Top Ten Saddest Movies


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21 Seven Pounds

How is this not in the top 10? It's Beautiful. Made me cry the first time I saw it. Sure Titanic and The Notebook are beautiful, but seven pounds is just... Go watch the movie!

I was shocked at how powerful this film is, blows away most of the top ten. Its done it such a way its trying to be strong not sad but it breaks through to your soul. Just amazing.

This film broke my heart. I lived through the emotions of will smith and I sobbed like a baby at the end. The second time I watched it, I cried from the beginning. Totally heartbreaking

Saddest movie of all time

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22 A Walk to Remember

When I always watching this movie I'm always thinking what if it's happened to me... And I'm always cry and I can't move on easily because I always feel this movie inside my heart...

It shows that love can save anyone, teach us to live, and yet in the end make us cry! Simple yet so well acted!

Their acting skills is great.. made me cry.. love the couple... one of the great movies I've watched... You should all watch this... I'm not sure about The Notebook movie though, haven't watched it... But I'll try...

I cried like a little baby the whole way through this, but it makes you stop and think about how love truly is powerful. the acting was great! loved this movie!

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23 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence

The little boy, all he wanted was one more day with his mother and he was willing to to let her go because one day was enough.! So said!

This has got to be number one. The world ends, everybody is dead and the little robot boy goes to hell just to get one day with a fake mother that goes away and then he shuts down forever. Nobody really wins in this one... NOBODY. - Rocky5

Just a sad story about a boy who is not a boy and is programmed to love his mother who loves him enough to save his life, but not enough to make a stand for him. Then to wait for thousands of years, for one moment- one wish-- it is so bitter sweet, but so extremely sad. I probably project too much of my own experience to be objective, so well done Steven! I have only been able to watch it the one time.


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24 The Pursuit of Happyness

It's just beautiful I cried a whole lot more than will smith cried at the end (with happiness)

At the end the movie we will come to know whats is actual happiness means. When there a true happiness can you control the tears

This movie is the most acurate opinion on what true happiness is. Not to mention I cried like most of the movie and this should be number one no joke!

I don't cry to movies...until I saw this. - ZeroxOmegaz

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25 Braveheart

What! It deserves higher! Perhaps the best movie of all time! - philosnav

Braveheart is probably one of the best movies of all time... It is one of those films that can make you cry no matter how many times you have watched it. It is also one of the 5 saddest films of all time in my opinion. It has an amazing acting crew, especially Mel Gibson. The film also inspires people and showes that you don't have to accept what you're born with and showes that somebody can rise above all and fight for the freedom. That is what the Braveheart is all about.

It surely deserves a better ranking.. One of the most heart touching movies.. Who did not shed a tear when mel gibson died.. The movie inspires a person to rise and fight for his rights.. Be it freedom or revenge for love... In love with the movie and can watch it any number of times..

FREEDOM! - JustAnAccount

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26 West Side Story

I was a freshman in high school when I got cast as Maria in our production of West Side Story. I didn't know the story that well but it being a Romeo and Juliet based story with rival gangs but I cried so hard in the end when everyone was fighting and dying

I was crying so much that I used up a whole tissue box. It's really sad when Tony dies trying to look for Maria.

It's so romantic and sad! It's my favorite movie ever and I cry every time!

27 Terms of Endearment

THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE #1 on the list. Pearl Harbor movie is higher on the list than this... Surely you jest!

I have never cried so hard from watching a movie until Terms of Endearment. This movie should be in the top ten list!

Saddest movie I have ever seen! It is also a beautiful story, I love this but can only watch it when prepared to cry.

You can't help but tear up and cry when you watch this movie.

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28 I am Sam

WHat can I say about it! The words can't express how this Movie is awesome!
I really cried throughout 130 min

I admit that myself is not a emotional person especially on watching movie. but this movie brings my tears. although is not a love story between couple, but the father and daughter's love truly make this movie become more special. I believe that myself had cry from the start of the movie till the end. I can still remember that whole movie although many years had pass. this is definitely the great tears movie ever! - Eiffel

I could not agree more! This was an incredibly telling and sad movie! Could not stop crying.

The Pursuit of Happyness is quite famous. Those who have seen The Pursuit of Happyness will also like this. - zxm

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29 Where the Red Fern Grows

The ratings for saddest movie is inaccurate. where the red fern grows is a great movie, sad but great and I think that it would get a higher rating if more people would watch this movie. don't KNOCK IT TIL YOU TRY IT.

It is so sad I cried at the end both of his dogs die one gets torn apart by vines that kill him and the girl drags herself to his grave and dies on his grave and over the grave a red fern grows

I read this book & it made me cry & cry... So sad

Ok I will cry in any movie if an animal dies. I remember in school they put this one and I was the first one to cry. Every one cried in fact

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30 The 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.

This movie has been one of my favorites for many years. A favorite because of how it made me feel. This is a movie that truly hits you deep inside. I saw it when it came out and it still has an effect on me.

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31 The Shawshank Redemption

How can #1 be on #81. every time I watch this movie I cry. this is a movie which can make mike tyson cry!

Such a great movie, and I don't approve of movies like The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and Rain Man are not on here! - Wonderwall

So many different emotions shown and has some very sad parts

Nice movie

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32 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Literally one of the only movies I cry at every time I watch it! - Bee_Bird

It is Great movie it makes me sad when the police come and try to attack the alien

This was sad! ET is so unattractive but so kind hearted. - leafstar

When e.t dies is so sad and I won't spoil the rest

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33 Philadelphia

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.

Why is Philadelphia so down below? And seriously I am legend,titanic,the notebook are sadder than this...this based on a true story for god's sake...when Andy died I just couldn't stop crying...and those childhood clips :( :(...really disappointed this film should be in top10 of this list...1 according to my opinion.

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34 Mary and Max

Not very well known but an absolute gem and well worth making the effort to watch. This Australian clay-animated bittersweet comedy stars the voices of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Barry Humphries and others. It is very funny, very real, and quite life-affirming in a strange sort of way. I challenge anyone to watch it and not like it.

I've welled up over a the content of movie before, but the end of Mary & Max is the first movie that ever made me full blown cry. It's quirky, charming, sweet, and dark throughout, and even the end has its ray of sunshine, but it is so awesomely, incredibly sad.

Best movie I've seen in the last few years. I was reluctant to watch it because it didn't seem good with all that brown and gray and the synopsis sounded dull, but it IS SO GOOD! So sad and so sweet. Anyone who gives it a chance adores it.

My favorite film of all time, and it deserves to be way higher, even for just the emotionally powerful ending.

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35 Into the Wild

It's one of the saddest movies I've ever watched... I am horrified it's not in the list. I really started to cry at the end of the movie. I couldn't help it. And I couldn't stop crying! It was so... Tragic. I mean it's no very famous movie but I think it should be. It's based on a true story and... Well, I don't know how I can describe the feelings that I has while watching it...

Just the fact that this was based on a true story makes it far sadder. Very depressing.

The saddest movie I have Ever seen and one of the best with the best soundtrack as well. Should be number 1.

Very good comment from one of the visitor. It's based on true story. So this movie makes sense. - zxm

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36 Gladiator

Very sad and emotional movie. Maximus (Russell Crowe) mourns the death of his wife and son and seeks revenge. The ending is sad enough to make a full-grown man cry.

The beauty of this movie is phenomenal. The story of Maximus (Russel Crowe) a man who lost his wife and child because of no error of his own, a story of a man who seeks revenge above all and has nothing to lose and nothing to fear. One of the saddest and most beautiful endings too

I don't know why this movie along with braveheart and the Grey are rated so low. Those movies are the most emotional movies of all time

Saddest ending movie ever

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37 Beaches

The movie is guaranteed to make anyone cry, those with a heart at least. It's a movie you have to pay full attention to in order to learn about the life of the two best friends. The movie is done so emotionally I almost cry every time I hear 'Wind Beneath My Wings' cause it takes me back to the movie and I think of how the two friends grew up with each other and how they had their issues and they got through them together. This movie deserves to go into the top twenties at least, it shouldn't be this far down the list. Show this beautiful movie some love and respect and get it down to top twenties! - KaBoomOmfgXD

I watch this movie for the third time yesterday. I'm still balling my eyes out.

I think I cried for about an hour after watching this? It was so so so sad, and even though the whole time you sort of knew and expected her to die, it was still so sad when she did finally die :(

Doesn't seem sad to me, I mean Beaches?

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38 Stand By Me

Stand By Me is definitely a tear jerker type and the only thing hay surprises me is that it is not higher up on the list. The film depicts the boys, all of them, as overall loveable and admirable characters which then makes the ending even more unbearable. It also makes me sad at the end where they all go separate ways and at the end of the summer say: "Yeah, I'll see you all again." and then they never do. It's a worthwhile film, most definitely.

I guess what makes this film so sad is the fact you know the ending the entire time and the more you get to know and love the boys the more you wish the ending is just a lie. But when he's typing on that computer about his best friend you just can't help but burst into tears

"I'll see you". "Not if I see you first. "
I cry every time and maybe it's because River Phoenix just kind of vanishes and I connect that to his death. But also the loss innocence in all of the boys. It's a really emotional movie and River Phoenix delivers an amazing performance.

I love this movie

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39 Les Miserables (2012)

One of the only 2 movies to make me cry... The other being Titanic

I have never seen a movie that has made me cry so much... more scene after scene after scene. At the end, I was so happy, they were finally free and happy. I cried even more!

Javert pinning his Legion of Honor on Gavroche, the little boy who gave up his position at the barricade, with the Bring Him Home music in the background never ceases to make me realize why Russell Crowe is my favorite Javert. Especially with the melody in the background being, "He's like the son I might have known. If God had granted me a son. "

Buckets of free tears seem to well up inside of me EVERY time!

I cry every time I watch this

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40 Pay 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 is tied for my most favorite movie ever. I've seen it two dozens times and it still makes me ball like a school child at the end. Calling all angels and the candle vigil is enough.

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