Our society has made crying an unmasculine trait, but men are also humans, right? Sometimes, crying your heart out relieves you from a tough day and sad movies come to your rescue when you need a reason to cry.
How would we survive without the existence of movies? They are the best means of entertainment and the best source of life lessons. They not only illustrate the “too good to be true” kind of love stories but also real-life tragedies that coerce you to weep with a running nose. Most often, we grasp the emotions of the cast as we feel connected with the characters portrayed on the big screen.
Several classic movies are considered to be tearjerkers that make even the manliest men succumb to human emotions. Every sad movie is unique in its way. Some evoke tears of joy, whereas others evoke tears of grief.
List of saddest movies of all time
We have assembled some of the saddest movies of all time that revolves around a variety of genres. You don’t have to make your popcorn ready for your movie night because we bet that you won’t feel like nibbling on them. All you’ll need is a few boxes of tissues to dab your tear-stained face frequently and an empty bucket in severe cases.
Here is a list of the top ten sad movies to make you cry like a banshee!
1. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006):
How will a divorced man who is professionally and financially broken move forward in life with a son under his custody? The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith (Chris Gardner) and his real-life son Jaden Smith (Christopher) is a story of rags to riches. After being kicked out of his apartment, Chris does everything to provide his son a better life.
The movie focuses on pursuing one’s dreams with positivity and persistence despite the obstacles. Will Smith has portrayed every emotion vividly with perfect facial expressions and muscle twitches. The heart-breaking performance of the father-son duo will make you sob if you are a passionate family man.
2. The Fault in our Stars (2014):
Adapted from John Green’s novel, The Fault in our stars is one of the saddest movies of all time presenting the love story of two cancer-afflicted teenagers, Hazel Grace and Augustus. They meet in a weekly cancer support group and share philosophical perspectives on life as cancer survivors. Immersed in love, Augustus fails to continue with his medications and takes Hazel on a trip to Amsterdam to meet her favorite writer. How painful would it be when the one who gave you love and happiness when you have lost hope in life dies?
3. Five Feet Apart (2019):
Being as sentimental as The Fault in our stars, Five Feet Apart is a romantic film involving two teenagers Stella and Will, who are suffering from cystic fibrosis and fall in love with each other. Their illness constrains them from getting close to each other as they are bound to maintain a distance of five feet. As their bond intensifies, they break the five feet apart rule due to which they had to pay a huge price. Watch the movie to know what happened!
4. Dead Poets Society (1989):
Dead Poets Society is one of the classic sad movies that will make you cry even after watching it a hundred times. It revolves around a group of inspiring students whose teacher Robin Willaims inspires them to seize the day. Every scene of the white boys narrating poetry will trigger tears in your eyes. You might be reminded of your teenage life and the hidden emotions in you will be kindled.
5. Life is Beautiful (1997):
Life is beautiful is a sad movie that portrays the sufferings of the Jews during the Holocaust. It is gut-wrenching to watch Guido, a father striving so hard to protect his son Guiso from the clutches of the Nazis. He sacrifices everything to protect and preserve his son’s childhood. The son is an image of extreme innocence who has full faith in his father. Tears will roll down your cheeks when Guido dies saving his son.
6. Titanic (1997):
Being one of the world’s top blockbuster films and saddest movies of all time, James Camaron’s Titanic is a romantic and disastrous film that has the power to touch every heart that glorifies love. It stars Kate Winslet as Rose Bukater, who is engaged to Cal Hockley but falls in love with Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, whom she meets during the voyage.
Rose narrates her love story to a crew who are on a mission to find the rare diamond after years of the Titanic wreck. There are so many tear-jerking scenes in the Titanic and the whole part after the ship collides with an iceberg is highly sentimental.
7. Taare Zameen Par (2007):
Produced and directed by Aamir Khan, Taare Zameen Par is a melancholic movie presenting Darsheel Safary as an eight-year-old Ishaan, is criticized by his parents for his poor academic performance. He has exemplary artistic talent and a creative brain that is underrated.
During the entire movie, the poor little brat is being neglected by his wise family and classmates, except his best friend who is physically challenged. His art teacher Ram Shanker (Aamir Khan) finds that Ishaan suffers from dyslexia, a learning disorder that involves difficulty in reading and learning as the brain is weak to decipher the language. No human can control his tears on seeing the kid suffer.
8. Marley and Me (2008):
Marley and Me will make you cry your eyes out if you own a loyal and energetic dog yourself. The story was originally published as a novel, in which the author Josh Groban wrote how he spent thirteen years with his Retriever, Marley.
Though it is a cheerful family movie of a couple portrayed by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, their children, and Marley, your eyes will well up with tears when the crazy hero of the story, Marley dies.
9. The Theory of Everything (2014):
There’s one man who taught the world that there is no limit to your achievements. He is Stephen Hawking, an American astrophysicist, and cosmologist who was bound to a wheelchair for more than sixty years of his life due to motor neuron disease. The Theory Of Everything is a documentary based on Stephen Hawking’s personal and professional life at the University of Cambridge. It is a heart-wrenching movie where he is abandoned by his lady love due to his terminal illness. Anybody with a delicate heart would weep fiercely on watching how fate messed up with Stephen’s life.
10. Lion (2016):
Adopted by an Australian couple, twenty-five years old Indian boy Saroo, who got separated from his family due to an accident when he was five, goes on a mission to find his biological parents. Lion depicts his struggles for survival in an unknown country. His yearning to meet his real family brings tears to your eyes. Who doesn’t shed a tear while watching a family-oriented movie? The story ends with Saroo finally finding his hometown and his long-lost family after several attempts.
Are you ready to take up the challenge of watching these sad movies? If you are more conscious about preserving your manliness, make sure that you don’t watch these movies with the company of your lady love. You never know! She might sing to the world that you are a wimpy kid.