“Manchester by the Sea” (2016)
Revolving around a depressed man taking care of his nephew after his brother dies, this Kenneth Lonargan film describes his deepest and most tragic ways of practicing despair and grief. The pale east coast landscape only exacerbates the winds of despair in “Manchester by the Sea”, leaving you with a family portrait that will call you and cry for your mother. We must say that Casey Affleck’s performance will also touch your heart.
“The Green Mile” (1999)
Based on the Stephen King novel, “The Green Mile” begins with the arrival of John Coffey, a new prisoner on death row. As head guard Paul Ezcomb begins to wonder how such a peace-loving man could be guilty of such a crime, Ezcomb finds a connection between the arrival of coffee and a series of supernatural events at the facility. Coffee starring Michael Clarke Duncan and Tom Hanks as Edgecomb is like capturing your heartache.
“My Father and My Son” (2005)
Written and directed by Chagan Irmak, “My Father and My Son” almost everyone left the movie theater crying for a while. Sadiq, whose son was born in the September 12 coup, but lost his wife at birth, takes his son Deniz and goes to his father a few years later. On the one hand, the tension between Sadiq and his father, who became angry a few years ago, on the other hand, Deniz tries to adapt to this new life. Famous actors in “My Father and My Son” include Fikret Kuskan, Chetin Tekinder, Humera, Yetkin Dickinsiler, Ozge Ozbark, Sheriff Cesar, Binnur Kaya, Halit Ergen, Tuba Buikustun.
“A Piece of a Woman” (2021)
“Pieces of a Woman”, about a young married woman struggling with the devastating death of her baby during childbirth, is certainly not for the faint of heart. Vanessa Kirby’s restrained but heartbreaking performance adds another layer of sadness to the film. “A Woman’s Piece” provides in-depth dialogue about abortion and child harm.
“The Notebook” (2004)
Of course, our list had to include love dramas, one of the foundations of sad movies. When we say a sad romantic movie, one of the first two movies that comes to mind is “The Notebook” and the second is the closing movie on our list. Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, this romantic drama is about a couple’s transition from teenage drunk to old age through their love story.
“Life is Beautiful” (1997)
If there’s one movie where you can put the phrase “I’m watching,” it’s “Life is Beautiful.” Directed by Roberto Benigni, co-written with Vincenzo Sermi and starring in Tears, “Life is Beautiful” follows the quest of a Judeo-Italian father to save his son from the cold realities of their brutal world as they are imprisoned in a concentration camp. Despite the traffic setting, storytelling is full of imagination, abandonment and beauty.
“Hotel Rwanda” (2004)
“Hpital Rwanda” will make you cry about the Hutu-Tutsi conflict in Rwanda in the mid-1990s. Paul Roussebagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda, sheltered more than a thousand Tutsi refugees fleeing Hutu militants at the hotel. However, this situation put him in trouble with the militants. It’s impossible not to appreciate Don Chadell’s performance while visiting Terry George’s “Hotel Rwanda”.
“Schindler’s List” (1993)
Another war movie, “Schindler’s List,” is probably the most cult WWII-themed production. In German-occupied Poland, industrialist Oscar Schindler began hiding Jewish families working in his factory after witnessing persecution by the Nazis. The film, starring Liam Nisson, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall and Ben Kingsley, is considered one of Steven Spielberg’s masterpieces and is based on a true story. Seeing true stories, especially stories of this kind of war, is a heartbreaking experience in itself, especially when we see the little story of the little girl in the red coat, we are already broken.
“Sophie’s Choice” (1982)
One of Meryl Streep’s most iconic performances, “Sophie’s Choice” follows Polish immigrant Sophie, her boyfriend Nathan, and Stingo, a young writer living together in Brooklyn. Sophie’s tragic backstory as a Holocaust survivor comes to the fore as their experience brings them closer.
“The fault of our stars” (2014)
The movies that make us cry the most are the stories of sick characters. “The Fault in Our Stars” is just such a movie and everyone in our lead role is a cancer patient. Two young cancer patients set out on a road trip in Amsterdam to meet a lonely writer. When two young men fall in love with each other, it is enough to shed tears to see how fleeting life is.
