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The Top 10 Depressing Movies
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Lilja 4-Ever (2002)
In the former Soviet Union, 16 year-old Lilja believes she'll soon be moving to the US. Sadly, Mom takes off without her. Turning to prostitution, Lilja meets Andrej, who promises to take her to Sweden, find her a home and get her a job. Anyone guess what happens next? Clue: it involves neither a lakeside cabin nor a position at the Volvo plant.

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1 So what are we going to do now?
Posted on Tuesday February 5, 2013, 10:48 by Uncle Hank
ASS TO ASS Read More

2 A few additions
Posted on Tuesday January 8, 2013, 23:53 by Pluto_Child
Evidently I watch too many Asian movies because this is going to be heavy on that side of things. Here's a few suggestions of my own. I also agree with La Strada being on the above list. It's one of my favorite movies but so hard to watch. The first four on the list are in order but the rest are just sorta there. I think the most depressing soul crushing films I've seen has to be: 1) Dersu Uzala 2) Kekexili (Mountain Patrol) 3) Strangers in Good Company 4) Twilight Samurai 5) Tuya's Marriage 6) Dolls Then straight depressing fare: 7) Millennium Actress 8) Iphigenia 9) Two Women 10) Obselidia 11) 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days Read More

3 My all time most depressing films
Posted on Thursday June 28, 2012, 04:46 by angie229
The House of Sand and Fog, We Need to Talk About Kevin, AI (Artificial Intelligence), The Last Unicorn, Irreversible, The Rabbit Proof Fence, Schindler's List, The Pianist, Thirteen... Read More

4 Most Depressing Movies
Posted on Thursday December 15, 2011, 06:27 by charishearn
I can't beleive noone said 1) Angelas Ashes that's mine. 2) Leaving Las Vegas 3) Midnight Express 4) 8mm 5) Bastard out of Carolina 6) Black Beauty 7) Deadman Walking 8) Rush 9) 21 Grams 10) Larry Flint vs the Supreme Court I think that's what that ones called with Woody Harrleson. Read More

5 Most Depressing Movies
Posted on Thursday December 15, 2011, 06:21 by charishearn
I can't beleive noone said 1) Angelas Ashes that's mine. 2) Leaving Las Vegas 3) Midnight Express 4) 8mm 5) Bastard out of Carolina 6) Black Beauty 7) Deadman Walking 8) Rush 9) 21 Grams 10) Larry Flint vs the Supreme Court I think that's what that ones called with Woody Harrleson. Read More

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Posted on Sunday June 12, 2011, 22:35 by Carmendola Sibundoya
Las peliculas mas tristes que he visto son : Mandragora film polaco del director Wiktor Grodecki y Solo contra todos (Seul Contre Tous, Francia, 1998) de Gaspar Noe. The most depressing films that I've seen: Mandragora Cesky film of Wiktor Grodecki, and the french film of Gaspar Noe, Seul Contre Tous (1998). Read More

7
Posted on Sunday June 12, 2011, 22:33 by Carmendola Sibundoya
Las películas más tristes que he visto son : Mandrágora film polaco del director Wiktor Grodecki y Solo contra todos (Seul Contre Tous, Francia, 1998) de Gaspar Noé. The most depressing films that I've seen: Mandragora Cesky film of Wiktor Grodecki, and the french film of Gaspar Noé, Seul Contre Tous (1998). Read More

8 On the Beach
Posted on Monday March 21, 2011, 18:59 by akvico
This movie beats all the ones mentioned in this article in the depressing category by far....most of the world is dead from a nuclear war and the few remaining survivors in Australia have to decide how best to commit suicide before the radioactive fallout reaches them. Read More

9 Boy in the Striped Pajama's
Posted on Saturday March 19, 2011, 22:26 by VeronicaT
Surely the most depressing Read More

10 RE: You should see these ...
Posted on Tuesday November 23, 2010, 04:05 by New Day
I thought Half Nelson was very depressing at times. I really felt all the mounted up sadness and despair come together when the cat died. Probably my favourite movie. Read More

11 You should see these ...
Posted on Monday July 26, 2010, 08:39 by HassanAgha
For me the most depressing movie besides listed here are: 1, After the Promise 2, The English Patient 3, Legends of the Fall 4, The Pianist Read More

12 Other possible entries might include
Posted on Monday January 4, 2010, 02:25 by Bert Skank
Brazil by Terry Gilliam, which I just finishing watching a while ago. Although the end might make you realize that home isn't just where the heart is but where you picture yourself, having that sense of reality brings you back down to horribly miserable life where Big Brother can cage us any second. OH, and to the one who made the comment about Irriversible being wantonly unpleasant, that's the only reason why it shouldn't be considered overly depressing, yet the fact that it is so unpleasant is the same reason why we may feel depressed in the first place. The end being the beginning is what struck me as incredibly depressing so Irriversible does deserve to be in the list. And other potential entry could be 13 Tzameti because after surviving a game in which the odds of coming out alive are 1 to 13 and then dying after escaping either way is extremely crappy and definately kills a trip which is really what makes a film depressing alltogether. Read More

