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, scary and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with nightmare, death, brutality, storytelling, blood, supernatural, violence, psychology, mentor and insanity plots mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery 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), Event Horizon (1997), Take Shelter (2011), The Babadook (2014), Jessabelle (2014), Eraserhead (1977), Waltz with Bashir (2008), Vanilla Sky (2001), The Fly (1986), Insidious (2010).

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: scary, suspenseful, surreal, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: slasher, supernatural, nightmare, disfigurement, fear, teenage life, nightmare comes true, back from the dead, high school, serial killer, burned alive, dreams ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: usa
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 6.7
 142K
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: scary, suspenseful, futuristic, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, space station, outer space, nightmare, danger, survival, insanity, space and aliens, heroic mission, supernatural, rescue, rescue team ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
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 7.4
 82K
Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 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: disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: paranoia, mental illness, nightmare, nervous breakdown, delusion, fear, construction worker, insurance, dreams, sanity, insanity, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986, year 2011
Place: ohio, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 168K
The Babadook (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror
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: scary, psychological, tense, macabre, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: danger, supernatural, family in danger, nightmare, dysfunctional family, book, dealing with death, mental illness, nightmare comes true, deadly creature, single mother, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 5.4
 20K
Jessabelle (2014)
Genre: Horror, 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, suspenseful, macabre, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, voodoo, supernatural, danger, ghost, nightmare, uncover truth, haunted by the past, disability, curses spells and rituals, sacrifice, estate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa
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 7.4
 89K
Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: 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, art house, psychological, avant garde, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, nightmare, baby, freak, existentialism, cult, insanity, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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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, surreal, psychological, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: nightmare, massacre, dog, soldier, memory loss, corpse, army, haunted by the past, war, genocide, guilt, politics ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 80s, contemporary
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
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 6.9
 232K
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, suspense, non-linear ...
Plot: love triangle, disfigurement, mystery, virtual reality, nightmare, jealousy, love, hallucinations, disfigured face, obsession, redemption, mind game ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 22nd century, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.5
 143K
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: suspense, scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: mutant, experiment, scientist, mad scientist, tragic love, transformation, science, experiment gone awry, nightmare, deadly creature, teleportation, death wish ...
Time: 80s
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 6.9
 250K
Insidious (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, UK
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, suspense, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, parents and children, family in danger, parallel world, danger, demons, paranormal activity, curses spells and rituals, fear, psychic, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 151K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
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, gloomy, psychological, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: small town, investigation, murder, small town life, rape, supernatural, who done it, psychic, double life, mysterious place, crime, special agents ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
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It Comes at Night (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
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, psychological, brutal, suspenseful
Plot: infected, pandemic, fear, post apocalypse, violence, paranoia, nightmare, hopelessness, darkness, forest, dog, cabin in the woods ...
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 5.4
 85K
The Ring Two (2005)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rachel Keller must prevent evil Samara from taking possession of her son's soul.
Style: scary, suspenseful, macabre, brutal, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: evil child, mental institution, nightmare, supernatural, ghost, deadly, investigation, family problems, small town, nun, parents and children, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, seattle
Is relevant ?
 4.2
 28K
Boogeyman (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Every culture has one – the horrible monster fueling young children's nightmares. But for Tim, the Boogeyman still lives in his memories as a creature that devoured his father 16 years earlier. Is the Boogeyman real? Or did Tim make him up to ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: nightmare, hallucination, supernatural, hometown, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, gory, ghost, danger, destiny, parents and children, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 74K
Flatliners (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Five medical students want to find out if there is life after death. They plan to stop one of their hearts for a few seconds, thus simulating death, and then bring the person back to life. A science fiction thriller from the early 1990's with a ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, surreal ...
Plot: afterlife, experiment gone awry, suicide, memory, medical student, nightmare, supernatural, supernatural ability, deadly, obsession, hallucinations, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: medical school, campus, chicago illinois
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 6.2
 29K
Veronica (2017)
Genre: Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Madrid, 1990s. After making a Ouija with friends, a teenager is besieged by dangerous supernatural presences that threaten to harm her whole family. Inspired by terrifying police files never solved.
