Depressing Movies

14 Most Depressing Movies Ever Made


February is the bleak one of the year, and it’s universally recognized as the most appropriate time to get SAD. Why not binge-watch some of the most Depressing Movies ever made?

A sad movie can provide the same catharsis as cranking up blues music. It’s human nature to enjoy the opportunity to wallow occasionally. A film that makes you feel guilty is oddly refreshing in an era of highly calculated blockbusters.

Depressing Movies

To join the ranks of the most depressing films of all time, there is more to it than just an unhappy ending; the movie emphasizes existential gloom, whether addressing unimaginable circumstances in real life or simply inviting us to experience emotions that the Avengers are unable to express. Do you have a cinematic horror movie that I missed? Let me know in the comments.)

Dancer in the Dark – Depressing movie

During the 1960s, a Czech immigrant and factory worker loses her sight and is Depressing Movies to raise money for her son to avoid the same fate. Despite Selma (Björk) ‘s sincere intentions and the fantasy musical numbers that sustain her, fate conspires against her and brings her down. Despite the spectacular musical interludes, Selma’s dream world and real-life circumstances only heighten the sense of tragedy and injustice. The good news is that the American healthcare system cannot place anyone in such a dire situation today. That’s a relief.


Keeping with Lars von Trier, the problematic master of joy, it’s almost impossible to argue that Melancholia isn’t exactly what it says on the tin. Von Trier adds a science fiction-ish twist to this tale of modern angst. (No refunds.) Two sisters deal with a rogue planet’s collision course with Earth very differently. Ultimately, we are left with Depressing Movies, infidelity, and suicides that defy any hope of making peace with death.

Requiem for a Dream

In Darren Aronofsky’s second feature, the misery of addiction is symphonic, like the anti-drug films you remember from high school. Four characters’ lives fall apart over two punishings, stylishly filmed and artfully edited hours as they use drugs to fill the empty places inside their hearts. This includes heroin and diet pills. The injection site of Jared Leto becomes infected with gangrene. To fund her next film, Jennifer Connelly turns to prostitution. After being abused by the guards in prison, Marlon Wayans ends up in jail. A vacant-eyed, ashen amphetamine addict in a squalid nursing home ends the film as Ellen Burstyn, the film’s lively, redheaded retiree. The use of drugs is wrong.

Make Way for Tomorrow

It’s not an exaggeration to say Orson Welles predicted Make Way for Tomorrow would “make a stone cry.” The film highlights the quiet indignities of aging in America: An elderly couple loses their home to foreclosure and cannot find work due to their advanced age. They need help with how to help, finding their presence burdensome. They decide one person can’t care for both of them, so they are divided among relatives who live thousands of miles apart. It shows the kids struggling to balance their lives and responsibilities with the burden of caring for aging parents rather than portraying them as monsters. Things could be better today, but this was before social programs that might have assisted them. Despite the film’s heartbreak, you can’t help but develop more empathy for the elderly and feel more anxious that you might find yourself in the same situation one day.

Grave of the Fireflies

Stunningly animated, dramatic, and profoundly Depressing Movies look at the toll war takes on children. After their parents were bombed out of Kobe, Japan, during WWII, Seita and Setsuko were cast out into a devastated landscape with no support from relatives. Watching it is essential, but it is not an easy task. There is no suspense since the children’s fates are clear from the opening moments.

Sophie’s Choice

We are introduced to the titular Holocaust survivor Sophie (Meryl Streep) in flashbacks from just after the war when she had a difficult choice about her children. Based on William Styron’s novel, the film is a powerful, fact-based story that, unfortunately, has become a shorthand term for any difficult decision.


After watching Larry Clark’s Kids, it’s challenging to have faith in the future…which might explain our current situation, given the movie was released in 1995. It alternates between being a lurid look at the lives of teenagers who have nothing better to do than use drugs and have sex and scolding, “Can you believe what the kids are up to!? It’s moralizing. There’s no better movie to watch when you want to cry for the future (as envisioned in the mid-1990s).

Come and see us.

In his film, director Elem Klimov shows war’s horrors through the eyes of a Belarusian teenager who joins the anti-Nazi resistance after the Nazis invade his village. As the occupation continues, Flyora even feels like survival is a curse; the accumulated horrors (including the deliberate burning of dozens of people inside a church that occurred) There are no better war films than Come and See—because all the best war films are anti-war.

Leaving Las Vegas

In this critically acclaimed and bleak film from writer/director Mike Figgis, adapted from the semi-autobiographical novel by John O’Brien (who died shortly after selling the film rights), Nicolas Cage portrays an alcoholic who drives to Las Vegas with a trunk full of booze and intends to drink himself to oblivion. As far as I recall, it involves nearly two hours watching Cage gulp a brimming with liquor in a dingy hotel room while screaming and crying, intercut with scenes of a prostitute (Elisabeth Shue, also nominated for an Academy Award) being gang-raped. It’s possible I got some details wrong, but I’m not watching it againDepressing Movies.

The mist

The titular mist settles over a town in this nihilistic Stephen King adaptation. This puts a group of locals at each other’s throats after they become trapped in the end-of-the-world grocery store. We’re constantly faced with ignorance, fear, and religious extremism in Frank Darabont’s film. No outside evil can compete with these. Following that, the movie takes things to the next level, ending on either a note that perfectly sums up its message or one that is unbearably cruel. Both are probably true Depressing Movies.


Early on, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s serial killer drama resembles Seven. However, it grows more philosophical and esoteric as it proceeds while maintaining its distance from all the murders it depicts. Depressing Movies Kenichi Takabe hunts for a killer despite his family life imploding. As we learn later, the killer isn’t a killer but rather someone adept at manipulating others. Even if something otherworldly is at play, the movie makes the case that we are capable of highly dark acts. This happens if we are given just a tiny push.

The road.

A man and his son wander through post-apocalyptic America, searching for a rumored haven near the coast. Unlike other stories of this type, which tend to play on the idea that we might be clever enough to survive (and sometimes include zombies as well), The Road (as with the Cormac McCarthy novel on which it was based) makes it clear that a collapse of civilization is unlikely to be something we can appreciate.

Children of Men

Following a period of war, natural disasters, and economic depression, civilization is in danger of collapse, according to Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men. Although the fact that we have five years to put all that into action is encouraging, the world depicted here-where infertility has become an epidemic-is one of deep desperation and hopelessness. Depressing Movies Cuarón’s careful eye as a director gives every shot a sense of being on the verge.

Alien 3

Although the first two Alien films weren’t laugh riots, David Fincher’s (troubled) sequel is almost certainly the most disturbing in Hollywood history. The movie begins with Depressing Movies the deaths of nearly all of the survivors from the previous film (and the gruesome autopsy of a beloved character) before dropping Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) into a prison colony where the most likable character (Charles S. Dutton) is a serial murderer and convicted rapist. As a fan of risk-taking franchises, which are becoming increasingly inoffensive, I’m enthusiastic about this Depressing Movies.

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