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11 Sad Movies on Hulu to Make You Cry

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If you’re looking for some sad movies to make you cry, you’ve come to the right place (and we applaud you for doing so).

Sometimes we need to feel our feelings even when they’re not fun to feel — sadness, heartbreak, and grief included. It’s not easy, but that’s where growth and healing happens. Lean into what you’re feeling and enjoy the release of a good cry with some of the best tearjerkers streaming now.

Emotional Movies

The Age of Adaline

Title art for The Age of Adaline

Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) is 29 years old…forever. After a freak accident nearly killed her, Adaline simply stopped aging. After nearly 80 years, Adaline has mastered the art of starting over and assuming a new identity. But, when she falls in love, the delicate balance she’s worked so hard for begins to unravel.

Watch: The Age of Adaline

The Hero

Title art for The Hero, featuring Sam Elliott

You might recognize Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) from the 2018 remake of A Star is Born (only this time, he’s the star).

The Hero follows an aging Western icon facing an out-of-the-blue cancer diagnosis. Co-starring Laura Prepon and Nick Offerman, don’t miss this beautifully poignant and inspirational story celebrating life and the legacies we leave behind.

Watch: The Hero

(500) Days of Summer

Title art for (500) Days of Summer

After it seems like his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), has finally broken up with him for good, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) looks back on the 500 days that have passed since he met her. In his reflection back on their time together and the aftermath, Tom has to reevaluate his views on life, love, and relationships. 

Watch: (500) Days of Summer



The Oscar®-winning drama Nomadland follows one woman’s journey as a modern-day van-dwelling nomad after losing everything in the great recession. Through the eyes of a fictionalized character, Fern (Frances McDormand), the film honors real-life places and nomads from Jessica Bruder’s New York Times best-selling novel.

Discover this and more movies based on books streaming now.

Watch: Nomadland


Title art for the movie Endless, featuring a couple kissing.

Recent high school grads Riley (Alexandra Shipp) and Nicholas (Chris Douglas) are madly in love with the world at their fingertips when a tragic car accident tears their world apart. Endless — a story of love, heartbreak, and hope — is a beautiful reminder that true love transcends life and death. 

Watch: Endless


Title art for The Titanic

Titanic is sure to leave you blubbering into your popcorn long after the credits roll (and it doesn’t matter if you’ve already seen it, it will cue the waterworks again and again).

Set aboard the infamous ship that sank in the North Atlantic in 1917, this classic ’90s drama follows a whirlwind romance between unlikely lovers, Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet).

Watch: Titanic*

*Titanic requires SHOWTIME® on Hulu add-on subscription.

Inside Out 

Animated characters from Disney-Pixar’s movie Inside Out

If you’re looking for a practical approach to facing your emotions, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the Disney-Pixar tearjerker Inside Out — a heartwarming look at the feelings and emotions that live in our minds (plus it’s a great watch for the whole family). 

Watch: Inside Out*

*Inside Out is available with The Disney Bundle. Access content from each service separately.

Terms of Endearment

Shirley McLaine and Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment.

You’ll definitely need a box of tissues and a gallon of ice cream for this one.

The ’80s classic Terms of Endearment tells the story of an unbreakable mother-daughter bond between Aurora (Shirley McLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger). The Academy Award®-winning film follows the pair through life’s ups and downs, and a heartbreaking battle with terminal cancer.

Watch: Terms of Endearment

The Notebook

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams kissing in the rain in The Notebook.

Adapted from the popular Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook tells the story of star-crossed lovers Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams). Allie’s affluent parents don’t approve of her relationship with Noah, a mill-worker turned World War II soldier. Despite the odds against them, fate finds a way to bring the couple back together and give true love a second chance.

Watch: The Notebook*

*The Notebook requires Hulu + Live TV. Regional restrictions, blackouts and additional terms apply.

The Ultimate Playlist of Noise

After learning he must undergo brain surgery that will render him deaf, Marcus (Keenan Johnson), an audio-obsessed high school senior, decides to seize control of his fate by recording The Ultimate Playlist of Noise — a bucket list of all his favorite sounds.

Added note for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale: Madeline Brewer co-stars in this Hulu Original movie!

Watch: The Ultimate Playlist of Noise

If Beale Street Could Talk

The soulful drama If Beale Street Could Talk follows a young couple, Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephen James), whose hopes of achieving the American dream are derailed when Fonny is falsely convicted of a crime.

The Academy Award®-nominated movie was recognized in three categories, with Regina King ultimately taking home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Watch: If Beale Street Could Talk


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