Best Sad Movies That Are Worth The Cry [Updated List 2023]

In this article, we will look at some of the best sad movies that will make you weep. These films have received critical praise and have touched the hearts of people all around the world, ranging from heartbreaking tragedies to bittersweet romances. Whether you’re looking for a tearjerker or just want to feel the breadth of human emotion, these films will leave an indelible impact. So gather your tissues and prepare to enter the realm of cinema’s most touching and unforgettable stories.

Movies are the best part of life. They bring out the real emotions you connect with the stories and feel like you are reliving the character. Some movies bring happiness and positive energy, and some will motivate you, but this guide is the list of films that make you cry and feel sobbing after watching them. 

There are numerous movies that are emotional and make you cry for real. Underneath, we have compiled the top 10 best sad movies that make you teary-eyed. 

1. Up

If you are looking for the saddest movie at Disney, Up is our top recommendation. The heartbreaking movie was directed by Pete Docter in 2009 and revolves around the story of old man Carl Fredericksen (Edward Asner) and a wilderness Explorer who is a 9-year-old young boy named Russell (Jordan Nagai). wants to earn his badge before he becomes the senior wilderness Explorer. In their journey, they develop a wonderful relationship between them.

Living alone after the death of his wife made Carl grumpy. His true feelings for his wife and loyalty towards their home, which they both built together, resist him to let go of it. But Russell is a cute and fun-loving child and her personality is hard to ignore. Carl lost his floating home, but he discovered and earned a beautiful relationship to preserve his home: a love relationship (with Russell).

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

2. Milk

Milk is the story of the first gay politician played by Sean Penn’s character named Harvey Milk who is elected to the California Public Office and the third gay politician in US history. The story is about the journey of a young boy who is facing the issues of his sexuality, but despite it, an American hero influences many people and motivates them to accept who they really are.

In District 8, Dan White was a supervisor who felt scared of Harvey Milk’s inspiration for people. He asked to raise his pay to his manager but his application was declined and resulting in his departure from the office. But as soon as he realised his mistakes, it was too late and in the City Hall; he took his gun out and shot Mayor Moscone and Harvey Milk. In US history, it was the saddest moment. You can watch it on Prime videos. 

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

3. Room

The storyline is about Joy Newsome (Brie Larson) and her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) a 5-year-old boy who lived mostly in a small enclosed shed. They lived with the Old Nick (Sean Bridgers) who is the father of Jack, and kidnapped Jack’s mother before little Jack was born. When Jack slept in the closet, he physically tortured Joy for years. 

Jack only sees the real world through the TV and through a tiny hole above the bed. Joy took a bold step and asked Jack to act on fake illness and wrapped his body with carpet in the hope that Old Nick could not find it. Jack saw the roads for the first time when Old Nick was taking them to the hospital. His experience and reactions throughout the journey are heart-touching scenes. Room is available on Hulu and prime video.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

4. Precious

An African American woman Claireece “Precious played by Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) follows the story that Precious who is dealing with her illiteracy and obesity and had a victim of rape by her father made her life terrible because the outcome of it was two pregnancies. 

After a month, Miss Weiss told Precious that her father died due to AIDS and soon she discovered she is also HIV positive. Her problems did not break her and made her strong, motivating her to pursue and complete her diploma in high school. Her positive attitude in changing her life is the heartwarming thing in the entire movie and makes the audience cry. 

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

5. Her

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), an alone and sad man who yearns only for friendship, is the main character of the 2013 science-fiction romance movie. With Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an AI assistant, he begins to form a sexual relationship. Despite being aware of how odd the situation is, he keeps falling more and more in love with her, even engaging in verbal sex with her.

Theodore inquires as to whether Samantha is conversing with anyone else but him and is disheartened to learn that she has developed romantic relationships with many the others. They say their goodbyes and Samantha informs him that she and the other AIs are departing for a location that she finds difficult to describe. Her demonstrates the extremes people will go to, even if their companion isn’t another human.

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

6. Brokeback Mountain

Change in the cinema Ang Lee 2005 directed Brokeback Mountain which follows the romantic story of two young cowboys Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is facing believing their sexual attraction due to cultural norms.

Despite being married and having children, they develop an inevitable connection. Due to social pressure, they both decided to part ways but Jack died in a car accident later Ennire found out it broke his heart. The movie shows the difficulties face by different groups and how they try to resolve them.  

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

7. Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club is an emotional film about HIV-positive Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) who fights the incurable disease. A call girl who is on drugs during sexual intercourse transmitted the disease to him. He exported many uncertified medicines for the treatment and other AIDS people and he established a club called “Dallas Buyers Club” and also fought with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His struggles in fighting the battle against AIDS make an emotional connection with viewers.

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

8. Schindler’s List

The Thomas Keneally book Schindler’s Ark served as the inspiration for the 1993 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is true story on the actual account of German entrepreneur Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who rescued the lives of over 1,200 Jewish Holocaust survivors by hiring them to work in his work.

The movie depicted the appalling conditions and abuse that Jews endured at that time. Amon Göth (Ralph Fiennes), the Kraków-Paszów concentration camp commandant, would sporadically fire the captives from his home’s balcony, causing them to live in perpetual fear. With the exception of a young girl’s crimson coat, which represents innocence and the countless innocent individuals who perished at that time, the entire movie is shot in black and white.

IMDb Rating: 9.0/10

9. Requiem For a Dream

The story highlights drug addiction and how it affects youngsters. The story is about four characters Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans who is a serious drug addicts and it creates a false perception of the world and themselves also. As the movie progresses, it also focuses that anything that is overdose is harmful to human lives. All the components are on the point that made the movie on top of suggestions and connects with the audience. 

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

10. The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a sorrowful tale about the horrors of the Holocaust and a friendship between two eight-year-old boys in Nazi Germany during World War II. It is based on the 2006 John Boyne book of the same name. The son of an SS officer, Bruno (Asa Butterfield), moved to a more remote area of Poland, where his home is next to a “backyard” that is actually a concentration camp.

But his restlessness and loneliness drove him to investigate the “back garden,” where he met Shmuel (Jack Scanlon). They were able to form a connection that had no bounds despite the barbed wire fence that surrounds the concentration camp and separates Bruno’s home from the camp. And as the title recommends, Bruno doesn’t realise that Shmuel is indeed a prisoner but rather just a boy dressed in pyjamas. When Bruno discovers that Shmuel is gone and follows his lead to a gas chamber, where he eventually finds Shmuel, the movie comes to a devastating conclusion. He had no idea that it would lead to both of their deaths.

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

 Wrap Up!

Movies have the ability to make us laugh, weep, and experience a wide variety of emotions in between. While sad movies are not for everyone, they have a special potential to connect with us on a deeper level and leave an indelible imprint. The best sad movies described in this blog are only a few examples of the many strong and affecting films available that are worth crying over. They provide a window into the human experience and allow us to connect deeply with our emotions. Whether we watch the best sad movies for catharsis or just to experience the entire spectrum of human emotions, they remind us of the power of narrative and the influence it can have on us. So enjoy our list of the best sad movies and don’t forget tissues while watching them.

Anoosha Khan
Anoosha Khan

Anoosha Khan is a film critic and entertainment editor based in the UK. She has been reporting about celebs and movies for WatchinUK for the past year.

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