Saddest movies which Will Actually Make You Cry
Hey, guys looking for some overwhelming emotions here is a list of some heart-wrenching movies on Netflix which will hit your emotional glands and convince you to shed some tears. I have handpicked the latest movies from Netflix’s immense catalog, so you don’t have to spend much of your time in finding a good title. Also, the IMDb ratings and short descriptions are below every movie to give you a better idea how your next 2 hours are going to be. So enjoy these Sad Movies on Netflix and don’t forget to take some tissues before starting.
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List of sad movies on Netflix (with latest additions)
35. Cyberbully (2011)
Cast – Emily Osment , Kay Panabaker , Meaghan Rath
Rating – 6
Dircted by Charles Biname, Cyberbully is a story of a young girl (Taylor) who is a victim of cyber bullying. Taylor got a laptop on her birthday and she joined social networks to connect with her friends, but instead of making some friends she was bullied by her classmates. She got so depressed by the action that she decides to kill herself. Her mother figured this all out and tries to get her out of this mental situation. With this sad story, the movies has a good ending and also delivers a strong message for all the teenagers.
34. Heaven Knows What (2015)
Cast – Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Buddy Duress, Eleonore Hendricks
Rating – 6.4
Heaven knows Whats is a strong story depicting the life of young and homeless teenagers Harley and Ilya. The story shows how their deep love for one another gets affected by their addiction of heroin. A nice and painfully accurate title for those who can relate to this side of the New York city.
33. Good Bye First Love (2011)
Cast – Håvard Brekke, Valérie Bonneton, Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky
Rating – 6.5
A Franco-German film directed by Mia Hansen-Love, Good Bye First Love, as the title suggest is a story of a girl and her first love. 15 year old Camille falls in love with an older teen Sullivan for whom its not the first experience of such kind. The sweet love story soon ended with a sudden breakup, but years after that she couldn’t move past him. One of the very few sad movie streaming on Netflix and a good one for teenagers.
32. Take This Waltz (2011)
Cast – Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman
Rating – 6.6
Tanke This Waltz is an adult romance story of a woman Margot who despite being married, got into a relationship with a neighbor who lives across the street. The movie is a bittersweet story with emotions of this rare situation of her life.
31. Liberal Arts (2012)
Cast – Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Afron, Richard Jenkins
Rating – 6.7
Directed and written by the famous How I Met Your Mother show character Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), Liberal arts is a movie showcasing a college adviser, Jesse Fisher who is bored with life and his sad Job, and wants to return to his home at Ohio. One day Jesse got an invitation from his professor to his retirement party, where he met this girl Zibby. Another great piece of work by Josh Radnor, who is also playing Jesse in the movie.
30. My Girl
Cast – Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
Rating – 6.8
My girl is a story of a young girl (Vada), who has already lost her mother, but adding to her misery and depression her father runs a funeral business, which adds a negative influence. The kids of her age think of her as a freak, and she has no friends but one Thomas, who helps her in everty way possible. Things get worse when Vada at the age of eleven falles in love with her english teacher. The title depects sad life situations of young age children, in quite a realistic way.
29. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby : Her
Cast – Jessica Chastian, James McAvoy, Viola Davis, Bill Hader
Rating – 7
Story of a married couple who lost their son, which turn out to be a turning point of their relationship. Eleanor Rigby after this incident leaves her husband and moves to her parents house. Rest of the story revolves around the relationship of the couple, to overcome the most unfortunate incident of their life. The story is heart touching especially for those who have close bonds with their kids.
28. Rent (2005)
Cast – Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin
Rating – 7
Rent is a musical drama showcasing the dark side of New York City back in late 80’s. The movie is a story of several Bohemians and their clumsy life in the New York. The movie touches your emotional self with the struggle of these people for the most basic of their needs. A nice music along with this sad movie line made its place in this list of sad movies.
27. A Girl Like Her
Cast – Hunter King, Lexi Ainsworth, Jimmy Bennett
Rating – 7.1
A Girl like her is another bullying movie on Netflix, the movie showcase a sad story of a young girl who continiously gets bullied by her schoolmates, and how a true friend help her out of this situation. The theme of the movie is based on many of the real life events which are pretty common these days, and how our young generation is affected by this curse. The movie might have a simple story line but it is full of emotions and is quite helpful for many kids out there facing the same problem.
26. Remembrance (2011)
Cast – Alice Dwyer, Dagmar Manzel, Mateusz Damiecki
Rating – 7.2
A personal story of a couple (Hannah ans Tomasz) in the German Concentration camps, during the second world war, the saddest event in the history of mankind. Tomasz a polish prisoner, rescues his girlfriend Hannah from the concentration camp, but sadly the couple again gets separated by the chaos of war. Both of them think that they are dead, until one day (52 years later), they meet each other in New York. A great piece of direction and truly one of the saddest film in the list of sad movies on Netflix.
25. Pay It Forward (2000)
Cast – Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt
Rating – 7.2
Pay it forward is story of a young boy who is a victim f bad parenting. Where on one side he has alcohol addict mother and on other side an abusive father. The life of the boy changes when his history teacher gives him an assignment, in order to make peace in the world. The boy comes up with a great idea which changes the life of his mother, teacher and a lot of lives around him.
24. The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Cast – Everlyn Sampi, David Gulpilil,
Rating – 7.4
The sad story of a bitter divorce and its affects on the family. Brendan and Joan, both writers developed a misunderstanding and their conflict of ideas resulted into divorce, which separated their kids. Familiar, but yet so new story of, showcasing the difficulties along their path. A good title, admired by a lot of critics for good direction and acting.
23. Me You And Everyone You Know (2005)
Cast – John Hawkes, Ellen Geer, Miranda July, Miles Thompson
Rating – 7.4
An American romantic comedy showcasing a single father who recently got divorced, as he met this girl with whom he falls in love. But due to the recent emotional breakdown, could not get himself ready to commit to the relationship. The story is pretty emotional and offers a proper love dose to all the lovers out there, who made its separate way among all these romantic comedies.
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22. The English Patient
Cast – Ralph Fieness, Kristin Thomas, Willem Dafoe
Rating – 7.4
Directed by Anthony Minghella, The English Patient is a heart touching sad movie based on a famous novel Michael Ondaatje. Story of an English man who is severely burned and had a permanent nurse for himself. The movie flashbacks the happening past life of the Englishmen, with his present sorrow. The nurse also realize a lot of tings about life as she helps him out of his misery. All is all a good emotional package if you are in for that.
21. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Cast – Mille Perkins, Shelly Winters, Richard Baymer, Diane Baker.
Rating – 7.4
Another WW2 movie in the list but the best one. A true story of a family, who helped a Jewish family to secretly live with them, during the war. Anne who is the daughter of that Jewish family writes a diary, which was discovered after a long time in the basement of that house. The movie has won a lot of awards along with 3 Academies, and honored as the eighteenth most inspiring film on the top 100 list. Simply amazing and a must watch.
20. Ida (2013)
Cast – Agata Trzebucho, Agata Kulesza, Dawid Ogrodnik
Rating – 7.4
Ida a story of a young women Anna, who decides to spend her lif as a nun, but just before she was about to take her vows, she come to know that she is a Jew. After this realisation she decides to go on a search of her family, with her relative. The movie is directed by a very talented director Paweł Pawlikowski. The movie has won Academy Award for the category of best foreign language film, and is a great addition to the list of sad movies on Netflix.
29. Fruitwale Station (2013)
Cast – Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer
Rating – 7.5
Based on real events of USA, Fruitvale station is a biological drama film of the famous tragedy of the death of Oscar Grant. The movie shows the dark side of our society especially the Police and Security system. Director Ryan Coogler along with the actors have done a great job in depicting the exact emotions and deep empathy of this sad event.
