Graveyard Shift The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films  

Randolph Strauss
Originally by
16.6k votes 1.5k voters 76.6k views 122 items Embed

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.
list ordered by

1
412 144
Ranker Video
AggieMom15 added The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

The Scariest Demon Toys in Film History 52 Behind the Scenes Photos of Movie Villains

2
373 115
Ranker Video
The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

3
494 144
Ranker Video
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

4
367 119
Ranker Video
vinsonba added Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

5
365 105
Ranker Video
American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

6
381 132
Ranker Video
newgarbagetruck added The Human Centipede (First Sequence) Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura

7
315 109
Ranker Video
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

8
262 106
Ranker Video
Lon Harris added Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

9
242 114
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

10
305 145
Ranker Video
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

11
267 93
Ranker Video
The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

12
319 96
Ranker Video
Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

13
232 130
Ranker Video
Natural Born Killers Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

14
267 157
Ranker Video
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

15
244 121
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Film The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations

16
224 102
Ranker Video
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

17
175 84
Ranker Video
Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

18
178 85
Ranker Video
franciskusvanderheijden added A Serbian Film Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović

19
156 63
Ranker Video
Hannibal Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

20
175 72
Ranker Video
newgarbagetruck added Cannibal Holocaust Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

21
199 132
Ranker Video
Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

22
124 30
Seven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Trioxin245 added Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

23
152 117
Ranker Video
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

24
128 38
Ranker Video
wiabux added The Hills Have Eyes Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

25
120 63
Ranker Video
wirken added Antichrist Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

26
132 51
Ranker Video
The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

27
150 107
Ranker Video
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

28
124 65
Ranker Video
wirken added Eraserhead Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

29
96 37
Alien is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Trioxin245 added Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

List of All Werewolf Films The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About

30
133 65
Ranker Video
tool100 added I Spit on Your Grave Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

31
83 79
Ranker Video
Blue Velvet Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

32
109 66
Ranker Video
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

33
142 104
Ranker Video
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

34
90 54
Audition is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
PW Punk added Audition Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi

35
115 111
Ranker Video
Lon Harris added RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

36
97 67
Ranker Video
wirken added Irréversible Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé

37
92 91
Ranker Video
127 Hours James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

38
96 88
Ranker Video
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

39
87 55
Ranker Video
Dead Alive Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

40
77 50
Ranker Video
wirken added Martyrs Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan

41
71 50
Ranker Video
Pink Flamingos John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole

42
124 98
Ranker Video
Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

43
52 48
Ranker Video
STARMAN added Marathon Man Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

The Greatest Film Scores of All Time 200+ Celebrities Who Went to Rehab

44
94 90
Ranker Video
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

45
104 129
Ranker Video
JesusAlonso added The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

46
83 81
Ranker Video
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

47
38 32
Ranker Video
Tom Islava added Jackass: The Movie

48
66 63
Ranker Video
wirken added Hard Candy Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson

49
44 53
Ranker Video
wirken added Man Bites Dog Bernard Frédéric, Edith Lemerdy, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert

50
60 48
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Dismalhead added Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel