Top 10 Sad Movies Based on True Stories That Will Break Your Heart

Real-life events adapted in movies make us aware of the pain and thus increase our knowledge. We compiled the top 10 sad movies based on true stories for you that are really heart-touching. 

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Schindler’s List (1993)

What is the saddest movie based on a true story? The answer is Schindler’s List. 

This is an American Epic Historical Drama Movie. The movie is based on a Non-Fictional Novel by Thomas Keneally – “Schindler’s Ark”. In this film, industrialist Oskar Schindler arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from the just-started World War II. Having joined the Nazi Party primarily for political gain, he works with Jewish workers in his factory for similarly practical reasons. When the SS begins exterminating the Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to protect his workers to keep his factory running, but soon realizes that by doing so he is also saving innocent lives.

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 film directed by Terry George. The film was adapted from a screenplay by George and Keir Pearson and stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina and his wife Tatiana. The film is based on the Rwandan genocide, which occurred in the spring of 1994, chronicling Paul Rusesabagina’s efforts to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees by providing them with shelter at the Mille Collines Hotel. 

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Next up in the list of top 10 sad movies based on true stories we have Hacksaw Ridge. 

Hacksaw Ridge not only depicts the brutality of war but also a moral struggle. The plot revolves around the real character named Desmond Doss – the first person in American history to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II despite not fighting on the front. From a young age, he had to witness the consequences of violence caused by his alcoholic father, making Doss always have aversion to force. Believing in religion, he forced himself to obey God’s ten commandments, including the taboo of killing. As the country is in danger of war, Doss leaves his lover to join an infantry training camp.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a 2009 American Drama Movie based on the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari. The film is based on the true story of an Akita who was so devoted to the master that he waited for him at the Tokyo train station every day. After the man, a Japanese college professor, died in 1925, the dog remained in his place for nine years until his death.

The Green Mile (1999)

The Green Mile is a fantasy film based on the novel by Stephen King. It tells the story of death row overseer Paul Edgecombe’s encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who exhibits indescribable healing and empathy abilities.

The Pianist (2002)

The nearly three-hour movie tells the story of Spzilman, a pianist. Borrowing an artist’s perspective, The Pianist tells an epochal story, depicting the Nazi Holocaust, the plight of the Jews, and condemning the crime of war. Cinema has no shortage of films exploiting this period. The difference of The Pianist is that it does not take the hero as the central character, and does not highlight the war, just showing objective and cruel reality.

Atonement (2007)

Atonement is the most emotional romantic in the list of sad movies based on true stories. 

The film reveals that, in real life, Robbie dies of septicemia while awaiting evacuation in Dunkirk, and Cecilia dies a few months later in the Balham tube station bombing. So, in his book Brioni decides to reunite the couple, to make up for the happiness they had while they were still alive.

United 93 (2006)

United 93 is a docudrama written and directed by Paul Greengrass that tells the harrowing story of the only hijacked plane that didn’t reach its intended target during the 9/11 attacks. While Flights 11, 77, and 175 devastatingly hit their targets, Flight 93 didn’t. Instead, it crashed into a Pennsylvania field due to the bravery of the flight crew and passengers on board.

Everest (2015)

Everest is a true story based on the Mount Everest event in 1996. The film focuses on the journey of hope, faith, courage, and bravery between two expedition groups as they attempt to descend from the summit during treacherous weather conditions, having made it to the top of the tallest mountain in the world.

Life is Beautiful (1997)

There are lies that hurt, there are lies that are harmless, but there are also lies that become great and go down in history, like the story of ‘Life is Beautiful’.

Released in 1997, the film revolves around a man who always looks optimistic and loves life in all circumstances named Guido. As a Jew who find a job in the big city in 1939, he accidentally met and fell in love with teacher Dora at first sight. Although Dora is engaged to a rich man, it’s Guido’s sense of humor, recklessness, honesty, and a bit of innocence that help him win her heart. The two run away from Dora’s engagement party and then get married.

That brings us to the end of the top 10 sad movies based on true stories list. What do you think of this list? Have you watched them or do you have any other recommendations? Please let us know in the comment section below.