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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 51 crime films in this list.

  • Good Time
  • Uncut Gems
  • Taxi Driver
  • Irreversible
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Prisoners
  • Green Room
  • Funny Games
  • Joker
  • The Dark Knight
  • Se7en
  • Wind River
  • Free Fire
  • Drive
  • Don't Breathe
  • Spring Breakers
  • Sicario
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Nightcrawler
  • Angst
  • Victoria
  • Dogville
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Kill List
  • A Hard Day
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Only God Forgives
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
  • Scum
  • Manhunter
  • Falling Down
  • The Conversation
  • 10 Rillington Place
  • Report to the Commissioner
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • Benny's Video
  • SP: Crônicas de uma Cidade Real
  • Strangers on a Train
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • American Psycho
  • Snowtown
  • Zodiac
  • Memories of Murder
  • Panic Room
  • Mean Creek
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • Chinatown
  • In Bruges
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer