Challenging Filmmaking

Not all films are peaches and cream, and sometimes that's intentional.

Hard to watch and hard to love. Films that promote difficult filmmaking, the kind that festers in your mind after viewing it. Whether it is disturbing, abnormal or downright confusing, it's always worth checking some of these out.

Suggestions welcome!

There are 85 thrillers in this list.

  • Under the Skin
  • Burning
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Enemy
  • The House That Jack Built
  • Perfect Blue
  • Paprika
  • Blue Velvet
  • Irreversible
  • Primer
  • Inland Empire
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Caché
  • Funny Games
  • The Prestige
  • Antichrist
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • The Handmaiden
  • Bad Education
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Blade Runner
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Frisk
  • Lost Highway
  • Vertigo
  • Elena
  • Amores Perros
  • The Salesman
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Prisoners
  • Hereditary
  • Black Swan
  • Children of Men
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Zodiac
  • The Shining
  • Godzilla
  • Memento
  • American Psycho
  • Blow-Up
  • The Passenger
  • Repulsion
  • The Tenant
  • Chinatown
  • Don't Look Now
  • Bad Timing
  • Martyrs
  • Funny Games
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Dogville
  • Starship Troopers
  • Timecrimes
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Ms .45
  • After Hours
  • Seconds
  • Deep Red
  • I Saw the Devil
  • Audition
  • Hard Candy
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Side Effects
  • Insomnia
  • Cold Fish
  • The Isle
  • Southland Tales
  • Pi
  • Cure
  • Green Room
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
  • Tokyo Fist
  • Son of Saul
  • Paradise Now
  • Elle
  • The Vanishing
  • Thoroughbreds
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • L'Argent
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • The Double Life of Véronique
  • The Double
  • Affliction