13 RE: United States of Leland
Posted on Saturday September 5, 2009, 17:25 by Twisted Kitty
The Mist purely for the ending.  Fab film but left me feeling a bit shellshocked as I wasnt expecting such a bleak outcome.   Mask always makes me blub when he dies at the end but the top spot for me has to be The Killing Fields  - fab film but gets me every time.   Read More

14 RE: The Top 10 Depressing Movies
Posted on Saturday September 5, 2009, 13:49 by coconutlia
Requiem for a Dream has had the greatest impact on me, couldn't move for 10 mins after watching it, then, even though I told myself to never ever watch it again, I did months later and cried for half an hour. After that, I didn't find a lot of the movies mentioned here that depressing, just a downer. Haven't seen Irreversible though, might give it a shot when I feel too happy about my life. Barefoot Gen is a great depressing anime. And whoever says Funny Games obviously didn't understand the point of the film at all. Read More

15 RE: The Top 10 Depressing Movies
Posted on Tuesday September 1, 2009, 14:19 by Fidget
People are going to hate me for this but seriously, the most depressing film I've seen in a while was The Watchmen. I felt empty and sad for most of this film. The only let up was the sex scene which was briefly entertaining. On leaving the cinema and digesting the film, I realised how good it was, but at the time... ugh. Should be on the list. Read More

16 RE: The Top 10 Depressing Movies
Posted on Tuesday September 1, 2009, 14:10 by Agent69
Breaking the Waves? Leave it to Lars to suck the will to live, from you. Read More

17
Posted on Wednesday August 26, 2009, 14:47 by pumpkinalex
grave of the fireflies is definately the most depressing film ive ever see. ive onlyever had a couple of tears come to my eye before whilst watching other movies but with that one before i knew it i was sitting on the floor crying my eyes out. it pretty much made me depressed for ages afterwards. Read More

18
Posted on Tuesday June 2, 2009, 23:32 by lona_no_friends
1. The Deer Hunter, 2. Million Dollar Baby, 3. The Machinist, 4. Iris, 5. 21 Grams, 6. Changeling, 7. Mystic River, 8. Traffic, 9. Philadelphia, 10. The Verdict. Also, cheers for ruining Grave of the Fireflies! Read More

19 RE: The Top 10 Depressing Movies
Posted on Sunday May 10, 2009, 01:15 by JoeyPottr
Million Dollar Baby nds of the Fall The Wrestler Less Than Zero Candy Simon Birch Dying Young Waking the Dead The Crow (it is just because of all the things surrounding it) Heaven & Earth In the Valley of Ellah Harsh Times Steel Magnolias Read More

20 RE: The Top 10 Depressing Movies
Posted on Wednesday May 6, 2009, 01:18 by Clemenza26
 Depressing Movies: 1.Requiem for a Dream.(2000) 2.Leaving Las Vegas.(1995) 3.Nil by Mouth.(1997) 4.The King Of Marvin Gardens.(1972) 5.Last Days.(2005)-this might just be really boring that I became depressed watching it... 6.The Assassination of Richard Nixon.(2004) 7.Don't look Now.(1973) 8.Heaven & Earth.(1993) 9.The Machinist.(2004) 10.Dead Man Walking.(1995)...P.S. I thought Solondz's 'Happiness' was funny...(does that make me a weirdo?)... Read More

21 Deer Hunter?
Posted on Saturday April 18, 2009, 19:49 by spotless mind
The last time I watched Deer Hunter I wanted to open a vein; it is easily one of the most depressing films of all time. What about Dead Mans Shoes or The Killing Fields; both hard films to watch. If you watch them when you're happy you'll regret it, if you watch them when you're sad, you'll regret it. They can all easily send you over the edge!! Read More

22 RE: "I got that beat."
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 14:03 by Rascal
L: Cameron1975Williams There's a film I saw when I was very young that involved a young deaf, mute blonde boy who accidentally leads his beloved horse into a marsh, in thick fog. He tries to save the horse as it sinks. There's a similar scene in The Never-Ending Story but this is much more powerful and completely devastating. I've never heard of or seen the film since and would love to know what it was called, any ideas anybody? sp; This was a tv film called The Leaving of Liverpool -- that scene stayed with me for years too.  Actually, not sure there was a horse in that, but there was a mute blonde boy who drowned swimming a mud pool thing. Read More

23 RE: Nuclear holocaust???
Posted on Thursday April 16, 2009, 13:58 by Rascal
L: WIMMER Where are 'Threads' and 'The day after' in this list. Although a crying Clint undoubtedly grips you by the throat like the Boston Strangler, a thermonuclear war that whipes out about 90% of the civilised world wins hands down as far as depressing stories are concerned. wo could ever forget the final scene of The day after? 'Hello! Hello! Is anybody out there'? sp; I was just checking through to see if anyone else had mentioned Threads, as it's easily the single most depressing thing I have ever seen -- chilling as well (the bit where the woman in the supermarket pisses herself as she sees the explosion, froze me to the core).  When the Wind Blows (elderly couple naively following the Government's woefully inadequate post nuclear attack "Protect and Survive" advise -- and dying horribly), as mentioned by a few other posters, is also pretty horrible.   I'm surprised no-one's mentioned Blade Runner (not the original cut).  I found this really nihRead More

