The Hardest Movies To Watch More Than Once

The Hardest Movies To Watch More Than Once


Even good Hollywood movies can be hard to
watch twice. In the case of these films, it’s not bad writing
or uninspired performances that make the movies hard to screen a second time. Rather, they’re so depressing, shocking, or
even terrifying that one cinematic exposure to them is more than enough to last a lifetime. In the case of these films, they’re worth
watching — but you probably won’t want to see them again after that. Requiem For a Dream This adaptation of Hubert Selby’s novel is
a brutal, bleak, and visceral film in which Darren Aronofsky opens a window on the lives
and experiences of four different drug addicts. And that view is decidedly grim. “I like thinking about the red dress and the
television, and…” The stunning visuals and harrowing story grab
hold of you and don’t let go for 101 excruciating minutes. It’s a mind-bender of a film that will leave
you depressed for days and seriously contemplating your own bad habits. Dogville Lars Von Trier’s movies all tend to fit in
the category of just-one-timers, and that’s certainly the case with the second installment
of his Land of Opportunity trilogy, Dogville. This film, which is told in nine parts, chronicles
the grueling experience of a woman who, on the run from the mafia, decides to hide out
in a rural town. The residents agree to provide her shelter
in exchange for her completing their various low-level chores. But her relationship with the town descends
into unethical abuses of the woman, including multiple sexual assaults — all very difficult
to stomach the first time around, let alone on a repeat viewing. Passion of the Christ Director Mel Gibson threw everything he had
into this harrowing, vicious film about the final days of Jesus Christ. As the title indicates, it was meant to be
a showcase of just how much grace and conviction the religious figure showed in the face of
extreme brutality from his executioners. And while the film certainly did its job of
reminding its intended audience of the sacrifices Jesus endured, even viewers who might’ve revered
its message the first time may have a hard time bearing witness to the shocking level
of violence again. Bad Lieutenant Onscreen sexual violence can be upsetting
in virtually any form, but the sheer lechery of the central character in Bad Lieutenant
is especially difficult to observe. The movie serves to ultimately exonerate the
drug-addled, unpredictable officer. But the journey to get to that point teems
with tough material that includes the assault of a nun and his use of authority to force
two young women into a sexual act. It’s impossible to unsee the events of the
movie — and hard to imagine voluntarily watching them again. Boys Don’t Cry Hilary Swank’s Academy Award-worthy performance
as Brandon Teena, a real-life transgender man who was raped and murdered in 1993, was
certainly groundbreaking, as it shed light on an underexplored sector of hate crimes
that were — and are still — being committed against transgender individuals. At the same time, it was also incredibly difficult
to bear and probably counts for many as a movie that’s worth watching once … but maybe
just the one time. Irreversible This 2002 French horror film tops many best
and worst lists precisely because of how horrific its lengthy and gratuitous rape scene is. The film tells the reverse chronological story
of a woman who is raped and beaten into a coma by a notorious criminal. And it includes several scenes of intense
cruelty and graphic violence that makes it almost unwatchable the first time around for
any audience members with functional eyes. We Need to Talk About Kevin As prevalent as mass murder attacks might
be in real life, it’s still quite hard to enjoy any piece of artwork that tries to synthesize
the psyche and history of a young person who commits these heinous acts. In the case of We Need to Talk About Kevin,
an all-star cast delivers sound, impactful work to peel back the layers of life that
led up to the title character’s horrific actions. “You did not.” That said, the movie is still difficult to
process and might leave viewers feeling unfulfilled and even more hopeless and confused than before. Maybe that’s the whole point — to highlight
the sheer senselessness of it all — but it’s still hard to imagine working up an appetite
to watch it again. Precious Based on the autobiographical novel Push by
Sapphire, Precious made for incredible, indelible cinema thanks to some blistering truth about
a segment of society most people might not understand. The movie tells the story of a young girl
whose life consists of parental abuse and neglect first, poverty second, and whose struggle
to survive the mean streets and her even meaner home life is a daily battle. Anyone who’s seen it no doubt walked away
a little different than they came in … if unwilling to watch it again. “You ain’t gonna see me no more.” Blue Valentine Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine brims with
raw emotion and sexuality, but it’s the depressing nature of the narrative that really resorts
this one to the dustiest shelves. The film is a categorical showcase of rich
acting by its leads, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. But the biting, bitter truth that even the
most earnest romances can sputter out so spectacularly might hit a little too close to home, in a
very literal sense, for many viewers to push play again. Schindler’s List There’s no doubt Schindler’s List is one of
the most important films to ever grace a theater. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of this work
of historical fiction gave light to the real work Oskar Schindler did to save the lives
of his Jewish employees during World War II. It painfully depicted the real horrors of
the era in unforgiving detail. In fact, it’s precisely because of the raw
sense of dread and devastation that it ranks among those that must be seen at least once
— but is probably difficult to revisit for most. American History X Tony Kaye’s American History X went to some
incredibly disturbing lengths to capture the true depravity that neo-Naziism inspires and
is fueled by. And while the overarching narrative is optimistic
in the sense that empathy is within reach for even the most seemingly unsalvageable
individuals, the road to that character recovery is immensely upsetting to watch. Not only are the language and imagery purposefully
offensive, but the acts of violence committed in the movie are unspeakable. It’s hard to imagine anyone choosing to endure
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  1. I cant watch The wave A german movie again I am still depressed after over A month a guy shot him self and cool kids dont cry and The Perks Of being A wallflower I am to Much like Charlie not litteraly

  2. Grave of the Fireflies. But I feel like all world leaders should be forced to watch it to be reminded of the innocent victims of war.

