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The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

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.

The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films Films
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    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

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    Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

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    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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    Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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    Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

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    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé

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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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    Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

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    Henry Rollins, Daniella Alonso, Crystal Lowe

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