24 Button Bollix
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 14:35 by markasmarv
Benjamin Button was depressing because i couldnt believe i had wasted 3 hours of my life on that crap! Good list although i havnt seen em all. The most depressing movies i have seen that aint on there are House Of Sand And Fog, Dead Mans Shoes, Eraserhead and Spider Man 3! Read More

25 Old big nose ... surely?
Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2009, 13:15 by crazylegscrane
Cyrano de Bergerac always gets me ... and The Wrestler recently was pretty hardcore ... go home and cry like a baby. Still both about ... some sad loner not being able to get it on with the ladies, just like Rambo. C'mon ... why was he so highly strung ... its obvious. Read More

26 RE: The Top 10 Depressing Movies
Posted on Thursday April 9, 2009, 19:39 by Mason Verger
The list could also have been called "Film Critics Favourite Top 10 Movies".     Read More

27 When the Wind blows
Posted on Thursday April 9, 2009, 13:51 by markhudson75
Speaking of depressing cartoons - sweet elderly couple slowly die of radiation sickness in the false belief that their hopelessly inadequate fallout shelter will save them. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah . . . Read More

28 Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
Posted on Wednesday April 8, 2009, 23:27 by jgiven22
If the reviewer had seen this, there's no way he would have omitted it. As unrelentingly depressing a movie as you will ever see...if you look it up you'll find a story that just breaks your heart. Read More

29 RE: The Top 10 Depressing Movies
Posted on Wednesday April 8, 2009, 23:08 by ediegirl713
Breaking the Waves is one that absolutely should have been on this list.  Dancer in the Dark and Requiem for a Dream both also sucked the will to live out of me. Read More

30 Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
Posted on Wednesday April 8, 2009, 22:41 by jgiven22
If the reviewer had seen this, there's no way he would have omitted it. As unrelentingly depressing a movie as you will ever see...if you look it up you'll find a story that just breaks your heart. Read More

31 soul destroying ?
Posted on Wednesday April 8, 2009, 22:33 by godzilavskennyrogers
How about 'Sympathy for mr vengeance'?Too many depessing elements to ignore its exclusion.21 grams is just award chasing bollocks,ably supported by casting Sean Penn who is acting's bono -a collosal bell-end. Read More

32 Scum?
Posted on Wednesday April 8, 2009, 20:39 by principal strickland
Easily number one. If anyone can sit through this more than once they have serious issues. It is a brilliant film, but the last ten minutes are easily the most harrowing i've ever seen and the rest ain't much fun either. Read More

33 Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
Posted on Wednesday April 8, 2009, 17:57 by jgiven22
If the reviewer had seen this, there's no way he would have omitted it. As unrelentingly depressing a movie as you will ever see...if you look it up you'll find a story that just breaks your heart. Read More

34
Posted on Wednesday April 8, 2009, 17:21 by magicdust32
Elephant Man ain't a bad contender "I am not an animal" tragic! Requiem for a Dream is too stylised to be too depressing and the characters bar the mother you couldn't give a toss about! Glad someone mentioned the Plague Dogs, seriously grim. Oh yeah and a Russian film I saw once called Letters from a Dead Man, Russian and holocaust, double whammy of cyanide pills! Read More

35 Marley and Me?!?
Posted on Wednesday April 8, 2009, 15:26 by Dirtycaah
I bawled like a little girl watching this. No, seriously Life is Beautiful is bittersweet... Read More

36 Benjamin Button
Posted on Wednesday April 8, 2009, 14:27 by Jayk2912
The scene where Daisy is holding Benjamin whilst he dies...heartbreaking Read More

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Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 19:03 by Fuzzybird78
Finding Neverland, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days and happy feet (the bit where he is banging his head against the wall in the zoo? I renamed the film 'fu*king miserable feet') Read More

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Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 18:33 by Fuzzybird78
Finding Neverland, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days and happy feet (the bit where he is banging his head against the wall in the zoo? I renamed the film 'fu*king miserable feet') Read More

39 United States of Leland
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 17:51 by cd0512
^ Methinks shouuld be in the top ten anyway. Read More

40 Once Were Warriors...
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 13:55 by TheManFromLaramee
Can't believe no-one's mentioned this one: The hero of the story (Jake the Muss) turns out to be an alcoholic wife-beating misogynist, and then it gets depressing. Jake's best mate rapes his 14-year old daughter, who then commits suicide...Absolutely brilliant film, but depressing as hell - agree with those who mentioned Seven and 8mm though. Read More

41 Once Were Warriors...
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 13:52 by TheManFromLaramee
Can't believe no-one's mentioned this one: The hero of the story (Jake the Muss) turns out to be an alcoholic wife-beating misogynist, and then it gets depressing. Jake's best mate rapes his 14-year old daughter, who then commits suicide...Absolutely brilliant film, but depressing as hell - agree with those who mentioned Seven and 8mm though. Read More

