A work, especially a film or play, that is excessively sentimental.
A sad, often maudlin film.
(colloquial or nonstandard) A sad or sentimental film, often portraying troubled romance, designed to elicit a tearfully emotional response from its audience.
Talented filmmaker Susanne Bier [...] keeps control over the storms of melodrama that swirl in this rich weepie, a 2006 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. "” Review of After the Wedding.
Origin of weepie