I’m definitely a movie buff. From watching comedy, biopics to even horror movies, been there, done that. I especially love when it is towards the end of a movie, it leaves me feeling ‘WOW!’ or ‘Damn, this movie is amazing’.
It’s even better (or worse) when you feel sad over a touching and heart-wrenching movies. Like why did the dog have to die lah? Some of this tear-jerker movies definitely won over my pride and I end up crying a river over it. Prepare yourself for a good cry and let’s feel the feels, shall we?
The Lion King (1994), IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
Nothing beats Disney movies and their ability to make even a grown man cry. In this legendary Lion King movie, what makes the movie amazing is how a curious, young cub name Simba goes through life in search for his true identity with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa. This movie features true family bond between parents and son – the need for Simba’s dad (Mufasa) to protect his kingdom and son. If you haven’t watched The Lion King (which is impossible!) go watch it now! Rated as one of the best Disney movies that we still revere to.
The Pursuit of Happyness, (2006) IMDB Rating: 8/10
Similar to The Lion King, this movie depicts a relationship between a father and a son. The movie shows a true story of a man named Chris Garder who struggled to survive as a salesman as well as taking full custody of his son – just when he is poised to begin a life-changing professional career for the betterment of him and his child. Prominent Hollywood power weight actor, Will Smith and his biological son, Jaden Smith are stars of the show. Be ready for an emotional roller-coaster.
The Notebook (2004), IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Let’s be real, we don’t cry when we watch The Notebook (says no one ever!). This truly heartbreaking of a love story movie comes from a novel book which was written by New York Times Bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks. It is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story that makes you believe that eternal love really does exist. Set in the 1940’s, it portrays a love between mill worker Noah and a rich girl Allie who were desperately in love – which didn’t last for long as Noah goes off to serve in World War II. The real tear-jerker starts when Noah comes back to visit Allie after serving his country, only to see Allie with another man. Nope, still not crying! Okay, maybe I am.
The Color Purple (1985), IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
If you are a big fan of classic movies, this is it! The Color Purple is a movie about a black Southern woman who struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and the quest to reunite two sisters together after one sister was thrown out from their house by a cruel man named Albert. Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg did a brilliant work portraying their characters in the movie and it went on being nominated for eleven Oscars awards. A must watch!
The Blind Side (2009), IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Based on a true story, this movie is sure to make you cry anytime. The story of Michael Oher who is a homeless and traumatized boy shows the pain and sweat to becoming an All American football player. His success was not possible without the help of a caring woman (Sandra Bullock) and her family. An inspiring and life-changing story that can make you laugh or cry at the same time. Take it from a movie buff, you’ll be watching this movie more than once.
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas(2008) IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
If it’s involving a young kid in the movie, you know it’s bound to be tragic to watch. This movie depicted during the World War II where 8-year old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Since Bruno finds it hard to adapt to his new environment, he begins to wonder behind his house and finds Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings where Germany and Jews are tabooed to be seen together let even be friends.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009), IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
You know the movie is the ultimate tear-jerker when it is revolving the bond between a human being and a dog. The amazing true story of Hachiko the dog is truly every master’s dream dog. Ever since Hachiko obtain a new owner, they soon became best friends. As Hachiko grew older, he would see his owner off to work in the morning at the train station until one day, the master passed away and never return. That’s not even the saddest part. For the next 9 years, he would keep going to the train station every morning and afternoon, waiting in vain for the return of his beloved owner. Feeling the tears already? Watching the movie is going get you into that ugly cry face mode. Early warning is given, the rest is all up to you.
Aside from the crying, movies as such bring such good moral values for us to learn about loyalty, family love and perseverance to endure hardships in life. Just think of the tears as sweat that burn calories.