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Top 5 Saddest Movies

Updated on November 11, 2013

5: Braveheart (1995)

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The award-winning, medieval-set tragedy, Braveheart, featuring Mel Gibson as the ruthless William Wallace, is about Scotland's struggle for freedom from the tyranny of it's oppressors.

The movie sets off about Wallace's childhood where the sentimental vibes of the entire film is already felt. Young Wallace discovers a hut where his fellow scotsmen where murdered and hanged during a supposedly 'peace meeting' proposed by the english king, Edward the Longshanks(Patrick McGoohan). Even after the murder of his father and brother, young Wallace did not seek revenge. It was until many years later, when the love of his life was murdered by english injustice, did William Wallace submit into rebellion.

The soundtrack of the film is what really delivered the emotions from the characters and into the audience. Braveheart is filled with grief, betrayal, and desperation, in which the strength of the human spirit thrives even stronger with each downfall.

"Every man dies, not every man truly lives"

4: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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Homeless Christopher Gardner and his son.
Homeless Christopher Gardner and his son. | Source

The Pursuit of Happyness is about the life of Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith. Chris is faced with being broke, homeless, and having his family torn apart by the modern-day problems.

The story is particularly interesting because it is based on the kind of life that we still experience today. Chris Gardner got stuck with a bad deal; invested his entire life savings on portable bone-density scanners which he struggle to sell every month. The story goes on about a modern man overcoming impossible odds with strength straight out of his will to provide a better life for his son.

"You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period."

3: Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

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If you haven't heard of Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, it is about two brothers, Jin-seok, a street shoe polisher, and his younger brother Jin-tae, who were drafted by the army during the Korean war.

At first, Jin-Seok's only intention is to protect his younger brother from the war. After a conversation with the commander, he is informed that he can release his brother from the army through war valor and winning medals. So Jin-seok tried so hard to be a hero, often risking his life just to win medals. Jin-tae, unaware of Jin-seok's true intentions, condemned his brother's unnecessary risks, therefore complicating the relationship of the two brothers.

The film depicts brotherly love, bravery, and sacrifice, as a sentinel for those whom we hold close to our hearts during times of great conflict.


2: Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

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The story Hachi: A Dog's Tale revolves around a music professor, Parker Wilson(Richard Gere), and his loyal dog Hachi. Films based from true stories always had more powerful 'moving' factor in the movie industry, including this one.

After developing a close relationship with his owner, Hachiko would wait for his master every single day at the train station, from where they will walk home together. Death is something a dog would never understand, as when his master Parker Wilson suffered heart failure and died at work, Hachi is left waiting for someone who will never come back ever again.

The story is the most beautiful depiction of undying love and loyalty. Hachi: A Dog's Tale will warm your heart with the bitter-sweet realities of life, from a dog's perspective. Even after 9 long years, living as a stray, Hachi kept waiting every single day at the same spot, never losing hope that one day, his beloved master would come back to him where they can walk home together.

The real Hachiko waited for 9 years at the Shibuya station in Japan, where a statue of him was erected to remember the dog's loyalty.

Based on a true story

The real Hachiko
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1: Schindler's List (1993)

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The holocaust is indeed one of the darkest events ever to occur in human history. In the film, war-profiteer Oskar Schindler(Liam Neeson) originally took advantage of the jews, getting investments by inducing fear of the chaos of warfare, and hiring them for 'cheap labor'. Everything went well and Schindler was making a lot of money. However, sometime during the war, for reasons unclear, his motives changed. He started to become protective of his workers, utilizing his connections and bribery to save lives. He began losing money up to the point of being broke just so he can keep his workers alive.

The movie speaks of great compassion, where one man can willingly trade his entire fortune to grant someone the right to live. The film tells of a story, that through dark times, miracles can be achieved by the most unlikely.

"He who saves one life, saves the world entire"


The little girl in red is one of the most memorable entities in the movie.
The little girl in red is one of the most memorable entities in the movie. | Source

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      Gavin Heinz 23 months ago from Austin TX

      Finally, someone who mentions braveheart...though there wasn't a green mile I like this list...and check out my top 5 saddest deaths also. Also Hachi reminded me of that episode of Futurama Jurrasic Bark

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      Romeo Antolin 3 years ago from Philippines, Asia

      I recommend you watch the other movies as well, they're very good.

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      I saw the Braveheart movie, it was good. Good hub, thank you.