Sometimes all we need is a good, ugly crying session to feel better after a long week. But who says crying is easy? While we feel the need to cry, it can be difficult to actually cry without any context. Those welled-up negative emotions inside us must be coaxed out of us.
How do we do that? Glad you asked! There is nothing better than a sad movie to help us get in the mood for crying. So, Maimovie AI has ranked 10 “tear-jerking”-ly sad movies for “when you want to cry.” Grab a box of tissues, wrap yourself in a thick blanket, and watch one of the movies on the list.
Pour all those emotions out! There’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s just you and the movie.
By the time you’re done, we promise that you’ll feel much better.
The following list was based on Maimovie on February 21, 2022 under the “tear-jerking” and “when you want to cry” keytalks. Check out the Maimovie app or website to discover more movies and shows.
2011, 1h 53m
A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
1999, 1h 52m
A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.
1993, 3h 15m
The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
1988, 2h 4m
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist.
2007, 1h 52m
The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he’d only visited in his mind.
1997, 1h 56m
A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.
1998, 1h 50m
An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
2021, 1h 52m
As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.
2018, 2h 6m
Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
2016, 1h 58m
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.