Although we try to avoid sadness in our own lives, it’s very odd that we specifically seek it out in the films we watch. Some of our favorite movies are always the ones that make us cry the hardest.
According to some studies, watching sad movies actually makes people happier. Witnessing someone’s fictional tragic story, makes us feel a little better about our lives. It has also been proven that crying at sad movies is a powerful act of emotional catharsis that helps us purge any sadness we’ve been repressing and makes us feel better.
The film industry has a loooong list of amazing sad movies that are worth watching. There are so many awesome tearjerkers to choose from, so here’s the list of some of the saddest movies that will make you cry every time you watch them!
“Beaches” is arguably one of the best tearjerkers of all times. The 1988 drama will force you to confront a life without your best friend and soul mate. It is absolutely impossible not to cry during this amazing drama, where the complicated 30-year-friendship between a privileged lawyer (Barbara Hershey) and an arrogant actress (Bette Midler) is brought to an abrupt end when one of the two friends becomes terminally ill.
“My Girl” is an incredible tale of first love and tragedy, The 1991 coming-of-age film tells the story of young Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) who has to deal with the tragic loss of her friend (Macaulay Culkin) while growing up in her father’s funeral home in the 1970s. Even the manliest of men will admit that he was almost brought to tears by this amazing movie.
Life Is Beautiful
“Life is Beautiful” is a 1997 comedy drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. The Italian actor and director took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his wonderful performance of a father trying to distract his little son from the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp.
“Steel Magnolias” is a classic tearjerker that portrays the bonds of female friendship. The 1989 drama is actually an adaptation of Robert Harling’s play and tells the story of a tight-knit group of Southern women who support each other through the bad times. The movie features a brilliant cast including Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, and Dolly Parton and if filled with tear-inducing moments.
“Titanic” is an epic tearjerker for obvious reasons. This 1997 romantic disaster film focuses on the story of the sinking of the ship. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. This is one of the most tragic love stories that will certainly make you cry.
P.S. I Love You
“P.S. I Love You” is one of those movies explicitly designed to make you cry every damn time you watch it.
The 2007 drama film tells the story of Holly, a young widow (Hilary Swank) who receives posthumous letters of encouragement from her late husband Gerry (Gerard Butler).
“Up” is 2009 animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar. The heartwarming film tells the story of the elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen and an earnest young Wilderness Explorer named Russel. By tying thousands of balloons to his home, the 78-year old Carl sets out to fulfill his dream to explore South American and to complete the promise he made to his late wife.
“The Notebook” is a 2004 romantic drama film that tells the story of a poor but passionate young man who falls in love with a rich girl. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams who share an excellent chemistry. The story is so brilliantly narrated that the separation of the main characters instills feeling of sadness in the viewers.