7 movies you cannot watch without crying
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7 Heartbreaking Movies You Cannot Watch Without Crying

A wise man once told me, “kid, sometimes in life, all you need is an ugly cry.” I did not know what he meant until I joined college and since that very moment, I’ve embarked on a journey to fi- okay, pfft, I can’t do this anymore, I’m a guy with no happening life and so I watch a lot of movies. I enjoy different kinds of genres but I specifically love heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, punch-in-the-guts, heart-pumping, cry-like-a-papaya movies. (why is this not a legitimate sub genre, really?)


Death? love it.
Concentration camp? mmmh.
Mental illness? That’s right baby.
Unrequited love? Keep going.
Apocalypse? aaaah.
Depression? that’s it.
Children in peril? Yeah.
Terminal sickness? seven, seven, seven, seven!


Okay, I officially feel like a horrible person but sad movies keep my machine running, honestly. If you don’t cry watching the movies on the list then I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’re a robot. No, really, you’re all artificial intelligence running on algorithms and you have no heart. Also, the movies on this list aren’t just good sobs but really good movies, you should give them all a try.

Also, I will try to keep off the mainstream movies like Titanic, the fault in our stars, toy story 3, the notebook, Hachi and all.


Seven Pounds (2008)

Seven Pounds

“Ben Thomas, an IRS agent, is guilt-ridden for his mistake that killed seven people including his fiancee. He embarks on an extraordinary journey in order to change the lives of seven strangers.”

This is one of the most underhyped movies by Will Smith, which needs more attention. Sure, the movie starts slowly, takes time to build up but indeed pays off emotionally. It has a few dull bits, but I don’t really care because this movie is an absolute sob-genius. I remember watching it at night and I cried so hard that my sister woke up and asked me if I were okay, it was so embarrassing. Critics didn’t appreciate this movie all that much, but they’re all stupid turds. Invest time in this movie and you won’t be disappointed.

Quotes from this movie

  •  “In seven days, God created the world. And in seven seconds, I shattered mine.”Seven Pounds



TII Rating: 8/10




Room (2015)

Room 2015

“ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is confined to a tiny space that Ma has named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, & she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.”

It’s not only a heart-wrenching movie, but also one of the best movies of 2015. It has everything, really, a perfect cast, great direction, well written, what not. First half of the movie is enclosed in one tiny room with 3 characters only, one of them being a kid. Now the challenge was to keep story moving & audience engaged, I really appreciate the direction how it made the best of its surrounding, you don’t often see that. All this fancy stuff apart, this movie is beautiful and it will make you cry ugly. Also, huge shout out to Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay for phenomenal performances. This is a rare cinematic piece, DON’T SLEEP ON IT.


  • “I’ve been in the world 37 hours. I’ve seen pancakes, and a stairs, and birds, and windows, and hundreds of cars. And clouds, and police, and doctors, and grandma and grandpa. But Ma says they don’t live together in the hammock house anymore. Grandma lives there with her friend Leo now. And Grandpa lives far away. I’ve seen persons with different faces, and bigness, and smells, talking all together. The world’s like all TV planets on at the same time, so I don’t know which way to look and listen. There’s doors and… more doors. And behind all the doors, there’s another inside, and another outside. And things happen, happen, HAPPENING. It never stops. Plus, the world’s always changing brightness, and hotness. And there’s invisible germs floating everywhere.”
  • “There’s so much of ‘place’ in the world. There’s less time because the time has to be spread extra thin over all the places, like butter. so all the persons say ‘Hurry up! Let’s get going! Pick up the pace! Finish up now!’. Ma was in a hurry to go boing up to Heaven, but she forgot me. Dumbo Ma! So the aliens threw her back down. CRASH! And broke her.”




TII Rating: 8.5/10




The Book Thief

The Book Thief movie
“Liesel lives with her foster parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann in Nazi Germany. Hans teaches her to read and write in English. Her family shelters Max, a Jew, in their basement.”

It does something to me, this movie. Every time. It steps on my heart. It makes me cry. A heart breaking story of a young girl narrated by Death. Yes, we have had movies with almost same plot line but trust me when I say this movie is a work of art. If you enjoy movies for quality film making, perfect acting and heart breaking drama, this is your movie. If you don’t, this is your movie still. The only flaw with this movie is that the book is way, way better. I strongly recommend you to read the book first, dry your tears, take time to recover from hear break and then watch this movie. I’m not going into the plot of this movie, because it’s fairly simple, but the way story is told is extraordinarily beautiful. Cry-0-meter 100/100.


    • “When I finally came for Liesel, I took selfish pleasure in the knowledge that she had lived her ninety years so wisely. By then her stories had touched many souls, some of whom I came to know in passing. Max, whose friendship lasted almost as long as Liesel. Almost. In her final thoughts, she saw the long list of lives that merged with hers. Her three children, her grandchildren, her husband. Among them, lit like lanterns, were Hans and Rosa, her brother, and the boy whose hair remained the color of lemons forever. I wanted to tell the book thief she was one of the few souls that made me wonder what it was to live. But in the end there were no words. Only peace. The only truth I truly know is that I am haunted by humans.”
    • “One small fact: you are going to die. Despite every effort, no one lives forever. Sorry to be such a spoiler. My advice is when the time comes, don’t panic. It doesn’t seem to help.”


