Asked around a bit and this is what I got from friends (bigger movie buffs than I am)
Number 23 (Schumacher); Rosemary's Baby (Polanski); Flightplan (Schwentke); Panic Room (Fincher); Phone Booth (Schumacher - personal favorite of mine though not sure it fits the genre all too well); The Net (Winkler; honestly, even though it's from '95 and the computers are massive
and look, floppy disks!..it's still a good movie); Shutter Island (Scorsese)
and maybe Breach (Ray) though honestly..it's not much of a psychological thriller just a brilliant movie.
Shutter Island! How could I forget that one? That's a great movie because while you're watching it, it feels like a huge burden is being lowered onto your shoulders, but as the film progresses, it's like the burden is slowly lifted. I don't really know how to describe it much better than that; you just feel different
after watching it.
I actually came across that list during one of my quests for PTs...The Talented Mister Ripley
is a great movie. It's one of those movies that starts off really slow, and you're like "wow, this sucks". But one things start heating up, you're totally invested in what's going on. Every five minutes, the circumstances will change, and you're just like..."okay, how is he going to get out of this one?" But he's the talented
Mr. Ripley for a reason.
Another movie like that is Transsiberian. It's about a couple (Woody Harrelson and...some girl) taking the Transsiberian railway across Europe, but along the way they meet some people who end up not being who they initially think they are. Eventually some stuff goes down and a detective (Sir Ben Kingsley) gets involved, and things just sort of spiral out of control from there. It's tough to really talk about it without giving anything away.
Let's see...speaking of Kathy Bates, Dolores Claiborne
was pretty good. It's another Stephen King adaptation. This one is different from most because it blurs the line of absolutes. Like, at the beginning, you're not really sure what to think...and by the end, everything is revealed, but it's still up to you to decide what to think. The movie (and presumably the book, which I have yet to read) doesn't preach one mindset or another; it just presents the facts, as twisted and convoluted as they are.
The most recent one I watched was Just Cause
, which has Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, and (I didn't realize this until the credits, because she's only 11 years old in the movie) Scarlett Johansson in it. It was all right; it had all the elements of a good psychological thriller, but I felt like they were delivered kind of sloppily. The storyline reminded me of Unspeakable
(another alleged psychological thriller, but I wouldn't recommend that one, because it's terrible on all fronts). It's about a guy on death row that claims he's innocent, so he asks a retired lawyer (Connery) to help him prove it. Of course, not everything is as it seems, and eventually another death row inmate (played by Ed Harris, in rare form) gets dragged into the mix.