5 tearjerker movies to watch when you need to cry

I Still Believe -- Courtesy of Lionsgate
I Still Believe -- Courtesy of Lionsgate /

Sometimes, you just need tearjerker movies to help you have a good cry

Over the past few months, our world has been turned upside down. Some days, our emotions are in such turmoil and we feel like we need to cry but can’t. Or maybe we’re scared that once we start, we won’t stop. But crying is cathartic, and these tearjerker movies will help you let all those bottled up feelings out.

So grab some tissues, chocolate, and a comfy blanket or pet for support and settle in for a night of tears with five movies you’ll never forget.

Here are some great tearjerker movies to watch when you need to cry

I Still Believe

Based on the true story of Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp’s first romance and marriage, I Still Believe follows Jeremy and Melissa on their short but powerful romantic journey. The waterworks will start quickly with this movie as shortly after the couple find love, Melissa is diagnosed with cancer. Their subsequent path to their own kind of happily ever after is both heartbreaking and poignant.

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace and Augustus are two teenagers who find one another in a cancer support group. She’s still battling hers, and he is a survivor. Their connection is rocky at first, but as they’re slowly drawn toward one another, they find they have more in common than they thought. What unfolds is a beautiful love story that will have you raging against the inequality of life. But you’ll feel better for the copious amounts of tears you’ll have cried by the time this movie ends.

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A Walk to Remember

This 2002 movie is a classic bad boy gets redeemed by the school’s well-known goody-two-shoes. Landon Carter is rebellious and antagonistic toward authority, but a really bad decision puts him and Jamie together as part of his punishment.

As the couple grows closer together, Landon doesn’t know Jamie is harboring a secret that will change both of their lives. This movie is based on a Nicholas Sparks’ novel so you know going in that there will be tears. Most of his movies require a box of tissues. A Walk to Remember is heartwarming, heartbreaking, and so beautiful, it will stay with you long after the credits roll.

I Can Only Imagine

Another movie that’s based upon a true story, I Can Only Imagine is a look inside Christian recording artist Bart Millard’s abusive childhood and subsequent rise to fame. His father is an angry drunk who doesn’t mind smacking Bart around, and though Bart finds romance, it isn’t a guaranteed happily-ever-after as he’s battling with the demons of the past. Though this is Bart’s story, his father, played by Dennis Quaid, plays a vital role in telling it. You’re guaranteed to hate him up until you don’t.

Five Feet Apart

Imagine falling in love with someone you can’t touch. In fact, you have to stay at least five feet apart from them or you both could die. That’s what Stella and Will face.  Two teenage cystic fibrosis patients in the same hospital, their first meeting is contentious, but it doesn’t take long for them to fall in love.

Five Feet Apart isn’t just a love story. It’s a drama about sacrifice, challenges, and living your best life despite them.  Stella and Will’s painful journey reminds us all to be grateful for what we have in our lives and urges us to focus less on what we don’t. You’ll need several tissues for this one.

Tearjerker movies can be difficult to watch, but after you’ve cried buckets of tears, you often find you feel better. And that’s what you want to feel after watching a movie.

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