Movies can make you laugh but they can also make you cry. If you are the type of person who loves films that can make your tears fall, this list of most depressing movies of all time is a must watch. Be touched with these stories that will also bring some lessons in your life. Some of them you might be able to relate to because you or someone you know may have experienced the same. Just make sure to keep your hanky handy so you can wipe your tears when your eyes start to water.
10. P.S. I Love You
This movie was based on the novel with the same title, which was written by Cecelia Ahern in 2004. The film was released in 2007 and starred Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. They played the role of husband and wife, Holly and Gerry Kennedy. Gerry knew he had brain tumor. He wanted his wife to move on with her life after he is gone. Since he also knew that his wife would be devastated, he planned ahead and made some letters that would encourage Holly to live her life. All messages had the words “P.S. I Love You” in the end. If you have lost someone dear in your life, you will be able to relate to this movie. But even if you have not experienced losing a loved one, you will be moved with the loss of the wife and the overflowing love the husband had for her.
9. The Sixth Sense
You might be wondering why this psychological thriller is in the list of the most depressing movies. This could be a spoiler to those who have not watched the film yet. The twist of the movie in the end will make you feel sad. It stars Bruce Willis as Malcolm Crowe and Haley Joel Osment as Cole Sear. Cole sees dead people and Malcolm is a child psychiatrist who tried to help him. The latter had a marriage conflict because his wife felt that the only important thing for him was his career, though deep down in his heart, he knew he was her number 1. He thought that his wife had gone cold on her because she didn’t talk to him. In the end, he realized that he was actually dead. He died when a guy that he treated in the past shot him before shooting himself. You would feel the pain of not being able to show someone you love how you really feel. He then appeared in his wife’s dream to tell her how much he loved her and that she was never second in his life.
8. Saving Private Ryan
Released in 1998, this movie was directed by Steven Spielberg. This is an epic warm film but it will also make you feel depressed in a lot of ways. Tom Hanks played the role of Captain John H. Miller, who led the soldiers in the Invasion of Normandy on Omaha Beach. It is saddening to watch the soldiers die and will make you realize that this is something that really happens on wars. Matt Damon played the role of Private First Class James Francis Ryan. His three other brothers died in the war. The General ordered Miller to find Ryan and bring him home, since he felt that it was too much for his mother to receive the news about the deaths of his three sons. Imagine the devastating feeling of losing your children.
7. The Road
This film was released in 2009 and was based on a novel of the same title. The story is about a father and son trying to survive post-apocalypse, in which only few people are living, there is scarcity of food and there are no shelters to live in. A lot of people had resort to cannibalism. You will not be able to stop your tears as the mother of the boy commits suicide because of the situation and how the father tried everything to protect his son despite of his illness. The father eventually dies and the son met a good guy that had his family with him.
6. Ordinary People
This movie was released in 1980 and starred Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton. Sutherland and Moore played the role of parents, Calvin and Beth Jarrett, while Hutton played the role of their younger son, Conrad Jarrett. They had a good life until the older son, Buck, died in a boating accident, which was survived by the younger sibling Conrad. Beth always favored Buck over Conrad, making her feel devastated about the loss. But instead of dealing with it, she tries to keep their family look as normal as possible through denial. Conrad had to stay in a psychiatric hospital for treatment as he felt guilty on what happened to his brother. On the other hand, the father struggles to build a relationship with Conrad and keep up with his wife. Who would not be depressed with a family that is slowly breaking?
5. Welcome to the Dollhouse
This film is more depressing than what the geeks on Glee are experiencing. Released in 1995, this movie is about a girl named Dawn, which was played by Heather Matarazzo, What could be more heart breaking for a 7th grader than not getting the attention and love from her parents and being bullied at school? Witness how Dawn struggles to survive in her sad world.
4. Breaking the Waves
Starring Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard, this film was released in 1996 and depicted the love story of couple, Bess McNeill and Jan Nyman, which were played by the two stars. Bess was deeply in love with her husband, who had to work in another place. She prayed that she could always be with him. And like an answered prayer, he was sent home. However, he was paralyzed because of an accident. Because of this, he could no longer perform his duty as a husband. He urged Bess to be with another man and tried to commit suicide.
3. My Life Without Me
Death is part of life. However, this subject is still something that a lot of people could not easily accept. This film is about a mother and wife who learned that she only had two months to live due to an illness. She kept this to herself and decided to do things that she never have done so she could experience them before she dies. She also recorded messages to her husband and children, which she asked her doctor to deliver after she dies.
2. A Walk to Remember
Shane West and Mandy Moore played the role of Landon Rollins Carter and Jamie Elizabeth Sullivan in this movie, which was released in 2002. The story is about a popular bad boy Carter falling in love with prim and proper Sullivan. She helped change him for the better. However, Sullivan was battling leukemia and it came to a point where her body no longer responded to medicines. It is so heartwarming how he tried to do everything that was on the list of things Sullivan wanted to do. He married her and she died at the end of the movie, leaving Carter a renewed man.
1. The Notebook
This is one of the movies that will make you feel depressed and hopeful at the same time. It stars Ryan Gosling as Noah Calhoun and Rachel McAdams as Allison Hamilton. James Garner played the role of old Noah, while Gena Rowlands played the role of old Allie Calhoun. Allie had Alzheimer’s disease and could not remember anything about her life. But Noah stayed with her on a nursing home, though she did not know that he was actually her husband. He read a story from a notebook that was written by Allie. It was their love story, which Allie remembered in the end but then forgets again because of her illness. The two died while in each other’s arms. This movie is depressing because of the beautiful memories that she could not remember. It also helps you believe that there is still such thing as true love; the kind of love Noah felt for Allie.
These most depressing movies of all time will cry you a river. Even those who do not easily get emotional would surely feel something after watching these films.