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Psychic Powers in movies.

  • Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo displays extremely potent psychic abilities of all kinds. Its telekinesis can whip up a huge storm, repel all forms of attack, and carry dozens of Pokémon (some of which are quite heavy) at a time. It overpowers an Alakazam, which are known for their immense psychic power, in a psychic battle while at Giovanni's gym. It speaks to others telepathically, and can suppress people's minds to make them do its bidding and speak through them. It's also able to erase events from people's memories and teleport them back to where they were before they arrived on the island. Mew displays great psychic power in its limited screen time, as well, when it fights evenly with Mewtwo.
  • The Secret of NIMH has some psychic powers going on. Nicodemus is clearly shown to have at least low-level telekinetic abilities (it is never openly stated where they came from, but is implied that his research and knowledge went way beyond the scientific knowledge of the other rats) and at the end of the movie Mrs. Brisby's Gemstone Necklace activates, and she's able to move a cinder block hundreds of times her weight several feet.


  • Ariana from Aleta: Vampire Mistress has the power to track people using their photos, as well as see into other peoples' memories. This is how she discovered that Aleta killed Ivor's wife, and that Aleta's vampirism comes from worms from another dimension.
  • In Alien 2: On Earth, Thelma experience regular psychic premonitions, and also appears to be telepathic. Her telepathic abilities seem strangely limited, though, considering she fails to notice the rest of humanity being killed by the rock creatures.
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes had telepathic mutants living under the ruins of New York.
  • In The Black Hole, Yvette Mimieux's character had a telepathic link to a robot. In the novelization, however, is just a wireless interface using a cyberimplant on her brain.
  • Plenty members of the cast in Bloodbeat have psychic powers, including the killer glowing ghost samurai.
  • In Chronicle, three teenagers discover a meteorite that grants them powerful telekinesis. After some amusing pranks, things get worse since one of the teens has serious issues.
  • Dreamscape has a secretive research facility studying psychic powers, and, impressively enough, using them mostly to help cure deep seated psychological disorders.
  • There are certain people with "talents" in Extra Ordinary (2019) when it comes to dealing with ghosts, including the ability to sense them, to be a Willing Channeler and to enact a Hollywood Exorcism.
  • The little girl in the B-Horror movie version of Firestarter had pyrokinetic abilities but suffered from Power Incontinence, which proves unfortunate for the people who kept her and her father prisoner with the aim of trying to weaponize her abilities.
  • In Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Jason gets resurrected accidentally by a telekinetic girl. Naturally, they have a climactic showdown.
  • The Fury, a 1978 Brian De Palma movie features psychics on the run from a government conspiracy.
  • In the '90s Godzilla movies, psychic Miki Saegusa features prominently, often using her powers to detect Godzilla's whereabouts or even try to slow down his advances on Japan. Godzilla vs. Biollante featured a direct showdown between the two, in which Godzilla apparently reversed her psychic power and caused her to collapse. Later, in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, she shows off telekinetic abilities.
  • Green Lantern (2011) has Hector Hammond, who's granted phenomenal psychic powers by Parallex, at the cost of his physical body.
  • In Hellboy, Abe Sapien can determine the past and nature of people of people and objects, usually by touching them.
  • In the Clint Eastwood movie Hereafter, Matt Damon plays a man who can communicate with the dead through their relatives.
  • Lenny Abrahamson's The Little Stranger centers on an Old, Dark House that is rumored to be haunted. It is speculated that a poltergeist — possibly created by a living (telekinetic) person — is responsible for all the eerie happenings. The original novel never clarifies the matter, but the film reveals that the protagonist, Dr. Faraday, has nonconscious telekinetic powers that manifest themselves as a malevolent poltergeist inside the mansion.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • In Pokémon Detective Pikachu there's Mewtwo, the most powerful Psychic Pokemon, and Psyduck, who's also incredibly powerful but suffers from Power Incontinence and must be kept calm least his psychic powers go haywire and unleash a massive destructive psychic blast.
  • The movie Next starring Nicolas Cage had him as a precognitive who can always see two minutes into the future.
  • The title character in the Australian horror film Patrick is telekinetic, and uses it to get what he wants by any means necessary.
