35 Best Movies Like Black Swan You Can Watch

Do you like psychological thrillers? Black Swan is one of the best psychological thrillers out there currently. The movie has a great plot and uses symbolism to convey the context. At the same time, it also sheds light on the troubles of mental problems and gives us a glimpse into the patient’s life. It usually happens when we like a movie we want to find more like them. Therefore, I handpicked a few good films that somehow relate to Black Swan either by using symbolism, having mind-related themes, or it’s another good thriller you should watch. So, without any further ado, let’s check out the 35 best movies like Black Swan you can watch.

35 Amazing Films Like Black Swan in 2022

Below, you will find a list of the best movies from the last three decades that will play with your mind. All the films mentioned are psychological thrillers that will leave a lasting effect on your mind long after you have finished watching the movie. You can navigate from the below table to quickly open th emovie that appeals you the most.

Note: The Rotten Tomatoes ratings are in Expert/Audience format.

Here are some of the famous psychological thrillers like Black Swan, which will play with your mind. Meanwhile, there are a few horror movies as well, which can leave a lasting effect and keep you awake at night. That said, let’s dive in and see some of the gems you should watch.

1. Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club
  • IMDb: 8.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 79%/96%
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Writer: Jim Uhls
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 19 minutes

If you find Black Swan’s approach to portraying mental illness, you will fall in love with Fight Club. It is a 1999 American film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The movie starts off with the narrator describing his insomnia. He is discontented with his white-collar job and feels hopeless.

Then he meets Tyler Durden, a devil-may-care soap salesman, and together they form a fight club. The movie initially bombed at the box office but soon earned a cult following after its DVD release. Besides mentioning mental illness, the film also has a great plot, fantastic acting, and thoughtful dialogues.

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2. Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl
  • IMDb: 8.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 87%/87%
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Writer: Gillian Flynn
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 29 minutes

Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller based on a 2012 novel of the same title by Gillian Flynn. The movie has a great cast and some outstanding performances. Besides, you will love to hate the titular character, a disturbing psychopathic woman leading the plot in her own ways.

The movie begins with a missing wife who is expected to be murdered by her husband. But as the plot unravels, we discover a mind-numbing story that will give you goosebumps. The movie was a critical and commercial success gathering $369 million on a budget of $61 million and becoming Fincher’s highest-grossing film.

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3. Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island
  • IMDb: 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 68%/77%
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Writer: Laeta Kalogridis
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 19 minutes

Shutter Island is a 2010 American neo-noir psychological horror film based on Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel of the same name. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role of Deputy U.S. Marshal Edward “Teddy” Daniels. He is investigating a missing person case in a psychiatric facility on Shutter Island. However, he soon finds out something unusual is going on on the island.

Mark Ruffalo plays his partner and fellow deputy marshal. The movie is very unsettling and will keep you on the edge of your seat thinking about what’s happening on the island. Shutter Island was acclaimed for its music score, which uses a mixture of classical and modern music. This mind-bending film is similar to Black Swan for its portrayal of mental disorders and identity problems. 

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4. Memento (2000)

  • IMDb: 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 93%/94%
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Writer: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir mystery thriller film starring Guy Pearce in the lead role. The movie revolves around an anterograde amnesia patient named Leonard Shelby. Due to his condition, he can not form new memories and has short-term memory loss. He is on a mission to find and kill the murderer of his wife, for which he uses polaroid photos and tattoos on his body.

The movie is considered Nolan’s best work for its non-linear narrative and out-of-the-box concept. The film shows black and white clips as a linear story and colored clips for the lead’s memories depicting how it feels to be in Leonard’s shoes. Memento was a commercial success and kicked off Nolan’s career. The National Film Registry also preserves it for being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

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5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • IMDb: 7.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/86%
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Writer: Steven Zaillian
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 38 minutes

A film adaptation of the famous novel by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, brings the mysterious characters to the big screen. This 2011 neo-noir psychological thriller will hold you to your seats throughout the plot.

The movie stars Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, who got the actress Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. It follows Blomkvist’s investigation to find a disappeared girl from a wealthy family after 40 years to the incident. The somber tone will definitely give you an intense movie-watching experience. 

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6. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals
  • IMDb: 7.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 74%/73%
  • Director: Tom Ford
  • Writer: Tom Ford
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. The movie jumps between two stories. The primary one is about an art gallery owner as she reads her ex-husband’s novel. Another one is the story in the novel.

