Disturbing movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant disturbing movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out disturbing, serious, bleak, atmospheric, interesting and realistic films and TV shows about / with violence, storytelling, brutality, death, murder, visceral, violent, vengeance, runaway and pornography plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as disturbing: Hard Candy (2005), Fight Club (1999), I Spit on Your Grave (2010), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018), Searching (2018), Lolita (1962), Bird Box (2018), Nightcrawler (2014), Without Name (2009), Another (2012).

List of disturbing movies

 7.1
 148K
Hard Candy (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him.
Style: disturbing, twist ending, psychological, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: age difference, pedophilia, pedophile, vengeance, torture, sexual abuse, dangerous attraction, manipulation, sociopath, seduction, older man younger woman relationship, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.8
 1.7M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, mind bending, twists and turns, biting, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, losing-it hero, social decay, insomnia, fist fighting, against the rules, nihilism, life philosophy, dissociative identity disorder, fighting the system, social misfits, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A remake of the 1979 controversial cult classic, I Spit on Your Grave retells the horrific tale of writer Jennifer Hills who takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer's presence in ...
Style: disturbing, scary, suspenseful, brutal, rough ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: sexual abuse, rape and revenge, rape, vengeance, murder, violence spree, gang rape, violence against women, danger, woman in danger, rapist, in the woods ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.
Style: atmospheric, dark, disturbing, stylized, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: witchcraft, witch, black magic, devil worship, adventure, half breed, couple relations, teenager, coming of age, school, dedication, teenage love ...
Time: 2010s
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 7.7
 113K
Searching (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. A thriller that unfolds entirely on computer screens.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, disturbing, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: missing person, missing child, missing daughter, social media, parents and children, presumed dead, search and rescue, teenage life, depression, loneliness, internet, single parent ...
Place: california
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 7.6
 84K
Lolita (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's ...
Style: sexual, disturbing, psychological, sexy, serious ...
Plot: seduction, lust, forbidden love, age difference, diary, destructive relationship, love affair, lolita, perversion, obsession, desire, pedophilia ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: new hampshire, usa, ohio
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, danger, sexual abuse, missing person, uncover truth, crime, search, journalist, strong sexual content, hacker, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
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 6.6
 237K
Bird Box (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A woman and a pair of children are blindfolded and make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river.
Style: suspense, emotional, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: survival, end of the world, blindness, fear, suicide, survival horror, bird, murder, creature, chase, parents and children, running ...
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 7.9
 413K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: disturbing, psychological, biting, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: neo noir, sociopath, journalism, journalist, obsession, ambition, cynicism, losing-it hero, deception, character study, morality, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california
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 7.6
 30K
Without Name (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and two teen gang members, for whom ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, rough, road movie ...
Plot: gang, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, social problems, chase, hopes, youth, lifestyle change, illegal immigration, robbery, train, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, central america, guatemala, new jersey ...
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 7.7
 9K
Another (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 300 min.
Story: When Kouichi Sasakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kouichi is immediately drawn to her ...
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: classmates, supernatural, mysterious character, death, curse, school, teenage life, danger, accidental death, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1998
Place: japan, asia
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Assassination Classroom (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: The students of class 3-E have a mission: kill their teacher before graduation. He has already destroyed the moon, and has promised to destroy the Earth if he can not be killed within a year. But how can this class of misfits kill a tentacled ...
Style: exciting, captivating, disturbing, humorous, absurd
Audience: teens
Plot: education, teacher, murder, friendship, school, monster, underdog, death wish, superhuman, classroom, assassination, government agent
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, drug addiction, downfall, depression, insanity, destructive relationship, degradation, hallucinations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Norway, Taiwan, Belgium
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious, stylized ...
Plot: factory worker, secret, small town, blind character, murder, hanging, factory, dancing, human spirit, down on your luck, tragic hero, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: usa, washington state
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Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, Brazil, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Elio Perlman is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student, the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man.
Style: sincere, touching, disturbing, captivating
Plot: gay relationship, lgbt, gay teenager, first love, teenage boy, self discovery, summer, homosexuality, gay, gay love, gay lead character, gay kiss ...
Time: year 1983
Place: italy
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 8.5
 45K
Twin Peaks (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.
Style: surreal, disturbing, atmospheric, mind bending, offbeat ...
Plot: supernatural, small town life, crime, crimes, law enforcement, small town, good versus evil, evil spirit, haunted by the past, mystery, special agents, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico
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 8.1
 596K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, captivating, dark humor, rough, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, friendship, social misfits, counterculture, society, drug rehabilitation, crimes, misfit, self destructing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the ...
Style: banned film, atmospheric, disturbing, futuristic, bleak ...
Plot: rape, insanity, gang, brainwashing, violence, social misfits, psychopath, surrealism, social decay, sadism, violence spree, society ...
Time: future, 20th century, near future, 1990s
Place: britain, europe
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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: "the guy next door" and the serial killer.
Style: sadistic, disturbing, realistic, scary, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, rape, incest, merciless, maniac, extreme violence, strangulation, insanity, manic, killing spree ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, midwest, california
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 7.5
 331K
A Quiet Place (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Style: suspense, scary, disturbing, surprise ending, bleak ...
Plot: survival, post apocalypse, deafness, self sacrifice, monster, sign language, chase, marriage, pregnancy, creature, creature feature, silence ...
Time: near future, 2020s
Place: new york state
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 8.6
 1.3M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, psychopath, mind game, crime, investigation, police investigation, torture, killings, insanity, crimes, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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 8.4
 557K
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: bleak, tense, psychological, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: losing-it hero, anti war, army, vietnam war, mission, soldier, jungle, insanity, apocalypse, unfulfillment, chaos, morality ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia
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 7.6
 37K
The Magicians (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Brakebills University is a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural ability, school, magic, fantasy world, supernatural power, magician, danger, betrayal, student, college, society, depression ...
Place: new york
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: emotional, bleak, disturbing, heartbreaking, factual ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, civil rights, interracial relations, torture, freedom, master and servant, racial slur, confined, rape, survival ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In Italy, the American writer Sam Dalmas witnesses an attempt of murder of the owner of an art gallery, a couple of days before his foreseen return to the United States of America. He decides to stay with his girlfriend Julia and help the police in ...
Style: disturbing, tense, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychopath, voyeurism, mind game, mystery killer, police detective, attempted murder, danger, female killer, maniac, stalking ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
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Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, injustice, lawyer, torture, brutality, escape attempt, trial, convict, prison life, sadism, rape, muslim ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, friendship, childhood, jewish, nazi germany, nazism, wartime life, young heroes, atrocity, tragic event ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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 7.6
 58K
Funny Games (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: sadism, family in danger, torment, serial killer, psychopath, humiliation, crimes, murderous pair, isolation, danger, deadly, vacation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: austria, europe
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 5.1
 101
Boggart (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the ordinary and bustling city of Moscow there is an unusual House, overgrown with hundreds of secrets and mysteries. In this house there is a strange apartment, in which not a single tenant has stayed for a long time. And only when an ...
Style: enigmatic, atmospheric, disturbing, captivating, fairy tale
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: supernatural being, house, family, single mother, black magic, magic, anthropomorphism, standoff
Time: 21st century
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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: psychological, disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, sexual abuse, homosexual, pedophilia, male rape, child molestation, homosexuality, teenage life, life is a bitch, gay slur, youth, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1981, 1990s ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
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