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10 Heartbreaking Movies on Netflix if You Need to Ugly-Cry

10 Heartbreaking Movies on Netflix if You Need to Ugly-Cry
IMAGE Little Women/Netflix, The Time Travelers Wife/Warner Bros Pictures, Your Lie in April/Toho
Prepare your box of tissues!

Whether you have a reason or not, there's no escaping those off days when you're feeling extra emotional. That said, nothing helps kick-start a much-need cathartic cry than heart-wrenching, sentimental movies especially made to leave you bawling your eyes out. 

Below, we list down 10 of the most heartbreaking dramas that you can readily watch on Netflix right now.

1. My Sister’s Keeper

Eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald has spent her youth having to donate compatible organs, blood, stem cells, and tissue to her cancer-stricken elder sister Kate. Upon being told that she has to donate one of her kidneys when Kate goes into kidney failure, Anna realizes that doing so will restrict her life in the future. This prompts her search for a lawyer who can help her seek medical emancipation from her parents, though she's constantly torn by thoughts of winning the rights to her own body or keeping her sister alive.


Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, Alec Baldwin

2. My Girl

In this coming-of-age comedy drama, Vada Sultenfuss, an 11-year-old living an impossibly grim childhood, learns all about love and loss while on a summer spent with her peculiar friend Thomas J.

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Anna Chlumsky

3. The Time Traveler’s Wife

Based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger, this romantic tearjerker follows Henry DeTamble, a Chicago librarian born with a gene that causes him to involuntarily travel through time. Unable to control this unusual ability, it soon results to complications with his loyal wife who's always forced to patiently wait for his return.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Ron Livingston

4. Irreplaceable You

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.

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Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman, Christopher Walken

5. Elisa and Marcela

Set in 1885, star-crossed lovers Elisa and Marcela are separated when Marcela's suspicious parents send her off to another country. The pair reunite years later and hatch up a plan to spend their life with each other, all while facing ruthless gossip and social pressure. The film is based on the inspiring true story that led to the first same-sex matrimony in Spain.

Starring: Natalia de Molina, Greta Fernández

6. Little Women

Set in the 1860s, determined budding writer Jo March looks back at the tough yet tender years spent with her three sisters—Meg, Beth, and Amy—as all four siblings fight to live their lives on their own terms in a world that favors men. Whether you've read the book or not, this one's proven to be a real tearjerker.

Starring: Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan

7. A Family Man

Dane Jensen, a workaholic head-hunter at a cutthroat firm faces the most challenging battle of his professional life when he's pitted against his rival for a major promotion. His unwavering determination to win causes problems at home when his son is diagnosed with a threatening illness that leaves him constantly torn between work and family.


Starring: Gerard Butler, Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol

8. Your Lie in April: The Movie

Based on the manga and anime of the same name, Your Lie in April centers on the young Kosei Arima, a well-known piano prodigy who loses his will to play after his mother dies. After years of inactivity, he meets a passionate violin player who inspires him to return to the piano world once more. P.S. If you'd rather draw out your emotional ugly cry fest, the film's original 22-episode anime adaptation is also available on Netflix.

Starring: Suzu Hirose, Kento Yamazaki

9. Kiss & Cry

Based on the real life story of figure skater Carley Allison, Kiss & Cry reimagines her battle with the rare form of throat cancer that eventually took her life at the young age of 19. The biopic depicts an 18-year-old Carley as she turns to music for support, and becomes an inspiration to millions around the world.


Starring: Sarah Fisher, Luke Bilyk

10. Miracle in Cell No. 7

The original Korean Miracle in Cell No. 7 may not be on Netflix just yet, but not to worry because the Turkish version is just as heart-wrenching. True to the story's original plot, the film follows a mentally-ill father wrongly accused of murder, and his six-year-old loving daughter who longs for his return. 

Starring: Aras Bulut Iynemli, Nisa Sofiya Aksongur

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