To say I’m an emotional person, would be an understatement. Melodramatic, sentimental, bleeding heart might be a better description. I’ve been known to “get something in my eye” when Sarah McLaughlin’s, “Angel” haunts over shots of wounded and mistreated cats and dogs and still get misty-eyed and chills just thinking about Peter coming home for Christmas and surprising the family by making a pot of Folger’s coffee.
But if I’m being honest, I enjoy crying. It’s a release that sometimes can ease the stress of a heartbreak, a long day, or simply having no chocolate in the house. A good ugly cry is like a cleanse and there’s not much better way to achieve that than watching a great tear-jerker movie. The uglier and snottier the cry, the better the movie. Here are some of our picks, without giving away any spoilers, trust me, just grab a box of tissues.
People die in movies…a lot. This category isn’t giving away the plot, necessarily, it’s the personal struggle or how the survivors that are left to pick up the pieces and thrive that make these films so moving.
Love stories tend to be heavy-handed on the corny quotient and end up with me rolling my eyes, instead of needing to wipe the tears away. They have to be super well done for me to cry. These did it for me.
These are my favorite kind of tear-jerker. They’re feel good movies, have great messages, tears come from happiness and sadness and they keep you talking long after.
What tear-jerker movies give you the ugly cry?