Yeah, I know – the headline “sad geeky films” isn’t much for clickbait. But, there are a lot of geeky films that are depressing to watch or, dare I say it – be called tragedies. The next time you need a movie that matches your mood, here are some films that will bring out your empathetic side and potentially even make you cry. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)
If you’ve never seen this film, go rent it immediately. It’s the reason why Jake Gyllenhaal is a famous actor and is considered to be one of the best independent films of all time. In the movie, Donnie (Gyllenhall) attempts to decipher his visions about the end of the world, only to have to sacrifice himself to save it. Donnie Darko is a cerebral experience. Yes, there’s a lot of doomsday prophesizing, but there’s also time travel, themes about justice and a lot of classic teenage angst.
Night of the Living Dead
Aside from being one of the first great horror movies, Night of the Living Dead can be credited for starting the zombie pop culture trend. We wouldn’t have The Walking Dead, World War Z or any other zombie-specific culture without this movie. The film was seen as highly successful when it was released in 1968, and it’s one of the few films selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry. Yes, it’s a zombie film, but it’s the film’s ending (which I won’t spoil here) that makes it a film of note.
Yes, Kristen Dunst had work after the Spider-Man trilogy ended!! One of her most notable roles as of late has been in Melancholia, for which she was awarded the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film focuses on humanity’s ability to remain peaceful during world-ending events – like another planet crashing into our own. This film is sad, but it’s also very beautiful. Definitely worth watching.
Planet of the Apes
Who can forget the twist at the end of the movie? It’s one of the classic moments in American cinema, but it’s also a heartbreaking realization for the film’s protagonist. He spends the entire film trying to adapt to this new culture and to get home, only to realize that it’s he who is out of time. Yes, the current iterations of the film franchise give this movie more clout and gravity. But still – the original Planet of the Apes has held up over the past few decades. (Also, it’s incredibly clear that Rod Serling wrote the screenplay!)
The Truman Show
There’s a lot to unpack in this movie, but overall – the film is a depressing look at humanity. Children being adopted by corporations for profit, mass media being used to brainwash its viewers, etc. Jim Carrey is exceptional in the film, but you won’t find any actually happy endings here. Yes, Truman is freed and he reunites with somebody he truly loves, but nobody is held accountable for their actions. It’s a reminder how powerful companies can be – and how much more powerful they are than people.