42
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 13:20 by DavidPMcGinty
The Darjeeling Limited literally made me very depressed, but that possibly wasn't the intent of the filmmakers. Read More

43 The Fountain!
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 12:29 by TheMovieGod_Darewhan
C'mon... The Fountain is by far the most saddest, depressing movie ever, and it leaves you thinking about life on a whole new level! I mean everytime I watch it, a tear or two falls. And it's Darren Aronofsky that takes the credit agian, like in Requiem for a Dream! One interresting moviemaker! Read More

44
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 12:19 by Merc
revolutionary road is a worthy addition as well i think Read More

45 And Pasaolini's SALO
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 11:13 by telboyD
Can't forget SALO. I think Empire's list needs a little revision. Any list with 21 Grams in It is lazily thought out. KES anyone.? Read More

46 Pelle The Conqueror...
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 11:10 by telboyD
...has to be up there (i thought it would be #1). I was also going to add 'Plague Dogs' (the full uncut version where they eat the marksman) and 'Don't Look Now', whose sense of doom remains unmatched. Oh, yes, I've thought of a few more beauties - how about 'Bicycle Thieves', 'Rome, Open City' or Dreyer's 'Day of Wrath'.? Read More

47 sorry to say..
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 10:57 by Deavesy
.. but was I the only one who couldnt wait for Clint to suffocate Hilary so that film could end!! Most over rated film I've ever seen.. mine would be the usual - schindlers list, hotel rwanda, requiem for a dream, also Blood diamond - reflecting things that go on in the world that feel out of your control to change... good article though! Read More

48 Dead Ringers and more...
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 10:50 by postgrape
Now I love Dead Ringers, but I have to admit it's a very depressing film to watch, and surely deserves a place in this discussion. A couple others I thought to mention; Broken Flowers and About Schmidt, two of the bleakest 'comedies' of the last decade, both good films, but hardly heart-warming. And how about The Deer Hunter? Fantastic, but certainly not feel-good material. Conversely in response to a couple of other suggestions, I personally didn't find Monster's Ball despressing (despite some faults it has one of my favourite endings ever), Irreversible curiously uplifting despite its horrific content (the return to innocence is strangely moving) and The Thin Red Line simply beautiful. Props to EMPIRE for some of their choices. Dancer In The Dark especially. I think I watched two hours of The Simpsons afterward just to balance out a bit... Read More

49 Blindness
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 04:35 by trippen_rodriguez
It just goes to show how easily man can fall. Saw this movie a couple months ago, along with The Mist it still haunts me to this day. Read More

50 Irreversible...
Posted on Tuesday April 7, 2009, 00:31 by The True Mooseman
...is not a depressing film, it's just wantonly unpleasant. I'm struggling to come up with alternatives, I guess I'm the triumph against adversity type. Read More

51 Eternal Sunshine
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 22:52 by Joeee
I think this should be on the list. Read More

52 scatterheart
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 22:22 by dayglowjoe
well, you've got three of my all time favourite films there. Dancer in the Dark, La Strada and Grave of the Fireflies. Does that make me a miserable bastard, should i be worried? ;) Read More

53 Leaving Las Vegas
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 21:41 by chloebelle44
Christ, I felt dead inside for hours after watching that film. I could never watch it again, far too harrowing. Read More

54 Empire of The Sun? No, why not?
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 21:15 by Sphinx
and no it doesn't make you feel better that bale's mum is found even though it should......where to start - the p.o.w camp, the walk into oblivion where they all see the flash of the A. Bomb, or when.........................spoiler his only friend gets shot - Honestly it drains you watching it! Read More

55
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 18:54 by churchillma
I believe "Magnolia" should be here for sure. Read More

56 The Mist
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 18:40 by maxsmorris
Alright, it's not all as depressing all the way through but the ending has to be up there. Killing your son, future love and other two others for, ultimately, sweet f.a. didn't fill me joy. Read More

57 Yes! But no....
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 17:27 by astoroth
Spot on about Grave of the Fireflies! I was in uni when i decided to sit down and watch that film. I thought, 'Well, its' a Studio Gibli film so im sure i'll leave feeling like i'm floating on air and that there's just a little sprinkling of magic in all our hearts. aww.' two hours followed with me waiting for talking dragons or tree spirits or cats wearing top hats or some other bloody Gibli construct. No, as the film's credits rolled, i was left with two dead kids and a country in tatters thanks to war. I became a man that day..... Read More

58 Nuclear holocaust???
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 15:52 by WIMMER
Where are 'Threads' and 'The day after' in this list. Although a crying Clint undoubtedly grips you by the throat like the Boston Strangler, a thermonuclear war that whipes out about 90% of the civilised world wins hands down as far as depressing stories are concerned. wo could ever forget the final scene of The day after? 'Hello! Hello! Is anybody out there'? Read More

