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Another Top 10 Movies That Caused People to Walk Out

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Matt Wende

Some movies aren't for everybody. From Caligula, to The Revenant, to The Tree of Life, these films vacated theaters all over. WatchMojo ranks another top movies that caused people to walk out.

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You can call it daring if you want, but at the end of the day there’s only so much that your audience can take. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our list of Another Top 10 Movies That Caused People to Walk Out.

For this list, we’re looking at movies that audiences just couldn’t sit through, no matter how much they spent on the ticket. It can be because of the content or quality of the film.

#10: “Caligula” (1979)

Do the words “erotic historical drama” get you excited? No? Unfortunately for this film, its strange concept was not the only thing it had working against it. In spite of featuring performances from Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren and Peter O’Toole – a part for which he was praised – the film was heavily criticized for its violence and featuring unsimulated sex throughout. If you’re wondering who specifically walked out of this one, the answer is Roger Ebert himself, who described the film as "sickening, utterly worthless, shameful trash". Although considered a cult classic by some, the film is still divisive to this day.

#9: “The Wild Bunch” (1969)

Here we’ve got two different sides of the same coin, because the things that make this movie the classic that it is today are the same things that made it so deplorable at its time of release. “The Wild Bunch” stood out from its contemporaries by featuring hard hitting and stylized violence. Although techniques like slow-motion were considered innovative and have been utilized ever since, at the time it was far too jarring and visceral for audience members to handle. As a result, “The Wild Bunch” has since been compared to ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Citizen Kane’.

#8: “Fight Club” (1999)

If “Fight Club” is anything, it’s provocative. It bizarrely manages to strike a balance between pavement-level grounded and borderline absurd, all while deftly telling the story of a man who’s been pushed over the edge of societal norms to break with reality. A movie like that is pretty weird, and needless to say, not everyone… got it. As if it wasn’t bizarre enough, the scenes of raw animalistic violence and something about getting covered in human fat were enough to push people over the edge. “Fight Club”’s awesome; it’s just not for everyone.

#7: “The Revenant” (2015)

Leo worked hard for his Oscar, and Alejandro G. Iñárritu is a genius, but “The Revenant” is pretty much just two and a half hours of a guy trying not to die. It’s a harrowing journey that explores the limits of a man and how far he will go to not only survive, but take revenge. It has got some scenes that are hard to watch, but the real kicker is the bear attack scene, which like the rest of the film strives for realism in the most gut-wrenching fashion possible. For some, watching a bear rip into Leo was just too much.

#6: “The Walk” (2015)

In 1974, Philippe Petit performed the daring feat of walking on a high-wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The 2015 film “The Walk” tried to capture this feat, and to do so shot the film in IMAX 3D. The cinematography expertly captured the sensation of tightrope walking a quarter mile above the ground, which, while impressive, is not what some audience members were expecting. Those who were not wholly comfortable with heights found the movie to be a tough watch, with many reporting motion sickness as the feat was performed.

#5: “The Tree of Life” (2011)

At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, “The Tree of Life” was met with both boos and applause, and went on to win the festival’s illustrious Palme d’Or award. Needless to say, critics were divided, as were audiences. One of the film’s stars, Sean Penn, stated that he did not find the same beauty and emotion in the final film as he did in the script, in no small part thanks to the film’s convoluted narrative. While ambitious, and by some accounts a masterpiece, many audience members just wanted a movie they could sit down with some popcorn and enjoy.

#4: “The Passion of the Christ” (2004)

In telling the story of Jesus dying for the sins of humanity, “The Passion of the Christ” is understandably brutal. Mel Gibson’s desire to bring to life the suffering endured by Christ was off-putting to some audiences, as it spares no details with the lashing, the beating, the crown of thorns, and the crucifixion itself. One woman actually experienced a fatal heart attack while watching the climactic scene of the film. Needless to say, if you were looking for something to compliment your Sunday school lesson, this might not be it.

#3: “A Clockwork Orange” (1971)

You remember what we said about “The Wild Bunch”? Well this movie came out just two years later and audiences were not ready for the maniacal breed of ultra-violence that Alex and his Droogs offered up. If it wasn’t the savage beating, the vicious fights or even the sexual violence, audiences were severely put off by the stylization that some critics might argue glamorizes such violence. Those who stayed to watch the end of the film were rewarded with a discussion of free will and humanity’s baser instincts in a modern society, but it was understandably a little much for some.

#2: “Pink Flamingos” (1972)

John Waters created “Pink Flamingos” as his first entry into his ‘Trash Trilogy’. With the tagline “an exercise in poor taste”, this now cult film was an ode to the counterculture of its day and made a deliberate effort to push its audience as far as it could. The film focuses on a drag queen known as as “the filthiest person alive”. If the nudity and profanity wasn’t enough to throw an audience’ day off, those who stayed to the end got to see the main character eating dog feces. No judgement if this one ain’t for you.

Before we take a look at our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“The Last Airbender” (2010)

“Inherent Vice” (2014)

“The Human Centipede (First Sequence)” (2009)

#1: “Freaks” (1932)

Featuring circus performers with real deformities, this pre-code film from the ‘30s was originally 90 minutes long, but the studio viewed the film as to shocking to be released. If you’re hoping we’re going to have some juicy footage from the extended cut here, sorry, that footage is by all accounts gone forever! In spite of the extensive cuts, some audience member still were unable to stomach the content. Sure, by today’s standards, it may not seem like it’s that big a deal, but in 1932 you can rest assured this film caused quite the stir.

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