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What films do you consider the most depressing?

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Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 8 22:21 -
My top 5 most depressing movies:
1. Night and Fog
2. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches on
3. The Passion of Joan of Arc
4. The Seventh Continent
5. Mouchette

I haven't seen Sátántangó yet.
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Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 8 22:56 -
1. They Shoot Horses Don't They?
2. All Quiet on the Western Front
3. Dancer in the Dark
4. A.I.
5. Where the Red Fern Grows

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Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 9 4:03 -
1. Sophie's Choice
2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
3. The Pianist
4. Grave of the Fireflies
5. Dancer in the Dark
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Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 9 4:47 -
Satantango
Seventh Continent
Stroszek
Last Picture Show
Grave of the Fireflies
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Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 9 12:15 -
I'd agree with most everything mentioned already ... would add:
"They Live by Night"
"Pixote"
"The Plague Dogs"
"Leaving Las Vegas"
"In a Lonely Place"
"Murder, Inc."
"Repulsion" (anything by Polanski is at least slightly depressing)
Sirk's "Imitation of Life"
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956 and 1978 versions)
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Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 12 23:27 -
Watership Down, emotional torture to watch.
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Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 20 13:36 -
wit (2001 - tv movie )
Grave of the Fireflies
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
my sister's keeper
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Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 21 0:51 -
if I do not remember because I do not like to see them hurt me but I can list

1) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
2) Invasion of the Body Snatchers "(1956 and 1978) parecetan me hard and repopulated humanity without a fight
3) The Pianist leaves me speechless
4) Life is Beautiful, is not fair that the father dies
5) pending
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Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 22 0:03 -
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Grave of the Fireflies
Dancer in the Dark
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Posted : 1 year, 10 months ago at Aug 29 8:40 -
Titanic.
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Posted : 1 year, 10 months ago at Aug 30 5:08 -
Absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel:

Winter Light
Przesluchanie (1982)
Eden Lake
Let Him Have It
The Blue Kite
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Posted : 1 year, 10 months ago at Aug 30 21:36 -
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
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Posted : 1 year, 10 months ago at Sep 2 2:07 -
Without a doubt Grave of the Fireflies is currently the most depressing film that I have ever seen. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried.
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Posted : 1 year, 10 months ago at Sep 2 11:49 -
Grave of the Fireflies , an american crime and Rail of the Star :(
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Posted : 1 year, 10 months ago at Sep 4 5:42 -
I avoid them generally but I've managed to find these that always fill me with sadness:

Donnie Darko
Shutter Island
Plague Dogs & Watership down, I tried to watch as a kid but couldn't finish
The Bad Seed
A.I.
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Posted : 1 year, 10 months ago at Sep 4 22:46 -
Titanic
National Velvet
Love On The Dole
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls and
Fire Above England
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 4 6:31 -
Requiem for a Dream
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 4 22:35 -
I just watched "Winter Light" last night

It was so god damn sad
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 9 17:47 -
Donnie Darko
The Road
Shame
Never Let Me Go
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 12 0:24 -
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 12 0:28 -
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 12 18:15 -
The Boy in The Striped Pyjammas
My Sister's Keeper
Titanic
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 13 23:14 -
Hi! I am new here; sorry if I violate some unknown to me rules.

Great question!

May be people can also say a word or two why they found a movie depressing?

I myself cannot answer, I did not found any movie depressing. Movie may be great, good, bad, total failure. Good ones are uplifting, bad ones are boring and I drop them. I may even walk out of a theater. I know that people find some movies depressing. My wife, for example.

What has really surprised me is that people called depressing some great movies which I found very inspiring. I will list (some of) them.

1. They Shoot Horses Don't They? - This one is responsible for me being a movie buff. Before it I was interested only in comedies and action-thrillers, and considered movies as pure entertainment without a trace of a art.

2. Dancer in the Dark - one of the best movies ever made. What matters is not the execution, but the song before and the will to achieve your goal.

3. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - another one of the best movies ever made. Shows how to fight for your dignity and how far you should go (a common theme of several M. Forman's movies), something to a big extent forgotten since then.

4. Donnie Darko - not one of the best, but very good and oozes serenity.

Several other my "likes" are mentioned also. Say, Shutter Island - a triller till the very end. I value a lot a good twist ending, but whatever it is, it cannot affect my mood negatively.
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 16 14:12 -
Just watched Mister Lonely, not sure if it's technically depressing but there's some moments in it that are hard to watch
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 17 17:37 -


My Top 5 (as I can think of now)

1.Lilya 4-ever
http://www.listal.com/movie/lilja-4ever

2.Xiu Xiu : The Sent Down Girl
http://www.listal.com/movie/xiu-xiu-the-sentdown-girl

3.The Seventh Continent
http://www.listal.com/movie/siebente-kontinent-der-1989

4.The Last of The Crazy People
http://www.listal.com/movie/dernier-des-fous-le


Oh... I almost there but I forgot the last one ... depress for myself.
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 17 21:11 -
Hey, Mr Saturn, you seemed to have blocked me

What gives, man?
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 17 21:49 -
I thought a comment you made on this list was a joke implying I was idiotic. I must have misread the comment because I was stressed out at the time. Sorry.
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Posted : 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 18 0:01 -
This guy who previously left a comment there (which the "indeed" was in reply too) deleted his account, so it appeared that way, I suppose
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Posted : 1 year, 8 months ago at Nov 6 13:48 -
grave of the fireflies and melancholia. made me feel really really sad. :|
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Posted : 4 months, 1 week ago at Mar 17 0:07 -
I'll go with (in no order)...

The Passion of Joan of Arc
Satantango
Dancer in the Dark
Grave of the Fireflies
Night and Fog
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Posted : 4 months, 1 week ago at Mar 17 12:38 -
the ending of Filth is preety enexpected and a bit depressing specially when you are expecting things to go differently.
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Posted : 4 months ago at Mar 25 8:53 -
Watership Down - which is not the cutesy Disney film you think it will be

Plague Dogs - just grim, really grim

Salo - if ever there is a film to make you hate humanity this is it

Snowtown/Snowtown Murders - because its based on real events

1984 - the film version released in 1984 with William Hurt is very bleak

I guess I would add Concrete but havent seen it yet - I keep avoiding it as its based on the true story of a girl who was kidnapped, sexually abused, tortured and finally killed after a month or so - F_U_C_K...a link to the wiki about the real life murder http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junko_Furuta

Not to diss anyone but I found Grave Of The Fireflies a little too manipulative to be depressing - I enjoyed the film though

Possibly Kairo (Pulse) is depressing to some people...I find it has a core of sadness running right the way through

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Posted : 4 months ago at Mar 26 7:38 -
Dancer in the Dark
Grave of the Fireflies
River London
Cloud Atlas
Lilya 4-ever
Requiem for a Dream
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Posted : 3 months, 3 weeks ago at Apr 4 6:46 -
House of Sand and Fog (2003). Not even a close second.