)

Bird Box (2018)

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In Bird Box, if you come face to face with a mysterious force, you die. So a woman (played by Sandra Bullock) and her kids embark on a journey to find a place that offers sanctuary in this post-apocalyptic thriller. They'll canoe (blindfolded) through tumultuous rivers and through dangerous woods to seek safety.

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The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)

The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)

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In 1980's Central America, an investigative journalist becomes embroiled in the story she's reporting when she attempts to help her father with a drug deal. Anne Hathaway stars as journalist Elena McMahon, with Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Rosie Perez, and Edi Gathegi.

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The Occupant (2020)

The Occupant (2020)

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Javier Gutiérrez stars as a newly unemployed advertising executive in Barcelona who becomes obsessed with the family occupying his home after he is forced to vacate. When Gutiérrez's character realizes he still has a key to his old place, what evolves is the sinister story of a man who refuses to give up the life he once had. The Spanish-language film includes English subtitles.

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The Perfection (2019)

The Perfection (2019)

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Charlotte, a former music student, befriends Lizzie, who is the music academy's latest protégé. Their new relationship leads them on a suspenseful journey through rural China. The movie blends grindhouse gore with disturbingly thrilling scenes amplified by stars Allison Williams (as Charlotte) and Logan Browning's (as Lizzie) performance.

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The Devil All the Time (2020)

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This American crime drama directed by Antonio Campos is fairly violent and not for the faint of heart. It follows a group of sinister characters in Ohio including an unholy preacher, a serial-killing couple, and a crooked sheriff. You'll see plenty of familiar faces in this film from Robert Pattinson to Tom Holland.

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Uncut Gems (2019)

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If you're in the mood for a movie that will literally leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat, look no further than this flick from the Safdie brothers. Adam Sandler plays a jeweler always looking for his next big gambling win. While he's making the bet of a lifetime, he's balancing work, family, and running from everyone who wants a piece of his win.

Available on: Netflix

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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

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With an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, and Daveed Diggs, this satirical thriller/horror film is worth a watch. The story follows a fictionalized version of the art world scene in Los Angeles, where it's as violent as it is exclusive.

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The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

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When a young American nanny is tasked with taking care of two kids whose au pair just died, all is not what it seems. Is she losing her mind or is there something supernatural going on at this English manor? From the creators of The Haunting of Hill House, this second installment in the series brings way more mind games to the screen.

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A Fall From Grace (2020)

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When a kind, law-abiding woman confesses to killing her husband, a young lawyer feels like there's more to the story and sets out to get the truth. This film from Tyler Perry has an all-star cast including Phylicia Rashad and the late Cicely Tyson and has plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention.

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1922 (2017)

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When a film is based on a Stephen King novel, you know it's going to be suspenseful. This film is a horror drama which chronicles a man who is convinced he's being haunted by his late wife after he murdered her. Don't watch if you have a fear of rats because, well, there's a lot of them in this film.

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You (2018)

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Sometimes you're just in the mood for a show over a movie. If you still want something high-octane, we'd have to suggest You. This series follows a psychopathic man played by Penn Badgley who has a habit of obsessing over his love interests to disastrous and violent results.

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Mindhunter (2017)

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For psychological thriller fans, this series has it all. Directed by David Fincher (who also directed Gone Girl and Zodiac) and based on true events, Mindhunter follows two FBI agents who use groundbreaking behavioral analysis to hunt the nation's most dangerous serial killers.

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The Paramedic (2020)

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In this psychological thriller from Spain, a man suffers a terrible accident and everything in his life begins to fall apart. As he starts to believe that his wife is being unfaithful, he takes revenge on everyone who has wronged him.

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Calibre (2018)

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In this Netflix original film, a hunting trip to a remote Scottish village goes terribly wrong for two life-long friends. Originally debuting at the Edinburgh Film Festival, this film is a great watch for some Scottish highland imagery and plenty of suspenseful moments.

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Secret Obsession (2019)

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When a woman (Brenda Song) wakes up with no memory after a tragic accident, she has to put together the pieces of her old life. Luckily (or is it unluckily?), a man claiming to be her husband is by her bedside to help her.

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Marcella (2016)

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This film follows London police officer, Marcella, as she returns to the murder squad after a 12-year hiatus where she focused on her family. When she's reassigned to one of her old cases, she is conflicted with her own struggles while trying to hunt down a dangerous killer.

Available on: Netflix

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In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

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This movie blends thriller with science fiction as a Philadelphia detective tries to hunt down a female serial killer who mysteriously reappears every nine years. Blending suspense with a heavy dose of trippy elements, this film is perfect for a science fiction lover.

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How It Ends (2019)

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Another one for science fiction fans, How It Ends chronicles a strange apocalypse where misinformation is running rampant. One man and his father-in-law must travel across the country to save his expecting wife.

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In the Tall Grass (2019)

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If you're into a mix of horror and psychological thrillers, this film is for you. Based on a Stephen King novel, When a brother and sister hear the cries of a child in tall grass, they go in to find him, only to become lost themselves. With a supernatural force ever-present, they must find their way out.

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Dangerous Lies (2020)

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This one's for any Riverdale fans. Camilla Mendes stars as a newly unemployed waitress who takes a job as a caretaker to a wealthy older man. When he dies unexpectedly and leaves his inheritance to her, a whole web of lies, deceit, and murder unravels.

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Fatal Affair (2020)

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If you like your psychological thrillers a little bit soapy, this one's for you. Fatal Affair tells the story of an extramarital affair gone wrong. When a lawyer tries to mend her marriage after a brief fling with an old friend, she realizes that her lover might be more dangerous than she thought.

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Red Dot (2021)

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If you're in the mood for a suspenseful film in a wintry setting, this one's for you. Red Dot is a Swedish thriller that follows a struggling couple who decides to travel to the north of the country for a ski hike, but once they arrive, things quickly turn sour (and scary).

Available on: Netflix

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Rebirth (2016)

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A twisted and unsettling film, Rebirth chronicles a man who attends a new-age self-actualization seminar that his friend created. It's darker than it seems as psychodrama, seduction, and violence are all in store.

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Small Crimes (2017)

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When a disgraced former cop is released from prison for attempting to murder a District Attorney, he finds a lot more than he bargained for on the outside. Facing a vengeful DA, crooked sheriff, and a mafia boss, he must find a way to survive.

Available on: Netflix

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