10 Hardest-To-Watch Scenes In Cinema History

For the love of God, never again!

Cinema has a strange and beautiful power - one that is unique and inapplicable to any other medium but its own. The ability to make you laugh, cry and think - sometimes all at once. To inspire and to change the world. To teach and to comfort and to make you realise that - despite its many, many flaws - the world is actually a wonderful and magical place. That said, the cinema also has the ability to make you beg never to have to see things ever again. Ever. And that, dear reader, is where this list comes in. Its aim is to explore those moments in cinema that forced you to reconsider the entire medium; individual scenes that the mere thought of cause you to wince in pain, all these years later. Moments that scarred you and continue to haunt you whenever your idle thoughts drift back to them. Scenes filled with inhuman levels of awkwardness, unbelievable violence, or those that had you shouting at the screen in a frenzy, wondering why, God, why, did anybody ever put this on a screen? These 10 moments are hard-to-watch for a variety of reasons. Chances are that, even revisiting them in written format, you'll find the process of remembering insanely difficult...

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.