She finds the novel is dedicated to her, and there are disturbing similarities between the story and their former broken marriage. She struggles to comprehend everything going around her, which provides an unsettling effect for viewers as well. The movie is widely loved by people and critically acclaimed leading to several nominations.  

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7. Split (2016)

35 Best Movies Like Black Swan You Can Watch
  • IMDb: 7.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 77%/79%
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes

Pushing the limits of Multiple Personality Disorder, Split is a movie about this well-known mental illness and its consequences. It is one of the best movies like Black Swan, focusing on the characters’ overview when they don’t understand their disorder. The movie follows a young man having 24 different personalities who kidnaps three teenage girls in an isolated underground facility.

The movie had a fair share of controversies for the alleged stigmatization of mental illness. Apart from that, it was a success. This movie is the second installment in Shyamalan’s Unbreakable trilogy. It is considered a stealth sequel, meaning it wasn’t marketed as a sequel until the third film and the first supervillain origin movie. 

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8. 12 Monkeys (1995)

12 Monkeys
  • IMDb: 8.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 88%/88%
  • Director: Terry Gilliam
  • Writer: David Peoples, Janet Peoples
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 9 minutes

12 Monkeys is a 1995 American mind-bending science fiction movie with a great story and brilliant acting performances. The movie follows a man from the future who is sent back in time to collect a virus sample that might put an end to humanity. However, his time travel gets disturbed, and he ends up in the wrong year.

The whole movie feels like a confusing treat to viewers itching your brain on every point. Something similar to Black Swan makes you question the character’s reality throughout the end. In this case, we question the reality of the mission. 12 Monkeys has Brad Pitt’s one of the best performances, which won him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.

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9. Side Effects (2013)

Side Effects
  • IMDb: 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 81%/70%
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Writer: Scott Z. Burns
  • Cast: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller about a depressed girl who takes experimental drugs for her condition. It leads her to sleepwalk, and she ends up committing horrible things. The movie didn’t receive much limelight, maybe due to weak marketing.

However, it has gathered positive feedback from viewers throughout the years. The film plays with your mind giving a commendable movie experience. 

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10. Perfect Blue (1997)

Perfect Blue
  • IMDb: 8.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 80%/89%
  • Director: Satoshi Kon
  • Writer: Sadayuki Murai
  • Cast: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shiho Niiyama, Masaaki Okura
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 21 minutes

Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller based on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The movie follows a young singer, Mima, from a music group who gives up her current career to pursue acting. Soon, she becomes a victim of stalking, and mysterious murders occur around her.

Mima struggles to define the line between imagination and reality as she becomes more paranoid due to the stalker and murders. The animated movie is an excellent take on mental illness and shows the gruesome reality of mental problems. You will definitely love this movie if you like Black Swan. 

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11. The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense
  • IMDb: 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/90%
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural psychological thriller. Another masterpiece by writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, known for his grip on making thriller movies. The Sixth Sense established Shyamalan as a great director with his affinity for surprise endings.

The film follows Malcolm, a child psychiatrist with a patient who claims to see dead people or ghosts. As Malcolm tries to understand his condition, he deduces that the kid might be telling the truth. It is one of the most famous movies of the year and was nominated for 6 Oscars. 

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12. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

The Butterfly Effect
  • IMDb: 7.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 34%/81%
  • Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
  • Writer: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
  • Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott
  • Runtime: 2 hours

The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American science fiction thriller that found a sweet spot for viewers but isn’t critically acclaimed. The movie’s title refers to the theory of the Butterfly Effect, which states even tiny changes can lead to massive changes. The film follows Evan Treborn, who has experienced memory blackouts throughout his childhood.

He discovers that he can revisit those gaps in his younger body and change the thing according to his liking. However, the slight changes he makes result in major changes in the present day. The movie jumps between flashbacks and alternate present-day scenarios making it a treat for people who love time travel paradoxes.  

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13. The Machinist (2004)

The Machinist
  • IMDb: 7.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 77%/83%
  • Director: Brad Anderson
  • Writer: Scott Kosar
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes

The Machinist is a 2004 psychological thriller film focusing on the troubles of mental illness like guilt, paranoia, and delusion. The movie stars Christian Bale in the lead role of Trevor, a machinist at a factory. Trevor is an emaciated man with year-long insomnia.

The story revolves around his struggles to work correctly in the factory while something disturbs him every once in a while. The movie got praise for Christian’s performance and dedication. He lost 28 kg for the role, which was appreciated both by critics and the audience.

