I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately and I thought why not do a Movie Monday post?!
Instead of a random movies-I’ve-seen-lately list, I’m going to list movies that fit into a certain category. This month’s theme is movies that will make you cry (unless you don’t have a heart, kidding <3 ).
Sometimes you just need a good ugly cry, and what better way to do so than by watching a heartbreaking movie? You see characters get screwed over, die, lose their loved ones and find them again (or not).
I know that some of us really hate to cry, but crying can actually elevate your mood and reduce stress. So, grab a bag of popcorn and pop one of these movies into your DVD player (apparently I’m old-school because I still buy all of my movies).
Heartbreaking Movies Based on True Stories
The Railway Man – starring Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgård (now I get why he was cast in Thor haha)
Eric (Colin Firth) is a former British Army officer who was a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during Wold War II. His torment is still haunting him, but he never wants to talk about it. Jeremy Irvine plays a young Eric; and during the movie, you’ll see flashbacks of young Eric’s time at the labor camp, which are seriously gruesome at times. I can’t imagine that people had to go through that. Eric was tormented by one specific Japanese officers and after many years he finds out that this officer is still alive. He sets out to confront him, but the ending might not be what you’d expect. It’s a beautiful movie that everyone should watch at least once.
My rating: 7.5
IMDb rating: 7.1
Philomena – starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan
Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) is a political journalist who has recently lost his job. When Philomena’s daughter tells him a story about her mother (Judi Dench) who had her son taken from her while she lived in a Catholic convent as a teenager Martin decides to help her find him.
It’s a simple storyline with lots of tragedy, but also lots of humor and reconciliation.
My rating: 7.5
IMDb rating: 7.7
12 Years a Slave – starring Chiwetelu Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, (a few scenes with) Benedict Cumberbatch and (two scenes with) Brad Pitt
If you haven’t seen this movie, you’ve probably still heard of it. It won Best Motion Picture of the Year (2013) and Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She won this fair and square, amazing performance!
Solomon Northup (Chiwetelu Ejiofor) is a free man living in the north. One day he is ambushed and sold into slavery. Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) seems like a nice slave owner (if there is something like that); but when his reputation is at stake, he sells Solomon to Epps (Michael Fassbender) anyway. Michael Fassbender plays an unbelievably cruel slave owner; it’s painful to watch sometimes. The movie portrays Solomon’s 12 years of slavery, which is full of cruelty and only a little kindness.
The story line is easy to summarize, but the events that happen along the way are sooo heartbreaking.
My Rating: 8
IMDb rating: 8.1
And if you’re not into movies that are based on true stories, but you simply want to cry and eat chocolate, you can always watch these:
Passionate and Heartbreaking Love Stories
The Notebook and Titanic simply have to be on this list. I probably don’t even need to give a movie description. I even know guys who cried during The Notebook; so, dear men, I know all of you have feelings!
The Fault in Our Stars – starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
This movie recently came out and won Movie of the Year (2015) at the MTV movie awards. I’ve read the book, but haven’t seen the movie yet. Shame on me, but I’m 100% sure that I’m going to cry anyway! I can imagine seeing their sad faces, hearing their heartfelt words and the sad background music –waterworks open– (10 points for you, if you know what book/movie scene I’m talking about).
But, basically, it’s about two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.
Update: I saw the movie and cried as expected.
My Rating: 7.7
IMDb rating: 8
Remember Me – starring (sparkly vampire) Robert Pattinson and (OUAT’s Belle) Emilie de Ravin.
It’s a romantic drama that revolves around the two young lovers Tyler (Robert Pattinson) and Ally (Emilie de Ravin).
I remember watching this movie, thinking that it was cute, but waiting for the sad crying part to happen. –Spoiler– it happens at the very end. So you can’t hide your puffy eyes from anyone since you’ll be crying while the credits roll. -Sobs into her Hello Kitty tissue- it’s so unfair!
My Rating: 7
IMDb rating: 7.2
Let me know if you’ve seen any of these and feel free to leave your favorite heartbreaking movie titles in the comment section below.