Heartbreaking movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant heartbreaking movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out heartbreaking, emotional, touching, realistic, intense and serious films and TV shows about / with storytelling, tragedy, mentor, runaway, life & death, death, honest, redemption, destiny and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as heartbreaking: The Green Mile (1999), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), Wolf Children (2012), The Impossible (2012), Still Alice (2014), Chernobyl (2019), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Atonement (2007), Schindler's List (1993).

List of heartbreaking movies

 8.6
 1.0M
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: life philosophy, false accusation, death row, prison, human nature, supernatural, prison life, supernatural ability, justice, healing power, convict, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, friendship, childhood, jewish, nazi germany, world war two, wartime life, nazism, young heroes, atrocity ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, dog, friends, loyalty, life & death, family, pets, animals, human animal relationship, loneliness, death, loss of friend ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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 8.1
 33K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: atmospheric, heartbreaking, sweet, colourful, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, family relations, wolf, human becomes animal, childhood, social relations, single mother, school, supernatural, love, supernatural romance ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.6
 181K
The Impossible (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of ...
Style: heartbreaking, suspense, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, natural disaster, courage, family in danger, forces of nature, tragedy, catastrophe, disaster film, destruction, death, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
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 7.5
 118K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: heartbreaking, touching, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, family drama, supportive spouse, memory loss, mother daughter relationship, columbia university, relationships, parenthood, terminal illness, unfulfillment, life turned upside down, family bonds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 9.4
 422K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
Story: A dramatization of the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Style: based on true events, heartbreaking, atmospheric, dark, bleak ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear explosion, nuclear holocaust, save the day, nuclear threat, nuclear power plant, post nuclear, scientist, nuclear reactor, salvation, save the world ...
Time: year 1986, 20th century
Place: ukraine, ussr, soviet union, russia, europe
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: bleak, heartbreaking, emotional, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, freedom, interracial relations, torture, civil rights, master and servant, racial slur, blacks and whites, confined, rape ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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 7.8
 231K
Atonement (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Style: emotional, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, world war two, tragic love, unfulfilled love, forbidden love, life is a bitch, nurse, false accusation, love and romance, innocence, siblings relations, lovers apart ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, ghetto, against humanity, wartime, world war two, rescue, anti semitism, survival, war, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
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My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The ...
Style: sentimental, sad, heartbreaking, emotional, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, sick child, mother daughter relationship, family drama, moral dilemma, childhood, cancer, child illness, lawyer, sisters, parenthood, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana
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 7.7
 225K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, tense, sentimental, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, fighting the system, missing person, uncover truth, insanity, police, corruption, life is a bitch, desperation, loss of son, trial ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, canada, seattle washington
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 7.6
 26K
Loveless (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening ...
Style: melancholic, heartbreaking, rough, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, missing child, divorce, husband wife relationship, disappearance, search, search party, dispute, anger, dysfunctional marriage, selfishness, missing son ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, navy, desperation, danger ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.2
 324K
Room (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Jack is a young boy of 5 years old who has lived all his life in one room. He believes everything within it are the only real things in the world. But what will happen when his Ma suddenly tells him that there are other things outside of Room?
Style: sentimental, heartbreaking, emotional, touching, intense ...
Plot: kidnapping, mother son relationship, isolation, locked in a room, captive, imprisonment, escape, child born of rape, freedom, hospital, rescue, dog ...
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Love Me If You Dare (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 93 min.
Story: As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might ...
Style: heartbreaking, surreal, dark humor, sexy, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: youth, french, prank, friendship, destiny, romance, game, best friends, contests and competitions, love story, love hate, competition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, belgium
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: realistic, touching, uplifting, motivational, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, society, destiny, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, true love, street kid, cheating, journey, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 2005 ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Tunisia, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.
Style: sexual, touching, atmospheric, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: lesbian, strong sexual content, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lgbt, love affair, explicit sex, french, youth, coming of age, lovers, lesbian couple ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: france, europe, california
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 7.1
 32K
Now Is Good (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.
Style: emotional, heartbreaking, sad, serious, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, cancer, teenage love, youth, teenager, dying, love and romance, last wish, first sex, virginity, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
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Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, life, loneliness, human spirit, love triangle, friends, cerebral palsy, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, character study ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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 7.4
 4K
East/West (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: kgb, love and romance, iron curtain, escape, political unrest, propaganda, husband wife relationship, emigrant, immigration, survival, josef stalin, brutality ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: russia, france, ussr, europe, bulgaria ...
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 7.7
 20K
Dear Frankie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, ...
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, ship, friendship, father son relationship, family drama, elementary school, bet, newspaper, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: heartbreaking, psychological, emotional, depressing, sad ...
Plot: family drama, sadness, loneliness, death, dysfunctional family, depression, loss, house fire, nephew, suicide attempt, last will and testament, funeral ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston
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 7.4
 203K
Southpaw (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and ...
Style: touching, rough, sentimental, exciting, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, athlete's life, tragedy, contests and competitions, sport, father daughter relationship, family relations, rise and fall, down on your luck, boxer, death, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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 6.9
 14K
White God (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Hungary, Germany, Sweden
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Favoring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the ...
Style: heartbreaking, suspenseful, intense, tense, bloody ...
Plot: dog, human animal relationship, animal abuse, animal attack, father daughter relationship, homeless, chase, revenge, rebellion, killer dog, brutality, betrayal by friend ...
Place: hungary, europe, budapest hungary
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The Pawnbroker (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, psychological, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, against humanity, life is a bitch, self discovery, haunted by the past, human nature, nazi, world war two, holocaust survivor, redemption ...
Time: 1960s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, poland ...
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Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, captivating, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental illness, friendship, suicide, psychiatrist, suicide attempt, mentally unstable, psychiatric ward, eating disorder, coming of age, patient, female protagonist, nurse ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson for four days in the 1960s.
Style: feel good, uplifting, romantic, heartbreaking, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love affair, adultery, impossible love, housewife, lovers, photographer, fall in love, letter, romance, midlife crisis, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1965, year 1987, 1960s
Place: iowa, usa
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 7.2
 4K
Beanpole (2019)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set in post-WWII Leningrad as two female soldiers return from war and attempt to rebuild their lives in the ravaged city.
Style: heartbreaking, rough, compassionate, sad
Plot: post world war two, wartime life, life is a bitch, hopes, demolished city, struggle for survival, survival, city in ruins, sex scene, devastation, lesbian subtext, hopelessness ...
Time: year 1945
Place: st. petersburg russia
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Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Norway, Taiwan, Belgium
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, surreal, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Plot: blind character, factory worker, secret, human spirit, tragic hero, life is a bitch, murder, hanging, destiny, fighting illness, tragic event, financial problem ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: usa, washington state
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