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List Rules 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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Seven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Seven David Fincher

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Shining Stanley Kubrick

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Donnie Darko Richard Kelly

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
American History X Tony Kaye

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Fight Club David Fincher

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Exorcist William Friedkin

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
American Psycho Mary Harron

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Alien Ridley Scott

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Shutter Island Martin Scorsese

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
No Country for Old Men Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Evil Dead Fede Alvarez

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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Black Swan Darren Aronofsky

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
28 Days Later Danny Boyle

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Halloween John Carpenter

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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Natural Born Killers Oliver Stone

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Fargo Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Devil's Advocate Taylor Hackford

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Saw James Wan

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Zodiac David Fincher

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Others Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola

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Mama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Mama Andres Muschietti

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Hannibal Ridley Scott

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Sin City Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez Frank Miller

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Scream Wes Craven

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Crow Alex Proyas

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Interview with the Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Underworld Len Wiseman

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Misery Rob Reiner

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Cape Fear Martin Scorsese

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Kids Larry Clark

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The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Devil's Rejects Rob Zombie

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
American Beauty Sam Mendes

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Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Unfaithful Adrian Lyne

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Exorcism of Emily Rose Scott Derrickson