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Anil K Chandra
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I think I've watched enough movies which make me feel nice. I'm looking for movies which are gloomy, sad or depressing. Here are some which I liked and can currently recollect:

Apocalypse Now
Boy A
Chinatown
Into the Wild
Letters From Iwo Jima
Mystic River
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Requiem For A Dream
The Deer Hunter
The Godfather – II, III
The Machinist
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Unforgiven

What unhappy movies do you ranchers like?
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I find some of the British movies like "Billy Elliot", "The Full Monty" or "Brassed Off" to be rather depressing. The first ends on a happier note, and the second is pretty funny, although depressing the more I reflect upon it.


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Ulf Dittmer
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What's unhappy about "Apocalypse Now"? It's set during a war, so plenty of dead people are to be expected.


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marc weber
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In addition to some already mentioned (especially One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Requiem For A Dream)...

Dramas:
  • 21 Grams (2003, Alejandro Gonz�lez I��rritu)
  • Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
  • Calendar (1993, Atom Egoyan)
  • Fat City (1972, John Huston)
  • Going Under (2004, Eric Werthman)
  • The Lords of Flatbush (1974, Martin Davidson & Stephen Verona)
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger)
  • My Dinner with Andre (1981, Louis Malle)
  • Virgil Bliss (2001, Joe Maggio)
  • Documentaries:
  • Brother's Keeper (1992, Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky)
  • Dark Days (2000, Marc Singer)
  • Salesman (1969, Al Maysles, David Maysles, & Charlotte Mitchell Zwerin)
  • Union Square (2003, Stephen Szklarski)
  • War Photographer (2001, Christian Frei)
  • (I have about 800 DVDs. When people peruse my collection, they frequently ask, "Don't you have anything happy?" Uh... No.)
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    Anil K Chandra
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    Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
    What's unhappy about "Apocalypse Now"? It's set during a war, so plenty of dead people are to be expected.


    It's not about lots of dead people. Compare it with the likes of Saving Private Ryan - it has more gruesome deaths but the story was about courage, scarifice etc... whereas Apocalypse Now is just chaos and madness. Not a happy movie to watch.
    Pat Farrell
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    Originally posted by marc weber:
    My Dinner with Andre (1981, Louis Malle)


    What is depressing about this wonderful film? Its one of my favorites.

    Someone up thread mentioned Chinatown. I saw that movie with a woman who was born and raised outside LA. She was depressed by it. I was born and raised outside Washington DC. I liked it a lot. I was not surprised about lying and corruption and politics, its how the world works.

    So for me, these two get taken off the list.
    Ulf Dittmer
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    Compare it with the likes of Saving Private Ryan - it has more gruesome deaths but the story was about courage, scarifice etc... whereas Apocalypse Now is just chaos and madness. Not a happy movie to watch.

    I think Saving Private Ryan is rather shallow in comparison; there's nothing in it that hasn't been part of every war movie since "All Quiet On The Western Front".

    Apocalyse Now, on the other hand, shows the madness of man, the madness of the jungle, and the madness of war, as well as the quest of two men, both of whom are arguably successful, even though one goes off the cliff and is killed by the other at the end. It's a great story of human ambition, success and failure.

    The Deer Hunter, I will agree, is a sad movie, but very well told.
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    Originally posted by Pat Farrell:
    ... What is depressing about this wonderful film? Its one of my favorites...

    It's one of my favorites as well, and I'm anxious for a Criterion version.

    It's a very interesting film, because I've seen it numerous times at very different points in my life, and my interpretation was quite different each time. In the 80's, I didn't have enough life experience to see it as much more than a slightly odd, arty film. Watching it over again in the 90's, the comedic aspects became hysterical to me (and still are). But returning to it again within the last year... Ouch. The theme of emptiness in people's lives -- lack of fulfillment, purpose, and connection... That really hit me.
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    Sadma- This is a hindi movie. I was depressed for next two days.
    Anil K Chandra
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    Originally posted by Vishal Pandya:
    Sadma- This is a hindi movie. I was depressed for next two days.


    Ah! A Kamal Hassan movie. That guy has done some pretty sad/gloomy movies. Some of my favorites are:

    Aakali Rajyam
    Sagara Sangamam
    Pushpak - This is a comedy, but can be quite sad at times.
    John Smith
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    Originally posted by Anil K Chandra:
    I'm looking for movies which are gloomy, sad or depressing.


    top rated drama titles
    Karnati Sudhakar
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    I have movies Boy A and Into the wild but did not watch them.I just fast forwarded them but nothing seemed interesting in those films.

    If you are really want to have the effect of movies after 2-3 days then you should go for SAW 1-5.I have seen SAW 3 and could not sleep on that night.You might not have expected anything that is shown in that film.

    My Favorite movies are:

    American Pie - Full series
    The Girl Next Door
    In the land of Women - i dont know why i liked this movie
    Hancock
    The Dark knight
    SAW 1-5
    The Hills have Eyes
    Zombie strippers
    Gutterballs - The wildest movie i have ever seen.
    crank
    Transporter 1,2
    Forgetting sarah marshell
    Step brothers - Full comedy
    Rocky - Full series
    Journey to the center of the Earth
    Blood Diamond - Excellent movie about diamonds
    Bourne ultimatum
    Bourne intelligent
    Good luck chuck
    The 40 year old virgin
    Office space
    Untraceable - Must see movie in this ever increasing world wide web.

