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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!

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There are certain types of movies you don't want to watch with your parents: porn, gross-out comedies, home movies and, well, porn (you really don't want any of that). 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. She's either going to be horrified by the constant nudity and gyration (which will make you uncomfortable) or she's going to be really into it and you'll have the frightening thought that you might both be thinking about the same guy later that night. It's a lose-lose situation. Be they movies with incest, movies with gratuitous violence, or movies with homo-eroticism, or other bouts of nakedness and sex, 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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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical ...more

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American thriller film loosely based upon Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was his ...more

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more

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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren Secretary is a 2002 romance film directed by Steven Shainberg and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey. The film is based on a short story from Bad ...more

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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maverick1 added Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden Fifty Shades of Grey is a film adaptation of the novel by E. L. James.

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more

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The Human Centipede (First Seq... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
wiabux added Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura "Outside the more outré work of Takashi Miike and David Cronenberg, you won’t have seen anything quite like Dutch avant-garde artist Tom Six’s totally bizarre off-the-wall oddity. ...more

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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maverick1 added Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater The Nymphoniac Part 2 is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier.

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
carlybobarly added Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski 9½ Weeks is an 1986 romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Elizabeth McNeill, about a New ...more

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Showgirls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan Showgirls is a 1995 American drama film written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven. It stars former teen actress Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, and Gina Gershon. The film ...more

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maverick1 added Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf Nymphomaniac is a 2013 two-part drama art film written and directed by Lars von Trier. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, ...more

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher, Eddie Adams, ...more

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I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
wiabux added Sarah Butler, Andrew Howard, Tracey Walter I Spit on Your Grave is a 2010 American revenge horror film, and a remake of the controversial 1978 cult film Day of the Woman. It was directed by Steven R. Monroe, and stars Sarah Butler, Chad ...more

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zxray added Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. The ...more

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Wild Things is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon Wild Things is a 1998 American thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards and Theresa Russell. It was directed by John McNaughton. An "uncut" ...more

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359 211
Teeth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
wiabux added Jess Weixler, Josh Pais, Nathan Parsons Teeth is a 2007 American black comedy horror film directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student (Jess Weixler) discovers she has a physical

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Caligula is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Maverick1 added Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, Malcolm McDowell Caligula is a biographical film focusing on the rise and fall of the Roman Emperor Caligula. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole and John Gielgud. It is the ...more

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Monster's Ball is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Heath Ledger Monster's Ball is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by German-Swiss director Marc Forster starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger. The film tells the story of a poor ...more

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A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
MatthewGill added Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović A Serbian Film is a 2010 Serbian erotic thriller and exploitation film, Srđan Spasojević's first feature film. Spasojević directed, co-wrote, and produced the film. It tells the story of a ...more

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
stubb added Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film ...more

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Magic Mike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum Magic Mike is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey. The plot revolves ...more

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567 242
Zack and Miri Make a Porno is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Traci Lords This film is a 2008 romantic comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, distributed by The Weinstein Company, and starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. It is Smith's second film not to ...more

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
JeffCreecy added Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more