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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 addiction, like Leaving Las Vegas; drug use, like Requiem for a Dream; rape, like Irreversible; violence, like Nil By Mouth and Salo - or it just makes you feel dirty watching it, like Kids... 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 masochistic fun. You weirdo. 
 
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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
Metacritic score: 68 Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on ...more
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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 93 Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more
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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 78 A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more
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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Metacritic score: 47 The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the ...more
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American History X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 62 American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott ...more
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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 55 Hostel is a 2005 American horror film written, produced, and directed by Eli Roth and starring Jay Hernandez. The film tells the story of two college students traveling across Europe, who find ...more
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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Metacritic score: 82

Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their ...more
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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Metacritic score: 74 Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released in the ...more
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Kids is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

Metacritic score - 63

Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film ...more
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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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Metacritic score: 44 A Serbian Film is a 2010 Serbian erotic thriller and exploitation film, Srđan Spasojević's first feature film. Spasojević directed, co-wrote, and produced the film. It tells the story of a ...more
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Metacritic score: 82 The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more
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The Road is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Metacritic score: 64 The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more
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Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 86 Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, ...more
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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 87 Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more
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Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 79 Precious is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey ...more
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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Metacritic score: 61 The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more
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Seven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 65 Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more
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Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 51 Irréversible is a 2002 French mystery thriller film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel. The film employs a non-linear ...more
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 69 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, commonly referred to as simply Salò, is a 1975 Italian-French art film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, with uncredited writing ...more
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The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 42 The Last House on the Left is a 1972 American exploitation-horror film written, edited, and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. The story is inspired by the 1960 Swedish ...more
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One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Metacritic score: 64

One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. ...more
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12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 97 12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free ...more
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The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, ...more
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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
Metacritic score: 58 Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the a 14-year-old female vigilante. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian Nelson, and starred Ellen Page and Patrick ...more
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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Metacritic score: 79 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.