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Top Sad Movies (that I have seen)…

Updated the list of movies based on comments– http://www.entirely-random.com/2008/05/27/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
What movies do you like to cry to?
  1. Shelly
    May 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    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!

    • sandy
      July 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      i like ur fev movies my fev are also disney movies these movies make me cry all the time i watch them

  2. May 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    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.

  3. Jen
    May 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    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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  4. May 29, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Ugh, you forgot The Notebook!

  5. emjay217
    May 29, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    only left out the Notebook cause that would really make me look like a wuss! HAHA

  6. Tina Bina Ballerina :)
    June 6, 2008 at 10:38 am

    City of Angels. Atonement.

  7. Michaun
    June 22, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    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!

  8. Caitlin
    July 10, 2008 at 11:02 am

    You forgot about Titanic,too. I have seen it for about 20 times but it still makes me cry.

  9. Kaprice
    July 29, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Definitely Simon Birch;;
    the ending is the main cry-moment on there.

  10. Kira Mac
    November 13, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    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….

  11. Claudia
    November 16, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    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.

  12. December 5, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    thnx… i hope that help me by find some movies like:
    (if only)

  13. jessica
    December 10, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    you forgot ps i love you i cried during that whole movie
    and my life without me was pretty sad :] but a good movie

    • MwuahMwuah
      December 30, 2009 at 1:32 pm

      P.S. I Love You is so saadd!

  14. lily
    December 29, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    marley and me saddest movie i have ever seen! bawled my eyes out…:'(

    • MwuahMwuah
      December 30, 2009 at 1:33 pm

      That was a great movie! I’m young, and it is so sad!

    • Joana
      January 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      if you like marley and me you should deffinetly watch Hatchiko a dog story…based on a true story!!

  15. roberta
    December 29, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    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..

  16. Jae
    January 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “awakenings” with robert de niro and robin williams. it is a great movie, and really sad!

  17. meghan
    January 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    the titanic. i just finished watching it and i’m pretty much sobbing.

  18. Declan Leahy
    January 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    How about sophies choice? definatly one for the list.

  19. melissa
    February 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    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

  20. Amy
    February 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    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

    • Ashleigh
      February 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      just watched this movie yesterday and it is actually the saddest movie i have ever seen !

  21. Alex
    March 1, 2009 at 5:22 am

    The Fountain
    The Reader
    Grave of Fireflies (Japanese Movie – Anime)
    I Am Sam

    Recommended if you want to cry

  22. Lucy
    March 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    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!

  23. March 13, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Terminator 2. Yeah… People always forget that one.

  24. paris
    March 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    cant believe nobody mentioned who will love my children gotta be 1 of the saddest films ever ever created 😦

  25. Me
    April 19, 2009 at 1:27 pm


  26. Alex
    May 7, 2009 at 5:55 am

    What about “City Lights” from Chaplin?

  27. Ryan
    June 2, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Seven Pounds

    • chris
      July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm

      I AGREE! finally somebody says 7 pounds
      very sad but great casting

  28. Mario Espinoza
    June 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    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…

  29. me
    June 9, 2009 at 11:03 am

    what about: marly and me, hotel for dogs,we are marshall and no reservations

  30. ai
    June 11, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    yeah hearty paws was sad..

    miss potter always makes me cry, dawn anna does too. they both are based on true life story.

  31. Agnes
    June 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    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…

  32. RAJA
    June 28, 2009 at 11:55 am

    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

  33. jane
    July 3, 2009 at 8:08 am

    what about: if only? the saddest movie ever!

  34. chloe
    July 7, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    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

  35. mimi
    July 12, 2009 at 5:16 am

    ei ei My Girl is one of the saddest movies that i’ve ever seen, i cried my eyes out with this one

  36. mimi
    July 12, 2009 at 5:17 am

    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!!

  37. joe
    August 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    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

  38. Erica
    August 14, 2009 at 1:50 am

    the english patient… its long but well worth it!

  39. chloe
    August 25, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    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.

  40. xxxxxxx
    September 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    “Keith” is the best movie ever

  41. Rikke Winther
    September 20, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Or how about Pearl Harbor and Armageddon? Those movies always makes me cry at the end..

