The Saddest Movies of All Time

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Schindler’s List (1993)
> IMDb rating: 8.9 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 98%
> RT audience score: 97%
> Directed by: Steven Spielberg
> Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” has amassed great critical and audience acclaim since its release. It’s been included on countless lists of “best movies” and is currently the highest rated film on IMDb. This admiration doesn’t make this Holocaust drama, centered around a heroic factory owner who saves countless Jews, any less harrowing.

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Forrest Gump (1994)
> IMDb rating: 8.8 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 71%
> RT audience score: 95%
> Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Clocking in at nearly two and a half hours, “Forrest Gump” has everything from comedy to romance. Yet the film leaves viewers on a rather low note, related to protagonist Forrest losing the love of his life. The ending didn’t dissuade audiences from flocking to the movie, which grossed over $675 million worldwide.

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The Cure (1995)
> IMDb rating: 7.7 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 45%
> RT audience score: 85%
> Directed by: Peter Horton
> Starring: Joseph Mazzello, Brad Renfro, Aeryk Egan, Delphine French

Best friends Erik (Brad Renfro) and Dexter (Joseph Mazzello) journey down the Mississippi river in this heartfelt drama. Their destination is New Orleans, where they hope to find a cure for Dexter’s AIDS.

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A Time to Kill (1996)
> IMDb rating: 7.5 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 68%
> RT audience score: 85%
> Directed by: Joel Schumacher
> Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

Adapted from John Grisham’s debut novel, this courtroom drama takes place in the heart of Mississippi. When a young Black girl is brutally attacked, her father seeks righteous vengeance. The trial that follows examines themes of racial injustice in the Deep South.

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Life Is Beautiful (1997)
> IMDb rating: 8.6 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 81%
> RT audience score: 96%
> Directed by: Roberto Benigni
> Starring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini

When an Italian Jewish poet and his young son are arrested by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp, the man tells his son that they’re on vacation and tries to turn the whole experience into a game.

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