Saddest movie?

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Captain Picard., Feb 12, 2013.

  1. bluedana

    bluedana Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 1, 2006
    To me, sad movies are not necessarily depressing. I have two that will make me sob every single time I watch them.

    We Are Marshall: entire football team dies in a plane crash, all except for the one team member who didn't go to the game because of his injured shoulder. He makes it his mission, along with the new coach, to take the field again with a new team. There is a scene where he is obviously playing in agony, and the coach repeatedly punches his shoulder to demonstrate that he cannot continue to play. He breaks down, because he is so wracked with survivor's guilt that he feels that he has to carry this whole team.

    And one of the first scenes, as one of the athletes' dads runs toward the plane wreckage shouting, "Is that our boys?! Is that our boys?!"


    The other is Taking Chance, about an honor guard accompanying home the body of a soldier killed in Iraq. Passengers on the airplane lining up on the tarmac in silence as the casket is unloaded. The thousand little ways people pay tribute to this soldier they don't know, honoring his sacrifice. The stoic way the honor guard sits with the casket so that the dead soldier is never alone. I cried all the way through that movie.
  2. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Ohio, USA
    It was said by tsq and several others, but Grave of the Fireflies was also the first movie I thought of upon seeing the title. Holy jebus, that movie is a metric fuckton of depression.
  3. Mojochi

    Mojochi Commodore Commodore

    Aug 18, 2007
    Life Is Beautiful. Something about the humor Benigni brings to it makes it even harder to swallow than Schindler's List

    Braveheart probably deserves a mention in here,

    And Million Dollar Baby, which I can't even watch, because it's just too hard
  4. Casting Couch

    Casting Couch Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    Gene's office
    Ironweed is near the top of my list, already mentioned upthread.

    One of the things that makes it so great is that it is a personal tragedy that doesn't essentially require any grand events for its backdrop. It could happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Nicholson and Streep are, as reputed, outstanding. But it's a real downer.
  5. Winged Victory

    Winged Victory Captain Captain

    Mar 24, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN
    I love watching sad movies. Anyone catch The Impossible with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor? Wow, depressing and sad. I bawled my eyes out during a scene where he makes a phone call home. :( Very sad, but I highly recommend the movie.

    I don't know if it's still available on Netflix but I'll never forget this documentary, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father. Holy moly. Sad, angry, depressed, it makes you feel the whole gamut of emotions. True story too.
  6. Mooch

    Mooch Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 6, 2001
    Titanic. Deep Impact, mainly Tea Leoni's storyline. Melancholia too, at the end.
  7. Sagart

    Sagart Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 3, 2001
    Northern Ireland
    The end of Toy Story 3 always destroys me. Every bloody time.
  8. arthur2sheds

    arthur2sheds Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Oct 29, 2011
    Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England
    Somewhere in Time

    Also the ending of Stand By Me
  9. Gov Karnstein

    Gov Karnstein Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2004
    Gov Kodos on Mohammed's Radio, WZVN Boston
    Harold and Maude, a wonderful black comedy romcom that is both sad and life affirming.
  10. Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Flying Spaghetti Monster Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 18, 2006
    Flying Spaghetti Western
    Les Miserables (2012).

    I mean, Hathaway had only 15 minutes of screen-time and she turned me into mush.
  11. Lt. Cheka Wey

    Lt. Cheka Wey Commander

    Mar 14, 2013
    Full Metal Jacket.
  12. publiusr

    publiusr Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
    My two votes would be The Virgin Spring:
    and Bless the Beasts and Children:

    Also disturbing was what I consider to be Boris Karloff's best movie--Targets

    In the film's finale at a drive-in theater, Orlok — the old-fashioned, traditional screen monster who always obeyed the rules — confronts the new, realistic, nihilistic late-1960s "monster" in the shape of a clean-cut, unassuming multiple murderer.

    Too real.
  13. NCC-1701-B

    NCC-1701-B Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 4, 2009
    A Soldier's Girl - A Showtime TV movie, but a true story. It is as equally shocking as it is sad. I was crying for a long while after it, and it's certainly not a film I think I could watch again. Once is definitely enough. It's also sadder to me because it's quite relevant to my life.
  14. the G-man

    the G-man Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 22, 2010
    to your immediate right
    I actually cried at the end of the original Godzilla when they sucked the oxygen out of Tokyo bay and killed him.
  15. flipjack

    flipjack Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Nov 28, 2008
    The whole Jenny thing in "Forrest Gump" was incredibly sad.
  16. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
    Another for Grave of the Fireflies.

    It hits me a bit hard since my Dad flew fighter-bomber raids on Japan in 1945.
  17. Opus

    Opus Commodore Commodore

    Jun 20, 2003
    Bloom County
    Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins as C.S. Lewis. The man finally finds love only to have it ripped from him by cancer, and the personal conflict he endures as he comes to terms with the pain of loss. It's gut-wrenching.
  18. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
    The Futurama episode "Jurassic Bark". I dare anyone not to get choked up at the end of that.