24 Movie Moments So Vexing That They Might Be The Most Stressful Ever

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A while back, we asked the BuzzFeed Community for the most stressful movie moments ever, and they had a lot of great responses. But people submitted a ton more, so we're back for another round!


Here are 24 more stressful movie scenes people had to watch through their fingers:

1.In Titanic, when Rose has to break Jack's handcuffs with the ax:

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"I hold my breath during Titanic, when Rose is swinging an ax at the VERY small chain between the cuffs with her eyes closed, while the room fills up with water."


2.The opening scene of Inglourious Basterds, when Hans Landa questions the farmers while the Jewish family hides under the floor:

Hans Landa says "You're sheltering enemies of the state" to the farmer as the Jewish family hides below the floorboards

"Just watched Inglourious Basterds last night for the first time in a while. The bar scene is definitely up there, but I'd rank it equally with the opening scene in the farmhouse, the latter possibly edging out the other as more intense. Christoph Waltz's acting was so spot-on. His character was so hateable and so diabolical that it just made the scenes with him in them extra tense in a movie that was already at 100 for its entire duration."


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3.And the scene when Hans Landa questions Shoshanna while they eat strudel, and you're not sure if he recognizes her from the Jewish family or not:

Hans questions how Shoshanna came into the theater, and she says she got it from her aunt and uncle — he asks for their names

"The pastries and milk scene did it for me. I was sweating buckets in the theater."


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4.In The Shining, when Wendy sees what Jack has been typing:

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"So many scenes in The Shining, like when Wendy looks at what Jack has been typing and it's the same sentence over and over, page after page. She knows then he's gone mad."


5.In Avengers: Infinity War, when the Guardians (plus Strange, Tony, and Peter) are trying to get the glove off Thanos:

Nebula reveals she suspects Thanos killed Gamora, and as Quill gets upset, Tony tells him to calm down and then to stop as he starts to attack Thanos

"When they are about to get Thanos’s glove off, and Peter/Starlord finds out Thanos killed Gamora and he is starting to get mad. I was screaming in my head because I was in the theater. They were so close."



6.The reentry scene from Apollo 13:

Houston tries to get ahold of Apollo 13 as people watch the news, and the newscaster says they should've made contact by now

"I can't count the number of times I've watched this movie, and I am ALWAYS on the edge of my seat."


"I cry every time I watch this scene. I KNOW how it ends, but Marilyn cries, and then I’m done for."


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7.In Tangled, when Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene are stuck in the cave as it fills with water:

Flynn and Rapunzel trying to push rocks aside and get out of the flooding cave

"This one shouldn't be that stressful, but the scene in Tangled when Rapunzel and Flynn are running from the guards, knock over a pillar, and almost drown in a cave stresses me out so much that I avoid watching Tangled."



8.The "funny guy" scene from Goodfellas:

Tommy saying "What the fuck is so funny about me? Tell me. Tell me what's funny" to Henry

"It had to be Goodfellas for me, the ‘What do you mean, I'm funny?’ exchange. That whole scene has me on edge. It’s brilliantly done, and I think the most tense scene I have ever seen."


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9.The bathtub scene in What Lies Beneath, when Claire is paralyzed and the bathtub is slowly filling with water:

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10.In Sweeney Todd, when Sweeney is about to kill Judge Turpin:

Sweeney holds up his shaving knife and reveals to the judge that he's Benjamin Barker

"Both times he has Judge Turpin in the chair. The tension just builds and builds until the absolute breaking point — the first with the interruption, the second with the judge's realization, which comes too late! 'Benjamin Barker?' 'Yes! Benjamin Barker!!'"


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11.In Dunkirk, when the pilot is trying to get off his plane as it sinks:

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"In fact, just all of that movie. The music is specifically and stunningly done to induce anxiety."


12.The nail scene from A Quiet Place:

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"The entirety of A Quiet Place, but especially when Emily Blunt's character steps on the nail on the staircase. That made me so anxious."


