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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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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 The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Seven David Fincher Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Donnie Darko Richard Kelly Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on ...more

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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 A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Shining Stanley Kubrick The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Fight Club David Fincher Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
No Country for Old Men Ethan Coen, Joel Coen No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter ...more

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
American History X Tony Kaye American History X is a 1998 American crime drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, ...more

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District ...more

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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno, is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and ...more

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
American Psycho Mary Harron American Psycho is a 2000 American psychological thriller comedy film co-written and directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel of the same name. It stars Christian Bale, ...more

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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Black Swan Darren Aronofsky Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Exorcist William Friedkin The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Shutter Island Martin Scorsese Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Misery Rob Reiner Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances ...more

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Zodiac David Fincher Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. The Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. joint ...more

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Oldboy Park Chan-wook Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. ...more

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock Psycho is a 1960 Psychological thriller and horror film written by Joseph Stefano and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Fargo Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Alien Ridley Scott Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
American Beauty Sam Mendes American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Crow Alex Proyas The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear, a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and ...more

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
28 Days Later Danny Boyle 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Fincher The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 Swedish-American mystery thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. This film adaptation was directed by David Fincher and ...more

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Memento Christopher Nolan Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". ...more

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The Godfather Saga is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Godfather Saga Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Saga is a TV miniseries that combines The Godfather and The Godfather Part II into one film. It originally aired on NBC over four consecutive nights in November 1977. The Godfather ...more

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Prisoners Denis Villeneuve Prisoners is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Halloween John Carpenter Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Thing John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Mist Frank Darabont The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Others Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more

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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Evil Dead Fede Alvarez Evil Dead is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a ...more

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Natural Born Killers Oliver Stone Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American crime film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released ...more

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Sin City Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir crime thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. ...more

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Interview with the Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Neil Jordan Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Neil Jordan, based on the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and starring ...more

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Cape Fear Martin Scorsese Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
A Nightmare on Elm Street Wes Craven A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Saw James Wan Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan.

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Road John Hillcoat The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Deliverance John Boorman Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their ...more

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Ring Gore Verbinski The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Silent Hill Christophe Gans Silent Hill is a 2006 psychological horror film directed by Christophe Gans and written by Roger Avary, Christophe Gans and Nicolas Boukhrief. The film is an adaptation of Konami's survival ...more