List of films that most frequently use the word "fuck"

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The use of profanity in films has always been controversial, but has increased significantly in recent years.[1][2] The use of the word fuck in film has always drawn particular criticism; in 2005, the documentary Fuck dealt entirely with this phenomenon.[3] The word fuck is thought to be the taboo term used most in American film.[4]

This is a list of non-pornographic, English language films containing at least 150 spoken uses of the word fuck (or one of its derivatives), ordered by the number of such uses. These are examples of high usage compared to fuck variants used 42 times per million words in regular language.[5]

List of films by number of uses

Film Year Fuck count Minutes Uses/minute Source Ref.
Swearnet: The Movie 2014 935 112 8.5 IMDb [6]
Fuck—a documentary on the word[7] 2005 857 93 9.21 [8][9]
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 569 180 3.16 SI [10][11][12]
Summer of Sam 1999 435 142 3.06 PO [13]
Nil by Mouth 1997 428 128 3.34 SI [14]
Casino 1995 422 178 2.40 FMG [15]
Alpha Dog 2007 367 118 3.11 SI [16]
End of Watch 2012 326 109 2.99 KIM [17]
Twin Town 1997 318 99 3.21 SI [18]
Running Scared 2006 315 122 2.58 SI [19]
Sweet Sixteen 2002 313 106 2.95 DR [14]
Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat 2002 311 113 2.75 SI [20]
Goodfellas 1990 300 146 2.05 FMG [21]
Narc 2002 297 105 2.82 FMG [22]
Harsh Times 2006 296 120 2.46 SI [23]
Made 2001 291 94 3.09 FMG [24]
Another Day in Paradise 1998 291 101 2.88 SI [25]
Pride and Glory 2008 291 125 2.32 SI [26]
Dirty 2005 280 97 2.88 FMG [27]
I'm Still Here 2010 280 107 2.40 FMG [28]
Jarhead 2005 278 123 2.26 SI [29]
Bully 2001 274 113 2.42 FMG [30]
State Property 2 2005 271 94 2.88 SI [31]
Brooklyn's Finest 2010 270 140 1.93 SI [32]
Reservoir Dogs 1992 269 99 2.71 FMG [33]
Pulp Fiction 1994 265 154 1.72 FMG [34]
The Big Lebowski 1998 260 117 2.22 FMG [35]
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 248 104 2.38 FMG [36]
Do the Right Thing 1989 240 120 2.00 SD [15]
The Boondock Saints 1999 239 110 2.17 FMG [37]
The Departed 2006 237 151 1.56 SI [38]
Empire 2002 236 90 2.62 FMG [39]
True Romance 1993 234 121 1.93 FMG [40]
Goon 2012 231 93 2.48 KIM [41]
My Name Is Joe 1998 230 105 2.19 SI [42]
State of Grace 1990 230 134 1.71 FMG [43]
Menace II Society 1993 228 97 2.35 PO [44]
Gridlock'd 1997 227 91 2.49 SI [45]
The Devil's Rejects 2005 224 109 2.06 FMG [16]
Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 223 90 2.47 FMG [46]
Suicide Kings 1997 222 106 2.09 FMG [47]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 219 101 2.16 SI [48]
30 Minutes or Less 2011 218 83 2.17 KIM [49]
Black and White 1999 215 98 2.19 SI [50]
American History X 1998 214 119 1.79 FMG [51]
The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 213 115 1.85 FMG [52]
Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 212 100 2.12 SI [53]
Layer Cake 2004 210 105 2.00 FMG [54]
Monument Ave. 1998 210 93 2.25 PO [55]
Scarface 1983 207 170 1.21 FMG [56]
Spun 2002 203 101 2.00 FMG [57]
Dysfunktional Family 2003 200 89 2.24 SI [58]
Foolish 1999 200 97 2.06 SI [59]
This Is the End 2013 200 106 1.88 KIM [17]
8 Mile 2002 200 110 1.81 SI [60]
A Bronx Tale 1993 200 122 1.63 FMG [61]
I Got the Hook Up 1998 197 93 2.11 SI [62]
Sabotage 2014 196 109 1.80 SI [18]
Born on the Fourth of July 1989 196 145 1.35 FMG [63]
Next Day Air 2009 193 84 2.23 SI [64]
Killing Them Softly 2012 193 97 1.99 SI [65]
Overnight 2003 191 82 2.32 FMG [66]
Ten Benny 1996 190 108 1.75 KIM [67]
Superbad 2007 190 118 1.61 SI [68]
Magnolia 1999 190 188 1.01 FMG [69]
Monster 2003 187 110 1.70 FMG [70]
Belly 1998 186 96 1.93 SI [71]
Hustle & Flow 2005 186 115 1.61 FMG [72]
Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 185 134 1.38 FMG [73]
Clockers 1995 185 128 1.44 PO [74]
The 51st State 2001 180 93 1.93 FMG [75]
Flawless 1999 178 112 1.58 FMG [76]
Slam 1998 176 100 1.76 SI [77]
Poetic Justice 1993 175 109 1.60 PO [78]
Pineapple Express 2008 175 111 1.57 SI [79]
Project X 2012 175 88 1.98 KIM [80]
Human Traffic 1999 174 100 1.74 PO [81]
Bad Santa 2003 173 98 1.76 FMG [82]
Tigerland 2000 173 100 1.73 MR [83]
Donnie Brasco 1997 172 127 1.35 FMG [84]
Backstage 2000 170 86 1.97 SI [85]
The Commitments 1991 169 118 1.43 FMG [86]
Grindhouse 2007 169 191 0.88 SI [87]
Four Rooms 1995 168 98 1.71 FMG [88]
Death of a Dynasty 2003 167 93 1.79 KIM [89]
Gang Related 1997 165 102 1.61 SI [90]
Crank: High Voltage 2009 164 96 1.71 SI [91]
Funny People 2009 164 153 1.01 SI [92]
Boogie Nights 1997 164 155 1.05 FMG [93]
Blood In Blood Out 1993 163 190 0.85 PO [94]
21 and Over 2013 162 93 1.74 KIM [95]
The Grey 2012 161 117 1.30 SI [96]
Lone Survivor 2013 161 121 1.33 SI [97]
Snatch 2000 159 102 1.55 FMG [98][99]
Platoon 1986 159 120 1.32 FMG [100]
Blue Collar 1978 158 114 1.39 TFF [19]
The Heat 2013 158 117 1.35 KIM [101]
Colors 1988 157 120 1.30 FMG [102]
Dead Presidents 1995 157 119 1.32 PO [103]
That's My Boy 2012 156 116 1.35 SI [104]
Magic Mike 2012 156 110 1.42 KIM [105]
The Town 2010 155 125 1.26 SI [106]
Intermission 2003 155 106 1.46 FMG [107]
The Blair Witch Project 1999 154 86 1.79 FMG [108]
Notorious 2009 154 123 1.25 SI [109]
Good Will Hunting 1997 154 126 1.22 FMG [110]
Boiler Room 2000 153 118 1.29 SI [111]
Bad Boys II 2003 153 147 1.04 FMG [112]
All About the Benjamins 2002 151 99 1.53 SI [20]
Ash Wednesday 2002 151 99 1.53 FMG [113]
Soul Men 2008 151 103 1.46 SI [21]
Smokin' Stogies 2001 151 102 1.48 FMG [114]
In the Name of the Father 1993 151 127 1.19 FMG [115]
Hoffa 1992 150 140 1.07 FMG [116]

See also

Notes and references

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