Highest-Rated Movies about 'Shocking', Sort by Popularity


The Wailing (2016), Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017), On the Bowery (1956), Bigger, Stronger, Faster (2008), The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993), The Shadow of Violence (2019), Don't Kill It (2016), King Leopold's Ghost (2006) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Shocking movies.


The Wailing (2016)

Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a mysterious stranger (Kunimura Jun).

villager, stranger, murderer, serial killer, suspenseful, thrilling, tense

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Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017)

In the 15th century, a young goatherd living alone in a mountain hut feels a dark presence in the woods.

young woman, mother, dead person, witch, child, friend, suspenseful

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On the Bowery (1956)

Filmmaker Lionel Rogosin turns his camera on the homeless "bums" who frequent New York City's Bowery area.

homeless person, thief, bum, alcoholic, disheartening, shocking, powerful

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Bigger, Stronger, Faster (2008)

Filmmaker Christopher Bell examines the use of steroids among professional athletes, including his own two brothers.

filmmaker, brother, athlete, congressman, physician, coach, shocking

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The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993)

Ray Müller directs this extensive documentary on the life of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Created at the behest of Riefenstahl, the film honestly delves into her association with Hitler and the extent to which she knows of the Nazi Party's entire strategy. It also gives a fuller picture of Riefenstahl's life, discussing her ascent from dancer to documentary filmmaker, as well as her post-Nazi work, which includes nature filmmaking and photography.

filmmaker, adolf hitler, photographer, actress, nazi, fascinating, powerful

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The Shadow of Violence (2019)

A former boxer cares for his autistic son while working as an enforcer for a family of drug dealers in rural Ireland.

crime boss, enforcer, father, boxer, brooding, disheartening, dark

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Don't Kill It (2016)

A grizzled demon hunter (Dolph Lundgren) joins forces with a reluctant FBI agent (Kristina Klebe) to battle an ancient evil that can possess whoever kills it.

murderer, bounty hunter, demon, priest, police chief, fbi agent, brutal

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King Leopold's Ghost (2006)

Filmmakers Pippa Scott and Oreet Rees document the exploitation of the Congo by Belgium's King Leopold II.

tyrant, slave, explorer, historian, soldier, brutal, frenetic

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End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock (2021)

Indigenous women unite to stop the oil pipeline that threatens their land, water, and very existence.

construction worker, woman, protester, tense, moving, shocking, protest

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The Wide Blue Road (1956)

A provincial fisherman (Yves Montand) angers other villagers by using dynamite illegally to expedite his catch.

adult, family, guard, fisherman, touching, melodramatic, shocking

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The Weather Underground (2003)

In 1969 a splinter group of radical students takes up explosives in a violent attempt to overthrow the U.S. government.

radical, activist, lyndon baines johnson, richard nixon, martin luther king jr., intense, shocking

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Licensed to Kill (1997)

Filmmaker Arthur Dong interviews men who were imprisoned for slaying gays. Dong, who was physically attacked because of his own sexuality in the 1970s, tries to ascertain the convicts' motives and learn why they would commit such heinous crimes.

prisoner, military officer, christian, thief, homosexual, documentarian, disheartening

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A Short Film About Killing (1988)

A young lawyer (Krzysztof Globisz) in Warsaw represents a drifter (Mirosław Baka) who killed a malicious cabdriver (Jan Tesarz).

troubled youth, taxi driver, defense attorney, girl, wife, judge, brutal

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Death Line (1972)

A police inspector (Donald Pleasence) discovers that descendants of survivors of a cave-in in the early 1900s are eating London subway riders.

government official, passenger, survivor, gory, frightening, frenetic, shocking

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I'm Not Scared (2003)

In a small town in Italy in 1978, 9-year-old Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano) finds Fillipo (Mattia Di Perro), seemingly dead in a deep hole in the ground, while on a bike ride with friends. Terrified of what he has seen, Michele decides not to tell his father. After returning to the scene, Michele discovers that Fillipo is still alive and bound by a chain. Michele continues to keep his secret as he makes several visits to Fillipo, who has no memory of the events leading up to his captivity.

boy, abductee, father, bad guy, disturbing, sad, shocking

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Darwin's Nightmare (2004)

Hubert Sauper's Oscar-nominated documentary about the Nile perch, a species introduced into Lake Victoria as an experiment in the sixties. Since then, the fish has not only wiped out the lake's other marine life, but also has a tendency to consume its own young. Unfortunately, the Nile perch is also the region's most profitable export. Everyone with a stake in the market downplays the ecological disaster.

african, foreigner, businessman, fisherman, shocking, fascinating, sad

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Kiss of Evil (1963)

A professor (Clifford Evans) in black rescues stranded 1910 newlyweds from a Bavarian doctor's (Noel Willman) vampire villa.

newlywed, couple, family, cult leader, cult member, melodramatic, suspenseful

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Sid & Nancy (1986)

Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) of the punk-rock Sex Pistols self-destructs with girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb).

bassist, singer, girlfriend, drug addict, manager, amusing, shocking

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Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)

Filmmaker William Gazecki chronicles the fiery 1993 standoff between federal agents and David Koresh's Branch Davidian sect.

narrator, cult member, government official, shocking, intense, profound, waco, texas

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Long Weekend (1978)

Nature closes in on an Australian couple (John Hargreaves, Briony Behets) who try to save their marriage with an outdoor weekend.

man, wife, dog, husband, shocking, eerie, campy

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The Power of Nightmares (2004)

Filmmaker Adam Curtis proposes that many politicians and others in power now control populations by instilling a sense of terror instead of promoting a sense of well-being.

philosopher, engineer, civil servant, rousing, passionate, shocking, disheartening

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Sybil (1976)

This tale of child abuse and and its deep psychological scars, based on a true story, follows Sybil (Sally Field), an introverted student living alone in New York City who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Haunted by nightmares of her past, Sybil starts seeing a psychiatrist named Dr. Cornelia B. Wilbur (Joanne Woodward). When Dr. Wilbur discovers Sybil has over a dozen different personalities, she becomes obsessed with uncovering her patient's tortured childhood in order to heal her.

student, psychiatrist, mother, doctor, sad, intense, shocking

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Ex-convict Henry (Michael Rooker) gets close to the sister (Tracy Arnold) of the prison buddy (Tom Towles) he teaches how to serial kill.

prostitute, sister, victim, partner, serial killer, disturbing, shocking

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Shoah (1985)

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

victim, survivor, nazi, bystander, guard, brooding, shocking

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The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

Chance encounters lead to a man who sells postcards, to a sniper, to monks playing poker and to guests at a dinner party.

aunt, father, nurse, prefect, police officers, monks, disturbing

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The Thing (1982)

Antarctic outpost men (Kurt Russell, A. Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter) fight a slimy alien able to assume the form of life it engulfs.

monster, doctor, dog, scientist, pilot, creepy, shocking

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Se7en (1995)

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

police officer, detective, serial killer, wife, police chief, dark, suspenseful

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For Sama (2019)

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

mother, husband, daughter, survivor, documentarian, doctor, inspiring

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Hidden Agenda (1990)

In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner (Frances McDormand) and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif), struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in the streets, Jessner teams up with Peter Kerrigan (Brian Cox), a British investigator acting against the will of his own government, and struggles to uncover a conspiracy that may even implicate one of Kerrigan's colleagues.

activist, detective, terrorist, lawyer, government official, partner, suspenseful

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Joker (2019)

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

comedian, loner, depressed person, therapist, neighbor, love interest, bleak

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