There are moments when a good weep is all you need. As a matter of fact, whether it’s the end of a relationship, a difficult day of work, the current state of affairs, or just for the sake of it, movies may be incredibly therapeutic.
If that’s the case, Netflix’s collection of heartbreaking films (opens in a new tab)will satisfy your cravings. The saddest Netflix movies, as ranked by “ugly cry,” are listed here, so you’ll know how much Kleenex, ice cream, and water you’ll need before you watch them—you know, to rehydrate.
All the Bright Places (2020)
All the Bright Places, based on Jennifer Niven’s best-selling young adult novel, follows Violet (Elle Fanning) and Theodore (Justice Smith), two high school students dealing with the effects of childhood trauma on their mental health.
It’s a sweet love story about two hurting people who find solace in one another. It’s a unique entry in the glut of young Netflix originals that strives to tackle mental health with care, and it’s both compassionate and tragic.
It’s possible that you saw Awakenings in biology class one time and burst into tears at the back. A doctor (Robin Williams) in the Bronx in the 1960s who treats patients with encephalitis lethargica is the subject of the Penny Marshall-directed drama, largely based on Oliver Sacks’ biography.
As soon as he realizes what stimuli they respond to and how they communicate with one patient named Leonard (Robert De Niro), he begins testing a medicine to treat Parkinson’s on him. When there’s a human test subject in the middle of it all and two of the biggest names in the business on the main stage, it makes sense that the film would be a tearjerker.
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
You won’t want to leave Cary Fukunaga’s (True Detective, Maniac) World War II saga in the background. The film is based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel of the same name, which follows a pre-adolescent who is recruited to serve as a child soldier in a civil war in Africa (its specifics are left purposefully ambiguous).
The film, which stars Idris Elba as a gruff commander, is raucous, emotional, and violent—a coming-of-age tale in which the protagonists may or may not make it to adulthood.
Big Fish (2003)
Actors Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor star in the film as Edward Bloom, an aging fabulist who is attempting to connect with his son Billy Crudup (Billy Crudup). There’s also a mermaid, a werewolf, and a kindhearted giant.
Big Fish is undoubtedly Tim Burton’s simplest and most emotionally straightforward film, an old-fashioned tearjerker with fantastical visual effects, odd characters, and one of Danny Elfman’s best scores. It’s quite effective in evoking strong emotions.
Bright Star (2009)
John Keats’s romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne, which powered his work until his untimely death at the age of 25, is given the pastoral treatment it deserves in Jane Campion’s film The Piano.
It’s hard to believe that Bright Star, with its gorgeous photography and delicate score, is one of the most underappreciated films of the 2000s. He says so in the movie, ” “The objective of diving into a lake is not to instantly swim to the beach, but to simply stay in the lake and enjoy the sense of being submerged.
The lake is not something that can be worked out; it is an experience that must be felt.” The film Bright Star is about a lake.
Dear John (2010)
A Dear John letter is what you’d write to someone you’d like to break up with, and hence, Dear John is the sappiest of Nicholas Sparks’ works to date. It’s the classic romantic comedy, with Channing Tatum as a soldier returning from battle and Amanda Seyfried as a do-gooder college student who he falls for in the South Carolina sunshine, but there are enough passionate kisses in the rain to make all the melodrama worthwhile.