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, serious and dramatic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, tragedy, death, mentor, catastrophe, destiny, life & death, honest, redemption and culture clash 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), Still Alice (2014), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004), Schindler's List (1993), Atonement (2007), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Now Is Good (2012), The Lives of Others (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008).
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Schindler's List (1993)
Biography, Drama, History
USA
195 min.
 8.9
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Drama, War
UK, USA
94 min.
 7.8
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Urban Country (2018)
Comedy, Drama, Family
USA
88 min.
 7.3
Loveless (2017)
Drama
Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, USA
127 min.
 7.7

List of heartbreaking movies

 8.5
 952K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: supernatural ability, death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, confined, life philosophy, prison, magic realism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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 7.5
 111K
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: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: memory loss, alzheimer's disease, columbia university, supportive spouse, mother daughter relationship, life turned upside down, unfulfillment, relationships, family drama, family bonds, terminal illness, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, serious, disturbing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, against humanity, young heroes, childhood, concentration camp, wartime life, atrocity, innocence lost, nazism, jewish, gas chamber ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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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, realistic, touching, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, loneliness, love triangle, human spirit, life, young lovers, cerebral palsy, unrequited love, unlikely friendships, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, 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, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, rescue, anti semitism, survival, genocide, war, against humanity, confined, concentration camp, nazism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe
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 7.8
 220K
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, realistic, epic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, unfulfilled love, false accusation, siblings relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, lovers apart, forbidden love, innocence lost, nurse, letter, prejudice ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s ...
Place: england, europe, london
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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, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: child illness, terminal illness, moral dilemma, mother daughter relationship, cancer, legal action, lawyer, parenthood, hopes, hospital, life is a bitch, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, montana
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 7.2
 31K
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, touching, heartbreaking, sad, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, teenage love, last wish, dealing with death, dying, virginity, love and romance, first sex, teenager, youth, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: bleak, tense, gloomy, compassionate, heartbreaking ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, german, politics, corruption, voyeurism, paranoia, secret agents, morality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
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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: serious, depressing, heartbreaking, bad ending, bleak ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, destiny, adultery, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, abortion, jealousy, death of wife, relationships ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, year 1955
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
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 7.8
 217K
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, disturbing, sentimental, heartbreaking ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, fighting the system, uncover truth, insanity, missing person, corruption, police, disorder, life is a bitch, conspiracy, mother love ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle washington, canada
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The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, 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: serious, scenic, heartbreaking, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: moral dilemma, kidnapping, husband wife relationship, wanting to have children, miscarriage, redemption, isolation, love, island, motherhood, mother love, infertility ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, year 1918
Place: australia
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The English Patient (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, erotic, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, love story, mysterious character, destiny, war, map, secret love, expedition, love and romance, adultery, wartime life, power of love ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1942 ...
Place: egypt, africa, ethiopia, italy, libya ...
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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, disturbing, emotional, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, survival, blacks and whites, torture, injustice, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
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 7.6
 170K
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: touching, realistic, suspense, captivating, heartbreaking ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, family in danger, courage, forces of nature, natural disaster, fear, parents and children, danger, separation from family, tragic event, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sad, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, dog, friends, pets, family, loyalty, death, loneliness, human animal relationship, sacrifice, loss of loved one, loss of friend ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: usa, japan, rhode island
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, 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: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, street kid, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, taj mahal
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 7.8
 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: uplifting, realistic, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, friendship, family drama, father son relationship, coming of age, mute or deaf, mother son relationship, life & death, ship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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 7.7
 21K
Loveless (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, USA
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: rough, bleak, psychological, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: missing child, divorce, dysfunctional family, disappearance, loveless marriage, search, search party, husband wife relationship, dispute, anger, missing son, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Love Loves Coincidences (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Turkey
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Year 1977, a September morning in Ankara... Yilmaz tries to rush his pregnant wife Neriman to the hospital and he crashes into Omer's car. The causes Omer's pregnant wife Inci, who was in the back seat, to have a pre-term labor. The babies ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: true love, destiny, hopes, love and romance, childhood sweetheart, childhood love, power of love, love triangle, childhood memory, life philosophy, life & death, life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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 8.2
 28K
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: colourful, atmospheric, heartbreaking, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, supernatural, parents and children, single mother, family relations, human becomes animal, love, social relations, supernatural romance, children, school, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, stylized, harsh, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, war, hunger, theft, radiation, wartime, firefly, bomb, loss of parent, danger ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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 5.6
 38K
Maggie (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA, Switzerland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: There's a deadly zombie epidemic threatening humanity, but Wade, a small-town farmer and family man, refuses to accept defeat even when his daughter Maggie becomes infected. As Maggie's condition worsens and the authorities seek to ...
Style: suspenseful, touching, emotional, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, apocalypse, plague, danger, death, terminal illness, transformation, father daughter relationship, parents and children, life is a bitch, virus, zombie child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 6.1
 163K
The Promise (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, a love triangle develops between Mikael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated artist Ana, and Chris, a renowned American journalist based in Paris.
Style: factual, heartbreaking, suspenseful, sentimental, rough ...
Plot: love triangle, journalist, armenian genocide, genocide, medical student, mass murder, tragic love, forced marriage, love affair, family relations, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, running for your life ...
Time: 1910s
Place: ottoman empire, istanbul turkey, turkey, medical school
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 6.9
 13K
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: suspenseful, heartbreaking, tense, bloody, brutal ...
Plot: dog, revenge, chase, human animal relationship, animal abuse, animal attack, homeless, rebellion, father daughter relationship, brutality, betrayal by friend, friendship ...
Place: hungary, europe, budapest hungary
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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: sexy, dark humor, feel good, emotional, disturbing ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: youth, prank, french, destiny, friendship, romance, best friends, competition, contests and competitions, love hate, music box, game ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, belgium
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 7.1
 126K
Remember Me (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Still reeling from a heartbreaking family event and his parents' subsequent divorce, Tyler Hawkins discovers a fresh lease on life when he meets Ally Craig, a gregarious beauty who witnessed her mother's death. But as the couple draws ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: young lovers, 9/11, death in the family, suicide, romance, parents and children, loss of loved one, loss of parent, dealing with death, college student, fall in love, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 2000s, year 2001
Place: new york, usa
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 6.8
 102K
If I Stay (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mia Hall, a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with the love of her life, Adam, a rock ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, death in the family, youth, life turned upside down, love and romance, dealing with death, coma, teenage girl, teenage life, family relations, parents and children, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon
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 6.9
 6K
Farinelli (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France, Italy, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Farinelli is a 1994 biopic film about the life and career of Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time.
Style: realistic, touching, factual, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: opera, music, opera singer, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, life philosophy, destiny, artist, culture clash, art, nudity (full frontal - brief), eunuch ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, italy, spain, london, england
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, nurse, insanity, doctors and patients, anti heroes, crazy, dehumanization, plan gone awry, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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