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The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again 

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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 substance use or awful acts, 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 fun.
 

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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
Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

Released: 2000

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Kaye

Metacritic score: 62

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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eli Roth

Metacritic score: 55

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The Passion of the Chris... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Metacritic score: 47

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

Released: 1995

Directed by: Larry Clark

Metacritic score - 63

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Released: 1999

Directed by: Frank Darabont

Metacritic score: 61

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Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Metacritic score: 86

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A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Released: 2010

Directed by: Srdjan Spasojevic

Metacritic score: 44

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Released: 1972

Directed by: John Boorman

Metacritic score: 82

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The Last House on the Le... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

Released: 1972

Directed by: Wes Craven

Metacritic score: 42

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Released: 1994

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Metacritic score: 74

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

Released: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

Metacritic score: 65
15
Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Metacritic score: 79

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Released: 1973

Directed by: William Friedkin

Metacritic score: 82

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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2005

Directed by: David Slade

Metacritic score: 58
18
12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

Released: 2013

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Metacritic score: 97

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The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1980

Directed by: David Lynch

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Precious: Based on the N... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lee Daniels

Metacritic score: 79

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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mike Figgis

Metacritic score: 82

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Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

Released: 2004

Directed by: Terry George

Metacritic score: 79

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Salò, or the 120 ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère

Released: 1975

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Metacritic score: 69
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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Anderson

Metacritic score: 61

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Released: 2009

Directed by: John Hillcoat

Metacritic score: 64

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