Top 25 Most Disturbing Films Of All Time

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1.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ I don't know what it is about this movie, but this is by far the most jarring, depressing and emotionally devastating movie I've ever seen. If only the deleted scenes on the dvd would have been left in. ” - rivetbadtz
 
2.
Midnight Movie Review (2010 TV Series)
Episode: A Serbian Film (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Dennis talks about "A Serbian Film" and the lawsuit filed after the Sitges Filmfestival. (10 mins.)
“ I guess the movie is so shocking, that IMDB won't even give it a listing. But while "A Serbian Film" was the talk of the film fest circuit in 2010 for its extreme graphic nature, it's actually a pretty good psychological thriller comparable to David Fincher's The Game or the 2003 Korean film Old Boy. ” - rivetbadtz
 
3.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ I can think of no other horror movie more iconic than this. One of Stanley Kubrick's finest films, the images in this film still stand the test of time. Why American horror/supernatural suspense movies continue to not even come close to this masterpiece, I've no idea. But the symbolism and ideas here will be examined and debated for decades to come. ” - rivetbadtz
 
4.
Irreversible (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ As depraved and messed up as Serbian Film is, Irreversible still gets to me the most do to the single long takes, grainy just-like-you're-there style and (while few and far between) the ultra realistic acts of depravity...but moreover, the sound design and overall dizzying ambiance. ” - rivetbadtz
 
5.
Precious (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ I haven't felt this uncomfortable or rattled by a movie I saw in theaters in quite some time. This is definitely one of the most soul shattering movie experiences and performances I've seen ” - rivetbadtz
 
6.
Gummo (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. (89 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ There's a lot of films in this vein...Kids, George Washington, Trans, Tarnation...but Gummo takes the cake. I found this to me immensely more unsettling and under the skin than most "horror films" I've seen. Especially when you find out how much of it was real people cinema verite style. ” - rivetbadtz
 
7.
Red White & Blue (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A woman attracts the attention of a psychotic former Army interrogator and an emotionally fragile young man caring for his ailing mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Simon Rumley
“ Every reviewer describes this as a "slow burn", but this implies things take awhile to get going. I think the most horrific part of the last act is the seemingly ordinary American town in the afternoon aspect of the killings. Like in American Beauty, anytown USA. Only, this happens to be forever hipster slacker gen x Austin Texas. Not near as graphic as the reviews made it out to be, however the implications implied are pretty dark. ” - rivetbadtz
 
8.
Beloved (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter. (172 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ I'd almost say this is more depressing and disturbing than Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs; definitely not a feel good movie.
The abusive slave era mixed with supernatural elements make for a pretty eff'd up experience. ” - rivetbadtz
 
9.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
 
10.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ I remember seeing this opening weekend in theaters...I remember realizing immediately this was something special. By far Fincher's most complete masterpiece, it's also by far the most thrilling and jarring film I've ever seen at the movies. A movie that looks like it could have been filmed yesterday, Se7en has no equal ” - rivetbadtz
 
11.
Visitor Q (2001 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures. (84 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
12.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled. (135 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Two decades after it's release, TP FWWM stands as Lynch's most penetrating visions. "I am the armmm....and I sound like this...." ” - rivetbadtz
 
13.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
14.
Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A portrait of the effects of schizophrenia on family life is the central focus. (94 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ This film has the distinction of being at once one of the most unsettling films I've ever seen...and one of the funniest(and not intentionally) Julien the jammin' jammer! ” - rivetbadtz
 
15.
Lost Highway (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Robert Blake in a wig...that is all. ” - rivetbadtz
 
16.
The Ring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ A rare example of where the American big budget remake is better than the original foreign film. (If only the sequels didn't suck) ” - rivetbadtz
 
17.
Caché (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
18.
Fat Girl (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday. (83 mins.)
 
19.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
20.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
21.
Blue Velvet (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
22.
It (1990 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown. (192 mins.)
 
23.
Communion (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances... (107 mins.)
Director: Philippe Mora
 
24.
Cremaster 3 (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The third film of a five-part art-installation epic -- it's part-zombie movie, part-gangster film. (182 mins.)
Director: Matthew Barney
 
25.
Fire in the Sky (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975. (109 mins.)