59 Threads
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 14:13 by Baaaddad50
Not strictly a feature film but is THE most depressing thing I've ever seen in my life. Threads is an 1980's fake-documentary set around a family is Sheffield who have to survive an nuclear war. Most of them die from fires or radiation posioning, the rest get turned into work-gangs by the goverment, one of the daughter's gets raped and gives birth to a mutant child. Even more harrowing then it sounds. Read More

60 RE: Dungeons and Dragons (the Cartoon) or Ulysse 31
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 14:05 by Duckers
Terrible about those "Dungeons and Dragons" kids.  Due to the series being cancelled they never made it back from Dungeonland, and their parents spent the rest of their lives grieving, not knowing whether their children were dead or abducted by sex traffickers.  Happier news about "Ulysses 31" though.  The last episode of the series (episode 26) sees Ulysses and his crew return home - so you can have some peace of mind now. Read More

61 Ulysses 31
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 14:01 by Duckers
Just picking up on Bronco3114's comment (no 3 in the list) about the inherent sadness in knowing that having the series cancelled resulted in the "Dungeons & Dragons" kids from the 80s cartoon being eternally stuck in Dungeonland. What must their poor parents be going through? Happier news on "Ulysess 31" though. If anyone remembers this brilliant series, it did end with Ulysses and his crew getting home (in episode 26). Sorry if this is a spoiler for anyone still working their way through episodes of "Ulysses 31" - but, come on, it was effing years ago. Read More

62
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 12:07 by Code_187
Someone mentioned Hotel Rwanda. I'd supplant that with Shooting Dogs given the even more downbeat ending. The Mist deserves a mention too, just for the ending. Read More

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Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 11:54 by HoboCop
elephant man i think also the fountain Read More

64 Dungeons and Dragons (the Cartoon) or Ulysse 31
Posted on Monday April 6, 2009, 11:01 by bronco3114
I know it's not a film but even at 27 I still get derpressed thinking about it from my youth... Niether Ulysse and his kid or those other little bastards never get home and they come close once or twice. A kid needs fucking closure!!! Read More

65
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 22:50 by Sarah Records
Se7en, anyone? Bleak as hell. The only person to get what they want at the end is the serial killer who decapitated the main character's pregnant wife. Oh man, I can't believe you left out Breaking The Waves. I felt completely hollow by the end of that film. Read More

66 Lilja for ever
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 21:57 by chrism84
It's been a while since I saw this, but I seem to remember that the ending was strangely uplifting, as she freed herself from her grim life (Admittedly by throwing herself off a mototway bridge) and being able to play with her dead friend...or am I remebering it incorrectly ? Also, didn't she only become a prostitute after being taken to Sweden ? Read More

67 Schindler's List
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 21:55 by Napoleon92
For all the darkly comic bits it's still heartbreaking Read More

68 RE: The Top 10 Depressing Movies
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 21:03 by frankie
Has to be Miracle Mile. A movie which starts as a light & fluffyromcom but descends into an apocalyptic nightmare. My 11th favourite movie of all time, Read More

69 Midnight Cowboy
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 14:48 by scotty67
It has to be Midnight Cowboy for me. I first saw it in my early teens. The bit where the old guy gets smacked in the hotel room shocked me, but when Rizzo dies at the end, that finished me off. One of my favourite movies though. Read More

70 RE: The Top 10 Depressing Movies
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 11:52 by movieluvva
My most depressing movies..................... Turtles Can Fly, (this is the sort of movie that makes you want to slit your wrists)  Kurdish, orphaned children in a refugee camp, boy with no arms, his sister gang raped by Iraqi soldiers at age 12, pregnant as a result, resents the baby, who is blind. Osama Lilya 4 ever The War Zone Requiem For a Dream Naked 21 grams Happiness House of Sand and Fog Pixote Read More

71
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 04:56 by trippen_rodriguez
Million Dollar Baby, definitely. Requiem for A Dream, deserves to be in the tops of this list. Jared Leto's arm, is probably the most disturbing thing ive ever seen on a mans body. Blah. i think id also have to include Hotel Rwanda and American History X(you know the scenes) and also because of the ending. Read More

72 Agree with Oriainarama...
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 02:56 by fitter_than_affleck
Defo - Into The Wild, deserves to be on the list, an extremely sad film, and also a true story (extra kudos surely!). My other suggestions are In The Valley Of Elah - very bleak tale about the horror of war and its affects on troops, overwhelmingly relevant in this day & age....also Blood Diamond is pretty heavy stuff...anyone disagree/agree? Read More

73 Funny Games?
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 01:06 by R.M.Parker
Pulsewidth said: "I saw FUNNY GAMES about 7 years ago during my first foray into world cinema, and my usually bouyant mood is still struggling to recover from it. This is a film that I felt was utterly pointless in its sadistic torments, and any film that blows a kid away with a shotgun (regardless of whether u see it or not) should be shoved straight back up the director's arse from whence it came. The ending where the 2 lads casually push the mother out of the boat with her hands and feet tied... well, nuff said." First of all, the film is in no way depressing. Sadistic, yes. Disturbing, yes. Depressing? No. Funny Games is a brilliantly executed, transgressive film, commenting on cinema, the desires of the audience, on human behavior, and reality itself - and on top of that, it is funny. The nonchalant way that the two protagonists (because let's face it, they are the heroes of the film) push the woman out of the boat is fantastic, and brings a smile to my face everyRead More

