7 Disturbing Netflix Movies That’ll Stay With You Long After They’re Over

We all love a movie with a good twist. It’s something that leads to a collective ‘Ah!‘ within the audience among a few ‘I knew it!‘. Sometimes these twists can leave you with a smile on your face or with tears in your eyes. Sometimes you will also find yourself walking out of a movie theatre, thinking that you need a moment. If you are in the comforts of your home, you might even pause several times through these movies. Whether fictional stories or an allegory of our life on Earth, the only thing these movies have in common is that feeling in the pit of your stomach. If you have never felt this before, we have a list of disturbing movies on Netflix from which we are still recovering.


This Australian movie reels you in with promises of time travel and saving the day. It follows the journey of a temporal agent played by Ethan Hawke to go back in time and prevent a bomb blast. As he goes back each time, you see a different part of the story. And when all the pieces start coming together, you are left wondering what it is that you just saw. You are rooting for the characters but their journey is beyond what you can imagine and digest.

The Platform

This Spanish Netflix original movie was released in 2019 at Toronto International Film Festival, earning rave reviews and awards. It addresses the economic system by showing us a vertical prison system. What will stay with you long after you have watched the movie is how relevant it is and the gore-fest that it was. You can check out what we thought about it here.

A Clockwork Orange

Released in 1971, this movie by Stanley Kubrick stayed with everyone to the extent that crimes were being reported based on the film. A Clockwork Orange is a tale of lawless violence but that is not the only reason it is disturbing. The movie addresses the issue of how behavioral psychology can affect free will. This movie is not for the faint of heart.


Mother! is a gripping watch but, at the same time, an alarming one. The movie is a metaphor to Mother Earth and what we, as humans, have done to it. Jennifer Lawrence plays the titular character along with Javier Bardem.


We have seen a lot of movies about humans going up against aliens, which ensues in massive CGI fights. Annihilation is a chilling account of how aliens cannot always be seen, heard, or even understood by humans. Long after the movie is over, the effect of the Shimmer is still going to stay with you.


We have witnessed first hand what oversharing of media reports can do to the minds of citizens. Nightcrawler is one of those stories that hits a little too close to home as we watch Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) going to extreme lengths to get footage for news channels. His intent is not for the public to know the truth, but for sensationalism and money. This movie will make you question everything you see on the news now.


The movie at first seems like a standard cop duo hunting down a killer, who is played by Kevin Spacey. Based on the seven deadly sins, the killings are very disturbing in nature and might make you hit the pause button a couple of times. You will need more than a few moments to get over the end.

It is more important than ever to practice social distancing and while that is not fun for everyone, you can click on the link below for more movie recommendations. Stay home, stay safe, and keep bingeing!

Mansi Bengali: A self-confessed nerd, living to write and entertain.