  42. Marni
    September 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    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 ❤

  43. October 31, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Garden State and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!!
    Both of them had me sobbing for way to long, even after they ended! Fantastic movies!

  44. Cherrie
    November 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    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.

  45. December 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    green mile is sad and im 19 i cried for 45 minutes sad

  46. December 2, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Try watching ” The Christmas Shoes”..made me cry so much

  47. wolfchildsarah
    December 3, 2009 at 12:39 am

    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!!

  48. Yvette
    December 10, 2009 at 3:08 am

    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.

  49. Sadia
    December 12, 2009 at 6:06 am

    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. 🙂

  50. mandee
    December 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    my sisters keeper

    • Gina
      March 30, 2010 at 5:09 am

      so sad T.T
      but great movie 😀

  51. raptor101
    December 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    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)

  52. raptor101
    December 14, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    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!

  53. moonspell
    December 30, 2009 at 2:25 am

    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

  54. Casey
    January 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Juno… omg i B.A.W.L every single time i watch itt.

  55. Bats
    March 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

    try A MOMENT TO REMEMBER.. its a korean movie you’ll cry for sure

  56. zainudin
    April 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

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

  57. Brett
    May 4, 2010 at 6:50 am

    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!

  58. regs
    May 20, 2010 at 4:58 am

    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.

  59. regs
    May 20, 2010 at 5:03 am

    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…

  60. emjay217
    May 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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

  61. kayleigh
    June 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    how can you forget lovely bones thats the sadest thing to ever happen to a young girl ~:)

  62. kayleigh
    June 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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

  63. sandy
    June 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    meet joe black

  64. Nadine
    June 14, 2010 at 11:52 pm


  65. June 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    One more Hachiko:dogs story

    True story about dog,who have wait his owner 9 years after he died.Hachi was always at 4 O”clock on the same place,on train station…realy sad,you need to watch this movie.

    here is one picture of Hachis waiting

  66. albert
    June 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

    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)

  67. Correlon
    July 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    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.

  68. Nanci Lane
    July 17, 2010 at 1:58 am

    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.

  69. July 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

    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.. 🙂

  70. Margot
    August 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Remember me& Dear John,
    I cried so bad

  71. emily
    August 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    dear john
    my sisters keeper
    remember me
    the last song
    cried at alllllll of those!

  72. amber
    September 14, 2010 at 6:12 am

    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

  73. amber
    September 14, 2010 at 6:21 am

    oh and the Bucket List,The Americn’s have the best movies but we have the best Music xx

  74. cerelia
    September 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    my dog skip makes me cry alot simply because i had a similar incoutour

  75. Ken Rimiru
    October 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

    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”

  76. Nazmi
    October 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

    for me…HACHIKO:A DOG STORY is the saddest movie that i’ve watch in my entire life…love that movie so much

  77. Joe
    January 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    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

  78. Candystar
    February 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Eight below. Very good. Very sad

  79. Finalstar Myrchiang
    February 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    “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………….

  80. me
    February 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Charlie st. cloud made me cry

  81. nachiket
    March 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    have you ever seen.the.movie “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.

  82. monika
    March 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

    i will have to say last song, a walk to remember, the notebook and titanic ♥

  83. aoife
    April 20, 2011 at 5:58 am

    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!

  84. April 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    My sisters keeper
    Green Mile
    the Notebook
    Romeo and Juliet
    Marley and Me

  85. emma
    June 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    P.S. i love you was so sad. i cried throughout the movie. and the book.

  86. melly
    June 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    the boy in the striped pyjamas is a really sad on

  87. Mia
    July 9, 2011 at 5:07 am

    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.

  88. Michaer Rada
    July 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Here is my own list of top saddest movies-please check ’em out. You won’t regret seeing each movie in the list. http://mikaersownprivatemovies.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-list-of-top-10-saddest-movies.html

  89. V-Iz
    September 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Set It Off

  90. sarah dobson
    October 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Remember me. I bawled my eye’s out. Amazing movie, but definitely have a box of tissues ready!

  91. October 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    i Just watched THE LAST SONG , it is one of the sadist movies i have ever seen even thinking about it makes me sad.

  92. May
    November 12, 2011 at 7:50 am

    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.

  93. analise
    December 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    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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