Does someone struggle to breathe?

Browse movies, tv shows, books and more where someone struggles to breathe.
Choking, suffocation, strangling, hyperventilating, and things similar can make people incredibly nervous for multiple reasons, such as personal experience.
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Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
335
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EmmaWard55
Multiple panic attacks throughout the film.
Movie • 2018 Report
Yes
234
No
1
45
Maedon
A character has an allergy attack causing their throat to close. It starts small and gets really bad.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
218
No
6
39
HannahBot
A scene features many people screaming in a confined space as they are slowly killed. This seems analogous with many fears of suffocation so I agree with the votes.
TV Show • 2016 Report
Yes
195
No
4
9
karkat
Billy holds Eleven into the air by the neck in S3E6, which causes her to choke
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
158
No
6
8
hannahbelle
Past events described and a drowning
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
157
No
2
10
marlee1164
Nate chokes Maddy out of anger and she gasps for air. In another episode Mckay chokes Cassie in a sexual context.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
156
No
3
7
HollyBobs
Rose is strangled by a demon towards the end of the film
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
147
No
3
18
AveKatanas
In addition to the above comment, in E8 a character’s throat is slashed pretty graphically and they proceed to struggle to breathe.
EDIT: In season 2 there are MANY instances of chokeholds, throats being stepped on, and at one point suffocation by mind control. Also, a character drowns and is revived via mouth to mouth. If you are sensitive to choking, watch season 2 with a friend who can warn you when to look away.
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
139
No
6
10
cetacn
S1
 E1
episode one: [ spoiler ] sarah is shot and enters into cardiac arrest. this happens at around 31:30.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
134
No
0
15
Littleolme
William Afton starts strangling Vanessa at one point.
TV Show • 2021 Report
Yes
133
No
0
15
Syno
People are drugged by a sleeping gas, which makes them cough. People choke each other as well.
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
128
No
0
10
EchoGarden1
Sunny is shown having trouble breathing from anxiety and fear during fights.
Video Game • 2017 Report
Yes
128
No
2
18
Redstoneboi
Monika may reveal to the player in the third playthrough that Sayori improperly hanged herself and suffocated from the rope, instead of snapping her neck quickly like it should have.
Video Game Report
Yes
127
No
19
16
RobinWing
In season 3, Ghostbur has a panic attack, during which he hyperventilates at some points and seems to struggle to breathe.
TV Show • 2022 Report
Yes
124
No
15
17
toytulini
in episode 3, A character is about to be hanged for piracy, but its interrupted, then the thing he is standing on is moved accidentally and he is hanged and struggling to breathe for pretty much the rest of that particular scene, but he gets the rope is cut before he dies from it. In the next episode he has a red mark on his neck around his throat/jawline from the incident. It goes away after that.
In a later episode, a flashback reveals that a character killed their own abusive father via strangling him with a rope.
Movie • 1996 Report
Yes
123
No
0
9
A character is choked by an attacker. They survive.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
122
No
6
3
Nadine
Protagonists are frequently choked, mostly by demons.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
122
No
1
17
Pantalones
A character is strangled with a phone cord
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
121
No
1
0
It is a medical drama so there are a lot of scenes involving lung injurys, intubation (which is when a pipe is forced down someone’s throat to help them breathe) and panic attacks.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
121
No
3
14
Jadespade
The main character panics sometimes and is seen struggling to breathe.

SPOILERS: Another character is seen struggling to breathe and speak after being injected with a fatal dosage of morphine.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
120
No
0
7
LuckyFox
A character is briefly strangled by cables.
TV Show • 2004 Report
Yes
117
No
4
2
illuminatemyskies
There are multiple scenes throughout the series that depicts patients struggling or failing to breathe.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
115
No
4
8
creature chokes aj
Video Game • 2009 Report
Yes
113
No
0
28
achilleanalexander
If the player remains underwater for too long, has sand or gravel fall on them, or glitches in such a way that they are inside a solid block, they will start to suffocate.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
110
No
0
19
TheDreammweaver
There are multiple strangulations. Both referenced and shown/heard.
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
108
No
0
7
jellybean
the major ones are:
season two episode 1: a character has a flashback to getting force-fed via feeding tube
season two episode 5: a character is briefly hung before being rescued
season two episode 9: a character is seen tied up to a tree with a rope around his neck
there are other times were a character with lung cancer struggles to breathe, but it is brief.

Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
105
No
0
7
dippyegg
The beginning of most of the rituals cause the person doing them to start to choke until the ghosts fully possess them.
TV Show • 2014 Report
Yes
104
No
1
14
cosmicautopsy
there is a scene in season 5 where a character is strangled but survives. this is a major plot point going forward.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
104
No
1
9
BitbatReviewsMovies
Yes, multiple characters freeze in space and rocket is shown foaming at the mouth and struggling to breathe after being hurt by a powerful energy blast
Movie • 2017 Report
Yes
103
No
0
7
maulidon
One character has frequent panic attacks and relies on an inhaler, though he is never shown suffocating.