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Anxiety-Induced Cinema

Films that leave you visibly shaken; masterclasses in building tension that make you truly feel anxious for whatever is happening on screen.

Suggestions welcome!

There are 53 films in this list released in the 1970s.

  • Taxi Driver
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Eraserhead
  • Suspiria
  • Wake in Fright
  • Carrie
  • Sorcerer
  • The Exorcist
  • Halloween
  • High Anxiety
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Marathon Man
  • Alien
  • Scum
  • The Sentinel
  • The Conversation
  • The Beguiled
  • 10 Rillington Place
  • Martha
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
  • In a Year with 13 Moons
  • Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  • Report to the Commissioner
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • The Youth Killer
  • The Shout
  • Deep Red
  • The Holy Mountain
  • El Topo
  • The Devil
  • Jaws
  • Scenes from a Marriage
  • Mirror
  • Chinatown
  • Autumn Sonata
  • Black Christmas
  • Cries and Whispers
  • The Devils
  • The Wicker Man
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • The Tenant
  • Hi, Mom!
  • 3 Women
  • Badlands
  • Walkabout
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Mark of the Devil
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Stepford Wives
  • Long Weekend
  • Tommy