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Saddest Movies of all Time

Rimlee Bhuyan
Sad and melancholic movies are great to watch when you are in a contemplative mood and crave for serious cinema. In this story we are going to take a look at some of the saddest movies.
I am sure that there is no one who would deliberately seek out a tearjerker. But there are times when you do feel like watching a human interest and real movie that deals with pain and loss. Some of the best movies in terms of storyline and cinematography, deals with raw human emotions, which are sure to bring tears in your eyes.
From Schindler's List that deals with the Holocaust to Boys Don't Cry that has a young transgender man as its protagonist who is raped and then murdered by his male friends, there are many sad, but really good movies that you can watch. Here we will present to you a selection of some of the saddest movies ever made.

Life is Beautiful

One of the saddest movies of all time, Life is Beautiful, recounts the story of Guido Orifice, a Jewish Italian. Guido is a charismatic young man who arrives in Arezzo, Italy and soon falls in love with an aristocratic young girl. He gets married to her and has a son Giosue.
During the Second World War, Guido and Giosue are taken by the Nazis to the concentration camps, where he is joined by his wife. To keep up Giouse's spirit, Guido convinces the little boy that they are actually in a game and to win the game they have to collect 1000 points.
Despite the grimness of the concentration camp and the horrors and death seen there, Guido manages to keep his son entranced in his tale. This story about the attempts of a father to keep his son away from the ugliness of the war is truly moving. It has received many awards and accolades.

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias is considered to be one of the best movies of all time. Directed by Robert Harling, it is a screen adaptation of a 1987 Broadway play. The movie is based on the author's own experience with the death of his sister. It shows the bond between a group of women.
In the center, there is Shelby a young girl who is married to Jackson. Her decision to have a child in spite of suffering from diabetes changes their lives and brings in many complications.
There are many subplots in this movie although the main story is about Shelby trying to cope with her medical condition. Excellent acting by the cast and the complexity of relations and emotions shown in the movie, makes it one of the saddest movies.

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan starring Tom Hanks is also a good sensitive and emotional movie. This epic war movie revolves around the Second World War and the Normandy invasion. Captain John H. Miller, superbly portrayed by Tom Hanks, along with his men is given the mission of finding Private First Class James Francis Ryan.
His three brothers have already died in the war and he was to be located and immediately sent back home. The movie is about finding Ryan in the midst of war and safely sending him back home. Captain Miller loses most of his men in trying to find Ryan but is successful in the end. He gives up his own life in the line of duty.

When a Man Loves a Woman

This movie revolves around a young married couple Alice Green and Michael Green portrayed by Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia. Michael is an airline pilot who has a hard time coming to terms with his wife's alcoholism and subsequent reckless behavior.
When Alice realizes how her alcoholism threatens her and her family's well-being and safety, she enters a rehab center. When she kicks her addiction, Michael who is pleasant albeit controlling, has a hard time adjusting. The way the movie focuses on how alcoholism affects a marriage and the drinker's partner is quite heart wrenching.

Schindler's List

Schindler's List written and directed by Steven Spielberg, is one of the most memorable and iconic movies based on the Holocaust. It revolves around the life of Oskar Schindler who is a businessman. He rescues and saves the life of over a thousand Jews by giving them work in his factory.
This movie is a masterpiece with excellent script, screenplay and some brilliant performances. Schindler's list have won numerous awards and accolades including seven Academy Awards.

The Passion of the Christ

Directed by Mel Gibson, this controversial movie stars Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It revolves around the final few hours of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion.
The movie has been widely acclaimed but had come under a lot of criticism for depicting too much violence. This movie has been a box office hit and has garnered a lot of attention because of its controversial content.

List of Saddest Movies

Here is a list of some of the saddest movies of all time.
  • Terms of Endearment
  • The Notebook
  • The English Patient
  • Titanic
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • A Walk to Remember
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Hachiko: A Dog's Story
  • Sophie's Choice
  • Love Story
  • Pay it Forward
  • Dead Poet's Society
  • Philadelphia
  • Beaches
  • Bambi
  • One True Thing
  • The Green Mile
  • Aurore
  • I am Sam
  • My Life
  • The Color Purple
  • An Affair to Remember
  • City of Angels
  • The Boy in The Striped Pajamas
  • The Reader
  • The Soloist
  • The Champ
  • Old Yeller
  • My Girl
  • Ghost
  • Sweet November
  • Brian's Song
  • Imitation of Life
These were some of the most heart tugging saddest movies ever made. Do watch these movies as they will give you a welcome break from watching romantic comedies and thriller movies. All these sad movies have a great story and watching them will surely form a lump in your throat and bring tears to your eyes. These are truly great movies and you should definitely watch them.