Everyone loves a feel-good movie, but sometimes it’s just not what you want. Sometimes you want something glum; something dark; something sad. Netflix has a great selection of all kinds of movies, including films that make you get emotional. What are the saddest movies on Netflix right now?
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We have our list of the top 10 saddest movies on Netflix. From children’s classics to romantic tear-jerkers, you should find something to make you sad from this collection of films. You can sign up for Netflix right now at the link below, with a 30 day free trial for new users.
The saddest movies on Netflix:
Editor’s note: This list will be updated as sad movies leave and other new arrivals debut on Netflix.
1. The Time Traveler’s Wife
How would you feel if you found the love of your life, but discovered he could never stay with you? That’s the premise of the 2009 adaptation of the best-selling novel. Rachel McAdams plays the title role, a woman who is visited from time to time by a man, played by Eric Bana. As it turns out, he’s a time traveler, but he has no control over his movements in time. The movie deals with how McAdams’s character sometimes knows more about his life than he does, and sometimes he knows more than she does. Get ready for some big tears in this one. The Time Traveler’s Wife is definitely one of the best sad movies on Netflix.
Written, produced, shot, edited, and directed by Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, Roma follows indigenous Mexican live-in maid Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio). Living and working in the affluent Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, Cleo struggles to navigate the strained relationships of the family she works for and the rising class tension in the region, all while dealing with an unplanned pregnancy to boot.
Throughout the movie, Cleo is hit with one hardship after another. The results sometimes are life-affirming, but this is still one of the saddest movies on Netflix.
3. Irreplaceable You
This is a 2018 Netflix original movie about a young couple, Abbie and Sam, who have been together since childhood. They make plans to marry, but then Abbie learns she has terminal cancer. However, she doesn’t want Sam to be lonely after she dies. Her last job is to find a new girlfriend for Sam before she passes away. This movie isn’t just about lost loves; it’s also how a woman deals with knowing she doesn’t have long to live. It’s one of the best sad movies on Netflix.
This comedy-drama focuses on Tallulah (Elliot Page), a homeless teenager who steals a baby from an alcoholic mother and uses it to ingratiate herself into the life of her ex-boyfriend’s mother, Margo (Allison Janney).
This awkward film skillfully walks the line between comedy and tragedy. Sometimes it’s a heartwarming look at an increasingly dysfunctional family. Other times it’s one of the saddest movies on Netflix. Either way, you’re in for tremendous performances from Janney and Page.
Paddleton follows neighbors and best friends Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano), as they come to grips with Michael’s terminal cancer diagnosis. The film takes place over the few days after Michael decides not to seek treatment and instead takes medication to end his own life. Much of the story finds the two watching kung-fu movies, making pizza, and fighting over Michael’s decision.
It’s a touching and heartbreaking story of friendship and loss, full of all the inside jokes and habits that accumulate when two people have been friends for years. It’s without a doubt one of Netflix’s saddest comedies, let alone one of the best sad movies on Netflix.
Okja is rather perplexing to categorize. The Korean-American Netflix original from director Bong Joon-ho follows Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun), a young girl chasing her best friend across South Korea, and eventually the world, after a multinational corporation kidnaps her. If that sounds too mundane, Mija’s best friend is a genetically modified giant pig named Okja, bred specifically to be a new form of livestock.
This movie takes tragic, comic, and horrific turns in equal measure. It can shift in tone dramatically quicker and more skillfully than any other film. One moment it’s one of the saddest movies on Netflix. The other it’s one of the most absurd. At the center of it all is a star turn from Seo-hyun, backed by oddball supporting performances from Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, and Steven Yeun.
We’re not used to seeing Kevin Hart taking on serious roles. He did a great job playing a widowed man whose wife passed away soon after giving birth. He must go through the struggles of being a father as he mourns his wife. And while the movie has its funny moments, this is definitely one of the saddest movies on Netflix. It’s bound to bring out a tear or two.
8. Marriage Story
Marriage Story is a Netflix original movie that tells the story of a relationship that is both breaking apart while also staying together. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson play the married couple who have a son but are now heading for divorce. This movie is both sad and painful to watch at times. That’s especially true in one crucial scene where the couple finally allow themselves to say things they have always wanted to say to each other. It’s one of the best sad movies on Netflix.
9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This movie’s title won’t be the only thing that will have you shedding tears. This sweet film has multiple levels of sadness. Writer Juliet Ashton (Lily James) goes to Guernsey island to learn about a book club with the same name. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was created while Nazis occupied the island. Four friends were out after curfew time, and they invented this club on a whim to avoid prosecution.
Juliet visits the island and soon becomes invested in its people, the club, the town, and Dawsey (Michiel Huisman). Even sadder stories are uncovered as the story unfolds.
10. The Theory of Everything
Physicist Stephen Hawking is without a doubt one of the greatest minds of all time. However, his mind is trapped in a body that suffers from ALS. This 2014 film chronicles Hawking’s life, including how he met his wife and how she helped him deal with his medical condition. Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar that year for his performance as Hawking. While the movie is somber at times, it’s also very uplifting, as it shows how Hawking didn’t allow ALS to stop him from trying to solve the mysteries of the universe.