Live Poll: The Best 2000s Psychological Thriller

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These films showed us characters suffering huge breakdowns and as a viewer, we were sucked right into their crumbling worlds along with them. Tense, provoking, mind-bending; these are the best psychological-thriller films of the 2000s.

Which of these 2000s psychological thrillers are you most likely to remember?

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The Prestige (great FX, story & issues then)
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Completely agree. It is also a completely different story to your standard thriller film
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Gulp! Another winner. Can't you see people are trying to get on the homepage, Kyle?! Have pity!

Before clicking, I bet the Top 5 is:

Requiem for a Dream
Mulholland Dr.
Finding Dory, I mean Black Swan

let's see...

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LOL, funny. Inception, FD and Black Swan are all 2010s (different decade) so they wont be apart of this list.

As for Requiem, Wikipedia classifies it as a "American psychological drama film" which can technically be considered psycho-thriller but perhaps I can re-conisder. Same goes for American Psycho.
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American Psycho gets my vote, and I wouldn't call him "plain crazy"..he had enough control over his actions to become successful on Wall Street and to talk about his homicidal fantasies either when the person is out of earshot or in such a sarcastic way that no one thinks twice about it, etc etc. The title, poster, and trailer make me think it wasn't supposed to be a mystery that he's an 'American Psycho'. The mystery is supposed to be what's wrong with him, not whether something is wrong at all.

If it was the original Funny Games that would've been my vote (but it obv doesn't fit the decade requirement)

Also love Requiem for a Dream, it's disturbing but I've never really thought of it as a thriller personally

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Well, from the fact that I got the 2010s and 2000s mixed up, you can tell that I didn't put much of my intellect in that post, mea culpa.

i didn't plain crazy in the sense that he was one-dimensional but well... maybe I should watch the film before emitting a definite opinion. As for Requiem, I disagree, the the end of the second act and whole first act do play like thrillers, the climactic montage contains more thrills and heart-pounding moments than many legitimate thrillers have to offer in two hours.
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What did I say? Lol. I knew it!
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Personally, it was a tight competition between Mulholland drive and Memento. But after a thinking i would go with Mulholland drive, because it just doesn't reveal most of the part at the end, on contrary it provokes the viewer to rewatch and find the meanings himself. And that is what makes it unique among this unique genre. 
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Some of these I consider only as a "Thriller" not as a "psychological thriller," but since you did your research, I think maybe I'm wrong, but anyway I go with "Requiem for a Dream".

For example i think "Mystic River", "Zodiac" is more like a Thriller/Crime but i'm not a expert on the subgenre area so, i can't judge and say that i'm totally right.

I understand that your research has led to this, so maybe it's the right one.
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IMDb does not consider the following films to be thrillers. I'm not certain whether they can be considered psychological thrillers.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The Prestige (2006)
American Psycho (2000)
Unbreakable (2000)
Mystic River (2003)
Zodiac (2007)
The Number 23 (2007)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Session 9 (2001)
Disturbia (2007)
The Uninvited (2009)
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Awake (2007)
Funny Games (2007)
88 Minutes (2007)
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Dan, most of those are listed as thrillers. You have to check the Storyline section of their pages to see the full genre listings. You can also use the 'Refine' tool in the list.

The ones that are not listed as thrillers are Requiem for a DreamAmerican Psycho and Session 9. Even so, other sources may consider them thrillers.
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I defer to Peter's assessment.
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Just saw an old poll board members poll. Babylon 5 Fan too...

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I defer to Peter's judgement on this board and also to Peter Jurasik.
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My 200th!!! Thank you guys 
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Great job on that poll! 

It's so tough to choice it hurts, though, having two of my 25 favorite movies (both of them from 2001, oddly enough: Hannibal and Donnie Darko) and also Unbreakable (2000), which is equally terrific. 

Since Unbreakable and Donnie Darko are multi-genre efforts I decided to vote for Hannibal, though, an often underrated movie which is often unfairly considered subpar compared to The Silence of the Lambs. It's actually quite odd that Hannbal is my favorite fo the franchise (which I like in entirety), considering that original novel is my least favorite in the franchise (still a good one, though just clattered with subplots a bit in my humble opinion).
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Hannibal is one of the few (two) movies in which Lecter/Lecktor actually gets to roam free for most of the screen time. It's kind of exotic as well.
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Yes it was refreshing
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Congratulations pere-25366. This is the 28th time your poll has been featured at IMDb Home Page ( since July 28, 2015.

06 September 2018: The Best 2000s Psychological Thriller - (A poll by pere-25366)

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Black Swan !?!
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This list is only for 2000-2009.
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It's very difficult to choose but still my top 5 will be :
1. Donnie Darko
2. Memento (Nolan Salute)
3. The Butterfly Effect
4. The Prestige (Another Nolan Masterpiece)
5. The Others

Sorry but no Mulholland Drive & Zodiac in my list.