Graveyard Shift 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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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

375 120
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The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

371 122
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vinsonba added Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

367 108
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American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

320 109
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

388 135
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newgarbagetruck added The Human Centipede (First Sequence) Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura

262 109
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Lon Harris added Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

244 118
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

270 96
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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

233 132
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Natural Born Killers Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

322 99
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Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

269 159
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Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

246 122
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

178 87
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franciskusvanderheijden added A Serbian Film Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović

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Hannibal Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

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

126 31
Seven is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Trioxin245 added Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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

153 119
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Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

130 39
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wiabux added The Hills Have Eyes Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

122 65
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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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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

92 55
Audition is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

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127 Hours James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

88 55
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Dead Alive Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

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Pink Flamingos John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole

77 51
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wirken added Martyrs Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan

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Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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

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

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