George Washington

The debut film of David Gordon Green, 2000's George Washington is not about the first president of the United States (or the second, or the eighth). Instead it's the depressing tale of depressing kids in a depressing town in North Carolina. Then a tragically depressing thing happens and everyone is more depressing. It's almost Dickensian, except that it doesn't have an expressly happy ending and their are no villains at all, let alone ones whose names sound especially villainous. But anyway, it's amazing.

Green would go on to direct Pineapple Express and Your Highness, which shouldn't reflect on this film. And doesn't at all. But that's fun, innit?