13 Movies to Watch When You Want a Good Cry

Right now, it's sunny outside and I'm in a pretty decent mood, but there comes a time in everyone’s life when the urge to have a nice, long cry that purges the spirit just cannot be suppressed. Whenever that happens, I can usually induce a good cryfest by binge-watching episodes of Undercover Bosses on Netflix. There's nothing that will make you cry harder than watching hard-working, everyday people receive huge pay raises and free vacations, and have their mortgages paid off—other than the various tear-jerking films that have been released since the dawn of the film industry.

Now I must admit that I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to watching some of these films. For instance, I have no intention of watching The Fault in Our Stars because apparently if I do, I'll need a list of things to cheer me up afterwards. And this moviegoer's account of the first 10 minutes of Up makes me legitimately afraid that I'll be too damaged if I expose myself to the heartstring-pulling Pixar animation. There are a ton of movies that could be included on this list, but I'm making a concerted effort to get through this without actually crying, so I've narrowed it down to 13 films that make me bawl like a baby.

My only advice from here on out is to get out the tissue and remember—dab instead of wiping to avoid puffiness after watching these 13 movies that are guaranteed to make you cry:

Imitation of Life

Watch this film about a black girl who rejects her heritage and her mom and you will never. Stop. Crying.

Stream Imitation of Life here.


Your heart will go on, and so will the tears.

Stream Titanic here.

My Girl

I could barely type that title without my eyes welling up over what happened to poor little Thomas J.

Stream My Girl here.


Other than making you cry, Ghost will completely take away your ability to listen to The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" without bursting into tears. Dammit Sam!

Stream Ghost here.

The Green Mile

Watch Tom Hanks and the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan and weep openly.

Stream The Green Mile here.

A Walk to Remember

This film's secret twist made me angry, but also sad.

Stream A Walk to Remember here.

Pursuit of Happyness

Sure, Will Smith stars in the great story of redemption that demonstrates how not giving up on dreams will pay off. But, after watching him cradle his son in that bathroom... I just couldn't keep it together.

Stream Pursuit of Happyness here.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

A young girl and her father live an unorthodox life in the Louisiana bayou. And will make you cry because life is just. NOT. FAIR.

Stream Beasts of the Southern Wild here.

Steel Magnolias

Nothing like a funeral scene to make you completely come unglued.

Stream Steel Magnolias here.

P.S. I Love You

P.P.S. I'm pretty sure you won't get through this film about a widow who spends the entire time reading letters her late husband arranged to have delivered to her after his death.

Stream P.S. I Love You here.


This Spike Lee Joint is a relatable family story, but then something awful happens that sucker punches you in the gut and makes it real difficult to recover.

Stream Crooklyn here.


Childhood friendship and tragedy? A recipe for a major cryfest.

Stream Beaches here.

The Notebook

No list of tear-inducing movies is complete without The Notebook.

Stream The Notebook here.

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