There are lots of things that people hope to get out the movies they see. And depending on the movie we usually have different needs. Sometimes we want to get a laugh. Sometimes we want to find meaning in our own lives. Hell, even sometimes we want to cry.
But in my experience, rarely do I ever want to be depressed. That’s not to say that depressing movies can’t be good. In fact, that’s far from the truth. Still though, it’s not the greatest feeling to have.
Speaking of which, here are seven movies that left me feeling like crap afterwards. (Spoilers Ahead)
Not only is this one of the most depressing movies I’ve ever seen. It’s also one of the most screwed up. Essentially the lives of many individuals are connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil. For example we have a pedophile, a guy who derives pleasure from talking dirty on the phone, a woman who likes to be treated like crap, and it goes on. The stuff you’ll see in this movie is stuff you won’t see in any movie ever.
Million Dollar Baby
It seems like a movie that would be uplifting right? I mean at least at first. You got a down on her luck, poor white girl who wants to learn to box. She does learn to box and learns well from a legend and his assistant. What happens? She starts doing well. So well that she could potentially be the champ? And yet she comes so far only to be sabotaged in the ring and winds up being a paraplegic. She even tells her family to take a hike so that she can die. I mean it’s a good movie but man, how bad can you feel after the seeing a film?
Grave of the Fireflies
A powerful, rickly symbolic anti-war film, this is the harrowing story of two orphaned children attempting to survive in the ruins of post-War Japan. The five year-old girl dies of starvation and is cremated by her big brother, who stows her ashes in a sweet tin. Oh and by the way, this is a cartoon! Yes, a cartoon. I never thought I’d add a cartoon in an article like this but here we are.
Here’s a movie starring Sean Penn as a terminally ill mathematician trapped in a loveless marriage and Naomi Watts as an ex-junkie grieving the death of her husband and kids. Benicio Del Toro is also in the film as an ex con. All three are brought together by this freak accident that isn’t so freakish. I won’t say what happens but the depressions stems from this unbelievable tragedy bringing these people together in such an awkward and almost gross way.
Leaving Las Vegas
Nicolas Cage, a washed-up writer determinedly drinks himself to death while Elizabeth Shue, a winsome prostitute powerless to save him, looks on. Honestly it’s absolutely dreadful to watch. Again, a great movie but we’re talking rape scenes, puking, a man on his least breath and getting sicker and sicker, and the prostitute left hopefully in the wind. It’s really tough.
Billy Flynn, an ex boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J. over which he got custody after his wife Annie left him seven years ago. T.J. worships The Champ who is now working on his come-back in order to give his boy a better future. But of course Annie comes back and out of nowhere, Billy Flynn dies in a fight? Ugh.
Requiem for a Dream
Empire Online says it best right here:
Darren Aronofsky’s chronicle of lives devastated by drugs is a peerless downer. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly and Jared Leto, this is a film you watch once, then repair to the pub to stare fixedly into your beer for the night, vowing never, ever to watch it again.