films The Best Dark Films of All Time  

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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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144 37
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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118 33
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Donnie Darko Richard Kelly

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109 32
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick

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109 33
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Shining Stanley Kubrick

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102 33
Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky

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118 49
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Fight Club David Fincher

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84 33
American History X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
American History X Tony Kaye

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83 36
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
No Country for Old Men Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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134 71
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan

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77 35
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Exorcist William Friedkin

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78 37
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
American Psycho Mary Harron

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40 12
Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro

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68 33
Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Black Swan Darren Aronofsky

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59 28
Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Shutter Island Martin Scorsese

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61 30
Alien is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Alien Ridley Scott

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53 26
Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese

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57 30
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Fargo Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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54 28
Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola

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37 15
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock

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55 30
28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
28 Days Later Danny Boyle

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38 17
Halloween is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Halloween John Carpenter

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27 9
Misery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Misery Rob Reiner

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41 21
Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Oldboy Park Chan-wook

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32 14
Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski

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33 15
Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Zodiac David Fincher

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40 21
Interview with the Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

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53 33
The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan

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22 7
Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock

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58 38
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

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46 28
Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Natural Born Killers Oliver Stone

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27 12
A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time

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28 13
American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
American Beauty Sam Mendes

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37 21
The Crow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Crow Alex Proyas

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31 16
The Others is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Others Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar

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43 28
The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Devil's Advocate Taylor Hackford

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37 23
Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Evil Dead Fede Alvarez

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38 24
The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan

39
23 11
The Thing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Thing John Carpenter

40
49 35
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

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20 9
A History of Violence is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
A History of Violence David Cronenberg

42
59 46
Saw is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Saw James Wan

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22 12
The Mist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Mist Frank Darabont

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23 13
The Godfather Saga is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Godfather Saga Francis Ford Coppola

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25 15
Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton

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17 8
Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Prisoners Denis Villeneuve

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18 9
Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Cape Fear Martin Scorsese

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22 13
The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino

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41 31
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Hannibal Ridley Scott

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15 7
Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dark Films of All Time
Silent Hill Christophe Gans