Let your sensitive, soy latte drinking, inner child have a good cry by cuddling up to the 5 saddest Netflix instant watch movies. Before the weeping begins, make sure to have a good fake funeral cover story just in case your friends drop by unannounced.


Anyone who has witnessed a loved one’s battle with a terminal illness knows the grip of grief.  Terminal cancer sends Uxbal on a journey to prepare the future for his children and to set right, or at least lessen, the ragged elements of his life. The power of a film like “Biutiful” is that death serves as the spark for his return to truly living a life of passion instead of being an enemy to be evaded at every turn. Uxbal’s discovery of his son, Mateo, being left alone at home after wetting himself fills you with sorrow as the realization that his wife will never live up to the role of motherhood hits him squarely in the soul.

Chasing Amy”.

Getting to watch an old, comfortable friendship slowly lose engine power as Ben Affleck’s character, Holden McNeil, starts ripping out the wiring until the plane smashes into the side of a mountain can get the old soul a bit teary. Take one long best friend relationship that also carries the weight of working together then throw in the mythical lesbian who might switch teams and you end up with “Chasing Amy”, one of the saddest Netflix instant watch movies that you can’t look away from.  At the diner, Silent Bob lays out his own torpedoed romance story as a sacrificial lamb that seeks to steer Holden onto a path where he could save both his friendship and his girlfriend in a scene that is poignant without preaching.

The Iron Giant”.

A story as old as time: Boy meets robot, boy loves robot, boy loses robot.  Hogarth Hughes discovers a giant robot with tremendous destructive capabilities. Through Hogarth’s friendship, the robot comes to an understanding about its actions and consequences. “The Iron Giant” is a neat little Netflix instant watch animated tearjerker that doesn’t need badly written poetry to poke the sad places in your heart.  As the robot chooses self-sacrifice to save the town from a missile, he utters one word that condenses all of Hogarth’s life lessons making one powerful waterworks causing scene.

The Secret of NIMH”.

A sick child, a murdered father and talking animals either sets the foundation for a tear stained movie or a B movie slasher flick. Mrs. Brisby puts her self in peril, time and again, in order to save her family from the oncoming planting season in “The Secret of NIMH”. From beginning to end, you will find yourself cheering on this brave little mama mouse without any significant harm to your testosterone levels. Teaming up with her husband’s old colleagues, the rats from NIMH, Brisby becomes a force to reckon with as she goes all out to get her home and family moved out of danger. Blackened hearts might make it out unscathed when Nicodemus catches a concrete block as a reward for helping the Brisby clan but the rest of humanity will cry into their “Toy Story” pillowcases.

Tron: Legacy”.

Having learned from the Star Wars prequels on the destruction of nostalgia, “Tron: Legacy” stomps on whatever dignity Frisbee throwing fans of Tron had left. The dialogue is insulting to the mental faculties as Jeff Bridges is constantly throwing around 80s slang to remind you of how long he’s been gone from Earth. The story is filled with multiple problems that have simple solutions that no one bothers to address such as the evil corporate board that can be brushed off the moment Sam Flynn signs a few documents and takes over. The old hero Tron went over to the dark side yet returns to hero status during the escape with no reasoning behind his change other than to let the movie reach a conclusion, which was merciful in that regard. “Tron: Legacy” plays out as a money grab film with the barest semblance of a story. This film is easily one of the saddest Netflix movies you can watch.