A subgenre of {{Thriller}}, Psychological Thrillers also focus on [[ShapedLikeItself giving thrills]] to the audience. However, they focus on the characters and their psyches rather than the plot and action.

It will often heavily overlap with the [[MysteryFiction mystery]] genre, and occasionally with {{horror}} -- the term Psychological Thriller is sometimes used to identify a work as "horror lite", or "[[SciFiGhetto horror except it's too good for that genre]]" (the latter is especially prevalent when [[OscarBait baiting for awards]]). See PsychologicalHorror.

Philosophical and ethical issues are often explored in Psychological Thrillers. Common narrative devices used to facilitate the exploration of the characters' psyches are BackStory, [[PointOfView first person narrative]], and StreamOfConsciousness.

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!!Examples:

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[[index]]
[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}''
* ''Manga/DeadTube''
* ''Manga/DeathNote''
* ''Manga/{{Erased}}''
* The second season of ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' did this with Fubuki Shirou.
** GO gives us Fei's (Chrono Stone) and Matatagi's (Galaxy) arc.
* ''Manga/{{Kasane}}''
* ''Manga/LiarGame''
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}''
* ''Manga/{{MW}}''
* ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa''
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts''
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''
* ''Anime/PerfectBlue''
* ''Manga/StrongestLegendKurosawa''
* ''Manga/TomodachiGame''
* ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/KiraIsJustice''
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9644493/1/Zenith-Darkness-Reverie Zenith, Darkness, Reverie]], another Death Note fanfiction.
* ''Fanfic/TheVerySecretDiary''
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/FourClosed''
* ''Film/{{Anamorph}}''
* ''Film/ArlingtonRoad''
* ''Film/BadTiming''
* ''Film/BeforeIGoToSleep''
* ''Film/BeforeTheDevilKnowsYoureDead''
* ''Film/BlackSwan''
* ''Film/TheBoneCollector''
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect''
* ''Film/{{Cache}}''
* ''Film/TheCaller''
* ''Film/TheCell''
* ''Film/{{Circle}}''
* ''Film/{{Compulsion}}''
* ''Film/{{Confessions}}''
* ''Film/TheConversation''
* ''Film/{{Criminal}}''
* ''Film/TheCrush''
* ''Film/DasExperiment''
* ''Film/DarkSkies''
* ''Film/DeadMansShoes''
* ''Film/{{Deathtrap}}''
* ''Film/DesperateMeasures''
* ''Film/LesDiaboliques''
* ''Film/DonnieDarko''
* ''Film/DontSayAWord''
* ''Film/DTox''
* ''Film/TheElementOfCrime''
* ''Film/FatalAttraction''
* ''Film/{{Fear}}''
* ''Film/FightClub''
* ''Film/FirstBlood'' (the first film, but not the ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' franchise in general that follows)
* ''Film/{{Flightplan}}''
* ''Film/TheFly1986'' (the first film only, not its [[Film/TheFlyII sequel]] nor the [[Film/TheFly1958 1958 film]] that the film was a remake of)
* ''Film/{{Freeway}}''
* ''Film/TheGift2015''
* ''Film/TheGoodSon''
* ''Film/TheHandThatRocksTheCradle''
* ''Film/{{Hannibal}}''
* ''Film/HardCandy''
* ''Film/HideAndSeek''
* ''Film/TheHole''
* ''Film/HourOfTheWolf''
* ''Film/HouseOf9''
* ''Film/TheHunted''
* ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte''
* ''Film/{{Identity}}''
* ''Film/{{Ils}}''
* ''Film/InTheLineOfFire''
* ''Film/{{Insomnia}}''
* ''Film/JacobsLadder''
* ''Film/TheKillingRoom''
* ''Film/KissTheGirls''
* ''Film/{{Koma}}''
* ''Film/TheMachinist''
* ''Film/{{Malice}}''
* ''Film/{{Marnie}}''
* ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene''
* ''Film/{{Memento}}''
* ''Film/MulhollandDrive''
* ''Film/MurderByNumbers''
* ''Film/NeTeRetournePas''
* ''Film/NewBestFriend''
* ''Film/NocturnalAnimals''
* ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}''
