Here are the top 10 sad movie quotes. Movies can be powerful visual portraits of a range of human emotion from despair to romance. But they also fill the gap that poetry perhaps filled generations ago – they give us powerful quotes that can make us smile or pull on our heart strings. The below ten sad movie quotes will bring a tear to the hardest heart.

  1. Tyler Durden: “This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time.” Movie: “Fight Club” (1999), Actor: Brad Pitt, Novel Written by Chuck Palahniuk. Just thinking about your life fading away minute by minute can drive the tears in your eyes. A sad and nihilistic outlook on life that is not altogether over-exaggerated.

  2. Jane Eyre (as child): “My parents died when I was very young. I went to stay with my Aunt who didn't love me.” Movie: “Jane Eyre” (1996), Actress: Anna Paquin, From the Novel by Charlotte Bronte. The young child articulates her plight simply, which lends tragedy and sadness to the quote.

  3. Susanna: “I know what it's like to want to die. How it hurts to smile. How you try to fit in but you can't. How you hurt yourself on the outside to try to kill the thing on the inside.” Movie: “Girl Interrupted”, Actress: Winona Ryder. Susanna will never recapture the pure happiness she knew before she tried to commit suicide. The quote shows a deeply troubled girl on her sad journey towards suicide.

  4. Sara Goldfarb: "Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, and orange in the evening. Just like that, one, two, three, four!" Movie: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Actress: Ellen Burstyn.  Sara is talking about her pills. Realizing how dependent this lifely woman has become on her pills, a sad routine for any life.

  5. Royal: “I want to make this family love me. How much money you got?” Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Actor: Gene Hackman. The patriarch of a family thinks that he can buy back his family’s affection. True sadness is speaking loud and clear form this quote about a man that thinks he needs to buy love from his own family.

  6. Rannie: “I baked a pie full of rat poison. I thought I could eat it, you know, without being suspicious. My nana, who is 86... (starts to cry) She really likes sweets. She had three pieces.” Movie: The Virgin Suicides (1999), Actress: Leah Straatsma. A doubly sad story in that the girl wanted to kill herself, then lost her grandmother through her suicidal actions. Nothing can be more tragic and sad than a girl accidentally killing her grandmother instead of herself.

  7. Maude: "He thought they were the most beautiful birds in the world. Then he found out they were only seagulls." Movie: Harold & Maude (1971), Actress: Ruth Gordon. The tragedy of lost innocence. Realizing that the world has lost its beauty and mystery for Maude is one of the saddest moment in this fantastic film.

  8. Moll Flanders: “I kept kissing frogs looking for a prince.” Movie: Moll Flanders (1996), Actress: Robin Wright, Based on a Novel by Daniel Defoe. Moll tried to find her true love until she realized that true love was just a fairy tale. The realization that all of her dreams will always remain just that, true love does not exist outside fairytales, brings forward tremendous sadness not only in her but also the audience.

  9. Seymore Parrish: “Nobody takes a picture of something they want to forget.” Movie: One Hour Photo (2002), Actor: Robin Williams. Psychotic Seymore’s sad observation on life. The lonely photo lab clerk realizes that life has passed him bye and nobody seems to want to remember him as he watches other peoples mementos going through his hands.

  10. Tyler Durden: "You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else." Movie: Fight Club (1999), Actor: Brad Pitt. A second quote from this movie. Perhaps one of the most famous quote from the movie. The true sadness of a bleak and grey outlook on life and the world, the utter emptiness of a world that is meaningless, not cruel but indifferent.