Top 50 Films that Scared & Disturbed Me the Most

Latest update: November 2021 | Adrian Țofei

These are the films that scared and/or disturbed me the most from childhood till recently, of all genres. Some I liked, some I didn’t, and some I couldn’t finish. Colored green are the newly-added films and those that climbed in the top at the latest updates. Check out my other film lists as well!

Top 10 Ranked:

  1. Various videos of real killings & accidents (some traumatised me & I regret watching, please inform yourself on the risks of PTSD before deciding to watch genuine gore & violence on shock sites, a moment of morbid curiosity can cost you years of trauma)
  2. The Haunting (1963, Robert Wise)
  3. Earthlings (2005 documentary, Shaun Monson)
  4. Africa Addio (1966 documentary, Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi)
  5. The Last House on the Left (1972, Wes Craven)
  6. Trust (2010, David Schwimmer)
  7. Happy Tree Friends: Eye Candy + Out on a Limb (2002/2003 animated shorts, Rhode Montijo / Kenn Navarro)
  8. The Girl Next Door (2007, Gregory Wilson)
  9. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014, Christopher Landon)
  10. The Wicker Man (1973, Robin Hardy)

Top 50 from Newest to Oldest:

  • Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (2021 mini-series, Joe Berlinger)
  • Death of a Vlogger (2019, Graham Hughes)
  • Doctor Sleep (2019, Mike Flanagan)
  • The Irishman (2019, Martin Scorsese)
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017, Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • Mudbound (2017, Dee Rees)
  • Backcountry (2014, Adam MacDonald)
  • The Act of Killing (2012 documentary, Joshua Oppenheimer)
  • The Imposter (2012 documentary, Bart Layton)
  • Sinister (2012, Scott Derrickson)
  • Absentia (2011, Mike Flanagan)
  • Killer Joe (2011, William Friedkin) 
  • Snowtown / The Snowtown Murders (2011, Justin Kurzel)
  • 7 Days (2010, Daniel Grou)
  • Frozen (2010, Adam Green)
  • Le jeu de la mort (2010 documentary replicating the Milgram experiment) + Compliance (2012, Craig Zobel)
  • Antichrist (2009, Lars von Trier)
  • The Children (2008, Tom Shankland)
  • Eden Lake (2008, James Watkins)
  • Zodiac (2007, David Fincher) [Lake Berryessa sequence]
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004, Terry George) + Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda (2004 documentary episode)
  • The Magdalene Sisters (2002, Peter Mullan) 
  • The Ring (2002, Gore Verbinski)
  • Ichi the Killer (2001, Takashi Miike)
  • In the Bedroom (2001, Todd Field) [the ending]
  • Banned from Television (1998 documentary, Joe Francis)
  • Escape from Sobibor (1987, Jack Gold)
  • The Name of the Rose (1986, Jean-Jacques Annaud)
  • Tenebre (1982, Dario Argento)
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Ruggero Deodato) [the animal scenes]
  • Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg) [scared me as a child]
  • Hearts and Minds (1974 documentary, Peter Davis)
  • Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace (1972 documentary short, Geraldo Rivera)
  • A Bay of Blood (1971, Mario Bava)
  • Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963 short video, Abraham Zapruder)
  • Candid Camera: Face the Rear (elevator segment) (1962 documentary episode replicating the Asch conformity experiment)
  • The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder (1960 episode, Rod Serling)
  • Blood of the Beasts (1949 documentary short, Georges Franju)
  • Forbidden Games (1952, Rene Clement) [the ending]