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The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

Updated April 9, 2021 143.3k votes 13.2k voters 412.7k views139 items

List RulesVote 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

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto

    Released2000

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Kaye

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    1,359

    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    Hostel

    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins

    Released2005

    Directed byEli Roth

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    A Serbian Film

    Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović

    Released2010

    Directed bySrdjan Spasojevic

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    Kids

    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny

    Released1995

    Directed byLarry Clark

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    Boys Don't Cry

    Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny

    Released1999

    Directed byKimberly Peirce

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    The Last House on the Left

    Martin Kove, Steve Miner

    Released1972

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

    Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto

    Released1975

    Directed byPier Paolo Pasolini

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    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2004

    Directed byTerry George

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    Deliverance

    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Boorman

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    Hard Candy

    Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Slade

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    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd

    Released1994

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

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    Precious

    Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz

    Released2009

    Directed byLee Daniels

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    Leaving Las Vegas

    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1995

    Directed byMike Figgis

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    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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    Antichrist

    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Released2009

    Directed byLars von Trier

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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

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    Grave of the Fireflies

    Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

    Released1988

    Directed byIsao Takahata

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    One Hour Photo

    Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Romanek

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    Irréversible

    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel

    Released2002

    Directed byGaspar Noé

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