12 Movies You Must Watch if You Love ‘Requiem For A Dream’

Darren Aronofsky is, in a way or another, a genius of cinematic storytelling. He chooses his themes and characters with care and delicacy, only to throw them into disturbing, dark and controversial situations to provoke the audience’s psychological. In “Requiem For A Dream”, he analyses the nature and extent of obsession and dependency, and through a couple and a lonely mother who drown their fears and disappointments into drugs, he gives the world an incredibly unique psychological drama never seen before.

The fast short cut montages, the split-screens, the long tracking shots and the intense close-ups contribute to the concrete style of this film which enhances the chaos, hallucination and isolation of the character’s lives. If you have the guts to dive into this complicated world, here’s a list of movies similar to Requiem For A Dream that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Requiem For A Dream on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.


12. The Butterfly Effect  (2004)

This movie is an interesting and intriguing psychological thriller that takes a little science-fiction into its story to make the imaginary become possible. It tell us that to change the past, one must sacrifice aspects of it, and that with every action comes a consequence.  Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) has suffered from various traumas during his childhood that have made him frequently black out during the years. At 20 years of age, he discovers the ability to travel back in time through his teenage diaries and decides to attempt giving himself and his friends a better present, by changing the events of the past. However, he soon realises that the alternate futures are simply burying everybody into worse situations.


11. Thirteen (2003)

This coming-of-age drama depicts the rebellious outbursts of adolescence in a raw, violent and exposing way. The danger of being a teenage girl wanting to grow up too fast and belong to a certain type of reputation is taken as a central subject in this story, written in 6 days by the director Catherine Hardwicke and Nikki Reed, who would become the character of Evie Zamora. Based on the events of her teenage hood (which she was still in, considering she was 14/15 during the shooting), it narrates the story of 13-year-old Tracy Freeland (Evan Rachel Wood) who decides to abandon being a smart and behaved student to a life of being best friends with the popular girl and a world of drugs, misconduct, sex and self-harm.


10. Kids (1995)

When the worst comes out of rebellious teenage hood, you’ve got a movie like “Kids”, directed by Larry Clark and starring a bunch of young actors in their film debut. It created controversy, mixed opinions coming from critics and a whole lot of debate at its release. However, after all that, here it is tall and strong, alerting the world on the serious dangers these kids are facing, not only because of the drugs and inappropriate behaviour, but especially because of the risks and consequences of HIV. Set in New York, it follows a group of teens skating around the streets of the city, drinking, smoking and recklessly engaging in unprotected sex.


9. Girl, Interrupted (1999)


One of Angelina Jolie’s top performances so far is found in this incredible film, directed by James Mangold. For it, she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. It stars Winona Ryder in the lead role (which she performs with utter excellence) alongside Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss and others. “Girl, Interrupted” tells the story of 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen and her stay at a psychiatric hospital after having supposedly tried to commit suicide upon a nervous breakdown. Living in between these new four walls, she meets a handful of mentally ill women who change her perception of things when she discovers the beauty and misery behind each character’s stories. Based on the memoir of real Susanna Kaysen, it will leave you speechless and in awe for its excellent execution and touching subject.


8. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004)

In order to explore the memory and the intricate complexity of love, “Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind” was created and has become a cinematic masterpiece of the century. Starring Jim Carey and Kate Winslet in the leading roles, it takes a look at the ups and downs of a relationship, the poetic intimacy and human distancing in it. Beautifully written and flawlessly executed, it’s a story where love seems to be like a drug that can heal you or kill you. Although a romance and science-fiction, this drama also adds to its category components of psychological thrillers and through its unconventional structure and use of nonlinear narrative, becomes a movie that one can find hard to define. It follows the story of Joel and Clementine, two contrasting personalities, who after a 2-year-long relationship, erase one another from their memories, only to find each other as strangers once more.


7. Clean (2004)

While some of the drug-addicted characters in “Requiem For A Dream” realise how far down they’ve sunken, they simply aren’t able to reach the surface again and remain further away from independency than Emily Wang, this movie’s main character. Nevertheless, she too suffers from drug addiction that ruins her life and that catapults her into a broken state. Starring Maggie Cheung, we’re given a film about a woman living in a tumultuous unhealthy relationship with a musician, with whom she has a son. After the father abruptly dies of overdose, she finds herself imprisoned for drug possession and sees her son disappearing into the care of her parents-in-law. In order to get her life back, she must get clean.

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