60 Finest Unhappy Motion pictures to Cry To


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Claire Brodsky

Rom-coms and funny movies have their place, however typically you’re simply within the temper to cry. Whether or not you’ve been coping with heartbreak, sickness, otherwise you’re simply feeling all the emotions, a tearjerker film is typically precisely what it’s essential really feel higher. Fortunately for you, we’ve rounded up 60 unhappy motion pictures so you may have a great cry.

So wait, why do I typically *need* to really feel unhappy by watching a tragic film? Science may need the reply. A 2016 study revealed in Royal Society Open Science means that watching an “emotionally arousing” (hmm) film results in an elevated sense of group bonding and elevated ache threshold. One other study from 2012 means that watching unhappy motion pictures truly makes us completely satisfied in the long run, as a result of they make us look at our shut relationships, which boosts serotonin.

Anyway, that’s sufficient psychology for now. These motion pictures cowl every thing from sinking ships and irreparable relationships to dads who play piano and are secretly dying. We’ve received your motion pictures about parent-child relationships, romantic relationships, forbidden LGBTQ+ love, emotionally charged friendships, drug addiction, loss of life, sickness—all that cheery stuff, you recognize? A lot of the unhappy motion pictures on this listing are dramas, however when you’re within the temper for real-life tales to make you cry, we have got a couple of documentaries which can be positive to encourage tears. And don’t fret, a few of these motion pictures are each unhappy and humorous if you need a aspect of laughter together with your mascara streaks.

With out additional ado, listed below are 60 tearjerker motion pictures for whenever you want a great cry.

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Portrait of a Woman on Hearth

Artist Marianne is employed to color a portrait of Héloïse, a lady who’s about to be married. After taking many lengthy walks alongside the coast and staring longingly at one another, it is no shock that the 2 ladies fall in love. However after all considered one of them is about to be wed, and likewise that is 18th-century France, so…yeah, heartbreak forward.

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Items of a Girl

This can be a film about grief, and it is exhausting to look at at occasions. Items of a Girl follows a pair who loses their child in a house start gone mistaken. They grow to be depressed and remoted from each other as they contemplate bringing authorized proceedings towards the midwife who oversaw the start. Vanessa Kirby offers a tremendous efficiency as Martha, the lady who offers with the fallout from the tragedy.

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The Pursuit of Happyness

Each time you suppose Will Smith’s character is about to catch a break on this film…he does not. Luckily, the entire film is finally about overcoming adversity (it is based mostly on the real-life Chris Gardner) so issues do work out…ultimately…after you have gone by means of a couple of bins of tissues…

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Forrest Gump

This film brings a good quantity of guffaws, but it surely has some severely unhappy moments, too. When Bubba is killed in motion? When Jenny breaks down in entrance of her childhood house? The ending scene??? *Sobs*

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Angel of Nanjing

The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in China sees a number of suicide makes an attempt each week. This documentary follows one man, Chen Si, who has spent over a decade patrolling the bridge, trying to present support to individuals who have gone there with the intention of ending their lives. It is a actually highly effective movie that is value your time.

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4 Good Days

You have by no means seen Mila Kunis like this. She performs Molly, a lady struggling to recuperate from drug habit with the assistance of her mom (performed by Glenn Shut). Molly is early in her detox course of and is instructed she will be able to obtain an opioid antagonist shot…however she has to remain sober for 4 full days first. Spoiler: It is a lot tougher than it sounds.

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Different Individuals

For those who’re within the temper for one thing that can make you chortle out loud and additionally cry, I’ve received you. Different Individuals facilities round a struggling comedy author reeling from a foul breakup as he comes house to take care of his dying mom, who’s performed hilariously (and heartbreakingly) by Molly Shannon.

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Inside Out

TBH, it would not be a Pixar film if not for not less than one heartbreaking scene. In Inside Out, it entails a long-forgotten imaginary pal. Write yours an apology letter ASAP.