74 Watership Down
Posted on Sunday April 5, 2009, 00:07 by meltbananastu
Sorry, but where the fuck is watership down? grave of the fireflies is an amazing film but for sheer well known depression and sadness watership down is the ultimate. good list though, just cant understand why this has been left off it. seems a gimme... Read More

75 Sid and Nancy
Posted on Saturday April 4, 2009, 17:23 by paulmcdee
Christ, the downward spiral in that film just keeps going on and on...I was relieved when it ended. But depressed. Read More

76
Posted on Saturday April 4, 2009, 16:26 by mozzy_gal
The Passion of the Christ. That film would bring Bin Laden to his bloody knees! Read More

77 Empire, close but no cigar!
Posted on Saturday April 4, 2009, 13:59 by coppers
Yes, Requiem For A Dream is utterly depressing but what about London to Brighton, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and here is my no 1 most depressing movie of all time... Irréversible. Read More

78 Death In Venice
Posted on Saturday April 4, 2009, 09:13 by stravers
Death in venice is the most depressing film i've ever seen and could hold it's own against any on your list. Read More

79 Most Depressing
Posted on Saturday April 4, 2009, 03:14 by CaptMidnight
Why not SOPHIE'S CHOICE? That to me would be in the top 2. Read More

80
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 23:43 by schlong93
Great choice on requiem for a dream. But where is once were warriors? Id have put in the mist, come and see and the decent aswell though, really had to sit there and assuage myseld after watching them, rough shit like... Read More

81 Irréversible
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 19:30 by rcardona
Gaspar Noe`s film with a happy ending, that`s really the beggining of a very sadistic story, which makes this movie poignantly depressing. Havent seen winter light but all the other bergman movies i`ve seen except f fanny and alexander, have left me quite depressed. Read More

82 Seed
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 18:36 by SMASHTEEF
How about Uwe Boll's seed, now that was depressing. Read More

83 The Thin Red Line
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 16:51 by MrJinx
I agree with most films on the list, and even a few suggested by the talk-backers. I'd like to add Terence Malick's 'The Thin RedLine'. I really like that film... but doubt I have the strength to ever watch it again. The man who loves his wife, only to get dumped by means of a letter explaining she's gone off with some dude who dogded the war... he wants to die, but is one of the few to survive. All those who loved life die and those who wanted to die survived. And worst of all Jm Caviziel's character who just wanted to enjoy life and nature in peace, gets forced to go and fight a war he couldn't understand... the absurd rules men create for themselves. Like this bloody recession which most people who are mostly suffering the consequences having nothing to do with its cause... Read More

84 Into The Wild
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 16:47 by Oriainarama
I think into the wild deserved a mention Read More

85 Pink Floyd's The Wall
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 16:03 by bobbyg
Fair enough, the wall comes down in the end, but not before a whirlwind of self-pity from a more-glum-looking-than-usual Bob Geldof. Read More

86
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 14:38 by Hamsterwalt
where is the green mile, king kong, the last king of scotland and notes on a scandal seriously Read More

87 Come And See! No wait, don't
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 14:29 by Arfpint
Watched Come and See recently and in the end just fast forwarded it with subtitles popping away as fast as I could read it. Hideous film, whenever a character smiles, something very bad happens to remind them (and us) that LIFE IS BAD! I second Watership Down, although perhaps it's also the scariest film ever made. It was on the telly the other day, I thought hey, I'll watch a bit, see how bad it is! Rabbit gets caught in a snare, slooowly chokes to death. Thanks. Read More

88
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 14:15 by deano28
The Sound Of Music. Seriously. Also Man Bites Dog, 8mm, anything that has involved Richard Curtis and Transformers (my childhood has been abused). I thought The Indian Runner was pretty bleak too. Read More

89 depressing...give me a break!!!!
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 14:14 by benjamin_p_98
how is 'THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST' not in this list? I was numb after watching that film for the first time. I seriously couldnt sleep for days!!!!!! Read More

90 RE: Christiane F.
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 13:17 by dantes
]The most depressing films for me are, although both quite mainstream, 8mm and Alpha Dog. Read More

91 Christiane F.
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 12:54 by OkkE
Although I don't know all the movies in this list, I was a little bit surprised "Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" wasn't in there. Not to say those others aren't depressing - they are - but the feeling I had after Christiane F. was a bit worse then with Requiem to be honest. Read More

92 432
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 12:44 by swowlj
4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, without doubt has to of won this, an excellent daring film, but highly, and i mean highly depressing. Read More

93 No Oldboy?
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 12:31 by mightyhypnotoad
I feel Oldboy has been ommitted from this list. Anyone who finds that film uplifting is in serious need of pychological help. Don't get me wrong it's a great movie but it's pretty darn bleak, as is the original Korean version Of Bangkok Dangerous. Read More

