Top Sad Movies (that I have seen)…

This post is going to make me sound like the biggest wuss, but oh well, shove it!

So, every once and awhile I just want to accompany a bad day (or a miserable one or whatever) with a sad movie to just bring me down even further. It is my “company” in “Misery loves company”.

Awhile back, I made a list of movies that I found incredibly (or mildly) sad. Below is my list (missing many I am sure) in no particular order.

    1. Life as a House
    2. Stepmom
    3. Million Dollar Baby
    4. Beaches
    5. Steel Magnolias
    6. Walk to Remember
    7. Passion of the Christ
    8. The Pianist
    9. Finding Neverland
    10. Pay it Forward
    11. Life of David Gale
    12. The Color Purple
    13. Higher Learning
    14. Cold Mountain
    15. Angels in America
    16. Big Fish
    17. Mask
    18. Philadelphia
    19. I Am Sam
    20. Ladder 49
    21. 21 Grams
    22. In America
    23. Radio
    24. Crash
    25. Meet Joe Black
UPDATED from comments below (Jan 2012):
  • The Green Mile
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • The Notebook
  • City of Angels
  • Titanic
  • The Stoning of Soraya M
  • A Walk to Remember
  • Passion of the Christ
  • The Pianist
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • If Only
  • Awakenings
  • Remember the Titans
  • Ladder 49
  • The Reader
  • I Am Sam
  • Finding Neverland
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • My Sister’s Keeper
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Crash
  • Big Fish
  • Remember Me
  • Ghost
  • Charlie St. Cloud

What movies do you like to cry to?


109 thoughts on “Top Sad Movies (that I have seen)…

  • The Green Mile
    My Best Friend’s Wedding (I know it’s not a sad movie, but it makes me cry every time!)
    Lion King, Bambi, Dumbo (come to think of it, most Disney movies make me cry)
    I’ll have to come back b/c I’m sure I’ve got more!

  • Okay, maybe a totally predictable answer: “E.T.”. But before you say anything — it gained a whole new dimension of meaning for me last year, when I couldn’t handle going to work the day after Virginia Tech (and I work in a University, albeit one on the other side of the country), and I needed to be alone and have a good cry. Good ol’ E.T. and Elliott didn’t let me down.

  • I try to avoid sad movies, but I’d have to say the last really sad movie that I saw was Becoming Jane. It was based on Jane Austen’s life and I was bawling by the end. I don’t think it was supposed to be sad, but it struck a chord for me.

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  • The first, and one of the only movies to make me cry was Terms of Endearment. In my opinion the saddest scene in any movie is when Debra Winger says goodbye to her sons. I cry just thinking about it!

  • hi, i was looking for a sad movie so i entered this site….i cry to movies A Walk to Remember, Passions of the Christ, and The Pianist!!! those movies make me forget the happy times and remember the sad times….

  • Sad movies are cathartic, I just looove sad movies. I have seen so many, (I go to the movies to watch sad movies or war movies. Million Dollar Babe, the Pianist are great. So are the Champ, Kramer Vs. Kramer, well, there are thousands I could name here. THe only sad movies I don´t watch are those involving animals, such as Gorillas in the Mist. I have not seen it and will never see because those type of have the opposite effect on me, they make me depressed.

  • the fourty year old virgin..i mean it is soooo depressing that he has never had sex before in his life it makes me cry! honestly i bawled for two hours straight..

  • braveheart
    a walk to remember
    romeo and juliet
    raise your voice
    step mom
    bridge to terabithia
    dead man walking
    sisterhood of the traveling pants
    lader 49
    world trde center
    eight below
    king kong
    little women
    saving private ryan
    we were soldiers
    full metal jacket
    and remember teh titains
    …. there are tons more but i wont list them all for you… you’d get bored

  • the boy in the stripped pyjama’s
    is one of the saddest and most effective movies i have ever watched,
    its about a young german boy who moves near a concentration camp during he second world war and is so innocent to what is going on, and becomes friends with a jewish prisoner.
    the ending will have you in tears

  • Try watching “Hearty Paws”. I don’t think you can find it in the US because it is a Korean film. I did find it on youtube though. It is in Korean but has English subtitles. This movie has to be the saddest I have seen. Give it a try… it’s also really good!

    • its a bit late replying, but i allso loved the film who will love my children iv watched it a few times on tv over the years and i have tried watching it on line but with no luck yet,


  • The most sad movie of all time is THE CHAMP (1979). Oh my god! That little boy crying because his dad just dead… Is too much.. too much…

  • The Green Mile – I watched it with my friends, and not one of them cried. Ugh, heartless… Couldn’t stop crying at the end.

    Edward Scissorhands – I cried constantly from the moment he breaks the hands til the ens.

    Forrest Gump – When he’s remembering Jenny by her grave… So sad!!

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Wonderful film…

  • Midnight Cowboy – My favorite film…..I can’t able to sleep after watched this movie. I never forgot RICCO & JOE BUCK.

    Children of Heaven ….. This one too. I cried for ALI & ZAHRA

  • Artificial Intelligence: AI always has me going
    Stepmom :)
    A Moment to Remember(Korean film)
    & another Korean movie, suitably named ‘Sad Movie’ – That one hurt A LOT

  • But if you want to cry you must watch: the notebook, a walk to remember, titanic and my girl. I wish i hadnt seen any of these movies, that way i could watch them again without knowing the endings!!

  • angela’s ashes
    i love that film and i don’t cry watching movies and the 1st time i saw that i was in bits with tears running down my face

  • the note book. it is amazing! i never really cry in films but that had me in tears from half way threw the film till the end. i loved it. also a walk to rememeber had me crying.

  • Armageddon makes me bawl everytime! and Titanic, The Notebook, p.s I Love You, King Kong, Ghost, Sisterhood of the travelling pants etc
    saddest movies! anybody else got some really good sad movies?? i love them <3

  • P.S I Love You, I Am Sam, The Green Mile, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Life is Beautiful, 27 Dresses and A Walk to Remember are several movies that have had me sobbing and using up rolls of tissue, hahaha.

  • Oh my god! pay it forward! i recently watch this in class and i was crying at the end, which was quite embarasing ant school!!

  • I don’t know if anyone has mentioned it yet but I think Paulie is a really sad movie, it made me cry when I was younger and I just watched it a couple of days ago and it still makes me cry. I could not hold it in, I love the last scene when they are reunited but it makes me cry so much.

  • Thanks emjay217 -just watched “Beaches” and it was SOOO good, God, why can’t we make more movies like that these days? Thanks again Dude. :)

  • the most saddest films i have seen is
    .the fox and the hound
    .spirit stallion of the cimmaron
    .king kong (i flipping hate the man who killed him)

  • you have got to watch spirit stallion of the cimmaron not for adults and teens.the film is kinda a kidy film im a kid my self!

  • the sadest movie of all times is
    whats eating gilbert grape
    i’ve never seen my mom crying over a movie untill she saw the end with johnny depp with his mom
    i don’t think i’ll ever cry over another movie

  • heres something different..tear jerker for me: Fly me to Polaris(Chinese),Amy(australian),Close encounters of the third kind,

  • seven pounds (this movie broke me down into nothing)
    Vanilla Sky (I love this move so much! Very sad twisted movie!)
    grave of fire flies (anime) (This movie is so sad)
    I am legend (So sad to be alone.)
    The Pursuit of Happyness (Many sad parts. I love this movie!)
    Click (I cry every time. I watched this about 20 times)
    Crash (This movie is about discrimination. great movie)
    Stay (A guy copes with depression and loss)
    Reign over me (A guy deals with loss of his family in 911 attack. This movie will break you down no matter how strong you think you are!)
    John Q (How far are you willing to go to save your child? This movie gives me chills!)
    artificial intelligence (I robot in search of a fairy to become a real boy so the family he is with will love him. He doesn’t realise hundreds of years have passed in his search and the family is dead)
    Time traveler’s wife (sad, romantic time travel at its best!)
    Butterfly effect (Another sad time travel movie)
    A Walk To Remember (Death is such a hard thing to cope with)
    Gladiator (I love this movie so much!)
    E.T. (such a cute and sad movie)
    My girl (If you love kids, this movie will break your heart)
    Big Fish (I love this movie.. It is such a good story)

    I know so many.. All these movies are very sad!

  • Green mile,when big guy is on electric chair,and apsolurly when on the end comes mr.Jingles

    And THE TRUMAN SHOW ,when on the end,Truman came to the exit door,and leader of shiow says him Truman you are a star… In case I dont se you Good morning,good day and good night.BEST FOREVER.

  • And The outsiders,real story from american streets,I was in shock when kid burn and die in hospital…And people was thinking everything bad bout them,bad that kid tryed to save child from burning house,relly sad…

  • I might have to update this list with all the suggestions provided. Plus I have to start watching them all!

  • lovely bones,my sisters keeper,titanic,avatar those are the only films that have mad me cry each time i watch them. :'(

  • Try the movie IF ONLY .. starring jennifer love hewitt, i remember when i watched it, i really wasn’t on the mood for drama.. but as the movie goes on, suddenly, i just noticed myself crying for about 30minutes… this movie really made me cry.. it had been able to change my mood for that moment.. WATCH IT.. i assure you it was really great.. =)
    (IF ONLY)

  • I hope i just missed it up there…but don’t forget “Schindler’s List”. Even the theme gives me a lump in my throat now, and I almost never cry at movies.

  • I LOVE sad movies so I have too many to list but the ones that are currently coming to mind @ 12:05 a.m. are The Notebook, Titanic, Wuthering Heights (the original version), My Dog Skip, Walk to Remember…And like I said earlier, there are hundreds. Crying is healing for me so I watch sad movie to realease emotions. Plus, I’m a crier anyway.

  • The Notebook, Titanic and The perfect storm! I also cry when I watch the Norwegian movie Kamilla and the Thief(Kamilla og Tyven). It’s a wonderful and very sad movie about giving people a second chance! But you have to watch both Kamilla and the Thief and Kamilla and the Thief 2.. :)

  • Top 5
    My sister’s keeper, I dont think I ever cried so much at a film
    Worse scene is when the young girl is on the beach with her headscarve on watching her brother and sister playing with James Blunt music playing, what a way to make the film even more sadder.
    The Notebook- when she they are dancing like the old times and she suddenly forgets who he is , then towards the end they lie together in bed oohh it’s so so sad.
    Ghost- Well what can you say? Its a beautiful film but very sad right at the end when he fades away into the sunset.
    NO where boy- Only came out this year- If you like a good british film and you like the beatles then this is for you. It is based on the very very early life of John Lennon, It will show him at school and being taught music by his mother whilst he was suspended- unaware by his aunt to which he has been brought up by. He then go’s on to make a band ‘the quarrymen’ with his school boy freinds , then get’s introduced to what are to become future beatles members. Ok so your tinking that doesn’t sound sad?? It’s things to do with his mother that makes it sad which happens in the film-WATCH IT. Some of the characters from the film are in SHAMELESS. Yes I am from the UK.
    Beaches- I’ve written to much but everything about this film I love- the music, the scenario. very sad

  • I love sad movies and i think ” the Hitcher” and ” Premonition” should be up there with Sad movies of all time like “Braveheart” and ” The Green Mile”

  • I am sam… SADDEST MOVIE EVER!!! Nice Choice. Before watching this, I have never cried for a movie. During the middle, i had six teers on my face. If you have Netflix, I bet you $20 (via PayPal) That you would cry

  • “Schindler’s List” :Hey Guys you better look this movie coz me myself i cried it heaven and hell for this kind of people who lost their life………….

  • have you ever “My life”?? its one of the saddest movie i have ever seen every time i watch it makes my cry..this movie is one of my favourite movies of all time everyone must watch this movie.

  • oh k, the wind that shakes the barley, my god sucha a sad film, song for a raggy boy, this is my father, a walk to remember, my sisters keeper, dear john, lion king, stepmom, million dollar baby, remember the titans, armageddon… the list goes on!

  • At the moment my saddest movie ever is ‘The Boy With The Striped Pajamas’. I cried for ages after watching it for the first time, mostly because I’m so angry at the the way they treated Jews back then.

  • I cried so hard watching the end of The Last Emperor when I was a kid. The movie’s about the Communist takeover of China, and the ending when the emperor sees his old prison warden…that scene was heartbreaking. The Studio Ghibli film My Neighbours the Yamadas was another tearjerker, in a nostalgic and sweet kind of way. Forrest Gump, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and Edward Scissorhands have already been mentioned and they’re beautiful. Also, Life Is Beautiful, Up In the Air, 25th Hour, most of the Studio Ghibli films,and Toy Story 3 will likely make you cry in some way.

  • the saddest movie i saw was la bamba. at the end when his mother found out he had died, soooooooo sad!! especially because it all really happened.

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  • I cried at the end of Pearl Harbor, am I the only one who mentioned it because I didn’t see anyone else bring it up. I just take it how all those people died. Bawled my eyes out at the end. Also I thought Pay it Forward was super sad, didn’t see what was coming. And My Dog Skip was a great movie!

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  • The saddest film that I’ve just recently watched has got to be ‘The 5th Quarter’.
    It got me crying my eyes out, especially when it said based on a true story.

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