Happy-Sad Cinema

Films that provide both joy and sadness, even if one ultimately wins out.

Suggestions welcome.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • The Shape of Water
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Millennium Actress
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 3-Iron
  • The Farewell
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Mommy
  • Atlantics
  • Chungking Express
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Floating Weeds
  • One Wonderful Sunday
  • WALL·E
  • Fallen Angels
  • Make Up
  • Supa Modo
  • And Then We Danced
  • Water Lilies
  • Moonlight
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • On Body and Soul
  • Late Spring
  • The Truman Show
  • Lady Bird
  • Magnolia
  • 37 Seconds
  • Maurice
  • When Marnie Was There
  • West Side Story
  • Oasis
  • Columbus
  • Happy Old Year
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • House of Hummingbird
  • Our Little Sister
  • Happy Together
  • Liz and the Blue Bird
  • The Handmaiden
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Fireworks
  • Never Look Away
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Toy Story 4
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Apartment
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Grand Illusion
  • La Strada
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Roma
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • City Lights
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Casablanca
  • High Hopes
  • Life Is Sweet
  • Secrets & Lies
  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Another Year
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • The River
  • Brief Encounter
  • Kes
  • Carol
  • Walkabout
  • The Leopard
  • 1900
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Her
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • Frances Ha
  • Donnie Darko
  • Lost in Translation
  • A Single Man
  • Toni Erdmann
  • Boogie Nights
  • Rocky
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • My Life as a Dog
  • Together
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Stand by Me
  • La La Land
  • Yi Yi