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18. A Single man (2009)
Cast – Colin Firth, Nicholos Hoult, Julianne Moore, Matthew William
Rating – 7.6
Story of a college professor who lost his wife Jim in an unfortunate car accident. Unable to cope up from that incident, he decides to commit suicide as there was no other option left. Rest of the story revolves around, how his students with the help of one of his old friend lead him to take a sensible final decision. The movie is based on a novel of the same name written by Christopher Isherwood, and is quite a heart wrenching one on the list.
17. Titanic (1997)
Cast – Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
Rating – 7.7
This title doesn’t need and introduction. Its a NO-BRAINER, if you haven’t seen it yet, Do It Now!
16. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Cast – Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNico, Rita Karin
Rating – 7.7
The movie showcases a young aspiring author Stingo, who comes to New York for his career, and falls in love with a beautiful girl (Sophie), The story gets complicated when both of them messed up their relationship, with their personal problems. The movie is based on an award winning title of the same name. All in all, a good select for those who are searching a lovely emotional movie.
15. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Cast – Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle William
Rating – 7.7
Brokebackback Mountain is a heartbreaking story of two men of late 60’s period who love each other, but because of the complexities of their families and other relationships, they suppressed their feelings.
14. Atonement (2007)
Cast – Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai
Rating – 7.8
Atonement is war drama film based on a novel by Ian McEwan of the same name. With exceptional acting by both Keira Knightley and James McAvoy the movie amazes us with its plot and a sad ending. Great work of direction by Joe Wright, another perfect fit of the best saddest title on Netflix.
13. The Boy In The Stripped Pajamas (2008)
Cast – Asa Butterfield, David Hayman, Rupert Friend, David Thewlis, Henry Kingsmill
Rating – 7.8
A WW2 story based on a novel by the same writer John Boyne, showcasing true essence of friendship, with complete oblivion of boundaries, caste, religion. 8 year old Asa and his family moved to a new place near a German concentration camp, where his father was assigned as a commandant in chief. The boy discovers a place near the electric fences, where he finds a Jewish boy (the one in the stripped pajamas), who becomes a good friend.
12. Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)
Cast – Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Rating – 7.8
Story of a fifteen year old girl who is confused about her sexual preferences, she tries to date men but ended up with a kind of incompleteness. The girl later meets a senior and become friends, soon she realized that she is attracted to same sex, as she explores her friends thoughts. A good screenplay and an excellent attempt to make it as real as possible. The movie offers a lot of emotions along with some intimate scenes.
11. Silver lining Playbook (2012)
Cast – Jenifer Lawrence, Bradley Copper, Robert De Nero, Jakie Weaver
Rating – 7.8
Starring Bradley Cooper and Jenifer Lawrence this great piece of work is a great combination of Acting, direction and story and a perfect match to your search of love movies on Netflix. A mentally retarded guy (Pat), who after losing is everything in life, living with his parents met a this girl living next to him, who changed his life. The movie is a must watch, so don’t waste any time until its there in the streaming catalog of Netflix, as Netflix is also known for losing a lot of good movies.
10. Changeling (2008)
Cast – Angelina Jolie, Michael Kelly, Devon Konti, John Malkovich
Rating – 7.8
Based on a real life story from 1928, when LA was a lot different then it is now. The movie is about a single mother Christine (played by Angelina Jolie), who has lost her child and fighting the system for his search. Well, more information regarding this title will spoil the suspense. Along with the great cast, the movie is also associated with another big name which is Clint Eastwood, which I think, is enough to go for this sad title.
9. Short Term 12 (2013)
Cast – Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Keith Stanfield, Kaitlyn Dever
Rating – 8
Short Term 12 is a sad story of a teenager Grace and her long term boyfriend Manson. Both of them live in a group home for troubled teenagers. The story catches pace when Grace got pregnant and decides to abort the kid without even telling Manson. The story is a complete package for anyone who is looking for an emotional teenage drama.
