Most Depressing Movie (in Off-topic)

GO PATS March 28 2007 2:49 PM EDT

What's the most depressing movie you have ever seen?

Easy Rider.

(Yeah yeah yeah, Million Dollar Baby, blah blah blah...)

QBRanger March 28 2007 3:36 PM EDT

Schindler's List

But if you really try you can make out during it.

(A Sienfeld reference for those who care)

Vaynard [Fees Dirt Cheap] March 28 2007 3:39 PM EDT

I have always thought that Requiem for a Dream was the most depressing movie I had ever seen. Every single person you get to know in the movie has their life completely destroyed.

Nerevas March 28 2007 3:53 PM EDT

Children Of Men

AdminShade March 28 2007 4:09 PM EDT

'My life'

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] March 28 2007 4:15 PM EDT

28 Days Later. Hands down. Zombie movies in general tend to be depressing, even though that is why I like them...Post apocalyptic stuff is depressing in general. Mad Max is also pretty grim.

IndependenZ March 28 2007 5:03 PM EDT

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

My girlfriend made me watch it. It's been three weeks and I still haven't recovered. Although I have a nice life, everything seems 'colorless'. So depressing. And I'm an optimist, generally speaking!

I still feel like a cardboard box. My god, Confessions really messed up my mind.


AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] March 28 2007 5:05 PM EDT

I dunno, I found Arlington Road to be pretty damn depressing.

AdminG Beee March 28 2007 5:06 PM EDT


Kathy Bates with the sledgehammer still makes me shudder.

Adminedyit [Superheros] March 28 2007 5:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia with Tom Hanks

BootyGod March 28 2007 5:12 PM EDT

Kal Ho Naa Ho.

Frod March 28 2007 5:38 PM EDT


I was probably supposed to build up anger and empathy for the protagonist, and feel "vindicated" at the end, but afterwards, I just felt empty and numb. :-/

tscm March 28 2007 6:13 PM EDT

Eragon the Movie

I have one thing to say that will explain this.... Read the book. =[

Purple Cobra March 28 2007 7:52 PM EDT

The Notebook. Its a mushy romance, but you can't help but love it. I was moved by it, and the sad parts made me come close to tears, including the ending.

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] March 28 2007 8:06 PM EDT

depressing as in a let down of a movie? or a sad movie, but good?

Lochnivar March 28 2007 8:23 PM EDT

Glory (Danzel Washington and Morgan Freeman in the same movie!)

go ahead, rent it and try and guess who survives the whole movie.

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] March 28 2007 8:28 PM EDT

Just saw Friday Night Lights on FX last night, and i must say, good movie, but ends sad, =|

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] March 28 2007 9:31 PM EDT

I walked out on a movie 1/3 of the way through. It was about teens in 'Hong Kong?" and marshal arts . Can't remember the name ,Hong Kong nights ?I cry every time I think about wasting money on a 1/3 of a piece of doo-doo . The actors were like 30 and playing teens for freaks sake !

Shelingar March 28 2007 9:35 PM EDT

"Eragon the Movie

I have one thing to say that will explain this.... Read the book. =[ "

Yeah... I saw the movie and then read the book. They might have well called the movie "Our story line" or something. Probably worst movie adaption I've ever seen.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] March 28 2007 9:35 PM EDT

monsters ball
oh, and leaving las vegas

Thraklight Resonance March 28 2007 9:40 PM EDT

Nobody Knows.

Mikel March 28 2007 11:24 PM EDT

I am Sam.
City of Angels.
the Pursuit of Happyness
The Lion King
Field of Dreams
Watership Down
Dead Poet's Society
The Color Purple
And any drama involving kids dying, like My Girl

Just watched Million Dollar Baby again... it wasn't that bad.

Eragon was awesome, I watched it 5 times in 7 days. And what movie was ever made that followed the book as much as we'd like it to? Star Wars? Conan? Star Trek? Harry Potter? Jurassic Park? Lord of the Rings? None, the book can go into so much more detail and you spin the story in your head, so if the movie doesn't come out like you think it should, then you get disappointed.

QBOddBird March 28 2007 11:31 PM EDT

LoTR followed the book closely enough for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Eragon, however, I was not very happy with either...even looking at it outside of having read the book, it seemed like a movie with an awfully rushed plot.

I think Eragon wins out for most depressing so far as the biggest letdown.

Rocky Balboa let me down a lot too, even though I didn't expect it to even be comparable to the previous ones.

*shrugs* I dunno, movies don't really depress me, but some are great letdowns.

MissingNo March 28 2007 11:45 PM EDT

Requiem for a Dream, hands down. Honestly, dude, this movie made me cry, and the last time I cried during a movie was when I saw Titanic, and I was like 8.

Nerevas March 29 2007 12:35 AM EDT

Oh wow, how did I forget.. Maybe not depression but one of the saddest scenes ever. Go see Bridge to Tarabinthia.

