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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 138 thrillers in this list.

  • Good Time
  • Uncut Gems
  • Black Swan
  • Hereditary
  • Irreversible
  • Get Out
  • Us
  • Prisoners
  • Green Room
  • Monos
  • It Follows
  • Funny Games
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Under the Skin
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Mandy
  • Compliance
  • The Shining
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Joker
  • The Dark Knight
  • Psycho
  • Se7en
  • High Life
  • Wind River
  • Children of Men
  • Drive
  • Titanic
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • The Handmaiden
  • Don't Breathe
  • Shutter Island
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Sicario
  • Revenge
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Nightcrawler
  • Angst
  • Coherence
  • Victoria
  • Gravity
  • Hush
  • The Nightingale
  • The Realm
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Misery
  • Under the Shadow
  • Perfect Blue
  • Z
  • 127 Hours
  • 28 Days Later
  • Wake in Fright
  • High Tension
  • Funny Games
  • Dogville
  • Unsane
  • Caché
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • After Hours
  • Rear Window
  • Lost Highway
  • Buried
  • Gone Girl
  • Run Lola Run
  • Bug
  • Blindness
  • Carrie
  • Cube
  • Pitch Black
  • Sorcerer
  • Halloween
  • Take Shelter
  • Argo
  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  • Oldboy
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Kill List
  • Martyrs
  • Cam
  • A Hard Day
  • Marathon Man
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Only God Forgives
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
  • Manhunter
  • Falling Down
  • The Beguiled
  • Thirst
  • Martha
  • Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • Psycho II
  • Psycho III
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • Deep Red
  • Salvador
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Possum
  • Miracle Mile