Well, maybe that's just me. But surely you'll shed a tear or two.
You just might be heartless if you don't. ;)
1. My Girl
I was only 13 years old when this 1991 production came along. The star studded cast, with Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin and then newcomer Anna Chlumsky, was wonderful. It's a beautiful coming of age story, and it ends well, but when Thomas J, played by Culkin dies, and the young Veda (played by Chlumsky) loses it at his funeral, well I sobbed. I didn't just tear up a little bit. I'm talking waterfalls and heaving. "Wake up, Thomas J, let's go climb a tree...Where are his glasses? He can't see without his glasses!..." To this day, I still can't watch that scene without losing it.
2. A Little Princess
A remake of the Shirley Temple classic, this is a story about a young girl sent to live at boarding school while her father goes off to war. But when her father dies, she's forced to become a slave in the school where she was once one of the richest girls in attendance. It's a beautiful movie, very visually stimulating, with a few magical scenes. The scene at the end, where she finds her father alive and he doesn't recognize her, tore my heart out. "Daddy!!! Daddy, it's me! Don't you recognize me!?" More heaving, more sobbing...
Having seen both versions, I definitely recommend the newer production. Shirley Temple was really cute, but she wasn't much of an actress, at least not by today's standards.
3. What Dreams May Come
Speaking of visually stunning, this film is breathtaking. It starts off so abruptly, as a couple loses both their children in a car accident. The double funeral scene with the two white caskets was very hard to take. Then fast forward to a year later, on the anniversary of the double death, and the husband (played by Robin Williams) dies too. The woman's sadness and pain just pierced right through me. We then follow his journey in heaven, where the scenery he creates is his wife's paintings, and his descent into hell to recover his wife's soul when she commits suicide, unable to bear all the loss she's known.
This movie is sad and poignant, but beautiful and definitely worth watching, just not in the theatre like I did. It was embarrassing to cry so hard in public!
4. The Pursuit of Happyness
Possibly the worse named movie ever, this Will Smith treasure was so sad. It ended well, but that was just in the last few minutes, and I just remember feeling depressed and like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders the whole time.
Absolutely a great inspirational story and worth watching, just not on a day when you're feeling blue, because this just might push you over the edge!
A popular favourite when I polled my friends, Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon both delivered spectacular performances, and while it was a real tear jerker, I also remember quite a few funny scenes, and even a musical montage or two.
There you go, 5 movies that reduced me to a blubbering fool, and touched me forever.
Let me know if you try one, and what you thought! Or if your favourite wasn't mentioned!