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14. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Requiem for a Dream
  • IMDb: 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 79%/93%
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writer: Hubert Selby Jr., Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr. The movie focuses on the extreme effects of drug addiction. The four main characters find themselves in a delusional reality when excessive drug use alters their emotional and physical states.

In the end, the story leads to catastrophe as each character loses their grip on reality. The movie will make you wonder if the happenings are real or imaginary similar to Black Swan. 

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15. Nightcrawler (2014)

  • IMDb: 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 95%/86%
  • Director: Dan Gilroy
  • Writer: Dan Gilroy
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes

Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir psychological thriller film that was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards. The movie follows Louis, a tiny thief desperate for a job. Soon he discovers freelance journaling and records and sells accidents and violent news to local TV stations.

Nightcrawler talks about the unhealthy relationship between unethical journaling and public demand. The acting performance and overall story are fantastic and would keep you hooked to your seats. 

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 16. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook
  • IMDb: 7.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 92%/86%
  • Director: David O. Russell
  • Writer: David O. Russell
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Anupam Kher, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama based on Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel by the same name. The story begins with Patrizio, a man with bipolar disorder who recently came back from a psychiatric hospital. As he tries to sort things out, he meets Tiffany, someone having similar mental health issues. They bond over their condition and help each other get better.

The movie beautifully demonstrates the troubles of having severe mental health conditions and how hard it can be to cope. It was critically acclaimed and won the audience’s hearts with a relatable story and top-class acting performance. Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in this movie.

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17. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Jacob's Ladder
  • IMDb: 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 73%/84%
  • Director: Adrian Lyne
  • Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin
  • Cast: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Jacob’s Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film that didn’t garner much attention at the time of release but went on to win a cult following. The movie inspired many film creators and was praised for its special effects and uneasiness. Jacob’s Ladder stars Tim Robbins in the lead role of Jacob Singer. Due to his time in Vietnam, he experiences strange hallucinations and fragmentary visions.

As the experience worsens, he tries to get to the bottom of it all. The movie uses heavy symbolism to convey meanings that some viewers might not find relatable. In addition, it also has some disturbing scenes to keep you awake at night. That said, I recommend you watch this movie at your own risk if you find horror movies unlikable.

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18. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Drive
  • IMDb: 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 84%/87%
  • Director: David Lynch
  • Writer: David Lynch
  • Cast: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Ann Miller
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 26 minutes

Mulholland Drive is a 2001 surrealist neo-noir mystery film that uses metaphorical symbolism and leaves it to the viewer’s interpretation to make the meaning. The movie follows an aspiring actress named Betty Elms, who meets an amnesiac woman and befriends her.

There are several other stories and characters included in the film as well. Director David Lynch never provided a proper clue in his interpretation of the movie, making the film more mysterious. He won the Best Director award at Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for Best Director at Academy Awards. 

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19. Pi (1998)

  • IMDb: 7.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 88%/85%
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writer: Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Samia Shoaib
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Pi is a 1998 American neo-noir psychological thriller and the first feature film directed by Darren Aronofsky. Pi was filmed on high-contrast black-and-white reversal film, which was often used in older movies. It is an appealing movie for mathematicians and mystery lovers. The movie explores various aspects of humanity like religion and mysticism and relates mathematics with nature.

The protagonist in the film is obsessed with finding a number that can open up the underlying pattern in the world. The movie won the audience’s love and kick-started Darren’s career, which led him to make Black Swan. It’s noteworthy that the film was produced on borrowed money from 600 people and was the first downloadable movie on the internet.

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20. Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko
  • IMDb: 8.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/80%
  • Director: Richard Kelly
  • Writer: Richard Kelly
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Duval
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American science fiction psychological thriller film less known at the time of release since the plot contains a plane crash. It resulted in limited earnings at the box office even after receiving positive reviews from critics and the audience.

However, the film gathered recognition after its DVD release and gained a cult following. The film follows a troubled teenager who narrowly escapes a fatal accident. He starts seeing a mysterious man in a rabbit costume who convinces him that the world will end in 28 days. It results in Donnie committing several crimes. 

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21. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A Beautiful Mind
  • IMDb: 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 74%/93%
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Writer: Akiva Goldsman
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film like Black Swan. It is based on the life of mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The movie was inspired by the 1997 book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. The story begins in John’s life as a graduate student at Princeton University.

He begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes, which hardens his relationship with his wife Alicia and friends. The movie won four Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress in the 74th Academy Awards. 

