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

Updated July 13, 2020 3.3k votes 287 voters 14.6k views49 items

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
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of... more on Wikipedia

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    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

    American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an... more on Wikipedia
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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974... more on Wikipedia

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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
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

    The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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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
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    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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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
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley... more on Wikipedia

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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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
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It... more on Wikipedia
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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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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
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    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Frailty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

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    Lost Highway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Lost Highway

    Richard Pryor, Gary Busey

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    1408 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    1408

    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack

    Released2007

    Directed byMikael Håfström

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    Moon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Moon

    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore

    Released2009

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Nig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

    Released2014

    Directed byAna Lily Amirpour

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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Great Movies That Blur the Lines Between Horror and Drama
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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