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    What were the most tragic movies you actually liked?

    I am a sucker for happy endings in movies. I hate walking out of a theater feeling sad, and yet there are movies that are so good that in spite of the sadness, I feel- that was a really good movie. Many great works of art are tragic, so may be it's not such an anomaly. I can't say I 'enjoyed' the movie and yet in a way I did, because I appreciated the art.

    Here is my list (not in any order):

    The boy in striped pajamas (may be the most heartbreaking I have seen in the last few years)

    Never let me go (saw it just a few months ago)

    The cranes are flying (very old Russian movie that I happened to see on TV)

    Salaam Bombay (Meera Nair's movie. I was sad for days after seeing this)

    The thief- (another Russian movie that I saw a few years ago, or may be just last year)

    Saving private Ryan (need I say more?)

    Boys don't cry

    Million dollar baby

    Finding Neverland (one of my favorite movies)

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    I also enjoyed Finding Neverland.

    From this year I liked Melancholia.

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    Ooh, I lurves me some depressing endings!

    The French are especially good at them. For example:

    37°2 le matin (Betty Blue)
    L'Amour à mort (Love Unto Death)
    La femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door)
    Sans Toit ni Loi (Vagabond)
    Monsieur Hire
    La Veuve de Saint-Pierre (The Widow of Saint-Pierre)
    Police
    Le Retour de Martin Guerre (The Return of Martin Guerre)
    L'Histoire d'Adèle H. (The Story of Adele H.)
    Un cœur en hiver (A Heart in Winter)
    Outremer
    Olivier, Olivier [In French, set in France, but directed by a Pole]
    La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier)
    Au revoir les enfants

    As far as English-language movies go, The English Patient was pretty darned depressing.

    ETA:

    Also, the Spanish-language movie Pan's Labyrinth and the Finnish-language Zombie and the Ghost Train.
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    The most tragic movie I ever saw was Once Were Warriors. A New Zealand film about a Maori community and domestic violence. Absolutely gut wrenching. But brilliantly done.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Some of these aren't movies I really liked (I didn't catch that part in the thread title), but a quick list of movies that came to mind are....

    - Au Revoir Les Enfants
    - Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father
    - Sophie's Choice
    - The Green Mile
    - American History X
    - Philadelphia
    - Exodus
    - The Diary of Anne Frank
    - Revolutionary Road
    - Selena
    - Dead Poet's Society
    - Apt Pupil
    - Midnight Cowboy
    - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    - Trainspotting
    - Marley and Me
    - Ghost
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    This will be a good thread of movies I should never see. I hate sad movies - and heaven help me if it involves an animal dying, I'll be sobbing. I remember seeing Shadowlands on a date once - that was a mistake. It's hard to look attractive with red eyes and streaked makeup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    The most tragic movie I ever saw was Once Were Warriors. A New Zealand film about a Maori community and domestic violence. Absolutely gut wrenching. But brilliantly done.
    OMG, I happened to catch this film while randomly flipping channels in my motel room in NZ and I was absolutely blown away by it. Something awful was happening in nearly every scene, but all of it was just so riveting. Remember Rena Owen's reaction to a certain tragedy later on in the film? If that scene doesn't wrench something out of you, you may want to consider getting a heart transplant.

    The fact that the Oscars ignored that performance while "actors" like Julia Roberts have one makes me want to spit.

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    Rosas Blancas Para Mi Hermana Negra
    imitation of Life
    All The Fine Young Cannibals
    Sophie's Choice
    Andrei Rublev
    Lady Jane
    Roots (not a movie I know but worth the mention)

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    I have to think about this but I do remember when I was quite young crying my eyes out watching a tv movie called "Brian's Song." I think that was my first experience with a sad movie.

    The one movie that came to me first was from Canada? It was called The Sweet Hereafter and I thought it was both a sad and fantastic film.
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    Vash01, I watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas on cable last week. I did not know what to expect, I had never heard of it before. It was devastating on so many levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spazactaz View Post
    Titanic <33333
    Lol, I was going to say, if one can actually call the PLOT a tragedy (and not something to sit there laughing at when it's not being ridiculously offensive to every real person it portrays), Titanic...I need to see "A Night To Remember." Supposedly the effects aren't as good (duh, 1958) but you can actually make it through without inappropriate snickering. But I like Cameron's Titanic for the pretty. (EVERY ONE OF KATE'S DRESSES MUST BE MINE!)

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    Salaam Bombay and Hotel Rwanda. They both gave me that chilly feeling but for the grace of God go I.

    Especially Hotel Rwanda. I was a manager in an inner city hotel and I remember my older peers tales of being trapped in the hotel during the 1968 riots after Martin Luther King's assignation, although that was nothing compared to the genocide in Rwanda.

    Salaam Bombay! was about children surviving on the streets of Bombay without parents or families.
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    Another Canadian one that was awesome, starring Sarah Polley...

    My Life Without Me.

    Three hanky alert...but brilliant.
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    Looks like I have to create a really long list of sad movies on my Netflix account, but make sure that I have at least 2-3 lighter movies in between, or I will be sad for a long long time.

    Thanks for all the responses. I had not heard of so many movies that are listed here, particularly the foreign films.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    Vash01, I watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas on cable last week. I did not know what to expect, I had never heard of it before. It was devastating on so many levels.
    I first heard of it from my coworker. She said it's a really good movie. Then my hairdresser said it's a really good movie, but it's about the Holocaust. Are you sure you want to see it? I said, yes, I have seen Holocaust movies before, but when I saw this one, I felt that nothing had prepared me for this.

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    I don't know if you would consider these sad. Maybe more emotionally draining:
    Legends of the Fall and Gone With the Wind. I always feel so exhausted after watching them but I can't not watch them.

    If I even hear the music for Brian's Song, I start to tear up.

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    Third Star is a little known movie I just watched and really enjoyed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    The most tragic movie I ever saw was Once Were Warriors. A New Zealand film about a Maori community and domestic violence. Absolutely gut wrenching. But brilliantly done.
    Oh goodness, yes. That was a devastating film.

    The other ones that come immediately to mind are The English Patient and Brokeback Mountain.

    Brokeback Mountain makes me weep like a baby. Weep, I tell you.

    Never Let Me Go is also very sad. I read the book and watched the movie and I enjoyed both tremendously.

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