What adjective do you use to describe a movie that is so sad that it is hard to watch? Can I describe that movie as heavy?


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Heavy is not bad; I would probably use 'heart-wrenching'.

  • Would you use heartbreaking only for romantic movies?
    – user107943
    Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 9:55
  • I wouldn't say necessarily only for romantic movies, but I would probably tend more toward heartbreaking for romantic ones, and heart-wrenching for ones that are sad in a different way, for example a movie about the Holocaust.
    – AZep
    Commented Feb 12, 2020 at 20:16
  • I agree with you (+1)
    – user107943
    Commented Feb 14, 2020 at 15:31

You could say the film was a tearjerker, or that it was tearjerking...



A story, song, play, film, or broadcast that moves or is intended to move its audience to tears

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