Rainy Sundays: The 11 Best Sad Films (and Where To Stream Them)

Rainy Sundays: The 11 Best Sad Films (and Where To Stream Them) ...

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, there''s something about getting a good cry: nothing to do, nowhere to be, it''s a day when all the week''s stress and mishaps come to congregate, and nothing gets rid of such conundrum as the sweet release of salty tears. Let''s face it, melancholia and the sound of stormy weather seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Themes of love, death, grief, mistreatment, and injustice provide many kinds of wails and weepings, so please get your hands on them. Now, grab a box of Kleenex, and start the kettle.

''Roma'' (2018) Couldn''t Be More Relevant (And Devastating)

A film directed by Alphonso Cuaron (Children of Men; Gravity) and starring Yalitza Aparicio, a newbie to the film, has won an Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film, Cinematography, and Direction. It is also utterly sad in its themes of income and gender inequality.

Cloe (Aparicio), a domestic worker who attends to the four young children of an upper-class family in Mexico City, finds her life unraveling. The film, which includes graph scenes, isn''t for the faintest, but is equally moving as it is topical. It''s perfect for a hearty sob and deep contemplation.

''Shine'' (1996) Is A Tear-Jerker Some Audiences Might Have Missed

Shine, an Australian masterpiece, tells the tragic true story of David Helfgott, a piano guru who suffers from the pressures and suffering of his frightening father. Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean), who won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Noah Taylor (Peaky Blinders) play Helfgott at different stages of his life.

Shine is a heartwarming and heartbreaking film set on Prime (US) and Roku, which includes moving performances and stunning renditions of Sergei Rachmaninoff''s "Concerto #3." Overall, the film is a story of trauma, recovery, love, and unpeakable talent, but there are also moments of genuine joy, such as when Geoffrey Rush nails "Flight of the Bumblebee." And yes, that is him playing.

Many people cry if they just think of ''Brokeback Mountain.''

With this painful love story, Director Ang Lee (Hulk, Life of Pi) created an instant classic. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play sheep herders who fall in love but decide to keep up their straight appearances.

This is the movie that has been one of the most heart-wrenching in cinematic history. So, if audiences want to feel emotionally devastated until the credits have rolled, this film is the right way to go. But this film is the best seen with someone else, though, as one may need a hug afterward.

The Color Purple (1985) Is A Classic For Good Reason

The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker''s bestseller novel and directed by Steven Spielberg, tells Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a poor young lady who at the age of fourteen, is married off by her abusive father to another cruel, much older man, leaving her younger sister behind. Celie discovers treasures in secret despite her disgruntled existence.

The film, which is also streaming on Hulu, is a story of determination and friendship, resonating with audience because of a collective desire for Celie''s happiness and redemption. It is a powerful one, focusing on bigotry and abuse without using any filters. It''s also Oprah Winfrey''s first cinematic performance, so you''ll know you''ll cry.

The Galaxy''s Zero Dry Eyes Leave ''The Fault In Our Stars'' (2014)

The film focuses on two young people who are both cancer-battling. After meeting at a support meeting, the two teens reunite for the chance to meet with one of their favorite authors in person.

The film, which Streams on Disney+, is an emotional rollercoaster, forming between moments of unrivalled joy and unsettling despair. What sets the stage stage is a story of young love that is so deadly that your rainy Sunday would not be complete without it.

(2009) Proves Why Dog Is Man''s Best Friend: ''Hachi: A Dog''s Tale''

Hatchi (for animal lovers) is probably the most dangerous film ever made, based on the true story of a man and his dog who became so close friends that they walked to the train station each morning; in the evening, Hachi would return to the station by himself to meet his best friend and accompany him home.

Hachiko (Hachi) and his owner, Ueno, lived in Japan in the 1920s, and director Lasse Hallstromdoes earned some artistic license by casting Richard Gere and Joan Allen as the dog''s family. However, without spoiling things, know that Hachiko was the best dog ever to live so much so that there is a bronzed statue of him at Tokyo''s Shibuya Station.

''''Moonlight'''' (2016)

The film, directed by Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes, chronicles Chiron''s life through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood as he grapples with his sexuality while living a difficult life of poverty and abuse. Aside from the film, it also features Mahershala Ali, who was named the best actor in a supporting role.

It''s a heavy narrative but relatable because of writer/director Barry Jenkins'' ability to create intimate moments that demonstrate what it is to fall into seemingly unattainable love. It''s a significant development for a major studio LGBTQ+ film to develop an all-black cast. Moonlight is now on Prime (US).

A Shameful History Account Reported From ''We Were Children'' (2012)

A warning to audiences and putting We Were Children to a sad film is a gross understatement. The film focuses on residential schools in Canada, as well as the over 150,000 First Nations children who were forced to attend and live as prisoners. The film isn''t recommended for children under 16 who were forced to attend and live like prisoners.

This powerfully important documentary by Tim Wolochatiuk features both heartbreaking reenactments and moving commentary by the film''s main subjects, Lyna Hart and Glen Anaquod, two resilient survivors from Canada''s prairies. This film highlights feelings of indignance and remorse that when rare moments of kindness are shown, one cannot help but weep. For many viewers, a moment of sorrow is usually to follow on CBC Gem and Prime.

''Manchester By The Sea'' (2016) Is Not-Stop Sorrow

Manchester by The Sea is downright unavoidable all the way through, and Casey Affleck plays Lee Chandler, a guy forced to return to his hometown to take care of his newly-orphaned nephew (played by Lucas Hedges) after his big brother passes away.

Chandler is dealing with issues beyond the audience''s knowledge, and as tensions come out into the open, so do the clues to his gruesome existence. The film''s climax features a narrative that is so shocking and disturbing that audiences will be gasping for breath through uncontrollable sobs. You can watch it now on Prime.

In a way no other film can, ''Untamed Heart'' (1993) captures the 90s heartbreak.

Marisa Tomei, Christian Slater, and Rosie Perez star in this enthralling 90s tear-jerker. Caroline (Tomei) and Cindy (Perez) are diner waitresses/best friends, and when Adam (Slater) starts working with them, she takes on the role of Caroline''s protector before they end a whirlwind romance. The only issue is Adam, an orphan, who claims to have a baboon heart,

Untamed Heart is now streaming on Roku and Prime (US), but it is a story of true love and loss, and it will leave audiences in tears. It also has one of the best movie soundtracks to come out of the decade as a bonus. "Tom''s Diner," anyone?

The Entire Family Tears Into ''Bridge to Terabithia'' (2007)

The book, written by Katherine Patterson, features a bit of a lighter fare for those who wish to shed both sad and happy tears. In it, Jess (played by a young Josh Hutcherson) is an impoverished 12-year-old who has dreams of becoming an artist. This is until Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb) takes his farm adjacent to him.

The 1977 film, which features a lot of heartbreak and blubbering, is a perfect fit for anyone looking for a rainy Sunday afternoon event.

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