In times of great sadness, people turn to movies to get their minds off their problems. For example, during the Great Depression, going to the movies played an integral role in boosting morale, leading to the Golden Age of Hollywood, and currently, people turn to films as a release from all the upsetting political news. While movies can be great for lifting people's spirits, they're also also really useful for making you feel really, really sad. Sometimes you just need to allow yourself to feel depressed and have a good cathartic cry, and these are the most gut-wrenching movies to allow you to do so.
To some people, wanting to make oneself cry sounds weird, but really, it's not. Being able to empathize with others is part of what being human is all about, and it's also not healthy to bottle up feelings or brush them away, either. In fact, sometimes it even feels good to induce a release of emotions by watching a movie that is made to upset you so you can allow yourself to explore and understand your own sources of sorrow. Or perhaps the reason is not that deep and it just feels good to cry. That's totally OK, too.
These movies range from sad to heartbreaking, to downright shocking, but they're all great reminders that the human experience isn't just rainbows and sunshine. Watching something that inspires a visceral reaction is always worthwhile.