The Best Sad Movies on Netflix Right Now

Why seek out a pulse-pounding action film or a knee-slapping comedy when you can get the waterworks going? Sad movies resonate longer and more deeply than do others. They connect with a part of us that wants to feel something more than mere entertainment when we sit back and tune out the rest of the world. And yet, they might remind us of our own lives, of the one that got away, of a lost family member.

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Heartbreak is shared across the spectrum of the human condition in such a way that total strangers having endured a similar pain, or having survived the same horrific event, oft bond like the best of friends. Because sorrow unites us all. So get those tissues ready and convince yourself that you’re not crying; you just have something in both of your eyes. These are the best sad movies on Netflix right now.

For more recommendations, check out our list of the best movies on Netflix or the best dramas or indie films on the platform.

Editor’s note: This article was updated July 2023 to include A Man Called Otto.

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To the Bone (2017)

Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves in doctor's office in To the Bone
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A Man Called Otto (2022)

Tom Hanks in A Man Called Otto
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Fatherhood (2021)

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Brain on Fire (2016)

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Purple Hearts (2022)

Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine getting married in Purple Hearts
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All Together Now (2020)

Auliʻi Cravalho as Amber Appleton and Ty Judy Reyes as Donna smiling and clapping in All Together Now
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18 Presents (2020)

Vittoria Puccini as Elisa Girotto and Benedetta Porcaroli as Anna Vincenzotto in 18 Presents
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Irreplaceable You (2018)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman hugging in Irreplaceable You
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All the Bright Places (2020)

Elle Fanning and Justice Smith in All the Bright Places
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Pieces of a Woman (2020)

Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman
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Les Misérables (2012)

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Marriage Story (2019)

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Tell Me Who I Am (2019)

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Beasts of No Nation (2015)

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Cargo (2017)

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Blue Jay (2016)

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Mindhorn (2016)

Julian Barratt in Mindhorn (2016)
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

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Kodachrome (2017)

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