The Best Sad Movies on Netflix for Those Moments You Just Need to Cry

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Sometimes, you just really need a good cry. Whether it's a rough break up, a bad day at work, the state of the current world, or just because, a moving film has a way of being beautifully cathartic. When that's the case, turn to a purposefully heartbreaking film and get the tears flowing.

Luckily for your tear ducts, Netflix's catalog has plenty of heart-wrenching movies to get the ~~ feels ~~ going. (If you don't have a Netflix account, we've got you covered too: Check out our list of the saddest movies of all time, here.) Consider P.S. I Love You, starring Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler, that's emotional enough to make you shed a tear even 13 years after it was first released. Or Room, a haunting tale of resilience, which earned Brie Larson an Academy Award for Best Actress. And when you're really, really looking for a good sob, revisit the classic A Little Princess—but, be warned, you might need a hug from your dad after watching. (Or you could always just binge these funny films after.)

Take a look at Marie Claire's comprehensive list of the saddest movies on Netflix, complete with a handy "ugly cry" ranking, so you can be prepared with the appropriate amount of tissues, ice cream and water—you know, to rehydrate.

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1 'One Day'

One Day is the type of tragic love story that could rival even The Notebook streaming catalog. If you'd rather cry about Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess than about Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, this one is for you.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 7/10

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2 'Irreplaceable You'

This Netflix original is about a woman who sets out to find a new girlfriend for her fiancé when she learns she has cancer and little time left to live.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 6/10

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3 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas'

This movie explores the atrocities of Nazi extermination camps through the perspective of two young boys, one the son of a Nazi commander and one a Jewish prisoner.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 9/10

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4 'The Pianist'

Adrian Brody won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in this heartbreaking story about the Holocaust, based on real-life events.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 6/10

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5 'Room'

Some movies have sad endings and some movies are just sad, start to finish. Room is the latter.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 9/10

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6 'Marriage Story'

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver each earned Oscar nods for their portrayal of a couple going through a grueling breakup that shows the many sides of love, divorce, and family.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 5/10

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7 'P.S. I Love You'

Chances are, you'll shed a tear just watching the trailer for this movie. In the hit film from 2007, Holly (Hilary Swank) gets a series of letters from her recently deceased husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) encouraging her to put herself out there and learn to love life again.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 10/10

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8 'The Spectacular Now'

Based on a book by the same title, the movie tells the unexpected and dramatic love story between two high school students.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 6/10

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9 'Someone Great'

Prepare to be bait-and-switched—in a great way: This movie masquerades as a fun comedy about a girls' night out, but before you know it, you'll be crying uncontrollably about the one who got away.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 8/10

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10 'Moonlight'

Moonlight is a coming-of-age story about Chiron, a black man in Miami, learning about his identity and sexuality. It's honest, nuanced, and beautifully shot.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 9/10

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11 'The Pursuit of Happyness'

You might find yourself crying out of both sadness and happiness (or, should we say, happyness) while watching this 2006 drama starring Will and Jaden Smith. The pair play a father and son (fitting) enduring several hardships, but their ability to support each other, despite it all, is equally moving.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 10/10

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12 'A Little Princess'

Prepare to call your parents sobbing. This 1995 film is about a young girl who goes to boarding school during World War I when devastating news turns her world upside down.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 8/10

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13 'Roma'

Quickly into this Netflix film by Alfonso Cuarón you'll realize why it won an Academy Award. Set in the early 1970s, the movie is about a housekeeper's life in Mexico City.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 9/10

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14 'First They Killed My Father'

This is less of a "eat cookie dough ice cream and cry" movie and more of a "question humanity and bawl your eyes out" film. It's about 5-year-old Loung Ung becoming a child soldier during Cambodian genocide.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 10/10

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15 'Blue Is the Warmest Color'

Incredibly moving and undeniably heart-wrenching, this French film tells the story of Adèle and Léa's incredible connection and doomed love.

Odds you'll end up ugly crying: 6/10

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