16 Movies For Anyone Who Needs To Have A Good Cry


Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

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In this movie, a little Akita dog named Hachiko accompanies its owner to the train station every day — until something completely unexpected happens, which changes everything for this dog. It’s based on a true story from Japan!


Life is Beautiful (1997)

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Roberto Benigni plays Guido, a Jewish man who was taken to a concentration camp and who tries, at all costs, to maintain the illusion for his young son that they are somewhere other than a concentration camp.


The Blind Side (2009)

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In this movie, Sandra Bullock plays the part of a millionaire who, upon encountering a young man who was just looking for a place to sleep, changes her beliefs and oh-so-casually discovers an American football legend in the making!


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

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This is pure sob-fest, from the book to the movie. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas tells the story of a friendship between the son of a Nazi officer who is playing where he shouldn’t be, and a young boy who, curiously, is always wearing striped pajamas.


The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Columbia Pictures

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is left by his wife who couldn’t take his money problems anymore. His greatest hope is to get hired by a big company where he must start out as an intern, but before that can happen, he loses everything and ends up living on the street with his 5-year-old son — who’s played by Will Smith’s real son, Jaden Smith.


The Normal Heart (2014)

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It’s the ’80s, and a “mysterious illness” is spreading quickly, and half of those infected end up dying. This movie tells the story of the difficulties and hatred that writer Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffallo) runs into while trying to make people aware of the rampant HIV epidemic.


Grave of the Fireflies (2008)

Studio Gibli

The saddest cartoon in the world takes place during the Second World War, and tells the story of the siblings, Setsuko and Seika, who refuse to stay in their parents’ house after their mother dies in a bombing and the father is called off to war.


The Color Purple (1985)


This revered drama tells the story of how Celie (Whoopie Goldberg), who is raped by her father, separated from her family, and given as a gift to a man who is in love with another, manages to find herself as an individual when she meets an impressive, strong-willed lady named Sophia (Oprah Winfrey).


Okja (2017)


A laboratory is able to create a new animal — a super-pig. Some of them are then farmed out around the world, with the agreement that, after ten years, they must return to the HQ. Inevitably, a young girl becomes very attached after growing up with the animal and does everything in her power to stop him from having to be taken away.


Amour (2012)


A retired couple puts their love to the test after so many years when the wife has a stroke, and half of her body becomes paralyzed.


Alabama Monroe (2012)


Also known as The Broken Circle Breakdown, this movie follows the story of a musician and a tattoo artist who fall in love. Years later, their daughter falls gravely ill, and they need to discover, in the worst way possible, if the love they have for each other is enough to stay together.


Holding the Man (2015)


This Australian movie follows the story of two young boys, Tim and Tom, who fall in love while still at school. And even after they’ve chosen to follow separate paths in life, destiny decides to draw them back together again.


Stepmom (1998)


Jackie Harrison (Susan Sarandon) finds out she has a terminal illness and must decide whether she approves of her former husband’s new girlfriend (played by Julia Roberts), who would be their children’s new stepmom.


Dancer in the Dark (2000)

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Selma (Björk) has a hereditary disease that will, at any time, make her blind. In order to guarantee a better future for her son, she continues working in a factory in order to pay for a surgery for the boy. But just like in a good Lars Von Trier movie, the world is a horrible place and nothing good will come from any of this.

WARNING: This movie is a musical.


Biutiful (2010)


Uxbal (Javier Bardem) tries to get by as a father and career criminal — until he discovers that he has cancer and just a few months of life left.


My Sister’s Keeper (2009)


This movie, based on a true story, is about a mother (Cameron Diaz) who has a daughter with leukemia. Diaz’s character then becomes pregnant with a second child, hoping that the new baby can donate stem cells and, eventually, bone marrow, to the elder one. But everything changes when, at the age of 11, this second child decides to take control of her own body and life.

This post was translated from Portuguese.