Top 100 Darkest Films at CIFF40

Ranking as computed by filmbot from descriptions listed at clevelandfilm.org.

We Monsters
Filmbot Rank

1

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Paul and Christine know their separation has devastated their 14-year-old daughter, Sarah. But enough to drive her to murder? Sarah and her girlfriend, Charlie, run into the woods after a fight. Chasi... more


How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change
Filmbot Rank

2

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Climate change is killing us. It's destroying our soil and ruining our landscape at an incredible pace. As humans, we are responsible for the damage that's being done. Ruled by greed, we've polluted o... more


From Afar
Filmbot Rank

3

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Armando roams the streets of Caracas looking for beautiful young men. Emotionally isolated by an abusive father, Armando never touches them, instead paying them to pose for his erotic fulfillment. One... more


The Ones Below
Filmbot Rank

4

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Kate and Justin are expecting their first child. They discover their strange and unseen new downstairs neighbors, Teresa and John, are also expecting a child and invite the couple to dinner. All does ... more


Scherzo Diabolico
Filmbot Rank

5

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

With nothing but cases of flavored water and potato chips, Anabela, a terrified young beauty, waits shivering in a grimy abandoned factory for her captor’s return. Beneath a skeletal mask that invokes... more


Body
Filmbot Rank

6

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

When a suicide victim he finds hanging in the park gets up and walks away, Prosecutor Janusz is unmoved. A widower whose daughter, Olga, became anorexic after her mother's death, Janusz has seen most ... more


February
Filmbot Rank

7

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton) are in different grades at a prestigious prep school for girls, where they are stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter b... more


Newtown
Filmbot Rank

8

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

On December 14, 2012, the world watched in horror as a senseless massacre unfolded at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children between the ages of six and seven were dead, as were... more


The C Word
Filmbot Rank

9

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

After being nominated for an Oscar® for producing Michael Moore's “Sicko,” filmmaker Meghan O'Hara was diagnosed with cancer. While conducting cancer research, neuroscientist David Servan-Schreiber wa... more


A Good American
Filmbot Rank

10

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

A GOOD AMERICAN has all the elements of a great action film: dangerous secrets, espionage, corruption, war. But the scary part is that it's not an action film, it's a documentary. In 2001 America was ... more


One Floor Below
Filmbot Rank

11

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Sandu Patrascu is an ordinary middle-aged man. A father to son, Matei, and a dog lover, he runs a car registration business with his wife, Olga. But Patrascu is in an unusual predicament. While return... more


Kafka's The Burrow
Filmbot Rank

12

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Franz lives in a high security, prison-like apartment complex with his wife and children. Franz senses threats gathering against him, threats that are mounting and that even his manic additional secur... more


Paulina
Filmbot Rank

13

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

With her Ph.D. nearly complete and a promising law career in Buenos Aires, Paulina is on the path to success. To the shock and dismay of her father, a prominent judge, she announces her plan to set al... more


91%
Filmbot Rank

14

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Gun violence in America has sadly become a common occurrence. According to the Center for American Progress, an average of 33,000 people are killed by guns each year. It’s gotten so bad even kids aren... more


Motley's Law
Filmbot Rank

15

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Kimberley Motley identifies with Wonder Woman. And for good reason: she is tough as nails and suffers no fools. Raised in a bad neighborhood, Kimberley fast-tracked her way to a law degree. In 2008, f... more


Here Is Harold
Filmbot Rank

16

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

For 40 years Harold and Marny have had a successful furniture store and marriage in Bergen, Norway. As illness threatens Marny, IKEA opens a store next to Harold's. Within a shockingly brief time, he ... more


Men & Chicken
Filmbot Rank

17

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Warning: If you are going to dinner before this one, you will probably want to go vegetarian. Elias, a sex addict obsessed with useless trivia, and his brother, Gabriel, a balding professor prone to p... more


Ville-Marie
Filmbot Rank

18

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

A suicide on the streets of a downtown Montréal borough unites the stories of a diverse cast of characters in Guy Édoin’s VILLE-MARIE. Witness to the tragedy, asthmatic architecture student, Thomas, m... more


Scythe
Filmbot Rank

19

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Amy and Tracy, two high school girls, reflect on their uncertain futures. After Amy decides to walk home, Tracy soon discovers that The Grim Reaper Killer, the town's most notorious serial killer, has... more


