Top 15 Psychopath Movies That You Shouldn’t Watch

A sociopath is an individual(mostly a guy but sometimes a lady also) who mourns from several mental sicknesses such as histrionic, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline.

 They are usually referred to as egoists(and all sociopaths ARE egotists though not all are sociopaths or psychopaths, and we have repeatedly seen them in movies and books.

This list looks at fifteen films especially suitable for representing those imposed with this condition and the massacre they leave after them. 

WARNING: this list includes minor spoilers and abusive language

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

Director: Curtis Hanson

Casting: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy

Year: 1992

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Running time: 1h 50m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video, Hulu 

In the outstanding movie “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” psychopath Peyton (Rebecca De Morne) tries to seduce the man’s wife. She hopes to lure: in front of her eyes!

She becomes an indispensable part of family life and then initiates her twisted payback on the family she accuses of her husband’s loss (in narcissistic rage).

Like many of the films on the list, this film illustrates the Sociopath is excellent fodder for the psychological suspense genre. Here is a thoughtful video critique of the evil character Amy Dunne.

The Rules of Attraction

Director: Roger Avary

Casting: James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon

Year: 2002

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Running time: 1h 50m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video, Apple TV 

In “The Rules of Attraction movie, Sean is a dull sophomoric young who misbehave on his way to college with no respect for the young woman he hurts. Eventually, one of his targets slices her wrists and seeps to death in the dangerously gruesome real-to-life scene. Sean, of course, does not realize the girl is attached to him.

Although a film like American Psycho and this close-knit family is not as artistic or well made, this movie has high expectations.


No Country For Old Man 

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Casting: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin

Year: 2007

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller

Running time: 2h 2m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video, HBOmax

Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is a psychopath par superiority. He wanders through this film, unemotionally perpetrating people with a weapon which adds up to how the psychopath notices his fellow man: animals for the dispatching. 

This film is deeply disturbing in the neo-western crime nail-biter genre that exists.

Chigurh is likely the darkest personality on this list, dribbling with a feeling of awfulness that is infrequently seen in the movie.

Pacific Heights 

Director: John Schlesinger

Casting: Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton

Year: 1990

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Running time: 1h 43m 

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video

Michael Keaton stars as brutal sociopath Carter Hayes who evolves as a renter of new homeowners Drake and Patty (Matthew Modine and Melanie Griffiths), who saves up to purchase their preferably “home and income” in Pacific Heights in San Francisco. Over time it becomes clear that Carter makes a living by tearing off innocent young landlords.

 This film is yet a brilliant nicely-paced movie that is worth the moment to watch.


American Psycho 

Director: Mary Harron

Casting: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto

Year: 2000

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Running time: 1h 43m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video

 Psychopath and Sociopath are interchangeable phrases, though some believe psychopathy is a more severe form of sociopathy. 

In this beautifully illustrated inspiration from Brett Easton Ellis’s book, we try to follow the life of Patrick Bateman, as mentioned above, as he descends into psychosis.

American Psycho drives to gather similar confusion from the viewers when the film finishes and leaves the audience wondering whether anything happened at all. A very clever considered manipulation by executive Mary Harron. 

Gone Girl 

Director: David Fincher

Casting: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike. Neil Patrick Harris

Year: 2014

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Crime, Drama

Running time: 2h 29m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video

 It is one of his finest films based on the highly romanticized life of a girl named Amy whose parents forgot to raise their daughter as a real human being.

The film portrays how Amy reacts against her husband when she is in a selfish rage after finding that her husband cheated on her. 

The film shows all three phases of sociopathy: idealization, devaluing, and discard. It also shows how a sociopath can easily convince others to unite with them in their plans. This is one of the finest films on this list, so please watch it.


Director: Martin Scorsese

Casting: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Year: 1990

Genre: Crime, Drama

Running time: 2h 26m

Currently available on HBOmax, Apple TV 

In Goodfellas, Joe Pesci is downright demonic and capable of bringing the selfish Sociopath to life in his gangster pictures; this film is the best in its category– in reality, it is one of the best movie periods.

 It is twisted and gruesome, but if you have not noticed it yet, you enlisted it on your “to watch” list and watch it asap. Sociopaths or not, this is a must-watch movie.

Silence Of The Lambs 

Director: Jonathan Demme

Casting: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn

Year: 1991

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Crime, Drama

Running time: 1h 59m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video, Apple TV 

Hannibal Lecter. Here, as a captive cannibal, most sociopaths’ only departure is their very high IQ. Anyone who believes Anthony Hopkins has arrived for this role; In no other does he do his job so intensely terrifying and brilliantly.

Lecter is cold, deceitful, calculating, and passionless. He emanates a purely sadistic pleasure from his activities and even in supporting the main character Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) r his ultimate profit. Nothing Hannibal Lecter accomplishes for others’ benefit. Undiluted egocentric sociopathy.


Director: Martin Scorsese

Casting: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci

Year: 1995

Genre: Crime, Drama

Running time: 2h 57m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video, Hulu 

The casino is a brilliant film; now we should explain to you precisely what it is that I do. Joe Pesci’s portrayal of the sociopathic gangster Nicky Santoro (based on real-life con man John Spilotro). A quote from the film will do more justice. 

Sociopaths never forget, and They keep coming back. Forever. That is why an entire no-contact policy is necessary when you part tracks with one in your life. That’s what we believe.”

Seven Psychopaths 

Director: Martin McDonagh

Casting: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell

Year: 2012

Genre: Comedy

Running time: 1h 51m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video 

Seven Psychopaths” was a positive change from the current spate of terrifying and violent films about psychopaths compared to other films on the list.

“Seven Psychopaths” is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel, and it is a pretty terrific one the reality that it even pushed me to laugh with its insensitive and flaming dark wit is all to its credit.

A fantastic cast that all appear to be keeping a good time. And offer much light to the story and the violence frequently associated with it.

Basic Instinct  

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Casting: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza

Year: 1992

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Running time: 2h 7m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video

“Basic Instinct” is Sharon Stone’s international fame for her description of the murdering femme fatale (Catherine Tramell), the only movie on our list showing a notable female psychopath. 

The film’s famous interrogation scene made Sharon Stone an international icon of sexuality. Consequently, the character’s intellectual features are generally ignored in favor of the bodily ones. 

 Apart from that, there is much to like about this sleazy movie and Sharon Stone’s scene-stealing performance.

Wall Street 

Director: Oliver Stone

Casting: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen

Year: 1987

Genre: Drama

Running time: 2h 5m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video, Apple TV 

If you’re going to meet a psychopath, Gordon Gekko is the one you’re most likely to encounter in your day-to-day life.

Gordon Gekko is a sophisticated and thriving Wall Street executive. He portrays a manipulative, crafty, and even dangerously egotistical facade in a flawlessly underplayed, uncanny ruse. It can be a welcome pursuit from the principle of psychopath flicks on serial killers.


Director: Rob Reiner

Casting: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen

Year: 1990

Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller

Running time: 1h 47m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video, HBOmax

Misery Is a story about an admirer who kidnaps her favorite writer for killing a character in Stephen King’s work.

 Kathy Bates succeeded in getting an Oscar for her execution as a calculating and evil Annie Wilkes in Misery.

 While torturing her victim, she acts like a textbook example of a psychopath, staying quiet and sensible the entire time.

Funny Games 

Director: Michael Haneke

Casting: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Frank Giering

Year: 1997

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Running time: 1h 48m

Currently available on HBOmax 

A wealthy Austrian family is kidnapped while on vacation in the countryside by their honest next-door neighbors. 

Captives are gambled that they could not carry out until the following day in a mean game of despair.

This film features the criminals communicating with the viewers. The film delivers one of the most unexpected endings, cracking all storytelling instructions.


There Will Be Blood 

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Casting: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O’Connor

Year: 2007

Genre: Drama

Running time: 2h 38m

Currently available on VUDU, Prime Video, Apple TV 

A plaque can now be erected in honor of Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most outstanding performers and one of his best performances,

 “There Will Be Blood.” Day-Lewis’ narrative is the surprise of multiple analysts, of extreme perfection. The character of Daniel Plainview has been widely glorified for his psychopathic personality and its many layers.

Throughout the film, Plainview’s quiet, cold behavior, brutal business tactics, and insensible relationship with his adopted Sun HW make him a psychopath.

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