One of the many things I absolutely love about cinema is its ability to document the dark realities of human lives and society while being unconditionally non-judgmental in its approach. As human beings, we tend to hate things that are morally preachy and have a morbid fascination to explore lives soaked in darkness and misery. And cinema has produced countless movies that explore such precarious lives of human beings and has intrigued, baffled and disturbed viewers due to its sheer profoundness. The list I am going to present here features films that explore human darkness and evil. As a result, these films, unsurprisingly received R-rating. It should also be noted that the films here may include from a wide range of genres that focus on dark human minds at its core. Here is the list of top r-rated movies ever.
1. Persona (1966)
Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 masterpiece is the ultimate epitome of darkness. It is difficult to add a film like ‘Persona’ in any genre-based lists because of the sheer depths and ambiguities of the themes dealt in the film. ‘Persona’ is a film that is open to numerous interpretations and is still widely discussed, debated and analyzed by critics, scholars and cinefreaks across the world. The film tells the story of two women, a nurse and her mute patient and the eerie bonding of their strange personas. The film explores human identity, blurs and shakes our perceptions of dreams and reality and plunges into the deepest and darkest aspects of the complex human psyche and the bizarre fantasies that encompass it. ‘Persona’ is a profoundly intimate and personal experience and is a pure piece of cinematic poetry.
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2. The Shining (1980)
A list covering films that explore human darkness would seem ridiculous without Stanley Kubrick’s name coming up. Kubrick’s venture into horror was unlike any other. ‘The Shining’ isn’t really the traditional horror film that we’re so accustomed to seeing. There are no jump scares or flashy sound effects. But it affects you profoundly on a psychological level, unnerving and disturbing in ways you haven’t been before. Adapted from Stephen King’s 1977 novel, ‘The Shining tells the story of Jack Torrance who arrives at a chilling, mysterious hotel with his family to be interviewed for the position of winter caretaker. Jack slowly loses control of his mind as he sinks deep into the horrifying depths of unimaginable darkness. ‘The Shining’ explores the dark sides of masculinity and indolence as the devil embraces Torrance’s soul, wiping away the slightest tinges of humanity.