25 Movies That You Would Never Expect To Be Sad

Posted by , Updated on November 22, 2022

Sometimes you go to the movies to see something funny. Sometimes you just want to relax. Why is it then, that all of a sudden you find yourself watching a tear jerker and bawling your eyes out? It happens to the best of us. Today we are going to warn you about some movies that might elicit more sad emotions than anything else. Or, at the very least, they have the very serious potential to depress you. So, you have been warned! Also, this is another warning – there may be spoilers! So, if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to ruin anything, don’t read the descriptions. Just to put the movie buffs among you at ease, we have done our best to not spoil anything. Our descriptions of the movies should be sufficiently vague yet clear enough to portray the fact that the movie in question is indeed sad or depressing. Either way, for those of you who love sad movies, possibly the emos among you, this list is critical. You’ll definitely want to see some of these movies. So, don’t let us hold you back anymore. These are 25 movies that you would never expect to be sad!


Gran Torino

Gran TorinoSource: reddit, Image: amazon

The ending, you just have to see the ending.


The Brave Little Toaster

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It’s possibly the darkest animated movie about appliances that you will ever watch.


Lilo And Stitch

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If you’ll learn one thing by the end of this list it’s that animated movies can be tearjerkers.


Forrest Gump

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Although it’s filled with potentially sad moments, the ending is especially potent.


The Grey

The GreySource: reddit, Image: amazon

If you were expecting an action packed film starring Liam Neeson fighting off wolves…well, sort of. But what you probably weren’t expecting was the absolute lack of any happiness…whatsoever.


The Land Before Time

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When a series starts off with the main character *Spoiler alert* losing his mother, you know it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


Fast And Furious 7

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Everyone knew what happened to Paul Walker, but you would never have expected how well they handled it in the movie.


Life Is Beautiful

Life Is BeautifulSource: reddit, Image: amazon

Get ready for this movie to change you.


In Bruges

In BrugesSource: reddit, Image: amazon

Although it’s a comedy…it’s a dark comedy. A very dark comedy.


The Green Mile

The Green MileSource: reddit, Image: amazon

Although you probably figured that a movie about capital punishment wouldn’t be too lighthearted, you probably underestimated the level of attachment you would develop to the characters.



CastawaySource: reddit, Image: amazon

Only Tom Hanks could bring you to tears over a volleyball.


The Iron Giant

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It’s based on a book that Ted Hughes wrote to comfort his children following their mother’s suicide. Sadness is guaranteed.


The Last Of The Mohicans

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Ok, any movie with the word “last” in the title might arouse the suspicions of your tear ducts, but like the rest of the films on our list, this one takes things a bit further.


The Mist

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The ending is brutal and completely unexpected.



UpSource: reddit, Image: amazon

Get ready for another animated movie to suck the tears out of your face.


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindSource: reddit, Image: amazon

Relationships gone bad, doctors wiping memories, Jim Carrey….it sounds like it should be a crazy sci-fi comedy, but this movie will catch you off guard.


Toy Story 3

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The third installment of the Toy Story series is no joke. After “Up” and “Beauty and the Beast” it is only the third animated movie in history to receive a nomination for Best Picture.



Wall-ESource: reddit, Image: amazon

An innocent robot subjected to forces beyond his control, Wall-E pulls on your heartstrings big time.


Pay It Forward

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While some people have been known to put it down for cheesiness, even the haters tend to acknowledge that the movie gave them the feels.


Saving Private Ryan

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It’s a war movie, so you probably thought that dying would be a part of the game, but you probably didn’t expect it to be so intense.


The Pursuit Of Happyness

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It’s basically 2 hours of Will Smith getting beat down followed by a gloriously redemptive 2 minute happy ending.


Marley and Me

Marley and MeSource: reddit, Image: amazon

If you were expecting a slap stick comedy, then we’re sorry for your tears.


Seven Pounds

Seven PoundsSource: reddit, Image: amazon

Just reading the plot synopsis will make your eyes wet.



SouthpawSource: reddit, Image: amazon

Get ready to cheer, laugh, cry, repeat.


Everybody's Fine

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Spoiler: everybody’s not fine

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