5 Movies to Watch When You Need a Good Cry

Movies that Make You Cry

I don’t like to cry. My medical chart lists it as a diagnosis: dry eye disease. My aversion to crying is one part physiological and one part control freak. I try my best to hold it together at all times. It makes me feel bad sometimes, especially when someone breaks down in front of me and I can’t deliver sympathy tears. My heart feels it, but my eyes stay dry.

However, a time comes when I need to get all of those saved up tears out of my system. The hurts I collect need to slide down my cheek and find their freedom in the falling. When I need a good cry, I turn to movies—the ones that make you cry every time you watch them.

5 Movies that Make You Cry

Steel Magnolias

Being a Southerner, I truly adore Southern literature and films. Steel Magnolias explores the strength and beauty of female friendship. Six women support one another through heartache, marriage, childbirth, and the deepest sorrow imaginable. Sally Field’s performance kills me every time, no matter where I start the movie. I cried watching it just now. (Spoiler alert! Don’t watch the clip if you haven’t seen the movie. Email and RSS users, click through to the blog to watch.)


 Inside Out

Crying at cartoon movies makes me feel strange because I am crying in front of my kids. At a cartoon. Inside Out gives us an inside look at emotions. Young Riley moves to a new city and her emotions go haywire. I remember well the warring emotions of that age, and I have a daughter that age. This film plucks my heart strings every time.


P.S. I Love You

Oh, girl. I think I started crying in the first scene of this movie. I am certain I had a crying headache by the end. Gerry leaves his widow ten messages to help her deal with her grief and move forward with her life. Gerry’s tenderness and Holly’s deep grief are the perfect recipe for an ugly cry. Tears guaranteed!

Living on One Dollar

Stories about poverty are sad. Stories of community, courage, and perseverance in the face of poverty—bring me a box of tissues, please. Two economics students and two young filmmakers travel to a remote community in Guatemala. These four friends find out what it means to live on one dollar a day. This film offers viewers an opportunity to make a difference. Visit Living on One to find ways to learn more. (Click here to watch on Amazon Prime. Also available on Netflix.)


The Pursuit of Happyness

When a movie is based on a true story, the tears come easier. Watching a homeless father demonstrate amazing love and bravery broke me. Watching the father-son acting duo of Will and Jaden Smith make this movie even more emotional for me. Even the trailer gets me (email and RSS users, visit the blog to watch).


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5 Movies that Make You Cry

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  1. Oh man, you picked some great teary movies! We watched “Life As We Know It” when my daughter was a baby and I vowed never to watch it again because it made me think about not getting to see my daughter grow up, which obviously led to sadness and crying. It’s so much harder to watch movies involving children once you’re a parent!

  2. Good list. I haven’t seen “Living on One Dollar.” My list of movies that make me cry would be – Miracles from Heaven, Courageous, War Room, Backdraft (old school but a favorite), and A Walk To Remember.

    • Yes to all of those! It was hard to narrow it down to five. I thought of so many others after I made my list. But, you know, it’s Friday so that’s what I do!

  3. The only one of these I’ve ever felt close to crying during is The Pursuit of Happiness. Which is interesting to me. I don’t cry a lot during movies. Odd I know. Usually, only if they’re based on real life or closely mirror real life struggles. I’m not sure what this says about me. But put a real person in front of me battling real stuff or discovering new beauty? Toast.

  4. I watched Steel Magnolias a long time ago. I just watched the trailer, and I went from crying to laughing. I actually have had so much actual grief in my life that I tend to stay away from movies that make me cry. A couple of movies have depressed me for two days before I could get a grip. I need to watch more encouraging things to keep going on in the joy of the Lord. I’ve written about part of my experience in:
    which is one of the links above.

  5. P.S. You really got me going with this crying prompt, Kelly. I wrote the link in the comment above for this prompt and the following for a combination of this prompt and the Women I Admire prompt:
    My mom has dementia. I’m grieving her departure before she departs, if that makes sense. Anyway, I talk about it in “Layers of Real”.

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