So here we are at the second half of our journey through some of the most eye-watering tearjerkers in movie history. Quite frankly, these movies aren’t any easier to watch than the last ten so I hope you have your tissues ready…
1. The Lion King, 1994
Oh yes, we’ve started with a good one. And whilst this is many people’s favourite Disney movie, there just isn’t any way to escape the tragic death of Mufasa that still haunts us to this day,
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2. Titanic, 1997
Probably one of the biggest movie successes of all time, there is no getting away from the fact that most of the passengers on this ill-fated ship were headed for a tragic end. But in terms of the star-crossed lovers, Jack and Rose, I think most of us were left wondering why there wasn’t enough room on that huge floating door for the both of them?
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3. Good Will Hunting, 1997
With the added sadness of Robin Williams’ tragic passing in 2014 to add to the mix, you’ll be hard pressed holding back the tears watching him and Matt Damon star in the highlight movie of both of their careers. Matt Damon plays a gifted ex-con who is guided by the wisdom of his psychiatrist, played by Williams.
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4. The Green Mile, 1999
I’ve seen this movie take down many a grown man over the years and if you get through it without shedding a tear I will have to presume that you are dead inside. The story follows Tom Hanks’ character Paul Edgecomb and his tormenting suspicion that one of his gentle inmates, John Coffey, couldn’t have committed the crime he has been sentenced to death for. Needless to say, it doesn’t end well.
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5. The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006
All I can say is thank goodness there is some sort of light at the end of the tunnel in this movie because the overwhelming sadness it is enough to make you fall in to an irrevocable depression. I won’t ruin it for those who haven’t seen it but Will Smith plays single parent, Chris, who falls upon immensely hard times and is left with practically nothing other than an idea to make a new life for him and his son (played by Smith’s real life son Jaden).
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6. P.S. I Love You, 2007
From the word go you’re thrown in the deep end with this one, as it comes to light that Holly (played by Hillary Swank) has lost her husband Gerry (played incredibly well by the charming Gerard Butler) to a tragic brain tumour. When it transpires that he’s written her a series of letters for the years that he won’t be with her, you’d better believe those tears are going to be flowing by the bucket load.
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7. Marley and Me, 2008
If you have ever owned a pet then this is undoubtedly going to dredge up some serious emotion. However, you shouldn’t let this put you off because, aside from the fact you will be balling your eyes out at the end, it is a truly lovely film.
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8. My Sister’s Keeper, 2009
I have to be honest with you, this film rarely lets up on the emotional front so you’re going to need an entire box of tissues at the very least. The story focuses on Anna, a young girl who, it turns out, was genetically engineered to act as a bone marrow donor for her sister Kate, who is dying of leukaemia. When it turns out that Anna wants to sue her parents for the rights to her own body (under Kate’s secret instruction), you’d better have the Kleenex ready.
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9. Still Alice, 2014
You’ll want to beware of this one as the sadness builds so gradually towards such an inconsolable end that you really won’t know what to do with yourself. This is all a testament to Julianne Moore who plays Alice, a university professor who discovers she has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Unsurprisingly this performance is what earned Moore her first Oscar.
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10. The Fault In Our Stars, 2014
One of my more recent ‘unable to speak through the tears’ moments, The Fault in Our Stars follows Hazel Grace (played by Shailene Woodley) and Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort) on the tear-filled journey of falling in love, whilst at the same time battling cancer.
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