The psychopath is the perfect villain for any horror, slasher, superhero or action movie. But of course, in the tradition that is the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, sometimes what is shown as psychopathic on film is often a dramatic, embellished and inaccurate definition. In reality, psychopathy is a personality disorder with many variations and different defining terms but there are some common, basic traits both psychologists and Hollywood agree on. A psychopath typically shows signs of antisocial behaviour and manifests little empathy or remorse, and is prone to bold behaviors. Some movies are more accurate in depicting a psychopath but others are quite a bit less reliable.
Bold behaviors with very little regard for empathy? Sounds like some of the most classic and iconic characters in cinema history. This personality type has created a gold mine of unpredictable, fascinating and sometimes terrifying stories to unfold on screen. What have been the most successful psychopath movies to hit the big screen? These 10 are the highest grossing of the sub-genre; a few of these films have even been watched by experts in the psychological and psychiatric field who have diagnosed the characters in question.
The films are ranked by their grossing according to Boxofficemojo and be warned; there are some disturbing depictions and spoilers ahead...
10 American Psycho (2000) - $15,070,285
9 Mr. Brooks (2007) - $28,549,298
8 One Hour Photo (2002) - $31,597,131
7 Psycho (1960) - $32 Million
6 The Shining (1980) - $44,360,123
5 The Good Son (1993) - $44,789,789
4 No Country For Old Men (2007) - $74,283,625
3 Cape Fear (1991) - $79,091,969
2 Silence of the Lambs (1991) - $130,742,922
1 Fatal Attraction (1987) - $156,645,693
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