"Came here to say this. The moment we see that nail pull up, we know it's coming, and it made me sick."


13.The scene in The Social Network when they talk about the values the shares were diluted to:

Eduardo asks Mark how much his shares were diluted down to, then his lawyer asks him, and Eduardo reveals no one's shares were diluted but his — and his were diluted to 0.03%

"That gets me every damn time."


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14.In Deadpool, when Wade is tortured through oxygen deprivation for an entire weekend until he mutates:

Wade getting tortured and gasping for air

"For me it's Deadpool, when we see how he got his appearance. That scene made me so stressed out."


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15.The Spotlight scene when Matt runs down his street and stops in front of a house a block away where accused priests live:

Matt runs down the street and looks at a house in shock

"Another scene in Spotlight that makes me tense is the one where one of the journalists (played by Brian d'Arcy James) realizes that some of the accused priests live near him and his children."


"Another one of my favorite scenes! He just runs out of his home and down the street, and you have no idea what’s happening. But when he finally stops at the house, you realize. It’s such a powerful, small moment that gets me every time I watch it."


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16.In Misery, when Paul is trying to get back to his room before Annie comes in and realizes he's left his room:

Paul desperately wheeling himself back to his room as Annie approaches the front steps

"I'm glad they kept that scene from the book. I was so on edge the entire time I read and watched it."


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17.In Come and See, when a bomb goes off by Flyora and he can't hear anything, even as Nazi soldiers advance:

Flyora responds to the bomb explosion by covering his ears, a Nazi soldier approaches, and Glasha looks upward

"There's this little-known movie called Come and See about how Belarus was affected by World War II invasions. At the very beginning of the movie, a bomb goes off very close to the main character. From then on, they make the audio sound like what HE would hear (including muffled voices, piercing ringing, etc.). As the audience, we can see that there are Nazis coming up behind them, but they're not looking in the right direction. It could've been gimmicky, but it was incredibly effective. That movie is a panic attack (and it's scary because it's all true)."



18.In Sleeping With the Enemy, when Laura opens the cabinet to see the cans arranged the way Martin liked, and realizes he's in the house:

Laura sees the labels all turned forward in the cabinet and cries

"I’ve seen that movie so many times, and I always get nervous when she opens the cabinet and sees that all of the cans are perfectly stacked, and then that music starts playing."


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19.The whole plane crash scene in Cast Away:

Chuck watching as the top of the plane breaks and water floods in and pushes him under

"I have a fear of flying — like a nausea-inducing, panicked, and crying fear of flying. When the plane scene came on, I had to leave the room. I felt like I was going to throw up."


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20.In Queen & Slim, when Queen and Slim are about to escape on the plane and the police show up:

Queen and Slim turning to see the police, who yell at them to get on the ground

"I couldn’t take the tension at the end. I fast-forwarded to see what happened."


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21.The scene from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 when Gale and the rest of the team break into the Tribute Center and President Snow reveals he knows they're there:

As the District 13 team breaks into the tribute center, Snow says "Don't you think I know your friends are in the Tribute Center?" and Katniss realizes it was a trap

"I always found the part in Mockingjay — Part 1 when Gale and the others are dropping into the Tribute Center to be the most stressful from the series."



22.And the scene from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 when Gale is fighting against the sewer monsters and trying to get up the ladder.


"In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 when they’re running and trying to climb the ladder, and Katniss waits for Finnick but he doesn’t come. Finnick was always my favorite, and I hate that scene so much. I have to cover my eyes."


23.In Whiplash, when Terence sabotages Andrew by playing a new song last minute at the festival and not giving him the sheet music:

Terence tells the crowd they're playing a new song, and Andrew desperately looks for the sheet music

"The final scene of Whiplash gets me every time. I did not breathe for the last five minutes of that movie the first time I watched it."


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24.And finally, in Crash, when Daniel's daughter jumps into his arms as Farhad shoots, and you think he's shot her:

Farhad shoots and Daniel screams as his daughter jumps in his arms
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Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.