Never Again…11 Great Movies You Can Only Watch Once (Part II)

August 13, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines


Monster’s Ball. Precious. Do The Right Thing. Passion Of The Christ. For Colored Girls.

Last time we did a list on great movies you can only watch once, these were just a few of seven we picked. But we found that you, the readers, had a wealth of others you just had to recommend, and in all honesty, we agreed with most of them. That’s why we decided to make a second list with some new additions that were well done films, but only needed to be seen once. Whether it was because of the violence or the emotional rollercoaster they took people on, these movies got the point across, and let’s just say, we make a habit to pass them up in our Netflix recommendations…

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  • B

    Menace to Society is a film I can’t watch again, it was too raw for me.

  • Steffy93

    Shawshank Redemption.
    (except for the last 10 minutes or so, I could watch that all day long).

  • Diva Ex Machina

    I’d have to add Monster’s Ball to the list. The Horse Whisperer, too, and probably Schindler’s List. I also own A Beautiful Mind and have only watched it once. Just never in the mood to sit through it again.

  • Wendeec

    A Simple Plan. Loving family implodes after finding drug money. This is the gold standard of great movie that you never watch again. So heartbreaking.

  • tstucker

    Why have I only heard of one of them and why are 10 of the 11 black? How about 11 movies no one has ever heard of before?

  • aDayLateAndAdollarShort

    Snow on the Bluff is another movie that you only need to see one time.

  • aDayLateAndAdollarShort

    I watched Rosewood when I was about 10 and it left me feeling some kind of way about white folks. I knew to never watch it again if a movie brought out those feelings at such a young age.

  • HUgrad13

    I couldnt watch I Am Legend more than once, and I own it.

  • hiswomanandlovingit

    you forgot “8mm” and “sleepers”. those are two movies that hare just hard to watch the first time. i cant even imagine trying to watch them again.

    • Diva Ex Machina

      Totally agree on 8mm… Barely got through it the first time!

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  • Jen

    Your write up on Rosewood was wrong , the plot anyways…. A stranger (white man had sex with the wife) he roughed her up, she accused a black man, and from there the husband told the sheriff in which started an all out lynching in that ton

  • Pearl

    wow I’ve only seen Hotel Rawanda….these other movies sound so depressing…. I’ll stick to action flicks

  • jessica

    Actually in Rosewood it was her white lover not her husband who beat her up.

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  • kei

    Million dollar baby I own saw it once never again to sad. I seen kids mire than ince sicktwisted movie but it shows the face of hiv is changing. Rosewood I seen several times but won’t jump to see it again to real and to sad

  • Chanda

    The only ones I’ve seen on this list were Kids, and American History X don’t care to see them again. Other movies I don’t want to watch again: Watermelon Man, Pink Flamingos, and probably Silver Bullet. Some of these movies are just creepy.
    I still don’t know if I want to see I Spit on Your Grave (from 1978). I’ve done a bit of research and I know at one time it was banned and it sounds disturbing.

    • bookaday19

      I watched I Spit on Your Grave w/friends in…1981? It was disturbing, horrifying, painful to watch – the violence was awful. Skip it.

  • Laila

    City of God should be on this list! Good movie but I couldn’t sleep after watching it….

    • Yaya

      City of God is one of my favorites. I’ve watched it a million times, but I toatally understand why someone else wouldn’t want to.

    • Tee Elyse

      City of Men was also good! It’s crazy that that’s how they’re really living over in Brazil!

  • truth

    7 pounds was amazing, but depressing. Lol will smith was amazing in his role.

  • Maile00

    Good list. I’ve watched Rosewood more than once and am pissed every time. Dang I forgot about Kids!

  • Ellen Ellis

    Don’t forget “The Killing Fields”

  • Laine

    Atonement is a movie I only need to see once. It’s just too sad

  • Alexis Morris

    Ive watched american history x numerous times, the only one on this list in fact. Rosewood, I just cant bring myself to watch it again, i just cant.

  • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

    I saw American History X when I was still in high school in Afro-American History class and I couldn’t stomach the scene with the neo-Nazi stomp on the back of that dude’s neck while he bit onto the curve, I lost my appetite that day. I say the same for The Last King of Scotland (the part that one of Idi Amin’s wife was mutilated for having an affair and became pregnant from it) and the ending of Jeepers Creepers.

  • Luckystar393

    KIDS made me sick to my stomach. The thought of all those teens having unprotected sex like that was unsettling. The main boy, Teddy I think, made me cry the way he did those girls. Making a game out of how many girls’ virginities he could take. And didn’t wrap up cuz he figured virgins didn’t have STD’s. come to find out this MF was HIV positive and spreading it to those same girls he just deflowered!! My stomach hurts again. Sorry if I spoiled it. Matter of fact I’m not sorry. I just saved u 90 minutes of side eye.

    • Tee Elyse

      That was a very sad movie, yet very eye opening!!

  • UnpopularOpinion

    I loved Crash! Great movie. Kids! Also a great movie–but the emotional rollercoaster in these movies are too much. What about Fruitvale Staiton? *tear* That movie is just too much for my heart strings. Can’t watch that again. And “Passion of the Christ”—too much gore for my eyes.

    The absolute worst movie I cannot watch a second time is “Burning Palms.” Its a series of vignettes and Zoe Saldana is in it. She plays a woman who has been raped but falls in love with her rapist. Another part of the film follows a woman whos engaged with a man who has an incestuous relationship with his daughter. Never EVER again!

  • Aukai Akiliano

    I remember the scene in Hotel Rwanda where the guy had Don Cheadle (I forgot his character’s name) take a shortcut or something that turned out to be him driving over a bunch of dead bodies. Oh my goodness!

    • KnowsBetter

      That scene made me boo hoo cry! Agreed, that is not a movie I will ever watch again.

  • KJ23

    I LOVE “Requiem for a Dream.” My friends can only watch it once, but for some reason, I love watching that movie!

    • me too. It’s sad but it just keeps pulling you in

    • #allNatural

      I’ve never heard of it. I will check it out

    • Diva Ex Machina

      It was excellent! I feel the same way about Black Swan, too. I said I wasn’t going to watch it again, but every time it’s on one of the movie channels I have to watch (even if it’s halfway over).

  • Rosewood was one Im glad I saw but dont need to see it again. Precious is another one and so was For the Colored Girls.

  • Steve Stone

    Precious….that is game, set, and match. Great, but never want to see that depressing isht again.

    • enlightened

      Oh yes, Precious. I watched that the for the first time—and I was eating. Needless to say, I lost my appetite.

    • Osoclassy

      For Colored girls is on that level for me. As great as it is, I can’t watch that again ever

  • Did that bird just shiit on me

    I’ll never watch anything with Trashonsay in it

  • Tee Elyse

    Couldn’t agree more about Red Hook Summer!! I LOVE Spike Lee, but this movie was ALL wrong! And then the unnecessary pop up of Mookie was just silly!