MissingNo March 29 2007 12:43 AM EDT

Wow, Nerevas. I hope you're kidding. Theres no way you're not kidding, right?

Lochnivar March 29 2007 1:18 AM EDT

Speaking of sad scenes:

The Sixth Sense (not the whole movie)
The scene with the tape from the little girl who is poisoned... come on, a kid documenting themself being killed but not even trying to stop it...

I find that sad and my friends think I'm dead inside.

Nerevas March 29 2007 5:10 AM EDT

Have you seen Bridge to Terabithia*? If not, the movie is way different than what the trailers make it seem. If you have seen it, then well... I don't know why you'd disagree with me.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] March 29 2007 10:18 AM EDT

Along Came Polly

To start a date off with a movie that bad and the inability to continuously make out for the entire time bar 1 or 2 scenes that could be classed as 'reasonable' then you're going to be depressed about where that date could be heading.

QBBarzooMonkey March 29 2007 10:36 AM EDT

On the "depressed I saw it" side: Sideways

Huge critical acclaim, people ranting and raving about how it MUST be seen...

No plot, lame story, boring writing, annoying dialogue...
Not single character (save maybe Virginia Madsen's) with any speck of endearing quality. As a matter of fact, I ended up despising all of them.
Overrated cinematography.

I don't think there is a movie I've seen that I'm as angry and depressed about wasting my time watching. Even "Hell Comes To Frogtown" was good for a cheesy laugh...

On the "depression inducing" side, does anybody else remember "The Champ", with little Ricky Schroeder at the end, "Wake up, champ, wake up!"

QBJohnnywas March 29 2007 10:55 AM EDT

That's his name! I was talking with somebody about NYPD Blue yesterday and mentioned the 'kid from The Champ' being in it.

The most depressing thing about The Champ? Most of CB weren't even born when that came out.....:/

BTW - Mad Max depressing Ash? They're dark for sure, but there is too much humour in them to be really depressing.

To be honest though, I don't find many films depressing. If I've wasted two hours of my life watching something rubbish then I'm depressed about that but otherwise I guess I love watching films too much...

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] March 29 2007 11:02 AM EDT

Yeah, well, the landscape is the most depressing thing in these movies, you know, barren wastelands and all...

Which makes me think of another one that I find depressing.
Waterworld. (Come on, it was not that bad, hehe) Especially that part where underwater, with all the sunken buildings.

Destroyed civilizations are depressing to me I guess.

Hollow1974 March 29 2007 12:29 PM EDT

Bridge to Teribithia - Starting to hate all things Disney because of the death thing they keep using.
Donnie Darko - Sad in a good and bad way... sacrifice for love and whatnot.
Shaun of the Dead.... the mom factor

MissingNo March 29 2007 2:45 PM EDT

Donnie Darko is pretty sad. But it's offset with him saving our universe, which is why he's laughing at the end. And Donnie Darko doesn't even compare to Requiem for a Dream which hits you in the face like a terrifying psychological meteor. It builds up and everyone's happy, then, out of nowhere, it spirals down into a Hell that gets only progressively worse.

It's my favorite movie of all time, not just because it has drugs in it or anything like that. It delves into the deepest part of the human psyche to explore addiction. It's definitely not a movie most young people can handle, but it's a cult hit for a reason.

Adminedyit [Superheros] March 29 2007 2:57 PM EDT

the movie AI

that poor kid/robot all he wanted was a family.

Klinik April 3 2007 2:56 AM EDT

Definately agree with Requiem for a Dream (and AI, since it was just mentioned) both have a sorta personal motivation but depressing nonetheless.

I watched Requiem for a Dream, Traffic, and Blow in one night. Lets just say I was having a bad week.

QBPixel Sage April 3 2007 3:02 AM EDT

Bridge to Terabithia (don't think anyone else has mentioned it). It's so sad, and I can kind of relate. That movie really made me empathize with the boy.

And despite what others say, I liked Eragon. I guess there is some good to not reading books so much like everyone else =P. All I read is the internet and my bible.

Flamey April 3 2007 3:02 AM EDT

"And any drama involving kids dying, like My Girl "

I was on the verge of tears when the girl was crying over the dead boy, this was at the age of 9, I think.

GO PATS April 3 2007 9:26 AM EDT

Just watched City of Angels last night... I remembered seeing it before but I forgot the end until about 5 minutes before it happened... needless to say, I didn't have to watch it again. Rough.

QBOddBird April 3 2007 9:32 AM EDT

"Donnie Darko doesn't even compare to Requiem for a Dream which hits you in the face like a terrifying psychological meteor."

Heh...where do these analogies come from, Vines?

bartjan April 3 2007 10:31 AM EDT

I found Battlefield Earth very depressing, especially considering the $100M+ that was spent on making and marketing it...

