The Best Dark Films of All Time Films

The Best Dark Films of All Time

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List Criteria: At the very least, the film must have dark or bleak undertones. This list is more than just a "goth" list, or a "horror" list, or a "film noir" list.

This list is for any movie that makes you feel terrible after seeing it or makes you feel good about feeling terrible after seeing it. Or lastly, makes you feel just plain weird.

This list focuses on dark, bleak, tragic, gritty, weird, disturbing and/or sinister subject matters. thillers, horror, suspense, action, drama, sci-fi, docu-drama, gothic, mystery, crime, mob, drug, psychological, and even some comedy films are considered here. This might be the most complete list of multi-genre dark films ever created. So vote on your favorite or find a new one to watch. Also, let me know your suggestions for any others to add to the list in the comments section. Thanks for checking out my list.

Go easy with the Tim Burton stuff. A little goes a long way. The only way Tim can surprise us anymore is to make a feel good romantic comedy.

Notable writers and directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese, Sam Raimi, M Night Shyamalan, Joel Cohen, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, George A Romero, John Carpenter, Orson Welles, and Wes Craven.
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    David Fincher

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    Stanley Kubrick

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    Richard Kelly

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    Stanley Kubrick

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    William Friedkin

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    Christopher Nolan

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    David Fincher

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    Darren Aronofsky

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    Mary Harron

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    Ridley Scott

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    Martin Scorsese

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    Alfred Hitchcock

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    Danny Boyle

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    Taylor Hackford

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    Fede Alvarez

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    Darren Aronofsky

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    Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Ridley Scott

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    M. Night Shyamalan

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    Francis Ford Coppola

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    John Carpenter

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    Alejandro Amenábar

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    Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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    James Wan

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    Martin Scorsese

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    David Fincher

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    Roman Polanski

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    Andres Muschietti

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    Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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    Christopher Nolan

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    Tim Burton

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    Alfred Hitchcock

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    Rob Reiner

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    Martin Scorsese

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    Larry Clark

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    Alex Proyas

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    Len Wiseman

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    Wes Craven

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    Park Chan-wook

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    Steven Spielberg

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    Adrian Lyne

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