Admit this; there is at least one or two emotional movies that have made you cry. Such movies have touching stories, emotional scenes and leave you with teary eyes.
Everyone in this world has a soft side. No matter how much people try, some movies or dramas have made their eyes teary.
Do you also love such emotional movies?
If yes, then you’re at the right place. Here, we’ve compiled a list of our recommendations of such moving masterpieces. You need to watch these movies at least once in your life.
Come see it with your family, your friends, your lovers!
- 1. La Vita e Bella (1997)
- 2. The Notebook (2004)
- 3. Titanic (1997)
- 4. Ghost (1990)
- 5. The Beauty Inside (2015)
- 6. Sweet November (2001)
- 7. The Longest Ride (2015)
- 8. My Sassy Girl
- 9. The Shawshank Redemption
- 10. The Green Mile
- 11. I am Sam
- 12. Schindler’s List
- 13. Forrest Gump
- 14. Awakenings
- 15. Good Will Hunting
- 16. Untouchable
- 17. 3 Idiots
- 18. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
- 19. The Good Lie
- 20. Warrior
- 21. Rudderless
- 22. Any Day Now
- 23. The Way Home
- Incredibly Close
- 25. The Wrestler
- 26. Short Term 12
- 27. Nebraska
- Final Words,
1. La Vita e Bella (1997)
A classic film about the despair and hope of a man thrown into a Nazi camp with his child, uncle and wife
Guido, the lead character meets a beautiful woman from higher class. He marries her and has a child. Later in the movie, Nazis arrive and take him as a slave.
This film is about the harsh realities of Jewish people during Hitler and Nazis period. He’s concentration camp, just because he’s a Jewish-Italian. Yet, the person still has a strong will with a smile on his face to overcome this despair. He does everything possible to keep his loved one unharmed and happy.
2. The Notebook (2004)
The story of a young couple who fall in love and go through every possible hurdles along their journey
This is a romance film based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks. The story unfolds with an elderly woman suffering from dementia starts reading a story. The story is from when she was just 17 years of age. She narrates the heartbreaking tale of pure love and how one person changes your life forever.
3. Titanic (1997)
A heartbreaking love story that unfolds on the sinking Titanic that signifies ‘love never dies’
The film is based on the real-life luxury cruise ship Titanic that sinks that sank years ago. But the main plot of the movie is emotional, love and romance. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Jack while Kate Winslet plays the role of Rose.
They’re two people coming from two very different backgrounds. Yet, a bond of love forms within and everything changes.
4. Ghost (1990)
A must watch romantic-emotional movie to watch with your partner
It’s the originator of the royal pattern of crying movies in which a dead lover appears as a ghost. The theme song, “Unchained Melody,” is at a tear-jerking level on its own. Pairing this beautiful song with the story-line gives anyone goosebumps. You can watch it alone; but we recommend you to watch it with your partner for best experience.
5. The Beauty Inside (2015)
The most crying movie in Korean film history
This is a romance film about a man whose appearance changes when he sleeps and wakes up. The main character used to be a man, but from one day on, when he wakes up, he starts to change his gender and age by becoming a woman or a child. The setting is off-the-wall, but it’s both comical and serious.
6. Sweet November (2001)
A love story for the month of November
Sweet November is a moving film about a businessman who meets an uninhibited beautiful girl. He asks the girl to become his girlfriend.
But here’s the twist, he wants her to be his girlfriend just for 1 month. However, as the movie passes, he gradually changes his character.
Along with many emotional sequences; Enya’s classic song “Only Time” playing in the background makes everyone’s eyes watery.
7. The Longest Ride (2015)
A sweet love story between a handsome rodeo rider and a beautiful college student
It’s a romance film written by Nicholas Sparks, as well as “The Story I Read to You”. The love story of a young couple set in the modern era is intertwined with a life story told by an old man.
It’s a great movie to watch at home as a couple without thinking too hard about it, despite its inconvenience.
8. My Sassy Girl
A royal romantic comedy movie that will make you laugh and cry
The title and trailer may give you the impression of violence. However it’s an excellent romantic comedy film! This is a tear-jerking Korean film that relieves tension with laughter.
Wait what?! How does an emotional movie make you laugh?
The movie has funny scenes. As the movie progresses, you feel a connection between the characters. And then, it makes you cry with emotional sequences. You’ll also hear ‘Pachelbel’s canon’ in the background which makes the scenes even more touching.
9. The Shawshank Redemption
A masterpiece about the importance of keeping hope alive.
The Shawshank Redemption is a movie that many people praise as their favorite movie.
