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10 Most Popular Sad Movies Ever

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This movie jacket shows Chiwetel Ejiofor in the 2013 best picture movie "12 Years a Slave." Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. (IMDbTV.com)

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From Simba losing his father in "The Lion King" to Rose letting Jack slip away into the icy depths of the ocean in "Titanic," there have been some incredibly sad (and popular) movies but which are the most heart wrenching of them all?

In an attempt to answer that question, 24/7 Wall St. combed through the list of sad movies published on IMDb, then matched it up with general public opinion, plus professionals reviewers and came up with the most popular sad movies ever released. Here are 10 of those films:

1. "12 Years a Slave." This is an adaption of a memoir by a free black man in 1853 from Saratoga, New York, who was sold into slavery after being kidnapped. His eventual return home is tainted by the fact that life has gone on and he has missed his children growing up.

2. "127 Hours." What can be sadder than a mountain climber trapped by a fallen boulder who has nothing else to do but reflect on his life and what it would be like to say goodbye to his family? It gets worse -- he then carves his own headstone.

3. "All Quiet on the Western Front."This 1930 World War I movie tells the story of young German schoolboys who witness the true horrors of war when they enlist in the army. The main character is eventually killed.

4. "American Beauty." Director Sam Mendes knew how to tug on the heart strings of his audiences with this 1999 film starring Kevin Spacey and Thora Birch. From blackmail to infidelity, homophobia and murder, this film had all the makings of a great tragedy. 

5. "American History X." Edward Norton and Edward Furlong deliver convincing performances as two brothers, one a former ne-Nazi leader and the other a high school student assigned to write a paper on his older brother. They get caught up with the white supremacists but eventually change their ways. That, however, does not guarantee a happy finish as a black student kills the younger brother.

6. "Amour." This 2012 French film explores themes of love, loss and death. A woman has a stroke that leaves her partially paralyzed. Her husband makes a promise to her that she will not go back to the hospital but when he is unable to care for her, he has to keep his promise by smothering her.

7. "Atonement." Romance and tragedy are interlinked in this movie, which tells the story of a rich young woman who falls in love with a housekeeper's son on the eve of World War II. Things take a turn for the worse when the woman's younger sister accuses the man of rape. He is taken to prison and then the army and eventually dies of blood poisoning at the Battle of Dunkirk while his love, who never doubted his innocence, is drowned when a German bomb attack causes a London subway tunnel to flood.

8. "Au Hasard Balthazar." In 1966 director Robert Bresson broke hearts with this movie, which follows the lives of a young girl and her pet donkey named Balthazar. The animal travels between various owners, enduring cruelty and hard work, while the girl goes on to grow up and fall in love. The two are reunited at the end of the film in a memorable scene that shows the donkey walk away to die.

9. "Autumn Sonata." A woman, who has achieved worldwide fame as a pianist, attempts to reconnect with her estranged daughter in a small village. She is stunned to find her second mentally disabled daughter in the house and the three attempt to reconcile.

10. "Beyond the Hills." This 2012 film explores themes of love and loss in the story of two women who were lovers and friends as children in an orphanage. They are reunited at a convent but when the one woman tries to lure her friend away tragedy unfolds as a priest attempts to perform an exorcism.

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From Simba losing his father in "The Lion King" to Rose letting Jack slip away into the icy depths of the ocean in "Titanic," there have been some incredibly sad (and popular) movies but which are the most heart wrenching of them all?
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