10 Sad Movie Soundtracks

Here are 10 sad movie soundtracks. Whether it be the “Rocky” theme, “Star Wars” theme, one of those '80s synth-pop tracks from a John Hughes film, or Celine Dion wailing that her heart will go on and on, we all have songs from movies that induce an immediate sense of nostalgia. A sappy soundtrack enhances a sad movie’s ability to turn you into a blubbering mess by the end of the film.

  1. “Titanic” You knew this one would be on the list of sad movie soundtracks. How can you ignore the immensely popular soundtrack to this 1997 disaster film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet? One of the most profitable albums of all-time, the “Titanic” soundtrack features the overly played smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion as its love theme.
  2. “Armageddon” The movie soundtrack from this sad 1998 blockbuster starring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck features Aerosmith’s smash hit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” Aerosmith makes other appearances on the soundtrack, in addition to Bob Seger, Patty Smyth, ZZ Top and several other notable musicians.
  3. “Beaches” This 1988 sad movie about friendship and loss, starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, spawned a soundtrack containing Midler’s number-one single “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Also performed by Midler, the soundtrack contains recognizable songs such as The Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk” and “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” by Randy Newman.
  4. “The Pianist” This sad 2002 war film starring Adrien Brody features ethereal classical compositions from Frederic Chopin and Wojciech Kilar that evoke the feelings of fear and oppression felt by Polish Jews in the Nazi-occupied Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.
  5. “A Walk to Remember” The varied movie soundtrack to this 2002 tearjerker about love and death features several tolerable songs from the film’s star Mandy Moore. Artists such as New Radicals, Cold and Switchfoot are also featured on the soundtrack, with Switchfoot’s “Dare You to Move” being a standout track.
  6. “The Notebook” The sad movie soundtrack to this 2004 film about enduring love starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling features some classics such as Duke Ellington’s “Alabamy Home” and Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You.” The soundtrack takes you through the rollercoaster emotions of love, pain and joy felt in a long-term romance.
  7. Philadelphia The soundtrack from this 1993 HIV/AIDS-related drama starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington features the Oscar winning song “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen. While the film contains wonderful music from artists such as Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and John Fogerty, Neil Young’s evocative composition “Philadelphia” accompanies one of the most poignant moments in the film.
  8. “My Girl” Showcasing several hits from the 60s and 70s, including the Temptations’ song of the same title, 1991’s weepy “My Girl”, starring Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin, has a soundtrack that also features such artists as CCR’s John Fogerty and rock musician Todd Rundgren.
  9. “Stepmom” This 1998 sad movie soundtrack based on the heartbreaking stepfamily film starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon features compositions by creative and legendary composer John Williams. Though Williams is distinguished as the musical force behind the “Star Wars” saga, his work on the “Stepmom” soundtrack displays a more serene musical personality.
  10. “City of Angels The movie soundtrack to this sad 1998 romantic angel film starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan contains songs from megastar musicians such as U2, Jimi Hendrix, Alanis Morissette and Eric Clapton. One of the most prominent songs from the film is “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, which went on to become one their most identifiable hits.
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