21 of the Most Physically Uncomfortable Scenes in Movie History

We still can’t shake the fingernail scene in ‘Black Swan’
21 of the Most Physically Uncomfortable Scenes in Movie History

Art is supposed to make you feel things, even — especially — things you don’t want to feel. Nobody’s ever left a theater and said, “What a great film. I was perfectly comfortable the entire time.”

Often, it’s a (sometimes literally) visceral reaction to being forced to confront the horror of a situation. Other times, it’s a gross-out (again, occasionally literal) gag that pries the laughter of shock out of you. In both cases, it can be so extreme as to bypass the part of your brain that interprets meaning directly to the part that brings up popcorn.

It was largely those instances r/Movies had in mind when it responded to the question, “What scenes in movies gross you out or cause even the slightest of discomfort to watch?” Reddit had no problem remembering the gore, gristle, and plain old cringe that made them heave their Reese’s Pieces.

Evil Dead

American History X

Bone Tomahawk

Terrifier 2


127 Hours

The Wrestler

Reservoir Dogs

The Fly


Black Swan

Jackass: The Movie



Van Wilder

Slumdog Millionaire

Pitch Perfect

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The Cable Guy


Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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