Here are 13 movies to watch on Netflix if you just need a good cry

Sad movies are an important element of any self-care routine. A good cry is therapeutic. A good cry allows you to release your pent-up emotions in one dramatic, snotty flow. TMI? No way. As the self-proclaimed leading authority in the field of sob-worthy movies, we thought we’d share some of the best to watch when you just want to let the emotions out.

Here are our favorite sob-inducing flicks — and yes, they’re on Netflix.


GOODNESS, where do I even begin with this one? It’s a period piece starring James McAvoy, Kiera Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, and a younger Benedict Cumberbatch. Iconic. Devastating.

2Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Based on the Jonathan Safran Foer novel of the same name, this film is a tearjerker. When young Oskar (Thomas Horn) loses his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attacks, he searches through the city for a final message.

3The Last 5 Years

This musical-turned-movie musical follows the five-year relationship of Cathy (Anna Kendrick) and Jamie (Jeremy Jordan). The film is told forward from Jamie’s perspective, and backward from Cathy’s in a sequence of interlaced scenes.

4The Little Prince

This animated film tells the tale of a young girl who finds a friend in an old man whose life is full of adventures.

5The Imitation Game

This Oscar-winning film recounts the true story of Alan Turing, a mathematician who works to crack the code of an unbreakable World War II machine.

6Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father

Dear Zachary is a documentary about a small family who suffered great loss over and over again. Zachary’s father is murdered, and his close friend directs this film as a love letter to his surviving son. But things only get worse.


Directed by Richard Linklater, Boyhood tracks the adolescence of Mason. Captured over 12 years with the same cast, the film is a modern epic about growing up.

8One Day

Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, One Day is another time-driven film. It tracks the relationship of its leads on the same day, year after year. Are they together or drastically apart? *Sobs uncontrollably*

9Remember Me

This NYC-heavy film traces the budding relationship between Tyler (Robert Pattinson) and Ally (Emilie de Ravin), just after Tyler’s brother has committed suicide.

105 to 7

The late Anton Yelchin plays an aspiring novelist who meets an older woman on a New York City sidewalk. The catch? She’s married.

11Fruitvale Station

Michael B. Jordan stars in this film, which follows his character through the Bay Area on the last day of 2008.

12Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks and Robin Wright steal the show in this critically-acclaimed film about a man named Forrest Gump. It’s a lifelong saga, and the film that brought Hanks into the spotlight.


Last but not least, Keith, an odd gem of a film starring everyone’s fave: Jesse McCartney. Jesse plays weird loner Keith who meets goody-two-shoes Natalie, played by Elizabeth Harnois. You’ll cry.

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