Nightmare movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant nightmare movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out psychological, suspenseful, serious, suspense, atmospheric and tense films and TV shows about / with nightmare, death, blood, violence, hallucination, storytelling, supernatural, insanity, murder and dialogue plots mostly in Horror, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as nightmare: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Insidious (2010), Event Horizon (1997), The Babadook (2014), The Others (2001), American Horror Story (2011), Jacob's Ladder (1990), You Should Have Left (2020), Take Shelter (2011), It Comes at Night (2017).

List of nightmare movies

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was ...
Style: slasher, scary, rough, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: nightmare, supernatural, fear, nightmare comes true, disfigurement, teenage life, back from the dead, murder, high school, sleeping, serial killer, trapped ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: ohio, usa
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 6.8
 290K
Insidious (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought.
Style: scary, suspenseful, frightening, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, nightmare, supernatural, ghosts, psychic, evil spirit, demons, paranormal activity, fear, danger, family in danger, parallel world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.7
 167K
Event Horizon (1997)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, futuristic, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, nightmare, lovecraftian, outer space, space station, hallucination, insanity, space and aliens, supernatural, trapped in space, danger, violence ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
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 6.8
 206K
The Babadook (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Style: psychological, scary, macabre, tense, dark fantasy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightmare, supernatural, danger, ghost, family in danger, nightmare comes true, dealing with death, single mother, dysfunctional family, monster, sleeping, book ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 7.6
 348K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, scary, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, afterlife, psychic, mysterious character, supernatural, nightmare, uncover truth, spiritualism, ghosts, single parent, parallel world ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, england, english channel
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American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, tense, scary, captivating ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, ghost, mental institution, death, witch, danger, nightmare, insanity, evil, nun, evil force ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 60s, year 1952 ...
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, massachusetts, north carolina ...
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 7.5
 102K
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...
Style: bleak, twist ending, surreal, surprise ending, psychological ...
Plot: hallucination, paranoia, nightmare, haunted by the past, delusion, mind game, dealing with death, losing-it hero, post traumatic stress disorder, tragic event, grief, heaven and hell ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: new york, vietnam, asia, usa, brooklyn new york city
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You Should Have Left (2020)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In an effort to repair their relationship, a couple books a vacation in the countryside for themselves and their daughter. What starts as a perfect retreat begins to fall apart as one loses their grip on reality, and a sinister force tries to tear ...
Style: psychological
Plot: nightmare, missing child, time loop, family life, house, jealous husband, countryside, drowning, murderer, father daughter relationship, murder, infidelity ...
Place: wales, new york, mexico, london
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 7.4
 97K
Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: paranoia, mental illness, delusion, nervous breakdown, nightmare, fear, dreams, insanity, sanity, obsession, construction worker, schizophrenia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, year 1986
Place: ohio, usa
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It Comes at Night (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Style: suspense, rough, brutal, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: post apocalypse, pandemic, forest, fear, hopelessness, paranoia, nightmare, survival, murder, dog, interracial couple, infected ...
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A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: dark fantasy, touching, emotional, psychotronic, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bullying, terminal illness, childhood, monster, nightmare, loneliness, family, depression, destiny, imagination, life & death, truth ...
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 5.4
 24K
Jessabelle (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman recuperating at her father's run-down home after a tragic accident soon encounters a terrifying presence with a connection to her long-deceased mother.
Style: scary, twist ending, macabre, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, voodoo, supernatural, danger, ghost, nightmare, curses spells and rituals, psychology, haunted by the past, uncover truth, spirit, estate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1988
Place: louisiana, usa
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 7.4
 107K
Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Style: surreal, avant garde, art house, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, cult, insanity, nightmare, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Paranormal Activity (2007)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, fear, panic, paranormal activity, nightmare, danger, videotaping, evil force, demonic possession, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: usa, california, los angeles, san diego california
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 8.8
 182K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, neo noir, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, who done it, investigation, murder, small town life, crime, hallucination, death, paranormal investigation, rape, demonic possession, special agents ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa, washington d.c.
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 167K
The Fly (1986)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.
Style: psychological, scary, atmospheric, suspense, rough ...