“Forest Gump” (1994)
A person with low IQ achieves many great things in life that someone thinks they can do more than they can. But even as he achieves everything, one of his true loves avoids him. The Oscar-winning “Forest Gump” won Best Actor for Tom Hanks, Best Director for Robert Jemekis, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Eric Roth. Considering Tom Hanks’ second film in this list, “Forest Gump”, we can say that he is quite successful in tragic films.
“Request for a Dream” (2000)
“Request for a Dream” is not only a very sad movie, it is very painful if you watch it at the wrong time. Often cited as one of the most disturbing films of all time, Darren Antonovsky’s “Require for a Dream” tells the story of four Connie Island drug addicts. The cinematic and descriptive value of the film, its value in showing one’s distorted boundaries of addiction and reality, intensifies with the progress of the characters’ struggle. An unforgettable movie in every sense, “Require for a Dream” has names like Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Owens, Ellen Berstein, Christopher MacDonald and Lewis Lasser.
“PS I Love You” (2007)
At the end of this story a boyfriend dies and the lovers don’t leave, all this happens at the very beginning of the movie. A young woman discovers that her newly lost husband has left her with 10 letters that will reach her at regular intervals to ease her grief and start a new life. It’s really heartbreaking to see her slowly adjusting to a new life for the letters, when she tries to mourn the letters she received from her husband and pretends that her husband is still alive. “PS I Love You” stars Hillary Swank, Gerard Butler and Harry Konik Jr. Exists
“My Girl” (1991)
If this is the personal little kid whose crying in the movie touches your heart the most, we guarantee you will cry a lot about “My Girl”. In “My Girl”, Anna Klamsky plays Vada, an 11-year-old who lost her mother. Vada, whose father works at home as an Undertaker, is obsessed with mortals. Both movies sit like stones in our hearts and warm our hearts.
“Inside Out” (2015)
Maybe you didn’t expect to see a Disney and Pixar co-produced animated movie on the list of sad movies. But really, we can add most Pixar movies to this list because we are talking about a production company that knows how to make its viewers shed tears. In Pixar animation, we see emotional stories that we can identify with, no matter how extreme. An excellent example of this is ‘Inside Out’. “Inside Out”, a growth story, is a movie that sometimes reminds us of the pain of growing up and losing the things we left behind.
“The Pianist” (2002)
A three-hour emotional tour of a Jewish pianist who struggled during the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, depressing the entire duration of the film “The Pianist”. Based on a memoir written by a true Holocaust survivor, “The Pianist” may be the saddest movie of all time. Plus, we don’t think there will be many who wouldn’t cry over Adrian Brady’s great performance.
It is a love story between a rich young woman and the son of a housemaid. As a society very familiar with similar issues, it must be said that this is just a story for us. But this story is not our accustomed happiness, it is a heartbreaking story. In “Atonement”, directed by Joe Wright, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, whose stars have been thanked for the movie, are in the lead roles.
“The Color Purple” (1985)
Some growth stories are so tragic that they stick in your mind. Others are so attractive that they are embedded in your mind and heart. ‘The Color Purple’ is just such a movie. A southern black woman is struggling to find her identity after forty years of violence from her father and others. Hopi Goldberg’s performance as Sally, who is fleeing abuse, is considered the best of her career.
This time, we have a documentary on our list, and as we said before, nothing like the true story touches our hearts. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, “Blackfish” tells the story of Telecom, an orca that kills three people while trapped in various water amusement parks. For those who like this documentary, we are definitely recommending the 2019 award winning documentary “The Cove” which will touch your heart so much that you will not allow yourself to visit amusement parks and aquariums with animals again. Two documentaries, both sad and real.
We wanted to close our list with the most classic tragic movie: “Titanic”. Although we cry when we see love stories that can’t be matched or interrupted, it must be acknowledged that this production has a unique charm. “Titanic”, written and directed by James Cameron, tells of an impossible love affair between Rose, a 17-year-old young elite, and Jack, a poor painter. We are seeing a movie that grows with the unforgettable performances of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and is as sad and unfortunate as the ending of the real Titanic.