Movies That Are Hard to Watch
Good Movies That Are Almost Too Painful to Watch
Every time I watch one of these movies that are hard to watch I wonder if other people have the same reaction. Some are heart breaking, some are plain sad, and some are just too painful to endure again.
Some of these popular movies are based on true stories, which, of course, makes them that much sadder or maddening or thought provoking, like the movie Desert Flower.
Other movies are fictional but based on historical fact, like the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close about 9/11.
I found all of these movies to be very good, but I don't think I can ever watch them again.
'Night Mother - The emotional story of an adult daughter who wants to end her life by the next morning so tells her mother then locks the door to her bedroom.
Year of Release: 1986
Based on the play of the same name by Marsha Norman
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft, Ed Berke
Leaving Las Vegas - An alcoholic arrives in Las Vegas with a goal of leaving by drinking himself to death.
Year of Release: 1995
Based on the novel by John O'Brien
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands
Million Dollar Baby - A female boxer trains to be the best with the help of a trainer and ex-boxer.
Year of Release: 2004
Based on F.X. Toole's story.
Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
Wendy and Lucy - A young woman travels with her dog to a potential new job but car trouble then financial strain derails her plans.
Year of Release: 2008
Stars: Michelle Williams, David Koppell, the dog Lucy
Desert Flower - True Story of One Woman's Rise to Superstardom as a Supermodel from an African Childhood of Ritual Female Genital Mutilation
Year of Release: 2011
Based on the 1999 memoir of the same name by Waris Dirie
Stars: Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - The Effects of 9/11 on a Son Who Survives
Year of Release: 2012
Based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer
Stars: Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, John Goodman
Which of These Movies Was Hard For You To Watch?
Some of These Movies Are Based On Books
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In a staid English seaside town after World War II, an adventurous young girl lives with widowed father and younger sister.
Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore give powerhouse performances in this compelling exploration of the unbreakable yet fragile bonds between parent and child, written and directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Nick Flynn (Dano) is a young writer seeking to define himself. His father Jonathan (De Niro), however, scrapes through life on his own terms and has not seen his son in 18 years. Taking a job at a homeless shelter, Nick finds purpose in his own life and work until one night Jonathan arrives seeking a bed. To give the two of them a shot at a real future, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out to his dad in this "undeniably powerful" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) adaptation of Nick Flynn's award-winning memoir Another Bulls-t Night in Suck City.
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