films The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made  

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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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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Lovely Bones Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

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Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 6 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 Road is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
My Sister's Keeper Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Emily Deschanel

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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 Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Grave of the Fireflies Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 16 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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A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

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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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Room is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Room William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Brie Larson

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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

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+ - 135 74
Kids is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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+ - 159 96
The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Revolutionary Road Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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Bastard out of Carolina is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Manchester by the Sea Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

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+ - 135 106
Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Melancholia Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Terms of Endearment Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

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Dancer in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Dancer in the Dark Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 31 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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A Dog's Purpose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made

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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Hours Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Road to Perdition Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

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House of Sand and Fog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
House of Sand and Fog Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Kim Dickens

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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Jacob's Ladder Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Antichrist Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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Open Water is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Open Water Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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Taps is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Taps Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, George C. Scott

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Dolores Claiborne Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

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Trees Lounge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Trees Lounge Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny

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Martyrs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Martyrs Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan

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Irreversible is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Irreversible Matt Allis, Matt Cessna, Brent Newman

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Death and the Maiden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made
Death and the Maiden Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson