Holly and Gerry are a married couple who live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They are deeply in love, but they fight occasionally. Gerry dies suddenly of a brain tumor and Holly realizes how much he means to her as well as how insignificant their arguments were — all ending with "P.S. I Love You" — he arranged to have delivered after his death.
I've only seen this movie once, and I can never watch it again. This film makes you sick to your stomach. The four characters are hopelessly savaged by drugs, their lives are destroyed and there is absolutely to redemption or silver lining for anyone.
A poetic noir of a man who will do anything to have the thing he loves. So tragic, and everyone should see it.
In 1990, Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), a college graduate from Emory University, rejects a materialist, conventional life, and his parents Walt (William Hurt) and Billie McCandless (Marcia Gay Harden), whom McCandless perceives as having betrayed him by entrapping him into a future of traditional lifestyle. It is shown that the family is rich but unloving. McCandless destroys all of his credit cards and identification documents, donates $24,000 (nearly his entire savings) to Oxfam, and sets out on a cross-country drive in his well-used, but reliable Datsun toward his ultimate goal: Alaska, to experience life in the wilderness. However, McCandless does not tell his family nor his sister Carine, (Jena Malone), what he is doing or where he is going and does not communicate with them thereafter, leaving them to become increasingly anxious and eventually desperate.
Again, a character spirals downward, tries to recover even if only half heartedly and then totally self destructs but at least in a blaze of glory.
I guess this film has a kind of happy ending, but once one remembers the whole of the atrocities that this film depicts you kind of want to give up on humanity.
The most depressing musical ever filmed. A poor immigrant (Bjork) is gradually going blind while working in a machine shop. As events take a turn for the worse from there, she retreats into a fantasy land of elaborate musical numbers. Bjork nearly had a nervous breakdown from acting the part. From the maker of Breaking The Waves.
The Captain gets it in the end ... followed by the old vet (Ryan) at the cemetary at Normandy ... can't believe it's not on the list.
Without giving anything away, the ending to this movie feels like someone punched you in the face and spit on you. Its not only horrible and depressing, the fact that the entire tragedy of the ending could have easily avoided is the absolute worst part.
Set in the 20 century, this movie follows the backwards life of Benjamin Button, who was born old and as he ages he gets younger. This movie is so beautiful and amazing, it is a must watch even though it leaves you sobbing at the end.
A man (Will Smith) is given the chance to atone for the death of seven people by helping seven other people with terminal illnesses, until he falls in love with one. An inversion of "It's a Wonderful Life".
Basically, you spend the entire movie watching a pathetic alcoholic slowly and painfully drink himself to death.
Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie's narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions.
you think its going to end well because they end up together, but then you find out that really they both died before they ever saw each other again. wtf?
Story about an 18 year old girl who is placed in a mental hospital. Suicide, Self injury, and lots of tears.
Little robot boy just wants to be human... I won't spoil anything in case you haven't seen it, but the end is soul crushing.
A movie about one man's futile attempt to save the love of his life by discovering the secret of eternal life. Told in three separate timelines, all driving to the conclusion that "everything must die". May produce sobbing. From the maker of Requiem for a Dream.
A "sadder, darker" film from the makers of Watership Down (in case you found that tale excessively optimistic) comes an animated film about animal cruelty. It's "Grave of the Fireflies" with puppies. So stomach-churning, it was cut for US release.
A man's desperate struggle to find out what happened to his 'vanished' lover is met with shocking results.
The true story of John Merrick (really Joseph Merrick) and his horrible deformities. Saved from a freak show, where his "owner" savagely beated him.
A spunky atheist actress living in the early 20th century is considered insane for her bold beliefs and is taken into a psychiatrist hospital after being betrayed by her loved ones, who are convinced that her mindset isn't right. she is raped, neglected, and finally given a lobotomy, which changes her once independent personality into a cookie cutter woman. very depressing.
1980's post-apocalyptic movies about life on earth after WWIII. Watch these films only once and your week will still be wrecked.
