Sure, movies are entertaining, but every now and then a few come along that stick to you. They’re with you for days and for some reason or another, they’ve got you right on edge. We could have made this list 100 titles long, but we’ve limited it to 10 from the past five years for now. Check them out, and let us know on Facebook if any of your favourites made the list, and which ones we missed.
1. Under the Skin (2013)
A bleak, slow-burning sci-fi with all the hallmarks of a classic Kubrick. Under the Skin will slowly unzip your skull and scoop out your brain — and you’ll be mesmerised the entire time.
Plot: Scarlett Johannson plays a mysterious and seductive stranger, who travels around a quieted Scotland luring young men into her Transit. Trust us, it’s freakier than it sounds.
2. Enemy (2013)
Weird: You see your exact double in a movie. Weirder: He lives near you. Weirdest: You wife-swap with him.
Plot: Jake Gyllenhaal goes searching for an actor in a B-movie who looks just like him. The union is not a happy one.
3. Ex Machina (2015)
When you’re invited to a remote valley retreat by your billionaire boss, to spend the week interacting with a beautiful robot lady who seems to fall in love with you, assume there’s a catch.
Plot: A tech employee is invited to spend the week testing the humanity of the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence, a young woman named Ava. It starts off tense, and only gets tenser. Expect foul play.
4. Foxcatcher (2014)
Steve Carrell as millionaire John E. du Pont, in the incredible true story of Olympic wrestling duo the Schultz brothers. Wrestling, eccentric millionaires, murder; sometimes life is way weirder than fiction.
Plot: Wrestlers Mark and David Schultx train for the 1988 Olympic Games, under the dubious coaching of eccentric millionaire and founder of Team Foxcatcher, John E. du Pont.
5. Selma (2014)
One of the most accurate and dramatic chronicles of Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for civil rights in America.
Plot: An accurate portrayal of King’s mission to secure equal rights for African Americans.
6. Lincoln (2012)
If ever an actor became the person they were portraying on screen, it was Daniel Day-Lewis as 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln. Worth a watch just for his performance alone.
Plot: A snapshot of some of President Lincoln’s most turbulent years, including the Civil War and the abolition of slavery.
7. Trumbo (2015)
Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston goes full drama again, playing communist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. An epic performance with some pretty heavy themes.
Plot: Trumbo penned some of early Hollywood’s most iconic movies, until he was jailed, along with others, for his political beliefs. Based on a true story.
8. Spotlight (2015)
When the church runs essentially everything right up to the judge’s seat, bringing down one of the most scandalous rings of corruption religion has ever known is going to require serious balls.
Plot: An all-star cast tells the true story of how The Boston Globe newspaper brought down the city’s pedophile network of catholic priests.
9. The Babadook (2014)
It’s hard to find a legitimately scary movie these days. In fact, we’re going all the way to Australia to find one. “Don’t let him in! Don’t let him in!”
Plot: A nerve-wrecked woman and her young son are terrorised by a force known as the Babadook, which appears in a children’s book following the death of the boy’s father.
10. It Follows (2014)
If you’re a horror fan, you dream of movies like this, and when they come along, you drink them down until you’re completely saturated. It Follows is a work of art, and deeply unsettling.
Plot: It passes via sexual contact, and once you have it, it will follow you until you pass it along to someone else. What is It? Death, of course.
BONUS. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
J J Abrams, he of Cloverfield, Super 8, Star Wars and Star Trek fame, lends a hand to first-time-director Dan Trachtenberg in a spiritual sequel to Cloverfield. John Goodman gives a creepy performance as a guy convinced there’s something terrible outside his underground bunker. He’s also kidnapped a young woman.