Psychological manipulation movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant psychological manipulation movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, suspense, tense, captivating, psychological and realistic films and TV shows about / with psychological manipulation, murder, flashback, manipulative behavior, manipulation, violence, death, blood, chase and lie plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Czech Republic and other countries.
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psychological manipulation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as psychological manipulation: Trigger (2018), Inception (2010), Ex Machina (2014), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), Every Breath You Take (2021), Love Me If You Dare (2015), Phone Booth (2002), Gerald's Game (2017), Greedy (1994), The Body (2012).

List of psychological manipulation movies

Trigger (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Fashionable uptown Moscow: psychologist Artem practices "provocative therapy", convinced that the fastest and most effective cure is to brutally confront his patients with their fears. Yet his own life is in chaos after he was sentenced to ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: psychological manipulation, psychotherapy, psychologist, psychotherapist, entrapment, uncover truth, shock treatment, investigation, self discovery, false accusation, father son relationship, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary
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Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, clever, cerebral, surreal ...
Plot: parallel world, mind control, alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, life philosophy, fantasy world, teamwork, existentialism, fictional reality, manipulation, psychological manipulation ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, paris france, los angeles, new york, sydney australia ...
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Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds ...
Style: mind bending, philosophical, twist ending, psychological, tense ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, robot, isolation, cyberpunk, technology, human android relationship, existentialism, cyborgs, manipulation, androids, a.i., androids and robots ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, twist ending, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: apocalypse, post apocalypse, underground bunker, alien invasion, survivalist, bunker, bomb shelter, paranoia, captive, conspiracy theory, alien, ufo ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
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Every Breath You Take (2021)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A psychiatrist, whose client commits suicide, finds his family life disrupted after introducing her surviving brother to his wife and daughter.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, captivating, psychological thriller
Plot: psychiatrist, psychological manipulation, cheating wife, mental patient, psycho killer, psychologist, psychopath, unconventional method, family problems, husband wife relationship, brother, mysterious stranger ...
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Love Me If You Dare (2015)
Genre: Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Getting inside the head of a violent criminal is not easy. But Simon Bo, a brilliant criminal psychologist, has the ability to get into the minds of even the most mysterious and violent criminals. He’s a professor at The University of Maryland and ...
Style: tense, disturbing, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: maniac, love, investigation, whodunit, sociopath, cruelty, serial killer, psychopath, psychological manipulation, crime solving, justice, police ...
Time: contemporary
Place: shanghai
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Phone Booth (2002)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mind game, hostage, sniper, psychopath, dishonesty, trapped, crimes, hopes, sin, murder, redemption, characters in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Gerald's Game (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When her husband's sex game goes wrong, Jessie (who is handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house) faces warped visions, dark secrets and a dire choice.
Style: psychological, suspense, exciting, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: survival, childhood trauma, sex game, child abuse, eclipse, alone, split personality, childhood memory, psychological manipulation, psychological torture, hallucination, death ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: new orleans, alabama
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Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A notorious bank robber kills his wife and flees the police, only to be captured by a mysterious group of figures in an abandoned town. His beautiful daughter, Lila Lee, receives a letter stating that her father is near death and that he needs to ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, gothic horror, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: vampire, psychological manipulation, supernatural, mysterious character, woman in danger, rescue, femme fatale, strong female character, father daughter reunion, transformation, father daughter relationship, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1920s
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Greedy (1994)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Meet the McTeagues. They've come to stake a claim in their wealthy uncle's will… only he's not dead yet!
Style: semi serious, witty, humorous, biting, suspense ...
Plot: eccentric family, bowling, family relations, disorder, greed, family gatherings, inheritance, vandalism, psychological manipulation, parents and children, cons and scams, grandfather ...
