There are many movies to watch on Netflix, especially if you like tearjerkers. There are quite a few sad movies on Netflix to choose from, and below we’ve listed ten of the most popular ones which are ordered based on the public rate from IMDb.

10 Sad Movies on Netflix

These 10 sad movies on Netflix are ordered by release year, from the latest to the oldest. Enjoy!

Warrior (2011)

Written and directed by Gavin O’Connor, the film tells the story of a young man training to be a mixed martial arts fighter with his alcoholic father. He will potentially face his brother, Brendan, in the tournament and both brothers have their issues with their past and present circumstances. Tommy is an ex-Marine with a haunted and tragic past and his brother, Brendan, is trying and failing to raise a family as a school teacher. The confrontation in the ring will lead to the brothers finally dealing with the circumstances that tear their family apart.


How to Die in Oregon (2011)

Directed by Peter Richardson, the film is a documentary about the passage of the assisted suicide law in the state of Oregon and the people seeking this option. It also looks at the families and doctors involved closely with assisted suicide and the issues surrounding the struggles.


Imitation of Life (1959)

Directed by Douglas Sirk, the film takes a hard look at the lives of two single women with young daughters and the realities of their situations. Annie is African-American, but her daughter appears white and rejects her heritage at the young age of eight. The film deals with racial and gender issues at a time when women were expected to fill certain roles and African-Americans were expected to stay in their place. 


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

Directed by Mark Herman, the film follows the friendship in 1945 between the son of a commandant in Germany and his Jewish friend who lives on the other side of the fence inside a concentration camp. Bruno, the German boy, does not yet understand that he is not allowed to be friend with the Jewish boy, what the concentration camp really is and what may happen to his new friend.


Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Directed by Phillip Noyce, the movie tells about 3 young half-Aboriginal girls in 1931 Australia who are taken away from their families by government decree. The girls escape into the desert-like outback and are pursued by government police.


The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Directed by George Stevens and based on a true story, the film follows the plight of a Jewish family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. They are forced to hide in a small attic space or be discovered and sent to a concentration camp. Eventually the family is discovered. The film is based on the actual diary of Anne Frank, a 14-year-old member of the family who has written about their experiences.


Lifted (2010)

Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, the film tells the heartbreaking story of a young couple who marry because of pregnancy. They try to make their relationship work, but their personality clashes make it virtually impossible.


Blue Valentine (2010)

Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, the film tells the heartbreaking story of a young couple who marry because of pregnancy. They try to make their relationship work, but their personality clashes make it virtually impossible.


P.S., I Love You (2007)

Written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, the film is about Holly and Gerry, a young couple in love. Gerry’s life is ended far too soon due to an illness and Holly is devastated. Gerry knew Holly would close herself off so he planned ahead. On her thirtieth birthday, Holly receives a cake and the first of many messages left for her by Gerry telling her to get out and live her life and be happy. Gerry finishes each tape recorded message with “P.S. I love you.” Holly’s mom and best friend worry that the messages are keeping her tied to the past instead of moving on.


A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)

Directed by Nicole Kassell, the film is about a vibrant young woman who receives devastating news from her doctor. Instead of going into a depression, she uses humor to deal with her situation, and even falls in love, though she has terminal cancer and doesn’t know how much time she has left.


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  • Brianna DohertyOct.1 16:58
    A Girl Like Her definitely should be on this list because it's about real life like I don't know about anyone else but I related so much like you can feel her emotions and it's all around the saddest movie I have ever watched. I have only cried over two movies, A Girl Like Her and Se7en (which you should also watch, the main character is a cute guy too tbh lol)
  • sophJul.15 00:33
    a girl like her is defenitly a sad movie but its a mocumentury not a documentury
  • AlexanderJun.26 13:53
    You're kidding me with this list...No Dear Zachary? Not only is that movie traumatizing and the most depression stuff I've ever seen, but it's a DOCUMENTARY! It's all real! Terrifying, sad stuff.
  • ShilohJun.26 03:25
    I'm super surprised and disappointed no one has said this but Rent is also a REALLY sad movie
  • CgJun.3 00:54
  • gorgia rostronMay.28 13:00
    A girl like her is so sad because it is 10000000000% true and its the actual people
  • MichaelMay.28 04:39
    Hachi a dogs tale was the saddest movie I have ever watched but I don't really watch sad movies so whatever and some people won't thinks it's sad
  • NunYoBizMay.25 06:49
    A GIRL LIKE HER on Netflix
  • kianaAug.12 13:12
    @ : I literally just watched this and balled my eyes out for about 20minutes straight it's such a sad movie, especially towards the end!!
  • MariaMay.8 21:44
    Check out "Perks of Being a Wallflower". Its really good, and really sad! (It is on netflix)
  • Theylovebails Apr.3 16:09
    Yep cyber bully was a good one that made me cry to its on netflix with Emily osmet
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