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]]).

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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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}''
* ''Manga/DeathNote''
* ''Manga/LiarGame''
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}''
* ''Manga/{{MW}}''
* ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa''
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts''
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''
* ''Anime/PerfectBlue''
* ''Manga/StrongestLegendKurosawa''
* ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry''
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''FanFic/KiraIsJustice''
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9644493/1/Zenith-Darkness-Reverie Zenith, Darkness, Reverie]], another Death Note fanfiction.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/ArlingtonRoad''
* ''Film/BeforeTheDevilKnowsYoureDead''
* ''Film/BlackSwan''
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect''
* ''Film/TheCell''
* ''Film/{{Confessions}}''
* ''Film/DarkSkies''
* ''Film/DesperateMeasures''
* ''Film/DonnieDarko''
* ''Film/TheElementOfCrime''
* ''Film/FightClub''
* ''Film/{{Flightplan}}''
* ''Film/{{Hannibal}}''
* ''{{Film/Hour of the Wolf}}''
* ''Film/{{Identity}}''
* ''Film/{{Ils}}''
* ''Film/InTheLineOfFire''
* ''Film/{{Insomnia}}''
* ''Film/JacobsLadder''
* ''Film/{{Koma}}''
* ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene''
* ''Film/{{Memento}}''
* ''Film/{{Oldboy}}''
* ''Film/OneHourPhoto''
* ''Film/ThePerfectHost''
* ''Film/PhoneBooth''
* ''Film/ThePurge''
* ''Film/RedEye''
* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''
* ''Film/ShutterIsland''
* ''Film/StrangersOnATrain''
* ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''
* ''Film/TheVillage''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Affinity}}''
* ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''
* ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''
* ''Literature/BadMonkeys''
* ''Literature/{{Deadfall}}''
* ''Literature/{{Ripliad}}''
* ''Literature/{{The Treyton Injections}}''
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[[folder:Live-Acton TV]]
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}''
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/AlanWake''
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''
* ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}''
* ''VideoGame/NeverendingNightmares''
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2''
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[[folder:VisualNovels]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Jisei}}''
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