59 Weepy, Soul-Crushing Tearjerkers For Your Next Ugly-Cry


Sinking ships. Irreparable relationships. Dads who play piano and are secretly dying. These are just some of the topics that pop up in our favorite sad movies. There’s just something about a movie that inspires a good cry that we just love. If you haven’t seen one on our master list, grab your gal pals and make it happen, stat.

A father who always looks on the bright side of life does everything in his power to shield his young son from the atrocities of the Holocaust. You’ll probably want to call your dad after this one.

Sailing off on a boat with your hot fiancé may sound like a dream, but um, Below Deck this is not. There’s also a twist ending that is punch-you-in-the-face sad.

K, so this is a little…complicated, so try to keep up. Every Day follows a protagonist named A, who doesn’t have a body of their own. Instead, their soul moves from person to person, so they wake up in a new body every morning. What happens when A falls for a girl who stays firmly planted in her body? Um, heartbreak for everyone. That’s what happens.

Are we really sad over the end of Miley and Liam, or the tragic family drama at the center of this Nicholas Sparks movie? It doesn’t matter: This dad-reconnects-with-his-daughter-before-dying drama is an overall bummer.

There’s a huge complication in the romance between the two teen cystic fibrosis patients at the center of this movie: People living with CF who can’t be within six feet of each other, due to the risk of passing on a potentially deadly infection.

Marriage Story is basically like watching the funeral of a once-good relationship. Both parties are hurting, but there’s zero chance at salvaging the relationship they used to have.

This Netflix adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s beloved YA novel is about the relationship between high school classmates Violet (Elle Fanning) and Fitch (Justice Smith). Fitch helps Violet deal with the grief of losing her older sister, but riiiight when Violet seems to be managing, Violet learns Fitch has secret struggles of his own. No spoilers on how this one ends, but let’s just say we could change this title to All the Bleak Places and be totally on the money.

Before Macauley Culkin was kinda weird and Anna Chlumsky was a real grownup on Veep, they were Thomas J. and Vada Sultenfuss, the two best friends that anyone could have. Until a swarm of bees attacks a certain allergic, adorable someone. Cue: You bawling your eyes out.

We can forgive Call Me By Your Name’s final shot of a Timothee Chalamet silently crying into a fireplace because the movie is so full of gorgeous shots of Italy. But like, when Timothee cries, we all cry, you know?

Leo DiCaprio at his hottest. Kate Winslet at her naughtiest. Billy Zane just being Billy Zane. This three-hour epic thrusts you into a roller coaster, er, sinking ship of sadness. I’ll truly never let go.

When Susan Sarandon gives a quilt stitched with a lifetime of memories to her daughter for Christmas. That’s all I can say, because I’m already verklempt.

The witty quotes! The Ali McGraw gorgeousness! Convertible driving and carrying over thresholds! “Love means never having to say you’re sorry!” Even though that’s the furthest thing from the truth, this movie is iconic.

If you’ve ever owned a dog, loved a dog, honestly if you’ve even laid a hand on a dog in your lifetime, this tale of a mischievous Golden named Marley, and how he teaches Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and their growing family to love, will make you dampen a million Kleenex.

Arguably the tearjerker to end all tearjerkers, Beaches will force you to confront a life without your lifelong best friend and soul mate. What’s more depressing than that? Doing it to the slow, sob-inducing melody of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Cartoons are supposed to be happy, silly, carefree! But when you have a trilogy-level emotional investment in Buzz, Woody, and the Potato Heads, and you think they’re about to be incinerated, like, right now, you best believe there are tears straight rolling down your cheeks.

Few tearjerking movie moments can hold a tissue to the glowing, heavenly scene when Molly and Sam see each other again, by the grace of Oda Mae Brown/Whoopi Goldberg.

Imagine you were hopelessly in love with arguably the most romantic romantic ever, but instead of having him read you postcoital sonnets ’til the end of time, you were bound for America with a snobby noble whom you hated. This is why we all wept through the end of this 1999 Oscar-winner. Especially when Will tells Gwyneth: “You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.” Oh, we died all right.

Whether you were so aroused that you cried when Gos said, “It still isn’t over,” or you were one of those who was really emotional about the Olds storyline, if you are alive, you probably shed some tears during this rom-com standard-bearer.

Basically everyone else dies, which sucks. But Ben Affleck got his teeny teeth capped for this, which is great!

The opening sequence of Up. Aaand…you’re already crying.

When Big pulls over and tries to say he’s sorry, and Carrie beats him over the head with a bouquet of peonies and screams “I knew you would do this!” and Charlotte yells “No! No!” like she will totally kill him!!! So many emotions, so many angry tears.

Leelee Sobieski + Chris Klein + Josh Hartnett + cancer = totes sniffling.

Like Here on Earth, A Walk to Remember was part of a subset of early-aughts teen movies about death. Not to be confused with the party-hearty teen movie genre of the era (see: She’s All That; Can’t Hardly Wait.) Mandy Moore and Shane West are the couple from different sides of the tracks who totally fall in love until one of them dies. Amazing sample quote from the film’s Wikipedia page: “Landon continues to fulfill various wishes on Jamie’s list, such as building her a telescope so she can see a comet.”

Tristan (Brad Pitt’s) animalistic cries of pain while holding Samuel’s heart in his hands. Need we say more?

You know when you cry because you are so inspired by another human being’s spirit and will to carry on despite the most difficult of circumstances? That’s the kind of weep you’ll experience during this dark horse tearjerker starring AnnaSophia Robb, about real-life surfer Bethany Hamilton.

This is a tearjerking classic. Just ask your mom/aunt/older sister. We don’t want to give too much away, but Shirley McLaine is the feisty mom, Debra Winger is the daughter who love/hates her, and not everybody survives ’til the closing credits.

From Malin’s very first “drink your juice, Shelby,” you could probably tell that things were not going to end well for Julia Roberts. Cut to the cemetery scene (“I can run all the way to Texas and back but my daughter can’t…she never could!”) and there shall be ugly-crying.


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