The Best Very Sad Movies of All Time

Schindler's List (1993)

This historical drama portrays the true story of Oskar Schindler, a businessman who saved over a thousand Polish Jews during the Holocaust. 

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

An animated film that tells the story of two siblings struggling to survive in Japan during World War II. 

The Green Mile (1999)

Based on Stephen King's novel, this film follows the lives of death row guards and an innocent man with miraculous healing powers. 

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

This film explores the life of a man who, after the death of his brother, is forced to return to his hometown and confront his traumatic past. 

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

A harrowing look at the lives of four individuals affected by drug addiction. The film's unflinching portrayal of the downward spiral of addiction is deeply distressing.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

This romantic drama tells the story of two cowboys who develop a complicated and forbidden love affair. 

Atonement (2007)

 Based on Ian McEwan's novel, this film deals with themes of love, betrayal, and redemption.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

A biographical drama about a struggling salesman who becomes homeless while caring for his young son. 

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Based on John Green's novel, this film follows the story of two teenagers with cancer who fall in love. 

Blue Valentine (2010)

This film presents an intimate look at the breakdown of a marriage. The raw, realistic portrayal of love and disillusionment makes it deeply poignant and sorrowful.