By Fabio Mauro Angeli
“Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley
One the main reasons we enjoy movies so much is because of the love we naturally have toward the power of story; a love that is made even stronger by our deep, instinctive need to empathize with the characters we appreciate (or despise!) and their fate, unraveling before our eyes as we sit, powerless and captured on the edge of our seats.
But how come most of the movies that best demonstrate this fact are often the ones that make us desperate, and even end up causing a fair share of the audiences to sigh and cry? Here is a list of 10 films from this century that carried a particularly heavy emotional load on viewers, whatever their main aim may have been.
Some of these movies may leave you empty and depressed about life on a whole, while others are likely to bring you to tears while simultaneously putting a melancholic, sad smile on your face. Whenever you’re ready, prepare to hold your tears and enjoy your reading!
Please note that every single text related to the following entries featured on this list will contain heavy spoilers fully describing many key plot points and/or final scenes for each movie listed.
You’ve been warned!
10. A Single Man (2009)
Tom Ford’s directorial debut follows George Falconer (Colin Firth), a British college professor unable to cope with the unexpected death of his boyfriend Jim (Matthew Goode).
Set in 1962 and starting eight months after Jim’s death, “A Single Man” focuses on classic themes such as grief and memory, but does so while allowing us to empathize with a main character who is in many ways forced to hide his raw emotions and identity from everyday society.
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From:: Taste Of Cinema