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48 Movies to Watch When You Need a Good Cry

New Line Cinema

Nothing against feel-good movies, but sometimes you just need to watch something that makes you sob your eyes out. (Catharsis is a good thing.) Those times, turn to one of the following 48 films guaranteed to make you ugly-cry.

Columbia Pictures

1. The Pursuit Of Happyness

When Chris is evicted from his apartment, he and his young son embark on a life-changing journey.

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Columbia Pictures 

2. My Girl

Vada and Thomas gave us friendship goals before friendship goals were even a thing.

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A24

3. Moonlight

The achingly beautiful story is told from the perspective of Chiron at three different chapters in his life.

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Warner Brothers Pictures 

4. The Bridges Of Madison County

An unhappy housewife is torn between the life she’s always known and a brief yet exciting affair with a traveling photographer.

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5. Roma

Cleo works as a domestic worker for a desperate family, whose world is turned upside down when the father leaves with his mistress.

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20th Century Fox 

6. Titanic

We'll never stop arguing that Jack could’ve fit on the boat, but still…

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A24

7. The Farewell

Billi returns to China to say goodbye to her grandma, who has no idea she has weeks to live.

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Warner Brothers Pictures 

8. The Green Mile

Another tearjerker with Hanks in the lead as a death-row corrections officer during the Great Depression whose life is changed by an inmate with supernatural powers.

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New Line Cinema

9. The Notebook

How could we not?

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The Weinstein Company

10. Lion

Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple after getting separated from his family. Twenty-five years later, he searches for answers.

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Di Novi Pictures 

11. A Walk To Remember

Is this story about a terminally ill high school student checking off items on her bucket list a cinematic wonder? No, but it is syrupy and wholesome and great for when you need to feel feelings.

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The Weinstein Company 

12. The Butler

Loosely biographical, this 2013 hit stars Forest Whitaker as a White House butler who witnesses some of the most important political and social events of the 20th century.

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Walt Disney Studios

13. Up

It’s official: The montage depicting Carl and Ellie’s love story dethrones Bambi as the saddest animated opener of all time.

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Focus Features

14. Brokeback Mountain

A deeply touching account of the emotional and sexual relationship between two men in the American West in the 1960s.

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Columbia Pictures 

15. Awakenings

Robin Williams plays a doctor who discovers a drug that “awakens” a patient—played by Robert De Niro—from a catatonic state. Amazing, except for that the drug’s effects aren’t permanent.

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Warner Brothers Pictures 

16. The Color Purple

A young woman named Celie Harris (an Oscar-nominated Whoopi Goldberg) fights to overcome racism and misogyny in rural Georgia in the early 20th century.

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The Weinstein Company 

17. Philomena

Based on a powerful true story, Philomena tells the story of a woman’s arduous, 50-year search for her long-lost son.

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Sony Pictures Classics 

18. Still Alice

Julianne Moore plays Alice Howland, an Ivy League linguistics professor whose world is shattered by her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Columbia Pictures

19. Seven Pounds

An IRS agent decides to assist seven strangers who need miracles.

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Paramount Pictures 

20. Love Story

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

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Walt Disney Studios

21. Toy Story 3

In what's without a doubt the saddest Toy Story movie, Woody, Buzz and the gang face an uncertain future as Andy gets ready to leave home for college. 

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22. If Beale Street Could Talk

Tish and her soon-to-be husband, Fonny, have it all—that is, until Fonny’s arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.

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Columbia Pictures 

23. Rent

While it may not be a masterpiece of a film, it is an excellent way to relive the groundbreaking Broadway show about a group of bohemians in 1990s NYC.

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Universal Pictures 

24. E.t. The Extra-terrestrial

Why couldn’t E.T. and Elliott just live in harmony?

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Universal Pictures 

25. Sophie’s Choice

A Polish immigrant recounts her time at Auschwitz, including the traumatic “choice” in the film’s title.

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Buena Vista Pictures 

26. Beaches

Try not to lose it when Bette Midler sings “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” Or, actually, do.

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The Weinstein Company

27. Blue Valentine

A couple (Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling) fall in and out of love in this nonlinear quotidian heartbreaker.

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Fox Searchlight Pictures 

28. Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest actress ever nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress for her incredible performance as Hushpuppy in this story about life in the Louisiana bayou.

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Universal Pictures

29. The Photograph

After discovering an old photo, Mae explores her estranged mother’s past.

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Walt Disney Studios

30. Wall-e

Who would’ve thought a story about metal trash compactors would make us bawl our eyes out? But here we are.

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20th Century Fox

31. Marley And Me

How could we not, part two?

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Columbia Pictures 

32. Big Fish

A former traveling salesman is on his deathbed as his estranged son tries to mend their relationship and flashbacks show us the man he once was.

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Universal Pictures 

33. Lone Survivor

Based on a nonfiction book of the same name, Lone Survivor is about an unsuccessful Navy SEAL mission to kill a Taliban leader.

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Warner Brothers Pictures 

34. Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón’s intense space drama really sneaks up on you.

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Columbia Pictures 

35. Stand By Me

Four boys from a small town in Oregon go on a hike to find the dead body of a missing child. Coming-of-age melancholy ensues.

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20th Century Fox 

36. The Fault In Our Stars

Think A Walk to Remember set in 2014.

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Miramax Films

37. Life Is Beautiful

After you finish weeping, cheer up by watching Roberto Benigni accept the award for Best Foreign Film at the 1999 Oscars.

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HBO Films 

38. The Normal Heart

Another stage-to-screen flick, Ryan Murphy’s devastating depiction of the rise of HIV/AIDS in New York City in the 1980s will pretty much have you sobbing from start to finish.

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New Line Cinema

39. I Am Sam

Sean Penn stars as a single father with a developmental disability struggling to raise his precocious daughter (Dakota Fanning).

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Universal Pictures

40. Love Actually

Incredibly basic but you try to get through Emma Thompson’s storyline with dry eyes.

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TriStar Pictures 

41. Philadelphia

Young Tom Hanks and young Denzel Washington ripped our hearts out with their performances in this 1993 drama, one of the first to recognize the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Miramax Films 

42. Good Will Hunting

Williams plays a psychology professor who is the only person to get a gifted but troubled young man (Matt Damon) to open up and realize his potential.

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Paramount Pictures 

43. Terms Of Endearment

This touching story of a mother-daughter pair searching for love will tug at all of your heartstrings.

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Focus Features 

44. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

An estranged couple goes through a procedure to erase all memories of their relationship in this sad, imaginative 2004 science-fiction comedy-drama.

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Walt Disney Pictures 

45. The Lion King

What did Mufasa ever do to you, Scar?

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TriStar Pictures 

46. Steel Magnolias

A standout cast tells the story of the unbreakable bonds of a group of friends in a small southern town.

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Paramount Pictures 

47. Forrest Gump

Sad as hell, but on the plus side, you can totally ease the pain with a box of chocolates.

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Touchstone Pictures 

48. Dead Poets Society

Four words: O Captain! My captain!

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