Sometimes, you just need to get in a good cry. In fact, it has been suggested that crying is beneficial to you. If you're feeling down, melancholic, or simply just distraught and can't seem to get them flowing, here's how to get one.
That's the power of movies, because they can control your emotions, guiding you in whatever direction they choose. That's why we've created this list to watch at your own risk. They may be sad, beautiful, or everything in between, but make sure to stock up on tissues.
The Iron Giant (1999)
The Iron Giant is a kind-hearted giant metal stack, clinging on to Earth from somewhere out in space. Ignore the plasma cannons and the rocket launchers, but he's still a decent guy when you get to know him. Oh yeah, there's a lot of nostalgia for sci-fi B-movies from the bygone eras that match the pulpy plot.
The Iron Giant is a wonderful creature with the intelligence and personality of a youngster who is learning to express their feelings for the first time. Without getting into the details, lets just note that somewhere in the film there is a one-two punch to the emotions that will likely have you reaching for another carton of tissues.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is more than a family-friendly film: it's basically the Citizen Kane of live-action talking-animal adventure films: it's even better than its predecessor, except that it's more enjoyable. (Imagine Lassie Comes Home, times ten!) An American Bulldog, a Golden Retriever, and a Himalayan cat set off on the titular journey after being told that they've been abandoned by their families. Only through their persistence to return home to
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a technical marvel that I mean, look at the way these animals move! It's like they're talking to each other, but this movie is packed with heartfelt and heartbreaking moments.
My Dog Skip (2000)
My Dog Skip is one of those films that takes out the knife just long enough to make you feel safe, before returning it to the unhealed wound it had left behind. Everyone loves Skip, and I mean everybody, from the adults to the children to the butcher who feeds him bologna sandwiches every day. Like the best of best friends, Skip helps Willie make new friends and always watches his back.
My Dog Skip is so saccharine-sweet, so emotionally powerful that it'll likely send them streaming down like a broken dam. He was a fantastic kid who deserves the lovely, touching tribute that is My Dog Skip.
City Lights (1931)
City Lights, a work by Charlie Chaplin, remains one of the most moving and beautiful romantic comedy films ever made, and one of the most emotionally powerful, with an ending so marvelous that it will remain etched in your memory long after the credits roll.
Chaplin's Little Tramp character transcends his own work and has become instantly recognizable to many who have never seen his films. City Lights is his greatest film, blending the gut-busting slapstick humor and emotional poetry that have since become his brand. The last few minutes are among the finest Chaplin has ever committed to film.
Brief Encounter (1945)
Brief Encounter, a romantic comedy starring Rachmaninoff, explores the complicated nature of love and our struggle to make sense of it all. Cinema legend David Lean directs with unflinching precision, directing from a play by Noel Coward. The two protagonists intertwine as their illicit obsession threatens to ruin their lives.
Johnson and Howard give excellent performances, while you'll be crying along with the complexity of love's unwavering force.
Big Fish (2003)
Big Fish is a delightful and heartbreaking story from Tim Burton. Through long, humorous flashbacks describing young Edward's life experiences, the film attempts to blur the distinction between fact and fiction. More significant than the stories themselves, though, is the tension between Will and Edward.
Its a Wonderful Life (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life, by James Stewart, is a regular household entertainment tradition: it's good. But it's also crammed to the brim with every emotion in it: joy, sadness, regret, hope, and the list goes on. Frank Capra's masterful film is chameleon-like in the way that it manages to hit so many notes, cover so many different genres without faltering.
It's a Wonderful Life is a film that will surely send you to tears when you're one of the few people left who hasn't seen it.
The Farewell (2019)
The Farewell, Lulu Wang's touching portrait of intergenerational family life, is a movie that will make you stop looking for your grandmother's phone in case of a cancer diagnosis. The friendship between Billi and her grandmother, while loving and fruitful, is often hampered by cultural differences (Billi has lived in the United States for most of her life, while Nai Nai remains a Chinese native), and the grief of losing a loved one.
Paddington 2 (2017)
Paddington is a polite, thoughtful little bear in a hat and duffel coat, and his second, Paddington 2, is just as good. One of the rare sequels to meet or exceed its predecessor, Paddington 2 is a confectionary delight for all ages. After finally finding a new home in the first film, Paddington spends most of his time in the sequel seeking a way to return to it once he's been convicted of a crime he didn't commit.
Paddington 2 is as beautiful as it is stunning. Finished in eye-catching colors and with a sophisticated Wes Anderson-like set-design, it starts sweet, stays sweet, and ends even sweeter. There are enough silly bear gags to keep anyone entertained, and an unexpectedly succinct social commentary pushing for prison reform give the viewer some food for thought.