The 12 Saddest Movies On Netflix Guaranteed To Leave You Weeping For Days

Sometimes we all need a good cry. But instead of sneaking a sob session in the bathroom at work, why not try scheduling one in the privacy of your own home, maybe surrounded by some equally emotional friends and ample amounts of tissues and wine? (If you’re looking for something a little lighter, head .) The following dozen movies are the most tragic that Netflix has to offer. This compilation of untimely deaths, painful illnesses, broken hearts and cruel twists of fate is guaranteed to leave you splashing about halfheartedly in a pool of your own tears.

Go ahead, let it all out…

1. Blue Valentine (2010)

  • Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman
  • Director: Derek Cianfrance

This gritty, realistic drama follows the story of a young couple that winds up married due to an unplanned pregnancy. As the years pass, it becomes painfully clear that they’ll never be able to make their relationship work.

2. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (2008)

  • Starring: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend
  • Director: Mark Herman

This haunting historical drama follows the story of a young boy, the son of a Nazi officer, who moves with his family to a house outside the grounds of a concentration camp. He explores his new home with complete innocence, and winds up befriending a little boy on the other side of the barbed wire fence.

3. P.S. I Love You (2007)

  • Starring: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr.
  • Director: Richard LaGravenese

A young wife (Hillary Swank) becomes a widow when her husband (Gerard Butler) dies suddenly of a brain tumor. Before his death, however, he coordinated a series of messages and presents for her to discover to remind her of their love for each other and simultaneously help her move on. Guaranteed to have you sobbing uncontrollably by 15 minutes in, and you won’t be able to stop until it’s over.

4. The Notebook (2004)

  • Starring: Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams
  • Director: Nick Cassavetes

An elderly man reads a love story to a woman in a nursing home. The touching tale he tells her is that of Ally (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling), two teenagers that fall in love and are wrenched apart by Ally’s wealthy and narrow-minded family. This modern classic romance chronicles their lives from the day they meet until their last day.

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5. The Duchess (2008)

  • Starring: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper
  • Director: Saul Dibb

On her 17th birthday, the beautiful and charismatic Georgiana marries Lord Voldemort himself. OK, so it’s not really Lord Voldemort, but Ralph Fiennes plays the Duke of Devonshire, who is almost as bad as the Dark Lord. As Georgiana gains prominence as a public figure, her life at home becomes increasingly fraught. When she finally finds some love and comfort in an affair with a young politician, her husband forces her to make a devastating decision.

6. My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

  • Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin
  • Director: Nick Cassavetes

From the director of The Notebook and based on the novel by Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper examines family dynamic in the face of immense tragedy. 17-year-old Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) has always suffered from leukemia, which is why her parents conceived her younger sister Anna (Abigail Breslin) through in-vitro fertilization, in order to be a genetic match for Kate that could possibly save her life. But when Kate needs a kidney transplant, 13-year-old Anna sues her family for the rights to her own body.

7. Seven Pounds (2008)

  • Starring: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson
  • Director: Gabriele Muccino

Tim Thomas (Will Smith) sets out to atone for his sins by saving the lives of seven strangers. He sets his plan into motion, but is taken aback when he falls in love with one of the strangers. Will Smith and Rosario Dawson have undeniable chemistry, and the ending is sure to leave you inconsolable.

8. Warrior (2011)

  • Starring: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton
  • Director: Gavin O’Connor

There’s nothing like a sports movie to highlight the tension between father and son, brother and brother. Former boxer Paddy Conlan (Nick Nolte) was an abusive and alcoholic father, but when his son Tommy (Tom Hardy) returns from the Marines, he enlists his father’s help in training for a mixed-martial arts fight. Meanwhile, his brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton) is a teacher that fights in amateur matches on the side in order to support his wife and two daughters, one of whom had an open heart surgery that nearly bankrupt their family. When Brendan enters the same fight as Tommy, the two must revisit painful memories about their deceased mother and face their differences in the ring.

9. Stand By Me (1986)

  • Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman
  • Director: Rob Reiner

Based on the Stephen King novel The Body, Stand By Me is told from the perspective of a writer (Richard Dreyfuss) that has just lost a childhood friend. He remembers a story from his past, just after the death of his older brother, when he and his friends set out to find the body of another little boy that had been killed by a train.

10. Tallulah (2016)

  • Starring: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard
  • Director: Sian Heder

, Netflix purchased Tallulah, a runaway hit from this year’s Sundance festival. The movie stars Ellen Page as a young homeless women, struggling to find her missing lover. When she finds herself in a confounding situation, staring at a neglectful mother and a needy child, she decides to take the baby with her and pass it off as her own.

11. Becoming Jane (2007)

  • Starring: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters
  • Director: Julian Jarrold

Pieced together from the letters and writings of Jane Austen, Becoming Jane tells the story of the remarkable writer at the start of her career. She might have written some of the greatest romances of all time, but the own great romance of her life was a tragic casualty of the time in which she lived.

12. If I Stay (2014)

  • Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley
  • Director: R.J. Cutler

Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thinks she has her life all planned out, until a car crash leaves her instantly orphaned and in a coma. Through an out-of-body experience, she must choose whether to go on living or to let it all go.

Which of these tear-jerkers will you be adding to your Netflix list?


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