  3. Looper. I can only watch Looper once. If I watch anymore of Looper then my head will split in two and I'll have to sue!!!

  4. Just thinking about Schindler's List…..I watched that movie once….of my own accord…I was like 10-11. You want to talk about some real mental scarring…..I enjoyed the movie, at least I think I did….but I have never, nor will I ever watch that movie again.

    It just disgusts and angers me to much to see those kinds of atrocities committed by man, against man. Sure it may be acting….but the director spared zero details…

    Having to watch people hide inside the feces slurry in out-houses….covered in open wounds from abuse….to avoid being gassed to death….

    Never mind Liam's outstanding performance in conveying the sheer helplessness Jewish supporters faced….the actual portrayed brutality is enough to warrant never ever watching that film more than once.

  5. Alright! I finished watching the video, and now it's time to read the wikipedia plot summary on every one of the movies!

  6. Django Unchained. I know you have to get through the brutality for the pay off, but it's a really tough watch. Pretty sure I couldn't cope with it again.

  7. For some reason I find it really hard to rewatch moving, emotional masterpieces like Titanic, The Shawshank Redemption, and Million Dollar Baby. It’s like they were so perfect and emotionally effective on the first watch, I don’t have the energy to go through it again.

  8. Haven't seen any movie from the list. But I'm not watching again The Loved Ones, that is one damn well made thriller. And Lesson of the Evil from Takashi Miike, that one is just sick.

  9. The Road is a tough one to watch twice. After watching it the 1st time I thought to myself “great movie, don’t ever want to see it again.”

  10. I will literally watch any movie again EXCEPT Requiem For A Dream. That film is so depressing that it might actually be pure evil.

  11. i completely disagree with American History X. That film is masterpiece and Norton's performance is superb. i have watched it 6 or 7 times.

  12. A little known Australian film Samson and Delilah 2009 – the effects of petrol sniffing. And of course Grave of The Fireflies – children starving.

  13. For me, it’s What Dreams May Come. It’s a visually stunning, beautiful movie, but the subject matter was so unbearably sad, I couldn’t watch it again.

  14. I always interpreted "We Need To Talk About Kevin" as simply a mass murderer movie, but told from the perspective of the parents. I notice that, whenever someone is caught doing something abhorrent, it seems that the public has increasingly little sympathy for the family of the accused. It's important to remember that these people are suffering just as much (if not more, when you add in the guilt) as the families of the victims. And, while there may have been "signs", it's extremely easy to make excuses and blind spots for the people you love. Of course, until it's too late.

  15. Requiem is one of my favorites and I've seen it 4 or 5 times now. It's depressing but it's not nearly as disturbing as others I've seen.

  16. The movie I can't wAtch again is Alpha Dog… MAAAN! The scene where Alton… the dude that passed n real life RIP… was murdered by Justin Timberlake in that grave where he was crying… I jus cant… 😢😢😢 That scene jus took me tf OUT!!!

  17. Hands down the movie Irreversible. I spent a few years trying to watch every movie on these lists with no issues whatsoever, but Irreversible practically made me vomit. The atmosphere is so fucking dense that while this movie was the hardest movie I have watched, it is absolutely one of the best and artistically masterful. The way that movie makes you feel from the second it starts truly gives the title an impactful significance that immediately becomes apparent at the end of the film.

  18. End of Watch was a great realistic cop movie that had such a depressing and sad ending in my opinion.

  19. I thought Schindler’s List was the greatest movie I’d ever seen, but I haven’t been able to make myself see it again.

  20. Martyrs 2008 ….french movie….it one of the hardest movies to watch again, trust me. and Mother! (2017)…..

  21. requiem of a dream will either make you think while in a depressed state or uh enjoy the double headed dildo scene with a young Jennifer Connelly while in a depressed state

  22. This list lost all credibility when threads wasn't at least #2 on the list ..let alone being completely absent

  23. I've never had to turn away, or reacted so angrily, while watching a film until I watched Irreversible. The rape scene disgusted me and left me furious. It didn't turn me off to the movie. I understood the director wanted realism and for his audience to have a reaction. I imagine that's what most directors want to happen when moviegoers see their film. They want them to have emotions.

  24. So most of these I haven’t seen but I’ve watched American history X no less the a dozen times and frankly I think it’s very well made and worth watching more than one time

  25. the last half of "passion of the christ" needs to be watched on visual fast-forward–that's what i recommend, anyway. i think it was hitchens who said it resembled nothing so much as homoerotic bdsm.

  26. I think Schindler's List is one of the easiest movies to watch again. I watch it a couple of times a year, just to remind myself that with all the hate in the world, we are not all monsters.

  27. I really think that End of Watch should be on this list, a brilliant film, but some things did shock me when I saw it – although I know it isn't as gratuitous as films like I spit on your grave / human centipede etc

  28. Requiem For A Dream is one of my favorite movies, I have seen it 20+ times and although difficult to watch at times, there is a mesmerizing quality to the film that draws you in.

  29. I have seen Schindler's List and American History X more than once. In fact, I saw them both at least three times.

  30. You left out one that hammered the Oscars. Me and my wife saw it in the theater. I loved the movie. I just haven't been able to see it again… "The Killing Fields" based on a true story. Just… Whew… I have seen "Schindlers List" twice and would like to see it again. It is just so good. But for some reason I haven't seen a rewatch of "The Killing Fields" though it is on my bucket list to view one more time…

  31. Irreversible, is way too horrible. I like the cinematic structure of the movie, but the rape scene could have been reduced by a few minutes.

  32. I have watched requiem for a dream atleast 20 times, I love it it has stunning visuals and such a gut wrenching story

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