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22. Suspiria (2018)

  • IMDb: 6.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 65%/65%
  • Director: Luca Guadagnino
  • Writer: David Kajganich
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 33 minutes

Suspiria is a 2018 supernatural horror film inspired by the 1977 Italian film of the same name. The film follows an American woman who wishes to dance with the elites. She enrolls at a prestigious dance academy in Berlin. However, she soon discovers some unsettling truths about the academy.

The movie combines dance with a psychological horror concept, making it highly similar to Black Swan. The movie uses stark color and stylized dance sequences to convey the underlying context of the movie. Despite having mixed reviews, the film was a box office failure.

Still, it managed to gather recognition after years of an online presence. It is one of the best original movies on Amazon Prime you can watch.

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23. Whiplash (2014)

  • IMDb: 8..5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 94%/94%
  • Director: Damien Chazelle
  • Writer: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Miles Teller, J. K. Simmons, Paul Reiser
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Whiplash is a 2014 American psychological drama film about music and art in general. The movie follows Andrew Neiman, a jazz drummer with an abusive instructor. The strict and ruthless bandleader is played by J. K. Simmons, who pushes Andrew’s limits.

Climbing up every hurdle thrown at him, Andrew proves to be a competent player and fulfills his childhood dream. The movie was a huge success and garnered positive reviews from critics and the audience equally. The movie also won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

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24. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

10 Cloverfield Lane
  • IMDb: 7.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 90%/79%
  • Director: Dan Trachtenberg
  • Writer: Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes

10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 science fiction psychological thriller and the second installment in the Cloverfield franchise. The story follows a young woman who wakes up in an underground bunker after a car crash. The people in the bunker tell her that an incident has left the surface world inhabitable for humans.

The movie was a success at the box office and garnered positive reviews. It led to expansion of the franchise with the third film titled The Cloverfield Paradox.

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25. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

In the Mouth of Madness
  • IMDb: 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 57%/73%
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Writer: Michael De Luca
  • Cast: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, Charlton Heston
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes

In the Mouth of Madness is a 1994 American supernatural horror film that wasn’t much appreciated at the time of release but gained a cult following soon. The movie follows John Trent, an insurance investigator who visits a small town after a famous horror novel writer goes missing. John finds the author’s sanity questionable after he can’t find the line between fiction and reality in his work. 

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Underrated Movies Like Black Swan

Not all good movies catch the audience’s eyes instantly. We have seen some examples in this list where the film wasn’t popular initially but made its space later. Similarly, there are a few good psychological thrillers that audiences haven’t appreciated much. Here is a list of underrated movies like Black Swan that you can watch.

26. The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook: Movies like Black Swan to watch
  • IMDb: 6.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 98%/72%
  • Director: Jennifer Kent
  • Writer: Jennifer Kent
  • Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes

One of the most underrated movies, The Babadook, is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film based on Jennifer Kent’s 2005 short film Monster. It is Kent’s directorial debut. The movie follows a single mother who tries to confront her son’s fear of a monster in their home.

It premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was later released in limited cinemas in Australia. The movie wasn’t a commercial success but was heavily praised by critics. 

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27. Gerald’s Game (2017)

Gerald's Game
  • IMDb: 6.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 91%/70%
  • Director: Mike Flanagan
  • Writer: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard
  • Cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes

You will find Gerald’s Game appealing if you enjoy a slow psychological thriller. The movie is based on Stephen King’s 1992 novel of the same title, which was long considered to be unfilmable. However, director Mike Flanagan proved the naysayers wrong, and that too quite brilliantly.

The film follows a married couple who arrive at an isolated house for a holiday. The husband dies due to a heart attack in the middle of an act leaving the wife handcuffed to the bed. She must overcome her inner demons while trying to survive. 

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28. Mother! (2017)

Mother! is one of the best movies like Black Swan
  • IMDb: 6.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 68%/51%
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writer: Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Runtime: 2 hours

Another one of the best movies like Black Swan, Mother! is a 2017 American psychological horror film and another masterpiece coming from the director of Black Swan. The movie premiered at the 74th Venice International Film Festival and was later released by Paramount Pictures to perform moderately well at the box office.

Mother! follows a young married couple living a tranquil life in the countryside. However, a mysterious couple comes to live with them, disturbing their peace. The movie was critically acclaimed but faced controversy for its biblical allegories and depiction of violence.

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29. Bug (2006)

movies like Black Swan: Bug
  • IMDb: 6.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 62%/34%
  • Director: William Friedkin
  • Writer: Tracy Letts
  • Cast: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Lynn Collins, Brían F. O’Byrne, Harry Connick Jr.
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Bug is a 2006 psychological horror film based on Tracy Letts’ 1996 play of the same name. Coming from the director of the supernatural horror film The Exorcist, you can guess what to expect from the movie. The film mainly takes place in a single motel room and follows a woman who becomes involved with a recently discharged soldier.

