Nightmare Film Shoots: The Most Grueling Films Ever Made, from ‘Deliverance’ to ‘Mad Max’ to ‘Avatar 2’

Editor’s note: The following list was first published in 2019 and has been updated multiple times since.Sometimes you have to go through hell to make a great movie.

Just ask Alexander Skarsgård, who said that the grueling shoot for Robert Eggers’ “The Northman” left him “so exhausted that you want to cry.”Like “Jaws,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “Titanic” before it, “The Northman” overcame filming hardships to earn rave reviews, and the brutal production anecdotes only added to its legacy.

But not every movie with a hellish production history is so lucky.

Just ask the cast and crew of films like “Heaven’s Gate” and “Waterworld,” who were put through hell only for their films to become notorious box office flops.Movie shoots can be painful for myriad reasons: difficult actors, loopy directors, dangerous conditions, and even acts of God can impact what ends up on screen.

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