Movies can bring us a lot of joy. From action-packed thrill rides to heartwarming rom-coms, they can brighten up an otherwise average day. But sometimes, it’s more enjoyable to hunker down in front of the television with a great life-affirming movie.
Amazon Prime offers some of the most widely acclaimed films of all time—and its catalog contains a number of the saddest movies you can find. From gorgeous animated films about growing up to classic weepies to hard-hitting indie dramas, these movies have moved viewers to tears. Here are 50 of the saddest movies to watch on Amazon Prime.
1. The Notebook
Nick Cassavetes’ 2004 romantic drama The Notebook has become a universally recognized classic for its moving story and outstanding performances by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. It’s a bittersweet tale of love and longing that will undoubtedly leave you in tears.
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The beautiful Pixar film Coco is a musical celebration of family and life, but it’s also an incredibly moving story of grief, loss, and legacy. The story will tug at your heartstrings, so prepare to break out the tissues.
3. Manchester by the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan’s Oscar-winning drama Manchester by the Sea is at once a heartbreaking portrait of grief and a complex exploration of the healing power of friendship. It’s sure to evoke a few tears.
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4. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green’s incredible novel comes to life in this bittersweet adaptation. Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars is an unforgettable exploration of love, loss, and life.
5. A Single Man
Tom Ford’s powerful directorial debut is a remarkably vivid portrait of grief that follows a college professor (Colin Firth) searching for meaning in the wake of his lover’s death.
6. Forrest Gump
Robert Zemeckis’ epic film follows the life of a developmentally disabled man (Tom Hanks) as he grapples with his loving but complicated relationship with his mother (Sally Field).
7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Michel Gondry’s Oscar-winning sci-fi romance stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet as an estranged couple struggling to remember their past together and ultimately to understand the power of love.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s delightful French import has become a classic. It follows a young woman (Audrey Tautou) as she learns to open her heart to a world of possibilities.
9. Fish Tank
Andrea Arnold’s powerful drama follows a teenage girl who, feeling alone in the world, finds solace in the unbridled energy of a new friend. It’s a heartbreaking story of identity, acceptance, and resilience.
10. Into the Wild
Sean Penn’s adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s non-fiction narrative follows a young man on an extraordinary journey through the wilderness. It’s an exploration of adventure and sorrow that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
11. Call Me By Your Name
Luca Guadagnino’s masterful adaptation of André Aciman’s novel is by turns sensuous and heartbreaking. It’s a beautiful love story about two people unable to deny their feelings for each other.
12. Rabbit-Proof Fence
Phillip Noyce’s gripping drama follows three Aboriginal girls who, despite the odds, manage to escape a government-run internment camp. It’s an emotionally charged story that will move audiences to tears.
13. The Descendants
Alexander Payne’s Oscar-winning drama follows a Hawaii-based lawyer (George Clooney) as he attempts to reconnect with his daughters after the death of his wife. It’s an uplifting story of grief and loss.
14. Begin Again
John Carney’s musical drama stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo as two musicians who find solace in making music together. It’s a beautiful and bittersweet tale of hope and redemption.
Stephen Frears’ critically acclaimed drama features Judi Dench in one of her best performances as a woman searching for the son she gave up for adoption. It’s an emotionally charged movie full of surprises and sorrow.
Other saddest movies to watch on Amazon Prime include: Lion, Inside Out, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Help, Brooklyn, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2, Life of Pi, Dallas Buyers Club, Room, Million Dollar Baby, Lion King, Up, The Others, My Sister’s Keeper, Her, Silver Linings Playbook, The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and About Time. With so many amazing options to choose from, you’re bound to find a movie that will make you cry. The 50 Saddest Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is a great way to watch the newest blockbuster movies, but it’s also a great way to enjoy some of the saddest movies out there. Here is a list of the 50 saddest movies to watch on Amazon Prime.
1. The Great Gatsby (1925)
2. Death of a Salesman (1955)
3. The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
4. The Great Gatsby (2011)
5. The Catcher in the Rye (1994)
6. Great Expectations (1865)
7. The Catcher in the Rye (2000)
8. To Kill a Mockingbird (1958)
9. The Great Gatsby (1987)
10. To Kill a Mockingbird (2002)
11. The Catcher in the Rye (1962)
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20. The Great Gatsby (2009)
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50.To the lily (1966) When it comes to movies, there’s no bias more divisive than when it comes to the ilk ofazaki, kubrick, and michael Clayton movies. Some of us call these Miyazaki dark hearted dramas an essential viewing experience, while others can barely bear grade-A cheese throughout. So without further ado, here are the 50 saddest, most deeply personal Miyazaki movies that you’ll ever need to watch on Amazon Prime.
10. “My Neighbor Totoro”
A giant, magical horse named Totoro whisks the younger family of three away on a not-so- enchanted journey to see the forest from the inside. Though it’s dark and fraught with fear, the film’s pleasantly imaginative design and endearing characters save the day.
9. “P exceeded”
The film’s confusing plot, elliptical characters, and focus on the film’s climax rather than the journey make it one of Miyazaki’s poorest efforts. Still, despite its creaky scripting, brilliant visuals, and heartbreaking moral, “P exceeded” remains one of the most compelling ever made.
8. “Kemono Friends”
Though much loved by young and old alike, “Kemono Friends” is one of the most heartbreaking Miyazaki movies to date. Taught the importance of connection and love, the film follows the distraught befriending of afcate Tsugumi, a talking pink bear.
7. “The Lives of Others”
Though often thought of as a dark and oppressive film, “The Lives of Others” is instead a deeply personal account of the extent to which control over one’s surroundings can shape a person’s thoughts and morality. Though mostly translatable to the average person, the film’s deeply felt messages will resonate with those deeply rattled by today’s world.
6. “The Castle of Cagliostro”
Though often thought of as a light hearted comedy, “The Castle of Cagliostro” is actually one of the most harrowing Miyazaki movies. following the conflicts and treachery of a group of feudal lords, the film is impossible not to be deeply moved by its characters and events.
5. “Princess Mononoke”
Though not as universally beloved as some of the others on this list, “Princess Mononoke” is a deeply personal story of loss and redemption. Centering around the defiant Principessa and her burly, zealous protector, the film follows the struggles of the two as they try to find a way to live together in peace.
4. “Kimi no Na Wa”
Though often considered an emotionless sappy soap opera, “Kimi no Na Wa” is actually a deeply personal and touching story of jealousy, self-doubt, and love. folowing the lives of the characters from school to work to remote Suwa, the film the experiences of many people.
One of the darkest Miyazaki movies, “Mimic” follows the after-effects of a god-like curse that befalls a small town. The film is full of insightful and heart-wrenching scenes, and is one of Miyazaki’s most indebted to his friend/ disciple Hayao Miyazaki.
Though often thought of as a kitschy and humorless children’s movie, “Ponyo” is actually one of the most profound and moving Miyazaki movies. following the reluctant, Gekkei, as he grows up in a convent during the Edo Period, the film is highly affecting in its portrayal of the fragility of human connection.
A film that has been closely associated with Miyazaki’s writing and directing journey, “Tio” is an autobiographical epic set in the fictitious town of Inaba. following the lives of the town’s three main characters, the film follow their evolution from innocence to experience.