Top 10 Saddest Movies of all Time!

A big cathartic cry is also exactly what is needed after a tough week. It’s exhaustive just being a human in the world, and the batteries are recharged! And one of the easiest ways to do the waterworks is to watch some of the saddest, most sentimental, and cry-some flicks ever—everything to get you into your mood to sniff.  

Maybe before viewing, you want to invest in a large number of tissue boxes. (You can fill out the list here if you’re searching for Netflix-specific sad movies). These films can do more than just leak the tear ducts. Those profoundly moving stories bind you to people and stories beyond your history, time, and nationality. This is the film’s strength: an objective that carries you comfortably beyond the universe in which you live.

Now let’s step into the top ten saddest films of all time without further adventures!

  • Schindler List
  • The Color Purple
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Marley and Me
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Marriage Story
  • Me Before You
  • Seven Pounds
  • The Farewell

10. The Farewell (2019)

Director: Lulu Wang
Produced by: Daniele Melia, Marc Turtletaub
Released Date: July 12, 2019 
Distributed by: A24
Starring: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

The Farewell is a 2019 film by Lulu Wang. After learning to live with their grandma, the film follows a Chinese-American family who decides not to tell her and schedules a party with their family before her death. The reviewers widely applauded and praised Wang’s script and the Awkwafina and Zhao Shuzhen performances. 

The film was nominated for two honors, the best foreign-language film and the Best actress – musical or comedy. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, the film was nominated for the best film of the year.

9. Seven Pounds (2008)

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Produced by: Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal
Released Date: December 19, 2008
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing
Starring: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson (Rocky Horror Show)

The 2008 American Drama Film Seven pounds, directed by Gabriele Muccino, shows Will Smith as a man committed to transforming seven people’s lives. Despite mixed feedback, it was an impressive box office with a global increase of U.S. $168,168,201. Ben Thomas as a sales agent, calls Ezra Turner the leading actress of the story. The plot is based in Los Angeles. Ezra, blind and politically, ends her call, retains his calm. After hours in the IRS office, His brother phones, but Ben refuses to have taken anything from his home, and the story revolves around these characters that end up tragically.

8. Me Before You (2015)

Director: Thea Sharrock
Produced by: Karen Rosenfelt, Alison Owen
Released Date: June 3, 2016
Distributed by: Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer

In their debut as a director and adapted to their 2012 novel by the English poet Jonathan James Moyes, a 2016 romantic drama film directed by Thea Sharrock. The story revolves around “Will,” a prosperous banker and involved man in good relation to his girlfriend, Alicia. Traynor’s story is about him. Will receives a call one morning while in bed asking him to operate. He speaks on his cell telephone while commuting to work and walks unintentionally before a motorcycle driving up. Will’s neck is paralyzed, and he has to use an engine wheelchair indefinitely due to the crash. The whole story came in a dramatic and nostalgic feeling that turned this film into the saddest ever.

7. Marriage Story (2019)

Director: Noah Baumbach
Produced by: David Heyman, Noah Baumbach
Released Date: November 6, 2019
Distributed by: Netflix
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern

Marriage Story is a 2019 drama film produced with David Heyman and directed by Noah Baumbach. The movie follows a married couple, an actress, and a stage director (Johansson and Driver), who undergoes a divorce from coast to coast. Charlie Barber, a popular New York City theatre director, is making a show which stars his wife Nicole, a former young filmmaker. The pair experience relationship problems and see a mediator who advises that everyone writes down what they want. Still, Nicole is too ashamed to read her aloud and decides to forget the consultation.

6. Dead Poets Society (1989)

Director: Peter Weir
Produced by: Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt
Released Date: June 2, 1989
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Starring: Robin Williams

In 1989 the Dead Poets Society, an American teen drama directed by Tom Schulman and starring Robin Williams, inspired to get on a movie of the same name, directed by Peter Weir. In 1959, the novel told a tutor of English who helps his pupils with poetry instruction at the fictitious prestigious conservative Vermont boarding school of the World Academy. The film was a critical hit and won various recognitions, including nominees for the Academy Award for best director, best movie,  and best actor for Robin Williams. The film was awarded the best film by BAFTA and the best foreign film award by César. 

5. Marley and Me (2008)

Director: David Frankel
Produced by: Karen Rosenfelt, Gil Netter
Released Date: December 25, 2008
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

Marley & Me is an American comic-drama film from a script by Scott Frank and Don Roos, filmed by David Frankel, based on John Grogan’s 2005 memoir of the same name. The movie stars the handler of Marley, a Labrador retriever, Owen Wilson(Marry Me), and Jennifer Aniston. On December 25, 2008, “Marley and Me” was released in the U.S. and Canada and reported $14.75 million ticket sales for the highest box office ever on Christmas Day. It was followed by Marley & Me: The Puppy Years of 2011 direct-to-video prequel.

4. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Director: Joe Wright
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Released Date: November 11, 2005
Distributed by: Focus Features
Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew McFadyen

Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 romantic film directed by Joe Wright, based on a book by the same name from 1813 by Jane Austen. The film shows five sisters of an English gentry family dealing with love, morals, and misunderstandings. The lead part of Elizabeth Bennet is Keira Knightley, while Matthew Macfadyen plays Mr. Darcy’s love interest. The film was produced in partnership with StudioCanal and released in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2005, and the United States on November 11, 2005.

3. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Director: Barry Jenkins
Produced by: Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy
Released Date: December 14, 2018
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” an American drama film from 2018 by Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin’s book in 1974. The movie is about a young lady who, with the help of her family, tries to clear her unfairly accused lover’s name and demonstrate her innocence before her child was born. The film has been honored with several nominations, including King’s best supporters for the Academy and Golden Globes Awards. He earned Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score at the 91st Academy Awards for Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Screenplays.

2. The Color Purple (1985)

Director: Steven Spielberg(Indian Jones 5)
Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall
Released Date: December 18, 1985
Distributed by: Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar

The Color Purple is a 1985 U.S. drama film by Steven Spielberg with Menno Meyjes’s screenplay based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel Pulitzer Prize-winning. Spielberg’s eighth film as director was a turning point in his career when he left the summer blockbusters he was known for. Spielberg’s first feature film was also for which he didn’t create music for John Williams.

1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen
Released Date: December 15, 1993
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley

Schindler’s List is a 1993 epic film by Steven Spielberg produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. This black and white movie is based on Australian author Thomas Keneally’s 1982 historical fiction novel Schindler’s Ark. The film follows Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who rescued more than a thousand mostly Polish Jewish survivors from the Holocaust in his factories during the Second World War with his wife, Emilie Schindler. 


These tragic, romantic films will make you weep each time you see them as feelings, heartbreaks, victories, and love losses feel completely genuine.

Well, Opinions are purely subjective, but we believe that most people would agree with many of the list’s picks. But if it didn’t, what’s your favorite saddest movie of all time? Remark off in the comments section below.

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