You can see from this list of movies about letting go, it's never easy to say goodbye, whether it's to a person, a place, or even just a certain time in your life. Nothing is worse than having to move on before you're ready, and we all have those things in our lives that we should let go of, but just can't.
The films on this list of letting go movies are here to teach us how to say goodbye. They range from movies about saying goodbye to childhood to movies about death, grief and time. Ultimately, they all have something to say about one of the most difficult experiences in the human lifetime. The characters sometimes rage against their loss, sometimes try to bargain their way out of it, and sometimes they finally accept it and find peace.
But this isn't just a list of downers. While there are some dramas here, you'll also find Pixar's sweet and hilarious Inside Out, along with Christopher Nolan's gripping Memento. A surprising amount of movies have letting go as a theme.
So vote for your favorites and add any of the greatest letting go movies that aren't on the list!
Directed by: Pete DocterInside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith),... more
Directed by: Nicholas StollerForgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. The film, which was written... more
Directed by: Pete DocterUp is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an... more
Directed by: John LasseterToy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the first... more
Directed by: James CameronTitanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio)... more
Directed by: Darren AronofskyThe Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Production began in... more
Directed by: David O. RussellSilver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film stars... more
Directed by: Steven SpielbergIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the... more
Directed by: Alejandro AmenábarThe Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for Best Film... more
Directed by: Christopher NolanMemento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story "Memento... more
Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer LeeFrozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt... more
Directed by: Michel GondryEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie... more
Directed by: Marc ForsterStranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, and... more
Directed by: Richard CurtisAbout Time is a 2013 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Richard Curtis. A young man (Domhnall Gleeson) with the special ability to time travel tries to change his past in order to improve... more
Directed by: Marc Webb(500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his boss's... more
Directed by: Carroll BallardFly Away Home is a 1996 family drama film directed by Carroll Ballard. The film stars Anna Paquin, Jeff Daniels and Dana Delany. The film was released on September 13, 1996 by Columbia Pictures. The... more
Directed by: Christopher NolanInception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Elliot Page, Joseph... more
Directed by: Lee Toland KriegerCeleste and Jesse Forever is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lee Toland Krieger. It stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, and was written by Jones and Will McCormack, who also... more
Directed by: Michael CurtizCasablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars Humphrey... more
Directed by: Justin ChonMs. Purple is a 2019 American drama film directed by Justin Chon. Two estranged sisters come back together to help care for their dying father.... more
Directed by: Nadav LapidSynonyms (a.k.a. Synonymes) is a 2019 French-Israeli drama film directed by Nadav Lapid. A young Israeli man, Yoav (Tom Mercier) travels to Paris in an effort to flee his nationality and despite... more
Directed by: Jeff BaenaLife After Beth is a 2014 American zombie comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew... more
Directed by: Vincent WardWhat Dreams May Come is a 1998 American fantasy drama film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra and Max von Sydow. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by... more
Directed by: Peyton ReedThe Break-Up is a 2006 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peyton Reed. In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a newly broken up couple (Vince Vaughn and... more
Directed by: Judd ApatowKnocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd Apatow. The films stars Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. It follows the... more