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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn Metacritic score: 68

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff Metacritic score: 78

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Metacritic score: 93

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo Metacritic score: 62

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    The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini Metacritic score: 47

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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell Metacritic score: 61

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

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    Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    Boys Don't Cry Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea Metacritic score: 86

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    Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Brokeback Mountain Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara Metacritic score: 87

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    The Human Centipede (First Seq... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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

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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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

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    Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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    The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft

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    Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    Leaving Las Vegas Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue Metacritic score: 82

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    The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak Metacritic score: 84

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    Kids is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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    Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Natural Born Killers Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones Metacritic score: 74

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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch Metacritic score: 97

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    Precious is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    Hostel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd Metacritic score: 79

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    Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    A Serbian Film Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović Metacritic score: 44

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Metacritic score: 74

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Metacritic score: 90

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    Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel Metacritic score: 59

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    Super Size Me is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Metacritic score: 73

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    The Road is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    The Road Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen Metacritic score: 64

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    Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    Grave of the Fireflies Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi Metacritic score: 97

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    Dancer in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    Dancer in the Dark Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse Metacritic score: 61

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    United 93 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    United 93 Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon Metacritic score: 90

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law Metacritic score: 65

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    The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln Metacritic score: 42

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    Dead Man Walking is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Dead Man Walking Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black Metacritic score: 80

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    Funny Games is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    Martyrs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    Sophie's Choice is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Sophie's Choice Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol Metacritic score: 68

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    The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    The Butterfly Effect Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman Metacritic score: 30

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    Audition is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


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

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    District 9 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again


    The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams Metacritic score: 81

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    The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox Metacritic score: 85

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Metacritic score: 80

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    One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg

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