15. Requiem For A Dream (2000)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Areas Featured: Coney Island Boardwalk
The contrast is unforgettable. Surrounded by games for kids, restaurants for families, and a beach for relaxation, the Coney Island Boardwalk has long represented a nostalgia-inducing funland for New Yorkers. And for Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto), one of the four drug-addicted characters in Darren Aronofsky's devastating Requiem for a Dream, it embodies everything that his life isn't, but that he wishes it to be, if only through his dreams.
Requiem for a Dream qualifies as one of the most depressing movies ever made, of course, so it's only fitting that Coney Island's fantasy vibe quickly gives way to sadness. Harry, walking toward the boardwalk's edge, hoping to reach his salvation, falls off of it and deeper into his own personal hell. -MB