5 Films to Watch for a Good Cry

Updated on June 12, 2017
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Ione Stevens obtained her bachelor's degree in English in 2016. She is now a library assistant for Stratford University.

Some days we feel like the world is against us and we just need to cry it out. Whether we're simply having a bad day or a bad year, there are certain films we can put on that will have us in tears. I'm a huge fan of films that are not as popular, yet it seems those are the ones that hit me right in the feelings!

#1: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Now, I know what you're thinking. How on earth will I cry to a film starring Jim Carey? Well, I thought the exact same thing! Watching this film took me back to a time where I was recovering from a major heartbreak. Now, every time I watch it, I feel like I am learning more and more about the beauty that can be found in the flaws of others. It reminds me of where I came from and how much I have grown through love. I don't want to spoil the ending to this wonderful film, so I'll just briefly summarize the plot:

After Joel (Jim Carey) discovers that his previous girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), underwent an experimental procedure to erase him from her mind, he decides to retaliate by doing the same to her. Throughout this film, you will get to experience and feel every moment Joel spent with Clementine. Both the good and the bad memories are blending into one another. Not even halfway through the procedure, Joel changes his mind...

I highly recommend this film for it's artistic ability to prove just how devastating it is to forget someone you never wanted to lose.

#2: Blue Jay


I wasn't sure what to expect of this film, as I stumbled across it on Netflix one night. But the fact that it starred Sarah Paulson (I'm a big AHS fan), I figured that it wouldn't be a let down. BOY, WAS I RIGHT!! In some ways, it's like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; however, the story is vastly different and I absolutely adore how beautiful this film is. Throughout the majority of the film, the picture is in black & white. At first, I questioned the purpose of this, but then I got used to it. When the film came to an end, the colors show and it's so moving to witness the change.

Jim (Mark Duplass) comes back to his hometown to fix up his late mother's home. While in the supermarket, he runs into long time friend and lover, Amanda (Sarah Paulson). After reminiscing over a cup of coffee, Jim realizes how ideal Amanda's life is now. Many years have passed since they were young, free, and in love. He never really got over their unique bond.

I believe the best part about this film is how there are only 2 characters and the rest of the world doesn't seem to exist between them. As they're laughing and recreating their memories of being young and in love, it's almost as if they never lost their innocence. There is, unfortunately, a turning point where it gets dark between them. But I think that particular darkness is what makes it so real.

So if you're heartbroken and want to ugly cry, this is the film for you!

#3: Rabbit Hole


I've never really been a Nicole Kidman fan. Even her older films weren't that appealing to me. However, I'm all for giving actors/actresses another chance! I am SO glad I watched this film! Kidman was OUTSTANDING in her role as a mother who lost her son in a tragic car accident. In fact, since I watched Rabbit Hole before the release of her HBO series, Big Little Lies, I knew that I was going to love the show as well! Now this film is NOTHING like the previous ones. It is an entirely different kind of sadness and it hits home to me.

Becca (Nicole Kidman) and her husband, Howie (Aaron Eckhart), were once a happily married couple until the death of their 4 year old son. This film allows you to see the heartache and the pain of two loving parents and how they begin to heal after such a tragic loss.

As a mom of a soon-to-be 4 year old, I cried from the moment I realized why they were in mourning...and I continued to cry until it ended. There is just something about the loss of an innocent child that can hit you right in the chest. All I could think about was my little man and how devastated I'd be if that had happened to him. Without a doubt, it makes you want to keep your little person close and never let them go!

#4: Begin Again


If you've seen this film and you're wondering why it's on here, then I'll need to explain myself. I am a HUGE lover of music, but it's mostly about the lyrics for me. Yes, the melody needs to flow with the words and words have to have meaning. I'm picky about what I listen to yet I have a wide variety of songs on numerous playlists. Lord knows I can't sing or play an instrument, but if the lyrics are right and the music compliments the words, I'M SOLD! This film does include heartbreak, sadness, and loss. It's not what you think though. Yes, Keira Knightley is heartbroken by her newly discovered, rock stud boyfriend, but it goes much deeper than that.

Gretta (Keira Knightley) is recovering from her recent breakup with boyfriend, Dave (Adam Levine). Forcefully, she is encouraged to play an acoustic original song at a small bar in New York City. A record-label executive, Dan (Mark Ruffalo), can't take his eyes off of her. He talks her into making an album with him, in the hopes of replacing the tasteless music his company continues to endorse. Together, they work as a team to make an album that will inspire the music industry.

I know this doesn't sound like a film to cry to, but if you are a lover of music, this will move you! It's more than just the recovering of a heartbreak. It's about following your passion and discovering that you deserve better. Losing yourself is easy, but finding yourself is a whole journey in itself.

If that brings you to tears, then you should definitely give this one a try!

#5: What Dreams May Come


I have saved the best for last. Actually, I'm tearing up right now! Robin Williams was a part of my childhood in films like Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Flubber, and Jumanji. In my teens, he blew me away in films like Patch Adams, Dead Poets Society, and Good Will Hunting. Out of all of these wonderful films, this one takes the cake!

After dying in a tragic car accident, Chris (Robin Williams) journeys through his afterlife with special help from his guide, Albert (Cuba Gooding, Jr.). Pleased with his surroundings and uniting with his children, Chris becomes distraught when he finds out that his wife is no where to be seen. Annie (Annabella Sicorra) committed suicide and was sent to Hell. Despite all the trouble and strife, Chris is determined to save his wife from an afterlife of torture.

This film, I am warning you, will break your heart over and over again. You are going to cry a river of tears and your face is going to look like a punching bag when the credits begin to roll. The story line is beautiful. The characters are amazing. And the struggle that Chris endures to save his wife makes my heart throb. Acts of true love will always win.

So Tell Me...

Which one are you going to cry to?

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