The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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List Criteria: Vote up any movie that was good, but so gut-wrenchingly sad, disturbing, awkward, scary, or gross that you would never want to sit through it again. Vote down the ones you wouldn't mind watching again - or don't think belong on the list at all.

A list of the most disturbing movies that, for whatever reason, you never, ever want to watch again. This list is full of great movies that you would never re-watch. These disturbing films hit their mark: they affected you, you connected with the characters or the themes... They are great films, but you got it the first time and would be just fine to never be reminded of what you just watched. These are some of the creepiest movies, scariest, and saddest films that were ever made.

Each of these films contains at least one heartbreaking or gory scene or truly creepy character that will always be with you, even if you never voluntarily watch any of these disturbing movies again. Whether the movie vividly depicts addiction, like Leaving Las Vegas; drug use, like Requiem for a Dream; rape, like Irreversible; violence, like Nil By Mouth and Salo - or it just makes you feel dirty watching it, like Kids... These are all highly acclaimed, disturbing movies that you will try to forget about as soon as you have watched them. Some of the films on this list are depictions of true-life, heartbreaking events, like United 93, or ill-fated love stories, like Brokeback Mountain. These really good, sad movies are on this list because they can still make you cry just thinking about them. 

Vote on this list of the most disturbing movies of all time, and add any movie you only want to watch once if it is not on the list. 

See also: Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry, The Scariest Movies Ever Made, and The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films for more masochistic fun. You weirdo. 
 


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    Requiem for a Dream

    the people's #1
    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn Metacritic score: 68

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    A Clockwork Orange

    most listed
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff Metacritic score: 78

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  3. 3
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    Schindler's List


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Metacritic score: 93

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  4. 4
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    American History X


    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo Metacritic score: 62

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  5. 5
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    Boys Don't Cry


    Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea Metacritic score: 86

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    The Green Mile

    added by ShelbyLegros
    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell Metacritic score: 61

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    The Passion of the Christ

    added by mikeyisawesome1
    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini Metacritic score: 47

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman Metacritic score: 65

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    Brokeback Mountain

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara Metacritic score: 87

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    Black Swan


    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder Metacritic score: 79

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    Precious


    Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton Metacritic score: 79

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    The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

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    Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura Metacritic score: 33

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    Deliverance

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    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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    Kids


    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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    The Machinist


    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside Metacritic score: 61

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    12 Years a Slave


    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch Metacritic score: 97

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    The Elephant Man


    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft

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    Leaving Las Vegas


    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue Metacritic score: 82

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    Antichrist


    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm Metacritic score: 49

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    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom


    Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère Metacritic score: 69

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    The Exorcist

    added by charlesminorversion1
    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair Metacritic score: 82

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    Irréversible


    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé Metacritic score: 51

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    Natural Born Killers

    added by zxray
    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones Metacritic score: 74

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    Funny Games


    Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt Metacritic score: 44

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak Metacritic score: 84

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    Dancer in the Dark


    Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse Metacritic score: 61

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    + 74
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    A Serbian Film

    added by NateinMpls
    Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović Metacritic score: 44

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    Hotel Rwanda


    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle Metacritic score: 79

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    added by zxray
    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd Metacritic score: 79

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    Hostel


    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez Metacritic score: 55

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    Grave of the Fireflies


    Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi Metacritic score: 97

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    Life Is Beautiful


    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel Metacritic score: 59

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    Hard Candy


    Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson Metacritic score: 58

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    Martyrs


    Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan Metacritic score: 55

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    The Road

    added by RodrigoSchmidt
    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen Metacritic score: 64

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    Sophie's Choice

    added by AndreaPoole-Presslor
    Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol Metacritic score: 68

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    Audition


    Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi Metacritic score: 69

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    The Pianist

    added by AndreaPoole-Presslor
    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox Metacritic score: 85

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    Super Size Me

    added by zxray
    Metacritic score: 73

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    Dead Man Walking

    added by Dismalhead
    Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black Metacritic score: 80

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    United 93


    Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon Metacritic score: 90

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    + 66
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    Happiness


    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz Metacritic score: 81

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    + 65
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    Gummo


    Chloë Sevigny, James Baker, Harmony Korine Metacritic score: 19

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    added by AndreaPoole-Presslor
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Metacritic score: 74

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    District 9

    added by kelly.riley
    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    Saving Private Ryan

    added by AndreaPoole-Presslor
    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Metacritic score: 90

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    added by Scott Klingaman
    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law Metacritic score: 65

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    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams Metacritic score: 81

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    added by LanaYoshii
    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    The Butterfly Effect

    added by JonMcLaughlin
    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman Metacritic score: 30

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