The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

Originally By 13k votes 1.2k voters 71k views 101 items tags f p @

List Criteria: Must be good movies that are hard to stomach.

The most nausea-inducing great films manage to make moviegoers squirm with discomfort, but leave the theater feeling like they've seen a really solid movie. Some films on this list are, not surprisingly, straight-up horror movies, but others are more psychologically disturbing. Either way, every film on this list can be, to some, nausea-inducing and generally unsettling. Be sure to vote for the movies that you think were the most difficult to watch, and, if you know of a particularly nausea-inducing great film that isn't listed, add it.

Movies don't always need to have wall-to-wall, graphic violence to induce nausea, but it helps. Films like 'Drive,' 'Reservoir Dogs' and certainly 'Pulp Fiction' fall squarely in the gratuitous violence category, but they are all excellent movies. Some of the films on this list, including 'A Clockwork Orange,' 'Midnight Cowboy,' 'No Country for Old Men,' 'American History X,' 'Fargo,' 'Crash,' were nominated for, and won, Academy Awards. Many are considered among the best films of all-time ('Scarface' comes to mind immediately). But one thing they all have in common: Each movie listed here can be upsetting to watch.

In terms of outright horror movies, sure, most of them do have extremely graphic, hard-to-watch violence in them, but not all horror films can truly be called 'great.' Some, like Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' and John Carpenter's original 'The Thing' manage to scare us silly and nauseate us at the same time.

Nausea-inducing great films can stay with someone long after the last frame is shown. They are disturbing and they haunt you. That's what this list is all about, so be sure to vote for your favorites and add any movie that I've missed.
  • 16 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 345
    - 105
    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    most listed & added by AggieMom15
    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

    ;
  2. 2
    + 420
    - 113
    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    the people's #1
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

    ;
  3. 3
    + 308
    - 101
    Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by vinsonba
    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

    ;
  4. 4
    + 300
    - 90
    The Fly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

    ;
  5. 5
    + 311
    - 81
    American History X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

    ;
  6. 6
    + 206
    - 87

    added by vinsonba
    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

    ;
  7. 7
    + 293
    - 112
    The Human Centipede (First Seq... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by newgarbagetruck
    Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura

    ;
  8. 8
    + 258
    - 83
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

    ;
  9. 9
    + 267
    - 106
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

    ;
  10. 10
    + 216
    - 87
    Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by Lons
    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

    ;
  11. 11
    + 208
    - 108
    Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

    ;
  12. 12
    + 211
    - 79
    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

    ;
  13. 13
    + 235
    - 125
    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

    ;
  14. 14
    + 258
    - 76
    Saw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    ranked low on reranks
    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

    ;
  15. 15
    + 215
    - 95


    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    ;
  16. 16
    + 194
    - 83
    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

    ;
  17. 17
    + 151
    - 67
    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

    ;
  18. 18
    + 128
    - 49
    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

    ;
  19. 19
    + 181
    - 106
    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

    ;
  20. 20
    + 141
    - 103
    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    ;
  21. 21
    + 126
    - 70
    A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by franciskusvanderheijden
    Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović

    ;
  22. 22
    + 129
    - 61
    Cannibal Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by newgarbagetruck
    Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

    ;
  23. 23
    + 134
    - 85
    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

    ;
  24. 24
    + 92
    - 50
    Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by wirken
    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

    ;
  25. 25
    + 98
    - 29
    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by wiabux
    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

    ;
  26. 26
    + 103
    - 54
    Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by wirken
    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

    ;
  27. 27
    + 109
    - 43
    The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

    ;
  28. 28
    + 79
    - 17

    added by Trioxin245
    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

    ;
  29. 29
    + 133
    - 89
    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

    ;
  30. 30
    + 106
    - 55
    I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by tool100
    Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

    ;
  31. 31
    + 72
    - 67
    Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

    ;
  32. 32
    + 92
    - 67
    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

    ;
  33. 33
    + 103
    - 93
    RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by Lons
    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

    ;
  34. 34
    + 73
    - 22

    ranked low on reranks & added by Trioxin245
    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

    ;
  35. 35
    + 50
    - 36
    Marathon Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by STARMAN
    Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

    ;
  36. 36
    + 80
    - 78
    127 Hours is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

    ;
  37. 37
    + 80
    - 60
    Salò, or the 120 Days o... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

  38. 38
    + 74
    - 58
    Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by wirken
    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé

    ;
  39. 39
    + 112
    - 79
    Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

    ;
  40. 40
    + 63
    - 50

    added by PW Punk
    Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi

    ;
  41. 41
    + 88
    - 75
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

    ;
  42. 42
    + 88
    - 105
    The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by JesusAlonso
    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

    ;
  43. 43
    + 69
    - 49
    Dead Alive is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

    ;
  44. 44
    + 74
    - 69
    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

    ;
  45. 45
    + 50
    - 43
    Pink Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole

    ;
  46. 46
    + 56
    - 49
    Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by wirken
    Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson

    ;
  47. 47
    + 66
    - 55
    True Romance is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films


    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson

    ;
  48. 48
    + 50
    - 34

    added by Dismalhead
    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

    ;
  49. 49
    + 34
    - 18
    Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

    added by Tom Islava
    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

    ;
  50. 50
    + 63
    - 47


    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

    ;
102 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >