Top Ten Most Emotionally Painful Serious Movies

With "serious" movies I mean movies that were made not made mainly for entertainment values (which also includes most psychological thrillers and gory horror movies).

The Top Ten

1 Grave of the Fireflies

Story about a teenage boy and his young child sister trying to survive on their own without home in Japan during World War 2. - Martin_Canine

2 Attack On Darfur

Graphically shows the horrible events surrounding the genocide of black citizens in Darfur. The violence is realistic and unbelievably brutal.

By the way, this excellent movie is written and directed by Uwe Boll. He has done a lot of great serious movies, he just did his video game adaptions to earn money to produce his more controversial movies like this. People should give him another chance, watching this movie, "Bailout" (aka "Assault on Wall Street" or "Rampage".

PS: Who designed this cover artwork? It looks like a trashy action flick. On my DVD, there is a picture of the villain and a scene of the attack. You immediately know it's a serious movie, also there is no visible photoshop used on my DVD unlike in the picture here. - Martin_Canine

3 Desert Flower

Biopic about the remarkable woman Waris Dirie who could flee from Somalia and became a model in England.
She is also famous for being one of the first, if not first person who publically spoke about the torturous tradition of female genitalia mutilation in Somalia. - Martin_Canine

4 The Passion of the Christ

Its most scary but true pain which discribe in bible so its really make me feel that pain in side.

Shows the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ, including an extensive realistic torture scene including whipping with a hooked whip.
I am not religious in any way - but those images hurt no matter who it is that is tortured. Yet these events occured propably thousands of times as a form of punishment, among even worse things probably. - Martin_Canine

5 Requiem For a Dream

Shows the downfall of three heroin addicts and an elderly woman addicted to diet pills.
This is not a very violent, but incredibly sad and depressing film. - Martin_Canine

6 The Cove

Graphic and depressing documentary about the secret dolphin killings in Japan.
Dolphins are social creatures of near human intelligence, and most Japanese would never want them killed or even eaten - they simply don't know about it.
Those pictures will be stuck in your head. - Martin_Canine

7 Schindler's List

No words to describe this movie.

Propably the most heartbreaking, graphic and painful movie about the holocaust of Jews in the Third Reich. It is both an incredibly visceral and brutal, as well as gentle and sensitive movie. - Martin_Canine

8 Amour

An elderly woman slowly withers after a stroke with her husband caring for her, but the inevitable comes closer and closer. - Martin_Canine

9 Captain America: Civil War

Great movie! I honestly don't understand the hate for it!

I wonder if you guys have a different understanding of what's a serious movie than I do.
And if you do... there's a nice description I added. - Martin_Canine

10 Logan

The Contenders

11 Monster

This is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time.
It is the biopic of serial killer Aileen Wuornos.
She is a woman who lived through nothing but pain and suffering through all of her life, and then became insane after an incident of attempted rape. But it was only the last of several strokes of fate. Ever since her childhood, she was molested, lived in several families, none of who actually wanted and loved her, and eventually became a prostitute. - Martin_Canine

12 Saving Private Ryan
13 Irreversible

I think I saw it's name under some " disturbing movies" list.
Haven't seen it though. - Ananya

While I personally had no problems watching this one, I know many people couldn't sit through it due to an extensive rape scene.
Unlike with "I Stand Alone", I can see why this was important to the movie. Gaspar Noé wants you to feel the pain both the victim and her husband feel, so he doesn't shy away from showing exactly what happened. - Martin_Canine

14 Trigun: Badlands Rumble
15 Dumbo
16 Finding Dory
17 Whores' Glory

A documentary about prostitution in 3 different countries with widely varying circumstances. Whild in Thailand the prostitute actually lives a good life and likes her job, in Mexico it is more like a filthy job everyone looks down upon. But the Bangladesh segment is why I added this on here. In that country, lots and lots of child prostitutes are cooped up in small rooms in dirty und untidy ghettos.

Since this topic is handled extremely different from country to country I need to state that the director comes from Austria (like me) where prostitution is legal, in neighboring German speaking country Switzerland it is even legal at age 16 (legal age for sex in general is 14 in Austria and Germany, and 16 in Switzerland). - Martin_Canine

18 I Stand Alone

Early in the movie, a pregnant woman is repeatedly punched in her stomach by the main character, who acts upsettingly casual about it and later comments on it in a cynical way. This, in no way, added to the plot in any way and is simply disgusting to and painful to watch.
Unlike the other movies I added, I don't like this one. It feels unnecessarily shocking just for the sake of being shocking, and doesn't add up to much, unlike Gaspar Noé's magnificant "Enter the Void" or his controversial "Irreversible", where the violence is to show what the characters go through. - Martin_Canine

19 All Dogs Go to Heaven
20 Transformers: The Movie
21 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
22 Metropolis (2001)
23 X2: X-Men United
24 Guardians of the Galaxy
25 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
26 Jaws
27 Jurassic Park
28 Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation
29 The Land Before Time
30 Toy Story 3
31 Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew
32 Spider-Man 3
33 Star Trek: Into Darkness
34 Bleach: Memories of Nobody
35 Help! I'm a Fish
36 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
37 Peter Pan
38 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
39 The Rugrats Movie
40 My Little Pony The Movie
41 Snoopy Come Home
42 Braveheart
43 A Clockwork Orange
44 Taxi Driver
45 The Usual Suspects
46 Goodfellas
47 Dog Day Afternoon
48 Fight Club
49 American Beauty
50 The Green Mile
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