Being the movie nerd that I am, I thought it would be a super idea to write about the films that makes us cry. I don’t care about your age or how tough you are… everyone has cried at least once during a film, don’t try and lie to yourself. It’s true, don’t even attempt to deny it, I’ve witnessed GROWN MEN sobbing their eyes out in a cinema. Even the most emotionally stable of us can all completely and entirely lose our s**t at films. I personally wouldn’t describe myself as a serial bawler at films, I mean… I don’t cry watching The Notebook! Why you ask? What’s wrong with me? Because I stop the film at the happy part and pretend it’s the end 🙂 It’s the perfect film that way! I just feel the ending is just salt in the already emotionally deep would, that:
1) Noah isn’t real; he’s FICTION;
2) I’ve never had a man write to me everyday for a year; and
3) Nobody has ever built me a house #nopressure.
On reflection, perhaps that wasn’t the best example of my hardcore, steely emotional exterior. Here’s one… Titanic! I’ve never cried watching Titanic, not even once. There seems to be just too many thoughts going on in my head; it’s difficult to get absorbed when we all know there was more than enough room on that God darn door for two. Don’t even get me started though, I just can’t…
So, here we go with the real contenders, the ones that make me cry, howl, bawl and full on ugly cry. You know exactly what I mean by ugly cry and it’s not pretty. Some of these instances, thankfully, have been in the privacy of my own home, others have happened in public, some have happened at the cinema AND for the duration of the drive home. PLEASE comment below with any that make you bawl, don’t leave me alone in this.
*At this point, I took a natural break in the blog in order to browse on YouTube for the scenes to embed. I am a bawling mess and I’ve only watched two. Whose stupid idea was it to write a post like this? Seriously though, grab some tissues before you start watching. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’ve also noticed that there is no point in having an order as they are all horrendous tearjerkers.
I take it back, this is the worst. This is a film based in World War II and follows the story of two children who strike up a relationship from opposing sides of a fence of a nearby concentration camp. This is an extremely hard watch throughout due to the tragic nature and reality of the era in which it was filmed. However, this particular story was not based on a true story but it will still strike you where it hurts
I don’t think it matters if you love dogs or not, it’s still unbearable. I watched this one at the cinema and I distinctly remember the noise of crying and sniffing. Grown men, women, children all with their heads buried in their hands or using an old popcorn bag to mop their dripping noses. It’s almost a shame because it’s actually a really lovely film until they ruin it at the end and send us all into despair. The basic premis of the film is that our dogs annoy us, they’re naughty, they smell, they eat everything, pee in the house, shred the house BUT… we love them.
As I’m glassy eyed and writing this, I look over at my dog. He humiliated me to the highest degree yesterday by having an upset stomach on the beach in front of a beach yoga class. He then refused to stop scraping his butt across the sand, that’s one way to kill #yogavibes. I was so mad but, he’s still the best dog in the whole world.
Everyone that has watched Dumbo will know EXACTLY what scene I’m referring too. I partly blame the song for the maximum impact capabilities of this one, ‘Baby Mine’ is a song that’s upsetting for parents and children. In fact, come to think of it… I cry without the film, just listening to the song. Sooo, if you have parents and (or) children (that’s absolutely everybody), this is going to hurt and there’s no escape. Dumbo is an animated film about a little elephant at the circus striving to reach his full potential with the aid of a mouse.
The film follows an elderly man and his young sidekick on their adventure to Paradise Falls in a house that flies from a bunch of balloons. I imagine I was not the only one, I bet I was among millions that were ecstatic when the premier date of Up was released. I booked in advance (obviously) to ensure I got prime seating. I can honestly say that I’ve never wanted to walk out of a Disney film before, ever, and certainly not in the first five minutes. Panic not, the film certainly “picked up” and it was a really tremendous contributor to the Disney collection but still, I can’t think of many films that have you crying from the START.
“There you are, Peter!”
MY FAVOURITE film of all time! A modern day take on the story of Peter Pan in Neverland starring the sensational Robin Williams. I think I might just be in the minority with this one. I’ve yet to hear of anyone else crying at this scene. The pure genius of John Williams who composed the score has a lot to answer for in my eyes. For once, it’s not a sad cry, it’s a happy-ish cry… I think! I’m not sure, you tell me…
A beautifully animated film following the journey of four young dinosaurs on their quest to find ‘The Great Valley’. Poor Littlefoot…
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
“Jack, I swear…”
A forbidden love story about two cowboys and their friendship over the years. It could be the fact that the characters were played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal that makes it exceptional OR it could just be that it’s just a deeply moving story but, either way you’ll be feeling pretty blue by the end of this one. Then again, all love stories that don’t have a happy ending make me sad…
This film follows the real life trauma surrounding the devastation of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. As you can imagine the story as a whole is horrific to comprehend but in addition to the devastation there is a touching story of a family broken apart and miraculously reunited under the most unlikely of circumstances. Sad but happy from crying with optimism…
So it’s tricky to think that there are any happy cry moments in a film that’s about a woman who loses her husband in the first 15 minutes (not before teasing you with how perfect their adorable little marriage was to start with). However, this is. Strangely, I remember I initially cried because it was beautiful that someone could love their wife THAT much and how amazing it would be to have someone that felt that way about me. Now, a handful of years later… I think I cried more because the thought of if I lost my husband, I too, could never imagine how to cope.
I’ll be back with something far more upbeat, I promise!