Five Of The Best Movies To Watch When You Want To Have A Good Cry

Five Of The Best Movies To Watch When You Want To Have A Good Cry

Ranked From Least to Most Tears Shed *SPOILERS AHEAD*

Do you ever feel a little blue for no reason and feel like crying but you can't? I know that I do, and the perfect way for me to get rid of the built up stress and sadness is to have a good cry while watching a sad movie. After watching a variety of tear-jerking movies, I have compiled a list of the top 5 (5-1 is least to most sad) that have caused tears.

5.) Inside Out

This movie is a cute Disney cartoon showing how a person’s emotions work through personification. The sad aspect arises when it shows the main character, a twelve year old girl named Riley, lose two of her primary emotions, Joy and Sadness and lose her entire personality and slip into a depression-like state. The ending is, of course, happy because let’s face it, it’s Disney, so obviously it would. However, if you’re an adult, many of the themes are quite dismal.

The Saddest Part: When Riley’s imaginary friend, Bing Bong, sacrifices himself. Bing Bong does this in order to allow Joy to escape the abyss where forgotten memories disappear forever from Riley’s mind. I think what makes it even sadder is the fact that Bing Bong disappearing is a representation of the transition from childhood to adulthood. It displays how adults forget about innocent and imaginative childhood things.

4.) The Last Song

This movie is another love story based on a Nicholas Sparks novel which are famous for being romantic and sad. It is one of Miley Cyrus’s first appearances in a more serious film. It is the story of a troubled teen named Ronnie and her younger brother, Jonah. The film follows their journey of reconnection to their estranged father and also features a love story between Ronnie and a local boy. After finally creating a strong father/child bond, they soon find out that their father has terminal cancer.

The Saddest Part: After learning of his father’s cancer, Jonah is discovered in the middle of the night frantically trying to finish the stained glass window he began with his father. He is sobbing and has cuts on his hand from the glass.

3.) The Little Prince

This movie is a Netflix original based on a French children’s book. This movie is different from the book in that it follows the life of a little girl who is told by her elderly neighbor. Although this book is meant to be a children’s novel, there are underlying adult themes within, making it a slightly depressing plot to adults who understand it. There are also uplifting moments in the movie, so this is a good option if you are looking for a happy ending.

The Saddest Part: When the little prince decides that he misses his planet, which is too far for him to travel back to from Earth. In response to this, he lets the snake “help him return to his planet” therefore, kill him. So the little prince essentially kills himself because he is depressed he will never be able to return home.

2.) Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Any movie based on the life of a dog is guaranteed to cause A LOT of crying (for me at least). This movie follows the story of a dog who is left at a train station, where a college professor, who later becomes Hachi’s owner, discovers. The dog soon falls in love with his new family but specifically the professor that found him. Hachi waits at the same train station he was left at for the professor to return home from work everyday.

The Saddest Part: After the professor dies of a heart attack, Hachi does not understand that he is gone. Therefore, he waits at the train station everyday for him, refusing to leave. Hachi eventually dies in the snow while still waiting for his owner to return.

1.) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

I watched this movie when I was sick and miserable so I thought it would be the perfect movie to go with my mood. I am warning you, if you are a movie crier, this will be a rough movie. I pretty much cried through the entire movie. Not only is it a movie about one of the saddest periods in history, the Holocaust, the plot is also centered around the life of a child. The childlike naivety and innocence adds to the sadness of this movie.

The Saddest Part: Definitely the very end. Main characters Bruno and Shmuel try to be together because they’re best friends so Bruno climbs under the fence into the concentration camp where Shmuel is trapped. They both end up being killed along with the rest of the innocent people in the camp.
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31 Reasons Why I Would NEVER Watch Season 2 Of '13 Reasons Why'

It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

When I first started watching "13 Reasons Why" I was excited. I had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for a long time and thought this show would be bringing light to those issues. Instead, it triggered my feelings that I had suppressed.

With season two coming out soon, I have made up my mind that I am NEVER watching it, and here is why:

1. This show simplifies suicide as being a result of bullying, sexual assault, etc. when the issue is extremely more complex.

2. It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

3. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention has guidelines on how to portray suicides in TV shows and movies without causing more suicides.

"13 Reasons Why" disregarded those guidelines by graphically showing Hannah slitting her wrists.

4. It is triggering to those who have tried to commit suicide in the past or that struggle with mental illness.

5. It glorifies suicide.

6. It does not offer healthy coping solutions with trauma and bullying.

The only "solution" offered is suicide, which as mentioned above, is glorified by the show.

