Top 10 Movies Way Too Upsetting to Watch Twice

Script Written by Q.V.Hough. There shouldn't be a second time around for these films. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 movies too upsetting to watch twice. For this list, we’re choosing emotionally upsetting films based on their plot points and not because they’re horrible productions or completely gory. Special thanks to our user Andrew A. Dennison for submitting the idea on our Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Movies Way Too Upsetting to Watch Twice

There shouldn’t be a second time around for these films. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 movies too upsetting to watch twice.

For this list, we’re choosing emotionally upsetting films based on their plot points and not because they’re horrible productions or completely gory. That means you, “The Human Centipede.” And, because we may be discussing the final outcomes of some of these flicks, a SPOILER ALERT is probably in order.

#10: “The Passion of the Christ” (2004)

Epic in nature and devastatingly depressing, Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” looks at the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life, and the relentless violence he endured. Viewers may want to drink a couple extra glasses of wine before first viewing, but watch what you eat, because it just may rise again. This is a film you prepare for, process and never EVER watch again.

#9: “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)

Gay cowboys. Heartbreak. 10-gallon hats. Are you not entertained? Moviegoers filled theaters to watch Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger fall in love, but 134 minutes later they left speechless or in tears…sometimes both. The line “I wish I knew how to quit you” has often been parodied over the years, but who can forget the raw emotion of the original screen delivery? Oh, Brokeback. Many DID quit you, because we didn’t want to go through that all over again.

#8: “The Mist” (2007)

This film inspired numerous face palms and maybe even a few bathroom accidents. Based on Stephen King’s 1980 novella, “The Mist” features - you guessed it - a horrific mist, along with monsters that don’t necessarily arrive in town for a cold beer with the locals. As tensions increase, a supermarket offers protection for David Drayton and his son Billy, and although “The Mist” is darker than your typical horror film, the final moments are simply depressing. You’re a sick person if you want to watch this film again. SICK!

#7: “Dancer in the Dark” (2000)

An Icelandic singer, an electronic music legend and the infamous director Lars von Trier: this musical drama sings quite a somber tune – that is, unless you find dark stories of immigrant persecution a happy subject. Bjork won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance as a Czech woman with a secret, and her inherently haunting yet beautiful voice takes on a whole new meaning by the film’s heartbreaking finale. Pick your poison when searching Lars von Trier’s filmography…chances are you will be crying uncontrollably by the end.

#6: “The Green Mile” (1999)

Has there ever been a happy movie about death row? Director Frank Darabont makes his second appearance on our list about a prison guard’s painful past and the ubiquitous grief that never leaves. Told through flashbacks, Paul Edgecomb recounts his experiences with a giant prisoner named John Coffey and his ability to heal or “take away.” During the final minutes of “The Green Mile,” audiences were crying buckets full of tears and contemplating what it might be like to be a wrinkly old person filled with regret. Such a heart-warming story, but such a sad one.

#5: “Irréversible” (2002)

Told in 13 scenes shown in reverse chronological order, Gaspar Noé’s film produced some of the most disturbing images ever seen in mainstream cinema. But hey – it stars Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel, so it can’t be entirely depressing. Right? Well, not exactly. Roger Ebert once called this film quote “a movie so violent and cruel that most people will find it unwatchable.” A couple guys set off for revenge after Bellucci’s character is raped, and well, someone definitely pays the price. It’s not hard to miss. “Irréversible” cannot be unwatched nor should it ever be watched a second time.

#4: “Blue Valentine” (2010)

“Hey girl, how would like to watch my 112-minute film that will make you choose to stay single?” Featuring two of today’s finest actors, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine” chronicles a couple’s downward spiral into booze and aggressive facial hair. While the romantic drama does include some light-hearted scenes and improvisation from the actors, the film as a whole will make any happy couple reconsider the future. It’s a Blue Valentine after all; a reminder of how brutal people can be.

#3: “Requiem for a Dream” (2000)

Somebody cue the sad trombone, because this film includes nothing but despair. In fact, the characters in “Requiem for a Dream” somehow manage to find themselves somewhere akin to Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row,” as they experience a slow descent into drug addiction, psychosis and prostitution. Darren Aronofsky’s film about these struggling Brooklynites will make you reconsider those minor outbursts of daily life. It’s intense, bleak and unforgettable. But we wouldn’t say re-watchable.

#2: “12 Years a Slave” (2013)

Given the title, one should not expect Steve McQueen’s period drama to be a jazzy production or screwball comedy. Based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, the heartbreaking “12 Years a Slave” tells the story of his journey through slave markets and features extended scenes of torture. Although its message comes across painfully clear and allows viewers to reflect on America’s dark history, the worst scenes will cause some to check out - mentally and physically. “12 Years a Slave” is a powerful film that is also sure to make people cry in public.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- “Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom” (1975)
- “Buried” (2010)
- “Safe” (1995)
- “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995)
- “The Color Purple” (1985)

#1: “Schindler’s List” (1993)

Showcasing innocent people in danger of being systematically taken out of the world, “Schindler’s List” is an essential piece of cinema and a harrowing account of World War II – much like the equally sorrowful World War II flick “The Pianist.” Steven Spielberg’s film highlighted the efforts of Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of over 1,000 Jews by giving them jobs at his factory. “Schindler’s List” is sad and difficult to watch, but it’s most certainly based on real events. By the historical drama’s end, most viewers will simply choose to move on and learn from the experience.

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