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The Top 10 Depressing Movies - 2/4/2009 6:54:43 PM   
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Tear and more tears please - 2/4/2009 6:54:43 PM   
jermreen


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I love watching powerful moving films but one film topped them all. Dead Mans Shoes... I cried and cried and cried.

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Why watch this stuff? - 2/4/2009 7:02:18 PM   
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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!

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You forgot... - 2/4/2009 7:02:46 PM   
Jack Spank

 

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The 2nd film from the same studio that brought you Watership Down.

Plague of Dogs.

Truly Depressing.

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What about... - 2/4/2009 7:53:49 PM   
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....the ending of The Mist? It left me feeling bleak for nearly a week after watching it.

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- 2/4/2009 8:09:42 PM   
Film Brain

 

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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.

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Or more depressing. - 2/4/2009 9:17:59 PM   
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Landscape in the Mist

You might want to stay away from sharp objects after seeing it.


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- 2/4/2009 9:19:43 PM   
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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

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- 2/4/2009 11:07:21 PM   
DannyFraser

 

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you perfectly summed up the numbing effect of Reqiuem for a dream.. but what about Munich - definately not a date movie.

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- 2/4/2009 11:14:59 PM   
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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.

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- 3/4/2009 12:49:23 AM   
nickyj800

 

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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.

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- 3/4/2009 4:10:04 AM   
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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.

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War of the Worlds - 3/4/2009 5:29:20 AM   
jdwilson1989

 

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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.

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- 3/4/2009 7:13:10 AM   
puma27

 

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Couldn't stop thinking about it for days afterwards. Also found In Bruges very sad.

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"I got that beat." - 3/4/2009 8:54:36 AM   
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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?

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"I got that beat." - 3/4/2009 9:06:56 AM   
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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?

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- 3/4/2009 9:10:03 AM   
BimbleFish

 

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Some very depressing choices everyone, but I have to agree that Irreversible definately needed to be on the list.

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RE: Tear and more tears please - 3/4/2009 9:45:39 AM   
christie*

 

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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.

< Message edited by christie* -- 3/4/2009 9:49:08 AM >

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Requiem For A Dream - hands down winner - 3/4/2009 9:54:16 AM   
lisamoorish

 

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Good choice, Empire. One of those films you sit thorugh and then feel like you immediately need to have a wash.

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- 3/4/2009 10:05:44 AM   
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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.

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Schindlers List - 3/4/2009 10:10:39 AM   
serpheus

 

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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!!

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- 3/4/2009 10:17:11 AM   
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, anyone??

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Two words: - 3/4/2009 10:19:24 AM   
bruised_blood

 

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The. Pledge.

*slits wrists*

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Funny Games - 3/4/2009 10:22:58 AM   
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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!

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- 3/4/2009 10:28:08 AM   
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, anyone??

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Monster's Ball - 3/4/2009 10:54:36 AM   
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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!

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- 3/4/2009 10:56:46 AM   
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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.

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- 3/4/2009 10:58:27 AM   
D.J

 

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I cried whilst watching Bridge to Terabithia, it just packs such an emotional punch!

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- 3/4/2009 11:01:33 AM   
VijayUK

 

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'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.


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London To Brighton.... - 3/4/2009 11:36:51 AM   
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I'm still trying to lift myself from the misery of watching this film over a year ago...

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