The film tells you the story of falsely imprisoned banker and how he survives in a corrupt prison without giving up hope. You’ll see many characters in the movie as well. This is a must-watch for everyone.
10. The Green Mile
A movie that will make kinder, wiser while making you cry
It is a masterpiece film about the emotional interaction between a death row inmate and a guard. Like “In the Skies of Shawshank”, this is a film written by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont.
There are some cruel scenes because it depicts a death row detention center, but it also depicts what is good and what is evil.
11. I am Sam
A moving masterpiece about the love between a mentally challenged father and his daughter
It is about a father with an intellectual disability and his young daughter. She is separated from her daughter after being deemed incompetent to provide for her by a social worker. He struggles to get his daughter back, no matter what it takes.
12. Schindler’s List
A moving masterpiece about saving Jews from being sent to concentration camps at the risk of their lives
The film is about Oskar Schindler, a real-life German businessman who saved 1200 Jews from genocide. The film is set in Krakow, a city in southern Poland during World War II when Nazism is invaded by the German army.
13. Forrest Gump
Depicts the tumultuous life of a man who is weak in the head, but whose quickness and integrity are second to none
It’s an American film about the half-life of the main character, Forrest Gump. The character is less intelligent than most people. But he has more integrity than anyone else he comes across. He also has ‘quickness of foot’ which is later explained in the movie.
A medical non-fiction film that touches on human dignity and love
The film is based on a true story about a doctor’s struggle to tackle an incurable and intractable disease, focusing on his interactions with a single patient.
15. Good Will Hunting
A classic film that moves you as you grow up as a young man who doesn’t know love
It’s a film about the struggle of a young man who is a natural born genius, but is unable to use his talents and has a closed mind due to the trauma of childhood abuse.
This is a film that will make you laugh and cry, depicting the interaction between two people who are far away and close.
Untouchable is a comedy-drama about the interaction between a wealthy man and a poor young man. The wealthy one is almost completely paralyzed by a paragliding accident. The younger one is unemployed but later gets selected as a caregiver. There are minor changes to the setting, but it’s based on a true story.
17. 3 Idiots
An internationally acclaimed Bollywood film. It’s a feature film, but it’s an uplifting and positive film that makes you cry.
It’s an Indian film that tells the story of three best friends from college. The film was highly acclaimed around the world and broke the all-time box office record of No. 1 in India. It’s about three people in college and ten years later at the same time.
18. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
A tale of three young people’s wistful adolescence woven together
A masterpiece of coming-of-age drama that was critically acclaimed at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Prix and the W Audience Award.
Greg is a high school student. He and his best friend, Earl, enjoy making parodies of classic movies in their nerdy daily lives. One day, she learns that her classmate Rachel has leukemia and only has a few days left to live. So she decides to make a film for Rachel as they relate.
The original author himself wrote the screenplay, and Alfonso Gomez-Réhon, the director of the hit drama GLEE, directed the film. With fresh young actors such as Thomas Mann and Olivia Cook, this is an excellent coming-of-age film that will make you laugh and cry.
19. The Good Lie
The film tells the story of an American woman’s struggle to care for a Sudanese refugee
This movie is an adaptation of a true story. You’ll see Reese Witherspoon as a heroine who gradually grows up in the midst of her relationship with refugees. The film was screened at the opening of the 10th UNHCR Refugee Film Festival and caused a great deal of emotion.
More than 100,000 orphans were born in the Sudanese civil war that began in 1983. The film follows the struggles of Carrie; a woman who helps find employment for Mamel and three others. They come to Kansas City a dozen years later as part of a plan to relocate the “Lost Boys”.
Carey’s own way of life gradually changes as she resolves the troubles and various problems caused by the culture gap.
What will be the fate of the two brothers that reunite in the ring to compete each other?
It’s a story of family rebirth set in the world of mixed martial arts. The film follows two brothers who were separated because of their alcoholic father. They’re compelled to live with many circumstances. With many twists and turns along the move, these brothers reunite in the ring to compete in a high-stakes mixed martial arts competition.
The film was released in 2011 in the U.S. and was highly acclaimed. Nick Nolte, who played his father, was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. However, this movie remained unreleased in theaters in Japan for a long time. It’s a nondescript film that received a limited release and software release in 2015 due to fervent demand.
Tom Hardy plays Tommy, a younger brother who visits his former boxer father for the first time in 14 years, and Joel Edgerton plays Brendan, a brother who returns to the martial arts to help pay for his daughter’s treatment. In addition to the realistic and powerful fight scenes, you will be intensely moved by the harsh fate of the brothers.
