20 interesting films with a special atmosphere

A planet that brings death to the Earth, or a couple in love dancing in a night city, can be so attractive that you can’t take your eyes off. Thrillers, musicals, comedies and dramas, full of real artistic magic, can instantly take the viewer to another time and space. If you want to go on a journey through different stories and destinies, then our selection of the most atmospheric films is just what you need.

Last duel (2021)

Upon returning from the war, the Norman knight finds out that his beloved wife was raped by his best friend Jacques Le Gris. Serious allies are found in the scoundrel, no one believes the words of the woman. The hero decides to seek help from the king. After reviewing all the evidence, the monarch decides that the incident must be resolved by a duel. Several lives depend on the outcome of the battle. And if her husband is defeated, the victim will be executed for false accusations.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
The Last Duel

Genre:  
History, drama

Actors:  
Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer …

Country:  
USA, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Land of the Nomads (2020)

The next novelty of the cinema is a beautiful atmospheric film that immerses the viewer in the realities of American reality, shown from a not very popular and disadvantageous angle. In the center of the plot are people who have chosen the road as their home. Among them is 60-year-old Fern. The woman was left on the sidelines of life, losing her job, husband and home. The heroine gets into the van and becomes a nomad. Along the way, Fern meets others like her, earns money wherever she can, and tries to stay strong no matter what.

Original title:  
Nomadland

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Francis McDormand, Gay DeForest, Patricia Grir …

Country:  
USA, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (2019)

The magnificent atmospheric film is based on real events mixed with the directorial fantasies of Quentin Tarantino . The action of the tragicomedy revolves around the crazy life of Hollywood at the turn of the 60s and 70s. Once a popular western actor , now a forgotten star, Rick Dalton is trying to get back into the movie business. The same is done by his faithful assistant, comrade and understudy Cliff.

Original title:  
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Al Pacino…

Country:  
USA, UK, China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:  
18+


Joker (2019)

The list of the best atmospheric films of recent years will continue with a cool film with a high rating, which will tell about the formation of the legendary DC comics villain. Arthur Fleck is a mentally ill man suffering from bouts of uncontrollable laughter. He works as a clown , but is depressed, lonely and on a lot of drugs. In addition, he takes care of his sick mother , regularly endures humiliation, beatings and deprivation. For a long time, all this accumulated in Arthur, until it exploded, making him the villain of the Joker.

Original title:  
Joker

Genre:  
Drama, crime, thriller

Actors:  
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Bitz…

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Ecstasy (2018)

After long rehearsals for a large-scale production, the dance troupe arranges a private party in a gloomy bunker remote from prying eyes . Everyone is having fun, flirting, dancing and drinking. However, someone mixed narcotic substances into alcoholic beverages . The atmosphere of chaos heats up, and the party quickly turns into crazy psychedelic dances and anarchy full of violence.

Original title:  
Climax

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Suheila Yacoub …

Country:  
France, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:  
18+


The Greatest Showman (2017)

The top atmospheric films will continue with a foreign motivating drama in the musical genre. The film is based on the biography of showman Phineas Taylor Barnum, who created an unusual circus . Despite the fact that a man from a poor family became an orphan early , he did not lose his vivid imagination, which allows him to dream and believe in success. When everything was really bad in his business , he started a new business, where he united outcast people, freaks who had been hiding all their lives, making real stars out of them.

Original title:  
The Greatest Showman

Genre:  
Drama, biography, musical

Actors:  
Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


Victoria and Abdul (2017)

A costumed historical film filled with the atmosphere of Victorian England tells the story of the friendship between the aged Queen Victoria and the Muslim Abdul Karim. The news of the unusual favorite alarmed all the nobility in the UK. But despite the discontent of the children and the whisperings of the courtiers, class and racial prejudices , Victoria continued to give her friend titles, share secrets and endlessly trust him.

Original title:  
Victoria & Abdul

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:  
Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith…

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
12+


Health Cure (2017)

An interesting film with a special frightening atmosphere will continue our selection – a mix of fantastic thriller, detective and horror . A young employee of the company is sent on a business trip to Switzerland to pick up the boss from the wellness center. Upon arrival, the hero meets the staff and the mysterious head of the sanatorium. People within the walls of the institution seem strange, strange things happen around, and the newcomer himself also begins to feel unwell.

Original title:  
A Cure for Wellness

Genre:  
Thriller, fantasy, horror, drama, fantasy, detective

Actors:  
Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth …

Country:  
USA, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Very Dark Times (2017)

To watch an American horror movie, it is better to choose a dark rainy evening with howling winds. A dark, atmospheric thriller that introduces friends Zach and Josh. In addition to friendship, teenagers from the province are united by a common secret. After one accident, they stand on opposite sides of the barricades. Zach is tormented by conscience, he wants to confess his deeds and breathe freely. Josh, on the other hand, prefers not to think about what happened, enjoying the feeling of permissiveness.

Original title:
Super Dark Times

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Lizzy Cappuccino…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Windy River (2016)

A gloomy atmospheric film with a very strong ending is worth watching for fans of detective stories and intricate investigations. In the snow-covered desert on the territory of an Indian reservation in Wyoming, police officers discover the body of a young girl. Young FBI agent Jane Banner is sent to unravel the case. A fragile girl cannot cope alone and she asks the hunter for help , because he, like no one else, knows the area and the local inhabitants.

