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The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

Updated October 14, 2020 149.7k votes 12.6k voters 399.9k views134 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto

    Released2000

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Metacritic score: 68
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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Metacritic score: 93
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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Metacritic score: 78
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  • 4
    American History X is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony 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
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    Hostel

    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins

    Released2005

    Directed byEli Roth

    Metacritic score: 55
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    The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Metacritic score: 47
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    The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    The Last House on the Left

    Martin Kove, Steve Miner

    Released1972

    Directed byWes Craven

    Metacritic score: 42
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  • 8
    Kids is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Kids

    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny

    Released1995

    Directed byLarry Clark

    Metacritic score - 63

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    A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    A Serbian Film

    Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović

    Released2010

    Directed bySrdjan Spasojevic

    Metacritic score: 44
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    Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Boys Don't Cry

    Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny

    Released1999

    Directed byKimberly Peirce

    Metacritic score: 86
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    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

    Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto

    Released1975

    Directed byPier Paolo Pasolini

    Metacritic score: 69
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    Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2004

    Directed byTerry George

    Metacritic score: 79
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  • 13
    The Road is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

    Metacritic score: 64
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    Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd

    Released1994

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Metacritic score: 74
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    Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Hard Candy

    Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Slade

    Metacritic score: 58
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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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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    Metacritic score: 61
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    Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Deliverance

    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Metacritic score: 82

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    One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    One Hour Photo

    Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Romanek

    Metacritic score: 64

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    The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

    Metacritic score: 97
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    Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Leaving Las Vegas

    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1995

    Directed byMike Figgis

    Metacritic score: 82
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    Precious is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Precious

    Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz

    Released2009

    Directed byLee Daniels

    Metacritic score: 79
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    Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Grave of the Fireflies

    Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

    Released1988

    Directed byIsao Takahata

    Metacritic score: 97
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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Metacritic score: 65
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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again
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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Metacritic score: 79
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