I Am Sun Mu
Filmbot Rank

20

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

I AM SUN MU introduces us to Sun Mu, a North Korean defector who originally escaped the country simply because he was starving, not to rebel against its extreme dictatorship. In fact, Sun Mu was champ... more


Deep Time
Filmbot Rank

21

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

A 2014 study found that the city of Williston, ND had the highest average rent in the U.S., besting NYC, L.A., and DC. North Dakota has become the nation’s second-largest oil producer, and with that d... more


The Adderall Diaries
Filmbot Rank

22

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Stephen Elliott (James Franco) spun his tortured youth into a wildly successful memoir THE ADDERALL DIARIES. When his publisher (Cynthia Nixon) lands him a lauded contract for a follow-up, pressure mo... more


Buried Above Ground
Filmbot Rank

23

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Soldiers returning from battle, victims of domestic abuse, and survivors of traumatic ordeals all experience different results of what they’ve been through. In the searing documentary, BURIED ABOVE GR... more


River
Filmbot Rank

24

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

John Lake is an eager American doctor, working as a volunteer in Laos. When he loses a patient, his boss forces him to take a vacation. After a night of drinks at the bar, John stumbles home to find a... more


Parabellum
Filmbot Rank

25

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

What becomes of humanity when the end of days is nigh? It finds a way to capitalize on it, of course. Lukas Valenta Rinner’s pitch black comedy and feature directorial debut introduces us to a world w... more


Traders
Filmbot Rank

26

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

“If you ever find yourself in a fight to the death, take my advice: Go for the throat,” says Harry. It’s a dog beat dog world out there after the latest financial crisis, and those who were bloodthirs... more


Tickled
Filmbot Rank

27

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

David Ferrier, an effervescent TV personality from New Zealand, happens upon a video of competitive endurance tickling—one of the more bizarre sports to arise since the explosion of the internet. Whil... more


Tell Spring Not to Come This Year
Filmbot Rank

28

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR follows a group of young soldiers in the Afghan National Army in 2014, around the time NATO troops began to withdraw from the region. With the burden now lying solely... more


Hooligan Sparrow
Filmbot Rank

29

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

We sometimes take for granted the strides that have been made for women’s rights in this country. In China, however, things are different. For example, a man who rapes a young girl can get a life sent... more


Unseen
Filmbot Rank

30

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

The 2009 arrest and subsequent trial of Anthony Sowell gripped the city of Cleveland and the nation. Having kidnapped, raped, and murdered 11 women from the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Sowell then bu... more


May 4: Our Place in History
Filmbot Rank

31

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire during an antiwar protest on the Kent State University campus. Four students were killed and an additional nine were wounded. In the year... more


The Unforgiven
Filmbot Rank

32

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dark upbeat

A cynical angel must confront his own skepticism when he battles the devil for the soul of a criminal. more


Gold Coast
Filmbot Rank

33

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

When Danish botanist Wulff Joseph Wulff set sail for Africa in 1836, he thought he was on a mission to establish a coffee plantation in what was then Danish Guinea (now Ghana). But soon after arriving... more


Follow
Filmbot Rank

34

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Starving artist, Quinn, wakes up on Christmas morning to find himself in an egregious situation. His memory of the night before is foggy at best. The last thing he can recall is exchanging gifts with ... more


The Wrong Light
Filmbot Rank

35

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

THE WRONG LIGHT begins as a positive spotlight on Mickey Choothesa and his nonprofit, the Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA), which aims to rescue young females from the deplorable sex t... more


Grounded
Filmbot Rank

36

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Evelyne has to fly to London unexpectedly to go to her mother's funeral. But, as she is about to embark, she can't find her newborn baby' ID... This is the beginning of a long day's struggle, as gruel... more


Oriented
Filmbot Rank

37

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Life is not just an ideology. When you are Palestinian and gay in Tel Aviv, however, ideologies can be fierce. This full-immersion documentary follows three young men living and loving in the middle o... more


The Here After
Filmbot Rank

38

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

John did a bad, bad thing. Though it takes a long time to assemble the story, we know it is something evil enough to influence an entire town. Even to make everyone hate him with every fiber of their ... more