* ''Film/OneHourPhoto''
* ''Film/PacificHeights''
* ''Film/ThePerfectHost''
* ''Film/PhoneBooth''
* ''Film/PlayMistyForMe''
* ''Film/{{Psycho}}''
** ''Film/PsychoII''
** ''Sandbox/PsychoIII''
** ''Film/PsychoIVTheBeginning''
* ''Film/ThePurge''
** ''Film/ThePurgeAnarchy''
** ''Film/ThePurgeElectionYear''
* ''Film/{{Rebecca}}''
* ''Film/RedEye''
* ''Film/{{Repulsion}}''
* ''Film/TheScribbler''
* ''Film/SecretWindow''
* ''Film/ShutterIsland''
* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''
* ''Film/SingleWhiteFemale''
* ''Film/TheSkeptic''
* ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy''
* ''Film/{{Spider}}''
* ''Film/{{Stay}}''
* ''Film/StrangersOnATrain''
* ''Film/SuspectZero''
* ''Film/{{Suspicion}}''
* ''Film/{{Swimfan}}''
* ''Film/SwimmingPool''
* ''Film/{{Targets}}''
* ''Film/ThatColdDayInThePark''
* ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''
* ''Film/Unknown2006''
* ''Film/UnlawfulEntry''
* ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''
* ''Film/TheVillage''
* ''Theatre/WaitUntilDark''
* ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane''
* ''Film/WickerPark''
* ''Film/TheWorldOfKanako''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Affinity}}''
* ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''
* ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''
* The ''Literature/ArchieSheridan'' series, particularly the first three.
* ''Literature/BadMonkeys''
* ''Literature/TheBadSeed''
* ''Literature/TheCollector''
* ''Literature/DamnatioMemoriae''
* ''Literature/{{Deadfall}}''
* ''Literature/DestinationUnknown''
* ''Literature/FirstBlood'', which later turned into a movie that became the first installment of the ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' films.
* The works of Creator/FyodorDostoevsky--but ''especially'' ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment''.
* ''Literature/TheGirlOnTheTrain''
* ''Literature/GoneGirl''
* ''Literature/BlackIris'', focused on [[BiTheWay Laney Keating's]] quest for revenge. Similar to the above example, ''Gone Girl'', in that it utilizes the rage of the suppressed to tell a chilling, gripping story.
* ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}''
* ''Literature/{{Ripliad}}''
* ''Literature/SharpObjects''
* ''Literature/{{The Treyton Injections}}''
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[[folder:Live-Acton TV]]
* ''Series/{{Cardinal}}''
* ''Series/DarkBlue''
* ''Series/{{Dig}}''
* ''Series/{{Fujiko}}''
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}''
* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'' (Partially)
* ''Series/MrRobot''
* ''Series/{{Ransom}}''
* ''Series/SafeHouse''
* Many episodes of ''Series/{{Thriller}}''
* ''Series/{{Legion}}'' has strong elements of this, mixed with some light {{Horror}}.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AlanWake''
* ''VideoGame/GetEven''
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''
* ''VideoGame/Killer7''
* ''VideoGame/NeverendingNightmares''
* ''VideoGame/RootLetter''
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2''
* ''VideoGame/TheSilverCase''
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/BansheesLastCry''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Hayarigami}}''
** ''VisualNovel/{{Hayarigami 2}}''
** ''VisualNovel/{{Hayarigami 3}}''
** ''VisualNovel/ShinHayarigami''
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Jisei}}''
* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape''
** ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''
** ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward''
** ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Bastard}}''
* ''Webcomic/KillingStalking''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/RedRover''
[[/folder]]
[[/index]]

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