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: possession, solar eclipse, nightmare, crucifix, widow, family, supernatural, ouija board, demonic possession, bathtub, teenage girl, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 1990s, year 1991
Place: madrid, spain
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 5.8
 5K
Audrey Rose (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A man is convinced that a young girl is the reincarnation of his own daughter Audrey Rose, who died in a fiery car accident, along with his wife, two minutes before the girl was born.
Style: psychological, scary, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, betrayal, reincarnation, obsession, nightmare, stranger, supernatural, love and romance, family relations, couple relations, loss of daughter, hypnosis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: india, new york, asia, usa, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 55K
Red Lights (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, ...
Style: surprise ending, tense, suspenseful, scary, enigmatic ...
Plot: psychic, supernatural ability, uncover truth, mind game, supernatural, investigation, obsession, experiment, deception, skepticism, revelation, levitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011
Place: usa
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 6.4
 183K
The Number 23 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
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: scary, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, bleak ...
Plot: obsession, losing-it hero, insanity, suicide, riddles and clues, uncover truth, nightmare, paranoia, mystery, imagination, investigation, secret ...
Time: contemporary
Place: virginia, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 89K
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: surprise ending, surreal, psychological, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: paranoia, dealing with death, hallucinations, nightmare, mind game, delusion, heaven and hell, losing-it hero, haunted by the past, tragic event, dysfunctional character, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971
Place: vietnam, new york, usa, asia
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The film that brings back horror icon Freddy Krueger as a darker and more sinister character than ever before. While Freddy is on the prowl a group of teenagers being stalked soon learn they all have a common factor making them targets for this ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: slasher, torture, nightmare comes true, gory, revenge, small town, danger, serial killer, back from the dead, youth, supernatural, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 88K
Triangle (2009)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, surprise ending, captivating ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: ship, time loop, supernatural, isolation, gory, storm, danger, buddies, ocean or sea, sea disaster, time travel, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: florida, caribbean, seaport
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 58K
Anomalisa (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, depressing, psychological, meditative ...
Plot: depression, sex, nightmare, existentialism, love at first sight, loneliness, drinking, infidelity, philosophy, life philosophy, adaptation, obsession ...
Time: 2000s
Place: cincinnati ohio
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 5.7
 11K
Dread (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three college students set out to document what other people dread most.
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: nightmare, social relations, mind game, human nature, manipulations, dishonesty, youth, obsession, college, rivalry, fear, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: campus, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 10K
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: mind bending, psychological, suspenseful, surprise ending, atmospheric ...
Plot: memory loss, hospital, murder, memory, uncover truth, mind game, paranoia, nightmare, mystery, dishonesty, crimes, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, year 2002, 2000s
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The Gracefield Incident (2017)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: On August 16, 2013, the Supreme Court mandated the CIA to declassify files that had been kept secret for the past 75 years. Visual records of documented paranormal events were released to the public. The following incident took place in Gracefield, ...
Style: suspense, dark, enigmatic, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: alien abduction, paranormal, alien, fear, nightmare, meteorite, love, party, group of friends, husband wife relationship, found footage, cornfield ...
Place: quebec
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 18K
Ghostland (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: 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, psychological, suspense, exciting, scary ...
Plot: home invasion, sister sister relationship, violence, insanity, nightmare, doll, danger, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, escape, blood, sadistic psychopath ...
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Tales from the Crypt (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989 to July 19, 1996 on the premium cable channel HBO for seven seasons with a total of 93 episodes. ...
Style: dark humor, suspenseful, witty, scary, macabre ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, mysterious character, nightmare, deadly, supernatural ability, master villain, nightmare comes true, deadly creature, amateur detective, danger, hidden identity, vampire ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Masters of Horror (2005)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada, Japan, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Masters of Horror is an informal social group of international film writers and directors specializing in horror movies and an American television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: fear, ghost, murder, disfigurement, supernatural, evil force, mysterious character, mysterious place, gory, deadly, nightmare, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 173K
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, family in danger, manipulation, family problems, mysterious character, parents and children, domestic disturbance, life turned upside down, fear, deadly, insanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
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