Indian Point
Filmbot Rank

39

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Just 25 miles north of New York City is a nuclear power plant called Indian Point Energy Center. It was designed in the 1950s, shortly after President Dwight Eisenhower called for peaceful uses of nuc... more


Daddy Don't Go
Filmbot Rank

40

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Experience the struggles of four disadvantaged fathers trying to raise children on their own in New York City: Nelson, a former gang member, fighting the stigma of being a stay-at-home dad while his g... more


Enemies Within
Filmbot Rank

41

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

In the 90's, during the algerian civil war, terrorism reaches France. Two men. Two identities. One fight. more


Aftermath
Filmbot Rank

42

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

The Veteran suicide rate in America is staggering. This short film is a mere glimpse at the struggle of an American Veteran of War. more


Violet
Filmbot Rank

43

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Violet is the dark, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection. Tired of the abuse, Violet?s reflection decides she?s not going to take it anymore? more


Babai
Filmbot Rank

44

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Gezim and his ten-year-old son, Nori, are struggling to make a living in Kosovo in the mid-90s. In their domineering uncle’s home, Gezim and Nori witness the brutality of their uncle towards other fam... more


Beyond Laughter & Tears: A Journey of Hope
Filmbot Rank

45

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

PseudoBulbar Affect, or PBA, is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable outbursts of laughter or crying. It occurs in people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or strokes, or who ha... more


Office
Filmbot Rank

46

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

You’re late for work. In addition to your boss being upset, something is wrong… the police are standing at the cubicle next to yours. You hear them mention something about a murder. Your coworker lean... more


Desert Migration
Filmbot Rank

47

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Meet the Lazarus Men—the gay men who survived the Dark Ages of the AIDS epidemic into the New Era of protease inhibitors and life-extending cocktails. These are the men who never expected to see old o... more


Cecilia
Filmbot Rank

48

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

The ugly horrors of child trafficking are examined in Pankaj Johar’s enlightening documentary CECILIA. Johar and his wife, Sunaina, live in New Delhi. When their maid, Cecilia, learns her 14-year-old ... more


Bunny the Killer Thing
Filmbot Rank

49

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

If you take the campiest of the campy 80s horror films, mix in a little bit of the idea that a production assistant in a lizard costume could pass for Godzilla, throw in some “Suicide Kings,” and top ... more


Returning Home
Filmbot Rank

50

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Fredrik and Oskar are anxious because this is the day their father, Einar, has returned to rural Norway, fresh from a tour with the national army in Afghanistan. Almost immediately Einar criticizes Fr... more


Fragile Storm
Filmbot Rank

51

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

A scared young woman goes to extreme measures to escape the clutches of a terrifying older man only to realize the shocking and heartbreaking truth about who she is and why she's really there. more


Twisted
Filmbot Rank

52

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

School reunions are strange for anyone, but especially our socially awkward hero. When the girl of his Middle School dreams makes her appearance known, he will stop at nothing to win her over...even i... more


Ma Ma
Filmbot Rank

53

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Penélope Cruz delivers one of her best and most heartfelt performances in this emotional drama about a woman confronting illness, the end of her marriage, and the future of her family. Cruz stars as M... more


"Part 1 Mountain Jane Doe" from The Dead Unknown
Filmbot Rank

54

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

In 1969 a young woman was found dead off a remote mountain trail in Harlan, Kentucky, with stab wounds to the chest; her identity was a mystery. more


Why Me?
Filmbot Rank

55

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

WHY ME? is a fictionalized account of Romanian prosecutor, Christian Panait, whose real-life story earned heavy media coverage following his suicide in 2002. In the film, his last name has been change... more


Miles Ahead
Filmbot Rank

56

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of the 20th century’s musical creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career-defining performance by Don Chea... more


My Enemy, My Brother
Filmbot Rank

57

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Zahed and Najah are two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq War who become blood brothers for life. 25 years after one saves the other's life on the battlefield, they meet again by sheer chance in Canad... more


The 4th
Filmbot Rank

58

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Jamie’s afternoon should be easy—he needs to pick up the lighter fluid he left behind at the store and make it back in time for the cookout. But it’s a long way to the store… maybe he can borrow his r... more


