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, sad, intense and interesting films and TV shows about / with storytelling, tragedy, death, mentor, bittersweet, loneliness, life & death, honest, redemption and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance 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 Pyjamas (2008), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), Schindler's List (1993), Changeling (2008), The Impossible (2012), Atonement (2007), The Pianist (2002), Wolf Children (2012), My Sister's Keeper (2009).

List of heartbreaking movies

 8.6
 1.3M
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, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prison, death row, false accusation, supernatural, life philosophy, convict, electric chair, death sentence, prison life, confined, justice, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 90s, year 1999
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (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: emotional, touching, sad, heartbreaking, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, childhood, nazi, war, friendship, nazism, against humanity, gas chamber, boy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Biography, 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, sad, sentimental, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dog, friendship, loyalty, animals, human animal relationship, loss of friend, pets, loneliness, friends, death, life & death, family ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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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: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, genocide, war, nazi, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, survival, wartime, accountant, anti semitism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, vatican, europe, central europe ...
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 7.8
 254K
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, heartbreaking, sentimental, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: serial killer, investigation, missing child, missing person, fighting the system, uncover truth, kidnapping, disorder, life is a bitch, court, insanity, crimes ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: california, los angeles, usa, canada, seattle
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 7.5
 222K
The Impossible (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, Thailand, 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, motivational, emotional, captivating, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: disaster, survival, natural disaster, catastrophe, tsunami, courage, ocean, forces of nature, family in danger, tragedy, hopes, vacation ...
Time: 21st century, year 2004, contemporary, 2000s
Place: thailand, southeast asia, asia
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 7.8
 275K
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: touching, emotional, heartbreaking, dramatic, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: world war two, redemption, tragic love, forbidden love, unfulfilled love, love and romance, false accusation, wartime, injustice, war, life is a bitch, love story ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, victorian era, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: england, dunkirk, london, europe
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 8.5
 815K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: emotional, bleak, heartbreaking, harsh, suspense ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, survival, nazi, genocide, war, pianist, jewish, nazi occupation, anti semitism, nazism, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 20th century, 1930s, year 1939 ...
Place: poland, germany, eastern europe, europe, warsaw poland ...
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 8.1
 44K
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: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, wolf, single mother, parents and children, family relations, school, supernatural, social relations, female werewolf, breast feeding, children ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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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: sad, sentimental, heartbreaking, touching, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, mother daughter relationship, sick child, parenthood, lawyer, moral dilemma, sisters, life is a bitch, family life, childhood, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rhode island, usa, los angeles, montana
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: inspirational, emotional, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: life, human spirit, rags to riches, life is a bitch, life philosophy, rise to the top, against the odds, ambition, success, down on your luck, single father, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 9.4
 714K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
TV show
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: dark, atmospheric, harsh, thought provoking, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear power plant, nuclear holocaust, nuclear reactor, scientist, nuclear threat, nuclear explosion, save the day, abandoned city, salvation, accident ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: chernobyl, ussr, ukraine, europe, russia ...
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 7.5
 134K
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, sad, emotional, touching, psychological ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, mother daughter relationship, supportive spouse, columbia university, terminal illness, doctors, illness, family bonds, relationships, professor, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 8.1
 415K
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, suspense, touching ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, mother son relationship, escape, isolation, captive, child born of rape, rape, imprisonment, kidnapped, room, locked in a room, mother daughter relationship ...
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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, depressing, harsh, dramatic ...
Plot: orphan, world war two, hunger, siblings relations, survival, war, death of child, homelessness, desperation, bomb, theft, wartime ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.
Style: sentimental, melancholic, touching, heartbreaking, compassionate ...
Plot: love, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, isolation, trying to get pregnant, mother love, missing child, husband wife relationship, motherhood, island, miscarriage, childless couple ...
Time: 1920s, year 1918, victorian era, 20th century
Place: australia
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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: touching, motivational, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, rags to riches, society, true love, love, street kid, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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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: motivational, heartbreaking, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
Plot: slavery, racism, torture, freedom, life is a bitch, interracial relations, survival, african american, civil rights, master and servant, kidnapping, confined ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york state, georgia ...
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 7.1
 146K
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for ...
Style: sad, psychological, melancholic, depressing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: distopia, boarding school, cloning, existentialism, childhood, friendship, love triangle, love and romance, sadness, loneliness, transplant, jealousy ...
Time: year 1994, year 1985, year 1978, 50s, 90s ...
Place: england, europe
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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: feel good, heartbreaking, surreal, emotional, sexy ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: french, youth, best friends in love, love hate relationship, friendship, game, first love, friends, love story, friends in love, love, prank ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, belgium
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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, 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: erotic, sexy, sexual, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, lesbian teen, lesbianism, sex, coming of age, youth, sexuality, strong sexual content, lovers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe, california
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, disturbing, emotional, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug addiction, drug abuse, hallucination, insanity, drugs, junkie, life is a bitch, drug addict, downfall, degradation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 8.0
 28K
Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: depressing, touching, gloomy, serious, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: childhood, poverty, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, young kid, child abandonment, malnutrition, tragedy, survival, children, family relations, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
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 10K
Clouds (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Young musician Zach Sobiech discovers his cancer has spread, leaving him just a few months to live. With limited time, he follows his dream and makes an album, unaware that it will soon be a viral music phenomenon.
Style: heartbreaking, touching, compassionate, romantic, sentimental
Audience: teens
Plot: teenager, cancer, terminal illness, star crossed lovers, dealing with death, dying, follow your dream, teenage love, dream, hopes, life is a bitch, destiny ...
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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: depressing, sad, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, death, sadness, loss, suicide attempt, loneliness, nephew, dysfunctional family, uncle nephew relationship, death of brother, last will and testament, guardian ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston, new england
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 8.3
 243K
A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: heartbreaking, emotional, realistic, tense, talky ...
Plot: divorce, poverty, alzheimer's disease, muslim, marriage, maid, justice, parenthood, religion, family problems, marital problem, court ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tehran
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 6.9
 16K
White God (2014)
Genre: Drama, 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, tense, suspense, sexy ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: dog, friendship, revenge, rebellion, brutality, redemption, teenager, human animal relationship, animal abuse, animal attack, homeless, chase ...
Place: hungary, eastern europe, europe, budapest, madrid ...
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Revolutionary Road (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Style: bad ending, heartbreaking, depressing, bleak, sad ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adultery, abortion, infidelity, destiny, death of wife, family problems, under the surface, dysfunctional family, mental illness, housewife, deadend life, marriage ...
Time: 50s, year 1955, 1940s, 20th century, year 1948
Place: connecticut, california, usa, paris france, new york
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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, heartbreaking, cerebral, compassionate, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: aids, transsexual, fighting the system, human spirit, gay slur, drugs, life is a bitch, terminal illness, death, treatment, hiv, gay ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, japan, mexico, austin texas ...
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Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A small child is trapped in a tug-of-war battle between his frivolous, but loving mother and an emotionally abusive neurotic grandmother, who wants to "shelter" her beloved grandson at all cost.
Style: rough, heartbreaking, emotional, depressing, serious
Plot: child abuse, domineering mother, parent child relationship, power relations, family relations, poverty, funeral, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, grandmother, money ...
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