Because I can find no way to effectively search through lists short of slowly looking through each page, I am looking for the saddest movies you’ve ever seen. Preferably skip mushy romantic comedy sad, I didn’t cry during old yellow or any of the usual movies, so if possible, give me any movie you find to be soul-crushingly-sad, and why it is. I figure “dead ringers” is a good jumping off point, but if you’ve seen requiem for a dream, grave of the fireflies, or sympathy for mr. vengeance those are also on the level.
For me I think most Cronenberg films put an emotional barrier between you and the characters, so I think they work better on an analytical level than an emotional one.
Dancer in the Dark comes to mind and even Breaking the Waves.
I agree, DR is a fascinating study in mutual self-destruction and maybe even pretty tragic, but gut-wrenchingly sad, no. You ride the white horse, you go down. The orange pop and cake scene was the best.
I’ll go with RAGING BULL and since we’re talking Cronenberg, THE FLY as well.
I’ll weigh in later, but let me just say that I do find DEAD RINGERS to be gut-wrenchingly sad. I think the clinical distance that Cronenberg keeps from the characters actually adds to the emotional effect this movie has on me.
Au hasard Balthazar – can’t watch the damn thing. Too cruel.
I guess if you’re going to include documentaries, which is kind of unfair, I can’t think of a sadder film than Night & Fog.
How do we mean “sad” here? Sad as in a weepie or sad as in it left you feeling like you wanted to end your life?
Grave of the Fireflies is probably the most throughly depressing movie I’ve ever seen.
^Oh come on, we can’t count cartoons!
if so, what about Bambi?
If the we’re talking about the movies most likely to get my eyes to well up, they’d be MOSTLY Disney/Pixar cartoons.
That song in Toy Story 2 gets me every time!
Out of The Past
Cries and Whispers
A Page of Madness
Why can’t we include cartoons, Santino? Are they not movies too?
E.T. makes me cry every time. It’s not really sad, though. I mean, E.T. gets to go back to his family.
Hackito: A Dog Story – watched 4 times and cried 4 times, I can’t control my tears when a film shows dogs suffering
The Fire Within
Breaking the Waves
Scenes from a Marriage
Sansho the Bailiff
The Seventh Continent
stroszek. it killed ian
Yearning (Mikio Naruse)
Autumn Days (Roberto Gavaldón)
The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Subarnarekha (Ritwik Ghatak)
Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson)
Solo Sunny (Konrad Wolf & Wolfgang Kohlhaase)
Leila (Dariush Mehrjui)
Like Grains of Sand (Ryosuke Hashiguchi)
When the Tenth Month Comes (Đặng Nhật Minh)
Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata)
I also made a list called THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY.
Stroszek is a fine choice. I don’t really cry when watching Five Easy Pieces, but it’s definitely one of the sadder movies I’ve seen. Somehow the two movies are linked in my mind.
bandits of orgosolo
in the dark (dvortsevoy)
still life – saless
Aral. Fishing in an invisible sea
ilha das flores (furtado)
the way you wanted me (tulio)
children of the beehive (shimizu)
he who gets slapped (Sjöström)
magdana’s donkey – this is very sad..
the dupes (saleh)
Cartoons are totally not films.
Like documentaries, they’re already inherently sad!
@Bijoux – Umberto D is a good one!
@Santino : I made the mistake of watching Umberto and Dancer in the Dark in the same week. Horrible decision.
Ouch, yeah rough weekend.
obvious picks that no one’s said (maybe because they’re too obvious): the passion of joan of arc, tokyo story, vertigo
four nights of a dreamer… omg
the unknown + laugh, clown, laugh = both insanely sad, both star lon chaney as a circus performer with A LOVE THAT CANNOT BE. watch em as a double-bill
don’t care how sad you all think your sad docs are, the great white silence is the saddest doc by far
synecdoche, new york is the saddest movie since the beginning of the millennium of which i can think
teshigahara is a sad fuck: pitfall, the woman in the dunes and the face of another are all pretty sad… not the saddest movies on their own, but when you consider that they sort of form of a trilogy, well that’s some sad shit
2001: A Space Odyssey. I cry when it ends.