The Movie: Not the ‘80s horror, though that’s pretty miserable as well. Here, Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie tell the true life story of Christine Collins, whose son goes missing.
When the police inform her that he has been found, they bring her a complete stranger.
The Misery: The film’s main point seems to be: how many different ways can a woman say “that’s not my son!” before somebody starts believing her? It’s a depressing reminder of the patriarchal ‘20s.
Tissues Out: David Clay is found alive and tells his story, in which Collins learns the fate of her son.
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Jan 29th 2010, 9:45
I know its not a film, but the one time i had something in my eye was watching the british TV show Medium.One of the main characters dies after spending the episode in hopital and is re-united with his son as they walk hand in hand into the bright light. If you can find he episode please watch it and you will see what i am talking about. Also WALL-E almost made me cry.
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Jan 29th 2010, 11:11
Harry Brown.. There aren't really any "tissues out" moments but the whole film has a grim undertone running through it.
Jan 29th 2010, 11:46
Right at Your Door: I watched it on the back of Children of Men - two movies which don't have a high opinion of humanity, but at least CoM had a happy ending for one character.
Jan 29th 2010, 12:56
I'd have to add Irreversible ('time destroys everything'..gee thanks for that), and possibly the worst offender for me, Breaking the waves (a movie which almost broke my brain and certainly helped me become an athiest).
Jan 29th 2010, 13:02
Since you've already spoiled it, I'll go ahead and say the end to Million Dollar Baby absolutely broke my heart
Jan 29th 2010, 19:33
Grave of the Fireflies...
Jan 29th 2010, 19:59
Wheres's 'The Road'? Possibly the most depressing film I have ever seen.
Jan 29th 2010, 22:27
I thought Brazil (hurray he's free..! uh oh)and Watership Down (mummy why is that bunny sleeping?) would of got a mention
Jan 29th 2010, 22:32
As well as Johnny got his gun, plot can be found in Metallica' track 'One' (" landmine has take my sight/ taken my speech/ taken hearing/ taken my arms/ taken my legs/ taken my soul/ left me with life in hell") and silent running.. the end is a heartbreaker
Jan 30th 2010, 5:51
+1 for Grave of the Fireflies. Classic Japanese Anime that Roger Ebert calls one of the greatest movies about WWII.
I saw this once in theaters in Japan. Never again. Broke me down into uncontrollable body wracking sobs as a 12 yr old boy is forced to bury/cremate his 5 yr old sister who dies of starvation because of his own decisions and in-ability to care for them both led to her demise. Then I found out that the script writer wrote this movie about his own life in an attempt to deal with his guilt at the death of his own sister.
Jan 30th 2010, 14:28
Ummm, where the hell is Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves and Lilja 4-Ever?
Jan 30th 2010, 20:07
I would add The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Utterly Devastasting.
Jan 31st 2010, 20:15
Has nobody seen ACID HOUSE i wanted to kill myself halfway through, the whole thing is depressing
Feb 1st 2010, 18:19
WTH? Sophie's Choice at number 14 and Requiem for a dream at number one?
"The Elephant Man" is the most depressing movie ever. Everyone in the theater I saw it in was crying and over HALF of the audience left because they couldn't handle it.
Feb 1st 2010, 19:21
I'd definitely put Life Is Beautiful up there.
Feb 1st 2010, 19:40
The documentary "Dear Zachary" has to be the saddest movie ever made. Whoever made this list needs to see it right away. IMHO, it's much more depressing than any movie I've ever seen.
Feb 1st 2010, 21:43
A River Runs Through It. If the last line, "I am haunted by waters" doesn't put a lump in your throat, you have ice water in your veins.
Feb 1st 2010, 21:45
A River Runs Through It. If the last line, "I am haunted by waters" doesn't bring a lump to your throat, you have ice waters in your veins.
Feb 1st 2010, 21:55
This list seems incomplete without What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Feb 1st 2010, 22:50
House of Sand and Fog would top my list for sure.
Feb 1st 2010, 23:06
Grave of the Fireflies. The most depressing movie I have ever seen. Yes it is animated; yes you will want to open a vein before it's over.
Feb 1st 2010, 23:10
Mysterious Skin is the most devestating movie I've seen. Started crying somewhere in the middle and was completely depressed by the end.
Feb 2nd 2010, 11:47
You have not seen Grave of the Fireflies. Please watch it (once is plenty) and tell us you don't want to revise your list.
Feb 2nd 2010, 16:56
How did House of Sand and Fog, and My Life miss this list?? Watch House of Sand and Fog and see if you smile or laugh once. You won't. And don't get me started on My Life. Way more depressing than most on this list.
Feb 3rd 2010, 6:39
Sophie's Choice, The Tin Drum. The World According to Garp,Schindler's List, Dancer in the Dark, Catch 22. The Iceman Cometh, Come Back Little Sheba, Charly, Tess, Clockwork Orange.
Feb 6th 2010, 23:09
thank christ someone said it, schindlers list people- hello?!
Feb 10th 2010, 16:12
without doubt the most depressing film ever made by some tune is JUDE, no other film comes close, no happy endings, this is a film that will drag you down
Feb 24th 2010, 11:30
The Mist, just because of the ending.
May 27th 2011, 13:40
How can you do a 'most depressing' list and miss out This Is England? The first half is all merry and cheery but then it all just goes downhill from there! Also the first Butterfly Effect! That film had less 'tissues out' moments but definitely more 'reach for the razor' moments!
Apr 18th 2012, 21:24
the pianist..... one of the most depressing movie i have ever seen..... why isn't that movie in the list??????
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