Original title:  
Wind River

Genre:
Detective, crime, thriller

Actors:  
Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, John Bernthal …

Country:  
UK, Canada, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


To each his own (2016)

A comedy with a carefree atmosphere and a special flavor of the American student community of the early 80s introduces the viewer to freshman Jake. Having received a sports scholarship, the guy goes to college. Arriving a little earlier, the hero of the film meets the members of the basketball team and plunges headlong into the world of drunken parties, beautiful girls, cool clothes and drive.

Original Title
Everybody Wants Some!!

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:  
Blake Jenner, Juston Street, Ryan Guzman …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
12+


La La Land (2016)

Among the stylish atmospheric films of our selection is a musical drama that can immerse you in the world of the golden age of Hollywood, Broadway musicals, cinemas and bars of old Los Angeles for an evening. Mia dreams of a big stage, but for now she is interrupted by temporary earnings and wanders through endless acting auditions. Sebastian is a virtuoso jazz pianist , forced to entertain drunken audiences in restaurants. He will help his girlfriend decide on her own project, she will inspire him to fulfill his dream. However, will the characters of the film be able to keep their love?

Original title:  
La La Land

Genre:  
Musical, drama, romance

Actors:  
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend…

Country:  
USA, Hong Kong

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


Survivor (2015)

A powerful film about survival in the vast expanses of the wild nature will take you straight to America of the 19th century. In the Wild West, hunter Hugh Glass is injured and left by his companions to die. Now only willpower and the desire to live help a man to resist the elements and dangers. The hero of the impressive atmospheric film found himself in a tragic situation because of his squadmate John Fitzgerald. And the courageous hunter intends to return the favor – of course, if he survives.

Original title:  
The Revenant

Genre:
Adventure, western, action movie, drama, biography

Actors:  
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleason…

Country:  
USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:  
18+


Witch (2015)

Among the scary films with a mysterious atmosphere is a truly creepy mystical film that can inspire horror and cause goosebumps. The plot tells about a family of settlers, consisting of a hard-working father, his wife and five children. They settle down on the outskirts of the wild forest in New England. Soon, all family members are the target of mysterious evil forces, and the youngest child disappears altogether.

Original title:  
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale

Genre:  
Horror, thriller

Actors:  
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickey…

Country:  
Canada, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Crimson Peak (2015)

Gothic fairy tale story with stunning scenery, high-quality visuals and a mystical atmosphere. The main character of the film lives with her father. One day, a mysterious young man appears in their house, instantly winning the girl’s heart. After the mysterious death of her father, she quickly marries and moves into the mansion of her new husband. And then the most frightening begins, because many secrets are kept in the walls of the ancient castle.

Original title:  
Crimson Peak

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:  
Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston…

Country:  
Canada, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The events of a colorful atmospheric film develop in the middle of the 20th century. In the mountains of the fictional country of Zubrovka, there is a chic hotel where an unusual concierge Gustav and his assistant and friend Zero Mustafa work. One of the wealthy guests of the hotel unexpectedly bequeaths to Gustav an extremely expensive painting and thereby makes him a target for greedy heirs. So two comrades find themselves in a whirlpool of political and family squabbles.

Original title:  
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, detective, crime

Actors:  
Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody …

Country:  
Germany, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Gravity (2013)

The chamber fantasy thriller was under development for more than 4 years – the director was waiting for more advanced technologies to appear on the screen in order to bring to the screen the level of visualization of the cosmos that he conceived. The two main characters in the film are medical engineer Ryan Stone and experienced astronaut Matt Kowalski. A couple of earthlings are stuck in orbit as a result of an accident. And now they can only wait and watch the vast expanses of unexplored space.

Original title:  
Gravity

Genre:  
Fiction, thriller

Actors:  
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
12+


Melancholia (2011)

A mesmerizing atmospheric film about the end of the world from the European cult director Lars von Trier. In the center of the story are two sisters with different perceptions of the world. Waves of depression roll over Justine, despite the fact that she is marrying her chosen one. Claire is happily married, believes in the best and values ​​life. When a mysterious planet approaches the Earth, only a few days remain for humanity. Against the backdrop of an impending global catastrophe, the sisters will switch places. And now Justine is becoming strong and confident, supporting her family before the inevitable finale.

Original title:  
Melancholia

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard …

Country:  
Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Shutter Island (2009)

Another legendary atmospheric film, the frames of which were distributed in memes on the Internet. Bailiffs arrive on the island to deal with the disappearance of a psychiatric prison patient. But the island of the damned holds dark secrets and understanding what is happening there is actually more difficult than it seems. The head doctor is behaving strangely, the staff is clearly hiding something, and the missing patient managed to get out of the closed ward. What are the goals pursued by the employees of the hospital and are their intentions so impeccable?

Original title:  
Shutter Island

Genre:
Thriller, detective, drama

Actors:  
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Road (2009)

The earth is dying before our eyes, the sun no longer warms. Now cold, wind and hunger rule the roost. The surviving population was divided into two camps – cannibals and their prey. At the center of this chaos are father and son. The man has little time to instill survival skills in the child, so he leads him to the sea through the scorched lands. There are rumors that it is safe there and there are still islands of settlements that have escaped monstrous cataclysms.

Original title:  
The Road

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Viggo Mortensen, Cody Smith-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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