10 Sad Movies That Make You Cry

Every once in awhile, you just need to sit down, snuggle up with popcorn and a blanket; here are ten sad movies that make you cry for a rainy day. Whether you’re enduring a breakup, you’ve lost someone close, or you’ve just been feeling down, a good cry can be very therapeutic. These exceedingly sad movies, without a doubt, will catalyze that process.

  1. "Pay it Forward." With excellent performances by Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, and Kevin Spacey, this movie’s inspirational story and gripping plot twist will take you on an emotional roller coaster.
  2. "I am Sam." This movie isn’t sad in the traditional way. Sean Penn plays a developmentally disabled adult doing his best to raise a daughter—with both heartwarming and heart wrenching results.
  3. "The Green Mile." A fantastic epic starring Tom Hanks, "The Green Mile" sits comfortably among the best movies of all time. Its subject matter, essentially the life of a remarkable innocent on death row, hits emotional chords like few other sad movies can.
  4. "Saving Private Ryan." Another Tom Hanks epic, this sad movie is great for guys because it is both psychologically complex and action-packed. In the final scene, where the movie culminates in an act of selfless sacrifice, you’ll be hard pressed to keep the lump in your throat down.
  5. "Crash." The ensemble-style plot of this sad but uplifting movie allows for several events that pack a huge emotional punch to take place. From a harrowing, unlikely rescue to an unnecessary act of violence, "Crash" has its way with your psyche over and over again.
  6. "Dead Poet’s Society." This movie is, to put it plainly, a classic. It features Robin Williams as an enlightening teacher in a private school burdened by its own limiting policies. The immensely tragic event in the climax and ensuing inspirational moments never feel forced or inauthentic.
  7. "Brian’s Song." This intensely sad movie chronicles the real life friendship between Chicago Bears players Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. It’s hard to speak much about the film’s plot without giving it away, though you probably already know it if you’re a Bears fan. Either way, keep the tissues handy when you sit down and press Play.
  8. "The Pianist." The Holocaust is a favorite topic for sad movies, but the Pianist is arguably one of the most well made. The film stars Adrien Brody as an extraordinarily gifted Jewish piano player going through that tragic time in Europe. One particular scene, where the character’s talent is showcased to a German officer despite his own physical and emotional destruction, is among the most moving scenes you’ll ever witness.
  9. "Million Dollar Baby." This Clint Eastwood movie won several Academy Awards back in 2004, and for good reason. Its brilliant combination of inspiration and tragedy in the setting of the boxing world will move any guy to tears.
  10. "Children of Men." Clive Owen plays the unlikeliest of heroes in this film. The movie starts off in a very bleak way, and ends in an even sadder culmination of events. But with it comes a glimmer of hope, literally. "Children of Men" will likely make you cry at several points, so you might want to watch it alone. 
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