A Beginner's Guide to Snuff
Filmbot Rank

59

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Los Angeles is a dreamer’s paradise, where people with visions of stardom flock to follow in the footsteps of matinee idols. But, if you want to make it in a savage town like L.A., you need that kille... more


In Memory
Filmbot Rank

60

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

In Memory tells the story of a community's digital journey through the life, death and remembering of PlainWhite Tom, a Chicago street performer who tragically took his life on January 1, 2013. more


Sisters: A Mobile VR Ghost Story
Filmbot Rank

61

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Be careful where you look because someone—or something—doesn't want you here! Otherworld Interactive presents their popular horror franchise that transports the viewer inside a chilling animated haunt... more


Atomic Falafel
Filmbot Rank

62

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

A nuclear showdown between Israel and Iran would not normally score high on the laugh-riot meter. But writer-director Dror Shaul manages to raise the weighty premise to high levels of absurdity in his... more


1944
Filmbot Rank

63

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Staring death in the face with bombs and bullets flying is an occupational hazard for a soldier. But it helps to know who, or what, you are fighting for. In the summer and fall of 1944, Estonians were... more


Enclave
Filmbot Rank

64

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Nenad rides to school in an armored tank, traveling from his Serbian enclave into hostile Albanian territory. He has no friends his age; only his dying grandfather and an elderly priest awaiting a new... more


Love is a Sting
Filmbot Rank

65

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

At his lowest point, struggling children's book writer Harold Finch gains an unexpected house guest in the form of an ageing, hyper-intelligent mosquito named Anabel. Anabel has literally been the fly... more


Mandala
Filmbot Rank

66

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

After losing her lover to suicide, a young artist tries to overcome her grief by succumbing to a mysterious request by a Tibetan monk. more


Escape (Die Flucht)
Filmbot Rank

67

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Die Flucht follows the story of a lonely figurine, traveling on a fixed track, trying to catch a red balloon. When the machine breaks down, the boy comes to life, and attempts to finish the cycle he w... more


Love Is All You Need?
Filmbot Rank

68

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

What if the social norms of our world were turned upside down—the “acceptable” ideas about gender and sexuality completely reversed? This is the premise of K. Rocco Shields' film, LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED... more


The Autumn of Zao
Filmbot Rank

69

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Zao is a little boy with an incurable disease, in a house beside a lake. A little girl, Cloe, leads through the forest and tells him the legend of the lake monster. Beyond the pain, death and time, Th... more


Demimonde
Filmbot Rank

70

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Set in 1910s Budapest, DEMIMONDE tells the scandalous story of Elza Magnas, a wealthy prostitute tangled in a messy web of lust. Her incredibly rich boyfriend, Max, keeps their relationship a secret, ... more


Blight
Filmbot Rank

71

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

A young priest is sent to battle dark supernatural forces threatening a remote Island community. more


Sophie
Filmbot Rank

72

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

In “Sophie,” the protagonist is abandoned by her mother and forced to come to terms with both her new life and her grandmother in this poignant tale of a crucial moment in a young girl’s life. more


Endorphine
Filmbot Rank

73

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

What if linear time is an illusion? As a young girl, Simone witnesses the jarring murder of her mother in an industrial stairwell. Twenty years later and now in her early thirties, Simone is haunted b... more


Five Nights in Maine
Filmbot Rank

74

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

The fabulous David Oyelowo (“Selma”) stars in this sorrow-laden drama about a man overwhelmed by grief. His wife, Fiona, is killed in a car accident and his world quickly turns dark. Oyelowo’s Sherwin... more


Lace Crater
Filmbot Rank

75

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Escaping the stress and bustle of the city for the weekend, Ruth accompanies her friends to an expansive vacation home in the Hamptons. As they’re divvying up sleeping arrangements for the night, Ruth... more


Louder Than Bombs
Filmbot Rank

76

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Gene Reed (Gabriel Byrne) is an aging high-school teacher who, while grappling with the sudden death of his photojournalist wife Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert), is also experiencing difficulties connecti... more


Thank You For Playing
Filmbot Rank

77

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

When Ryan Green’s one-year-old son, Joel, was diagnosed with cancer, doctors said he had four months to live. The unfathomable news hit Green and his family hard. Instead of living each day burdened b... more


