7 Films To Watch When You Really Want To Cry

Hollywood has a formula for misery, and even if we don’t quite know what goes into it, we certainly know the effect: floods of tears, irrepressible sobs, keening wails of grief that bring flat-mates running, only to discover that you’re mourning a fictional dog. Comedies are great, thrillers are thrilling, but sometimes the only film that will do the trick is a good old-fashioned tear-jerker – and these are some of the best.

  1. 1

    The Fault In Our Stars

    You might roll your eyes at John Green and his quirky authorial stylings, but the onscreen trials of two dying teenagers in love will strip you of cynicism, and leave you prone on the floor, weeping for the cruelties of cancer and life and the universe. Warning: will put all of your problems into perspective, whether you like it or not.

  2. 2

    Still Alice

    Most movies that spark grief involve death – but this film isn’t as kind as that. Julianne Moore stars as a university professor and mother who succumbs to early onset Alzheimer’s. You’ll resist at first. You might even think it’s funny. But as you watch her lose all the pieces of her personality that make her her…Well. You’ll cry. A lot. And you’ll even identify with Kirsten Stewart as her surly daughter. Warning: will convince you that you have early-onset Alzheimer’s.

  3. 3

    Gladiator

    Perhaps better-known for its grand stadium scenes, and a preponderance of seriously graphic violence, Gladiator is, at its heart, the tale of a man mourning his wife and child. A hairily emotive performance by Russel Crowe, coupled by a soundtrack that’s won awards and one of the best soliloquies outside of Shakespeare is a combination your tear ducts will not be able to resist. Warning: gore, and dead children.

  4. 4

    My Girl

    Anna Chlumsky is an overly smart odd child in a close friendship with glasses-wearing Thomas J, played by Macauley Culkin (before he began singing in a pizza tribute band). Do they grow up, fall in love and get married, soothing each other’s pain and raising a family? No. No, they do not. Warning: bees.

  5. 5

    The Notebook

    There is a very good chance that this movie was penned with the sole intention of making women cry. Seriously, there is basically no other objective to it. While it technically has a happy ending (everybody is alive?) you’ll still find yourself torn to bits by this heart-wrecker of a love story. Still, the combination of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams is visual perfection.Warning: will make you feel lonely, and possibly doubt your own relationship.

  6. 6

    Finding Neverland

  7. 7

    P.S. I Love You

    Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler star in a film about a man who dies, but leaves letters and instructions for his wife in the year following his death. While you holler “that’s so CRUEL!” at the screen, you’ll also be crying into your wine glass and family-size bag of crisps. Make sure to take a minute to enjoy the comedic timing of Lisa Kudrow, and to wish she’d been more successful in the aftermath of friends. Warning: Gerard Butler dies REALLY early.

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