If you’re the kind of person who can go from your bedroom to your bathroom at 3 AM, without getting frightened then this is the article for you. If you’re the kind to get soap in your eyes because you imagined something scary and forced your eyes open while washing your face then you may exit this article immediately. If dark films are your thing, this might be a good time to indulge in a movie marathon.

To make your life simpler, we have listed some dark movies for you to watch and have some fun with:

Dark Movies  

Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Available on: Amazon Prime

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

If we’re speaking of dark movies, then we ought to talk about Requiem For A Dream! It screens the sad dissent of hopeful Brooklyn residents into psychosis, drug addiction, and prostitution. This Darren Aronofsky marvel will have you look at your random emotional outbursts in a new, scary light. The movie shatters any nice memories you may have connected with the movies as a kid.

The Elephant Man (1980)

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

There’s as much to tell about The Elephant Man as there is to dodge it. The mortifying true story of a ‘circus freak’ in Victorian England with a twisted head who is transformed into a cartoon by the assumed ‘normal’ audience. David Lynch’s way of saying “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder” makes this movie worth a watch.

Irreversible (2002)

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Irreversible is unlike any other movie on this list. Shown in reverse chronological order, Gaspar Noe’s trademark hallucinatory camera work makes this film hard to process. In case you’re a perennially happy person, your fundamentals will be tested by the cruelest rape scene in cinema history. Trust me when I say it, you have never seen anything like it.

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Dancer In The Dark (2000)

IMDb Rating: 8/10

A Czech immigrant single mother is going blind and has to stop her son from her illness. While she gets solace in her singing, her solace is warned as she discovers herself to be the case of immigrant persecution. Director Lars Von Trier has a name for providing cold themes in all his movies and Dancer In The Dark is the coldest of them all.

The Passion Of The Christ (2004)

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

This movie is one of those few things Mel Gibson got right in his life. One day, Jesus of Nazareth got up from the last supper and strolled into the last 12 hours of his life. Devastatingly sad and humanly inhumane, this makes for the most pain inflicted on one person in a movie. You don’t need to be a Christian to be moved by the movie, you just need to be prepared to handle things in general.

Lilya 4-ever (2002)

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

When jumping off a bridge is the best thing in a movie, it grows a tad bit tough to reflect on the dark bits. Lilya is a poverty-stricken teenager who lives in the shame of her aunt after her mother leaves her to go to the US. Hesitantly, Lilya gets herself engaged in prostitution. She ultimately gets an escape route to Sweden, just to be jailed and raped in a home-shelter. If you’re looking for something sad and displeasing, Lilya 4-ever is as good (worse) as it gets.

The Seventh Continent (1989)

Available on: YouTube

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

The less we speak about the plot of this movie, the more useful it is for first-time watchers. All we can tell is that it’s about a normal family doing normal things until you discover they’re on to something. The film gradually clutches you in and by the end of it, you’ll be overwhelmed and emotionally drained for days to come. The simplistic perspective of a middle-class family makes it as relatable as the climax makes it incredible.

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12 Years A Slave (2013)

Available on: YouTube

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

There’s a great possibility that you may have previously seen this Oscar winner from 2013. What happens when one day you’re kidnaped from your life and are forced to be someone’s slave, for 12 years? The movie effectively portrays the fears of belonging to a ‘different skin’ while concurrently questioning your prospect of control.

Antichrist (2009)

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

It wouldn’t be a list of dark movies without a bit of Lars Von Trier, the crazy scientist of Avant-Garde cinema. Antichrist provides a peek into a world driven by guilt and regret. The film begins with He and She having guileless sex that anyhow leads to the death of their toddler. Matters go from bad to worse and genitals get in contact with a pair of scissors. At least 4 people collapsed during the screening of the film. Later the director was considered as “going mad”.

Grave Of Fireflies (1988)

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Grave of the Fireflies is undoubtedly the most disheartening animated movie ever made. Directly from the start, the plot takes disastrous turns, and you see yourself appealing to invalidate what the movie just did. Placed against the backdrop of World War 2, the film starts with the death of a boy starved to death, just to be united with the soul of his younger sister, who then revisits the last few months of the war. This movie is one of the most powerful testimonials against war, one that leaves you trembling in tears, every time.

Prisoners (2013)

Available on: Amazon Prime

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

The 2013 movie, Prisoners, is as dark as it’s emotionally exhausting. It’s one of those movies after watching which, you would steadily need to look at cat videos for hours. A man’s 6-year-old daughter and her friend are kidnaped from the front of their house and he moves to great lengths to find them. His descent into failure as he’s unable to find his daughter is unbearable.

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They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Set in the Great Depression, the film travels through the hopeless lives of the poor. The difference in fortune leads them all together in a dance marathon where the winner gets $1,500. As the dance begins, the manipulative MC employs the contestants as an attraction to put up a show. Dancers are humiliated and used until one of them dies of a heart attack. The utter desperation of the human spirit to endure while adopting loss as an answer is shown in this movie.

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

After being terminated from his job, a lonely, lover-less Ben travels to Las Vegas to drink himself to death and ends up paying a hooker, Sera, to speak to him. His descent from isolation into annihilation is very relatable and that’s what makes it all the more saddening. Sera’s gangrape makes for one of the most unpleasant viewing experiences. The writer of the book the movie is based on, John O’Brien, committed suicide two days into the production of the film.

Precious (2009)

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

A disturbing tale of Precious Jones, a 16-year-old overweight teenager who is repeatedly raped by her father and physically and mentally abused by her mother. Precious has an abusive child by her father. Before you come to terms with any of this, Precious is pregnant for the second time by her father, which leads to her expulsion from school. As Precious moves away from her family, she discovers her father was HIV positive and so is she. It won 2 Academy Awards and was based on real events.

These dark movies are so depressing that you won’t be able to watch them for the second time. If you still have the heart to watch more, you can watch some gore movie recommendations by clicking here.


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