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The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films 

Randolph Strauss
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Updated May 31, 2019 40k votes 3.6k voters 125.7k views 118 items

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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The Human Centipede (Fir... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 2009

Directed by: Tom Six

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A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 2010

Directed by: Srdjan Spasojevic

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Cannibal Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
newgarbagetruck added Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Ruggero Deodato

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: James Wan

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The Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

Released: 1974

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 1973

Directed by: William Friedkin

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 2000

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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Salò, or the 120 ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Released: 1975

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Kaye

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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 1987

Directed by: Clive Barker

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I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 1978

Directed by: Meir Zarchi

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The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

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The Last House on the Le... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

Released: 1972

Directed by: Wes Craven

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The Human Centipede 2 (F... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 2011

Directed by: Tom Six

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 2009

Directed by: Lars von Trier

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Audition is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 1999

Directed by: Takashi Miike

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Martyrs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 2008

Directed by: Pascal Laugier

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mary Harron

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
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Released: 2002

Directed by: Gaspar Noé

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Pink Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole

Released: 1972

Directed by: John Waters

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