films Great Movies About Sad Bastards  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite films about pathetic old (or young!) men who are also kind of dicks.

Sad bastards make entertaining film characters. Whether they're crotchety old men, depressed husbands, or disgruntled students, they're a blast to watch on screen. This is a list of the greatest movies about lonely men including everything from Nebraska to The Wrestler to Her.

What films will you find on this list of good movies about sad bastards? In American Beauty, Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, an unhappy executive who feels trapped until he begins taking drastic steps to shake up his life. Adaptation is another great movie about a sad man trying to connect with the world around him. Ben Stiller plays the entertaining, yet off-putting, title character in Noah Baumbach's Greenberg. Other good films about sad bastards include High Fidelity, Lars and the Real Girl, and Broken Flowers.

Which sad bastard movie makes your must-watch list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any titles that are missing.

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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Adaptation Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal Adaptation. is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous ...more

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The Lobster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
The Lobster Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell The Lobster is an upcoming science fiction romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his English-language debut. Its script was awarded the ARTE International ...more

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Her is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Her Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography ...more

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Lars and the Real Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Lars and the Real Girl Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 American-Canadian comedy-drama film written by Nancy Oliver and directed by Craig Gillespie. It stars Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner ...more

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
American Beauty Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Falling Down Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster, a divorcé and unemployed ...more

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One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
One Hour Photo Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. ...more

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Punch-Drunk Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Punch-Drunk Love Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis ...more

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
High Fidelity Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack and Iben Hjejle. The film is based on the 1995 British novel of the same name by Nick ...more

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Barton Fink is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Barton Fink John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand Barton Fink is a 1991 American period film written, produced, directed and edited by the Coen brothers. Set in 1941, it stars John Turturro in the title role as a young New York City playwright ...more

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About Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
About Schmidt Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is very loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis ...more

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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
The Wrestler Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Production began in ...more

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Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Nebraska Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk Nebraska is a 2013 American comedy-drama black-and-white road film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. It stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk. The film ...more

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The Weather Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
The Weather Man Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Nicholas Hoult The Weather Man is a 2005 American comedy-drama film, directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Steve Conrad, it stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Hope Davis, and tells the story of a ...more

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American Splendor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
American Splendor Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm, Molly Shannon American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is also in part an adaptation of the ...more

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Frank is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Frank Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson Frank is a 2014 comedy-drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the title character. The film premiered ...more

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A Serious Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
A Serious Man Simon Helberg, Richard Kind, Adam Arkin A Serious Man is a 2009 dark comedy written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Minnesota Jewish man whose life crumbles both ...more

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Death of a Salesman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Death of a Salesman Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich, Charles Durning Death of a Salesman is a 1985 CBS made for television film directed by Volker Schlöndorff, based on the 1949 play of the same name by Arthur Miller. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John ...more

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Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Greenberg Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dave Franco Greenberg is a 2010 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Greenberg was produced by ...more

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Chapter 27 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Chapter 27 Lindsay Lohan, Jared Leto, Judah Friedlander Chapter 27 is a 2007 biographical film depicting the murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman. It was written and directed by Jarrett Schaefer, based on the book Let Me Take You Down by Jack ...more

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John ...more

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Anomalisa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Anomalisa Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan

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Broken Flowers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Broken Flowers Sharon Stone, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange Broken Flowers is a 2005 French-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and produced by Jon Kilik and Stacey Smith. The film focuses on an aging "Don Juan" who ...more

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Love Liza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
Love Liza Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Tobolowsky Love Liza is a 2002 tragicomedy film directed by Todd Louiso and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Jack Kehler, Wayne Duvall, Sarah Koskoff and Stephen Tobolowsky.

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He Was a Quiet Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies About Sad Bastards
He Was a Quiet Man Elisha Cuthbert, William H. Macy, Christian Slater He Was a Quiet Man is a 2007 drama film, written and directed by Frank Cappello. Produced by Jason Hallock and Mike Leahy. The film stars Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, Jamison Jones and ...more