Time: 90s
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The Body (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A woman’s body disappears mysteriously from the morgue without a trace. Police inspector Jaime Peña investigates the strange occurrence with the help of Álex Ulloa, the widower of the missing woman.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: murder, mystery, investigation, crimes, missing person, uncover truth, morgue, haunted by the past, spouse killer, infidelity, vengeance, mistress ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain
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Tim Timmerman, Hope of America (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Impeached high school president, Tim Timmerman, seeks to redeem himself and get into Yale.
Style: humorous, captivating, realistic, romantic, teen comedy
Plot: ambition, politician, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, psychological manipulation, politics, prank, rivalry, romantic rivalry, class differences, election, university ...
Time: year 1994, year 1995, 90s
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How to Shake Off a Bride (2016)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Czech Republic
Story: Eva, the owner of a pastry shop hopes to re-unite with her ex-husband Honza, with whom she has a son Tobias. Honza surprises Eva with the request for a wedding cake. He is planning to marry Linda, his new girlfriend. Eva and Tobias don't like ...
Style: sincere, captivating, humorous, semi serious, neo screwball comedy
Plot: wedding, fiance fiancee relationship, love triangle, fake identity, family relations, rivalry, psychological manipulation, strong female character, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, manipulative woman, intrigue, pregnancy ...
Place: prague
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The Well (2020)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Sweden
Story: An injured woman trapped in a deep well must outsmart a manipulative stranger with keys to her dark past to save her daughter from a terrifying ordeal.
Style: suspense, tense, psychological, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Plot: trapped, dark past, mind game, haunted by the past, psychological manipulation, hidden truth, cat and mouse, strong female character, survival, strong female lead, heroine, female protagonist ...
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Harpoon (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Rivalries, dark secrets, and sexual tension emerge when three best friends find themselves stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean under suspicious circumstances.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, unusual plot structure, contemplative
Plot: survival horror, conflict between friends, betrayal, violence, friendship, group of friends, romantic rivalry, friendship between men, death of protagonist, psychopath, orphan, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada
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Feeding Mr. Baldwin (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A house sitter bites off more than he can chew when a dead body mysteriously shows up at the estate he's watching.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, cult film
Plot: crimes, violent behavior, gangsters, friendship between men, psychological manipulation, bulldog, estate, slaughterhouse, chambermaid, manipulative person, mail order bride, destroying evidence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles
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You're Killing Me (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Joe just told his boyfriend, George, that he is a serial killer. George thinks that his boyfriend, Joe, is hilarious... and he just saw Patricia Arquette at Target!!! In the horror/comedy hybrid, 'You're Killing Me', we take a look at ...
Style: lgbt cinema, homoerotic, humorous, romantic, gay cinema
Plot: psychopath as protagonist, jealous boyfriend, serial killer, serial murder, criminal, gay lead character, doctor patient relationship, gay couple, murder, psychiatrist, animal cruelty, killer as protagonist ...
Place: los angeles
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Bad Johnson (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Women are practically throwing themselves at Rich and he can’t seem to control himself. But he continually blames his penis, which seems to have a mind of its own. After ruining yet another promising relationship with Jamie, Rich has finally had ...
Style: not serious, humorous, light, absurd, allegory ...
Plot: womanizer, wish come true, vulgarity, couples, life turned upside down, transformation, sexual relations, addiction, fish out of water, psychological manipulation, sex talk, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Month's Rulers (2012)
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on a classical czech fairy tale.
Style: fairy tale, psychotronic, captivating, exciting, contemplative
Plot: supernatural power, female protagonist, rivalry, egocentric woman, family relations, spoiled girl, countryside, female antagonist, magical power, teenage boy, psychological manipulation, new year's eve ...
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Liar Game (2014)
Genre: Mystery
Country: South Korea
Duration: 63 min.
TV show
Story: This drama is about various contestants take part in a game show with a prize of 10 billion won wherein contestants are encouraged to cheat and lie. The contestants who able to cheat the others will wins the prize but debt if he/she loses the game. ...
Style: tense, suspense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: strategy, deception, genius, lie, game, mind game, psychological manipulation, betrayal, ex convict, gambling, showdown, con trick ...