TII Rating: 9/10


Requiem For A Dream

Requiem for a dream

“Drugs. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked. Four lives. Four addicts. Four failures. Despite their aspirations of greatness, they succumb to their addictions. Watching the addicts spiral out of control, we bear witness to the dirtiest, ugliest portions of the underworld addicts reside in.”

Watching this movie has been the most powerful and intense cinematic experience I have ever had. It tells parallel stories of four different people with four different dreams, and how eventually they succumb to their addictions. This is, hands down, Jared Leto’s best work yet, even after 16 years. The only thing better than direction and acting is its beautifully scary soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer, the god of music. This movie has everything to offer if you love intense drama movies. In closing, this is probably the most depressing movie ever made & after you watch this movie, repeat after me, I WILL NEVER DO DRUGS. DRUGS ARE SCARY.

Ugly cry alert.

Requiem for a dream



  • “I’m somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me. Soon, millions of people will see me and they’ll all like me. I’ll tell them about you, and your father, how good he was to us. Remember? It’s a reason to get up in the morning. It’s a reason to lose weight, to fit in the red dress. It’s a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow all right. What have I got Harry, hm? Why should I even make the bed, or wash the dishes? I do them, but why should I? I’m alone. Your father’s gone, you’re gone. I got no one to care for. What have I got, Harry? I’m lonely. I’m old.”
    “You got friends, Ma.”“Ah, it’s not the same. They don’t need me. I like the way I feel. I like thinking about the red dress and the television and you and your father. Now when I get the sun, I smile.”





Me and Earl and The Dying Girl

Me and Earl And The Dying Girl “An awkward high-school senior and a gravely ill classmate surprise themselves by becoming inseparable friends.”


This is the most underrated, the funniest and the saddest movie on this list. Me and Earl and The Dying Girl based on a book of the same name, will make you go on an emotional rollercoaster, you’re gonna laugh so hard that you will almost forget about the movie’s name and everything will seem okay with the world, but I’m sorry, fair warning, you’re gonna cry your eyes out. If you thought The Fault In Our Stars was sad, well, you’re in for a treat, buddy. The thing I like the most about this movie is that it surprises you, you go in all with tissues, ready to cry your eyes out, and boom! you’re laughing like a maniac and just when you’re comfortable laughing, boom! you’re crying like a banana.


  • “Dear Pittsburgh State Admissions, I’m writing on behalf of someone who gave me half a year of his life at the time when I was at my most difficult to be around. He has a very low opinion of himself, which is why I think it’s necessary that you hear from someone who sees him as he actually is: A limitlessly kind, sweet, giving, and genuine person. No matter how much he would deny it. The drop in his academic performance this year is the consequence of all the time he spent with me and the time he spent making things for me and how hard that was for him. You can ask him about it, but his sort of over the top humility will probably get in the way. No one has done more to make me smile than he has. And no one ever could.”
  • “So if this was a touching romantic story this is probably where a new feeling would wash over me and suddenly we would be furiously making out with the fire of a thousand suns. But this isn’t a touching romantic story.”


TII Rating: 8.5/10

 Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Perks of being a wallflower

Charlie, a 15-year-old introverted bright Pittsburgh boy, enters high school and is nervous about his new life. He is befriended by his seniors who show him the way to the real world


I feel like this is one of the mainstream movies that almost everyone has watched, but I really couldn’t resist adding it to the list because it’s one the best coming-to-age drama movies. For the first time you see Emma Watson isn’t just Hermione, but she’s indeed a wonderful actor. There’s Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, what I’m trying to say is that the cast is perfect, the story is perfect, the soundtrack is perfect. Everything is just in place to make you weep tear balls. If you’re having a hard time with life and you wanna cry yourself to sleep with a little positivity, this is the movie for you. Also, read the book if you’re into reading, it’s totally worth it.


  • “My doctor said we can’t choose where we come from but we can choose where we go from there. I know it’s not all the answers but it was enough to start putting these pieces together.”
  • You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love.

  • I know who you are, Sam. I know I’m quiet… and, and I know I should speak more. But if you knew the things that were in my head most of the time, you’d know what it really meant. How, how much we’re alike, and how we’ve been through the same things… and you’re not small. You’re beautiful.



Short Term 12

Short Term 12“A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.”


I can understand the working of Quantum Physics, I can understand why they chose to make Percy Jackson movies, BUT I cannot understand how this beautiful piece of cinematic story is the most underappreciated movie of all time. I have watched it thrice now and the more I watch it, the more I fall in love with it. The acting is so flawless that it doesn’t feel like they are acting at all, it feels all real. The movie has greater emotional impact because you don’t really see what’s coming, yeah, a giant emotional roller-coaster.


  • “Why are you so nice to me?”
    “Because you’re the weirdest, most beautiful person I’ve ever met in my entire life.”

Short term 12




Other emotionally worthy movies that I didn’t mention in the list. Be sure to look them up.

  • Children of Men
  • Her
  • Pursuit of Happyness
  • The Fault in our Stars
  • Toy Story 3
  • Me and Marley
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