Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Written by: Hubert Selby Jr. and Darren Aronofsky
Based on: Requiem for a Dream (1978) by Hubert Selby Jr.
Why it’s better: Like all of Darren Aronofsky’s films, Requiem for a Dream contains haunting imagery that sticks with you long after you’ve finished watching. But this one is especially, relentlessly brutal. While the novel is similarly stark and upsetting, the movie manages to unnerve and unsettle in a way that only film can.