Top Ten Saddest Movies

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41Pay It Forward

Haley Joel Osmant is the best child actor ever. Reminds me of my son at that age, plus having lost another son I feel the mother's pain __ and the song "Calling all Angels" makes it the most touching ending possible.

This is a beautiful heart-warming movies and a tear jerker at the same time, I watched it twice in a row, then took it straight to my mums for her to watch!

I am a 50 year old man, and this movie made me cry like a baby. There is something so sad, when a young person dies before his/her time. Even though the message lived on... I was still angry that Haley's character was killed so senselessly.

This movie is so bloody sad. No matter how many times you watch it you will always cry. Absolutely incredible.

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42Bambi

Did anyone forget that sad scene cause I sure didn't.

It still get on mu nerves when he's looking for mom in the dark snow and a whispering kind song in the background.

Both scarring and scaring generations of children since 1942. Bambi stands alone and unrivalled forever.

At least top five saddest movies ever.

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43Gone with the Wind

I cried so hard when their daughter Bonnie died

44The Elephant Man

This film is heartbreaking! It doesn't involve a love story or a revenge story, it's just about one unfortunate man who wants to be accepted in society. John Hurts performance was outstanding here.

I had to keep pausing this movie because I couldn't hear it over the sound of my crying. It's sad at first because of how badly they treat the Elephant Man. But then when you learn that the Elephant Man is a very intelligent, sensitive man U realize he's been fully aware of everyone's cruelty, and it becomes 10 times sadder.

From the begining to the end of this movie I seriously did nothing but cry. I was a mess and I cried for days. This movie isn't sad because he died at the end. It was sad because of ho awfully they treated him. Humans are sick. That's how sad this movie was.

I just wanted to reach through the screen and hug him!

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45Gran Torino

This movie was so great! Some plot twists in here though stick in your head for days on end... Truly sad but rewarding to watch movie.

Great lessons about overcoming xenophobia. You never really know a person until you know what they go through. In Atticus Finch's words, "Til you stand in their skin and walk around in it a little".

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46No Country for Old Men
47Remember Me

I love this movie! It is so heartbreaking what happened on 9 11 and how remember me shows the story and life of an innocent person who tragically was a victim and was at the rong place at the rong time. Robert Pattinson plays an excellent role and is an excellent actor. I'm sure if anyone but robert would have played character, it would have not been as good and heartbreaking as it is.

I was NOT excepting what happened! It's such a heartfelt movie. It has family drama, a love story and it's truly one of the best movies I think I've ever watched. I cried so much! I honestly think this should be ranked WAY higher. Also I think Robert Pattinson plays an amazing role. It's completely different than what he's usually playing and I love that.

This movie made me cry so much that I wanted to watch it over and over again until I had a headache of crying! Most amazing film I have ever seen in my life?!

This movie is so sad and I relate to the main character so much

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48Dumbo

Oh I love my mother, she's my everything. When I saw the scene where Dumbo was visiting his mother that was captured away from him I started crying. It's really sad to see a child being kept away from the biggest part of his life, his mother. And the song at that scene was vert emotional, it touched my feelings. This may be an animated/cartoon movie, but the story is very sad, it shows how much love a mother can have for her child and why we need them. A great sad movie! It's been years since I've been watching it and I still adore it for the lovely message this movie deliveres. Just heart-touching :(

Are you kidding? The scene when Dumbo goes to visit his mother and the song "Baby of Mine" plays makes me weep. Every moment of that scene is completely heartbreaking.

No movie has ever made me cry more than Dumbo (believe me, I've never cried during a movie). I ALMOST cried when Dumbo went to see his mother when she was being kept in Solitary Confinement

Are You Kidding!? Dumbo Is A Good Film But I Really Didn't Find It Sad

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49Brokeback Mountain

Sorry, but WHY THE HELL SHREK IS CONSIDERED SADDER THAN BROKEBACK? People, come on. You cannot not cry watching this. Shame on you, this should be in top 20 at last :c

My favorite movie ever and so sad, I feel for all 4 main characters. I just recently watched it for the second time and couldn't concentrate on work the next day. Now, a week later I have watched all other Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal movies, amazing actors. And Ledgers death makes watching the movie even sadder for me.

I cried like a baby at this film, subject to ignorance about it being 'gay cowboy' people need to watch this movie because its not just sentimental sadness but it leaves you hollow for days afterward but is so worth the watch, great story about life to me.

This movie was sad esp the end

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50Man On Fire

The part where Pita runs across the bridge to her mother, screaming and crying makes me cry every time. This movie should be top 30!

You're right. Creasy did remind me of Jesus Christ. Powerful testimony to live by.

This film always gets to me. The end would always make tears come out of my eyes. - Mumbizz01

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51Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Jim Carey's performance in this was amazing. Completely different to his usual cheerful character. One word: Amazing

Kind of confused as to how this is not already on the list.
The sheer helplessness you can feel if you imagine having all your memories erased of one particular person is simply astounding. Watch. This. Movie. It's amazing.

Oh god if this movie didn't make you feel anything then you are not a human being

Amazing, beautifully executed and performed film.

