The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films Films

The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

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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.


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    The Exorcist

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

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  2. 2
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    - 94
    A Clockwork Orange

    the people's #1 but ranked low on reranks
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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  3. 3
    + 243
    - 70
    The Fly


    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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  4. 4
    + 254
    - 84
    Requiem for a Dream

    added by vinsonba
    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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  5. 5
    + 257
    - 64
    American History X


    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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  6. 6
    + 176
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    added by vinsonba
    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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  7. 7
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre


    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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  8. 8
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    Hellraiser

    added by Lons
    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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  9. 9
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    The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

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

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  10. 10
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    The Shining


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    - 95
    Natural Born Killers

    often listed
    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

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  12. 12
    + 173
    - 63
    The Thing


    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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  13. 13
    + 172
    - 76


    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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  14. 14
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    Saw


    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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  15. 15
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    - 106
    Pulp Fiction


    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    - 70
    Reservoir Dogs


    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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    + 119
    - 54
    Dawn of the Dead


    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    Kill Bill Volume 1


    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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    - 37
    Hannibal


    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

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    Scarface


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    No Country for Old Men


    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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    RoboCop

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

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    Taxi Driver


    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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    + 97
    - 53
    Cannibal Holocaust

    added by newgarbagetruck
    Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

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    + 67
    - 20
    The Hills Have Eyes

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

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    A Serbian Film

    added by franciskusvanderheijden
    Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović

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    - 48
    Eraserhead

    added by wirken
    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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    - 9

    added by Trioxin245
    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    - 39
    The Last House on the Left


    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    - 46
    I Spit on Your Grave

    added by tool100
    Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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    - 44
    Antichrist

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

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    - 9

    added by Trioxin245
    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    - 71
    127 Hours


    James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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    + 46
    - 28
    Marathon Man

    added by STARMAN
    Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

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    + 59
    - 60
    Blue Velvet


    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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    + 73
    - 58
    Fargo


    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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  37. 37
    + 62
    - 51
    Irréversible

    added by wirken
    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé

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  38. 38
    + 91
    - 68
    Zombieland


    Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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  39. 39
    + 61
    - 41
    Dead Alive


    Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

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    + 49
    - 44

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

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    - 67
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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    + 70
    - 93
    The Blair Witch Project

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

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    + 59
    - 60
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

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    + 39
    - 22

    added by Dismalhead
    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    + 63
    - 52
    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom


    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

  46. 46
    + 56
    - 49
    True Romance


    Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson

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    + 44
    - 41
    Hard Candy

    added by wirken
    Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson

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    + 32
    - 39
    Man Bites Dog

    added by wirken
    Bernard Frédéric, Edith Lemerdy, Jacqueline ...

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  49. 49
    + 33
    - 36
    Pink Flamingos


    John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole

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    - 61
    Boogie Nights

    added by vinsonba
    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

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