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Moonlight

This coming-of-age drama follows Chiron by means of three levels of his life: when he is a weak baby with an unstable house life, an adolescent questioning his sexuality, and an grownup drug vendor attempting to restore relationships together with his mom and an individual from his previous. Moonlight gained the Oscar for Finest Image and Mahershala Ali gained Finest Supporting Actor for his function as Juan, so you recognize it is a phenomenal film.

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By no means Hardly ever Typically At all times

Autumn, a pregnant teen from rural Pennsylvania, is pressured to journey to New York Metropolis to get an abortion because of the restricted and unsafe decisions in her personal city. She’s accompanied by her cousin/finest pal Skylar as they navigate the town to get Autumn the reproductive care she wants. This film is not overwrought with emotion, however watching the 2 younger ladies put up with a lot shit from males (and the world) as they search a essential medical process is sufficient to make anybody tear up.

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Sophie’s Selection

Meryl Streep stars because the titular Sophie, an immigrant who skilled the horrors of Auschwitz firsthand. She turns into mates with a neighbor and begins to speak in confidence to him about her unstable husband and harrowing experiences on the focus camp. Be warned: it’s emotional, and there is not a lot of a cheerful ending right here.

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My Woman

Earlier than Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky have been starring in American Horror Story and Inventing Anna respectively, they have been Thomas J. and Vada Sultenfuss, the 2 finest mates that anybody might have. Till a swarm of bees assaults a sure allergic, cute somebody. Cue: You bawling your eyes out.

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Sound of Metallic

Riz Ahmed stars a a steel drummer and recovering drug consumer who quickly begins to lose his listening to. At his girlfriend’s urging, he reluctantly joins a rural shelter for deaf recovering addicts and begins to bond with different members of the group. However ultimately he has to select between his new regular and a return to his earlier life.

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Our Buddy

Critically, get the tissues prepared. This movie—based mostly on a real-life story published in Esquire—follows Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and Matthew (Casey Affleck), a pair who receives devastating information about Nicole’s well being. The ever-lovable Jason Segel performs Dane, their pal who places his life on maintain and strikes into their house to assist the couple handle their daughters and fulfill Nicole’s bucket listing.

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Inform Me Who I Am

This riveting documentary follows twin brothers Alex and Marcus Lewis. Alex misplaced his reminiscence after a bike accident at age 18 and has relied on Marcus to assist him recreate reminiscences of their childhood. Marcus initially makes the choice to withhold traumatizing moments and this movie explores what occurs as Marcus begins to share the reality with Alex.

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One Day

Two folks meet on the eve of their faculty commencement on July 15 and resolve to grow to be mates. The story is instructed by seeing the place the characters are on July 15 throughout subsequent years. They develop aside, come again collectively, battle, make up, and at last resolve to make a relationship work—till tragedy strikes.

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To The Bone

To The Bone is a narrative a few younger lady (Lily Collins) scuffling with anorexia. She reluctantly joins an unconventional remedy program at her household’s urging, however after emotional hurdles it stays tough for her to maintain up the battle towards her consuming dysfunction.

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Brokeback Mountain

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are cowboys in love, however they will’t be collectively due to the million causes standing between them. We want we knew how one can stop this tragic love story and save ourselves from the inevitable ache, but it surely’s so attractive we will not.

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Marriage Story

Marriage Story is mainly like watching the funeral of a once-good relationship. Each events are hurting, however there’s zero probability at salvaging the connection they used to have. Put together to really feel all of the feels.

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Stepmom

We must always speak concerning the second Susan Sarandon offers a quilt stitched with a lifetime of reminiscences to her daughter for Christmas. That is all I can say, as a result of I am already verklempt.

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Life Is Lovely

A father who all the time seems on the intense aspect of life does every thing in his energy to protect his younger son from the atrocities of the Holocaust. You will most likely wish to name your dad after this one.

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The Final Music

As a lot as followers beloved to concentrate on the Miley and Liam of all of it, the precise household drama on the middle of this Nicolas Sparks film is what actually brings the tragedy. This dad-reconnects-with-his-daughter-before-dying drama is a tragic unhappy story certainly.