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52Philadelphia

I honestly have no idea why "Philadelphia" is 76 on this list... Philadelphia should be in the top ten (AT LEAST) and beat out Titanic.

Why? Not that Titanic isn't sad, but your heart sinks during the opening credits of Philadelphia. As you visually travel through the gritty, unforgiving streets in the City of Brotherly Love, Bruce Springsteen's heart wrenching song ("Streets of Philadelphia") plays in the background. The song is told from in perspective of Andy Beckett (the protagonist of the film) or an AIDS victim in general. The song speaks about the narrator's struggle with the disease (which is destroying him) and his dying wish to not be left alone through beautiful imagery. I've never been enchanted by a song like that before.

The movie is horribly trying on the viewer's emotions because it isn't as if Andy suddenly dies and we're not attached to him, it's that we see him dying over a two hour period and we don't want the inevitable to happen. ...more

It goes beyond my comprehension on how there isn't even a single comment about "Philadelphia. Wow...

Anyway, "sorrow" and "empathy" in film can only truly be experienced and appreciated by each individual person. "Sadness" is completely relative depending on how the viewer personally relates to the situation and/or character (s).

What one person might find heartbreaking in a movie, another wouldn't give it a second thought.

For example, to me... The saddest movie I have ever watched is "Jacob's Ladder". I know many people may not understand the depth of the movie, but I adore every moment of the film as literally each and every part of the movie and the main characters life is relevant in the end.

Anyone familiar with the short story author Ambrose Pierce may be familiar with "Jacob's Ladder". My heart just broke for Jacob... Watching him slowly slip into insanity, yet to be aware completely aware, yet helpless to make it stop. Tim Robbins won my heart in ...more

Honestly, there are no words to describe the beautiful and heart-breaking ending this film ends with. It confirms the worries that the viewers have been dreading the whole film.

Oh yes, this is number one. I don't care where it is on this list. Titanic is a cartoon compared to this.

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53The Deer Hunter

Saddest ending ever! As Roger Ebert said, it is emotionally shattering! This movie had the greatest impact on me than any other movie I've ever seen. It just stay with me forever.

You people are made of stone if you don't think this movie is sad

54Jack

Great movie! It would have been sadder if Jack died, but then I wouldn't like the movie. It's sad in its own way.

No No just No, How is this sadder than PATCH ADAMS!

55American Beauty

When Carolyn just latches onto Lester's clothes and collapses into a pile of tears really just got me, like, scream sobbing. It's THAT SAD. - MontyPython

Is it bad that when I saw this I started singing American beauty/American psycho?

56Click

The part where he found out when his dad died and rewinded back to the last time he saw him... I DROWNED IN MY OWN TEARS

The raining part is AMAZING... the background music just made me cry.. damn you adam sandler with your awesome acting! ;D - SmoothCriminal

Wow this movie is great. Just thinking about it makes me sad and I'm a guy. It also makes you reflect on how you act and makes you try to be a nicer person. Well done Adam Sandler.

Hey I never cry at any fictional media but I was in tears.

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57Ghost

My god... Get the tear buckets ready! This film's ending was the saddest thing I've seen.

I thought this film was great. I really did think mum was exadurating about how sad it was until I watched it! Should be number one for definite, I've never actually cried that much about a film before! Great film, a must watch old classic... ,

I cried and cried and cried at this film. It just shows you that life is so unfair. Molly and Sam are so perfect and good why.. Ah

It was so upsetting when Sam was covered in blood dying in Molly's arms

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58Sophie's Choice

Meryl Streep is absolutely phenomenal in this movie! You can just feel her pain as she is forced to chose which of her children is to live and which is to be sent to the gas chambers. I nearly cried...

Should be #1. Meryl Streep is tragic in this story about a mother who must choose which of her two children will live and is forever damaged by the guilt.

Definitely should be before "Marley and Me." Meryl Streep delivers one of the saddest performances ever, and I think that choosing which child should live during the HOLOCAUST is MUCH sadder than a DOG.

How isn't this in the top ten of saddest movies? The whole story is a tragedy.

59Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

Titanic... Really. Although this is a documentary, Dear Zachary is the saddest movie I have ever seen. The depth of despair you will experience is something that no other movie has been able to do for me. Requiem for a Dream is another one that grips you tight and wont let go but it has nothing on Dear Zachary. Watch at your own risk

I have never seen such a movie with so much suffering in it, a must see for anyone that has a heart. I do agree that you should be warned going in to this, that this movie is without a doubt the saddest movie I have ever seen.

I challenge anyone to watch this movie. If you combine all the movies on this list it will still fall short of the sadness caused by Dear Zachary. It is life alteringly depressing. View at your own risk - zacenroe86

60Steel Magnolias

If I ever need a good cry, I watch this movie. The end of the movie when the mother is screaming and crying really gets me every time. It's just so terrible knowing she has to deal with her daughter passing away. I would have handled it the same way she did.

That this is so low on the list shows how many of these people haven't watched it. The only movie sadder than this one is Terms of Endearment and apparently none of you have watched it either.

So right--makes me cry every time, along with terms of endearment as well

Very emotional. Great acting.

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