10 Movies That Always Bring on the Tears

Some days, you don't feel like watching a goody-feely, scary-horror, or rom-com movie. After a bad day or week, you might feel the urge to watch a film that makes you bawl your eyes out – to the point that you hyperventilate. It may sound like torture, but sometimes you need to get those tears out to feel better! Here are a few strong contenders from this category.

1. Atonement (2007)

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War movie enthusiasts may say they no longer get sad over these films. Still, Atonement is next-level heartbreaking, and even that may be a small word to describe the feeling one experiences throughout this film. James McAvoy and Kiera Knightly's on-screen chemistry will suck you into the story; you will feel their pain. Fans know it's a fantastic movie, but the artistry doesn't lessen the blow. 

2. Me Before You (2016)

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A story adapted from Jojo Moyes' novel of the same name is about a small-town girl (Emilia Clarke) whose last resort job is to become a caretaker of a paralyzed man. Her otherwise ordinary life takes a turn when she learns to live and forms a bond with Will (Sam Claflin). Without spoiling too much, just know you may cry for 30 minutes or more, is what a fan claims!

3. Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

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Learn about life with Charlie (Logan Lerman), a 15-year-old boy, as he discovers the meaning of friendships, life, and death. It's a fan favorite; for some people, it's their favourite movie, a go-to when they need to cry. It is a heartbreaking story of young adults starring Emma Wason, Paul Rudd, and Nina Dobrev. Some films are a life lesson – that's the best description for this one.

4. Titanic (1997) 

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No one needs an introduction to this classic film – Titanic, a movie that still holds the hearts of many people worldwide. Without-class performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Jack and Rose forever live in the hearts of those who live by love. You may not cry enough to hyperventilate, but Titanic is painful enough to crush gentle people's hearts.

5. The Whale (2022)

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The Whale is set in a small town called Idaho, where an English teacher hides in his home to eat himself to death. His only wish is to reconnect with his teenage daughter. Brendan Fraser outdid himself in this role, and the movie was a real tear-jerker! For some fans, the film was too emotionally intense to watch the whole way through – but nonetheless, it is a gut-wrenching masterpiece.

6. The Florida Project (2017)

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The Florida Project is a film that touches on life's realities, such as growing up in the shadow of fantasy, where one needs to strike a balance between the struggle of real life and the magic in the unreal. The performance of the young actors was beautiful, and fans say the ending was very well done and made the entire movie for them. You may cry in the end! 

7. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

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Based on the true story of a man and his dog in Japan, Hachi redefines what heartbreak truly means; it is not confined to just humans. Starring Richard Gere, the film narrates the story of an unbreakable bond between a man and a lost puppy he found. According to fans who happen to be animal lovers, no matter how many times you watch it, you WILL cry!

8. Terms of Endearment (1983)

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This film focuses on a mother-daughter relationship where a woman named Aurora hopes to find true love while her daughter is going through marital problems. It sheds light on how pure and true a mother-daughter bond is. One viewer claims they have watched the movie three times and cried each time equally. Another one watched it at a theatre and claimed everyone was sniffling by the end. 

9. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

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Dancer In The Dark is a beautiful story of an immigrant single mother trying to make ends meet while saving for her son's surgery. Her son suffers from a degenerative eye disease. As she trudges through life's brutality, she keeps facing problem after problem. The film is a musical and will leave you crying at every step; fans say they had to leave the room at times. 

10. Instant Family (2018)

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If you enjoy the trope of found family, you will definitely love this movie about a couple, Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne), who decide to adopt kids. It leads them to become foster parents to a child named Lizzie, but they later find that her two siblings accompany her. Together, the five of them go through so much to realize that sometimes, family doesn't always have to be by blood. 

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