Netflix movies that can make you cry. Photo: BuzzFeed
Netflix movies that can make you cry. Photo: BuzzFeed

Not really sure who is out there looking for a cry right now, but everyone hurts and heals in their own way. Be it the middle of a breakup or just a hair of existential dread, for some, the solution to a bad day (week, month, or even a year) is to sit down and have a good cathartic cry over a coffee table of two pizzas, an order of garlic knots, a small order of french fries, a heavy pour of whiskey, and some Oreos. Not that we're speaking from any kind of experience.

None of that smorgasbord of sadness is really complete without a film designed to bring you to your metaphorical knees. It's like there's a special kind of sadness pressure that builds up in your face, only really able to be released when those tear ducts open up. So check out the list below and get you a sob fest. Let it out. We'll bring the whiskey.

1. About Time (2013)

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Photo: Letterboxd

If you had the chance to orchestrate the perfect meet-cute between you and the one missed connection you've never forgotten about, would you? This fantastical rom-com from Love Actually director Richard Curtis explores that concept and the ramifications that could come as a result, focusing on a time-traveling young man (Domhnall Gleeson) who uses his ability to find the love of his life. Together with Rachel McAdams, the pair is incredibly charming navigating the space-time continuum to be together, and like Curtis’ other works, About Time is about a lot more than just love—it's a meditation on family and what permanence means in a world where time rolls on unabated, according to Thrillist.

2. Set It Up (2018)

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Photo: Variety

Desperate for some work-life balance, two desperate assistants create a ploy to bring their two workaholic bosses romantically together. Starring Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell and Lucy Liu, this rom-com sticks straight to the formula for tried-and-true guilty pleasures.

3. Mr. Sunshine

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Photo: Dramabeans

Streaming now with new episodes every weekend is the latest work by Kim Eun-sook, the writer of wildly popular K-dramas Descendants of the Sun and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (also known as Goblin). Set in the 19th century at the historical turning point of America’s first expedition to Korea, this period drama stars Lee Byung-hun as a US Marine Corps officer who returns to his motherland and falls for a noblewoman, LifeStyle Asia cites.

4. Someone Great (2019)

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Photo: FLARE

When most people leave school, they have a ton of figuring out to do. Much of our lives are still a maze of unknown variables yet to be determined. This is not the case for our main character portrayed by Gina Rodriguez. She leaves school, moves in with her boyfriend and for years, they enjoy each other's companionship. Their lives are intertwined. Life does not always go as planned, said Legit.

Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson leverages her talent and eye for brilliant expression to portray how three women bonded in friendship navigate through life. Someone Great is not a new concept in romance and its plot has been played over and over in many movies before. It stands out as the best of the inspirational movies on Netflix due to the cast and director working magic on the script.

5. A Walk to Remember (2002)

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Photo: Amazon

Adapted from a Nicholas Sparks' novel—which, as the same guy who wrote The Notebook and Dear John, should tell you enough already—A Walk To Remember is a classic star-crossed lovers tale of a high school bad boy who falls for the local preacher's daughter, who (brace yourself) is battling leukemia. Yes, it checks about every box of YA sad movie fodder, but you'd be amiss not to let yourself wallow in the hopeless romance that unfolds between Mandy Moore, in her first major film role, and Shane West. Just keep a tissue box at the ready because as soon as you hear the original music sung by Moore or witness the walk-in question, you'll be a weepy mess.

6. The Theory of Everything (2014)

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Photo: Business Insider

In his Oscar-winning performance, Eddie Redmayne portrays famed physicist Stephen Hawking—though The Theory of Everything is less of a biopic than it is a beautiful, sweet film about his relationship with his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones). Covering his days as a young cosmology student ahead of his diagnosis of ALS at 21, through his struggle with the illness and rise as a theoretical scientist, this film illustrates the trying romance through it all. While it may be written in the cosmos, this James Marsh-directed film that weaves in and out of love will have you experience everything there is to feel.

7. Our Souls at Night (2017)

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Photo: Variety

It's not the most romantic setup in the world—an older man and woman have each lost their respective spouses, and agree to start sleeping together platonically to get over their loneliness—but the result is a sweet if traditional, love story. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda buttress a script based on a Kent Haruf novel that's much less YA than you'd expect given the somewhat cloying adaptation. Still, if it's a love story you want, check it out!

8. Runaway Bride (1999)

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Photo: Plugged In

The rom-com trifecta of director Gary Marshall, Julia Roberts, and Richard Gere was too good to make for just one movie with 1990's Pretty Woman. It was only right that the gang all got back together nine years later for Runaway Bride. While nowhere near as iconic as Pretty Woman, this quirky comedy about a journalist (Gere) profiling Roberts' freewheeling Maggie who's infamously left three men at the alter and is onto her fourth (potentially ill-fated) fiancé allows the duo's chemistry to fire back up. It's full of cliches, but sometimes watching a romance unfold between an unsuspecting pair who slowly gets acquainted and then leaves you convinced they're destined for one another makes for the most comforting of watches.

9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

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Photo: Vox

In case you haven't heard, rom-coms are back, baby, and Netflix is helping lead the revival. This adaptation of Jenny Han's best-selling YA novel quickly earned plaudits from critics and fans thanks to an endearing story and standout performances from young leads Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. The angst of repressed and misunderstood teen passions will come flooding back to you as Lara Jean (Condor) finds out that her secret love letters to five crushes have been discovered and mailed out to those crushes. A high schooler's world-ending nightmare.

10. The Prince & Me (2004)

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Photo: Common Sense Media

Before Netflix was churning out cheesy rom-com that featured the novelty of a handsome, royal prince as the leading man, there was this gem of a 2000s movie. About a Danish prince who comes to college in the US with dreams of the classic co-ed experience and falls for a Wisconsinite, it's every bit predictable but also delivers everything you could ever want out of a movie called The Prince & Me. It's a modern American fairy tale chock full of cuteness, and it helps that the always delightful Julia Stiles stars.

Sometimes, you just need to have a good cry, and nothing will help you do that better than emotional movies. Whether you're into heartbreaking romances or medical melodramas, there's something very cathartic about two hours spent bawling your eyes out. Forget what people say about cry babies. Crying can actually help soothe and reduce pain, so go ahead and let it all out. If you're in the mood for melodrama (which has nothing to do with your own life), then we recommend watching one of these super sad movies on Netflix.
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