One last adventure for a man with terminal cancer in his right leg. It rather sad but with some comical features. Just one big emotional rollercoaster
A german film set in 1987, about a group of notorious heroin addicts (True Story). Best film i have ever watched, would recommend to any one even if you dont speak german (comes with subtitles :P)
A movie about how a little girl copes with her mother's death. She withdraws from all the people around her, waiting for her mother to come back. She tries waiting, and when her mother still doesn't appear, tries magic chants, praying to God, Trying to figure out what death is and where her mother is now and then in despair she has a psychotic break and believes she sees her mom.
Just horribly depressing, one naive woman's love and the suffering and pain it drives her to.
Deaths of thousands of people; their suffering, their bodies, dead baby and mother, death of a main character that we loved.
A drunken, abusive father presides over an impoverished Maori family with an iron fist. Things get worse for his family.
Utterly revolting look into the lives of violent young heroin addicts. Features some wonderful closeups of shooting up and vomiting.
A film about a 13 year old girl who mixes with the wrong people and ends up cutting her wrists and taking drugs. Quite horrible really.
Little boy suffers every form of abuse while desperately trying to love his ignorant and lost teen mother because she is all he has. Not even the possibility of redemption, he's in hell and he's never getting out. Severely depressing. We know it's this ugly out there but, team, don't make any more movies like this. I wish I'd never seen it.
This movie was emotionally exhausting to watch, but at the end I was glad that I did watch it.
God, this movie hits you within the first few minutes and keeps you bawling the rest of the film.
Shocking and horrible indictment of "respectable" people of middle class life, and the evil side of human nature which can be brought out through peer pressure. Makes you want to move to Mars.
a bunch of pathetic vignettes, one more depressing than the next. pedophilia, adultery, old people, dirty russian cabbies, and Seymour Hoffman.
A magical Spielberg-esque coming of age flick about a boy and his red wagon... set in a broken home with a horrifically abusive stepfather. May need family counseling afterwards.
“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown”. This is the answer the audience receives after witnessing a terrible stomach turning crime. You can not fix this, no justice will be served, and sometimes the bad guys win.
Javier Bardem delivers an amazing performance in which nothing at all even remotely positive happens. It's crushing from the start and all the way through.
Own it! Saw it! Cant watch!! Tooo depressing of a life after his enormous success of riches and clientele!!
An English couple holiday in Venice to sort out their relationship. There is some friction and distance between them, and we also sense they are being watched. One evening, they lose their way looking for a restaurant, and a stranger invites them to accompany him. He plies them with wine and grotesque stories from his childhood. They leave disoriented, physically ill, and morally repelled. But, next day, when the stranger sees them in the piazza, they accept an invitation to his sumptuous flat. After this visit, the pair find the depth to face questions about each other, only to be drawn back into the mysterious and menacing fantasies of the stranger and his mate. Not exactly depressing, it's more of a thriller. Brilliant film though.
This music film hurt you & make you cry. You have to see it to know what I'm talking about
Features the death of the woman's son at the start of the film, and proceeds into the lives of a lot of male prostitutes with really large boobs. Why? Why?
French Film, in it the wife of a teacher is sentenced to 30yrs for a murder she did not commit. he goes to extreme lengths to save her and what he goes through while trying to look after their son at the same time - its heartbreaking
This is the most depressing story of a woman left with 2 young children in a foreign country (USA) with no English, no money and no prospects. It reaches far further than The Pursuit of Happiness in the down and out stakes. Seeing as this woman left her homeland, family and everything that is familiar to her to follow this loser to a 'new' country, she is partly to blame for her situation, but to see innocent beautiful children suffering??? I don't call that entertainment. Give me a film with gratituous violence any day, at least you know it's not real, but this story, it's the story of millions of people with no voice and it's still happening the world over. My recommendation - give it a miss and watch a re-run of some pathetic prime time sit-com: at least you won't be reaching for the razors when it's over
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