Top Ten Saddest Movies


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61Independence Day

This should be at least in the top 50 just for the scene when the presidents wife dies

62Ladder 49

I always cry during this movie. I can't even help it. It's sad.

I lost it when the played that song in the end, great movie just really sad

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63The Way We Were

The last scene of this film with the music also plays in my head anytime I remember the 70s in my country. Remembering happier times.

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64The Fox and the Hound

To tell you the truth. This movie was really said to me. In elementary we were watching this movie and it made me really sad. The part that made me sad was when the lady dropped off the poor fox in the forest. This movie was one of my favorites, really sad for me. In class most of the people were tearing up. I could never forget these kind of movies. It's like my childhood and still is.

I just watched this and to be honest: my make up is all over my face and I can't even talk or breath. First time that I watched it since I was 5 or so and didn't remember much of it. I haven't cried this much in a year, oh god. All these kind of animal stories make me emotional like a pregnant woman.

Oh my GOSH! This movie! I absolutely love 'the Fox and the Hound', but that one part where Tod is left in the forest and there's the sad music and and Tod is doesn't know what's coming and and and (me: start crying) IT SO SAD!

This movie is so heart felt! When I was younger I remember watching this movie ever sunday balling my eyes out

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65Mystic River

Why on earth were you surprised that Sean Penn was great? He usually is, and it was a perfect role for him. Also unbelievable performances by Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Bacon was solid as always, and Lawrence Fishbourne. And beautifully directed by Clint.

Sean Penn was surprisingly great in this movie. Have not seen it for years but the plot still stays in my mind and haunts me. Such a sad story about surviving horrific abuse.

Surviving? Tim Robbins' Dave, the abused character, suffered and then was killed in large part due to the misunderstanding of his suffering and pain - Billyv

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66American History X

Should be required viewing. This movie shows how quickly despair and uncertainty can be manipulated into hate. The juxtaposition of the main character realizing that the only reason he survived jail was due to the friendship and the relinquishing of the hatred he was taught is heartbreaking. Then in the next breath loses his brother because he was following in his path. This movie is painful, educational, and as much as you want to hate these young men you are heart broken when all that he had learned is for not. I cry every time because it is a reflection of what xenophobia is in our country,and how quickly fear can turn to violence.

Great movie and sad ending but it makes you realize a lot towards racism and the consequences of hatred. Still, he was changing his ways because of his brother and his life experiences in prison. Too bad he ended up splattered all over a bathroom wall.

I think that this film was extremely powerful as it shows you what hatred and racism brings to our world and someone losing his younger brother because of his actions is just so sad and definitely brought tears to my eyes.

How movies like this lost to a manipulative love story on a sinking ship full of archetypes, I'll never know

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67When the Wind Blows

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.

69The Pianist

Truly the most sad movie that shows Hitler and his empire's horrifying acts.

Best movie ever.. It depicts war crimes.. Wladyslaw's hunger.. How his love for music saves his life.. Even at his most vulnerable times, he remained so modest.. So humble. !

Saddest movie I've ever seen. Watching Wladyslaw struggle to stay alive when all his family has been slautered along with the rest of the Jews. Always gets me in a sad mood.


Beautiful, sensual and desperately melancholic. It is incredibly rare to find a film like Atonement made by people who, at the exact same moment in time, are at the height of their power and crafts. A sheer pleasure to watch and a masterpiece of storytelling.

I was crying over this movie before it even came to a shocking end. It's a truly tear-worthy film that portrays the tragedies of war, regret, and love perfectly and poignantly.

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73The Last Song

I cried for most of the last half; Ronnie's life goes from one extreme to the other in such a short time. I'm also close to her age so I find it really easy to relate to how she feels throughout. This is definitely the saddest Nicholas Sparks', sorry Notebook fans!

One of the best movies I've ever seen in my life! Even I don't like Miley Cyrus, she can act! This is totally my story! I know how she felt in the story.. I saw it for the first time when it came out. I was 13 years old but I couldn't imagine that the same thing would happen to me.. Seriously, this movie should be in the TOP 10!

Amazing movie very inspiring, I realised how I am treating my parents and this movie made value them even more.. I cried so much.

This is a really good movie but extremely sad. Ronnie was so mean to her dad it turned out to be to late!

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74Life of Pi

This honestly deserves to be slightly higher up on the list. Not only was it sad, but it was extremely touching and I would recommend this movie to anyone.

When I was in first of second grade my friend had her birthday part at the movies we all saw the life of pi it was so scary I went to the party room what it was less than half what through

This movie is so moving, funny sometimes, and has a beautiful message. I can't believe how good this movie was. They really put their hearts into making this.

So sad how his mom dad and brother die and his only companion is a tiger

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75The Hunger Games

I cried because when I looked up the hunger games mockingjay part 2 ending scene. It was not sad because of death it was sad because it was so happy. It was so happy when Katniss and Peeta were married it didn't show a wedding scene but it showed Peeta in a grass land blowing dandelions with a two year old girl then that girl jumping on him while Katniss held a baby boy in her arms on a hill nearby sitting by a blanket I realized they were married and had kids

The night I watched this, I woke up in the middle of the night and heard canon noises. There's a major military base that's part of our town and it scared me

That would be the number one because a small girl rue died because of a arrow

I don't think people realize how horrific this movie is

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This world had to much racism, we are all the same, we are all Children of God, people don't get through your head, other wise people will get hurt or die!

This movie is one of it that makes you realize that the world is facing of DISCRIMINATION! Good one.. - mesh13

This movie is one of the most touching films I have ever viewed. It contains a powerful message that left me thinking.

This is so tragic when Don Cheadle's brother dies, he changed his ways to good and he died for it - roblist

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Such a sad film. I have seen this over a million times and I still end up with tears falling down my face. Not only is it sad but the whole story line is amazing. One of the best films I've seen and will never get to old.

No words. Absolutely. Would give any dad goosebumps. Amazing work by the entire crew.

And not to forget Aerosmith's own touch :")

People go in to space and some die I cry every time

Only movie to ever make me cry

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78The Land Before Time

The death of Littlefoot's mother is a real tear jerker. In Bambi, when the mother get's shot, that's very depressing. But then shortly, it suddenly turns all happy, like it never happened. In this movie, the sadness is taken very seriously all the way through. For a movie about dinosaurs this one's surprisingly very sad, but very entertaining.

Saddest movie in the world I cried throughout half of it!

I watched all the movies over and over again

79Cast Away

What is so sad about cast away. I mean tom's character makes it back home and the fact that some people think it's sad because of Wilson is ridiculous. IT'S A BLOODY BALL FOR GOD'S SAKE. It didn't die it floated away

This movie is sad but mostly it shows what a talented actor Tom Hanks is. He has to carry the film for about an hour with no other characters except a soccer ball and no dialogue. This film and Forrest Gump truly show that Mr. Hanks is an actor for the ages.

I almost cried when Wilson floated away! This was so sad. Wilson was the guy's only friend for 4 years! If you don't get sad when watching this, you are completely heartless! - birdechosplash

I really ached for Tom Hank's character when Wilson floated away. It was so sad, I started crying.

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