Sad Movies

Movies that can make you cry. Some sad, some depressing, some shocking. Find my humble ratings and opinions in the descriptions. Sorted by my rating.

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1.
Christiane F. (1981)
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F... (138 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Edel
“ 10/10 - Gripping, moving story about a young girl getting into drugs. Based on a real person. ” - jessor
 
2.
Martyrs (2008)
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ 10/10 - This is probably the sickest movie I've ever seen. Only watch this if you're tough. 'French torture porn' should say it all, it's really a great movie though. ” - jessor
 
3.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
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The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
“ 9/10 - Slow, beautiful, atmospheric. Solid acting, strong ending. Carey Mulligan deserves an oscar for this. ” - jessor
 
4.
Dogville (2003)
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A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away... (178 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ 9/10 - My favorite Lars von Trier movie. Tragic, interesting and thought provoking story. Highly unusual setting! ” - jessor
 
5.
Ink (2009)
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A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares. (107 mins.)
Director: Jamin Winans
“ 9/10 - Best indepenent project I've ever seen. Beautiful and intelligent story with a solid twist. ” - jessor
 
6.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ 9/10 - Love story with great acting. It got some really weird parts, especially those with Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst. But in the end Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey get a sweet story across. ” - jessor
 
7.
Children Underground (2001 Documentary)
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A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era. (104 mins.)
Director: Edet Belzberg
“ 9/10 - Documentary about a group of kids living on the street of bucharest/romania. Rough stuff. ” - jessor
 
8.
Süchtig - Protokoll einer Hilflosigkeit (2004 Documentary)
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15 year long documentary that follows the tragic drug addiction of a young girl named Tanja and her family. (90 mins.)
Director: Jens Hamann
“ 9/10 - German documentary following the life of one drug addict. ” - jessor
 
9.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ 9/10 - atmospheric and creepy. my favorite implementation of the genre. ” - jessor
 
10.
Winterreise (2006)
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(99 mins.)
“ 8/10 - Atmospheric adaption of Schubert's "Winterreise" song cycle. The saddest scene is probably towards the end when Bierbichler plays "Der Leiermann" on the piano and sings to it. ” - jessor
 
11.
Manderlay (2005)
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A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s. (139 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ 8/10 - Sequel to Dogville. ” - jessor
 
12.
Oldboy (2003)
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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ 8/10 - Difficult to watch korean drama. not for the faint hearted. ” - jessor
 
13.
Seven Pounds (2008)
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A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. (123 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
14.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
15.
The Green Mile (1999)
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The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
16.
The Road (2009)
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In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ 8/10 - Following a father and his son fighting to survive in a trist, post-apocalyptic world. Superb acting and atmosphere throughout the film. ” - jessor
 
17.
Dead Man Walking (1995)
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A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families. (122 mins.)
Director: Tim Robbins
“ 8/10 - The story of a man on death row finding faith and making peace with himself. ” - jessor
 
18.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
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Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ 8/10 - A russian girl is left for herself when her mother runs off to the US. ” - jessor
 
19.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
20.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
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An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. (140 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
21.
21 Grams (2003)
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A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
22.
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
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On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. (110 mins.)
Director: Jake Scott
“ 8/10 - Lost children, lost childhoods. Outstanding Kristen Stewart performance, Gandolfini and Leo great as usual. ” - jessor
 
23.
Marley & Me (2008)
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A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog. (115 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
“ 8/10 - Not a big fan of movies about animals but this one is really good. 'A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.' ” - jessor
 
24.
The Reader (2008)
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Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial. (124 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
25.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
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The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service. (101 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
26.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
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Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
27.
Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
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Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Loach
“ 8/10 ” - jessor
 
28.
The Notebook (2004)
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A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences. (123 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
“ 7/10 - Story of the love of a life ” - jessor
 
29.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (139 mins.)
“ 7/10 - *beep* up war/family drama ” - jessor
 
30.
I Am Sam (2001)
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A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family. (132 mins.)
Director: Jessie Nelson
“ 7/10 ” - jessor
 
31.
Winter Light (1963)
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A small town priest struggles with his faith. (81 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ 7/10 ” - jessor
 
32.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
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A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer. (134 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ 7/10 ” - jessor
 
33.
Aftershock (2010)
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The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. (135 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
“ 7/10 - In memory of almost half a million people killed in the '76 earthquake. ” - jessor
 
34.
Crash (2004)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ 6/10 - Personally I didn't like this one too much but its presence on the list has been demanded :) ” - jessor
 
35.
Titanic (1997)
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A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind, but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ 4/10 - Boring mainstream, but well received among ladies. ” - jessor
 
36.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
 
37.
Sophie's Choice (1982)
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After spending time with his new neighbors, an aspiring writer realizes they are harboring deep secrets that will forever change him. (150 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
38.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
39.
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
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An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners. (126 mins.)
Director: Vadim Perelman
 
40.
The Blind Side (2009)
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The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
 
41.
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
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Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive. (109 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
42.
Everybody's Fine (2009)
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A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children. (99 mins.)
Director: Kirk Jones
 
43.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
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Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
44.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ watched this a long time ago... not sure. ” - jessor
 
45.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ On my watch list ” - jessor
 
46.
Short Term 12 (2013)
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A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. (96 mins.)