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List Rules 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 Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn Metacritic score: 68Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby, Jr., ...more

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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff Metacritic score: 78A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile ...more

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Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Metacritic score: 93Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally, an Australian novelist. The film is ...more

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Boys Don't Cry Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea Metacritic score: 86Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a trans man played in the film by Hilary Swank, ...more

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mikeyisawesome1 added The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini Metacritic score: 47The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and ...more

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Brokeback Mountain Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara Metacritic score: 87Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry. The film stars ...more

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ShelbyLegros added The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell Metacritic score: 61The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb and Michael Clarke Duncan ...more

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American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo Metacritic score: 62American History X is a 1998 American crime drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott Gould, Avery Brooks, Ethan Suplee and Beverly ...more

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Precious Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton Metacritic score: 79Precious is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey. ...more

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charlesminorversion1 added The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair Metacritic score: 82The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism case of Roland Doe, deals with the demonic ...more

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Irréversible Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé Metacritic score: 51Irréversible is a 2002 French mystery thriller film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel. The film employs a non-linear narrative and follows two men as they try to ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman Metacritic score: 65Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin Spacey in supporting roles. It was directed by David ...more

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Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère Metacritic score: 69Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, commonly referred to as simply Salò, is a 1975 Italian-French art film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, with uncredited writing contributions by Pupi Avati. It is based on the book The ...more

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Antichrist Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm Metacritic score: 49Antichrist is a 2009 Danish experimental horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It tells the story of a couple who, after the death of their child, retreat to a cabin in the woods ...more

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Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film debuts. Kids is centered on a day in the life of a ...more

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zxray added Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their feature film debuts. The film is based on the 1970 ...more

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Leaving Las Vegas Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue Metacritic score: 82Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage stars as a suicidal alcoholic who has ended his personal and ...more

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Black Swan Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder Metacritic score: 79Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious ...more

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zxray added Natural Born Killers Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones Metacritic score: 74Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American crime film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released in the United States on August 26, 1994. The film ...more

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Hostel Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez Metacritic score: 55Hostel is a 2005 American horror film written, produced, and directed by Eli Roth and starring Jay Hernandez. It is the first installment of the Hostel film series, followed by Hostel: Part II, released on June 8, 2007, and Hostel: Part III, ...more

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The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside Metacritic score: 61The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Sharian, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, and ...more

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12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch Metacritic score: 9712 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold ...more

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RodrigoSchmidt added The Road Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen Metacritic score: 64The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of the same name by American author Cormac McCarthy. ...more

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Hard Candy Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson Metacritic score: 58Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the torture of a suspected sexual predator by a 14-year-old female vigilante. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian Nelson, and starred Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. It ...more

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zxray added One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd Metacritic score: 79One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.

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The Elephant Man Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy ...more

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NateinMpls added A Serbian Film Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović Metacritic score: 44A Serbian Film is a 2010 Serbian erotic thriller and exploitation film, Srđan Spasojević's first feature film. Spasojević directed, co-wrote, and produced the film. It tells the story of a financially struggling porn star who agrees to ...more

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak Metacritic score: 84The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn, the film is based on Thomas Harris' 1988 ...more

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AndreaPoole-Presslor added The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox Metacritic score: 85The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The Pianist, a World War II memoir by the Polish-Jewish ...more

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Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle Metacritic score: 79Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay written by both George and Keir Pearson. It stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina and his wife ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Metacritic score: 74Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of ...more

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AndreaPoole-Presslor added Sophie's Choice Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol Metacritic score: 68Sophie's Choice is a 1982 American drama film directed by Alan J. Pakula, who adapted William Styron's novel of the same name. Meryl Streep stars as Sophie, a Polish immigrant who shares a boarding house in Brooklyn with her tempestuous lover, ...more

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slaft added One Hour Photo Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg

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One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, One Hour Photo ...more

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United 93 Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon Metacritic score: 90United 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11 attacks of 2001. The film attempts to recount with as much ...more

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AndreaPoole-Presslor added Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Metacritic score: 90Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for its graphic and realistic portrayal of war, and ...more

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Dismalhead added Dead Man Walking Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black Metacritic score: 80Dead Man Walking is a 1995 American crime drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name. Sister Helen Prejean establishes a ...more

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JonMcLaughlin added The Butterfly Effect Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman Metacritic score: 30The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart. The title refers to the butterfly effect, a popular hypothetical ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi Metacritic score: 97Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of the Fireflies by Akiyuki Nosaka. It is commonly ...more

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zxray added Super Size Me Metacritic score: 73Supersize She is a 2005 television documentary focused on British professional female bodybuilder Joanna Thomas. The title was a take-off on the success of the film Super Size Me. The one-hour program premiered at the MIPTV in April 2005. Since ...more

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Open Water Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis Metacritic score: 63Open Water is a 2003 drama psychological horror film loosely based on the true story of an American couple, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who in 1998 went out with a scuba diving group, Outer Edge Dive Company, on the Great Barrier Reef, and were ...more

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
SokSopheak added A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva Goldsman. It was inspired by a bestselling, ...more

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Scott Klingaman added A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law Metacritic score: 65A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long. The film stars Haley Joel ...more

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
AlexanderRay added Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving Metacritic score: 66Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Tom Hanks and Denzel ...more

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Dancer in the Dark Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse Metacritic score: 61Dancer in the Dark is a 2000 Danish musical drama film directed by Lars von Trier and starring Icelandic singer Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, and Joel Grey. The soundtrack for ...more

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The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln Metacritic score: 42The Last House on the Left is a 1972 American exploitation-horror film written, edited, and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. The story is inspired by the 1960 Swedish film The Virgin Spring, directed by Ingmar Bergman, ...more

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Martyrs Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan Metacritic score: 55Martyrs is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. It was first screened during the 2008 Cannes Film Festival at the Marché du Film, and the film's French release was on 3 September 2008. The American rights for the ...more

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Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello Metacritic score: 74Prisoners is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

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The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson The Revenant is an upcoming western thriller film produced and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The screenplay, adapted from Michael Punke's 2003 novel of the same name, was written by González ...more

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RodrigoSchmidt added The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith Metacritic score: 64The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will Smith as Gardner, an on-and-off-homeless salesman. ...more

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Dallas Buyers Club Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto Metacritic score: 84Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Ron Woodroof was an AIDS patient diagnosed in the mid 1980s when HIV/AIDS treatments were ...more