The film is about a father who continues to sing the songs left behind by his late son.
This is the directorial debut of William H. Macy, a talented actor with a rich presence in such films as “Fargo” and “Magnolia”. This is a moving musical drama that tells the story of rebirth.
Two years after his son gets shot to death, Sam is still living a shabby life. His estranged wife hands him a song she left him. Sam starts singing the song at a club, he meets Quentin, an aspiring musician, and they form a band.
Billy Claddup (Big Fish) plays Sam with no dubbing. The realistic singing scenes are truly moving. The story is also enhanced by the supporting cast. The movie features Anton Yelchin and Selena Gomez as Quentin and Felicity Huffman, Macy’s real-life wife.
22. Any Day Now
What do minorities think the family looks like?
The film is set in California, USA in the 1970s. Prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people was still persistent. George Arthur Bloom, who wrote the screenplay, was inspired by a real-life situation and added a fictional character to the story.
Rudy and Paul, a lawyer, are a gay couple, a venue show dancer. He tries to live as a family by taking in Marco, a young boy with Down’s Syndrome who was abandoned by his mother, but he is forced away by legal barriers and unreasonable prejudice.
23. The Way Home
Gentle grandmother’s love that touches everyone’s heart
A Korean film about the country life of a selfish city boy and his grandmother. The film is a moving drama with a sincere and gentle gaze like that of a female director.
When his mother loses her job, seven-year-old Sang-woo is sent to live with his grandmother in the countryside, whom he has yet to meet. Growing up in Seoul, Sang-woo is selfish and rebellious, making fun of the boring countryside and the uneducated grandmother, but the kind grandmother struggles to make Sang-woo’s wish come true.
Kim Ul-boon’s tasteful performance as the grandmother received rave reviews. Other than Yoo Seung-ho, who played Sang-woo, the rest of the film is flanked by amateurs from the village where it was filmed, which adds to the rustic atmosphere.
A moving portrait of people who have lost loved ones and are recovering from their loss.
Jonathan Safran Foer’s best-selling novel has been brilliantly adapted to the screen by Stephen Daldry, director of such classics as The Hours and The Little Dancer.
Oscar, who lost his father on 9/11, found one key. Oscar believes that the key contains a message from his father, and he runs around New York trying to unlock the secret without telling his mother.
The father and mother were played by two major stars, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, and an up-and-comer, Thomas Horn, was tapped for the Oscar role. The film is a masterpiece of overwhelmingly moving, warm relationships between people, with Max von Sydow and Viola Davis as the supporting cast.
25. The Wrestler
Mickey Rourke’s masterful performance has won numerous film awards around the world!
It is a masterpiece that not only became Mickey Rourke’s masterpiece but also swept numerous film festivals around the world, including the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, starring Mickey Rourke, who portrayed the fierce life of a middle-aged wrestler who is clumsy yet steadfast in his beliefs.
The once-popular wrestler is now in decline, his wife and children are separated, and he is a dull middle-aged man who makes a living from his part-time job. The film depicts a man who finally has a heart attack and is told by his doctor to retire, but still stands in the ring to live his life to the fullest.
Marisa Tomei plays the heroine, a stripper, and Darren Aronofsky of “Black Swan” takes the megaphone. Mickey Rourke’s impeccable performance on the theme song, written by Bruce Springsteen, is electrifying.
26. Short Term 12
A moving human drama about the rebirth of a dark-hearted employee woman and her wounded children.
This movie is also known as the outgrowth of Brie Larson, who would later won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘Room’.
Jaden, a young girl who works at Short Term 12, a shelter for minors with various problems, is put in charge by Grace. While dealing with Jayden’s struggles with his father’s abuse, he is also forced to confront the darkness of his own heart.
She has received rave reviews at film festivals around the world, including Best Actress at the Locarno International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The hope and joy of life that the heroine and the children eventually have is heart-warming.
This is a road movie masterpiece from director Alexander Payne, who is acclaimed for his warm-eyed human dramas such as “Family Tree” and “Sideways”.
His son, David, reluctantly accompanies Woody, an elderly father who believes he’s won $1 million and insists on going to Nebraska, far away from Montana, to collect the prize. But it is in his father’s hometown, where he stops along the drive, that the son learns for the first time about his parents’ unlikely past.
Renowned actor Bruce Dern, who played Woody, a heavy drinker and difficult to handle, won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition to being stubborn, it has a unique charm that cannot help but be loved.
These were some of the best emotional movies of all time. Some of movies show romance, some show parental love while some show hardships. Whatever the genre may it be, you sure to shed tears while watching these movies.
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