Sometimes we all need a good cry. But instead of sneaking a sob session in the bathroom at work, why not try scheduling one in the privacy of your own home, maybe surrounded by some equally emotional friends and ample amounts of tissues and wine? (If you're looking for something a little lighter, head here.) The following dozen movies are the most tragic that Netflix has to offer. This compilation of untimely deaths, painful illnesses, broken hearts and cruel twists of fate is guaranteed to leave you blubbering uncontrollably.
Go ahead, let it all out...
Two new sobfests will be added to the Saddest Movies on Netflix as of October 1. Cue the waterworks:
1. New! Titanic (1997)
- Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Victor Garber
- Director: James Cameron
That's right. The saddest of the sad, the big cahuna of heartbreak. Titanic, the epic 1997 romance starring a very young, very handsome Leonardo DiCaprio and the astonishing, marvelous Kate Winslet is coming to Netflix on October 1. Get reacquainted with the star-crossed lovers Jack and Rose and go down with the ship once more. Be sure to bring a life vest so you don't drown in an Atlantic Ocean of your own tears. We'll NEVER let go, Jack!
2. New! Bigs Eyes (2014)
- Director: Tim Burton
- Starring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston
Based on the incredible true story of Margaret Keane, Big Eyes tells the story of how she became the most prophetic and successful artist of the '50s, but all the while her husband was passing off the work as his own. As her violent marriage crumbles, Margaret files a lawsuit to gain the credit she is due and the rights to her own legacy.
3. Always (1989)
- Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman, Audrey Hepburn
- Director: Steven Spielberg
From screenwriters Jerry Belson and the famous Dalton Trumbo, this classic love story follows the life and after life of a daredevil pilot who perishes in a tragic plane crash. From the beyond, he is able to influence the lives of those he's left behind. Oh, and it's also the last movie Audrey Hepburn ever made!
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4. Anna Karenina (2012)
- Director: Joe Wright
- Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Based on the tragic Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy, Keira Knightley stars as the lovely and flawed title character, trapped in a loveless marriage with her older husband (Jude Law). Alicia Vikander is young Kitty, who longs to marry Count Vronksy (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), but Vronsky falls passionately in love with the married Anna Karenina. Meanwhile, the land-owning farmer Levin (Domhnall) pines for Princess Kitty.
5. Atonement (2007)
- Director: Joe Wright
- Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Alfie Allen, Benedict Cumberbatch
A 13-year-old Briony Tallis is an aspiring writer. When she witnesses something happening between her sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and the son of one of the family's servants, Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), she thinks she understands what she's seen, but wrongly accuses Robbie of a crime. Then World War II sets in, and their lives will never be the same.
6. Becoming Jane (2007)
- Starring: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters
- Director: Julian Jarrold
Pieced together from the letters and writings of Jane Austen, Becoming Jane tells the story of the remarkable writer at the start of her career. She might have written some of the greatest romances of all time, but her own great romance was a tragic casualty of the time in which she lived.
7. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (2008)
- Starring: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend
- Director: Mark Herman
This haunting historical drama follows the story of a young boy, the son of a Nazi officer, who moves with his family to a house outside the grounds of a concentration camp. He explores his new home with complete innocence, and winds up befriending a little boy on the other side of the barbed wire fence.
8. Braveheart (1995)
- Director: Mel Gibson
- Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
Mel Gibson stars as the iconic Scottish rebel hero William Wallace, who leads an uprising against the cruel English noble Edward Longshanks to try and win Scottish independence. It's more than a war movie, more than a love story. It's a classic. FREEDOM!
9. Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
- Director: Burr Steers
- Starring: Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew
Charlie St. Cloud is a popular, successful high school senior, ready to go off to Stanford. But when a tragic car accident cuts his younger brother's life short, he finds himself trapped in the town where he's grown up, unable to move on and let his brother go.
10. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
- Director: Kurt Kuenne
- Starring: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby
A man is murdered by his ex-girlfriend, and his filmmaker friend sets out to chronicle his life. Then, the ex-girlfriend reveals that she is pregnant with the man's child, and the filmmaker decides to follow the heartwrenching struggle of two grandparents that must make peace with their son's murderer in order to see the only grandchild they will ever have.
11. Forrest Gump (1994)
- Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field
Even after a dozen viewings, this brilliant drama is still sure to leave you teary eyed. Forrest and Jenny go together like peas and carrots, until life pulls them in separate directions, and then pushes them back together again. This unforgettable film nabbed five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Hanks), and Best Director.
12. Gladiator (2000)
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
Set in ancient Rome after the death of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Russel Crowe is General Maximus Meridas, the late emperor's trusted friend and national hero. Commodus, the son of the emperor, has Maximus condemned to fight in the brutal gladiator games, out of fear that he could use his popularity to become the new leader. One man's heartache and bravery in the face of unchecked corruption will have you weeping within the first 20 minutes.
13. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
- Starring: Steven Spielberg
- Director: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
The winner of five Academy Awards, Saving Private Ryan paints the grotesque tragedy of war with gripping realness. Set during the invasion of Normandy during World War II, Tom Hanks plays Captain John Miller, who leads his men on a mission to find one missing Private Ryan (Matt Damon) and bring him home.
Which of these tear-jerkers will you be watching? Which do you want Netflix to add to the list?