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13 Movies to Watch When You Need a Good Cry

Aug 23 2015 - 2:00am

You know those times, those times when you just want to pop open a bottle of crying juice (aka wine) and turn on a movie you know will make you cry? It's not a bad thing — sometimes it feels good, and all of the movies on this list aren't just tearjerkers; they're genuinely good movies. Here is a list of of films, contributed by POPSUGAR editors and employees, who admitted which are their go-to tear-fest flicks.

The Notebook

This one is a bit of a cliche . . . But The Notebook always makes me wail. I can't help it. The old couple at the ending, the Alzheimer's . . . Nicholas Sparks is the ultimate puppeteer of women's emotions. — Anna Roberts, associate food editor

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump now makes me cry when the opening credits roll, because I know what's coming! — Gemma Cartwright, UK editor


It's an obvious one, and even though I know that boat is going to sink and I know who is going to die, I start crying every single time Rose tells Jack she'll never let go. Every single time. — Hedy Phillips, copy editor

Marley & Me

Their beloved dog dies, and I cry anytime an animal dies in a movie. — Melissa Pinpin, marketing manager

Steel Magnolias

This ensemble cast packs in so many quotable zingers that you don't even see the deep cries coming. No matter how many times you watch Sally Field [1] and Julia Roberts [2] as mother and daughter, you'll have a different emotional response each and every time. — Nick Maslow, celebrity assistant editor

Notting Hill

I love everything about this movie (the story behind it with Sting and Madonna [3]), Hugh Grant [4], Julia Roberts [5], etc. But the final press-conference scene always has me in tears! — Rebecca Gruber, moms director

Dead Poets Society

Oh captain, my captain, dads are jerks, and teenagers have ALL THE FEELINGS. When I was young and emo, I would put this on and bawl. Young Robert Sean Leonard was too pretty to die. — Sabrina Eldredge, product management director

It's a Wonderful Life

It doesn't have to be the holidays for this movie to get me all choked up. Those final moments when George Bailey rushes home and is so grateful to find that he still has a family who loves him . . . Hang on, I'm crying right now. — Shannon Vestal Robson, senior TV and movies editor

Imitation of Life

Every time I watch Imitation of Life (the 1959 version), I bawl. The scene where the character throws herself on her mother's casket gets me every time. Typically my mom and I watch it together, and she reminds me how much I should appreciate her as the credits roll. — Jessica Cruel, associate beauty editor


For a quick fix, first few minutes of Up about Carl's wife. Tears. Every. Single. Time. — Gemma Cartwright, UK editor

Ellie and Carl's relationship summed up in four minutes — just pass the entire box of tissues already! — Lisa Sugar, editor in chief

My Dog Skip

Having a special love for Jack Russells and watching a boy create such a special bond with his best friend before scenes where the dog gets beaten at one point and then ultimately dies . . . I can't even watch the early scenes of joy when Willie first gets the dog, knowing the fate of what's to come. — Lisa Sugar, editor in chief

Big Fish

Whenever I have a fever, I always watch Big Fish. I weep like a baby, and then the fever miraculously breaks. I don't know how or why that works, but it's my go-to medicine. — Anna Roberts, associate food editor

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars is full of sob-worthy moments [6], and judging by the amount of sniffles reported in the theater when it was released, I think this might be pretty universal. — Shannon Vestal Robson, senior TV and movies editor

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