The Saddest Movies Ever Made

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The Book Thief (2013)
> IMDb rating: 7.5 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 48%
> RT audience score: 73%
> Directed by: Brian Percival
> Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer

Young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) develops a passion for reading in this WWII drama, adapted from a best-selling novel. When her adoptive parents take in a Jewish refugee, it puts their lives at risk. Audiences were kinder to the film than critics.

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Still Alice (2014)
> IMDb rating: 7.5 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 85%
> RT audience score: 85%
> Directed by: Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
> Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth

Grappling with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, a linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) slowly loses her sense of identity. All the while, her family watches on in despair. The film earned Moore an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
> IMDb rating: 7.7 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 81%
> RT audience score: 85%
> Directed by: Josh Boone
> Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern

Based on John Green’s best-selling novel, this coming-of-age drama follows two teenage cancer patients (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) on a life-changing journey. It was shot on an estimated budget of just $12 million, earning over $307 million at the worldwide box office.

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A Monster Calls (2016)
> IMDb rating: 7.5 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 86%
> RT audience score: 81%
> Directed by: J.A. Bayona
> Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell

Beset by his mother’s illness, (Felicity Jones), a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) makes an unlikely friend in the form of a magic tree monster (voiced by Liam Neeson). Writing for The Australian, critic David Stratton calls it “a small, almost delicate film that will richly reward those who connect with it.”

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Christine (2016)
> IMDb rating: 6.9 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 88%
> RT audience score: 71%
> Directed by: Antonio Campos
> Starring: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia

Based on actual events, this biographical drama stars Rebecca Hall as 1970s TV reporter Christine Chubbuck. Determined to succeed in a highly competitive industry, Chubbuck’s growing depression gives way to an unforgettable public act.

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