Plot: mad scientist, science, scientist, experiment, mutant, tragic love, mutation, nightmare, experiment gone awry, deadly creature, research, teleportation ...
Time: 80s
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Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, War
Country: Israel, France, Germany, USA, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: nightmare, massacre, haunted by the past, war, army, soldier, memory loss, military, tragic event, guilt, politics, atrocity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 26K
Ghostland (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mother of two inherits a home from her aunt. On the first night in the new home she is confronted with murderous intruders and fights for her daughters' lives. Sixteen years later the daughters reunite at the house, and that is when things ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, exciting, scary ...
Plot: violence, nightmare, insanity, home invasion, danger, torture, escape, blood, doll, sister sister relationship, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship ...
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 6.9
 255K
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 136 min.
Story: David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between ...
Style: psychological, enigmatic, surreal, philosophical, twist ending ...
Plot: surrealism, disfigurement, hallucination, love triangle, love, virtual reality, lost love, tragic love, nightmare, disfigured face, obsession, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 22nd century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, neo noir, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, surrealism, lesbian, hallucination, obsession, lesbianism, strong sexual content, dreams, alternate reality, lesbian romance, hollywood, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)
Genre: Animation, Horror, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Several scary black-and-white animated segments in different styles appeal to our fear(s) of the dark.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: nightmare, nightmare comes true, danger, dangerous animal, cowardliness, dangerous attraction, couples, fear, ghost, monster, death, dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
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Fallen III: The Destiny (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 81 min.
TV show
Story: Aaron and Azazel defeat the Powers, and force Mazarin and his second-in-command to leave. When the two return, they discover Camael has been released with the help of a rat. Aaron, Vilma, Gabriel, and Azazel travel up a mountain where the Light ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, disturbing
Plot: angel, supernatural, supernatural ability, nightmare, adventure, teenage life, youth, coming of age, misfit, high school life, high school, birthday
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 193K
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After denying a woman the extension she needs to keep her home, loan officer Christine Brown sees her once-promising life take a startling turn for the worse. Christine is convinced she's been cursed by a Gypsy, but her boyfriend is skeptical. ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, dark fantasy ...
Plot: evil, curses spells and rituals, ghost, witch, dark humor, supernatural, gypsy, heaven and hell, curse, obsessive quest, life turned upside down, legends and myths ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 1969, year 2009 ...
Place: los angeles, pasadena california
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 6.3
 84K
The Ritual (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.
Style: enigmatic, tense, psychological, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: lost in the woods, supernatural horror, ritual, paganism, guilt, forest, supernatural, hiking, norse mythology, witchcraft, monster, friends ...
Time: contemporary
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 150K
Poltergeist (1982)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, rough ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, psychic, poltergeist, good versus evil, kidnapping, missing child, child in peril, nightmare, parallel world, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
Is relevant ?
 6.0
 4K
Brain Dead (1990)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychological thriller from the writer of the original "Twilight Zone!" In a showdown of man vs. machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation!
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: nightmare, experiment, mental illness, insanity, hallucination, delusion, experiment gone awry, haunted by the past, obsession, doctors and patients, murder, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 197K
The Number 23 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer that becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life. As soon as he opens the book, he notices strange parallels between what he reads and what he's experienced. But now ...
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, surprise ending, psychological, scary ...
Plot: obsession, losing-it hero, a vision, parallel world, riddles and clues, insanity, nightmare, suicide, uncover truth, paranoia, s&m, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: virginia, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 67K
Open Your Eyes (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: psychiatrist, disfigurement, nightmare, love triangle, paranoia, doctor, jealousy, memory loss, dreams, mystery, love and romance, delusion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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The Bye Bye Man (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, China
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while ...
Style: psychotronic, suspense, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: supernatural, nightmare, demonic possession, hallucination, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, death, monster, demon, occult, group of friends, spiritualism, secret ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1969
Place: wisconsin
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 11K
The I Inside (2004)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Simon Cable wakes up in a hospital bed, confused and disoriented. He soon discovers from doctors that he has amnesia and is unable to remember the last two years of his life. Cable investigates what has happened to him and slowly pieces together his ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, hospital, mystery, murder, nightmare, memory, uncover truth, mind game, paranoia, time loop, dishonesty, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, year 2000, year 2002
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