Feeling Blue?

Let's have us a fun look at some of the most depressing films of all time. Viewer discretion is advised.
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1.
Kids (1995)
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A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
“ realistic and disturbing ” - JustBo
 
2.
Christiane F. (1981)
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F... (138 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Edel
“ some of the best acting and very unsettling ” - JustBo
 
3.
The Road (2009)
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In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ never watching this again. ever. ” - JustBo
 
4.
Blue Valentine (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
“ beautiful film but most definetely ripped my heart out ” - JustBo
 
5.
Shame (2011)
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In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life - which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction - is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ depression itself ” - JustBo
 
6.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ never watching again ” - JustBo
 
7.
Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)
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An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story. (92 mins.)
“ never watching again ” - JustBo
 
8.
The Ugly (1997)
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A female psychologist wants to understand the minds of a confessed serial killer who spent the last five years in a mental hospital because of his state. (93 mins.)
Director: Scott Reynolds
“ pretty scary and somber horrorfilm ” - JustBo
 
9.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ not the easiest sit ” - JustBo
 
10.
Eden Lake (2008)
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Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. (91 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ will rip your heart out ” - JustBo
 
11.
The Color Purple (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse from her father and others over 40 years. (154 mins.)
“ as uplifting as it is depressing. good movie ” - JustBo
 
12.
The Elephant Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. (124 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ never watching it again ” - JustBo
 
13.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. (140 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ von trier always knows how to get you down ” - JustBo
 
14.
Turkish Delight (1973)
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Sort of a cross between "Love Story" and an earthy Rembrandt painting, this movie stars Rutger Hauer as a gifted Dutch sculptor who has a stormy... (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ the best Dutch film of all time, and simply one of the best films of all time ” - JustBo
 
15.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
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Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
“ never watching again ” - JustBo
 
16.
American History X (1998)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ intense, great acting ” - JustBo
 
17.
The Hours (2002)
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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ also very good movie but not one to really lift your spirits ” - JustBo
 
18.
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
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Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Mullan
“ very intense and well acted with a chillingly suspenseful ending ” - JustBo
 
19.
Funny Games (1997)
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Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ simply horrifying. not even recommended but its not a bad film just very dark ” - JustBo
 
20.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ best film by Nicholas Cage by far ” - JustBo
 
21.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts. (84 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ a tough one to sit through ” - JustBo
 
22.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
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The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
“ never watching this again ” - JustBo
 
23.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
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Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
“ fantastic acting but horrifying as well ” - JustBo
 
24.
Gummo (1997)
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Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. (89 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ disturbing ” - JustBo
 
25.
American Psycho (2000)
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ not sure exactly why, but this one just belongs here for me ” - JustBo