Sad movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant sad movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out sad, touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking and serious films and TV shows about / with death, storytelling, destiny, mentor, bittersweet, runaway, relationships, honest, love story and happy ending plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Family genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
sad movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as sad: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Never Let Me Go (2010), Seven Pounds (2008), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), Marley & Me (2008), The Green Mile (1999), Manchester by the Sea (2016), A Walk to Remember (2002), Million Dollar Baby (2004).

List of sad movies

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: sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, war, childhood, nazi, friendship, boy, military, gas chamber, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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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, touching, heartbreaking, tear jerker ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, parenthood, lawyer, mother daughter relationship, sisters, sick child, life is a bitch, family life, relationships, leukemia, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rhode island, usa, los angeles, montana
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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, depressing, psychological, melancholic, touching ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: distopia, boarding school, friendship, childhood, cloning, sadness, love triangle, existentialism, loneliness, transplant, love and romance, jealousy ...
Time: 50s, year 1985, year 1978, 70s, 80s ...
Place: england, europe
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Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, sad, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, depression, self sacrifice, true love, life changing experience, sacrifice, fall in love, suicide, hopes, life & death, existentialism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, kids, teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: dog, friendship, animals, loyalty, human animal relationship, loss of friend, loneliness, life & death, pets, friends, death, family ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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Marley & Me (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life's important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of laughs to lighten the load, the film explores the highs and lows of ...
Style: touching, sad, sentimental, feel good, funny ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick, kids, girls' night ...
Plot: dog, friendship, animals, family, couple relations, pets, love, family relations, life, parenthood, marriage, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, ireland, florida, usa, pennsylvania
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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, sad, sentimental, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: prison, death row, convict, magic realism, false accusation, supernatural, electric chair, death sentence, life philosophy, justice, execution, healing power ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1999, year 1935, 90s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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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, loss, loneliness, suicide attempt, sadness, death, dysfunctional family, nephew, uncle nephew relationship, death of brother, guardian, uncle ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston, new england
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A Walk to Remember (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When the popular, restless Landon Carter is forced to participate in the school drama production he falls in love with Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's minister. Jamie has a "to-do" list for her life and also a very big ...
Style: touching, romantic, inspirational, sad, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, kids ...
Plot: romance, teenager, opposites attract, terminal illness, love story, cancer, love and romance, first love, true love, fall in love, teenage love, high school ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: north carolina
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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, sad, touching, depressing, harsh ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: boxing, sport, determination, euthanasia, female boxer, mentor protege relationship, underdog, human spirit, female athlete, athlete's life, strong female lead, boxing trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, europe, london, las vegas ...
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La La Land (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile ...
Style: romantic, sad, emotional, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, family outing, date night, teens
Plot: jazz, music, love, dancing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, musician, bigger dreams, audition, jazz club, pianist, love story, dreams ...
Time: future
Place: los angeles, paris france
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A Dog's Purpose (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, India
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A dog goes on quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes with multiple owners.
Style: touching, sentimental, sad, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, kids, family outing
Plot: dog, animals, talking animals, human animal relationship, reincarnation, life & death, police dog, transformation, happy ending, family, adaptation, death ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, 90s, 60s, 70s
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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: sad, touching, emotional, romantic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, date night, teen drama
Plot: teenager, terminal illness, teenage love, cancer, youth, love and romance, fighting illness, dying, last wish, dealing with death, virginity, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, usa
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Stepmom (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jackie is a divorced mother of two. Isabel is the career minded girlfriend of Jackie’s ex-husband Luke, forced into the role of unwelcome stepmother to their children. But when Jackie discovers she is ill, both women realise they must put aside ...
Style: sentimental, sad, touching, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: terminal illness, divorce, step parent, women, custody, parents and children, cancer, remarry, rebellious daughter, friendship, family life, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support ...
Style: touching, emotional, romantic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: cancer, teenager, terminal illness, first love, dealing with death, fall in love, friendship, coping, adolescence, love and romance, teenage love, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, amsterdam, indiana
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Keith (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Natalie (Elisabeth Harnois) is high school royalty, but her queen bee status falls apart when she falls for the new guy at school. Although Keith (Jesse McCartney) ignores her at first, they soon become friends -- even though Natalie suspects that ...
Style: psychological, sad, romantic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: high school, love, opposites attract, first love, terminal illness, romance, youth, teenager, cancer, teenage love, love and romance, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, sad, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, wartime, redemption, love and romance, tragic love, war, injustice, unfulfilled love, forbidden love, love story, love, false accusation ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 50s, victorian era, 20th century ...
Place: england, dunkirk, london, europe
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If I Stay (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance, Sci-Fi
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: emotional, touching, tear jerker, sad, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: teenager, love, teenage girl, love and romance, teenage love, youth, teenage life, hospital, death in the family, parents and children, out of body experience, car accident ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon
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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: sad, heartbreaking, touching, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, mother daughter relationship, supportive spouse, columbia university, terminal illness, illness, family bonds, doctors, mental illness, professor, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, surreal, fairy tale, atmospheric, dark fantasy ...
Audience: teens, kids, date night, family outing
Plot: loneliness, goth, surrealism, love, romance, freak, social misfits, christmas, love and romance, inventor, castle, snow ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: usa, florida
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Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: sad, touching, emotional, sexy, surreal ...
Plot: loss of child, grief, death in the family, estrangement, housewife, marriage, tragedy, memory, redemption, family problems, secrets, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, california, usa
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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, emotional, sentimental, romantic, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: suicide, relationships, death in the family, love, romance, teenager, 9/11, love story, young love, love and romance, twists and turns, teenage love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 1991, 90s ...
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, death, reconciliation, cancer, honest, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, couple relations, family life, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Style: inspirational, touching, feel good, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, girls' night, family outing ...
Plot: music, musician, adoption, prodigy, child prodigy, orphan, child protagonist, youth, dancing, childhood, chance meeting, family reunited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1995
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, xian ...
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Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
Style: sad, inspirational, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, childhood, first love, filmmaking, nostalgia, cinema, haunted by the past, friendship, philosophy, life philosophy, movie theatre, village ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 80s
Place: italy, sicily, rome italy, europe
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The Normal Heart (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the ...
Style: sad, touching, emotional, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: gay, aids, gays and lesbians, epidemic, terminal illness, homosexual, lgbt, life is a bitch, friendship, male homosexuality, gay slur, sexuality ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1983, year 1982 ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, washington d.c.
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Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: road movie, philosophical, inspirational, motivational, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, road trip, self discovery, wilderness, freedom, journey, solitude, adventure, isolation, lifestyle change, life philosophy, adventurer ...
Time: 20th century, year 1990, year 1992, year 1991, 90s
Place: alaska, north america, usa, california, arizona ...
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Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, sad, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, lawyer, courtroom drama, gay, lgbt, hiv, lawsuit, court, judiciary, prejudice, courtroom, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia
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Departures (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a ...
Style: thought provoking, sad, touching, philosophical, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, funeral, father son relationship, pregnant wife, life philosophy, workplace, character study, new job, small town life, death, ritual, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Black Beauty (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.
Style: sad, sentimental, touching, melancholic, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: horse, animals, friendship, adventure, family, pets, unlikely friendships, justice, happy ending, getting home, hopes, human animal relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: england, london, europe
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