31 Movies Guaranteed To Make You Cry

by Juliana Curtis
Jan 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET

We could all use a good cry every once in a while, and when life gets busy, it's hard to find a good moment to let the tears flow. Or maybe you're like Cameron Diaz in The Holiday and you just can't make yourself tear up. Either way, a good cry sesh is a huge part of why we love sad movies — or even happy movies with some really sad moments— so much. We can cry out faces off and let the endorphins flow without having to will them out of ourselves. 

Hollywood is full of these movies, and in case you haven't put together your own personal list yet, we've named some of our favorites. It's kind of like a cathartic therapy session, except way cheaper and you won't have to talk (and it's unlikely to be prescribed by your doctor.)

From heart-wrenching love stories to seemingly-innocent childrens movies, these are the movies that keep tissue companies in business. 

A version of this article was originally published in July 2015. 

1 /31: Coco Movie

1/31 :Coco Movie

Considering the movie is largely based around the concept of death, you'd think we'd be prepared for waterworks. But children's movie Coco manages to totally squeeze every last tear out of your body.

2/31 :'Titanic'

The sadness layers to this '90s classic are endless. And any time Celine Dion busts out "My Heart Will Go On," you know a crying situation is on the horizon.

3 /31: 'Old Yeller'

3/31 :'Old Yeller'

It's a bold statement to make, but Old Yeller might be the biggest tear-jerker of all time. The 1957 film is about a young boy and his dog and, well, if animal movies are rough for you, you might want to skip this one.

4/31 :'Beaches'

This 1988 movie is the tale of two BFFs from very different walks of life. Needless to say, you'll need your bestie to watch this one with you so you can comfort each other through the ending.

5 /31: 'Sophie's Choice'

5/31 :'Sophie's Choice'

The incomparable Meryl Streep plays a Holocaust survivor in this 1982 film. You can only imagine the emotions involved.

6/31 :'Moonlight'

Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood, as he struggles to come to terms with his sexuality. It's no small feat in the rough Miami neighborhood he was raised in.

If this 2016 indie doesn't bring tears to your eyes, you might not be human.

7 /31: 'A Monster Calls'

7/31 :'A Monster Calls'

We bet you can't even get through a short synopsis of this movie without knowing you'll need to grab tissues.

A young boy who is relentlessly bullied at school and dealing with a terminally ill mother at home seeks solace in a tree monster. 

Told ya.

8 /31: 'A Walk to Remember'

8/31 :'A Walk to Remember'

 The tears come flooding out when Landon proposes to Jamie, knowing full well that Jamie only has a little time left to live. Just when you thought you couldn't cry any more, Landon's monologue after Jamie's death about his unending love for her will completely rip your heart out.

9 /31: 'About Time'

9/31 :'About Time'

Although this movie tugs at your heart strings multiple times, the saddest part is at the end when Tim gives up time traveling back to visit his deceased father so that he can have another child with his wife.

10 /31: 'Dear John'

10/31 :'Dear John'

Nothing hurts more than watching a heartbroken Channing Tatum lose the love of his life after being separated too soon. The end gives you a little bit of hope that they will be together again, although you are left uncertain and impossibly sad for the both of them.

11 /31: 'Forrest Gump'

11/31 :'Forrest Gump'

The scene where Forrest meets his son, Forrest Jr., is emotional because you just know that Forrest Sr. is going to make an amazing dad to the adorable young Haley Joel Osment. This scene just might be even more tearjerking than Jenny's death.  

12 /31: 'Ghost'

12/31 :'Ghost'

Ghost was sad enough after Demi Moore's character Molly lost her other half in the violent shooting scene. However, the ending was even more painful as Molly and the ghost of Sam finally had to say goodbye forever.

13 /31: 'Good Will Hunting'

13/31 :'Good Will Hunting'

The famous "it's not your fault" scene where therapist Sean Maguire finally breaks through with the troubled Will Hunting will hit you right in the heart. Few things evoke more tears than seeing Matt Damon sob while clinging to the amazing Robin Williams.

