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List Rules Vote up the greatest films that are relentlessly bleak and depressing, with characters struck down by beat after soul-crushing beat of nonstop psychological torment.

These films are depressing, but they're also remarkable. After all, what's better than depressing movies when you need to sit down and have a solid cry? The best utterly depressing movies are about heartbreaking tragedies in every form. This is a list of the most depressing movies of all time including everything from The Hours to Blue is the Warmest Colour to The Lovely Bones.

What films will you find on this list of good movies that are utterly depressing? Requiem for a Dream follows a group of friends who will stop at nothing to fulfill their dangerous drug addictions. Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, and Ellen Burstyn all gave devastatingly real performances in this Darren Aronofsky film. 12 Years a Slave is one of the most depressing movies ever made, since it focuses on the real-life horrors of slavery in America. Melancholia is unique in its examination of depression as the world comes to an end. Other good depressing movies featured on this list include Room, Revolutionary Road, and Manchester by the Sea.

Do you have a favorite depressing film? Give the best movies a thumbs up and please add any crushing classics that are missing.

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton

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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Lovely Bones Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Road Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

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What Dreams May Come is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
What Dreams May Come Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
My Sister's Keeper Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Emily Deschanel

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis

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The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Elephant Man Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Grave of the Fireflies Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

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Room is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Room William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Brie Larson

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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Revolutionary Road Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Melancholia Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt

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Sophie's Choice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Sophie's Choice Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Manchester by the Sea Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Hachi: A Dog's Tale Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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Dancer in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Dancer in the Dark Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse

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Bastard out of Carolina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Bastard out of Carolina Christina Ricci, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern

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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Bridges of Madison County Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk

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Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Where the Red Fern Grows James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Lonny Chapman

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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Hours Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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Martyrs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Martyrs Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan

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In the Bedroom is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
In the Bedroom Marisa Tomei, Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson

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Cake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Cake Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick

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The Hunt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Hunt Mads Mikkelsen, Alexandra Rapaport, Thomas Bo Larsen

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Suicide Room is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Suicide Room Kinga Preis, Agata Kulesza, Mateusz Kościukiewicz

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Happiness is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Happiness Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz

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Wit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Wit Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Audra McDonald

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Rabbit Hole is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Rabbit Hole Nicole Kidman, Sandra Oh, Aaron Eckhart

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Breaking the Waves is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Breaking the Waves Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Udo Kier

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Elephant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Elephant Timothy Bottoms, Matt Malloy, Alex Frost

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Blue Is the Warmest Colour Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

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Letters to God is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Letters to God Bailee Madison, Robyn Lively, Ralph Waite

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Away from Her is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Away from Her Nina Dobrev, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis

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Palindromes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Palindromes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin, Richard Masur

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Amour is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Amour Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva

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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Stranger than Fiction Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah