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 atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, psychological, scary and suspense films and TV shows about / with nightmare, death, storytelling, violence, weird, mentor, supernatural, dialogue, brutality and psychology plots mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
nightmare movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as nightmare: Event Horizon (1997), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Insidious (2010), The Babadook (2014), Jessabelle (2014), Waltz with Bashir (2008), Jacob's Ladder (1990), Take Shelter (2011), Eraserhead (1977), Vanilla Sky (2001).

List of nightmare movies

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, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nightmare, space travel, space station, outer space, lovecraftian, insanity, danger, black hole, survival, crew, space and aliens, violence ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
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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, rough, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: slasher, nightmare, supernatural, fear, disfigurement, teenage life, nightmare comes true, back from the dead, high school, serial killer, burned alive, gory ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: usa
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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, frightening, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, ghosts, family in danger, parallel world, parents and children, nightmare, evil spirit, psychic, afterlife, paranormal activity, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: psychological, scary, macabre, tense, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightmare, danger, supernatural, family in danger, single mother, nightmare comes true, dysfunctional family, book, dealing with death, monster, deadly creature, dark fantasy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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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, nightmare, ghost, curses spells and rituals, haunted by the past, uncover truth, disability, psychology, spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1988
Place: louisiana, usa
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Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Documentary, 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, memory loss, soldier, military, tragic event, guilt, politics, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
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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: nightmare, hallucination, paranoia, dealing with death, hallucinations, mind game, delusion, heaven and hell, vietnam veteran, losing-it hero, haunted by the past, suffering ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: new york, vietnam, asia, usa
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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, nervous breakdown, nightmare, delusion, fear, dreams, sanity, insanity, obsession, family relations, schizophrenia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1986, year 2011
Place: ohio, usa
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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, insanity, cult, nightmare, baby, existentialism, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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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, love, surrealism, virtual reality, nightmare, jealousy, tragic love, disfigured face, obsession, mystery, hallucination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 22nd century, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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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, surprise ending, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: ship, time loop, supernatural, isolation, gory, storm, masked killer, bermuda triangle, ocean or sea, nightmare, danger, ocean ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1930s, 2000s, 20th century
Place: florida, caribbean
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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as ...
Style: gothic, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, horror for children
Plot: halloween, christmas, dark fantasy, holiday, imaginary kingdom, skeleton, imaginary, monster, dreams, goth, objects come to life, nightmare ...
Time: 1990s
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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: scary, suspense, atmospheric, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: mutant, mad scientist, experiment, scientist, science, tragic love, deadly creature, mutation, research, nightmare, transformation, teleportation ...
Time: 80s
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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, mind bending, atmospheric, twists and turns, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, lesbian, obsession, strong sexual content, dreams, cowboy, death, hollywood, frustration, hallucination, alternate reality, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, macabre, suspenseful, witty, scary ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: monster, nightmare, supernatural, mysterious character, danger, deadly, supernatural ability, amateur detective, hidden identity, nightmare comes true, deadly creature, vampire ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, captivating, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, death, ghost, witch, danger, insanity, haunted by the past, nun, couple relations, creature, mental institution ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 60s, year 1964 ...
Place: los angeles, massachusetts, usa, new orleans, north carolina ...
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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, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, investigation, small town life, murder, who done it, rape, death, crime, double life, special agents, secret, supernatural ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
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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: surreal, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: nightmare, dangerous animal, nightmare comes true, danger, cowardliness, dangerous attraction, couples, fear, monster, ghost, isolation, dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
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666 Park Avenue (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: What would you do to have everything you desire? Step inside 666 Park Avenue, New York's most seductive address. We all have some burning needs, desires and ambitions. For the residents of The Drake, the premier apartment building on ...
Style: gothic, scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: obsession, supernatural, god or devil, wish come true, nightmare, fear, good versus evil, desire, neighbor, danger, temptation, dream come true ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Nightmare Shark (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of shark-attack survivors is hunted by a supernatural shark that haunts their dreams.
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, suspense, cliffhanger
Plot: nightmare, shark, shark attack, sex scene, survival, dangerous animal, danger, fear, terrorizing, evil doctor, plot twist, it was all a dream ...
Time: 21st century
Place: 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, psychological, brutal, rough, suspenseful
Plot: pandemic, post apocalypse, infected, fear, forest, cabin in the woods, paranoia, hopelessness, darkness, violence, nightmare, survival ...
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Regression (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, Canada, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner investigates the case of young Angela, who accuses her father, John Gray, of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines is brought in ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: satanic cult, memory loss, false accusation, nightmare, hospital, sexual abuse, police officer, cemetery, investigation, psychiatrist, paranoia, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 90s, year 1990
Place: minnesota, usa
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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, investigation, deadly, family problems, small town, nun, murder, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, seattle
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The Return (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Joanna Mills has a successful career but feels her personal life is spinning out of control. She has few friends, an estranged father, and a crazy ex-boyfriend who is stalking her. Joanna begins having terrifying visions of a woman's murder, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: murder, nightmare, mystery, supernatural, haunted by the past, danger, supernatural ability, a vision, deadly, crimes, amateur detective, wound ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
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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: hallucination, nightmare, supernatural, hometown, haunted by the past, ghost, gory, mentally unstable, danger, destiny, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
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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, medical student, experiment gone awry, suicide, nightmare, medical school, supernatural, hallucinations, deadly, supernatural ability, obsession, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: chicago illinois
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Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death," then ...
Style: humorous, dark humor, not serious, absurd, funny ...
Plot: roommate, nightmare, president, musician, star, mummy, good versus evil, partners, odd couple, nurse, retirement home, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: texas, usa, egypt
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: political thriller, political conspiracy, conspiracy, cold war, brainwashing, election, communism, uncover truth, nightmare, nervous breakdown, senator, strangulation ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: korea, usa, new york, north korea, alaska ...
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Cach? (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Austria, Germany, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A married couple is terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
Style: disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, clever, tense ...
Plot: suicide, haunted by the past, surveillance, family in crisis, nightmare, lie, mystery, conscience, dysfunctional family, family secret, childhood, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
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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, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, serious ...
Plot: ouija board, solar eclipse, nightmare, possession, crucifix, widow, demonic possession, blind woman, supernatural, family, ouija, blood ...
Time: 1990s, year 1991
Place: madrid, spain
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