Place: korea
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The Teacher (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The principal of an elementary school calls a special parents meeting after it’s alleged that the seemingly empathetic and kindly-looking teacher Mrs. Drazděchová uses her students to manipulate their parents.
Style: melancholic, touching, tense, captivating, non-linear ...
Plot: teacher student relationship, school, teacher, parent child relationship, manipulative behavior, husband wife relationship, scientist, doctor, psychological manipulation, boy, female protagonist, blackmailer ...
Time: year 1983, year 1991, year 1984, 80s
Place: czechoslovakia, central europe
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Guilty (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Investigates the corrupt judicial system under which Alain Mar'caux and his wife Edith were arrested on accusations of pedophilia horrific acts they never committed- and the years he spent fighting to get out of prison, clear his name and keep ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, prison, injustice, imprisonment, broken family, police brutality, lawyer, judge, courtroom drama, life turned upside down, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, france, flanders
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The Shrink Next Door (2021)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 341 min.
TV show
Story: Inspired by the true story of Marty and the therapist who turned his life around...then took it over. When he first meets Dr. Ike, Marty just wants to get better at boundaries. Over 30 years, he'll learn all about them—and what happens when ...
Style: psychological, realistic, thought provoking, serious
Plot: psychiatrist, psychological manipulation, psychotherapy, psychiatrist patient relationship, psychological trauma, psychotherapist, self discovery, psychology, psychoanalysis, character study, power relations, domination ...
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Two Weeks to Live (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: When strange young misfit Kim Noakes was just a little girl, her father died in murky circumstances and her mother Tina whisked her away to a remote rural life of seclusion and bizarre survival techniques. Now all grown up, Kim sets out into the ...
Style: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, ironic, tense ...
Plot: survivalist, paranoia, strong female character, psychological manipulation, crimes, murder, dishonesty, female warrior, violence, runaway, young adult, chase ...
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Genocidal Organ (2017)
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious ...
Style: brutal, confusing, exciting, depressing
Plot: espionage, conspiracy, special agents, military, psychological manipulation, swat team, spy mission, political conspiracy, genocide, fictional war, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gunfight ...
Time: near future
Place: prague
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The Letter (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A playwright who begins to mentally unravel before premiere night. She is plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.
Style: tense, psychological, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: mentally unstable, woman in danger, couples, conspiracy, psychological manipulation, emotional manipulation, murder, paranoia, crimes, writer's life, dishonesty, playwright
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Strange Ones (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Mysterious events surround the travels of two brothers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets. This is ...
Style: road movie, rough, suspense, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: man boy relationship, pedophile, cave, boy, motel, road trip, sibling relationship, nightmare, child abuse, hiding place, on the run, psychopath ...
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Hypnotic (2021)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotist but, after a handful of intense sessions, discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, tense, enigmatic ...
Plot: hypnosis, anxiety, insanity, doctor, phobia, psychological manipulation, hypnotist, backfire, problem, mystery, emotional manipulation, manipulation ...
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Twisted Seduction (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Applying his computerlike mind to the subject of dating, transplanted British mathematician David Grant (Tom Broadwell) searches all of Montreal for the perfectly compatible woman. But when he finds her (Caroline Brassard), Grant goes one step ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: love, kidnapping, stockholm syndrome, kidnapped woman, romantic obsession, abduction, psychological manipulation, star crossed lovers, obsession, love interest, in love, romancing a criminal ...
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Penance (2020)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Maddie. Following the loss of their son, Rosalie and Luke find their marriage under immense strain. Maddie and Rosalie find themselves in the caring hands of Jed, a charming and charismatic young man that they encounter at bereavement counselling ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, bleak, psychological
Plot: older woman younger man sex, sexually frustrated woman, death of son, family in crisis, marital crisis, teenage sexuality, unhappy marriage, therapist, sexual obsession, backfire, psychological manipulation, chase ...
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