94 What about Saviour?
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 12:22 by MPerry
Now THATS a depressing film! V.good though. Read More

95
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 12:16 by frederik
I agree with MrHooper in regards to Irréversible, but also Gaspar Noé's other film Seul contre tous (I Stand Alone), a truely dark and depressing movie! Other than that: nice to see so many scandinavian movies on the list. :-) though the danish Bleeder is a good candidate for the list as well. Read More

96 nothing like a war ravage nation for something to lament
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 12:16 by Carrot Cake
i was thinking requiem for a dream would have to be up there. I also personally found Stalingrad to be pretty darn depressing. But for me the biscuit would have to go to Ran, a film by Akira Kurosawa, written 1985. It's hard not to give away the plot but according to Stephen Prince, is "a relentless chronicle of base lust for power, betrayal of the father by his sons, and pervasive wars and murders that destroy all the main characters.". To give a good perspective it's loosely based on King Lear... Read More

97
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 11:55 by kingofthechill1
I thought nothing could ever top Requiem for a Dream, that is, until I saw COME AND SEE. Phew. The Russians do miserablism better than anyone. Read More

98 The Pledge
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 11:52 by fish that roared
I agree with the person who suggested the Pledge, as bleak as finding out you have cancer on your birthday. Managed to watch requiem for a dream again after an interval of 3 years, still harrowing Read More

99
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 11:41 by Lindz28
What's more devastating than Million Dollar Baby? Following it up with In the Valley of Elah. That Paul Haggis guy must need counselling! Read More

100 London To Brighton....
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 11:36 by jpdisco
I'm still trying to lift myself from the misery of watching this film over a year ago... Read More

101
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 11:01 by VijayUK
'Happiness' (1998) by Todd Solondz depressed me the most. @ Evil_Monkey25: Yup, 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' is a definate contender. Read More

102
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 10:58 by D.J
I cried whilst watching Bridge to Terabithia, it just packs such an emotional punch! Read More

103
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 10:56 by Woodland Bear
What not last year's Hunger. Worst mistake I've ever made in the cinema? It's not going to see Bangkok Dangerous or PS I Love You. It's buying a big bag of sweets and a large Fanta before going to see a wonderful but incredibly depressing film about a hunger strike. Marvellous. Read More

104 Monster's Ball
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 10:54 by sowasred2012
Good GOD that was horrible to watch. Also, good call on the ending to The Mist leightwinst, though I suspect it's because it was just an unbelievably depressing ending, rather than a whole depressing film, that it didn't find it's way into this list. Still, talk about a buzz killer! Read More

105
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 10:28 by Evil_Monkey25
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, anyone?? Read More

106 Funny Games
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 10:22 by Pulsewidth
I saw FUNNY GAMES about 7 years ago during my first foray into world cinema, and my usually bouyant mood is still struggling to recover from it. This is a film that I felt was utterly pointless in its sadistic torments, and any film that blows a kid away with a shotgun (regardless of whether u see it or not) should be shoved straight back up the director's arse from whence it came. The ending where the 2 lads casually push the mother out of the boat with her hands and feet tied... well, nuff said. I agree with Simon's choice of MILLION DOLLAR BABY too, thought that was going to be uplifting! Happily haven't seen the rest on the list, but now have a reason to avoid them! Read More

107 Two words:
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 10:19 by bruised_blood
The. Pledge. *slits wrists* Read More

108
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 10:17 by Evil_Monkey25
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, anyone?? Read More

109 Schindlers List
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 10:10 by serpheus
Absolutely amazing film, but the scene with the little girl in the red coat on a pile of bodies is the most harrowing thing i have ever seen in a movie!! Read More

110
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 10:05 by Fanboyslayer
I would have to pick When the Wind Blows. I think that has to be one of the saddest animated films I've ever seen. Done in that lovely Briggs animation but just so sad. I never got over watching that. I agree with others who've said Dead Mans Shoes as well felt like my heart was being ripped out by the end of that film. Read More

111 Requiem For A Dream - hands down winner
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 09:54 by lisamoorish
Good choice, Empire. One of those films you sit thorugh and then feel like you immediately need to have a wash. Read More

112 RE: Tear and more tears please
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 09:45 by christie*
Dead Mans shoes, very sad. Also One flew over the cuckoo's nest didnt have a happy ending really, Jack Nicholson great in this film. Read More

113
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 09:10 by BimbleFish
Some very depressing choices everyone, but I have to agree that Irreversible definately needed to be on the list. Read More

114 "I got that beat."
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 09:06 by Cameron1975Williams
There's a film I saw when I was very young that involved a young deaf, mute blonde boy who accidentally leads his beloved horse into a marsh, in thick fog. He tries to save the horse as it sinks. There's a similar scene in The Never-Ending Story but this is much more powerful and completely devastating. I've never heard of or seen the film since and would love to know what it was called, any ideas anybody? Read More