8. Her (2012)
Cast – Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara
Rating – 8.0
One of its kind, Her is a Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy Film, a very sensitive story of a depressed, lonely guy Theodore, who met a girl on a programming based software and falls in love with her sensitive voice. A sweet soulful movie which will please you with its emotional touch. As we are in the top 3 of the top sad movies on Netflix, so I don’t think there is a need to to tell you that, this is a must watch.
7. Warrior (2011)
Cast – Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison
Rating – 8.2
Story of a broken family of 2 separated brothers and their alcoholic father. Tommy an ex-Marine returns home to get trained for a MMA championship Sparta. On the other side his elder brother a retired UFC fighter returns to the same profession to overcome his poor financial conditions. An emotion family drama filled with some great action, a complete movie in every aspect.
6. The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)
Cast – Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe
Rating – 8
Despite being an eight out of ten, I have put this title as the best sad movie streaming on Netflix right now. The reason for this is the exceptionally emotional touch of the characters and a real events based story. The movie showcases the life of a salesman, who almost loose his job and has to take care his son, as his wife left him. The movie is more special because of the outstanding piece of work by Will Smith and his bonding with his real son Jaden.
5. Hotel Rawadan
Cast – Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte
Rating – 8.1
Hoted Rawadan is a real life events based movies, based on tragic Rawadan Genocide (1994). The movie showcases a real life hero Paul Rusesabagina, who risks his life to save thousand of refugees. The movie is compared to the famous WWII movie Schindlers List. The cast is amazing with Award Winning actor Don Cheadle in the lead. A good title to enjoy on Netflix.
4. Its Such A Beautifu Day (2012)
Rating – 8.3
Its Such A Beautiful Day is an amazing piece of vision and direction of award winning director Don Hertzfeldt. The title is one of the greatest films about memory, perspective and past history. If you are open to Animated movies, this won’t disappoint you at all. (Recommended by James – in the comment section)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Cast – Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Robert Duvall
Rating – 8.3
Most of the teenagers already know this story as it was a part of our lives. To Kill A Mokingbird is an amazing story narrated by a young girl. The story touches heart with a great social message of racial equality. For those who don’t know, the movie is based on a classic novel of the same name. The movie has won 3 Oscars and several other nominations.
2. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
Cast – Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby
Rating – 8.6
The movie starts with a tragic murder of a young man Andrew, who just broke up with his girl friend. Just after his death his girlfriend announces that she is pregnant. One of the dearest friend Kurt, starts filming a documentary of the the friends and relatives of Andrew as a gift for the unborn child. As the child (Zachary), grew up his grand parents demanded the court for his custody from his mom. The movie has an ultimate sad story, especially in the second half and the character of Zachery touches every freaking heart. Believe me this title will definitely force you to use your tissues, unarguably the best title among all the sad movies on Netflix.
1. Forrest Gump (1994)
Cast – Tom Hanks, Michael Connor Humphreys, Robin Wright
Rating – 8.8
Tome Hanks!! do I need to say more? Forrest Gump is a 1994 classic, the story of a mentally challenged guy, his adventures and his love life. An extraordinary story with a wonderful piece of direction by Robert Zemeckis. Its a total must watch for any one in this plannet.
15 More Sad Netflix Titles For You
- Cake – 6.4
- August: Osage County – 7.3
- Atonement – 7.8
- Rabbit proof fence – 7
- Uplifted – 6.8/10
- Iris – 7.1/10
- P.S. I Love You – 7.1
- Blue Valentine – 7.4
- Brokeback Mountain – 7.7
- The Last 5 Years – 5.9
- We Are Soldiers – 7.1
- One Day – 7
- Dear Zachary: A letter to a boy about his father (8.6) – Recommended by Jenny Weera
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – 6.9 – Recommended by Melissa
So guys this was my list of sad movies on Netflix streaming right now, the list will be surely updated as soon as there is a new addition to the Netflix catalog, till then I hope these are enough to make you cry.
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