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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 209 dramatic films in this list.

  • Waves
  • Good Time
  • Climax
  • Midsommar
  • The Lighthouse
  • Raw
  • Uncut Gems
  • Parasite
  • Black Swan
  • It Comes at Night
  • Taxi Driver
  • Irreversible
  • Safe
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • mother!
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Prisoners
  • Monos
  • Funny Games
  • Under the Skin
  • Eighth Grade
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Krisha
  • La Haine
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Joker
  • The Dark Knight
  • Psycho
  • The Revenant
  • Whiplash
  • High Life
  • Wind River
  • Children of Men
  • Birdman
  • Drive
  • Titanic
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Ex Machina
  • The Handmaiden
  • Shutter Island
  • Spring Breakers
  • Dunkirk
  • Silence
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Love
  • Enter the Void
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • First Man
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Nightcrawler
  • Angst
  • Victoria
  • Gravity
  • Interstellar
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Babadook
  • A Quiet Place
  • Dogtooth
  • The Beguiled
  • The Nightingale
  • The Realm
  • Junebug
  • Take Me to the River
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Misery
  • Sorry We Missed You
  • Under the Shadow
  • Roma
  • Z
  • The Lovely Bones
  • 127 Hours
  • Wake in Fright
  • Funny Games
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Dogville
  • Magnolia
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Come and See
  • Caché
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • After Hours
  • Rear Window
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Lost Highway
  • Buried
  • Gone Girl
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • About Elly
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • Melancholia
  • Run Lola Run
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Blindness
  • Phantom Thread