10 Movies Guaranteed To Leave You an Emotional Mess

Robin Williams, What Dreams May Come
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Are you looking for movies to leave you an emotional mess? Then, we got you covered. After someone asked for the best films to rip your heart right out, these are the top-voted movie recommendations.

1. The Green Mile (1999)

Critics call this Tom Hanks role an absorbing and emotionally powerful experience. Viewers swear by its “tear-jerking abilities” will grab everyone, including those who never cry.

Hanks plays the role of a senior Death Row correctional officer who has seen a variety of criminals in his time. Still, when he meets John Coffey, who has allegedly killed two young sisters, something doesn’t feel right.

Coffey is a massive man with the size and strength to kill. Still, he has a gentle demeanor and seems to possess a prodigious, supernatural gift. Paul Edgecomb (Hank’s character) questions whether Coffey is genuinely guilty.

2. Manchester By The Sea (2016)

Manchester By The Sea follows Casey Affleck in the role of a janitor who is shocked when he finds out that his recently deceased brother has made him the sole guardian of his teenage nephew. 

As a result, he returns to his hometown, where he must deal with an excruciatingly painful past that separated him from his wife. One suggested that when the separated couple meets after some years – “their interaction is bound to make even Voldemort cry.”

3. What Dreams May Come (1998)

Robin Williams, What Dreams May Come
Image Credit: Polygram Filmed Entertainment.

Several Redditors suggested What Dreams May Come will change your thinking on heaven and hell. And make you cry, of course.When Chris Nielsen (played by Robin Williams) dies in a car accident, he finds himself in heaven, where his new world is beautiful, and he can have whatever he imagines.

But then his wife, unable to handle the grief (they lost their children, too), takes her life and ends up in hell. Chris ignores his spirit guide’s advice and journeys there to save her.

Fair warning by viewers: “this move might rip your soul out, blend it up, and change your beliefs on the afterlife altogether.”

4. Dancer In The Dark (2000)

Selma (played by Bjork) is a Czech immigrant and a single mother working in a factory in America. She is passionate about classic Hollywood musicals, but she and her son are losing their eyesight.

If Selma cannot put away enough money for an operation for her son, he will suffer the same fate as her. Things get even more tragic when a neighbor accuses her of stealing his savings. According to Redditors, ugly tears are guaranteed.

5. Coco (2017)

Next up, we have a family-friendly animated tear-jerker. Young Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.

But a mystery presents itself, and Ernesto and his friends embark on a journey to discover the real story behind his family history. One warned, “Spoiler alert: there is a massive twist in the end, and even grown men will cry.”

6. My Girl (1999)

My Girl is recommended by many as a tear-jerking opportunity. It’s notoriously known for having one of the most gut-wrenching scenes in cinematic history. 

It’s a coming-of-age story following tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky), an 11-year-old girl in love with her English teacher, Mr. Bixler. 

Her mother died when she gave birth to her, and her father operates a funeral home out of their house. The other kids think she is a freak and her best friend is Thomas J. Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). 

7. Dear Zachary (2008)

Dear Zachary is a mystery thriller documentary that is heart-wrenching in the truest sense. Still, it is also a masterpiece and a critically acclaimed film.

Kurt Kuenne, the director, narrator, writer, and producer of the film, writes a letter to his dead friend, Andrew Bagby’s son, about the story behind his father’s murder. He pairs his narration with interviews with those who knew Andrew in real life.

8. Lion (2016)

In Lion, an Indian boy gets lost on a train, which takes him thousands of miles away from his parents. An Australian couple later adopts him.

However, when he discovers Google Earth, he begins searching for his parents based on only a few memories. He is determined to find his lost family and return to his real home.

9. Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the audience reviews are highly positive. It follows Chiron (Trevante Rhodes), a young African-American boy who finds companionship and guidance with a drug dealer named Juan.

He grows up in Maimi, and Juan’s advice leaves a lasting impression on him. This film has excellent ratings on every movie review platform, and Reddit guarantees it will leave you an emotional wreck. 

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10. Steel Magnolias (1989)

Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts) gets pregnant despite having a health scare. Her worried mother turns to her girlfriends for support, who help the mother-daughter duo celebrate the miracle of life.

Time passes, and the friends encounter tragedy as well as good fortune. Yet, they only grow closer in the process. Viewers warn people to be ready to “ugly cry.” Sally Field’s performance refuses to leave a dry eye in the audience.

We hope you enjoyed this Reddit list of movies to destroy you emotionally. This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.


Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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