7. This show portrays Hannah as dramatic and attention-seeking, which creates the stereotype that people with suicidal thoughts are dramatic and seeking attention.

8. Hannah makes Clay and other people feel guilty for her death, which is inconsiderate and rude and NOT something most people who commit suicide would actually do.

9. This show treats suicide as revenge.

In reality, suicide is the feeling of hopelessness and depression, and it's a personal decision.

10. Hannah blames everyone but herself for her death, but suicide is a choice made by people who commit it.

Yes, sexual assault and bullying can be a factor in suicidal thoughts, but committing suicide is completely in the hands of the individual.

11. Skye justifies self-harm by saying, "It's what you do instead of killing yourself."

12. Hannah's school counselor disregards the clear signs of her being suicidal, which is against the law and not something any professional would do.

13. The show is not realistic.

14. To be honest, I didn't even enjoy the acting.

15. The characters are underdeveloped.

16. "13 Reasons Why" alludes that Clay's love could have saved Hannah, which is also unrealistic.

17. There are unnecessary plot lines that don't even advance the main plot.

18. No one in the show deals with their problems.

They all push them off onto other people (which, by the way, is NOT HEALTHY!!!).

19. There is not at any point in the show encouragement that life after high school is better.

20. I find the show offensive to not only me, but also to everyone who has struggled with suicidal thoughts.

21. The show is gory and violent, and I don't like that kind of thing.

22. By watching the show, you basically get a step-by-step guide on how to commit suicide.

Which, again, is against guidelines set by The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

23. The show offers no resources for those who have similar issues to Hannah.

24. It is not healthy for me or anyone else to watch "13 Reasons Why."

25. Not only does the show glorify suicide, but it also glorifies self-harm as an alternative to suicide.

26. Other characters don't help Hannah when she reaches out to them, which could discourage viewers from reaching out.

27. Hannah doesn't leave a tape for her parents, and even though the tapes were mostly bad, I still think the show's writers should have included a goodbye to her parents.

28. It simplifies suicide.

29. The show is tactless, in my opinion.

30. I feel like the show writers did not do any research on the topic of suicide or mental illness, and "13 Reasons Why" suffered because of lack of research.

31. I will not be watching season two mostly because I am bitter about the tastelessness.

And I do not want there to be enough views for them to make a season three and impact even more people in a negative way.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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1. You’ll finally be able to support your artist friends.

We all have that friend who is constantly involved in some sort of production. Of course you’d love to go and see them all, but who has the time? At Fringe, there are plenty of chances to see a show, since there are performances at many different times for two weeks. And if you have a lot of friends who are performers in Orlando, then I have good news! They will all be in the same place.

2. Two words: food trucks.

There is pretty much no other time when it is socially acceptable to eat a bunch of fried Oreos than at a carnival or at Fringe. Carnivals seem dangerous though, so you might as well just hang out at Fringe, where it’s safe.

3. There’s something for everyone.

Even if theater isn’t your thing, there are more than just a few alternative options available. You can also find concerts, stand up comedy, storytelling, and a whole lot of things that will make you say, “I didn’t know that was a thing."

4. This year, planning is easy.

In their 27th year, the Orlando Fringe has introduced a new way to plan which shows to see. The Fringe-o-Matic allows you to input the shows you’re interested in and create a personalized schedule so you can make it to (almost) all of them.

5. You’ll never have to travel far.

Most of the shows at Fringe are located in or around Loch Haven Park, and venues include the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Museum of Art. These are all within walking distance of each other, and are separated only by a parking lot (which, by the way, is free to use). The only other shows are BYOV, or Bring Your Own Venue, in multiple locations in Orlando.

6. It’s not just local acts.

Maybe if you’re an Orlando native, you’re a little tired of the local scene. This festival includes production companies from lots of other states and countries, so it’s a great opportunity to see fresh faces and shows that are the best of their respective locale.

7. Things will get weird.

Even if you’re a veteran Fringe-goer, you’re definitely in for a quite a few surprises. Last year, I saw a Canadian male burlesque troupe led by a Justin Trudeau impersonator (caution: link NSFW), and it wasn’t even the craziest thing that happened.

The Orlando Fringe Festival runs from May 15th to the 28th, so it’s right around the corner. It’s all happening so fast! But if you’re not hyped yet, maybe you should take a trip to the beer tent.

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