Forrest Gump (1994)
Forrest Gump just has that thing that actually got me to choke a little bit, and it is not something I do at all. Starting from the scene where Forrest is introduced to his son and asking Jennie is Forrest Jr was slow like his dad or smart was sad, but if you thought it couldn’t get more depressing you were intensely mistaken. It got more heartbreaking when Forrest stands at Jenny’s grave, talking to her about their son, and how smart he is, and how he is brushing his hair, his teeth and all those things, and how he is smarter than Forrest can keep up with. It was just the way the scene was presented, how raw and honest it was that just gets you every time. There was beauty in it as well as sadness.
This whole movie was filled with laughs and drama and sad things and good things, but there is a scene in it where it all gets too much and you sort of sit with the “dammit why?!” thing going for you. Adam Lerner is diagnosed with an incredibly rare cancer in his spine: schwannoma neurofibrosarcoma, and that he only has a fifty percent chance of living. His best friend Kyle tries to go through everything with him, and is there far more for his friend than even his crazy now-ex-girlfriend was. However, when it get to time to go into surgery, Adam speaks to his father and breaks down at the medical staff and his mother about his worries about not waking up again and his mother tries to comfort him. The scene itself is short, but it is pretty sad altogether. He has spent an entire movie holding his stuff together and this is one of two places where the cracks really just push themselves forward, demanding to be seen.
The Green Mile (1999)
This was one of those absolutely beautiful movies that just had so much going on for it. However, the way the movie goes is just plain down depressing. John Coffey, the monstrosity of a man brought to the prison and accused of butchering two little girls is awful, but it is worse when you discover the beautiful gift that he has, as well as how incredibly humble he is. There is almost nothing that John Coffey does for himself, and is such a selfless man. He is killed, however, even after they discover that he was not responsible for the little girls’ slayings, but the wildcracker prisoner Billy The Kid. Just the way that all the guards insisted on being there for John Coffey’s execution as his friends and not jail keepers was beautiful, though that he was to be killed still rankles. The whole scene was sad enough as it is, but was worsened when sadistic and horrible prison guard Percy fries Coffey deliberately and savagely. The stunning soul left the world with no dignity whatsoever.
Fight Club (1999)
I know that this movie is sure to be on a lot of lists but this was one of those movies that brought a fresh reveal to the table, and it was unforgettable. To this day it was one of the more iconic plot twists of all time. At the end of all that Project Mayhem was and the havoc that was wreaked, the Narrator learns that Tyler Durden is in actual fact an alternate personality of his. Nowhere throughout the course of the movie did I expect this, it really was a total blow that just knocked me off my feet. Just the way that it is all presented and laid out eventually is fantastic and it never gets old, no matter how many times you see the film!
Shutter Island (2009)
I know that a lot of people have complaints here, but I thought this was a damn fine movie. I can usually figure movies out a bit earlier on seeing as everything has been done before. But the presentation of Shutter Island was sheer beauty. Yes, it was hinted at, and yes, it was not the most shocking reveal of all time but it was a really fun one. Leonardo DiCaprio gave a solid performance, and I will say largely responsible for this plot twist coming together so well. When Teddy Daniels figures out that he is Andrew Laeddis, the man he has been chasing and holds responsible for the death of his wife, Dolores. However, it turns out that he shot and killed his own wife after he returned home to find that she had drowned their three children. He was no Marshal, and his partner was actually one of his doctors who allowed him to play out whatever was going on in his mind, sure that it would eventually lead him back to his true reality. I had no idea that he was the crazy he was hunting, and even the hints that were sprinkled throughout the film were so subtle that you only really see them for what they are the second time that you watch the movie.
American Psycho (2000)
The whole movie goes on, and it has hilarious moments, others where you have to wonder, the whole shebang. The movie is a masterpiece, honestly and truly. You have no idea how a successful Wall Street mogul is able to keep this sick and crazy alternate personality/lifestyle all to himself. You have no idea what the hell really goes through his mind, he is evidently not all there, though he is intensely smart. However, then the conclusion kicks in and you are wondering what in the world just happened?! Is he imagining being a sick, psycho serial killer? Is he really a serial killer? Is he fantasizing about all these grotesque desires/thoughts that run rampant through his mind?