11 Movies that Will Make You Cry a Bucket

There's no other way for me to describe why this is a list of tearjerkers but to hand out spoilers for some movies. But don't you worry, these so-and-so spoilers will have no bearing in the way you feel (or how you'd take the film) as I've come upon some of the movies through spoilers myself (well, experience-wise). There's no guarantee that you'll be left crying in watching the entire film but sure there are scenes that will make you cry a lot... even in a week after you've watched the films when the scenes just jump at your reverie. And of course, expect death (for how else will you be able to cry? duh).

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Up (2009)

Up 2009
This is an animated story of a grumpy old man in his quest to reach a famous falls in Venezuela. With the whole neighborhood giving up their lands to commercialization and his small house the sole eyesore of an industrialized community, there's nothing left for him to do but to flee... with his house. Setting up balloons to carry him and his house away, he's about to embark the greatest adventure in his life. He'd always been alone ever since his wife's death and so will he be in his flighty journey... or so he thought, for a fat kid wound up in his very-open-up-in-the-air front porch.

You can hit me if you've never cried on the first 10 minutes of the film. I'll bet my mother's life on it, that love story was way better than Twilight. JK, that was too much.

Hachi: a Dog's Tale (2009)

Hachi (2009)
Hachi's story is based upon real events. An Akita Inu, named Hachiko, had been waiting for his master for 9 years when his master refused to show up at his usual spot at Tokyo's busiest train station. This master was a professor at Tokyo University and had a cerebral hemorrhage in the middle of a class in 1925. A movie had been made in Japan just some years after Hachiko's death. Richard Geer, being a fan of the old film and the real story behind was so moved that he decided to recreate the film. This time, set in modern-day America. And he did so amazingly, overpassing the old film to an extent in my humble opinion. Now, it's not how the master died that made this film worth your tears (as he's going to die early in the film) but the entire experience of watching a hopeful dog, going in and about its life as it waits for its master to turn up even in its death.

Trivia: Hachiko has his own bronze statue in his honor at Shibuya train station. In Hachiko's lifetime, the Akita Inu was at the brink of extinction as there were only 9 pure-breds alive then, including Hachiko. Due to Hachiko's loyalty, the Japs saw Akita Inu as a decent breed of dog and have since then breed them by the number.

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

The NeverEnding Story (1984)
In the middle of a street chase by 3 bullies in school, Bastian sought refuge at a bookstore where he chanced upon a book on a table. As he began to read, the shop owner caught and reprimanded him but later lent to him the book. And thus begins the story of Atreyu in his quest to save his fantastical kingdom from oblivion.

If you've watched this movie as a kid, there's nothing more heartbreaking than watching a horse breaking its will to despair.

The Killing Fields (1984)


The Killing Fields (1984)
Set in the 70s, Killing Fields is a story of the journey of a group of foreign journalists in their quest of catching the story of the capture of the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh at the hands of the communist group Khmer Rouge. Of course, journalists will have to cover the life of some locals if not ask for their assistance. Eventually, they earn the friendship of a local man whose experiences will be the pinnacle of the story. About 3 million died and are disposed in a field that is now called the Killing Fields, Coca-cola bottles once again helped save the lives of a set of journalists (I saw another movie covering another event), and journalists struggle for a safe pass out of the country. But what will happen to their local friends once they leave?

It is in this moment, when they couldn't get their friends over the border that sets off the crying time, prompting a classmate in our film-viewing session when referring to creating fake passports to cry, “Why was our printer not invented in their time?” Not only that, we love the movie so much, we let our classmate declare to the renting establishment that we lost the VHS just so we could keep a copy for the school. Oh, those were the days.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
This tells a story of a woeful plight of two young siblings, a teenage boy and a toddler girl, in their orphaned life after the bombing of Hiroshima. Bleak and glazed with dark overtones, it's a gripping story, one that will haunt you for the rest of your life, just like the author.

Grave of the Fireflies is a depiction of a true story of the animated film's author during his youth. While the boy died in the film, the author lives on with guilt. His little sister would often catch fireflies in her playtime as a distraction for despair, what with their blinking lights. She'd catch so many, unaware of their vulnerability that they'd die in hunger in her snare. The next day, she'd dig holes to bury them. Just like the fireflies, the siblings along with other orphans are ensnared to hunger when there's no higher figure to watch over them. The author felt so conscientious that he was not able to do anything that his younger sister was ensnared to death.

The Girl Who Leapt through Time (2006)

The Girl Who Leapt through Time (2006)
A Japanese animated film of a teenage girl and her adventures upon discovering an object of time. All she has to do is jump a great length and she will be brought to an earlier point in time. But this time machine has a limit, a mark shown in her wrist as a warning.

All had been so much fun until after reaching the limit, an accident occured and nothing has ever been the same again.

My Sassy Girl (2001)

My Sassy Girl (2001)
A funny Korean story of a guy and his adventurous accidental love life with a disaster that happens to be a pretty girl. It is a masterful blend of comedy, romance and drama, accompanied by some action and beautiful music (Cannon by Pachalbel) that it redefined a new expectation of the Korean film industry. I could attest that it was due to this film that the Korean halyu in the field of film had made its way to the world. It even has its own Hollywood version.

Windstruck (2004)

Windstruck (2004)
With the popularity of Sassy Girl, a spin-off of the Sassy Girl's first love story became necessary. And thus, Windstruck was born. The two movies don't coincide in the same universe but Windstruck does bore shocking similarities to that of Sassy Girl's romantic demise. It's still remarkably funny but not as-funny-as-hell for the drama takes over the whole plot. The same actress (Jun Ji-hyun) for Sassy Girl still played the coveted female protagonist's role and she's still as wonderful.

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

An enthralling story of two brothers and their struggle when they were unwillingly drafted into the South Korean Army following after the Korean War. Loss of home, hunger, separation and a lover's death are just few of the woes that the brothers have to bear. Armed with gritty realism and fantastic acting, it will take the masochist out of you as you feel their pain for 3 hours... and yet not suffer when time's barely noticeable.

Miracle in Cell Number no. 7 (2013)

Miracle at Cell Number no. 7 (2013)
This is a quest of a lawyer to clear her deceased mentally-challenged father's name of a crime he never comitted. Initially set at a court trial, the movie gradually progressed into a heartbreaking story as the lawyer's life story unveils from when she was a little girl with her father having nothing to do in his life but to provide her with her needs and to make her always happy. 90's kids can totally relate to the time-period when you could say it all began with Sailor Moon.

La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful) (1997)

La Vita è Bella (1997)
Set in 1939, Life is Beautiful is a story of a way-beyond-hilarious Italian in his quest for taking the hands of a beautiful woman who "fell in his arms from above", and keeping a happy life with her after. Halfway into the film, what was supposed to be a beautiful love story turned into a history-laden film when he and his son were taken by the Nazis that I felt hoodwinked from watching a romantic-comedy into watching a horrifying documentary. Don't worry, it's hauntingly beautiful. Being a funny man himself, he spares his son the horrors of the entire shipping of Jews to a death camp by telling him otherwise of what the journey was about. They were merely joining a game and the first prize is acquiring a real tank, for his son loves his tank toy. The film was both heart-warming and heart-wrenching that you'll warm up to it at the first minute and your gut be torn when the father was still keeping it together, guising himself funny for the sake of his son whom he coerced into hiding inside a postbox shortly before his death, just mere hours before the Americans hit.

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