Have you ever watched one of those movies that just stay with you after they’re finished? For some reason you become part of the story, and there’s a space in your heart because you wanted it to end differently. Or maybe it ended way better than you thought it would and now your over thrilled with joy. Those movies are definitely the best.
Sometimes we all want to sit down and relax, but we find it hard to find a good movie to spend our free time. Well, your scrolling up and down Netflix is over. One reddit user made sure you will have the best compiled list of movies, without needing to worry what to watch next.
u/akambe Reddit user asked people to share “what movie is so good you’d recommend it to all your friends, but so emotionally traumatic that you’ll never watch it again?“. This thread went viral with thousands of people commenting on it. Therefore, as a result people shared their suggestions about the movies with strong characters, emotionally hard, unexpected plot twists, or a mix of all of those above.
Scroll down below to see this list of movies you must watch. Also, if there’s another movie that you want to suggest don’t hesitate to do so in the comment section below.
1. The Grave of the Fireflies.
I’m never, EVER, gonna watch that sh** again. It’s from Studio Ghibli, the same from Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro). An absolute masterpiece for sure, but don’t expect to find happy little creatures in it. – V02D
2. Pan’s Labyrinth
I thought I was going in to see a cool fantasy flick… And it turned out to be a movie dealing with trauma, abuse, and coping mechanisms
Still a great film, but so gut-wrenching-JDazzleGM
I can’t bring myself to watch it again. The anger and hopelessness I felt for that man and those people is beyond compare. – VibinWithDoggo
4.Full Metal Jacket
I watched the very first bit of it when I was in officer training and thought it was a comedy. A few months later I sat down and watched the whole thing. It’s not a comedy…- Titanomicon
5. Leaving Las Vegas
Nicolas Cage is amazing in it (Won an Oscar for it!), but as a recovered alcoholic, that film hits WAY too close to home. Good film though. – Kryodamus
6. Come And See
Wonderful movie, but even more devastating than Grave of the Fireflies, in my opinion.- Mimameird
7. Life is Beautiful
This movie is unspeakably tragic. But its also profoundly beautiful. The love that the family had for each other gets me every time. Roberto Benigni was perfection in this role! – mgeezysqueezy
8. We Need To Talk About Kevin.
That was a truly visceral experience. – crackosaurusrex
9. Schindler’s list
I just watched this for the first time about a month ago. I held it together fine until Oskar broke down crying because he couldn’t save more people. Then came the waterworks.- drowninginteger
10.Requiem for a Dream
That ending montage made me physically ill.
Only movie that’s ever done that to me. – huazzy
11.Bridge to Terabithia
My childhood literally ended after finishing that movie. – Speculosity
12. Mary and Max
It’s such a beautiful movie and so damn sad. I’ve recommended it to lots of people but it’s hard to find. Ghostrider_119
13. The Hunt
That. F*****g. Movie.
Things it shows:
children should not be exposed to pornography
Children who are being questioned to see if they were abused should only have that questioning done by a specially trained expert and possibly with potentially a trained advocate present because it’s too easy to lead them to a conclusion they think the questioner wants to hear, especially if they think they are in trouble
(note: I edited this due to the several very good points several people said about parents shouldn’t be present, some people are also saying best practice is one on one with that trained forensic questioner.)
basically everyone in that story ended up f****d up – Wunderbabs
14. The Road
Watched it when it first came out. Loved it. Can’t put myself through it again though. It’s so hard going and heartbreaking. – Chemical_Robot
15. Hotel Rwanda
I do not know how Hotel Rwanda isn’t at the top of this thread in marquee lights. I was 18 when I first saw it for the last time. Joaquin Pheonix’s line about people seeing a story about genocide on the news and not caring was a crushing “weight of the world” moment for me. – dumbamericanqueer
16. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Came here to say this.
This movie… no words. Still haunts me. Still f***s me up, takes me back there, breaks my heart.
They hired the lead actor, Asa Butterfield, for his innocence. He knew nothing about the holocaust. They didn’t tell him anything about the holocaust or the gist of the story, he was just playing a little boy who played with another little boy through a fence. They maintained that brilliant innocence of his throughout the movie. THAT’S what makes the ending of this movie just so very soul wrenching. I’m still so very moved by this film. – kaelyyna
17. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
It’s my answer to this question every time. Can’t even console yourself with it being ‘just a movie’.- ALittleBitAlexisss
18. Boys Don’t Cry
It made me depressed for days.- IrianJaya
19. What Dreams May Come
Its the most beautiful movie and I think everyone should watch it at least once, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it since Robin Williams died. I actually haven’t watched anything he’s in since he died.- Leather_Mango
20. Dancer in the Dark
Amazing performance by Bjork and brutally sad. I bought a copy of the DVD after seeing the movie because I loved it so much. I lent the disc to several friends and looked at it many times myself, but could just never summon the energy to watch it again. – Trump_Card_Played
21. Stand by me
The last line gets me thinking everytime; “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?” – JesusWearsVersace
For a kid’s movie it’s so emotionally crushing right from the get go and then you have the tragic murder of the 10-year-old voice actress for Ducky that just adds more sadness to that film. –eDgAR
23. Dead Poet’s Society
It hit me HARD mate! – DarkSorceress_007
24. The Green mile
I love Stephen King and tried to read this book…big nope. Then watched the movie and I’m forever traumatized by John saying he’s afraid of the dark…among other sad scenes in this movie. Dropping tears just typing this comment. F**k. – Composer_Academic
25. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Leonardo DiCaprio is phenomenal in that. He did character studies to get his role to be believable. – houseofprimetofu
26. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
Like just knowing it happened brings me so much pain