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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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1
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
Metacritic score: 68
2
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Metacritic score: 93
3
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff
Metacritic score: 78
4
The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
mikeyisawesome1 added Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini
Metacritic score: 47
5
American History X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo
Metacritic score: 62
6
Hostel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez
Metacritic score: 55
7
Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
zxray added Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

Metacritic score: 82

8
Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
zxray added Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones
Metacritic score: 74
9
Kids is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

Metacritic score - 63

10
A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
NateinMpls added Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović
Metacritic score: 44
11
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
charlesminorversion1 added Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
Metacritic score: 82
12
The Road is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
RodrigoSchmidt added Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen
Metacritic score: 64
13
Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea
Metacritic score: 86
14
Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton
Metacritic score: 79
15
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
ShelbyLegros added Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell
Metacritic score: 61
16
Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
Metacritic score: 87
17
Seven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman
Metacritic score: 65
18
Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé
Metacritic score: 51
19
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère
Metacritic score: 69
20
The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln
Metacritic score: 42
21
One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
slaft added Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg

Metacritic score: 64

22
12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch
Metacritic score: 97
23
The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft
24
Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson
Metacritic score: 58
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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue
Metacritic score: 82