horror movies and TV The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films  

Randolph Strauss
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List Rules Must be good movies that are hard to stomach.

The most nausea-inducing great films manage to make moviegoers squirm with discomfort, but leave the theater feeling like they've seen a really solid movie. Some films on this list are, not surprisingly, straight-up horror movies, but others are more psychologically disturbing. Either way, every film on this list can be, to some, nausea-inducing and generally unsettling. Be sure to vote for the movies that you think were the most difficult to watch, and, if you know of a particularly nausea-inducing great film that isn't listed, add it.

Movies don't always need to have wall-to-wall, graphic violence to induce nausea, but it helps. Films like 'Drive,' 'Reservoir Dogs' and certainly 'Pulp Fiction' fall squarely in the gratuitous violence category, but they are all excellent movies. Some of the films on this list, including 'A Clockwork Orange,' 'Midnight Cowboy,' 'No Country for Old Men,' 'American History X,' 'Fargo,' 'Crash,' were nominated for, and won, Academy Awards. Many are considered among the best films of all-time ('Scarface' comes to mind immediately). But one thing they all have in common: Each movie listed here can be upsetting to watch.

In terms of outright horror movies, sure, most of them do have extremely graphic, hard-to-watch violence in them, but not all horror films can truly be called 'great.' Some, like Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' and John Carpenter's original 'The Thing' manage to scare us silly and nauseate us at the same time.

Nausea-inducing great films can stay with someone long after the last frame is shown. They are disturbing and they haunt you. That's what this list is all about, so be sure to vote for your favorites and add any movie that I've missed.
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AggieMom15 added The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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vinsonba added Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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newgarbagetruck added The Human Centipede (First Sequence) Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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Lon Harris added Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
vinsonba added Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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Natural Born Killers Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

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Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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Hannibal Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

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franciskusvanderheijden added A Serbian Film Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović

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newgarbagetruck added Cannibal Holocaust Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

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Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Trioxin245 added Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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wiabux added The Hills Have Eyes Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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wirken added Antichrist Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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wirken added Eraserhead Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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tool100 added I Spit on Your Grave Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Blue Velvet Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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Audition is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Lon Harris added RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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wirken added Irréversible Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé

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Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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127 Hours James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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Dead Alive Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

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wirken added Martyrs Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan

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STARMAN added Marathon Man Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

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Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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Pink Flamingos John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole

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JesusAlonso added The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

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wirken added Hard Candy Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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