Top 8 sad movies based on true stories on Netflix

Let’s cry out with this list of the top 8 sad movies based on true stories on Netflix.

Nothing is better for a good cry than sad movies, especially when the story in those movies really happened in real life. That’s why we compiled a list of sad movies based on true stories on Netflix for you. Now, get your tissue and Netflix ready, then dive into the most tear-jerking movies. 


“Fatherhood” is based on Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin, which is also based on a true story. The movie follows a father who brings up his baby girl as a single dad after the unexpected death of his wife who died a day after their daughter’s birth.

The Founder

This is the true story of how Ray Kroc, a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Kroc soon maneuvers himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a multi-billion dollar empire.

Father Stu

Next in the best movies based on true stories on Netflix we have Father Stu. 

The movie tells the story of an injury that ends his amateur boxing career, Stuart Long moves to Los Angeles to find money and fame. While scraping by as a supermarket clerk, he meets Carmen, a Sunday school teacher who seems immune to his bad-boy charm. Determined to win her over, the longtime agnostic starts going to church to impress her. However, a motorcycle accident leaves him wondering if he can use his second chance to help others, leading to the surprising realization that he’s meant to be a Catholic priest.


Amina is a feature film directed by Izu Okukwa and produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor. It stars Lucy Ameh, Clarion Chukwura, Ali Nuhu and Magaji Mijinyawa in pivotal roles. The movie is 105 minutes long. Amina is a true story based in the 16th-century revolving around the Zazzau empire warrior Queen Amina. She uses her military skills and tactics to protect her family’s kingdom.

Penguin Bloom

Penguin Bloom is a 2020 Australian drama film directed by Glendyn Ivin, from a screenplay by Shaun Grant and Harry Cripps, and is based on the book of the same name by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive. It stars Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and Jacki Weaver. The book and film are based on a true story of Sam and Cameron Bloom’s family and their interactions with an Australian magpie named ‘Penguin’. 

Samantha Bloom breaks her back in an accident and is paralysed from the chest down. A year later, her children bring home an injured magpie they have found. She cautiously approaches the magpie and begins to get acquainted with the new family member.

Operation Finale

Fifteen years after the end of World War II, a team of top-secret Israeli agents travels to Argentina to track down Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps. Hoping to sneak him out of the country to stand trial, agent Peter Malkin soon finds himself playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with the notorious war criminal.

The Other Boleyn Girl

Mary Boleyn catches the eye of Henry VIII when she comes to court as a girl of fourteen. Dazzled by the golden prince, Mary’s joy is cut short when she discovers that she is a pawn in the dynastic plots of her family. When the capricious king’s interest wanes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her friend and rival: her sister Anne.

Lost Girls

The last name in this list of sad movies based on true stories on Netflix is Lost Girls.

Based on a 2013 nonfiction book of the same name by Robert Kolker, the film revolves around the murders of young female sex workers on the South Shore barrier islands of Long Island, committed by the Long Island serial killer, who remains unidentified.

Lost girls talks about that grey area of uncertainty that hurts the most. To be in that space where neither there is complete light nor unhinged darkness, is like strangulating a person but not letting him die. The idea itself creates a sort of uneasiness.

That brings us to the end of top 8 sad movies based on true stories on Netflix 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.