Cringe is a means to test how much tolerance individuals have for not raising a fuss, to pull at the thin threads holding polite society together. When you witness someone completely embarrass themselves, it is a horrible yet curiously interesting feeling. Using a rather broad definition of cringe in movies, this list is fairly varied in terms of genre and tone. Below are 10 best cringe movies.
1. The King of Comedy (1982)
Director- Martin Scorsese
Being a successful comedian is Rupert Pupkin’s lifelong ambition. He begs talk show host Jerry Langford to let him perform on his show, but all he gets in return is the finger pointing. Jerry Langford is his idol. Nevertheless, he keeps going and continues to stalk Jerry until he gets his way. Ultimately, he must work with his insane Masha, who is infatuated with Langford, to kidnap the talk show host in the hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine.
2. Lost In America (1985)
Director- Albert Brooks
Los Angeles yuppie David Howard persuades his wife Linda to quit her work and go on a cross-country road trip with him after being rejected at his advertising job. In an effort to find themselves and learn more about America, the two sell up their belongings and travel to the West Coast in a Winnebago. However, the couple discovers during a stay in Las Vegas that their romanticised view of the American experience is seriously wrong when they lose all of their savings playing the roulette wheel.
3. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Director- Luis Buñuel
As they approach Alice Sénéchal and her husband Henri’s home for a dinner party, the ambassador of the Latin American country of Miranda, M. Thevenot, his wife Simone, and her sister Florence discover that they have the wrong date. The six affluent pals frequently assemble for a supper that never quite materialises in filmmaker Luis Buuel’s fantastical surrealist film.
4. After Hours (1985)
Director- Martin Scorsese
Imagine a city where all the young women appear to be kind, but they all turn out to be somewhere between weird and crazy. Imagine yourself coming up here to see one of these girls when your last bill flew out the cab window on the way. Then, assume that your date committed suicide, you were somehow identified as a serial burglar, and a different female is pursuing you with her ice cream truck. You might find yourself stranded in SoHo in the early hours, far from your uptown work as a word processor, like Paul Hackett. You have some spare change, but not enough to take the train back since the prices increased at midnight.
5. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Director(s)- Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
After all these years, Ted, the awkward youngster who lost the Senior Prom with Mary, the vivacious girl of his dreams, due to an unlikely and excruciating accident, still has feelings for her. As a result, Ted, a writer who is currently unmarried and is searching for the ideal partner, hires the risqué Pat Healy as a private eye to find Mary. Ted is looking for answers and is hoping for another chance at love. Healy uses every stratagem he knows to keep Ted in the dark, but at the same time, Mary is the victim of a cunning but flawed romantic con. They conclude by saying that both love and violence are just.
6. The Lobster (2015)
Director- Yorgos Lanthimos
In a grim dystopia where the laws of attraction are a matter of life or death, only forty-five days separate the chronically unattached and the recently single from a quick and irreversible transformation into one’s favourite animal. Naturally, David, the recently divorced architect, must find a compatible partner as soon as he checks into the opulent treatment centre known as “The Hotel”; otherwise, a terribly precarious future in the wild awaits. There, the seditious people who opted for personal freedom above real devotion are governed by a new set of laws.
7. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Director- Christopher Guest
There is only one way to honour the town of Blaine, Missouri, as it nears its sesquicentennial: with a musical revue titled “Red, White and Blaine.” Impresario Corky St. Clair assembles a cast of eager but untalented locals to play his masterpiece in the hopes that it will be his ticket back to Broadway. Things pick up steam, though, when Corky says that theatre agent Mort Guffman will be at the premiere.
7. Force Majeure (2014)
Director- Ruben Östlund
The Swedish family of workaholic father Tomas, his loyal wife Ebba, and their two children, Vera and Harry, encounter a surprise and powerful avalanche on the second day of their carefree vacation at an opulent ski resort in the snow-capped French Alps. An instinctive, yet unforgiveable act of self-preservation will open the door for a quick and irreversible disenchantment as the towering tsunami of white fear rapidly closes in on an outdoor restaurant and its joyful patrons. Tomas is now the centre of attention as trust, the foundation of their orderly life, silently disintegrates more and more.
8. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Director- Larry Charles
The flamboyant TV character of Kazakhstan’s undeveloped sovereign state, Borat Sagdiyev, travels to bustling New York City after being hired to do an in-depth travelogue capturing his wide-eyed examination of American society and culture. Borat, accompanied by his chubby producer Azamat Bagatov, is enamoured with America up until the late-night discovery of C. In Baywatch (1989), the imposing lifeguard J. Parker experiences a complete paradigm shift. Now that Borat is in love, he feels driven to follow his heart and takes the trip of a lifetime to sunny California to meet the actress who has altered his life irrevocably.
9. The Color Wheel (2011)
Director- Alex Ross Perry
JR and her professor had called it quits. She asks Colin, her jittery and annoying younger brother, to go on a little road trip to help her clear out her possessions. After being pushed aside by everyone in their lives except one another, they come to a place of togetherness and understanding. They quarrel and fight with one another and pretty much anyone they meet.