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Up

The opening sequence of Up. Aaand…you are already crying.

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Name Me by Your Title

We are able to forgive Name Me By Your Name’s last shot of Timothée Chalamet silently crying into a fire as a result of the film is so filled with attractive snaps of Italy. However like, when Timothée cries, all of us cry, you recognize?

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Soul Surfer

You already know whenever you cry since you are so impressed by one other human being’s spirit and basic will to hold on regardless of probably the most tough of circumstances? That is the sort of weeping you may expertise throughout this dark-horse tearjerker starring AnnaSophia Robb, based mostly on real-life surfer Bethany Hamilton.

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The Shade Purple

Sisters perpetually. Based mostly on the traditional novel by Alice Walker, this film starring Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg will each heat your coronary heart and make you ugly cry.

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Titanic

Leo DiCaprio at his hottest. Kate Winslet at her naughtiest. Billy Zane simply being Billy Zane. This three-hour epic thrusts you right into a rollercoaster, er, sinking ship of disappointment. I am going to actually by no means let go.

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Seashores

Arguably the tearjerker to finish all tearjerkers, Seashores will power you to confront a life with out your lifelong finest pal and soulmate. What’s extra miserable than that? Doing it to the sluggish, sob-inducing melody of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” that is what.

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5 Toes Aside

There’s an enormous complication within the romance between the 2 teen cystic fibrosis sufferers on the middle of this film: Individuals dwelling with CF who can’t be inside six ft of one another because of the threat of passing on a doubtlessly lethal an infection.

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Marley and Me

For those who’ve ever owned a canine, beloved a canine, and even laid eyes on a canine, this story of a mischievous Golden Retriever named Marley and the way he teaches Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and their rising household to like will make you dampen one million Kleenex.

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Room

Jacob Tremblay’s capability to mild up a display screen—even when being held captive together with his onscreen mom—is a sight to behold. Pleasure’s (Brie Larson) painful restoration after their escape is each uncooked and stirring.

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The Pocket book

Whether or not you have been so aroused that you simply cried when Gos stated, “It nonetheless is not over,” otherwise you have been actually emotional concerning the Previous’s storyline, in case you are alive you have most likely shed some tears throughout this rom-com standard-bearer.

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Legends of the Fall

I solely must level out the scene of Tristan (Brad Pitt)’s animalistic cries of ache whereas holding Samuel’s coronary heart in his arms to indicate you why this can be a unhappy film. Want we are saying extra?

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The Farewell

Following a Chinese language-American household who decides to offer their ailing grandmother a “farewell” social gathering, this film evokes moments of affection, respect…and tears. Tons and many tears.

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If Beale Road Might Speak

The plotline of If Beale Road Might Speak is stuffed with heartbreak and injustice, however there’s additionally so a lot love (Regina King, I am taking a look at you.) Principally, you may be a multitude the entire time, and that is okay.

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Love Story

The witty quotes! The Ali McGraw gorgeousness! The convertible driving and carrying over thresholds! “Love means by no means having to say you are sorry!” Though that is the furthest factor from the reality, this film is iconic.

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Right here on Earth

Leelee Sobieski + Chris Klein + Josh Hartnett + most cancers = totes sniffling.

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Shakespeare in Love

Think about you have been hopelessly in love with arguably probably the most romantic romantic ever, however as a substitute of getting him learn you postcoital sonnets ’til the top of time, you have been certain for America with a snobby noble whom you hated. That is why all of us wept by means of the top of this 1999 Oscar winner. Particularly when Will tells Gwyneth: “You’ll by no means age for me, nor fade, nor die.” Oh, we died all proper.

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Lovely Boy

I am not going to misinform you: this film is gloomy from begin to effing end. Like, simply miserable and gut-wrenching the entire method by means of. However very like the boy (hello Timmy), the movie actually is gorgeous in a sorrowful sort of method, and each Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carrell give implausible performances.

