Sad Cinema

Sometimes, you just need a good cry.

I’ve compiled the top films that have made me WEEP over the years, for those of you who just want to cry it out (and escape from real life for a while!) Tissues at the ready, in no particular order:


Overview: Tells the story of a young couple lost at sea, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin

Tear Type: Shocked sadness as eyes well up and the decision never to board a boat again

The Impossible

Overview: The true story of a family caught in the 2004 Boxing Day tsnunami, starring Tom Holland, Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor

Tear Type: Full on UGLY CRY, lasting long after the credits roll – hugs required ASAP

The Light Between Oceans

Overview: A lighthouse guard living on an island with his wife, both desperate to have a baby, starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender

Tear Type: Wobbling bottom lip and angry tears of frustration


Overview: An old man and a young boy on a wild adventure, a Pixar movie

Tear Type: WHY am I crying at a cartoon? Why can’t I STOP crying at this cartoon? Where’s the chocolate?

Me Before You

Overview: The unlikely love between a paralysed young man and his quirky carer, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin

Tear Type: Happiness crushed beyond repair and a fear of falling in love

Still Alice

Overview: A doctor’s journey dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease starring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin

Tear Type: Buckets of tears and the need to hug your friends and/or mother

Miss You Already

Overview: Two friends, one battling cancer and one trying to get pregnant, starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette

Tear Type: Inevitable audible crying and a gratitude for life

The Green Mile

Overview: A gifted prisoner on death row establishes a bond with a guard, starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan

Tear Type: Tears streaming down the face despite not relating to the situation

If you decide to watch any of these films, remember that you have been warned. Have tissues and a willing hugger close by!

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