Anyone who’s watched Move to Heaven knows it’s impossible to finish the series without going through your entire supply of tissue boxes at home. Since its release, the emotional drama has been a hit with Netflix viewers who don’t mind spending their free time crying buckets of tears. If you’re one of them and you appreciate the emotional release the show gave you, then we’ve got a few more similar titles that might catch your eye.
From equally tear-jerking K-dramas, to heart-rending Western films that grapple with grief and loss, below, we list down 10 movies and TV shows to watch if you loved Move to Heaven.
Hi Bye, Mama
Now this one might be an obvious choice if you want to ugly-cry for a good 16 episodes. Hi Bye, Mama follows the diseased Cha Yu-ri who passed in a tragic accident. Having walked the earth for years as a ghost while looking after the husband and young daughter she left behind, she's suddenly given the chance to live again if she can find her place back in her family in the span of 49 days. The job is easier said than done when she realizes she might get in the way of her husband’s newfound happiness with his current family.
Starring: Kim Tae Hee, Lee Kyu Hyung, Go Bo Gyeol
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
A romance story that's sure to reel you in, It's Okay to Not Be Okay follows Moon Gang-tae, a lonely community health worker at a psychiatric ward who prefers to keep to himself. He eventually crosses paths with Ko Moon-young, a successful children's story book writer who knows nothing about love, and suffers from antisocial personality disorder. Throughout the course of the series, the pair, along with Gang-tae’s autistic older brother Moon Sang-tae, help each other to recover from their respective emotional wounds.
Mystic Pop-Up Bar
If you need a bit of comedy to lighten the mood, how about going for the whimsical Mystic Pop-Up Bar, instead? This healing dramedy follows the proprietors of a mysterious pojangmacha or an outdoor drinking establishment, that only opens at night. Together, a part-timer and his boss enter the dreams of customers that happen by their bar as they set out to solve their problems.
Starring: Hwang Jung Eum, Yook Sung Jae, Choi Won Young
Alternatively titled Melo Is My Nature, the series centers on three best friends in their 30s who navigate through the ups and downs of life as they each go through a major transition, whether it’s related to work, their family, or their romantic prospects. In particular, Vincenzo actress Jeon Yeo Bin plays Lee Eun-jung, a successful documentary director who’s unable to let go of her diseased boyfriend, so much so that she still sees his ghost wherever she goes.
Starring: Jeon Yeo Bin, Han Ji Eun, Chun Woo Hee
After losing his wife to breast cancer, former nice guy Tony Johnson deals with his grief by unleashing his wrath onto the world. Now a rude loner who says and does whatever he wants, his plan backfires when everyone around him starts working to make him a better person again.
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Tony Way
Engaged to be married, childhood best friends Abbie and Sam are forced to face a devastating future after the former is diagnosed with a terminal illness. As her one final mission in life, Abbie sets out to find a new lover for Sam, to ensure he's taken care of once she passes.
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman, Christopher Walken
Pieces of a Woman
For a full on heartbreaking drama, you might want to go with Pieces of a Woman. The film follows Martha, a soon-to-be mother whose home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy. Isolated form her husband and her family, she must learn to deal with the unbearable grief of losing her child all on her own.
Starring: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn
Hintayan ng Langit
Having died in her 60s, the mischievous Lisang has been stuck in purgatory for two years for continuously playing pranks on other souls. One day, she’s informed that she finally has to pass over since her room will be leased to someone else. Ironically, the newly arrived soul just happens to be her ex-boyfriend. With not much time left together, the pair unearth all the pain and regret they experienced yet left unsaid in their past life.
Starring: Eddie Garcia, Gina Pareno
Fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, 29-year-old David is asked to move back to Sacramento so he can help take care of his terminally ill mother. When his mom refuses to continue treatment, David and his family are torn between denying the inevitable or preparing for a loss they can’t possibly slow down.
Starring: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford
If Anything Happens I Love You
If you don’t have much time to sit through yet another series, this 12-minute short film is right up your alley. If Anything Happens I Love You is a poignant look at the life of a married couple grieving the loss of their young daughter, who died during a school shooting.
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