Highest-Rated Movies about 'Sad', Sort by Popularity


Chimes at Midnight (1965), Ikiru (1952), Born to Be Wild (2011), My Skinny Sister (2015), Fighter (2000), A Short Film About Love (1988), My Father My Lord (2007), The Unloved (2009) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Sad movies.


Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Welles' adaptation of "Falstaff" and other Shakespearean works, chronicling the nobleman's relationship with Henry V.

friend, girlfriend, prince, hostess, wife, brash, cheeky

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Ikiru (1952)

A rigid clerk (Takashi Shimura) resolves to do something of lasting importance after learning that he is dying of cancer.

bureaucrat, co-worker, writer, mayor, prostitute, sad, emotional

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Born to Be Wild (2011)

Dedicated teams in Africa and Borneo save the lives of orphaned elephants and orangutans and prepare them for release back into the wild.

veterinarian, animal, animal trainer, african native, poacher, charming, heartwarming

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My Skinny Sister (2015)

An adolescent girl discovers her older sister is hiding an eating disorder.

parent, sister, skater, sad, heartwarming, ice skating rink, living with disability

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Fighter (2000)

Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev follows two Holocaust survivors as they revisit a labor camp where one was interned for five years.

documentarian, holocaust survivor, mother, jew, friend, elderly person, spirited

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A Short Film About Love (1988)

A postal worker (Olaf Lubaszenko) in love with his neighbor (Grażyna Szapołowska) spies on her through a telescope, holds her mail, and makes anonymous phone calls.

postal worker, older woman, virgin, peeping tom, playful, sad, profound

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My Father My Lord (2007)

The leader of a small ultra-orthodox community in Tel Aviv, Rabbi Abraham Edelman (Assi Dayan) is absolutely inflexible about doctrine. It's a trait that has won him no shortage of respect from his peers, but it's beginning to cause conflict with his son (Ilan Griff). Little Menahem has a growing fascination with the natural world, and simply can't understand why his father must shoo a mother bird from her nest, or insist that dogs have no souls.

rabbi, wife, son, student, emotional, intense, sad

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The Unloved (2009)

Lucy is 11-years-old and lives with her father. One day, not for the first time, he beats her. The next time she returns to school, Lucy asks to see her social worker Jackie. Lucy is known to social services and has been in foster care before, but none of her foster parents have any placements available. Jackie takes her to a children's home, Crop Row, where she is left with nothing except the school uniform she is wearing.

child, father, social worker, teen girl, dark, sad, raw

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Last Resort (2000)

A Russian woman (Dina Korzun) traveling with her son (Artyom Strelnikov) seeks political asylum when her fiance fails to meet her plane.

mother, son, russian, fiancé, business owner, friend, sad

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Long Night's Journey Into Day (2000)

Following the end of apartheid in South Africa during the 1990s, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to pursue social justice, and this acclaimed documentary focuses on some of the stories that emerged from the organization's cases. Although renowned leader Bishop Desmond Tutu appears, the film focuses primarily on everyday people, both white and black, who committed appalling crimes during apartheid and came to the commission seeking forgiveness.

leader, racist, criminal, murderer, emotional, intense, sad

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James Dean (2001)

Problems early in life fuel the actor's (James Franco) rapid ascent to legend status in spite of the brevity of his career.

actor, father, girlfriend, aunt, mother, sad, emotional

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Marianne (2019)

A famous horror writer discovers that the evil spirit who plagues her dreams is now wreaking havoc.

frenchwoman, fiancé, soldier, blind man, american officer, melodramatic, sad

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After the Rehearsal (1984)

An aging Swedish stage director's (Erland Josephson) ex-lover (Ingrid Thulin) and would-be lover (Lena Olin) visit him on the set.

director, actress, alcoholic, mother, old flame, dense, striking

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A Season in France (2017)

An African teacher flees his violent country for France, where he falls in love with a local woman.

african, wife, teacher, brother, frenchwoman, daughter, emotional

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Angel Baby (1995)

The definitive documentary on the Sleepaway Camp series.

schizophrenic, lover, psychiatrist, brother, sister-in-law, patient, sad

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Tabu (1931)

A young woman (Anna Chevalier) and a pearl fisherman (Matahi) fall in love and flee from their island.

young man, love interest, messenger, chief, young woman, bar owner, dreamy

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Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2006)

Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor makes a controversial decision to heal her wounded soul by forgiving those who tortured her and her twin sister at Auschwitz.

sister, concentration camp survivor, twin, jew, emotional, profound, spirited

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Stevie (2002)

After not seeing his younger friend for several years, documentary director Steve James decides to catch up with the Illinois boy he once mentored. No longer the nerdy preteen James once knew, Stephen Fielding is now a damaged adult who has had repeated problems with the law. While reproaching himself for not maintaining a closer relationship with his old friend, James tries to understand Fielding's evolution from abused child to a man convicted of serious crimes.

mentor, criminal, mother, grandmother, police officer, dark, disturbing

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Shanghai Triad (1995)

Director Zhang Yimou's tale of a Chinese boy's eye-opening experiences during a week in the realm of organized crime.

teenager, criminal, singer, uncle, rival, striking, intense

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I'm Not Scared (2003)

In a small town in Italy in 1978, 9-year-old Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano) finds Fillipo (Mattia Di Perro), seemingly dead in a deep hole in the ground, while on a bike ride with friends. Terrified of what he has seen, Michele decides not to tell his father. After returning to the scene, Michele discovers that Fillipo is still alive and bound by a chain. Michele continues to keep his secret as he makes several visits to Fillipo, who has no memory of the events leading up to his captivity.

boy, abductee, father, bad guy, disturbing, sad, shocking

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Darwin's Nightmare (2004)

Hubert Sauper's Oscar-nominated documentary about the Nile perch, a species introduced into Lake Victoria as an experiment in the sixties. Since then, the fish has not only wiped out the lake's other marine life, but also has a tendency to consume its own young. Unfortunately, the Nile perch is also the region's most profitable export. Everyone with a stake in the market downplays the ecological disaster.

african, foreigner, businessman, fisherman, shocking, fascinating, sad

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Divided We Fall (2000)

This dramatic story of a hero against his will is set in a small Czech town occupied by German forces during the last years of the Second World War. Josef and Marie are a childless couple who yearn for a baby; unfortunately, he is sterile. One day they meet David, a young Jewish man and former neighbor recently escaped from a concentration camp, to whom they give refuge in their home.

husband, wife, son, friend, nazi collaborator, jew, tender

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Whitney (2018)

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald examines the life and career of singer Whitney Houston. Features never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive recordings, rare performances and interviews with the people who knew her best.

singer, friend, family member, touching, sad, inspiring, concert stage

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A Screaming Man (2010)

A 60-year-old man in Chad, resentful of his lot in life, can only contribute his son's services to the war effort.

father, son, mother, manager, soldier, disturbing, disheartening

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When the Wind Blows (1986)

In this hand-drawn animated tale, elderly married couple Hilda (Peggy Ashcroft) and Jim Bloggs (John Mills) have their quiet, simple lives in the English countryside interrupted when they learn of an impending nuclear attack. Not completely understanding the gravity of their situation, Hilda and Jim react archaically and insufficiently after the attack -- and the film takes a dark turn as the radiation begins taking its toll on the unsuspecting couple.

retiree, wife, husband, amusing, disheartening, sad, sussex, england

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Islands in the Stream (1977)

A Hemingwayesque artist (George C. Scott) plays and drinks in the 1940s Bahamas, visited by his first wife (Claire Bloom) and three sons.

man, friend, son, wife, refugee, dreamy, emotional

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Sunflower (1970)

An Italian bride (Sophia Loren) finds her long-lost soldier husband (Marcello Mastroianni) living in Moscow with amnesia and a wife (Lyudmila Saveleva) and daughter.

woman, man, prisoner of war, missing person, lover, melodramatic, emotional

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Sybil (1976)

This tale of child abuse and and its deep psychological scars, based on a true story, follows Sybil (Sally Field), an introverted student living alone in New York City who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Haunted by nightmares of her past, Sybil starts seeing a psychiatrist named Dr. Cornelia B. Wilbur (Joanne Woodward). When Dr. Wilbur discovers Sybil has over a dozen different personalities, she becomes obsessed with uncovering her patient's tortured childhood in order to heal her.

student, psychiatrist, mother, doctor, sad, intense, shocking

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Look at Me (2004)

A gifted singer (Marilou Berry) seeks approval from her egotistical father (Jean-Pierre Bacri), who is a famous writer and publisher.

singer, daughter, author, father, teacher, stepmother, amusing

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Parasite (2019)

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

son, mother, daughter, maid, father, tense, bleak

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