04-24-2013, 08:23 AM
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Of the ones I've seen...
* On The Beach (original version with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner); I've never been able to listen to Waltzing Matilda in the same way since.
* Grave of the Fireflies, a Japanese animated film about WW2 war orphans. The "joke" in the anime community is when you saw a copy for sale, it was because the previous owner committed suicide after watching it. I say "joke" because... well, watch the film.
* Pan's Labyrinth. There's always a lot of "dust in the room" when I watch this, seriously that is why tears are shed. It's not because I believe one of the final scenes (you know the one) is a hallucination, really.

Rule: the whole film has to be depressing. Not just the ending. (For instance, I think the ending to "The Searchers" is kind of depressing because John Wayne's character is alone, and clearly goes off with the intent of ending his life. The rest of the film isn't quite that sad.)

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 04-24-2013, 08:29 AM
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I thought Schindler's List was sad and depressing. But a story that needed to be told.

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 04-24-2013, 08:33 AM
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Leaving Las Vegas

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 04-24-2013, 08:44 AM
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(04-24-2013, 08:33 AM)reyrascon Wrote: Leaving Las Vegas

Oh, I forgot about that.

Requiem for a Dream, too.

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 04-24-2013, 09:18 AM
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Life Is Beautiful

Saddest movie I have ever seen, and I've gone back to watch it many times.

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 04-24-2013, 09:28 AM
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Endless Summer
Because it wasn't me!

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 04-24-2013, 10:27 AM
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"A Time For Drunken Horses"
One of the most depressing and beautifully filmed movies.

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 04-24-2013, 10:54 AM
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The 10 o'clock news any night of the week.

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 04-24-2013, 12:28 PM
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I second Grave of the Fireflies, one of the most beautifully sad movies ever.

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 04-24-2013, 12:40 PM
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Affliction

8 mm ..... okay, this one is more disturbing than sad.

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 04-24-2013, 01:30 PM
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My home movies

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 04-24-2013, 02:41 PM
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I thought Pan's Labyrinth was a beautiful movie with a lot to say.

For me, Schindler's List has to be at the top of the list. When I saw it in the movies it had already been running for a while so there were only about half a dozen people in the theater. There was no one sitting next to me and I was so glad because, I admit it, I couldn't stop crying and though I was silent the tears were running down my face. I was really embarrassed but I saw some of the other few patrons as they left and every one of them, men and women, had obviously been crying as well. It is a movie that needs to be seen but I hope to never see it again, if that makes any sense.

I also agree with On The Beach. Even though I had already read the book and knew what was coming, I was stunned all over again watching it in the theater.

Another I would add is They Shoot Horses, Don't They. It is about marathon dances during the Great Depression. I left the theater mentally drained, though the movie was superb.

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 04-24-2013, 02:47 PM
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Somewhere in Time...Depressing made me want to gouge out my eyes and rip out my heart!

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 04-24-2013, 03:19 PM
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Melancholia.

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 04-24-2013, 08:22 PM
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The newest version of On the Beach, much more so for me than the first.

A movie whose name I can't remember... Nukes with Lawrence Kansas as the happening place. It was made for TV.

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 04-24-2013, 09:05 PM
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Brian, I remember the TV movie you're talking about. It was called The Day After. However, the two movies in that vein that were even more horrifying to me were an American film starring Jane Alexander called Testament (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testament_%28film%29) and, the scariest and most depressing of the three, a British Film called The War Game (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059894/plot..._=tt_ov_pl). If you can find it, and even though it is 48 years old, do try to watch it.

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 04-25-2013, 09:46 AM
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The Squid and the Whale, comes to mind from recent movies in the past 10y

Up In The Air, was also quite depressing if you ask me.

Friends with Money, with Jennifer Aniston and a few others was quite dark and depressing.

there were a few others that were very well done, and anti-hollywood happy ending type, but they slip my mind right now.

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 04-25-2013, 10:11 AM
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I asked my wife this question and the first answer she came up with was EZ Rider. She just has no since of adventure.

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 04-25-2013, 01:01 PM
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(04-24-2013, 09:05 PM)freddy Wrote: Brian, I remember the TV movie you're talking about. It was called The Day After. However, the two movies in that vein that were even more horrifying to me were an American film starring Jane Alexander called Testament (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testament_%28film%29) and, the scariest and most depressing of the three, a British Film called The War Game (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059894/plot..._=tt_ov_pl). If you can find it, and even though it is 48 years old, do try to watch it.

Yes, precisely! The Day After.

Hmmm, according to Netflix I've already seen Testament (I graded it) but I don't remember it. It's in my queue again.

From the synopsys I suspect I saw The War Game in High School, but it too is now in my Netflix queue. Our English teacher managed to get a copy even though it had been banned from the US back then, and she decided to show it to us. I remember it as being quite good, graphic.

Another depressing movie is The Road.

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 04-25-2013, 02:18 PM
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House of Sand and Fog. Worst date movie ever.

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