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Best Tear Jerker Movies
Crying is good for you
Research has shown that crying is good for you for several reasons:
- It reduces stress
- Through tears, toxins can be removed from our bodies
- Occasional crying reduces blood pressure
- Crying releases negative energy
- Research has proven that it reduces manganese, which is a mineral that is found in our bodies and affects our mood. There is more manganese found in our tears than in our blood.
- It's way cheaper than therapy
Top tearjerker movies
With this in mind, what are you waiting for? If you're not in the mood for a kleenex moment then send your partner and kids out for the day, dim the lights, grab a box of tissues, draw the curtains and pop on a DVD. A real good cry will do you the world of good. These are a list of some DVD's I can recommend to release those tears:
This is my all time favorite movie for getting the tears flowing. This is a bit of a "golden oldie" film, made in 1966. The story tells the tale of a young married woman Holly (Lana Turner) whose husband (John Forsythe) takes long frequent business trips abroad, leaving her to look after their young son. Lonely, she embarks on an affair with a rich playboy who dies tragically, and once again she is left alone. Her mother in law finds out about the affair and blackmails her into faking her own death, leaving behind a grieving husband and son.
Her life is a sad one and she never forgets what she lost. There are many twists and turns throughout the movie. I have seen this film many many times, and it has never failed to turn me into a sniveling wreck at the end. It is well worth watching, and guaranteed to unblock those tear ducts.
Imitation of Life
This is yet another old film from 1959 (before I was born), featuring Lana Turner again alongside John Gavin and Sandra Dee. The story is about a young light-skinned girl with a black mother. As the girl grows up, she wants to be seen as a white woman and rejects her black mother as it embarrasses her to the point that she runs away. Her poor mother is heartbroken and when she finds out that she is ill, she sets off to find her daughter and see her one last time. This movie will really tug at the heart strings. It takes all sorts to make a world and the film has a strong message that underneath the color of our skins, we are all the same.
The film was made in 2004 with a cast including Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner. Set during the war, a young woman from a rich family falls in love with a poor man. Their relationship is split apart by their social class, when the girls parents move her away in order that she will never see her true love again. Years later, she meets and marries a rich soldier, but never forgets her first love. She kept a notebook, where she tells the story of her life. The story starts at the end, with the young woman (now in a nursing home for the elderly) listening to her life story as told by one of her friends in the home, as he reads to her from her notebook. She now has Alzheimer's Disease and is struggling to remember her most cherished memories. This is another of my recommendations for giving those eyes a workout.
This 1990 classic film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg is a real tearjerker which hits the spot every time. A young couple in love are devastated when a mugging goes wrong and Sam (Patrick Swayze) is tragically killed. He realizes that his death was not an accident and his deep love for Molly (Demi Moore) allows him to remain a ghost for a short while. After his death, time is running out for him to prove who was behind his murder, before being pulled to the afterlife by a heavenly light. In the last scene, Sam becomes visible to Molly and he has a minute to say goodbye before he leaves. Watch it and weep!
This is a love story (surprise, surprise!) from 1970 starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal. Two students fall in love with each other, against the wishes of their families. The young lovers Jenny and Ollie decide to marry, and the boy's father disinherits him. Later on they decide to start a family and this is when fate has a cruel hand to deal. They find it hard to conceive and visit the doctor for medical advice. Their time together is to be short lived and they have to come to terms with the future, and the fact that the medical bills are becoming unmanageable. A real gripper of a film which will have you reaching for the kleenex.
Who will love my children?
This 1983 film is based on a true story of a woman named Lucile Fray who was diagnosed with cancer. She is married with ten children, whom she feels her husband would not be able to care for when she is dead. She sets out to find new homes for all of her children, so that she can finally die in the knowledge that they will all be cared for in new families. No matter how many times I see this movie, I always end up blubbing like a baby.
The Green Mile
This 1999 film was adapted from a book of the same name, written by author Stephen King. It stars Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt and Michael Clarke Duncan. The story is set in prison, on death row in 1935. Tom Hanks is a prison guard, working in the Green Mile, so-called as it is the last stretch that prisoners walk (on green flooring) before reaching the electric chair.
John Coffey, a large, tall, innocent man is convicted and imprisoned wrongly for the rape and murder of two young white girls. He has special powers that allow him to heal the terminally ill, including a dead mouse which he brings back to life in a wonderful scene. His powers are put to good use and he even saves the Governer's daughter who had a brain tumor. He is a gentle man who has done no wrong. It will soon be his turn to walk the Green Mile. A heart-wrenching story which will keep your eyes moist throughout.