The military man is convinced that the U.S government is watching them and has infested their room with bugs. Having mixed reviews, Bug uses claustrophobic settings to create a tense and impressive effect.

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30. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • IMDb: 6.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 82%/49%
  • Director: Charlie Kaufman
  • Writer: Charlie Kaufman
  • Cast: Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, David Thewlis
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 14 minutes

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a 2020 American surrealist psychological thriller film adapted from the 2016 novel of the same name by Iain Reid. The story follows a young woman who goes on a trip with her long-time boyfriend to meet his parents.

Throughout the movie, we see a janitor cutting through the scenes. Both the narratives intersect at the climax of the film. The movie uses a lot of symbolism which can appeal to a limited audience. Still, the work is pretty good to hook you to your screen.

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31. Spider (2002)

  • IMDb: 6.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 85%/68%
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Writer: Patrick McGrath
  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Spider is a 2002 psychological thriller film based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Patrick McGrath. The movie follows a schizophrenic man who has just been released from a mental institution. He tries to remember his childhood memories in fragments which causes trouble with his current life.

The movie brilliantly portrays the thoughts of a lone man-child trying to make sense of confused memories. The film gained positive critical reviews for its acting and direction.

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32. Peacock (2010)

Peacock is another movie like black swan
  • IMDb: 6.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: NA/46%
  • Director: Michael Lander
  • Writer: Michael Lander, Ryan Roy
  • Cast: Cillian Murphy, Elliot Page, Susan Sarandon, Josh Lucas
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Peacock is a 2010 American psychological thriller starring a great cast with Cillian Murphy, Elliot Page, and Susan Sarandon in the lead roles. The movie follows John Skillpa, a quiet bank clerk living in tiny Peacock, Nebraska. He likes to live an invisible life and appears shy to people. 

John has another feminine personality which cooks him food in the morning and takes care of the household things. Then, everything changes after an accident, and he becomes vulnerable. The movie has some great acting performances, especially by Murphy. 

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33. Enemy (2013)

movies like black swan: Enemy
  • IMDb: 6.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 71%/64%
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Writer: Javier Gullón
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Enemy is a 2013 Canadian psychological drama film loosely adapted from José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal in two roles of identical men with different personalities. One is a college professor named Aadam, and another is a D-list actor named Anthony.

When they find out about each other, they become obsessed with their lives differently. The movie’s unique storyline and unexplained elements make it a must-watch if you prefer psychological drama movies like Black Swan.

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34. The Invisible Man (2020)

The Invisible Man
  • IMDb: 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 92%/88%
  • Director: Leigh Whannell
  • Writer: Leigh Whannell
  • Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer
  • Runtime: 2 hours, 4 minutes

The Invisible Man is a 2020 science fiction horror film inspired by H. G. Wells’s novel of the same name. The movie follows a young woman who believes her ex-boyfriend has become invisible and is trying to kill her. As the story progresses, we discover some more facts and disturbing elements.

The Invisible Man will surely make you hold your breath due to the suspenseful course of the plot. The movie was praised by critics and audiences alike and proved to be a commercial success.

Watch Trailer here

35. The Neon Demon (2016)

The Neon Demon
  • IMDb: 6.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 58%/51%
  • Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Writer: Mary Laws, Nicolas Winding Refn, Polly Stenham
  • Cast: Mary Laws, Nicolas Winding Refn, Polly Stenham, Keanu Reeves
  • Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes

The Neon Demon is a 2016 psychological horror film co-produced internationally between France, Denmark, and the United States. The movie follows an aspiring model in Los Angeles. Her beauty and youth generate fascination in the fashion industry, leading to jealousy from coworkers.

The film has a disturbing story and visuals, which can be horrifying for some viewers. The movie has polarized reviews and was a commercial failure. Still, it is a must-watch if you like to watch a dark film. 

Watch Trailer here

Watch These Movies Similar to Black Swan Right Now

Black Swan is a fan favorite movie for those who like psychological thrillers. Several themes are shown in the movie, like mental illness, dedication to art, symbolism, and more. It might not be possible to find a cinema having all these qualities. Still, I managed to pick up the best psychological thrillers like Black Swan in this article. I hope you have updated your watchlist after reading the article. If you have any movie suggestions I can add here, feel free to comment below.

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