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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Top 5 movies that will make you cry like a baby

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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!

5. Stepmom

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!


  1. I totally agree with you on My Girl and Stepmom! Those two movies, especially My Girl, will ALWAYS make me bawl like a two year old who's mom dropped them off at daycare for the first time.

    I could never get behind The Pursuit of Happiness. It just felt like this downward spiral and him being kicked while he was down again and again and again...mind you I have only watched it once(even though I own it) ans have given serious thought to watching it again now that I am a bit more mature.

    I LOVE Shirly, not for her She is just too darn cute! lol Also, and you may hate me here(most people do when I say this), I didn't get What Dreams May Come. Maybe it's because I watched it on one of the days that I was feeling particularly heartless...I watched it about a month and a half ago for the first time and thought it was severely lacking. =( I want to like it. SO many people I know do, but I just don't. Oh well.

    I would add Beaches to this list. That movie still gets me every time I watch it, which admittedly is not very often...I don't like to bawl like

    BTW I have to say here, I LOVE your blog! You are an awesome writer. I have never heard your voice, but I can totally hear you speaking all of this. =)

  2. Hey Kristen! Thank you so much for your kind words, I can't express how much it means to me.

    I don't blame you for not getting into the Pursuit of Happiness. I had a lump in my throat the whole movie. The misery pulled me in, I couldn't help but keep watching ... LOL

    I don't hate you at all for not getting What Dreams May Come. Part of why it was so emotional for me was related to the fact that it hit very close to home. I was also enthralled by the visual beauty. I would watch a whole movie of people walking through paintings, and the artist changing the scene. Come to think of it, I could write a whole book about that. Hmmmm.

    Anyway, thanks again xx

  3. The post was lovely. Pursuit of Happyness is my all time favorite. I can watch it on & on for hours :) I have seen My Girl when I was a young kid & it's such an awesome movie :)I agree with you on stepmom as well. As for the remaining two I haven't seen, would love to watch them. Thanks for sharing the post made me remember good old time :D

  4. lovely post...