One of the best psychological thrillers of all times, the 1960 movie Psycho is Alfred Hitchcok’s greatest. The direction and cinematography are absolutely flawless. Anthony Perkin, who plays Norman Bates, is brilliant; initially appears to be a pleasant young man, but transforms into a scary cold-blooded murderer. Norman Bates is one of the most iconic villains in the history of cinema.
2. Fight Club
Fight Club is one of those very few movies which are superior to the book it was based on.
Edward Norton plays the role of an office worker who has a dull and boring life, in addition to his insomnia, which leaves him lingering in strange places. Norton’s performance is top notch, and his portrayal of a mentally unstable man is excellent. I still wonder why he wasn’t nominated for the Oscars that year. Watch this movie right away for his sheer brilliance!
3. The Machinist
Christian Bale lost about 55 kgs to get this role right. What can you say about his devotion to the profession? Even he has a similar problem of insomnia and hasn’t slept in a year, making him think that someone wants him dead. Bale once again proves his talent by using his skill-set to play such a complex character.
Martin Scorsese and
Leonardo DiCaprio together have always given us great masterpieces. Shutter Island is one of those movies which will leave you confused. A U.S. martial comes to an isolated island to investigate a strange disappearance, but instead gets caught up in the mental asylum. He gets bizarre dreams about his murdered wife and looks for closure, until he realizes that he has reached a point of mental breakdown. DiCaprio’s performance will leave you breathless and the last dialogue will make you question your sanity.
5. Me, Myself and Irene
A cop who has multiple personality disorder - is otherwise a well-behaved cop Charlie, but when pushed a little too far he turns into the lunatic Hank. The cop is played by
Jim Carrey, so you get to laugh your ass off. Nothing more to say!
6. Mr. Brooks
This movie features a serial killer businessman. The man has two sides - on one side he is Portland's Man of the Year and on the other side he has a deadly urge to kill, turning into the Thumbprint Killer.
Kevin Costner plays the ‘bad guy’ too well and is the creepiest villain you’ll ever come across. The tension in each of his scenes keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The sensational performance by each of the characters keeps your eyes glued to the screen. You keep thinking how the killings at the motel are connected to the man who was supposed to get executed. The movie surprises you at every turn and keeps you engaged.
8. A Tale of Two Sisters
Two sisters who have just returned from a mental institute have to face the ghost of their deceased mother. Tell me you are not scared already! The movie is absolutely flawless in every aspect - the technicality, cinematography, soundtrack, lighting and the actors as well. This Asian masterpiece leaves you with the chills.
9. Primal Fear
Things get serious when an altar boy is accused of killing a catholic priest. This was one of those Edward Norton films which made him famous. His acting is terrific, and this movie is not just another courtroom drama, but a lot deeper and darker. He earned an Oscar nomination for this movie.
10. The Three Faces of Eve
Joanne Woodward won an Academy Award for her role as Eve White, a multiple disorder patient. She stunningly plays each of the different layers of the same person, skillfully executing each of the personalities distinctively.