"I Love You" from This American Life Videos 4 U
Filmbot Rank

78

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Maia and her boyfriend have been dating for eight years, but they've never said "I love you." For Valentine's Day, This American Life helped Maia make a video to finally say those words. more


Stutterer
Filmbot Rank

79

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Winner of the Oscar for Best-Live Action Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards, STUTTERER is tht story of a lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice who must face ... more


Plein Soleil
Filmbot Rank

80

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Under the leaden sky of a summer day, Eric is driving to his workplace to present an important project. But the stress makes him forget what matters the most... more


Home at Dawn
Filmbot Rank

81

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Fredy Guardia is a 75-year-old fisherman and poet. For six decades, he has taken his boat out on the ocean near Lima, Peru, to bring home the daily catch—to Sonia, his wife and partner in one of the c... more


A Way Out
Filmbot Rank

82

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

For aging gangster Vic, a ride with his upstart protege becomes a twisted game of cat and mouse when each killer discovers the other has been keeping a deadly secret. more


Mothers
Filmbot Rank

83

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dark upbeat

An Iranian mother must decide whether to end or spare the life of her son's killer. more


Watch Out
Filmbot Rank

84

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dark upbeat

Trapped in a snowbound home, a young woman confronts an unexpected intruder. more


From the Ground Up: Grassroots Against Cancer
Filmbot Rank

85

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

The death of 7-year old Maria McNamara inspired the inception of Prayers From Maria, a grassroots organization leading the charge against childhood brain tumors and raising awareness of this tragic di... more


Edit>Undo
Filmbot Rank

86

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

A random online stranger lures Bill to a dating website in an attempt to be flirtatious. However, Bill finds his girlfriend's profile on the same website. She's searching for other men behind his back... more


Minimum Wage
Filmbot Rank

87

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Walking home from a horrible night of work, Kit takes a chance when a stranger mistakes her cocktail uniform for that of a prostitute. more


Pale Blue
Filmbot Rank

88

Filmbot rating:   Very Dark
(strong noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Pale Blue is an unsettling psychological drama taking us through Ally’s fragile mental state as she struggles to adjust to a difficult pregnancy, while a routine ultrasound appointment reveals an even... more


Too Late
Filmbot Rank

89

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Private investigator Mel Sampson (Academy Award® nominee John Hawkes) is tasked with tracking down the whereabouts of a missing woman from his own past. With this familiar setup, TOO LATE takes the sp... more


The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith
Filmbot Rank

90

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Once upon a time in New York City, in a dilapidated loft with no heat on 6th Ave., a magical space appeared. It started with a musician and soon became the place to gather, crash, get high, and jam. I... more


Bricks
Filmbot Rank

91

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

When a stockbroker hires a rough builder to renovate the wine cellar beneath his country home, the two men fall out with violent consequences. A modern retelling of Gothic classic “The Cask of more


The Answers
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92

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
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Upon his death a man gets answers to every question he's ever had -- and some he never asked. more


Catatonic
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93

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
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An immersive VR journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. more


Good Luck Soup Interactive
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94

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
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A transmedia documentary project on the journey of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians before, during, and after World War II. more


The Interpreter
Filmbot Rank

95

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A former interpreter and refugee from the Iraqi war settles his family in the U.S. more


The Bad Boy of Bowling
Filmbot Rank

96

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
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THE BAD BOY OF BOWLING is the story of Pete Weber, the self-declared ‘bad boy of bowling’ and the first rock star of the sport. When Pete won the 2012 U.S. Open Tournament, the world saw him go crazy ... more


Taste of Life
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97

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A mother visits the site where her son was killed only to discover his spirit, unable to move to the afterlife. more


Little Sticker
Filmbot Rank

98

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
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A couple responds to a traumatic event in very different ways that lead to deep division and ultimately reconciliation. more


Sworn Virgin
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99

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
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Identity and gender issues abound in Laura Bispuri’s SWORN VIRGIN. But this intriguing drama is hardly your typical film about sexuality. Hana grew up in the mountains of Northern Albania. To avoid an... more


Speed Sisters
Filmbot Rank

100

Filmbot rating:   Dark
(mild noir, thrilling, or disturbing plot elements)
dark upbeat

Even in America, women race car drivers are faced with adversity. The sport is mostly seen as a boys' club, which has led to accusations of sexism—Richard Petty famously received criticism for inappro... more