Let’s get real: life is tough at the moment. We can assure you that you’re not alone if you’re feeling emotional, anxious and angry – and it’s sometimes hard to let all those emotions out. If you’re looking for an outlet for the pent-up emotions and want to just spend the afternoon having a good old sob, we’ve got you covered. We’ve trawled our favourite streaming services to bring you the best sad movies to cry your heart out to.
And to be honest, who doesn’t love a good tear-jerker? Whether you’re looking for an epic tragedy that will leave you bawling, a life-affirming heroic tale, or a cry-off-your-mascara romance, a good weep can be the solution to all your problems. So get those tissues, get under the duvet and let those feels do their thing. It’s healthy to have a good cry, after all.
This entertaining, brilliant and downright sad selection also double up as great hangover movies – whether you’re nursing a sore head thanks to your fave wine delivery service or simply went too hard at your newly-reopened local (praise be!)
Beyoncé’s new film is coming to Disney+ soon, so here’s everything you need to know about signing up
Netflix of course has its fair share of weep-worthy movies. Namely the Oscar-winning Marriage Story. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, the pair, who were Oscar nominated for their performances, play a couple going through a divorce. There are arguments. There is laughter. But ultimately, it will rip your heart out and stamp all over it. You have been warned. It’s a must-see.
If you are looking for a repeat cry then of course there are some of the classics including Titanic. It’s sad enough as it is, but thinking about Leonardo’s Dicaprio‘s bone structure being lost to the sea is possibly the most troubling aspect of the entire narrative. Netflix has also just added Revolutionary Road, directed by king of the tearjerkers Sam Mendes, about an unravelling couple which sees Leo and Kate Winslet team up again, 12 years after the release of Titanic.
Other classics which are guaranteed to induce tears include Moulin Rouge. It may have a pumping soundtrack in places but the visionary musical has its fair share of heartbreaking moments as Nicole Kidman‘s show girl falls HARD for a penniless writer played by Ewan Mcgregor at his absolute FINEST – in both senses of the word.
Netflix is also home to the absolute tear-jerker classic, Dear John, with Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. The story sees the pair separated in the post 9/11 conflict and exchange a series of love letters as their childhood sweetheart romance is put to the test. The streaming service also has the ultimate sad movie, P.S I Love You, where widow, Hilary Swank, negotiates life without her husband played by Gerard Butler as he sends her a series of letters from beyond the grave. We can never deal with that movie.
Meanwhile, Amazon Prime has the heartbreaking Manchester by The Sea, tracing the lives of a mother and father in the wake of the death of their children in a house fire. There’s also the heart-wrenching film edition of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper about a young girl who takes her parents to court after they force her to donate organs and tissue to her leukaemia-stricken elder sister and help her live.
If that’s sad enough for you, what about Room, the story of a girl called Joy and her little son, Jack, who have been held captive in a shed by a kidnapper and try to escape.
Looking for something that won’t put as much of a dent in your Kleenex supply? Check out GLAMOUR’s guide to feel-good films, the best rom coms and best chick flicks of all time …
Warning: do not attempt without a large tub of ice cream and tissues in easy reach.