Graveyard Shift 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 Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 6 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 Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 7 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, a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and ...more

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 8 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 stealing money from ...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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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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) 13 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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What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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Stir of Echoes is listed (or ranked) 16 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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1408 is listed (or ranked) 17 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, who earlier had directed ...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
Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe 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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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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Audition is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi Audition is a 1999 Japanese psychological horror-drama film, directed by Takashi Miike and starring Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina. It is based on a Ryu Murakami novel of the same title, from a ...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
Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war 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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Frailty is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 25 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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It Follows is listed (or ranked) 26 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 Horror film written by David Robert Mitchell and directed by David Robert Mitchell.

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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery thriller flm, written and directed by David Lynch. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken ...more

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Moon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
David Bowie, Heather Graham, Kiefer Sutherland Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is a 1992 American psychological horror film, directed by David Lynch and written by Lynch and Robert Engels. The film can be viewed as both prologue and epilogue ...more

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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Death Proof is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Kurt Russell Death Proof is a 2007 American action-exploitation film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film centers on a psychopathic stunt man, Stuntman Mike played by Kurt Russell, who stalks ...more

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Lost Highway is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. Blending elements of horror and neo-noir, the plot features Bill Pullman as a man ...more

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We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2011 British-American psychological thriller film, directed by Lynne Ramsay and adapted from Lionel Shriver's novel of the same name. A long process of ...more

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The Stepfather is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Terry O'Quinn, Shelley Hack, Jill Schoelen The Stepfather is a 1987 American thriller slasher starring Terry O'Quinn in the title role. It is loosely based on the life of mass murderer John List, although the plot is more commonly ...more

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Stoker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode Stoker is a 2012 Drama, horror, mystery and thriller film written by Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson and directed by Chan-wook Park.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Nig... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a 2014 American film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Tagged as "The first Iranian vampire Western", it was chosen to show in the "Next" ...more

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Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé Irréversible is a 2002 French mystery thriller film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel. The film employs a non-linear ...more

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Existenz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh Existenz is a 1999 Canadian science fiction body horror film written, produced, and directed by Canadian director David Cronenberg. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law. As in Videodrome, ...more

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
George Clooney, Viola Davis, Natascha McElhone Solaris is a 2002 American science fiction drama film written and directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone. It is based on the 1961 science fiction novel ...more