The Best Psychological Thriller Movies & Shows on Hulu
Do you love the suspense of scary movies, but could do without the blood and gore? Psychological thrillers are where horror meets drama. It’s the perfect genre to serve audiences a little bit of everything, including dark humor, mystery, crime, complex characters, and plots with deeper meanings.
No, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you (or is it?). These psychological thriller movies and shows will make your head spin as you sit on the edge of your seat.
Best Psychological Thriller Movies
You might want to keep the lights on for these suspenseful psychological thrillers.
Married couple Vic (Ben Affleck) and Melinda (Ana de Armas), are in a unique arrangement—he agrees to turn a blind eye to her affairs as long as she doesn’t abandon their family. Everything starts to change after the mysterious death of one of Melindas lovers. How long can this dysfunctional setup last before jealousy gets the best of Vic?
Watch: Deep Water
Fear of Rain
Fear of Rain is a psychological thriller about a young girl living with schizophrenia and terrifying hallucinations. When she suspects her neighbor is hiding a kidnapped child, the only person who believes her is a young boy she’s not sure actually exists.
Watch: Fear of Rain
Every Breath You Take
A grieving brother seeks revenge on his sister’s psychiatrist after she decides to take her own life. What starts as a therapist’s worst nightmare takes an even darker turn when his wife and daughter become the target.
Watch: Every Breath You Take
Based on a novel of the same name, Shutter Island is a classic Martin Scorsese psychological thriller movie. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshall in charge of investigating the disappearance of a murderer from a psychiatric hospital isolated on Shutter Island.
More criminals escape when a hurricane cuts off communication to the mainland, leaving Teddy to question everything—including his sanity.
Watch: Shutter Island*
*Shutter Island requires SHOWTIME® on Hulu add-on subscription.
Chloe is a wheelchair-bound teenager who is homeschooled by her abnormally over-protective mother. When Chloe begins to uncover her mom’s dark secrets, she decides to flee in fear for her own safety. Run is a suspenseful psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
Written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar is an Oscar®-winning sci-fi thriller that takes place in a dystopian future where Earth has become unlivable. Follow a team of astronauts and scientists on a suspenseful trip through a newly discovered wormhole in their desperate search for a habitable planet.
*Interstellar requires a Hulu + Live TV subscription.
Parasite is a Korean film and 2020 Acadamy Award® winner for Best Picture. This psychological thriller has everything—dark humor, brilliant cinematography, and a suspenseful plot that will leave you thinking for days.
Follow the Kim family as they scam their way into the Park family’s luxurious home to escape poverty in Parasite.
Get Out follows Chris and Rose, an interracial couple who travels to visit Rose’s family for the weekend. At first, Chris views her parent’s nervous behavior and over-accommodation as their half-hearted attempt to approve of their daughter’s choice for a partner. That is, until he makes some disturbing discoveries that lead him to run for his life.
Watch: Get Out*
*Get Out requires a Hulu + Live TV subscription.
American Psycho is a classic dark comedy and psychological thriller about Patrick Bateman, a wealthy, vain, and narcissistic New York City financier with a serial killer alter ego. Can Patrick continue to separate work from pleasure as he succumbs to his hedonistic fantasies?
Watch: American Psycho*
*American Psycho requires CINEMAX® on Hulu add-on subscription.
Best Psychological Thriller Shows
Each nail-biting episode will leave you wanting more.
11.22.63 is a Hulu Original based on the Stephan King novel of the same name. This 8-episode limited series tells the story of Jake Epping (James Franco), as he travels back in time to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Will his attempt to save the president change the future for the better, or will Jake discover that the past can’t be changed without consequence?
Set in the early 90s, Cruel Summer tells the unsettling tale of two teenage girls—one goes missing, and the other takes over her life as if nothing ever happened. You won’t know who to believe in this dark drama series on Freeform.
Watch: Cruel Summer
The Handmaid’s Tale
Set in a present-day dystopian America, The Handmaid’s Tale follows June Osbourne, a strong-willed woman determined to find her family and break free from the terrifying totalitarian society she’s now living in. But, is there actually a way out?
Catch up on all 4 seasons of the Emmy®-winning series before the new season lands on Hulu.
Watch: The Handmaid’s Tale
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone is a classic American TV series that tells a new story with each episode. No matter how weird the characters are or how suspenseful the storyline is, The Twilight Zone will leave you deep in thought.
Watch: The Twilight Zone*
*The Twilight Zone requires a Hulu + Live TV subscription.
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