The 14 sweariest, most foul-mouthed films in history

  • The 14 sweariest, most foul-mouthed films in history

The NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton has launched itself into notoriety with it being courting controversy from filming all the way through to release.

One of the things that has slipped under the radar of the reaction to the film is that it has made ut onto the list of films that have dropped the most f-bombs in movie history.

An accolade indeed, as it now sits amoung such sweary movies as...

14. Made (2001)

F-bombs: 291
F*cks-per-minute: 3.09

Written and directed by Jon Favreau (in his directorial debut), the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Swingers features Vince Vaughn and Favreau as friends who do a travel to New York to do a job for a local mafia boss to get some quick cash.

It's no surprise that with the notoriously foul-mouthed Vaughn, aided by Favreau's swear-saturated script in the follow-up to Swingers was going to be full of naughty language.

Also, clocking in at a measly 94 minutes long, it pips most of the other films on this list in f*cks-per-minute - it's so money, baby.

13. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

F-bombs: 293
F*cks-per-minute: 1.99

The biopic of the rise and fall of legendary rap group NWA and its members, including Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E hit cinemas this August amid quite a lot of controversy, for various reasons.

Considering the group has songs titled: 'F*ck tha Police' and 'A B*tch Iz a B*tch', it's no surprise that the film is going to have its fair share of potty language, placing itself on the list as the 14th most sweary film of all time.

12. Harsh Times (2006)

F-bombs: 296
F*cks-per-minute: 2.46

Another film to be set in South Central LA, Harsh Times was penned (and directed) by Training Day writer David Ayer and starred Christian Bale and Eva Longoria.

Bale plays a PTSD-suffering former army ranger who returns to life in South Central and, along with his friend, try to find jobs and make themselves some money in the violence-ravaged part of LA.

With David Ayer (whose name will crop up again on this list) on writing duty and the film's subject matter, it's hardly surprising that Harsh Times boasted nearly 300 swear words in its two-hour running time.

11. Narc (2002)

F-bombs: 297
F*cks-per-minute: 2.82

Ray Liotta and Jason Patric star as police detectives who are hunting the murderer of an undercover police officer.

With all the classic hallmarks of a cop thriller - shoot-outs, violence and chases - it's no surprise that writer and director Joe Carnahan crammed it full of f-words.

10. Goodfellas (1990)

F-bombs: 300
F*cks-per-minute: 2.05

The legendary gangster film, based on Nicholas Pileggi's book Wiseguy, recounting the real-life tale of the rise and fall of gangster Henry Hill and the Lucchese crime family.

With exactly 300 instances of utterings of the f-word, most were provided by Joe Pesci's hair-trigger tempered character of Tommy DeVito, the gangster epic is full of violence, shady dealings and a heck of a lot of bad language.

Who knew that the ruthless mobsters would have such a lax attitude towards their filthy language?

9. Sweet Sixteen (2002)

F-bombs: 313
F*cks-per-minute: 2.95

While it may sound like a cutesy teen romantic drama, Sweet Sixteen is actually the work of renowned bleak, gritty director British director Ken Loach.

Set in the industrial Port Glasgow area of Scotland, the film focuses on teenager Liam and his attempts to improve the lives of himself and his prisoner mother.

Those who have seen the work of Ken Loach, or Scottish films like Trainspotting, know that Scotland is a hotbed of foul-mouthed locals, with this film bombarded with a wealth of f-words.

8. Running Scared (2006)

F-bombs: 315
F*cks-per-minute: 2.58

The late Paul Walker starred in this mob flop - earning $9.4m from a $15m budget - about a crime boss who entrusts a gun with a low-level thug to dispose after it was used to kill undercover cops.

Walker, playing the thug, accidentally lets the gun then be used by a local kid to kill his abusive father, and then gets himself in an array of wacky hijinks (read: violent situations) to retrieve the gun and escape police who are trying to pin the cop-killing on him.

Once again, the mafia embarrass themselves with their potty-mouths, as the crime thriller checked in with over two-and-a-half F-words each minute.

7. Twin Town (1997)

F-bombs: 318
F*cks-per-minute: 3.21

Directed by Kevin Allen, brother of Keith Allen (and uncle of Lily and Alfie Allen), directs Rhys Ifans in his first major movie role alongside his real-life brother Llyr Ifans.

