I often think it’s beautiful that people can connect with things in different ways. The right music can make you feel good, a podcast can inspire you to do more, and a good movie can either make you laugh or cry.
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than having a good cry. It’s even better and more therapeutic when you cry over a movie rather than a real-life event. It’s easier to move on. You watch the movie, you cry as the characters navigate through life and then it’s all wound up for you to have closure and move on. All in under 2 hours.
Unless it was one of these 5 movies!!! Movies that are guaranteed to have you crying for days, weeks and years after you’ve seen them.
Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4
“With their beloved Andy preparing to leave for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the rest of the toys find themselves headed for the attic but mistakenly wind up on the curb with the trash. Woody’s quick thinking saves the gang, but they end up being donated to a day-care centre. Unfortunately, the uncontrollable kids do not play nice, so Woody and the gang make plans for a great escape.”
On paper, this movie sounds like a big adventure and one the kids will love. And they do. As a parent, the ending to Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4 for that matter caught me entirely off guard and hits hard.
I remember seeing Toy Story 3 at the Cinema with my eldest son when he was 3 years old. Suddenly he’s now almost 13. It’s a timely reminder of just how fast kids grow and what they leave behind as they do so.
And then Toy Story 4 where Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy called Forky (let’s face it, we can all relate to Forky!). The adventure turns into an unexpected reunion with Woody’s long lost friend Bo Peep and if you’ve seen the movie you know how this ends!!! Woody, I’m disappointed but happy and also sad!!!! Bro’s before ho…… ah, never mind, as long as Woody is happy!
Parents and kids who have grown up with the Toy Story franchise need Toy Story 5 to find closure, and I’ve come up with the perfect storyline:
A little boy finds Woody in the playground and then throughout the movie finds the rest of the toys in the antique store (because we all know Bonnie wasn’t all that fussed if she lost them!). All the toys are reunited, and then at the end of the movie, rather than a brutal ending, we find out that the boy is Andy’s son. In the final scene, the camera pans out to see Woody with his bright, happy smile sitting with a grown-up Andy and his son.
Ah, a beautiful happy and fulfilling ending to this story.
Marley and Me
Newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan leave behind snowy Michigan and move to Florida, where they buy their first home and find jobs at competing newspapers. Soon afterwards, the Grogans adopt Marley, an adorable yellow Labrador pup. But Marley rapidly grows up to be a mischievous handful. Still, even while he’s destroying the furniture and failing obedience school, he always manages to bring out the best in John, Jenny and their growing family.
Anyone who has ever owned a dog will love and relate to this movie. I absolutely loved Marley and Me – until about ¾ of the way through when Marley becomes ill, it suddenly dawned on me what was going to happen. Yes, it’s a fact of life, but it was just so damn sad. I’ve never fully recovered and haven’t been able to watch the movie since.
A Star Is Born
This movie will have your emotions all over the place. Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
It is one of my favourite movies and definitely the best movie I’ve seen for a long time. And it has an excellent soundtrack – which for a film like this can either make it or break it. Ally’s success and seeing everything Jackson does to help her is uplifting. Jackson’s personal struggles and how it affects their relationship will have you feeling everything, particularly if you’ve ever loved anyone with alcohol or drug problems before. If you haven’t seen it – do so, I was never a fan of Lady Gaga until I saw this but stock up on the tissues and comfort food – you’ll need it!
Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfil a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But curmudgeonly Carl’s worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named Russell is a stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house.
Sounds like a great movie, doesn’t it? And I’m sure it is – if you can make it past the opening sequence!!!
Since getting divorced, this hits even harder – I find it’s a reminder that you’ll never have a lifetime of memories with someone, only half a lifetime at best. I struggled to recover and enjoy the rest of the movie. Plus, I always feel sad for elderly people on their own (even animated ones!!!). The kids love it, but I always potter around the house, keeping busy whenever they watch it!
Hillary and CC meet as children vacationing in Atlantic City, N.J., and remain friends throughout the decades. As CC, a loud New Yorker, pursues a singing career, Hillary, a staid Californian, becomes a successful lawyer. Over the years, they often quarrel or compete, but, as other relationships flourish and die, the two women are always there for each other, travelling from coast to coast through the most tumultuous times.
A beautiful movie about growth and friendship. Especially friendships that stand the test of time and many arguments.
We all know how this movie ends – cue Wind Beneath My Wings and the ugly cry!
Here are a couple more that didn’t make the list but still deserve a mention.
Sex and the City
Ok, hear me out – that scene after Big doesn’t get out of the car at the wedding but then realises his mistake so turns the car around and then meets the girls in the street.
Carrie hits him with the flowers, and Charlotte hugs her, points and Big and yells No. It’s one of those things, you have to see.
The look on her face!
It’s another beautiful reminder of the friendships and bonds women form.
We all need a Charlotte in our lives. I have many, and this scene not only made me cry but also made me forever grateful for my Charlotte’s.
Dumbo is my absolute favourite Disney story, so when it came out earlier this year, I excitedly took the kids to see it. Not a great idea, 3 out of the 4 kids and myself were all a blubbering mess by the end of the movie. As a family, we’re traumatised – to the point that when my 5-year-old has asked me to try and take Dumbo off our streaming service because when he sees the movie cover, it makes him sad.
“Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, have to cope with the fact that their parents divorced and that there is a new woman in their father’s life: Isabel, a successful photographer. She does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when being with their dad, but also loves her work and does not plan to give it up. But Jackie, a full-time mother, regards Isabel’s efforts as offensively insufficient. She can’t understand that work can be important to her as well as the kids. The conflict between them is deepened by the sudden diagnosis of cancer, which might be deadly for Jackie. They all have to learn a little to grow together.”
Yep, if you’re a Mum or Stepmum, you will cry – have tissues ready.
So, there you have it – a list of movies to let your emotions run free. Or a list to avoid if you don’t feel like being traumatised by a movie!!!
What have I missed? Which movie makes you cry every time you see it????
Kirsty is the founder of That Noise Is Mine.
An established blogger, writer and business owner raising 4 children independently. Kirsty is determined to succeed in this new life forced upon her.