The Best Movies To Stream When You Just Want To Wallow In Sadness

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Comfort food can ease your pain a little when you're feeling sad. In some cases, however, what you really need to lift your spirits is some comfort entertainment. I'm talking about the movies that make you grin when not even that photo of a puppy and kitten hugging could get you to crack a smile. Fortunately, streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu have plenty of flicks guaranteed to brighten your mood. These are movies that bring on giggle-inducing waves of glee and nostalgia.
But what about when you don't want to get out of your rut, and you just want to wallow for a bit? There are plenty of intentional tearjerkers on streaming platforms as well. From weepy rom-coms to truly tragic dramas, these flicks are guaranteed to make you run through multiple boxes of tissues.
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Click through if you need an entertaining antidote for a seriously bad week.
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2016)

A boy's convinced his father left him a secret message before he was killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, and sets off on a hunt through New York to find them. Of course you're going to cry.
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The Little Prince (2015)

Sob over whimsy, love, your lost youth.

Watch On: Netflix
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Snow Day (2000)

A film that promises both nostalgia and the unbridled joy kids feel when they realize they don't have to go to school.

Watch On: Netflix
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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

This dark little comedy will help you laugh at the level of dysfunction in your family and the unfairness of life.

Watch On: Amazon
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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Things often look pretty bleak for Bridget, too, but she powers through and gets her happy ending (multiple happy endings if you want to get technical about it).

Watch On: Hulu
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Not even Jeanie is immune to Ferris' infectious charm, so chances are, you won't be either.

Watch On: Netflix
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The Last Five Years (2015)

Lean into the sobs as you watch a madly-in-love couple crumble before your eyes — through song!

Watch On: Netflix
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A Single Man (2009)

There's Lifetime-movie sad, then there's Oscar-worthy sad. This lovely film follows a devasted Colin Firth as he spends what he believes will be his last day on earth.

Watch On: Netflix
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Short Term 12 (2013)

Before Brie Larson was an Oscar winner, she starred in this "sure to make you cry" story of a young woman who hides from her own past as she tries to help the kids and teens under her care deal with theirs.

Watch On: Netflix
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Philomena (2013)

Let Judi Dench's portrayal of a woman who searches for the child she unwillingly gave up for adoption decades ago take you through a full range of emotions, or at least from a sad cry to a happy cry.

Watch On: Netflix
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Clueless (1995)

Watch pretty people in pretty places as you absorb the message of this light, yet classic film — everything works out in the end (especially when you're talking about love).

Watch On: Netflix
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Hello, Dolly! (1969)

Sometimes all you need at the end of a bad day is a flashy, old-school musical. It helps if it stars Barbra Streisand.

Watch On: Netflix
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Camp (2003)

This sweet musical about high schoolers discovering who they are while enjoying the theater they love is super feel-good and has a truly irresistible musical number with a very young Anna Kendrick.

Watch On: Netflix
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Notting Hill (1999)

Notting Hill isn't just a rom-com, it's a British rom-com, adding the appearance of sophistication as you watch while eating ice cream right out of the tub.

Watch On: Amazon Prime
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Amélie (2001)

An adorable film guaranteed to give you a more positive outlook, whether you want to take an Amélie approach to life yourself, or hope you might run into a similar good Samaritan.

Watch On: Netflix
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G.B.F. (2013)

This cute film is a solid send up of the gay-best-friend trope found in so many modern comedies.

Watch On: Netflix
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

While most streaming food documentaries will just trap you in a pit of anxiety and despair, this profile of the world's best sushi chef is a really fun watch.

Watch On: Hulu
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Dear White People (2014)

A smart comedy that isn't afraid to make its audience uncomfortable, but still leaves them cracking up.

Watch On: Hulu
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They Came Together (2014)

Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are a charming comedy couple destined to make their audience smile, especially in this parody of romantic comedies.

Watch On: Hulu
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Saved! (2004)

This super underrated mid-2000s teen comedy still holds up and features the obligatory song from Mandy Moore.

Watch On: Hulu
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Lilo & Stitch (2002)

A new Disney classic, this animated flick is the perfect combination of heartwarming and truly bizarre.

Watch On: Netflix
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High School Musical (2006)

A little corny, sure. But watching Zac Efron sing while playing basketball is just too special of an experience to dismiss because the movie isn't "cool" in the traditional sense.

Watch On: Netflix
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Holes (2003)

Actually, don't watch the movie. Just jump to the credits so you can enjoy the best rap ever written for a Disney tween movie.

Watch On: Netflix
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Matilda (1996)

This film's power to make you smile comes almost entirely from two excellent music montages of magic and general happiness.

Watch On: Amazon Prime
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Legally Blonde (2001)

Elle Wood's smile is totally infectious whether she's explaining legal minutiae or why pink is an excellent color on her.

Watch On: Amazon Prime
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The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

It's amazing how Lizzie's animated inner monologue still totally gets you.

Watch On: Netflix
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Rocky (1976)

Let "The Eye of the Tiger" pump you up, and the final moments sweep you back down into some cathartic tears.

Watch On: Amazon Prime
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Spy Kids (2001)

Sit back and dream of the day when fully cooked fast food will be a magic microwave zap away.

Watch On: Netflix
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Love, Actually (2003)

Let this holiday movie take you through the full range of emotions, from weeping at tiny Sam at the funeral to cracking up over Colin Firth's attempt at speaking Portuguese.

Watch On: Netflix
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One Day (2011)

Let yourself cry through the years in this super-depressing love story told over the course of multiple decades.

Watch On: Netflix
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Annie (1982)

On the surface, the story of an orphan living in the Great Depression seems like it would go into the sad-films category, but the classic musical ends on a pretty cheery note.

Watch On: Amazon Prime
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Good Will Hunting (1997)

"It's not your fault." *Cries forever*

Watch On: Netflix