Set in Swansea the Lewis brothers (not twins, despite the title) are keen to get compensation for their father, who suffers and accident while working for local small-time gangster Bryn Cartwright.

The escalating feud between the brothers and Cartwright results in death, destruction and a heck of a lot of f-bombs throughout the films' 99-minute running time.

6. End of Watch (2012)

F-bombs: 326
F*cks-per-minute: 2.99

Another film set in South Central Los Angeles, also written by Harsh Times' David Ayer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as LAPD officers as they go about their work and fall afoul of a violent revenge-seeking gang.

The film mostly consists of 'footage' from the policemen's wearable cameras and their car dashcam, and with the types of characters they encounter and their comradery, the f-bombs roll off their tongues in their everyday usage.

5. Alpha Dog (2006)

F-bombs: 367
F*cks-per-minute: 3.11

The drama based on the true life of Jesse James Hollywood, the California drug dealer who became one of the youngest men on the FBI's most wanted list starred Bruce Willis, Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake in his first major role.

The story of drug-dealing, violence and contract killings in the tale of the notorious Jesse James Hollywood who was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 20 is unsurprisingly f-bomb heavy and breaks into the five most sweary films of all time.

4. Casino (1995)

F-bombs: 422
F*cks-per-minute: 2.40

It's a film about mobsters and it features Joe Pesci, this one is bound to be one that you can show to your children and elderly relatives, right?

Of course not, the story of two Mafia associates sent to Las Vegas to run a casino on behalf of the mob when drugs, violence and trophy wives turn things sour for the pair.

Oh, and it not only features over 400 instances of the f-word, it also has that famous 'head in a vice' scene.

Of course there were far fewer swear words in the TV-edit, which replaced the swear words with nonsensical terms.

3. Nil by Mouth (1997)

F-bombs: 428
F*cks-per-minute: 3.34

The tale of a dysfunctional family living in South-East London was screen legend Gary Oldman's debut as a writer and director.

Featuring British talent such as "The Daddy" Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke and... erm, Big Mo from EastEnders won many awards, including BAFTA, Cannes Film Festival and British Independent Film Awards.

The 'gritty' nature of Oldman's 'unflinching' script was littered with swearwords throughout and at the time held the record for the most f-bombs in a film for two years and still holds the record for the most instances of the c-word in film history (with 82 uses).

Also, at 128 minutes, Nil By Mouth boasts the most frequent amount of f-bomb usage in film history, with 3.34 per minute.

2. Summer of Sam (1999)

F-bombs: 435
F*cks-per-minute: 3.06

Recounting the true story of the 'Son of Sam' serial killer David Berkowitz, who shot eight people in New York in the 1970s, Summer of Sam is directed by Spike Lee and stars Adrien Brody.

It's the summer of 1977, and the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighbourhood are living in fear of being murdered in parked cars by the serial killer.

Of course, with a bunch of foul-mouthed Italian-American New Yorkers, not to mention the film's inclusion of the mob (which dominate the films on this list), what you get is an f-word spree the likes that no-one has seen before.

Until 2013...

1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

F-bombs: 569
F*cks-per-minute: 3.16

That's right, Martin Scorsese’s story of decadence, excess and stock brokering with all the usual hallmarks of a Scorsese epic, including vast amounts of drug use, crazy amounts of swearing and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Adapted from the memoir of legendary stock market manipulator Jordan Belforte, it tells the story of the epic rise of Belforte to where he was earning millions of dollars a month, and his fall from grace where he is tracked by the FBI and eventually caught for his crimes.

Clocking in at an impressive 569 f-bombs through the film's sprawling 180 minutes, it beats Summer of Sam's previous swear-heavy record with over 100 more uses of the f-word.

Impressive stuff.


Films that feature on the most-sweary list that may surprise you:
Good Will Hunting (1997): 154 uses
The Blair Witch Project (1999 ): 154 uses
Magic Mike (2012): 156 uses
Snatch (2000): 159 uses
Superbad (2007): 190 uses
Born on the Fourth of July (1989): 196 uses
22 Jump Street (2014): 200 uses
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010): 212 uses
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008): 219
The Big Lebowski (1998): 260 uses
Jarhead (2005): 278 uses

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