10 Best Sad Movies on Netflix

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Sometimes we all love to watch something that pulls on our heartstrings and makes us dab the tears out of our eyes when no one else is looking. That’s what sad movies on Netflix are for. There’s no shame in that. And what better place to do it than in the comfort of your own home? That’s why we put together this comprehensive list of the 10 sad movies on Netflix.

These sorrowful tales of untimely death, heartbreaking illnesses, broken hearts, and unfortunate circumstances are sure to send you straight to the tissues. Here are the 10 saddest movies on Netflix right now:

1. Braveheart (1995)

Release Date on Netflix: January 3, 2017
Director: Mel Gibson
Runtime:2h 58min
IMDb Rating:8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score:78%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

If you’re looking for sad Netflix movies, look no further. Get ready for a lot of death, shouting, and more death. After all, what could be sadder than the total subjugation of the Scots? Add in a tear-jerking love story and impossible odds, and you’ve got yourself a long, long movie sure to make you cry by the final scene (no spoilers).

2. Forest Gump (1994)

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Runtime:2h 22min
IMDb Rating:8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score:72%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

If you haven’t seen this classic sad movie on Netflix yet, you’re in for a treat. Tom Hanks’ stellar performance as a mentally challenged man is equal parts funny and touching. It portrays a man finding his way through life and constantly chasing after the woman of his dreams, whose wild life ends up catching up with her.

3. E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)

Release Date on Netflix: January 2017
Director: Steven Spielberg
Runtime:1h 55min
IMDb Rating:7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score:98%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

This touching tale is one of best sad movies on Netflix that disguises itself as a playful children’s movie about aliens. that Spielberg is a tricky one, though. With his tale of a young boy who befriends an alien and tries to keep the government away from him, you’ll be crying over the unlikely bond they develop.

4. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

Release Date on Netflix: January 24, 2017
Director: Mario Van Peebles
Runtime:2h 8min
IMDb Rating:5.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score:9%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

A new title to soon join the ranks of sad Netflix movies, this one is about a WWII Navy ship that goes down in shark-infested waters, and the harrowing story of the crew’s fight for survival. Based on a true story, so your tears will be even more justified.

5. The Free World (2016)

Release Date on Netflix: January 18, 2017
Director: Jason Lew
Runtime:1h 40min
IMDb Rating:5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score:50%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

As far as sad movies on Netflix go, this relatively new title has a great setup. An innocent man recently released from prison becomes involved with a married woman with an abusive husband. We should also mention that he didn’t commit any of the crimes he has been accused of and that Doris, the woman in question, seems to be the only solution to all his problems.

6. Boyhood (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: January 2017
Director: Richard Linklater
Runtime:2h 45min
IMDb Rating:7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score:98%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

A touching and epic film that was twelve years in the making, Boyhood is the tale of a young boy named Mason and his struggles growing up. Maybe not one of the particularly sad movies on Netflix, but a touching tale nonetheless.

7. Fatima (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: January 17, 2017
Director: Philippe Faucon
Runtime:1h 19min
IMDb Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score:89%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

Fatima is one of the foreign sad movies on Netflix about the struggles of a woman trying to care for her two daughters by cleaning households. When her body fails her, she takes to writing to her children in her native tongue, trying to express what she couldn’t say before.

8. Sworn Virgin (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: January 17, 2017
Director: Laura Bispuri
Runtime:1h 24min
IMDb Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score:75%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

A young woman escapes from the social confines of her homeland to live as a man in the mountains of Albania. Years after she looks to return to living as a woman in modern day Milan. Another foreign drama to add to our list of sad movies on Netflix, the Sworn Virgin is truly a unique tale of self-discovery.

9. A Beautiful Now (2016)

Release Date on Netflix: January 15, 2017
Director: Daniela Amavia
Runtime:1h 30min
IMDb Rating:5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: No score yet
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

A successful dancer balances on the edge of suicide during a crossroads in her life, while talking to her friends about past memories in order to see whether or not she can still go on. A sure-fire way to cry is to see sad movies on Netflix more like this one.

10. Anna Karenina (2012)

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
Director: Joe Wright
Runtime:2h 9min
IMDb Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score:63%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix U.S.

In this remake of the great novel by Leo Tolstoy, married Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with a Count, which eventually leaves her with a difficult decision of being with the man she loves or staying loyal to her family.

These top 10 sad movies on Netflix are sure to give you the aforementioned tears we promised earlier. While some of them may be more upbeat than others, they are all touching films that will fill you with an unavoidable sense of longing. Have you seen any of these sad Netflix movies? If so, share your thoughts down below and let us know what you thought of them.

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