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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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Seven David Fincher

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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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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Exorcist William Friedkin

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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Donnie Darko Richard Kelly

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Fight Club David Fincher

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    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    American Psycho Mary Harron

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky

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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Black Swan Darren Aronofsky

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    Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Evil Dead Fede Alvarez

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    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Shutter Island Martin Scorsese

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    Saw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Saw James Wan

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan

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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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    The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Devil's Advocate Taylor Hackford

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Hannibal Ridley Scott

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola

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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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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Alien Ridley Scott

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Fincher

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    Sin City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Sin City Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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    Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 25 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) 26 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Tobe Hooper

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock

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

    Mama Andres Muschietti

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    No Country for Old Men Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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

    The Others Alejandro Amenábar

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    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski

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    I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    I Spit on Your Grave Steven R. Monroe

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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton

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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Wes Craven

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    The Crow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Crow Alex Proyas

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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Fargo Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Underworld is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Underworld Len Wiseman

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

    Misery Rob Reiner

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    Alexandre Aja

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    Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Zodiac David Fincher

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    The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Devil's Rejects Rob Zombie

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    The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Butterfly Effect J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose Scott Derrickson

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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan

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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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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton

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    30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    30 Days of Night David Slade

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    Hannibal Rising is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Hannibal Rising Peter Webber

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

    Scream Wes Craven

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