115 "I got that beat."
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 08:54 by Cameron1975Williams
There's a film I saw when I was very young that involved a young deaf, mute blonde boy who accidentally leads his beloved horse into a marsh, in thick fog. He tries to save the horse as it sinks. There's a similar scene in The Never-Ending Story but this is much more powerful and completely devastating. I've never heard of or seen the film since and would love to know what it was called, any ideas anybody? Read More

116
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 07:13 by puma27
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Couldn't stop thinking about it for days afterwards. Also found In Bruges very sad. Read More

117 War of the Worlds
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 05:29 by jdwilson1989
Maybe its just me, but everytime i watch the Spielberg version of WOTW i begin to feel very depressed and i think about it everytime someone mentions a depressing movie. Read More

118
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 04:10 by camrin
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD. it was so depressing, it inspired me to make my own list of most depressing movies. it's about two brothers who try to steal jewels from their parents jewelry shop, but accidentally kill their mom. one brother tries to kill the other when he finds out he was sleeping with his wife. something happens, one of the brothers is put in the hospital. the dad finds out who robbed the shop, goes to the hospital and smothers him with a pillow. there's more twisted, dark details but i think i blanked some of the movie out of memory it was so bad. bad as in loathsome, evil content, but artsy enuf to trick me into seeing it by a critic i will never listen to again. THE PRESTIGE and THE DARK KNIGHT and MEMENTO are pretty dreadful, too. Read More

119
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 00:49 by nickyj800
My mate bought 21 grams on a dodgy dvd back from thailand. I'm not sure how it happened - as i presume the front and back covers were scanned from the original - but the critics quote on the back read 'Absolutely Hilarious.' Either a mix up or they are some dark film critic mo-fo's in thailand. Read More

120
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 23:14 by crazymoviesdude
Jesus, I agree with Leightwinst; the ending of the mist was soooo insanely grim, it left me feeling decidedly dodgy and uneasy. Changeling was pretty upsetting, also. Read More

121
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 23:07 by DannyFraser
you perfectly summed up the numbing effect of Reqiuem for a dream.. but what about Munich - definately not a date movie. Read More

122
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 21:19 by MrHooper
how can anyone ignore irreversible. the wrong guy gets his face caved in buy a harmless twit, the real rapist gets away with it. we then see the rape ( probably the most distressing thing ever put to film) then we see the guy she was with was high on drugs and trying to cheat on her, which is the reason she leaves and gets raped. Follwing this we find that she was pregnant the whole time. to then end with the cheery comment of "time destroys everything" just about took 5 years off of me. lovely Read More

123 Or more depressing.
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 21:17 by geoff394
Landscape in the Mist You might want to stay away from sharp objects after seeing it. Read More

124
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 20:09 by Film Brain
Changeling. I chose it as my birthday movie. Big mistake. Anyone who has seen it knows why, and anyone who hasn't should know about it going in. Read More

125 What about...
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 19:53 by Leightwinst
....the ending of The Mist? It left me feeling bleak for nearly a week after watching it. Read More

126 You forgot...
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 19:02 by Jack Spank
The 2nd film from the same studio that brought you Watership Down. Plague of Dogs. Truly Depressing. Read More

127 Why watch this stuff?
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 19:02 by The Voice of Fate
You've missed so very many depressing films - most of which will get 4 or 5 stars from Empire for their worthy, unflinching protrayals of weighty matters... Most recently - The Duchess - a tedious film about a spirited woman having the spark crushed out of her until she gives in and takes it. Nice frocks though. Sophie's Choice - where the star crossed lovers' romantic ending is to commit suicide together - and so many more. The world is swimming in depression, disaster, suffering and misery. Why exactly do we need extra artificial helpings from the movies? Give me Monsters Versus Aliens any day of the week! Read More

128 Tear and more tears please
Posted on Thursday April 2, 2009, 18:54 by jermreen
I love watching powerful moving films but one film topped them all. Dead Mans Shoes... I cried and cried and cried. Read More

Simon Braund
explains his choices...

Ah, the feelgood factor - that extra-special strain of movie magic that sends you wafting from the cinema on a cloud, smiling benignly as you pat small children on the head and scatter coins before a beggar, a twinkle in your eye, a snatch of song on your lips. God is in his heaven and all is right with the world, because Kate Hudson really does love Matthew McConaughey, after all.

Now, what you need when you find yourself in that sorry state is a faceful of ice water from the rusty bucket of reality: three or four hours in a darkened room with some suicide-inducing treatise on the futility of life, preferably set in Jutland. In November. On early closing day.

Like the Yellow Pages, movies are not just for the nice things in life. They're also there to remind us that our time on Earth is a carnival of sadness and pain: nasty, brutish, short, and, in the long stretches not enlivened by Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, very dull.

This month's Top 10 is a celebration of cinema's matchless power to harsh your mellow, to ruin your day like a squashed kitten. We're not talking mere weepies here, so don't go looking for Steel Magnolias or Terms Of Endearment. We're talking weapons-grade despondency, the full-on, pass-the-Paraquat feelbad factor. So clear the room of sharp objects, lock up your shoelaces and stitch that credit crunch.

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This top ten first appeared in Empire Magazine Issue 238.


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