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    35 "Emotionally Traumatizing" Movies People Recommend Everyone See Once, But Never Again

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    We recently took a look at a viral Reddit thread asking, "What movie is so good you'd recommend it to all your friends, but so emotionally traumatic that you'll never watch it again?" and their incredible answers lead to even more great responses from our very own BuzzFeed Community! So, with that in mind, here are even more movies that people would recommend you see at least once, but could never watch again themselves:

    1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

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    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "Amazing movie, but I’ll never watch it again — especially knowing what happens to Solomon Northup in the end."

    murrays3

    2. The Wicker Man (1973)

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    British Lion Films

    "The original one. Good god."

    ritaf3

    3. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

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    Icon Productions

    "This may be an unpopular opinion, but it just really traumatized me. I can't watch that movie again. It didn't scare me as much as that movie did."

    gabbier6

    4. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

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    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "Great film, but Forest Whitaker was far too convincing for me."

    trilingualmom

    5. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

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    RLJ Entertainment

    "I’ve said this movie so many times for so many different posts on this website, but it really did fuck me up! It was great to see once, so cool what they did there, but I’ll never watch it again!"

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    6. The Lovely Bones (2009)

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    Paramount Pictures

    "Deeply unsettling at times and very sad at others. The movie actually made me go through the stages of grief while I was watching it. Highly, highly recommend, but I won’t watch it again."

    ciara15237

    7. A Star is Born (2018)

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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    "I can’t believe this wasn't on the original list! I'm happy I saw it once because Bradley Cooper was remarkable, but there are scenes from it that still haunt me and I don’t think I could watch it again."

    kelzee05

    8. The Family Stone (2005)

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    20th Century Fox

    "It hurts my heart. My mother is still here, but I know I won’t be able to watch this movie once she’s gone, and something about knowing that makes it harder to watch now."

    rainaf4e29d925f

    9. Just Mercy (2019)

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "It's such an important movie to watch, but I cried off and on the whole time. It’s so emotional, especially since it’s a true story and things like that do happen to Black people. A positive ending, but a total rollercoaster. I think about it all the time."

    lnicolek012

    10. Eden Lake (2008)

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    Optimum Releasing

    "If you know, you know."

    spaced

    11. The Neon Demon (2016)

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    Amazon Studios

    “I was not prepared for it."

    carolibal4cfa04881

    12. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (2009)

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    Lionsgate

    "I will never watch it again, and — now that I have children — I'm even more adamant about that."

    livlintern

    13. Funny Games (1997)

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    Concorde-Castle Rock/Turner

    "Those people were not 'funny' in the least, and it really fucked me up when they just moved on to the next house at the end."

    jasond42d4442c9

    14. Marley and Me (2008)

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    20th Century Fox

    "As a lover of animals, I could never watch this again without bawling my eyes out. It physically hurt me to watch."

    h2creech

    15. Parasite (2019)

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    CJ Entertainment

    "The garden party scene was wild, but — as much as I liked this movie — I can’t watch it again."

    shariffamawani

    16. Sophie’s Choice (1982)

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    Universal Pictures

    "I can’t even think about it without getting upset."

    christine61390

    17. Prisoners (2013)

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "That movie with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal — oof."

    merrifieldgiorgio

    18. Still Alice (2014)

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    Sony Pictures Classics

    "I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago. It was so raw and real. I can see why Julianne Moore won the Oscar, but it left me with such a deep sadness that I know I’ll never watch it again."

    jilll40e854a89

    19. The Paperboy (2012)

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    Millennium Films

    "John Cusack will never be same to me."

    serenak4cd31813e

    20. The Father (2020)

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    Lionsgate

    "It was absolutely brilliant...maybe TOO brilliant, because I don't want to watch it ever again."

    adeledazeem

    21. Mother! (2017)

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    Paramount Pictures

    "It's a trippy, weird movie, but really good!"

    cherylkeswani

    22. Joker (2019)

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "It was so good, but I almost had an anxiety attack in the theater and can’t bring myself to watch it again."

    marileib

    23. Room (2015)

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    A24

    "Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay were both phenomenal, but it was an emotionally exhausting experience!"

    tessmarin

    24. Hereditary (2018)

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    A24

    "The emotional dinner scene did it for me. Toni Collette’s anguish over her daughter’s death was too much to handle. I watched the movie shortly after my mom died and it was just too raw."

    okokimono

    25. Les Misérables (2012)

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    Universal Pictures

    "I had to turn it off the second Gavroche died. The way they shot that scene was horrible, it really showed the pain everyone felt. It could also partly be that my mom wouldn't let me see this until I turned 16, but I really loved the soundtrack, so I basically grew up listening to the characters while having no idea that most of them died. I haven't watched it in years, but I can still remember all of the deaths."

    lunalovegood987

    26. Tusk (2014)

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    A24

    "Everyone I've ever known who's seen this movie has had a visceral reaction to it, whether it be total disgust, violent anger, or whatever else. I personally think it's one of the must-see movies for those who want to get into B-movie horror, but I would be very concerned if you wanted to watch that shit multiple times."

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    27. Glory (1989)

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    TriStar Pictures

    "We watched it in class when I was 12. My teacher wanted us to understand that racism was (and still is) just as pervasive in the North as it is in the South. I’m 26 now, and I haven’t seen it since. I’ll NEVER forget how much that movie gutted me, but it's SO important to see."

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    28. The Imitation Game (2014)

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    The Weinstein Company

    "Incredible movie, great performances, but a heartbreaking ending."

    christig2

    29. Kids (1995)

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    Shining Excalibur Films

    "That movie bothered me. I hated to think that’s what teens were actually doing."

    jenniferw486be321c

    30. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

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    A24

    "This one REALLY got me."

    vvinter

    31. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I saw it once. It was very well-made, but it also made me sick and I don't think I could ever watch it again."

    dianaelenac

    32. A Single Man (2009)

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    The Weinstein Company

    "Colin Firth gave a searing, devastating performance — he’s so good, I can’t see it again. I was emotionally drained at the end."

    stephanies4bcc536a5

    33. Oldboy (2003)

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    Show East

    "It was an absolutely phenomenal film that I can never watch again. Witnessing THAT twist ending was enough to give me permanent 0_0 face whenever I think about it!"

    ashleyoftheroses

    34. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

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    MGM Distribution Co.

    "Great movie, would recommend it to everyone, but once was enough for me."

    jaida

    35. And finally:The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

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    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "I had to watch it in history class in eighth grade, and....well, it's a beautiful film, but I can't watch it again or I'd never finish it due to tears."

    ivoryd97

    Now it's your turn! What's a movie that's so good, you'd recommend that everyone watch it once, but you couldn't ever personally bring yourself to watch it again? Share your pick(s) in the comments below, and be sure to check out the initial post to see if your pick was listed there!

    NOTE: Some responses were edited for length and/or clarity.

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