Most shocking moments in movies

My totally subjective ranking of the most breathtaking and shocking scenes in history. Warning! May contain spoilers!
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1.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ If you once saw the ending of Polanski's movie, you'll never throw it out of your mind. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
2.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ My biggest amazement form childhood - the final view that makes Charlton Heston weep. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
3.
Irreversible (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ No, not the rape scene. I'm thinking about fire extinguisher and head smashing. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
4.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. (95 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
“ What is hidden inside a turtle? ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
5.
Pink Flamingos (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive". (93 mins.)
Director: John Waters
“ Divine eats dogs poo and smiles. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
6.
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end. (109 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
“ Penis as a souvenir. Nice. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
7.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (116 mins.)
“ Shi*ty diner. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
8.
Wild at Heart (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor. (125 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Bobby Peru blows his head off. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
9.
Nekromantik (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him. (75 mins.)
“ Bloody ejaculation. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
10.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ Skinned alive girl reveals a mystery. And then the ending... ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
11.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Peter Stormare grinds his buddy. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
12.
Ginî piggu 2: Chiniku no hana (1985 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A woman walking home late at night is attacked by an unknown assailant who knocks her out with chloroform... (42 mins.)
Director: Hideshi Hino
“ The whole thing is one big shocking moment. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
13.
Xtro (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively. (81 mins.)
“ An alien appears in front of the car. Probably one of the best jump-scenes ever. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
14.
The Day of the Locust (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father. (144 mins.)
“ Donald Sutherland mangles the kid. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
15.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ In a motel room. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
16.
Freaks (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (64 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ Freaks get their revenge. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
17.
Stroszek (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin. (115 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ American dream brutally uncovered in the ending. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
18.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Gwyneth Paltrow's head. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
19.
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his tribe and his parents whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his warriors when he was a boy. (129 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ Conan chops off the head of his parents murderer. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
20.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ If there's still anyone on this Earth who doesn't know that Darth Vader is Luke's father - yes, that is quite a shock. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
21.
Grimm Love (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
In Germany, as graduate student Katie Armstrong researches cannibal killer Oliver Hagen for her thesis, she becomes obsessed with her subject and ultimately plunges into a lifestyle similar to Hagen's and the thousands of people like him. (87 mins.)
Director: Martin Weisz
“ Trying to bite off the penis. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
22.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one. (127 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ Donnie helps to dismember the victims of a gang warfare. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
23.
Pigs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In good old days Franz Maurer and his partners from secret police used to live like kings. Now, they... (104 mins.)
“ Massacre of the policemen by the gangsters. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
24.
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ The mystery of Hugh Jackman's trick. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
25.
Men Behind the Sun (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to a place called Squadron 731, where they are grotesquely tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons. (105 mins.)
Director: T.F. Mous
“ Inside the pressure chamber and the frozen hands. ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
26.
Batman: The Movie (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people. (105 mins.)
“ Shark attack! ” - CaligulaAzrael
 
27.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. (85 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
“ Enrico Palazzo appears to be... Leslie Nielsen! ” - CaligulaAzrael