    Regards
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    margaret gillon
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    "Play it as it lays." (1972). Directed by Frank Perry. With Tuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins, Tammy Grimes.
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    Chinatown. I saw that movie with a woman who was born and raised outside LA. She was depressed by it. I was born and raised outside Washington DC. I liked it a lot. I was not surprised about lying and corruption and politics, its how the world works.


    The depressing part is that the woman was raped by her father, who is a powerful man, and so her child is also her sister. The father ends up getting custody of the child and he is going to rape her, too. Depressing enough to last me a life time.
    David O'Meara
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    Ironically the movie 'Happiness' was unhappy.
    Jason Menard
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    Just to name a few that come to mind...

    Grave of the Fireflies
    Schindler's List
    Hotel Rwanda
    AI

    Those were generally depressing throughout. Now if we wanted to just talk about unhappy endings, that would be a different list.
    Pat Farrell
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    One of the most depressing movies that I have ever seen is:

    Days of Wine and Roses, 1962.

    It stars Lee Remick, one of the most beautiful actresses of the late 50s/early 60s. The theme song is wonderful, but the story is heartrendering.
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    Das Boot
    Million Dollar Baby
    Se7en


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    Ulf Dittmer
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    Ankit Garg
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    I have my own list of sad movies (Hindi)

    Gangster (Shiney Ahuja and Kangna Ranaut)
    Woh Lamhe (Shiney Ahuja and Kangna Ranaut)
    Kal Ho Naa Ho (Shahrukh Khan and Priety Zinta) - The ending is damn touching
    Zinda (Sanjay Dutt)

    In english (movies with english language ) my favorite is Titanic...
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    Maneesh Godbole
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    All Guru Dutt movies.
    When we were in college, we used to gang up at any friend's place which was parent free.
    The agenda was "film appreciation".
    People used to make themselves comfortable with their favorite drinks and play any 2 Guru Dutt movies back to back. Talking/chit chat was strictly prohibited. If someone liked a song, or a particular scene, he/she was free to rewind and play it again.
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    The Pianist (movie based on Spielmann..) sickens me..


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    I liked "Miracle Mile", definitely not a happy ending.

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    The Life of David Gale.
    American Beauty.

    (I am deep into Kevin Spacey recently)
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    marc weber
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    Originally posted by marc weber:
    ...Calendar (1993, Atom Egoyan)...

    Calendar is interspersed with a lot of hand-held, largely improvised footage designed to look like home movies, and these scenes feature the director's real-life wife. Upon the film's debut, friends of the director and his wife thought the footage was real, documenting their "break up." This sense of authenticity makes it very powerful.
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    The Life of David Gale

    Not a sad movie at all. Spacey's and Linney's characters achieve everything they set out to do.

    American Beauty

    Kind of sad, but also a "take-charge-of-your-life" movie, which I think is rather uplifting. Spacey's character in particular achieves way more than one might have guessed even one year before his death. Is that sad?

    (I am deep into Kevin Spacey recently)

    As am I. Spacey's way cool and talented.
    Aryan Khan
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    The Sweet November, Notebook, Forrest Gump are also very nice SAD movie!
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    Ulf: Not a sad movie at all. Spacey's and Linney's characters achieve everything they set out to do.

    quote:American Beauty

    Kind of sad, but also a "take-charge-of-your-life" movie, which I think is rather uplifting. ...


    I envy your understanding of "sad", Ulf. A guy got a bullet in his head, but look at all he had achieved prior to that! Another guy let get himself executed, but before that his life became so miserable, so he didn't mind. So yes, in both cases there is something uplifting, so uplifting that I want to start screaming, and then never stop.

    Speaking about "American Beauty", I remember reading somewhere that in the script the movie starts with Jane and her boyfriend getting sentenced for killing Lester, based on the tape Ricky made. Didn't made it into production, for better or worse.
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    Oh, yeah...

    Charly (1968, Ralph Nelson)
    aditee sharma
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    Vanilla Sky would be the mother of all sad movies.
    On top of it, this movie just doesn't end, does it?
    Once it starts you can go home, eat something, go to sleep and come back to the theater, I am sure it'll still be running.
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    Originally posted by Ankit Garg:
    I have my own list of sad movies (Hindi)
    Gangster (Shiney Ahuja and Kangna Ranaut)


    You watched Imraan Hashmi movie

    If you are interested in Hindi sad movies then look for

    1) Pyasa (Thirsty) (It is also in the list of Times 100 best movies of the world)
    2) Kagaj Ke Phool


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    Well I have not seen pyasa or kagaz k phool. And Gangster is not about Imran Hashmi. It is a good movie. I also like Awarapan. It also has a heart touching story (and also has Imran Hashmi )...
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    Newer sad movies:

    Kite Runner
    The Painted Veil
    Gone Baby Gone

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    Born Into Brothels
     
     
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