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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    William Friedkin

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    Richard Kelly

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    Christopher Nolan

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    Stanley Kubrick

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    David Fincher

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    Mary Harron

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    Darren Aronofsky

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    Darren Aronofsky

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    Martin Scorsese

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    Fede Alvarez

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    M. Night Shyamalan

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    Taylor Hackford

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    Danny Boyle

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    Francis Ford Coppola

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    Ridley Scott

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    James Wan

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    Ridley Scott

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    John Carpenter

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    Alfred Hitchcock

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    Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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    Andres Muschietti

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    Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Martin Scorsese

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    Alejandro Amenábar

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    Roman Polanski

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    Steven R. Monroe

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    David Fincher

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    Alex Proyas

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    Len Wiseman

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    Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Rob Reiner

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    Tim Burton

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    J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

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    Wes Craven

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    Peter Webber

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    Larry Clark

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    David Slade

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    Christopher Nolan

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    Alexandre Aja

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