Ever wake up and just want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and cry and cry and cry? If so, this list is for you. I've compiled my favorite sappy films spanning several genres. Get your tissues ready.
Here are 10 movies to watch when you need a good, long, ugly cry.
1. Titanic (1997)
There was no way this movie wasn't going to be No. 1. I mean, c'mon. The Oscar-winning tearjerker tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who board the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic. It's my favorite movie of all-time and the "I'll never let go" scene gets me EVERY SINGLE TIME, JAMES CAMERON.
Starring: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathy Bates, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton
Fun facts: The original film garnered 11 Academy Awards and 4 Golden Globes. It's no wonder this box-office hit was released again in 2012 ... but this time in 3D (yes, I saw it and yes, it was just as incredible).
2. The Notebook (2004)
Ryan Gosling. Need I say more? He's so beautiful, you'll probably weep just looking at him. But in all seriousness, this Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-film centers on mill worker Noah Calhoun and young heiress Allie Hamilton who meet in South Carolina and fall hopelessly in love. As their love story unfolds, outside forces (ahem, Allie's parents) do their best to unravel it. The scene ... at the end ... with the hand holding (if you've seen it you know what I'm talking about) ... ALL. THE. FEELS.
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden
Also see: A Walk to Remember
3. Pearl Harbor (2001)
This movie has it all. Action? Yep. Romance? Yep. Drama? Yep. Plus, Josh Hartnett. (Remember Josh Hartnett?? Remember when he was all over Bop and Tiger Beat magazines??) Also, it always blows my mind to think it starred Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner years and years before they dated or married. Without giving too much away, this tearjerker follows the story of two World War II pilots (Affleck and Hartnett) and involves a love triangle ... OK that's all I'm giving away. This action-drama will rip your heart right out. Enjoy.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Voight, Alec Baldwin
Also see: Armageddon
4. Coco (2017)
As a Latina, it's incredibly refreshing to see our culture represented in an animated feature film. Coco follows the story of 12-year-old Miguel who dreams of becoming a musician, albeit, against his family's wishes. Miguel ends up in the Land of the Dead and teams up with skeleton jokester Héctor as they uncover Miguel's family history. I heard a lot of people say they balled their eyes out while watching Coco. I went into thinking, "I'm not gonna cry, I'm not gonna cry, I'm not gonna cry ... " Yeah, good luck with that. Also, not going to lie — I have the soundtrack on repeat.
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos
5. P.S. I Love You (2007)
The idea that someone who's dying thinks to leave you little notes or trinkets for when they're gone is so incredibly sweet and heartbreaking. In this case, Gerry (Butler) leaves his wife, Holly (Swank), a slew of letters after his passing in hopes of brightening her spirits and helping her move on with her life. My heart is breaking as I type this. Brb, gonna go rewatch it.
Starring: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Harry Connick Jr.
Also see: Ghost
6. Me Before You (2016)
The first thing that drew me to this movie were the two leading actors. I'm a big fan of Claflin from Love, Rosie and knew Clarke would be great from all the "Game of Thrones" hype (disclaimer: I've never watched GoT). Me Before You centers around young, wealthy Will Traynor (Claflin) who is involved in an accident that leaves him paralyzed. His new caregiver, spunky and carefree Louisa Clark (Clarke), does her best to show him the good in life and as their bond grows, so does their love for one another. I can't give away too much as to why it makes the list, but what I can say is you're going to need that extra box of tissues.
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin
Also: This movie received some controversy due to its portrayal of people with disabilities. I completely understand where these viewpoints are coming from, however, the movie made me cry regardless which is why it's on the list.
7. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Probably my favorite in the John Green novel-turned-film world. Woodley stars as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient who upon meeting Gus Waters (Elgort), receives a different outlook on life despite their illnesses. I highly recommend the novel and movie for anyone looking for a good, long cry.
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff
8. The Lion King (1994)
Along with most '90s kids, I grew up with Simba and Nala. Now that I'm older, I don't know how I got through the Mufasa scene. *insert crying emoji here* When this beloved Disney classic came out in 3D in 2011, I had to see it on the big screen. Little did I know, 3D would made the emotion SOMUCHMOREREAL. This will always be one of my favorite Disney flicks.
Fun fact: It's getting a remake! The 2019 film stars the voices of Donald Glover, James Earl Jones and an up-and-coming artist by the name of Beyoncé.
9. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
If you're ever in need of a classic Christmas film, this is it. Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey, a banker who's put the needs of his family and others before his own aspirations. As George contemplates suicide one night, he encounters his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George all the lives he's touched in an effort to prove his existence matters. I'll let the movie fill in the rest, but long story short, it really puts life into perspective. I wish there were more movies this wholesome and genuine on screens today.
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers
10. Selena (1997)
If you're Latina, there's no way you never watched this on repeat. Released two years after her tragic death, the 1997 biopic centers on the life and career of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Starring Jennifer Lopez in the title role, the film also features Edward James Olmos as Abraham Quintanilla, Constance Marie as Marcela Quintanilla and Jon Seda as Chris Pérez. While you may go into this movie knowing how it ends, there's no doubt you'll become emotionally invested in the lives of this family and the real-life tragedy they had to endure. Selena wasn't just the Queen of Tejano music — she was, and continues to be, an inspiration to the Hispanic community and constant reminder to never give up in the pursuit of your dreams.