10 Good Sad Movies Of The 90′s

Saturday, January 22 by Megan Bushree

For some reason, audiences love one of these 10 good sad movies of the 90's. Perhaps it is catharsis that causes us to watch a film that purges our emotions as a form of entertainment. Below are ten good sad movies of the 90's, spoilers included.

  1. "A Perfect World" A sad tale of a charming convict (Kevin Costner), a kidnapped boy who grows a close bond with said convict and a U.S. Marshall (Clint Eastwood) on their trail. Quality acting coming from everyone involved helps the heartbreaking ending seem all the more crushing.
  2. "Philadelphia" Tom Hanks eviscerates audience's souls with his genuine performance about a gay man and his fight against the company that fired him for having aids.
  3. "Higher Learning" An ensemble of young actors including a pre-"House," Omar Epps, a post-"Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Kristy Swanson and Jennifer Connelly star in a devastating story of race and sexual discrimination on a fictional college campus in this John Singleton drama.  
  4. "The Man in the Moon" This underrated gem stars a fourteen year old Reese Witherspoon as Danny, a young girl who has fallen in love for the first time in the 1950's south. The problem is that the seventeen year old boy she loves meets her lovely older sister. Angst, heartbreak and death ensue in a truly sad film.
  5. "Titanic" Not a surprising addition, "Titanic" is a sad love story embedded within a true tragic event in history.
  6. "American Beauty" The teenagers are screwed up, the parents are even worse off, and the entire film ends with a haunting Elliot Smith rendition of the Beatles' song "Because."
  7. "Forrest Gump" For some reason, "Forrest Gump" is often considered a comedy, but it really is one of the saddest movies of the last twenty years. Everything bad that could happen to Forrest does. The poor guy is mentally slow, has to wear leg braces, loses the love of his life multiple times because she's a flake and when he ultimately marries her, she dies! He also loses his best friend Bubba in the war, while his mentor, Lt. Dan, loses his legs. But the film is filled with many uplifting moments, which makes this the saddest movie you can't help but watch over and over.
  8. "Little Women" This film is sad for many reasons, but the death of loved ones, and the loss of love that was never explored, are key components of sadness to this adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic.
  9. "Schindler's List" "Schindler's List" is definitely not a flick you want to catch on a Sunday afternoon for light entertainment.
  10. "My Girl" Eleven year old Vada Sultenfuss has a lot of problems for an adorable preteen in the early 1970's; she is a hypochondriac, she blames herself for the death of her mother (she died giving birth), she lives in a funeral home, her father has started dating, and her best friend in the whole world dies while trying to retrieve her beloved mood ring. It's hard not to shed a tear or two for this one.