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The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents 

Danielle Dauenhauer
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Updated December 16, 2019 51.5k votes 5.5k voters 320.8k views 140 items

List Rules Vote up the most uncomfortable films to watch with your mom and dad - only real movies that you might accidentally watch with them!

There are certain obvious types of movies you don't want to watch with your parents. There are times, however, when a seemingly innocuous movie slips into the multiplex or Netflix queue, and you end up seeing an awkward movie with your parents. It happens and it is traumatic.

Just imagine seeing Magic Mike with your mom: there is zero good that can come out of that. Be they movies with gross-out humor or a lot of skin, these are the weird movies to watch with your parents that you might want to avoid.

What are the weirdest films to watch with your parents? What are some movies you don't want to see with your mom? If you can think of any other movies it would suck to watch with your parents, make sure to add them to this list of awkward choices, just so that other people don't make the mistake of watching Secretary with their folks. You're doing the public a service, friend.

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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maverick1 added Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson

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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Shainberg

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

Released: 1999

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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#590 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #141 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

6
The Human Centipede (Fir... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
wiabux added Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tom Six

7
Nymphomaniac: Volume II ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maverick1 added Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater

Released: 2013

Directed by: Lars von Trier

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Showgirls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan

Released: 1995

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maverick1 added Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2013

Directed by: Lars von Trier

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
carlybobarly added Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski

Released: 1986

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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13
Wild Things is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon

Released: 1998

Directed by: John McNaughton

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I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
wiabux added Sarah Butler, Andrew Howard, Tracey Walter

Released: 2010

Directed by: Steven R. Monroe

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15
Zack and Miri Make a Por... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Traci Lords

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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Caligula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maverick1 added Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 1979

Directed by: Tinto Brass

17
A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
MatthewGill added Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović

Released: 2010

Directed by: Srdjan Spasojevic

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18
Magic Mike is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

19
Kids is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

Released: 1995

Directed by: Larry Clark

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

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21
Teeth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
wiabux added Jess Weixler, Josh Pais, Nathan Parsons

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mitchell Lichtenstein

22
Monster's Ball is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Heath Ledger

Released: 2001

Directed by: Marc Forster

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

Released: 2000

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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24
Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Lynch

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25
Sausage Party is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Sausage Party Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Nick Kroll

Released: 2016

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan