Films that’ll throw your emotional distress levels into overdrive

These are the ones that packed a serious gut-punch to my psyche or left me shaken in one way or another. I’m refraining from listing films that elicit an overwhelming “happy” response; this is purely for sorrow, distress, and other negative reactions.

Don’t hesitate to give me recommendations below and I’ll update the list accordingly!

Please, do your worst.

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  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Eraserhead
  • mother!
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Se7en
  • Mulholland Drive
  • La La Land
  • The Iron Giant
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Donnie Darko
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Shutter Island
  • Toy Story 3
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Coraline
  • Paths of Glory
  • Hereditary
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Pépé le Moko
  • Chinatown
  • Prisoners
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • A Serious Man
  • Creep
  • Annihilation
  • The Florida Project
  • Life Is Beautiful
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Into the Wild
  • The Thin Red Line
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • The Fall
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • It Follows
  • Ex Machina
  • Mommy
  • Dogville
  • Black Swan
  • Memento
  • Interstellar
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Schindler's List
  • Martyrs
  • Funny Games
  • Rear Window
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Come and See
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Bloody Sunday
  • Champion
  • Incendies
  • Oldboy
  • American History X
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • I Saw the Devil
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Room
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • First Reformed
  • Shame
  • Shame
  • Munich
  • The Fly
  • Videodrome
  • eXistenZ
  • Ichi the Killer
  • Audition
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • The Executioner
  • M
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Akira
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Saw
  • In Bruges
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • The Wages of Fear
  • Hobo with a Shotgun
  • Starship Troopers
  • House of 1000 Corpses
  • The Machine Girl
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Twentynine Palms
  • Atonement
  • Lovesong
  • Ikiru
  • Brasil
  • Melancholia
  • The Tale
  • Good Time
  • Lost in Translation