Certain stories are so powerful, that one viewing of a particular movie is enough. Several of these tough-to-watch films have even won Oscars for Best Picture!
Sometimes the subject matter and how it's told is so compelling, that it seeps into your subconscious where it will remain for an eternity.
There's no reason to watch it again. Like... ever.
Click through and see 13 movies that we never ever want to witness a second time... no matter how astounding they are!
Want a hint as to what's on our list? Watch Se7en online and you'll get a clue.
Trainspotting did two things: It introduced us to the power that is Ewan McGregor and the talent that is director Danny Boyle. We'll just leave it at that.
2. Schindler's List
One of the more important movies that any Jewish person, or human being for that matter, can watch. But, the horror that one group of humans does on another is unforgettable and therefore, we don't need to be reminded of it again by watching Steven Spielberg's Oscar winner a second time.
Se7en is a tough one. It is absolutely one of our favorite movies. But, that ending is so horrific... and such a twist, that it can never be so powerful with a second viewing.
4. The Road
We all know that life after an apocalypse will be awful. But as bleak as it is in this supremely awesome movie, going down The Road once was enough.
5. 12 Years a Slave
One. Powerful. Film! 12 Years a Slave may win an Oscar for Best Picture, heck BAFTA just gave it its top honor. But, we can only watch that whipping scene (among others) the one time. The Steve McQueen film will never leave our mind.
6. Requiem for a Dream
This film, like Trainspotting, could be a poster for not doing drugs. And like Trainspotting, going into the underbelly of that world a single time showed that one hit was enough.
7. Million Dollar Baby
Oscars for everyone! And beyond that, we don't need to see what happens to Hilary Swank a second time. Even though Clint Eastwood directs and acts like a champ, we got hit in the head once with this boxing epic and that was all it took to get us out of the ring.
Race relations in L.A. is a touchy subject and Crash handled it about as well as it could. It won Best Picture and it'll go down as another top movie of a year that we will only witness once.
9. Hotel Rwanda
Don Cheadle should have won an Oscar for Hotel Rwanda. That being said, it was so powerful and so intense that we cannot watch it a second time to tell you why he was robbed.
Another riveting movie, another riveting twist. And it's so powerful and jaw-dropping that the film is ruined for ever being able to see it again.
11. Boys Don't Cry
Hilary Swank sure likes to make movies that we can only see once. And that is no more true than with this difficult to even watch once (!) movie about a girl pretending to be a boy... and the terrible things that subsequently happen when her gender is revealed.
12. American History X
A movie about skinheads, you can probably tell from the outset isn't one that is going to have you hitting repeat on the DVD player. But, there is something truly astounding about Edward Norton and Edward Furlong in this tale that still rivets... even if we only saw it once.