Romantic comedies are entertaining but there are times when you simply want to have a good cry. We’ve picked together 15 emotional movies that will make you cry your heart out, whether you’re struggling with heartbreak or just feeling all the feels.
When was the last time you had a full blown crying session or felt something deep within that touched you? Crying comes with a handful of benefits for your mind and body. But that doesn’t mean you have go around crying here and there. There’s a time and place for everything – chill.
The best way to let it all out is gathering all the tissues in your house and watching a few tear-jerking emotional movies to get those tears going and to release the emotions you’ve been holding in.
To experience a whole range of emotions, dive into these deeply emotional movies and get captivated by the intense melodrama. Let the movie roll as your tears do too!
Here are 15 Emotional Movies That Will Make You Cry Your Heart Out
1. La La Land (2016)
If you’re looking for some of the best emotional movies, here’s La La Land. Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
2. The Color Purple (1985)
Georgia, 1909: with an abusive father, the only person who 14-year old Celie cares for and loves is her younger sister Nettie. Then Celie is married off to Albert Johnson, a brutal, uncaring man. After an incident between Nettie and Albert, Albert bans Nettie from his property and it appears that Celie may never see her again. This is one of the top emotional movies that will make you make you sad.
3. The Namesake (2006)
In 1977, Ashima, a young Bengali woman, accepts Ashoke’s marriage proposal. He’s a student living abroad, so after the marriage she accompanies him to New York, where their temporary residence becomes permanent. We see her navigate and adapt to this alien land.
They name their son Nikhil, with the pet name of Gogol, after Ashoke’s favorite writer. We watch Gogol grow up American with roots he only begins to appreciate when he visits India in his 20s. A family death hastens his coming to terms with his name (and his roots) and Ashima’s determination of where she will live once she has a choice.
4. Interstellar (2014)
If you’re looking for deeply emotional movies, here’s the Interstellar. The plot revolves around Earth’s future that has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind’s survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life.
5. Room (2015)
Five-year-old Jack’s whole world is a confined, 11-by-11-foot locked space crammed with pictures, toys, and books–the Room. Of course, his young mother is in the room too, taking care of her only son, and making sure nothing bad happens to him–especially when Old Nick pays them a visit, and Jack starts hearing creaking sounds.
However, one day, Ma says that there is a place outside their chamber where houses, trees, people, and dogs are real; a marvelous realm where the air is fresh, and the wide sky is blue. Could she be telling the truth? Is there, indeed, a life beyond the Room?
6. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
In early-1980s northern Italy, amid the lush Mediterranean landscapes of a serene and golden summer, seventeen-year-old Elio visits the family’s summer villa to spend his vacation. But, apart from his father and Greco-Roman culture professor, Mr Perlman, and his translator mother, Annella, the twenty-four-year-old American doctoral student, Oliver, is working there as an intern.
Now, against the backdrop of incurable summer ennui, little by little, over the course of six ephemeral weeks, a timid friendship between Elio and Oliver will prepare the ground for an unexpected bond, as the unexplored emotions of first love start boiling over. Could this sun-kissed romance in Lombardy be the prelude to maturity?
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world.
8. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Among the best emotional movies, The Pursuit of Happyness is based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a “bone density scanner”. He feels like he has it made selling these devices. However, they do not sell well as they are marginally better than x-ray at a much higher price. As Gardner works to make ends meet, his wife leaves him and he loses his apartment.
Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner continues to sell bone density scanners while concurrently taking on an unpaid internship as a stockbroker, with slim chances for advancement to a paid position. Before he can receive pay, he needs to outshine the competition through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices to stay afloat.
9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl stars Thomas Mann as Greg, a high-school senior who spends most of his time filming low-budget remakes of classic movies with his friend Earl (RJ Cyler). Greg purposefully leads an antisocial life; his mother, concerned with his behavior, pushes him to befriend a classmate named Rachel (Olivia Cooke) who is battling leukemia.
The two surprisingly develop a rich friendship, and she helps Greg and Earl with their creative endeavors. But when Rachel’s condition grows more serious, Greg must deal with the messiness of real life.
10. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Bruno an eight-year-old boy from Berlin, Germany is moved with his mother, Elder sister, SS Commander father to a countryside in Europe where his father powers over a concentration camp for Jews. Bruno went “exploring” one day and befriended a child his age named Shmuel. Shmuel was a Jew. The boy became good friends until Bruno was scheduled to move to a new location.
11. Blue Valentine (2010)
No one said that marriage would be easy; however, the easygoing middle-aged house-painter, Dean, has come up with the perfect plan to save his already strained relationship with his nurse wife, Cindy. For the sake of their daughter, Frankie, they’ve got to make it work, and stop witnessing their tattered life and their deteriorating marriage dismantle before their very eyes; nevertheless, how did it all start?
When did Dean and Cindy’s youthful passion and their sacred vows of eternal love and devotion give way to misery, broken promises, and the end of intimacy? But, above all, how can two ardent lovers grow apart?
12. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
13. Good Will Hunting (1997)
A young adult by the name of Will Hunting has always been living in the slums. He spends his nights at bars and batting cages with his best friends. However, he has an amazing talent in Mathematics. When Will is almost sent to jail, a professor at MIT decides to bail him out under the condition that he works with him for math every week and that he visits a therapist. Little does he know that the therapist, Sean, will change his life in so many ways.
14. Forrest Gump (1994)
Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His ‘mama’ teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people and meets the president several times.
However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone.
15. The Notebook (2004)
Among the emotional movies on Netflix, this movie focuses on an old man reading a story to an old woman in a nursing home. The story he reads follows two young lovers named Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun, who meet one evening at a carnival. But they are separated by Allie’s parents who disapprove of Noah’s family, and move Allie away.
After waiting for Noah to write her for several years, Allie meets and gets engaged to a handsome young soldier named Lon. Allie, then, with her love for Noah still alive, stops by Noah’s 200-year-old home that he restored for her, “to see if he’s okay”. It is evident that they still have feelings for each other, and Allie has to choose between her fiancé and her first love.
So what do you think about these best emotional movies? Tell us your favorite movie in the comment!