Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The Saddest Movies

I thought about this a bit and decided, the movie had to be a good one. I wasn't going to highlight a movie that was sad but lousy. There are a lot of those--mostly romances. So my five saddest movies would be CALVARY, MOONLIGHT, PRIEST,ORDINARY PEOPLE and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. I am sure given this task tomorrow others would come to me.

What movies would you choose?

19 comments:

Jerry House said...

I avoid sad movies like the plague. I get all the sadness I can handle from the news.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Although they can be cathartic if they are not political.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Yeah, CALVARY was well done but one I would never watch again.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Me either. Once you know the ending, you can't go back.

Graham Powell said...

Edward Scissorhands had me in tears. The closing scene in Schindler's list, with the line of survivors and their descendants stretching off into the distance... That's all I can think of right now.

George said...

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT.

pattinase (abbott) said...

See this is why I would revise it every day. When we visited Krakow, Schindler's List came right back to me. Seeing the places where they filmed it was haunting.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Interesting that both WEST SIDE STORY and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (two of the greatest musicals ever made) have first halves that are joyous and exuberant but then they descend into an incredible solemnity and sadness in their final hour, they`re still marvelous movies of course but its just something i`ve noticed about them.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

The 9:23 posting is not mine.
I would chose Umberto D by Vittorio Da Sica as the saddest movie I have ever seen. And Rene Clement's Forbidden Games as a close second.

jvnase said...

I thought ONLY THE BRAVE that I saw last week was sad.

pattinase (abbott) said...

It sure sounded sad. Firefighters have to be at the top of the list of brave people.

pattinase (abbott) said...

False Steve-you make great comments. Why not post them under your own name?
400 BLOWS too, the real Steve O

R. K. Robinson said...

OLD YELLER. Without a doubt the saddest movie I ever saw.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Still get the chills. So, took SHANE.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

What Rick said.

James Reasoner said...

OLD YELLER was the first one I thought of, too. I'm still mad at Fred Gipson.

Barry Ergang said...

IN AMERICA and THE MAGDALENE SISTERS come immediately to mind.

Elgin Bleecker said...

MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (1937) directed by Leo McCarey, and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941) directed by John Ford.

Todd said...

Glad to see Real Steve cite FORBIDDEN GAMES< as I did on FB.

Among the films I didn't mention on FB are PONETTE, which as I've mentioned elsewhere almost made me hate it for seeming to seek humor in the anguish of a five year old girl trying to cope with her mother's sudden death, till an ending which made up for that, and PRIEST...though one that might've been unutterably sad if it didn't intentionally make one angry was MARTYRS.

Still mean to watch THE MAGDALENE SISTERS, which has been sitting on the DVR for years now. Expect I'll be as angry as during MARTYRS.