10 Tragic Movies Guaranteed To Make You Smile-Cry at the End

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Image Credit: Focus Features.

While enjoying my daily scroll on Reddit, I encountered the question, “What movies will make me smile-cry at the end? They further clarified, “Films that are very sad at times but ultimately show the beauty in that tragedy.” Here are the top-voted recommendations.

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Image Credit: Focus Features.

Starring an ensemble cast of Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, and Kirsten Dunst, this movie follows the relationship between Joel (Carrey) and Clementine (Winslet).

They meet each other on a train journey and start seeing each other. But after a painful breakup, Clementine undergoes a memory-erasing procedure. Joel agrees to the same process when he sees that Clementine has completely forgotten about him.

But he quickly realizes he doesn’t want to erase her from his mind and tries to hide her in the corners.

2. About Time (2013)

Tim Lake’s family is unique, and he learns the secret when he turns 21. His dad tells him that the men in his family can travel through time, although they can’t change history. Tim decides to improve his life and find a girl. He meets Mary and falls in love.

He uses time travel and cunning to make her fall for him. However, as life progresses, he discovers that his unique ability does not protect him from everyday problems. It stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy.

3. Life Itself (2018)

College sweethearts Will and Abby (Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde) fall in love and get married. When they are expecting their first child, fate links them to a group of people.

Their life journey creates repercussions that change the lives of a troubled young woman, a wealthy landowner, a plantation manager, and a man and his granddaughter.

4. Kodachrome (2018)

Matt, a struggling executive, finds his life flipped upside-down when he learns his father is terminally ill. Matt’s father is a famous photojournalist, and his dying wish is for his son to accompany him on a road trip.

In addition, he wishes to develop his last rolls of Kodachrome film before he dies, and they must go soon because the last remaining lab is closing down.

5. Your Name (2016)

Several Redditors agreed that the Japanese animated romantic fantasy Your Name is incredible. It shows two teenagers who discover that they are swapping bodies. The story takes an exciting turn when they embark on a journey to meet each other. With high ratings from critics, this film is visually impressive with endearing characters.

6. The Orphanage (2008)

Laura convinces her husband to buy the orphanage she grew up in. She has happy memories of that place, and they turn it into a home for sick children. Later she adopts a boy, Simon, and one day he goes missing.

Simon is critically ill, and when he is not found for many months, he is considered dead. However, grief-stricken Laura keeps insisting she hears spirits who might be trying to help her find her Simon.

7. Big Fish (2004)

Edward, a journalist, comes home to be with his father, who gets ill. His father has always told him fantastic stories about his life that Edward never believed.

Even on his deathbed, he continues his storytelling. After his father dies, he investigates his tales and finally understands the man and his penchant for storytelling. It features an ensemble of Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Danny DeVito, Billy Crudup, and Jessica Lange.

8. Up (2009)

This critically acclaimed animated Disney film follows a man and his wife who live entirely in love. When the wife dies (most epic ten-minute film openings), the old widower starts an adventure to find Paradise Falls. That was his wife’s dream destination, and he is determined to find it.

He uses balloons to convert his house into a flying home to get him there. He is accompanied by a young boy who inadvertently gets pulled up with the house.

9. Better Days (2019)

Better Days is a Chinese romance drama that revolves around the relationship between a teenage high school student who is bullied and a mysterious young man who protects her before they are implicated in the murder of a teenage girl.

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10. American Beauty (1999)

Lester’s (Kevin Spacey) life seems perfect on the outside, but on the inside, he’s slipping into mid-life depression. Things change when he becomes infatuated with his daughter’s friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). American Beauty stars Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper, and Allison Janney.

We hope you enjoyed these Reddit recommendations for the best films to make you smile-cry with their endings. 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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