A few months ago, I started a thread (now dead) talking about disturbing content.
Now, I am talking about tragic and otherwise very sad content instead. I guess this means nobody is going to let me choose the movies at the Fun Film Festival anytime soon.
Requiem for a Dream - I was a total emotional wreck after I saw that film time, and it still brings me to tears every time I see it. Guess I won't be watching it on a regular basis.
Sid & Nancy had the same effect on me.
Sophie's Choice. Need I really say more about that one?
Three Extremes is not usually mentioned as being a tragic film, but I consider Takashi Miike's contribution to it (Box) to be a brutally honest statement about the nature of childhood sexual abuse. It's incredibly tragic.
Grave of the Fireflies. I once seriously contemplated ending a friendship because this woman claimed she felt no sympathy for the kids who starved to death in this film ("They should have stayed with their aunt and acted responsibly! He murdered his sister by running away!"). Yeah, really.
When it comes to tragedy in books - I really have not read that much tragedy in books, considering that most of the books I read while growing up were trashy horror novels.
For tragedy in video games, look no further than the dream stories in Lost Odyssey. Bright Rain and Signpost, in particular, really struck out to me.
I also consider Kratos to be a tragic character, but that's just me.
And, here's a tragic song to end the first post in this thread.