My favorite 10 sad films...Sep 4, 2004 (Updated Jun 28, 2012) Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in MoviesThe Bottom Line As you can see I have a soft spot for animals. But the 2 best out of the 10 were Papa's Angels and Hachi.
1. PAPA'S ANGELS
Very sad. Set in the Great Smokey Mountains. A poor rural family loses their mother. That Christmas without the mom kids are sad that there wouldn't be one. No tree or their traditions. Dad can't bare the thought of having Christmas without her. Till the kids get through to dad and his destructive ways. He sees the ghost/angel of his wife and she instructs him to see to the kids. Touching story.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: Seeing the mom give the deaf daughter a writing pad and saying her goodbyes through the glass room.
2. GREYFRIAR'S BOBBY
True story about a dog's loyalty to his owner. Even after his death. Dog returns to sleep at his master's grave every night. But the grounds-keeper wants the dog out. Till the community adopts him as their own. I like this cause it's so true. Pets are faithful and love you unconditionally. I actually know a guy who's dog literally follows him everywhere. This movie brings back memories of that special pet in your life.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: Scene where the dog sneaks past the keeper and lies down pitifully on his owners grave.
UPDATE: The movie Hachi is very similar, I prefer this one actually. Another true story of a dog's loyalty. This particular pooch would walk every day to work with his master (played by Richard Gere) to the train station, then return and walk home with him. One day his owner did not return because he had passed away while at work. And no matter how many times the dog's owner's daughter tried to keep him, he would run back to the same train station and wait attentively for his return. The music is exceptional and the way it was written makes you feel more drawn in.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: During the scene where Hachi's master's wife was visiting after many years of her husband's passing. Seeing the old house and town. She walks by the train station to see Hachi, still sitting there, old and worn looking. She says, "Hachi...you're still waiting." And hugs him, then you see the people who knew the dog's owner. Like the coffee stand vendor guy and ticket man watching and wiping away tears. For that moment I think it brought back that realization all over again that he was never coming back.
3. THE NOTEBOOK
I like how it shows this "in love" couple during their younger years so you really get to know the characters. And how they've aged. Sad because of the alzheimers. Anyone who's had someone in their life go through this disease can relate to it and how sad it is to lose precious memories.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: The ending
Disney classic. Even though it's just a cartoon it makes me cry. The part where Dumbo's mom is being forcefully taken away to the circus. The scene where she's saying goodbye and rocking him with her trunk through the bars. The song they play makes it even harder to watch. It's sad especially because elephants are alot like humans in the way they mourn. If one dies they all come to the body and seem to be heartbroken. Go figure only Disney could pull off making you feel that way about a cartoon.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: That scene where they play the song "Baby Of Mine".
5. LASSIE (1994)
I like how Lassie won over the heart of a hardened, angry little boy. Who felt unhappy about being moved to the country, used to the city life. He finds a new best friend in Lassie. I think I also like it cause I'm partial to Collies. And I just like the theme song. Conjures up memories of other Lassie films.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: When Lassie almost drowns.
6. WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS
Older film about a boy who gets two hunting dogs. Many close encounters but eventually, one dog gets attacked and dies. The other dies later. The boy is about to move and has trouble getting over his pets deaths. Till he visits the grave of his pets and sees a red furn growing over them. Legend has it that they can only be planted by angels. With that the boy is able to accept their death and move on.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: Seeing the other dog die of grief and the tree being there.
8. OLD YELLER
Classic movie. Most everyone has either seen or heard of it. Another film about a boy and his pet dog. But in this one Yeller gets rabies and dies. Sad especially when the child sees his dog in this condition.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: Old Yeller dying. Or just knowing he wouldn't get better.
A movie where a human being is reincarnated as a golden retriever (think it was) and becomes close to his new family. But ends up being shot. Sad cause nobody wants to see a dog shot of course, but also you're very much attached to the character at that point.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: Flukes death.
Good movie with Tom Hanks and Antonio Bandaras. About a gay man with aids. It's very sad in parts such as how hard it is for the real gay people in society. The teasing, dirty comments, having to pretend your something you're not, ect. The gay man was fired for being gay and sues the company. I like how the attorney is grossed out by gays too but towards the end becomes accepting. The man with aids dies but justice was served. It's sad because I'm sure situations like that have happened.
PART WHERE I LOST IT: Seeing the aids character in the hospital so weak and dying. Music was sad too.
Two other favorites...
I AM SAM: I know everybody says this but it's really good. The acting was incredible! A mentally challenged man has his little girl taken away because they see him as unfit to raise a child, based on his disability. It bothered me because they'll break up a loving family, but many times they'll keep a child with a father who beats, neglects or molests them. Makes no sense to me. Made me tear up when Sam said to Lucy "I love you like in the song." Too sweet.
MY DOG SKIP: Basically, this is just a journey back to a boy's childhood remembering his dog. Saddest part was the ending. When he left for college and also when the narrator said at the end after Skip died of old age "we burried him outside by the tree. But the truth is, he's really burried in my heart." (Not exact words but something like that.)
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