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Anxiety-Induced Cinema

Films that leave you visibly shaken; masterclasses in building tension that make you truly feel anxious for whatever is happening on screen.

Suggestions welcome!

There are 52 films in this list released in the 2000s.

  • Irreversible
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Funny Games
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Dark Knight
  • Children of Men
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Enter the Void
  • The Descent
  • Dogtooth
  • Junebug
  • The Lovely Bones
  • 28 Days Later
  • High Tension
  • Dogville
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Caché
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • About Elly
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Bug
  • Blindness
  • Pitch Black
  • The King
  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  • Oldboy
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Martyrs
  • Time of the Wolf
  • Thirst
  • Hunger
  • Eden Lake
  • Open Water
  • Open Water 2: Adrift
  • American Psycho
  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes
  • Brick
  • Zodiac
  • Memories of Murder
  • Let the Right One In
  • Panic Room
  • Joint Security Area
  • Vanilla Sky
  • House of Sand and Fog
  • Mean Creek
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • The Piano Teacher
  • In Bruges
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer