When was the most recent time you had to get some tissues and cry while watching a sad movie that makes you emotional? If you’re in the mood for such movies, here are 11 heartbreaking movies you can check out.
1. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Kenneth Lonergan’s drama film Manchester by the Sea tells the story of a depressed man forced to care for his teenage nephew due to his brother’s death. It is filled with elements of grief, PTSD, guilt, and depression.
The feeling of the entire movie is heavy and heartbreaking that someone shared, “It was so devastating. We had two little girls that time and I cried so much.”
2. Requiem For A Dream (2000)
The American psychological film Requiem For A Dream centers on the story of four characters forever changed by their drug addiction. Their conditions deteriorate with the abuse, both physically and emotionally.
Someone said, “One time, a friend came along and said he had a new drug movie. Two hours later, those 5 guys tried hiding their tears and swore to each other to never try heroin!”
3. Dancer In The Dark (2000)
The musical melodrama Dancer In The Dark narrates the story of a factory worker, played by musician Bjork, and her struggles to save up enough for an operation to save his son’s life.
One person noted how, “100% I once chose this as a date movie, without understanding how emotional it was. The date ended with the girl uncontrollably sobbing. [I] didn’t get a second date.”
4. Grave Of The Fireflies (1998)
Studio Ghibli’s Grave Of The Fireflies is a war tragedy movie set in Japan that follows the story of two siblings who are struggling as war orphans as the Second World War comes to an end.
Someone shared, “I was teaching English at an international school, and a sweet 6th-grade Japanese girl knew I liked Studio Ghibli and said this was her favorite animated film. I was totally unprepared for how devastating it was.”
5. The Florida Project (2017)
The American drama The Florida Project focuses on the story of a 6-year-old girl living with her mother in a motel in Florida. The story shows the parallelism of desperation from homelessness and the happiness presented by Walt Disney World.
A person raved about the movie and said, “I’ve never sobbed after any other movie like I did this one. [My] heart is ripped out at the end.”
6. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
This 2009 American drama remake of the Japanese movie Hachiko Monogatari, Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale narrates the true story of Hachiko, an Akita dog who lived from 1923 to 1935.
One person acknowledged, “[it is] without a doubt the saddest film I’ve ever seen. [I] watched it a few times now too, loved the story, and the fact it’s based on a true story”.
7. Schindler’s List (1993)
The historical drama Schindler’s List is based on Thomas Keneally’s novel Schindler’s Ark (1982). The Oscar Best Picture winner relates the story of German industrialist Oskar Schindler who helped thousands of refugees escape the Holocaust by hiring them in his factories.
One individual specifically shared, “I’ve seen a few viewers react [to] YouTube channels where people who have never seen Schindler’s List watch it for the first time. They all get emotionally nuked when they realize what happened to her.”
8. Dear Zachary (2008)
This documentary film Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father is a story of director Kurt Kuenne’s close friend, Andrew Bagby. It follows Bagby’s murder and his pregnant ex-girlfriend’s arrest and court proceedings. Their child is named Zachary.
Someone said, “I switched it off in anger [the] first time, and it took me months to get through it to the end. I’ve never hated someone I didn’t know more than after watching that movie.”
9. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The sports drama Million Dollar Baby tells the story of an amateur boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald played by Hilary Swank, and how an underappreciated trainer, played by Clint Eastwood, helped her to achieve her dream of being a pro boxer.
This Academy Award-winning film is described by many as having messed them up really well and actually staying with them for several days.
10. Never Let Me Go (2011)
This dystopian movie Never Let Me Go narrates the romance and tragedy of friends Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy, who are entangled in a love triangle filled with longing and jealousy.
Somebody described a scene that made a mark and said, “Andrew Garfield’s character wailing as he realizes his fate continues to crush me.”
11. Dead Poets Society (1989)
The American drama Dead Poets Society narrates the life of an English professor who was able to change his students’ lives through poetry. Many described this movie as a Robin Williams special and is considered the GOAT.
Someone shared, “A particular scene in Dead Poets Society (if you’ve seen it, you know which one) absolutely destroyed me! [I] was NOT ready for that.”
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