14 /31: 'Inside Out'

14/31 :'Inside Out'

Inside Out is Pixar's latest tearjerker, telling the story of a young girl's emotional struggles. Perhaps the saddest part is when she loses her imaginary friend Bing-Bong in her forgotten memories. He makes the saddest plea to "make sure she goes to the moon for me" and that is when you will lose it.

15 /31: 'Love Actually'

15/31 :'Love Actually'

A memorably depressing moment of this film is the scene where Emma Thompson sobs to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" after finding out she is being cheated on. Any woman who has been there before will be hit right in the feels by this heart-rending moment.

16 /31: 'Marley and Me'

16/31 :'Marley and Me'

It doesn't matter who you are or how you feel about dogs, anyone will cry like an absolute baby when there is a fictional animal death involved. We will miss Marley forever.

17 /31: 'Pay It Forward'

17/31 :'Pay It Forward'

Nothing inspires a good, long cry like sad music. The saddest part of this movie is made especially worse by the background song "Calling all Angels" that plays at poor Trevor's candlelit vigil. Let the sobbing begin.

18 /31: 'P.S I Love You'

18/31 :'P.S I Love You'

This movie is basically a continuous sob-fest. Whether it's tears of sadness after Gerry dies or tears of bittersweet happiness while you watch the widowed Holly experience the amazing surprises her deceased husband left for her, either way you will be crying quite a bit.

19 /31: 'The Fault In Our Stars'

19/31 :'The Fault In Our Stars'

If you read the book, you know the drill. The gut-wrenching twist is just not fair. No boy as adorable and sensitive as Augustus Waters deserves to die, and watching poor Hazel Grace deal with the death of her only love is way too much sadness to bear.

20 /31: 'The Notebook'

20/31 :'The Notebook'

Possibly one of the most heartbreaking movie moments of all time, the ending scene where Noah and Allie peacefully die in each other's loving arms is the most soul-crushing way to end a romance that was already so full of touching and agonizing moments.

21 /31: 'Happyness'

21/31 :'Happyness'

Will Smith's character Chris Gardner's persistance to provide a better life for his adorable son in The Pursuit of Happyness is an emotional roller coaster. You will cry sad, ugly tears while watching the homeless Chris struggle, but then tears of utter happiness after all of his hard work finally pays off.

22 /31: 'The Vow'

22/31 :'The Vow'

Watching The Vow conjures up tears of frustration, as you want so badly for Paige to remember her husband, the sexy and sensitive Leo. She never does though, but she does fall in love with him all over again after a rather gut-wrenching series of events. 

23 /31: 'Up'

23/31 :'Up'

It doesn't take very long at all for this movie to make you bawl, hitting you with one of the most depressing fictional deaths ever right off the bat. The death of Carl's wife is alleviated, however, by the sweet friendship that forms between him and Russell, which will make you cry much happier tears at the end.

24 /31: 'Terms of Endearment'

24/31 :'Terms of Endearment'

Watching a mother with cancer say goodbye to her frustrated kids for the last time is guaranteed not to leave a dry eye in the house.

25 /31: 'Road to Perdition'

25/31 :'Road to Perdition'

Even with all the gritty mob drama that can almost overshadow the relationship between a father and his son, the tragic ending will catch you by surprise.

26 /31: 'Milk'

26/31 :'Milk'

Seeing what really went on in the gay community and how much work it took to get where we are today will break your heart.

27 /31: 'Room'

27/31 :'Room'

Based on a novel of the same name, this movie about an imprisoned young mother and her child will have you crying all the way through.

28 /31: 'Still Alice'

28/31 :'Still Alice'

Also based on a book of the same title, Julianne Moore won her Best Actress Oscar for portraying a woman's descent into early Alzheimer's disease.

29 /31: 'Me Before You'

29/31 :'Me Before You'

When Lou Clark falls for a man she has become caretaker for, no one’s prepared for their deep connection — or the heartbreaking ending that lies ahead.

30/31 :'Big Fish'

Not gonna lie, our noses are running just looking at this still of Sandra Bloom cuddling with her dying husband, Ed Bloom, in the bathtub.

31 /31: 'What Dreams May Come'

31/31 :'What Dreams May Come'

Now that Robin Williams is gone, this heartbreaking film about suicide and losing family members is even harder to watch than it was before.