To be fair i’m more of an action and comedy guy. But there are a lot of movies I’ve seen, sometimes even forced (not like Clockwork Orange though, just.. school). The only ones that really left impressions are the drama type. And this list will show you what movies will forever make you feel sad. Agree or disagree, because movies are personal.
This is a documentary that will blow you away after viewing it for only the first 10 minutes, you won’t believe the sordid actions you’re watching. Talhotblond tells the story of a man who is apparently disappointed with his life and then decides to embark on an affair with a girl online who calls herself Talhotblond. The film becomes highly emotional when a young man gets pulled into the twisted and deranged game between the two and someone, unbelievably, gets murdered. By the end of the film you will have to keep reminding yourself, what you saw was real, that it happened… and there’s a twist ending that will officially rip your heart out and leave it on the floor for you.
14. An American Crime.
This heartbreaking tale of child abuse during a more “innocent” time is hard to watch all the way through, but it’s a story that shouldn’t be ignoredAn American Crime tells the true story of a girl who was sent to live with a stranger she met at church while her parents ran off to join the circus. Seriously, they left her with a complete stranger while they worked at the circus. The woman despises the innocence she sees in the girl and begins to abuse her when a check from her parents comes a little late. The scenes of abuse are tastefully done, but still no easier to watch. They will manage to make you squirm as you witness the abuse of a completely innocent girl. What will really leave you unable to shake the film once the credits stop rolling, watching other children join in on the abuse.
This movie was nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign film category. The movie is based on the memoir written by Traudi Jung, who was a young secretary who served beside Hitler until his final hours. The story describes what it was like being with Hitler trapped in his bunker during the final days of the war. The movie also displays the chaos going on outside of the bunker on the streets of Germany with unflinching detail. It’s a must see period piece whose emotional power can be felt long after the credits roll.
12. The Bay.
The Bay is an environmental horror story about a small town that is turned inside out (literally) by a mutant parasite determined to make the residents their host. It’s one of the best found footage films ever and it serves as a very smart, adult horror story. Watching the systematic infestation and gory murder of an entire town is extremely emotionally debilitating.
11. American Psycho
This dark comedy has a strong cult following because of its searing dark satirical look at 1980s culture. Christian Bale gives a star turning performance as Patrick Bateman, a typical 80’s yuppie and escalating Psychopath. Even by today’s standard, the Unrated version is pretty shocking to witness. This film is not for everyone and even if you like it you’re still depressed by the casual violence the main character dishes out and wondering “what the hell did I just sit through?”
10. The Fourth Kind.
A therapist discovers that during her sessions with patients, she has come upon evidence that they all have suffered the fourth level of an alien encounter: Abduction. Different techniques often used in found footage films are used in this movie and executed very well. The movie continues to grow increasingly disturbing as the patience’s experience with the aliens grow more violent and completely ruin their lives. By the end of the movie you’ll feel just as bewildered as the therapist who doesn’t know whether some incidences are really alien related or big signs of mental illness. The plot line grows darker and darker to the very end and you’re more likely to become sadder and sadder.
This film has been credited with putting actor Jeremy Renner on the acting map and it is not hard to see why. His performance as infamous serial killer Jeffery Dahmer is so chilling that your mood will start to tank in about 15 minutes flat. It is not unnecessarily gory or shocking for no reason; at times it is very subtle with its horror, although it never tries to sugar coat it. The movie becomes an entirely new emotional experience when you try to wrap your mind around how a seemingly normal person can carry on such despicable violence in a most unassuming way.
Don’t turn away from it because of the 3 star Netflix rating, a lot of people rated it low simply because they found the events hard to swallow. And they are. The movie tells the true story of a woman who was held hostage and sexually assaulted at a fast food joint strictly because a voice on the phone told her employer told her to. The restaurant in real life was McDonalds. The film spirals into depressing madness as you witness what people will do when they think they’re being ordered by authority and the craziness people will put up with when being told what to do by authority. It’s an emotionally turbulent ride witnessing the hopelessness of modern society.
7. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
This indie film is considered a cult classic and despite its overwhelmingly depressing nature, it’s clear to see why. Johnny Deep gives an excellent performance as a young man in a small town taking care of his morbidly obese mother and mentally challenged brother (another great performance by a young Leonardo Dicaprio). This movie needs to be experienced because simply, who hasn’t felt completely restless in their life? It does end on a hopeful note which makes it that much more emotionally draining to watch.
6. The Hours.
This moving drama revolves around the lives of 3 women from different time periods, but with lives that tightly intertwine. Although this film is slow, brooding and barely makes a blip on the excitement radar, you have to see this if you’re looking to experience a film that’s really honest about the lives of Women. Women will find this movie painful to see, but oddly relatable. While men will learn some painful details about the life of an everyday woman.
5. Hotel Rwanda.
Don Cheadle gave an Oscar deserving performance in this period piece about one of the world’s darkest hours: the Rwanda genocide. While hundreds of thousands of people were being murdered, one hotel manager managed to save the lives of over a 1,000 refugees just trying to survive. It’s one of the few dark films that will renew your hope in humanity. If you’re pretty much a human being with emotions, this movie will wear you down.
4. Mary and Max.
When you hear of a claymation film you instantly think of something whimsical and funny. While this film is a dark comedy of sorts, be warned, it is very dark. If you’re looking for something to dig emotionally deep into, this is it! The animated film follows Mary, a little Australian girl and her quirky pen pal relationship with a middle-aged New Yorker named Max who suffers from Aspergers syndrome. The movie faces the subjects of mental illness, depressions and the struggles of life head on. Although you may feel depleted of emotions at the end of the story, you’ll still be able to smile a little bit at the end just being happy experienced something so fantastically real.
3. The Passion of The Christ.
Whether you’re a person of faith or not, you have to be a stone cold sociopath to not feel like an emotional wreck after watching this movie. This film could have set Mel Gibson up for life as a legendary filmmaker if he hadn’t made clear what a despicable human being he was and all.. Anyways, the film tells the story of Jesus Christ in Latin and Aramaic (both dead languages) and with unparalleled graphicness. Even if you don’t believe Jesus is the son of God, the moving cinematography will disturb you to know end as you witness the torture of someone who really committed no crime at all. Religious or not, watch this movie for one of the most emotionally stirring movie experiences of all time.
2. Blue Valentine.
You know from the very beginning this movie is going to become a roller coaster of a ride, but if you think it is just another romantic-sticky-sweet-romp, think again! This story is about a couple that was once madly in love, but life has pulled them apart. The storyline may seem simple, but it’s the gut wrenching performance of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams that make this movie so hard to watch. It will leave you even more emotionally destroyed if you’ve ever been through something like what the movie describes or if you’re currently going through it in your own relationship.
1. The Boy in The Striped Pajamas.
It’s a very simply told story with a huge meaning. The movie is about a boy who gets in a relationship with a little boy on the other side of the fence of his own back yard. The little boy wears these strange stripped pajamas and both boys struggle to find out what that means. This powerful movie about the consequences of World War II will leave you emotionally weary for days to come and you’ll never ever forget it! Seriously, it’s still giving me sad thoughts.