Most of the films on this list can probably be qualified as depressing, but I'm fortunate enough to only have seen 2 or 3 of that list.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] April 3 2007 12:35 PM EDT

I've seen most all of the movies you all are talking about, and I still find Arlington Road more depressing. Go rent it and watch it. It's about a teacher who happens to be a conspiracy theorist and teaches politics. And things start going sideways.

I won't ruin the movie like most of the rest of you have done for most of the movies you mentioned.

miteke [Superheros] April 3 2007 12:45 PM EDT

For a currently released movie I nominate Pursuit of Happiness. The whole dang movie is one depressing situation after another until the end, which ends with a depressingly short happy moment. And it was LOOooooOONG! You keep thinking "when does the pursuit part stop and the happiness part start?".

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] April 3 2007 12:58 PM EDT

no offense Veri but I just found Arlington Road extremely boring rather than depressing.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] April 3 2007 1:25 PM EDT

I found 'If These Walls Could Talk' a rather depressing movie in terms of the negative feelings it created, although I must have been around the age of 10 at the time of watching it so it was likely that my reaction would be a little more dramatic.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] April 3 2007 2:47 PM EDT

Oh I just thought of two of the most depressing movies I've ever seen.

Dead Presidents AND...

Dead Man Walking

MissingNo April 3 2007 4:14 PM EDT

Where do you think from, OB? From me. I've seen both of those movies and they're both in my top favorites. I don't think there could be any room for questioning which movie is more saddening if you've watched both movies.

Fantasysage April 4 2007 8:49 PM EDT

I think of mice and men takes the cake for me.

Can i pet the rabbits George?

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] April 5 2007 11:11 AM EDT

Depressing as in upsetting or tear jerking?

Or depressing as in what a waste of space, I can't beleive that made it to release?

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] April 5 2007 11:44 AM EDT

GL, most people are giving their opinion of both like I have :)

mastinox April 5 2007 8:44 PM EDT

Leaving Las Vegas, (hands down!)

Thraklight Resonance April 5 2007 9:38 PM EDT

"Dare mo shiranai" (2004) English translation "Nobody Knows."

Four children, the oldest 12 or 13, the youngest 4 or 5, live in a small apartment in Tokyo with their mother. The four children have different fathers, have never attended school, have not had their births registered, and the existence of three is concealed from the landlord. The children have been warned their entire lives that they will be taken away from their mother if they were discovered by other people. Shortly after moving into the apartment, the mother disappears without warning to pursue another man, leaving behind only a little money and a note telling her oldest son to take care of the other three children.

"Requiem for A Dream" is depressing, but that film covers adults inflicting pain and misery upon themselves. "Nobody Knows" was based upon a true incident in Japan where a mother abandoned her four children for over six months after a fifth child died (she concealed the body of the child in her apartment), leaving three children under the age of nine in the care of a thirteen year old boy. The police finally discovered the children after a second child was beaten to death by a friend of the thirteen year old.

The really depressing part of the true story is that the thirteen year old (14 at the time of discovery) was charged by Japanese authorities for negligence in the death of his sister, and the two surviving children were returned to the custody of the mother who abandoned them.

MissingNo April 5 2007 10:20 PM EDT

Hmm, that sounds interesting, Thrak. I read up some more about and it seems like something I'd want to watch. I'm gonna get it then watch it.

Mikel April 5 2007 10:58 PM EDT

'If These Walls Could Talk' That one is up there too. I've just seen so many it's hard to remember them all. Of Mice and Men was sad too. Forgot about Mystic River, Dead Man Walking and Green Mile are up there. The Family Stone. There's more, but if you haven't seen some of the ones already mentioned, then some of you have some catching up to do :) So far I've seen just about all that were listed (other than the worst movies type of depressing) except for Requiem and Arlington Road. I have no desire to see Requiem, I might look for Arlington Road when I'm really bored and can't find a movie that I haven't seen before.

MissingNo April 5 2007 11:12 PM EDT

Why would you not want to see Requiem? It's become a cult classic.

QBJohnnywas April 6 2007 2:25 AM EDT

Once I was on a long haul flight, about 15 hours overnight. I couldn't sleep. But unfortunately all that was available to watch due to technical hitches was Requiem For A Dream. I had seen and enjoyed Darren Aronofsky's film Pi. So I was looking forward to Requiem. Plus it had the added bonus of Jennifer Connolly. Lol.

But on a long haul flight, with nothing else to watch, and not being able to sleep Requiem was probably not the best film to be stuck with. I felt a bit like I was living the film after the third time. I finally fell asleep halfway through the fourth showing.

I may watch that film again sometime but something keeps stopping me.

That was not the most pleasant journey....

Popsicle Man Supreme April 6 2007 8:15 PM EDT

Eyes Wide Shut
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