14 Sad Netflix Movies for When You Just Need to Cry It Out
Feel like crying? Just let it out. Now’s the time. When you’re quarantining alone, with your cat, or your dog, or your pet bottle of vino. Currently, Netflix is streaming the second season of Ricky Gervais’s After Life, a sad drama series charading as a snarky comedy. And over at HBO, there’s the harrowing Derek Cianfrance HBO drama, I Know This Much Is True. Whether you’re done binging one or waiting on new episodes from the other, we have 14 films to keep you swimming in salty tears, all hiding out in the corners of Netflix’s expansive digital library. Here, you may need these when you’re done.
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They just didn’t. A feel-good coming-of-age story that climaxes with heartbreak, My Girl will require something absorbent to soak up the stream of tears, but with the Motown tunes, Anna Chlumsky’s preteen performance, and hippie Jamie Lee Curtis, it’s so worth it.
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and even himself, his authentic identity and sexuality, tugging on our heartstrings as we watch from afar and just want to give him a hug. Inspiring, enlightening, superb in its execution, this Oscar-winning portrait of a journey through boyhood, teenhood, and manhood is mandatory viewing.
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And it’s not so much that its based-on-truth narrative will make you will cry tears of sadness, rather it might affix a somber lump in your gut that may never really go away. If you aren’t familiar with the news story at play here, we’ll give you only the headline: Sarasota Reporter Shoots Herself on the Air.
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The heartbreaking aftermath that ripples through a broken marriage is on full display in Noah Baumbach’s somewhat-autobiographical Oscar winner, and it’s hard to watch at times. But it’s not all sad. There’s some romance, there’s some comedy, there’s even some Randy Newman music.
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who escapes the horrors of her everyday life, including her villainous stepfather, the sadistic Captain Vidal, by getting lost in an underground world of enchantment, Pan’s Labyrinth, at its core, is a soul-crushing take on humanity. And its ambiguous ending may just be the stuff the fetal position is made of.
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The Pursuit of Happyness
the heartwarming film stars Smith opposite his real-life son, Jaden Smith, who was seven years old during filming. Their chemistry is palpable, so much so that when Jaden, who plays Christopher, puts that little hand to Daddy’s face and says, “You’re a good papa,” there won’t be a dry eye in the room.
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“She loves him,” and the other in which the petals reveal, “She loves him not”—the film unfolds through the dissolution of Dean and Cindy’s relationship, and delivers several wet-face-worthy moments along the way.
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it’s shot in stunning black and white, and demands a viewer’s attention. But Roma is one of those films you don’t necessarily watch, rather you experience it right along with the actors. And trust us, there is incredible sadness to experience.
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It first introduces the world’s most famous orca, Tilikum, legendary not only for his water shows but also for killing three people. The doc then dives into the scientific evidence behind the whale’s troubled behavior: like being stripped from his mother’s side as a baby, then confined to a box and abused for decades. If you are any kind of animal lover, this one will hit you hard.
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an ambitious yet phenomenal multilayered ensemble opus starring Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and so many more, the auteur doesn’t hold back. He takes his spotlight and he shines it directly on life’s harshest realities: death, despair, loneliness, addiction, we could go on.
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End of Watch
find themselves in the crosshairs of the Mexican cartel, shit gets real. Of course, we won’t give anything away, but the captivating friendship on display between director David Ayer’s leading men is the driving force behind the film’s emotional catharsis.
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empathetic underdog sports film. To win the love and respect of her ex-con father, Mo muscles her way onto the men’s wrestling team. Ruthless matches and even more ruthless life decisions ensue.
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Freeing oneself from the emotional grips of a toxic person is no easy feat. And when that poison comes from a parent, it becomes even more difficult. But that’s exactly the predicament Mo, a Brooklyn teenager who grew up in foster care, finds herself in, in Olivia Newman’s La Bamba is mostly a joyous biography celebrating the singer’s rise to stardom, complete with a time-capsule soundtrack. But, of course, tragedy always gets in the way.
DeAnna Janes is a freelance writer and editor for a number of sites, including Harper’s BAZAAR, Tasting Table, Fast Company and Brit + Co, and is a passionate supporter of animal causes, copy savant, movie dork and reckless connoisseur of all holidays.
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