Prepare for an emotional roller coaster.
Laughing feels great. Sometimes, there’s pleasure in a shiver-inducing scare. But if you really want a catharsis, you need to sit down and treat yourself to a good cry. When military homecoming surprise videos aren't enough, it’s time to turn to a different solution: sad movies on Netflix. Sure, the streaming giant is better known as a repository of rom-coms, comedy specials, and bingeable series, but there are plenty of weepies there, too, if you know where to look.
But not all cries are created equal, so we’ve curated for you a menu of tearjerking dramas. Some are tales of love that burned intensely and were ultimately lost. Others remind us of how the human body is a fragile thing that does not stay around forever. Still others reveal to us something about the dark moments of history, focusing on intense times of conflict and courage. And then there are those films that show us how, in the face of any of that, the human spirit is ultimately resilient. They all have one thing in common: You have to watch them with tissues handy, or you’re going to end up with some messed-up sleeves. And then, when you’re done, maybe you’ll want to chase it with a comedy?