60 Best Sad Movies of 2022

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Neal Preston

There’s something quite cathartic about uncontrollably crying while watching a sad movie. Even though some people claim they don’t like watching tearjerkers, Nicholas Sparks’ popularity suggests otherwise. With tragic dramas like A Star Is Born becoming worldwide hits, it’s clear that audiences are drawn to tragedy, even if it means going through an entire box of tissues in the process. If you’re a fan of really sad films, you’ve probably seen some of the movies on this list, but that doesn’t mean you can’t re-watch them and cry all over again. Here are 60 sad movies to watch, because sobbing is healthy.

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Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

The Spectacular Now (2013)

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Mr. Holland’s Opus (1996)

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

People know Molly Shannon best for her work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Don’t let that fool you—she gives an award-winning performance as a matriarch battling cancer in this under-appreciated indie gem. —AS


If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Two Distant Strangers (2020)

An Oscar winner, this short film follows a Groundhog Day trope where a young Black man named Carter James (Joey Badass) is shot and killed by NYPD police officer, Merk (Andrew Howard) in a time loop. Though police brutality stories have been told consistently, what makes Two Distant Strangers different (and, honestly, much more powerful) is the emotional scars behind both figures: the man who’s being killed and man who’s killing. —MC

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Remember the Titans (2000)

The Secret Life Of Bees (2008)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

The Best of Me: Tears of Joy Edition (2014)

Celeste And Jesse Forever (2012)

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