So you may have read that crying is not a bad thing to do from time to time. In fact, it’s pretty healthy. And think about how nice it is to let it all out after an especially rough week. You may be asking: how do I get to a good, therapeutic cry? Well, you might get one from watching some of my favorite tear jerkers.
This movie follows a love story through the second World War. Not heartbreaking enough you say? Too generic you say? Why don’t you wait to see why James MacAvoy gets deployed … and then wait for the ending.
Another wonderful Kiera Knightly movie that shows you just how much living back in the day would actually suck. However, if you get too depressed by forced marriages, wayward lovers, and fancy wigs catching on fire, you can just look at all the pretty dresses … and cry because you will never own anything that fabulous.
This movie deals with some pretty heavy topics–so be warned. It might stay with you longer than the sadness from previous movies because, while it’s set in the 1950’s, the themes are still super relevant. Added bonus: You get to watch Leo and Kate try to get on another boat together. While they ultimately decide not to cross the Atlantic (phew!) things still end up super sad.
For some reason, this movie makes me question almost everything in my life. I’m not going to be a lawyer, but for some reason it has that effect on me. This isn’t a sad movie involving a romantic love, but a sad movie involving a parental love. Tiny Dakota Fanning kills it and Sean Penn is truly divine. Also, it has a wonderful Beatles soundtrack. Go ahead and grab the tissues.
This faux-documentary starts out a little slow, but it follows actress Charlene Yi (and a little later romantic interest Michael Cera) as she slowly comes to terms with the idea that maybe love does exist. It also has cute little cut-aways of normal, everyday people talking about their experiences in love-as illustrated by poorly cut out paper dolls. This is just indie enough and just old enough to catch you a little off-guard.
I don’t necessarily buy the idea that men who look like Ryan Gosling just walk around being single for good portions of their lives. That being said if you can buy into this little flaw, Blue Valentine is worth all the hype you’ve heard. Heartbreaking performances from Gosling and Michelle Williams paint a haunting picture of a seemingly normal marriage and its problems.
We get to see Kate Winslet again, but this time with romantic lead Jim Carrey! This movie doesn’t have a linear plot, but if you pay careful attention to Clementine’s ever changing hair color you can follow when things are actually happening. A quirky and well known cast make this movie sneakily sad … but very enjoyable.
Okay, so somehow, I went 10 years without seeing this Christmastime romantic staple. Last year though when I saw it, my friends snapped a picture of my ugly crying that has lived on in infamy in my friend circle. Make sure there are no cameras present and buckle up for five different intersecting love stories and a heap of British accents.
Yes, it’s super cute…but have you seen the first minutes? Welcome to Sob City, population you.
Literally anything by Nicholas Sparks
Let me be that girl for everyone here at GenTwenty. Yes, we know that his movies are all the same … down to the freaking poster design. Ignore that, though, and let yourself get caught up in the all too familiar formula for sobbing.
There you have it! Grab some tissues and settle in. Any we missed? Please let us know and leave us your favorite go-to cry movie.