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35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama  

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Some of the creepiest movies of all time blur the line between horror and drama through disturbing storylines. The top dramatic horror movies tap into psychological fears with their truly terrifying lead characters – and may even make you a little sad with their insights into the darker side of human nature. This is a list of scary drama movies featuring everything from The Shining to The Sixth Sense to A Clockwork Orange.

What films will you find on this list of the best horror drama movies? You might vote The Silence of the Lambs near the top. This Oscar-winning film offered scares at every turn as Dr. Hannibal Lecter – played to petrifying perfection by Sir Anthony Hopkins – aided Clarice Starling in her quest to find Buffalo Bill. Rosemary's Baby is another good psychological horror movie with an engaging dramatic plot. When it comes to scary drama films, no one does it better than David Lynch. His films Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Lost Highway all appear on this list. Other great dramatic horror movies include Carrie and The Exorcist.

Which scary drama movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add and films that are missing.

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak
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 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman
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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Misery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan
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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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment
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 (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more
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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
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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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
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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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie
Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more
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The Others is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley
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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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more
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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh
Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in ...more
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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff
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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1408 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh
1408 is a 2007 American psychological horror film based on the Stephen King 1999 short story of the same name directed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström. The movie stars John ...more
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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes
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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats
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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What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta
What Lies Beneath is a 2000 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is the first film by ImageMovers. It stars Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as a well-to-do ...more
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Stir of Echoes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Illeana Douglas
Stir of Echoes is a supernatural horror-thriller released in the US in 1999, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by David Koepp. The film is loosely based on the novel A Stir of Echoes by Richard ...more
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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto
American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by Mary Harron, based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Wealthy New York City investment banking ...more
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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal
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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Frailty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe
Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange ...more
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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin
Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers. The film ...more
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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young
Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more
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Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis
Dreamcatcher is a 2003 science fiction horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. It was directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and co-written by Kasdan and screenwriter William ...more
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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George
Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more
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It Follows is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Linda Boston
It Follows is a 2014 supernatural psychological horror film written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. After carefree teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake ...more