10 Saddest Movies Of All Time

Monday, March 7 by Stephen Pomposello

If you're looking to find the 10 saddest movies of all time, then these ten tragic selections are bound to make you shed a few tears, or better yet, cry a whole river. A sad story doesn't always have to originate from genres like Drama or Romance, they could be science fiction or even horror for that matter, just as movies like "Jacob's Ladder" and "Day of the Dead" have taught us. Coming of age stories, apocalyptic tales, spiritual journeys, and tragic disasters. They're all here. Grab a tissue box.

  1. "Titanic." Is it no surprise that James Cameron's blockbuster disaster drama manages to get under our skins and reach our most sensitive feelings? "Titanic" is the story of the real life ill-fated voyage that sank in the Atlantic in 1912. The final moments of "Titanic" are nerve-racking as is the overall score of the film by James Horner.
  2. "Stand by Me." This coming of age story is truly one of the saddest movies of all time, not just the nature of it but also the startling outcomes of each character and how they ring true to the actors themselves, including one character who died in the film who also died a few years later in real life.
  3. "Saving Private Ryan."
  4. "Day of the Dead." Following "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead," George A. Romero's third entry into his zombie saga is a tale of tragedy, depicting a dire situation in which a group of soldiers and scientists live secluded in an underground bunker, low on supplies and patience, with no way to contact other survivors.
  5. "Jacob's Ladder." Beneath all the dread and the horror the floods this nightmarish story, there is a main character who doesn't realize he is dead and must undergo a spiritual journey in order to overcome his inner demons. Prepare for an unexpected tearjerker of a finale by the time the movie is over.
  6. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." Despite all the special effects wizardry and big action set pieces, there is a core emotional story to "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," that focuses on an impending apocalypse as well as a young boy's heartfelt connection to the protective T-800 machine.
  7. "Rocky Balboa." The sixth and final chapter in the beloved "Rocky" franchise is the most heartfelt and among one of the saddest movies of all time. "Rocky Balboa" follows the titular character who is now a has-been, his wife has passed away, and his glory days are long behind. While trying to get back into boxing, he rekindles the old times, pondering all that has changed.
  8. "Stephen King's The Stand." This four part mini-series, based on the novel by Stephen King, is an epic tale of horror and drama that unfolds in the final days of mankind in which a super-flu wipes out 99% of the human race in a week's time. "The Stand" puts heavy emphasis on its characters.
  9. "My Girl." This coming of age story has an aura of death and sadness that lingers all throughout the movie, especially by the end of the film in which Macaulay Culkin's character passes away after being stung to death by bees. This sad movie is bound to have you in tears by the film's ending credits. 
  10. "The Last American Virgin." This classic 80's teen comedy has a heart underneath it all, believe it or not, because at the core of its story is a young man and his yearning to be with one girl, but all that is torn to pieces by the heart-wrenching finale of this film, making it one of the saddest movies of all time.
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