  • Patrick Still Lives is an unauthorized In Name Only sequel to Patrick. As with the original film, the title character is telekinetic, and uses it to cause harm to others. The main difference is that here he's being used by someone else for the purpose of vengeance rather than acting on his own interests.
  • In Powder, introverted and put-upon small-town albino Jeremy Reed has a healthy variety of psychic talents.
  • Push. The premise is that people are born with different powers, and each are given a shorthand term for whatever power they are born with:
    • Pushers are able to use Mind Control. Really, it's More than Mind Control, since it works by implanting and overwriting memories and "pushing" thoughts into people's minds.
    • Wipers are able to erase certain parts of a person's memory.
    • Movers are telekinetic. Advanced movers are able to generate shields and enhance their punches and kicks.
    • Shifters are illusionists, allowing them to morph any object of their choice, though it seems the object does have to be of the same relative size of the object it's being shifted to, and it's temporary.
    • Stitchers have Healing Hands, albeit very painful, and capable of working in reverse.
    • Sniffers can see anywhere that an object has ever been and who's used it. They get their name as their ability works by sniffing the object, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
    • Watchers predict the future.
    • Shadows can cancel out Sniffers. Extremely powerful ones can cancel out Watchers.
  • Samara Morgan and her Japanese counterpart Sadako Yamamura, from The Ring films wield all these abilities, and then some, to tremendous effect. However, in contrast to the novel version (see below) their powers are more sedate.
  • The titular Killer Robot of R.O.T.O.R. has "sensor recall", meaning it can look at a scene and see events from the past.
  • Rubber is a film about a tire that kills people with its psychic powers.
  • The psychics in Scanners not only control thoughts, they can alter your biological functions (heartrate, etc.) and really powerful ones can make Your Head A-Splode. They're also really good at controlling computers with their mind, as they also have "nervous system", and telekinesis is added later on. Spawned a series of films of increasingly lower quality.
  • In Serenity (2005), River Tam's psychic powers are finally confirmed.
  • Shrooms: After eating the deathcap, Tara seems to have gained powers of precognition. It's left deliberately vague as to whether this is the case or not.
  • The kid in the The Sixth Sense could see dead people.
  • In Split Second (1992), cop Harley Stone has a mysterious psychic connection to the killer; he can predict where he first strikes upon his return and sense his presence by hearing the killer's beating heart. His partner Dick Durkin thinks it's because he's a Scorpio.
  • Star Wars: The Force includes many of these, most notably telekinesis, empathy, precognition, and mind control. It also includes telepathy (as when Vader is able to talk to Luke telepathically, or when Luke is able to call for help to Leia on Bespin).
    • Star Wars Legends (the old Expanded Universe) took these powers, and ran with them beyond ridiculous — up to and including the "Force Storm", which creates a wormhole that can destroy entire fleets of ships.
    • There are the Kiffar, a species of humanoids with a relatively high occurrence of psychometrics.
  • In the film based on Starship Troopers, the telepath Carl plays a small but pivotal role. He shows up again in a much larger role in the vaguely related TV series and as noted in that section his powers are stronger and more varied.
  • The serial killer Ben O'Ryan in Suspect Zero has the ability of remote viewing, which he uses to see through the eyes of his future victims. These abilities seem to overlap with a bit of precognition as well.
  • The telepath Kuato and various other mutants in the original Total Recall (1990).
  • What Women Want revolves around a chauvenistic Jerkass gaining the ability to read the minds of women after an accident with an Electrified Bathtub.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Kitty Pryde describes Professor X as "the most powerful brain in the world," and Stryker similarly calls him "the world's most powerful psychic." Sebastian Shaw is so impressed by the strength of Xavier's telepathy that he tries to recruit Charles even though Shaw already has a formidable psychic as his second-in-command. (This indicates that Shaw considers Xavier's mutation to be more potent than Emma Frost's.) Professor X's gift is why Apocalypse covets his "extraordinary" abilities—the best that he has encountered in "a thousand lifetimes"—and selects him to be his next mutant host.
    • Jean Grey possesses telepathy almost to Xavier's level, has Mind over Matter abilities that can get really destructive and can float as part of her powers.
    • Emma Frost's in X-Men: First Class, which she uses for Master of Illusion purposes.
  • The superhero film Zoom: Academy for Superheroes has a hot red-headed telekinetic teen (hmm, where did they get that idea?) and the Invisible Man also develops "mindsight".