20 Depressing Movies You Don’t Want To Watch Again
Everybody knows that the way to an Academy Award is to pile on as much depression and misery as humanly possible. The more tears they squeeze from us, the more they wrench at our hearts and the more they make us want to open an artery and slowly bleed to death is directly proportional to how much of an impact a film will make at the awards ceremonies.
So, without any further ado, here are 20 depressing movies you probably don’t want to watch once more.
20. Leaving Las Vegas
The Misery: You’re essentially using your Friday-night trip to the movies to watch a deeply unhappy man drink himself to death for two hours. Uplifting, it ain’t.
Tissues Out: You know it’s coming, but when Nic Cage snuffs it in Elisabeth Shue’s arms…oh, it’s just too sad!
How To Give It A Happy Ending: Nic bins the drink and whisks Lizzie off to the nearest wedding chapel. Huzzah!
19. Dead Man’s Shoes
The Misery: Shane Meadows’ brutal revenge drama is unremittingly bleak throughout, and that’s before we get to the crushing reveal at the end of the film…
Tissues Out: The realisation that Paddy Considine’s brother hanged himself years earlier, and the weight of guilt attached, form a devastating one-two punch at the close.
How To Give It A Happy Ending: This is a gore-soaked tale of violent retribution. We’re lucky to get a vaguely cathartic conclusion! “Happy” would be pushing it too far…
18. The Constant Gardener
The Misery: Large-scale atrocity meets small-scale tragedy as Rachel Weisz’s firebrand campaigner falls foul of crooked pharmaceutical salesmen testing their wares on unwitting Kenyan patients.
Tissues Out: Weisz is so loveable that her premature death leaves both Ralph Fiennes and audience alike gasping for breath.
How To Give It A Happy Ending: Corporate corruption is eradicated forever as Weisz’s legacy takes far-reaching effect. A bit pie in the sky, but it’s surely the least she deserves. She’s just so lovely!
17. House Of Sand And Fog
The Misery: Ben Kingsley’s retired Iranian colonel wrestles with Jennifer Connelly’s washed-up addict over ownership of the titular dwelling. It doesn’t turn out particularly brightly for either of them…
Tissues Out: Having seen his son accidentally killed by the police, Kingsley’s character fatally drugs his wife before slipping a plastic bag over his head and asphyxiating himself. Grim in the extreme.
How To Give It A Happy Ending: Kingsley clears out the spare room and rents it out to Connelly while she finds herself somewhere new to live. Everyone’s a winner.