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Seven Kilos

I by no means cry in public…apart from after the time I noticed Seven Kilos. Your lady was straight up bawling within the theater, and the ending messed me up so badly that I have never watched it since. However nonetheless, it is a tremendous movie, and Will Smith gave a standing-ovation-worthy efficiency.

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A Stroll to Keep in mind

Mandy Moore and Shane West star as a pair from totally different sides of the tracks who completely fall in love…till considered one of them dies.

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Carol

Based mostly on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Worth of Salt, this drama finds Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in a forbidden love story, full with attractive recreations of Fifties New York Metropolis.

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Ghost

Few tearjerking film moments can maintain a tissue to the glowing, heavenly scene when Molly and Sam see one another once more, by the grace of Oda Mae Brown/Whoopi Goldberg.

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Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams falling out and in of affection over the course of a few years (some merciless to Ryan’s character’s hairline) is nearly an excessive amount of to deal with. Virtually.

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Metal Magnolias

From Malin’s very first “drink your juice, Shelby,” you possibly can most likely inform that issues weren’t going to finish nicely for Julia Roberts. Reduce to the cemetery scene (“I can run all the best way to Texas and again however my daughter cannot…she by no means might!”) and there shall be ugly-crying.

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First Match

After spending her childhood in foster care, Monique discovers her ardour for wrestling. Whereas she’s attempting to reconcile along with her dad, she’s on a journey that assessments her emotionally in addition to bodily. If this does not offer you all of the feels, you then’re not paying consideration.

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Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge will actually trick you. It looks like it’ll be a enjoyable, funky early 2000s flick, however then it simply RIPS YOUR HEART OUT INSTEAD. You have been warned.

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Phrases of Endearment

This can be a tearjerking traditional. Simply ask your mother/aunt/older sister. We do not wish to give an excessive amount of away, however Shirley MacLaine performs the feisty mother, Debra Winger is the daughter who loves/hates her, and never all people survives ’til the closing credit.

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Amy

You most likely know the story of Amy Winehouse already, however seeing all of the gritty particulars come to life on display screen remains to be very exhausting to look at.

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The Mild Between Oceans

IRL couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star as a pair who rescues and adopts a child lady after discovering her at sea. The true grief comes when the couple—who can’t start youngsters of their very own—study concerning the lady’s start mom.

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The Manner We Have been

You’ll be able to’t take heed to the primary few seconds of The Manner We Have been with out truly tearing up. You’ll additionally by no means have a look at the Plaza Lodge the identical method once more.

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Good Will Looking

Robin Williams had this profound capability to induce tears in nearly anyone on planet earth together with his performances, and on this specific case, he gained an Oscar for it.

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Hire

I imply…depart it to a musical-turned-movie to make you cry. When it will get to the half the place everybody sings a reprise of “I am going to Cowl You,” dang, I am already getting tears in my eyes.

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My Sister’s Keeper

From the second this film begins, it is mainly a assure you are going to cry. I imply, the story of a younger lady genetically made to match and save her cancer-stricken sister is already asking for tears. However the second she decides to emancipate herself with the intention to acquire management of her personal physique? Ugh, my FEELINGS.

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The Pleasure Luck Membership

Any mother-daughter relationship is emotional at occasions. However add in 4 pairs of mothers and daughters, coupled with tales about immigrating from China? You finest imagine I am choking up right here.

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P.S. I Love You

A girl begins receiving messages and surprises from her husband shortly after his loss of life. It’s candy, it’s painful, and Gerard Butler is very charming (even from past).

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Useless Poets Society

I am positively not the one one who thinks this film is Robin Williams’ biggest efficiency ever. Every characters’ response to a tragedy actually stings…in the very best of the way.

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The Artwork of Racing within the Rain

Sure, the film is instructed from the eyes of an cute pet. Nevertheless it’s Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried’s performances that can break your coronary heart from the minute they step on the display screen. From tough profession choices to a most cancers battle, let’s simply say you may want a field of tissues at hand.

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A Star Is Born

Increase your hand when you have been personally victimized by the ending of this film. 🙋‍♀️

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