Premiere's Hollywood's 25 Most Dangerous Films Ever Made

Premiere says: "These are movies about which you could say, "That's Not Entertainment." They're not "rides" or "diversions." They are galvanizing experiences that place squarely in your face all the stuff Hollywood usually presumes you go to the movies to get away from. Films that rearrange your head, that challenge your bedrock ideas about life and love and the big sleep. Consciousness-expanders, in other words, but rarely in a pleasant way. Thank God for them." These movies not only challenge but redefine the ideas that you thought you knew so well.

These are the most dangerous movies of Hollywood - the 25 most dangerous movies ever in the history of film.


  • Bonnie and Clyde
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    Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard
    • Released: 1967
    • Directed by: Arthur Penn
    Dive into the thrilling world of Bonnie and Clyde, a compelling biographical crime film. The movie traces the life of notorious outlaws Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty), a couple whose crime spree during the Great Depression captivated America. With a narrative that seamlessly intertwines action, drama, and romance, this film scooped ten Academy Award nominations, winning two. Director Arthur Penn masterfully paints a picture of two individuals rebelling against the system, their daring escapades making them folk heroes in some circles. Experience a remarkable blend of historical accuracy and storytelling prowess in this cinematic gem.

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  • Boys Don't Cry
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    Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Kimberly Peirce
    In Boys Don't Cry, we follow the gripping journey of Teena Brandon (Hilary Swank), a young woman navigating life in rural Nebraska. Transgender before the term was mainstream, she transforms herself into Brandon Teena, charming and loved by many. Yet, her secret lies like a ticking time bomb, threatening to upend her newfound life. Peter Sarsgaard plays John Lotter, whose turbulent friendship with Brandon forms the crux of the narrative. Directed by Kimberly Peirce, this film won Swank an Oscar for Best Actress. It's a poignant exploration of identity, love, and the human spirit.

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  • In the Company of Men
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    Aaron Eckhart, Stacy Edwards, Matt Malloy
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Neil LaBute
    Chad (Aaron Eckhart) and Howard (Matt Malloy) are junior executives working in the Midwest who are sent on a six-week business trip, with Howard in charge of the project. Both are suffering from recent breakups with their girlfriends, and, in a twisted game of male domination, they vengefully plot to both romance a deaf secretary (Stacy Edwards) with the intention of simultaneously breaking up with her and thus destroying her fragile self-esteem.

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  • Dead Ringers
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    Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: David Cronenberg
    Elliot (Jeremy Irons), a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly (also Irons). Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, without the woman knowing the difference. Beverly falls hard for one of the patients, Claire (Geneviève Bujold), but when she inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness.

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  • Eraserhead
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    Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: David Lynch
    Eraserhead, a surrealist body of work, explores the life of Henry Spencer (Jack Nance), an introverted man living in an industrial wasteland. He finds himself burdened with fatherhood as his girlfriend, Mary X (Charlotte Stewart), gives birth to a grotesque, constantly crying creature. The movie, directed by David Lynch, is renowned for its disturbing imagery and atmospheric sound design. It's a puzzling narrative that delves into themes of fear, responsibility, and the human condition. This cult classic has left audiences contemplating its meaning since its release in 1977.

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  • Gimme Shelter
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    Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
    The landmark documentary about the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. Only four months earlier, Woodstock defined the Love Generation; now it lay in ruins on a desolate racetrack six miles outside of San Francisco.

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