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Top 10 Emotional Films Every Movie Lover Should Watch

Top 10 Emotional Films Every Movie Lover Should Watch

Movies are a great way to relieve the mind and soul of stress. They help us relax and also while away time

However, this is not the case for some movies.

Over time, filmmakers have produced some movies that are packed with drama and emotions.

Below is a pick of the top 10 emotional films that movie lovers should watch. Our listing is in no particular order. 

1. The Green Mile

This is one of Tom Hanks' best films, as well as Michael Clarke Duncan's best performance.

Although I wouldn't have expected anything less from Stephen King, the acting was outstanding, and the story is great.

Percy Wetmore, played by Doug Hutchison, is a fantastic representation of the character from the novel and a model for how to play a character that, once presented, the audience wants to punch in the face after every word he says.

The performance of Paul Edgecomb by Tom Hanks is faultless, and the performance of John Coffey by Michael Clarke Duncan was the best of his career.

2. Forest Gump

Forest Gump has to be one of the most emotional movies ever made.

This film will surely make even the strongest of hearts cry and think about their personal lives and relationships in the past and the future.

Forest Gump is a life-changing movie that is guaranteed to have a major effect on film lovers. 

3. The Boy In The Stripped Pyjamas 

This movie broke many of us. We have watched documentaries on the holocaust since we were young, complete with the body pits, starving children, and executions. 

But this movie broke many of us in a way none of those did.

The character of Elsa was what brought it home for me in particular. She was oblivious at first, then, horrified at what was happening, she tried to convince her husband to stop.

Her wails of grief over Bruno's abandoned clothing will forever be in my memory.

4. Titanic 

It's not just the love story that made Titanic tragic. It's the entire thing.

The mother, putting her two children to sleep; the old couple, who simply just lay beside each other; a woman, dead, baby in her arms; the musicians playing.

All these as they gave up their chance for survival because it is slim to none.

5. Schindler's List

For one of the most inappropriate and darkest movies ever made, it is mandatory viewing for anyone and everyone at the age of 15 and beyond. 

So beautifully made and powerful that it brings some of the most hardened people to tears. 

How a man famed for money and power with a soft spot could turn into the greatest war hero? After the ending of Schindler's List, most of us couldn't hold our tears! 

6. Up. 

It's strange to see a movie that makes one cry at the beginning and also at the end but at the same time, I found myself laughing and enjoying it the entire time. 

Unlike most movies it doesn't focus on the sad parts, it doesn't build up the sadness to make us cry, it builds up the sadness to make the message and the adventure all the more enjoyable.

It's a 10/0 movie despite how sad the storyline is. 

7. Saving Private Ryan

Watching this movie should be a prerequisite to becoming an American citizen.

Saving Private Ryan is too good for words and shows what Americans can accomplish when united in the course of defeating true evil.

This film was so fulfilling and action-packed and sad at the same time. It made most of us understand just a tenth of what these amazing soldiers do for our countries and other soldiers. 

8. The Pursuit Of Happiness

This is probably the saddest but most beautiful movie most of us have ever seen. Will Smith never fails to impress in every movie/T.V. show/anything he has ever been in. 

The Pursuit of Happiness helps us to understand what life is all about and it teaches a lot of lessons to both young and old.

One of the most relevant lessons is that we should not lose hope when we are in bad times.

9. The Elephant Man

From the beginning to the end of The Elephant Man, I seriously felt nothing but sadness. I was a mess and I felt sober for days. 

The movie is emotional because of how one of the major characters was treated. Humans are sick. That's how sad this movie was.

The movie is heartbreaking! It doesn't involve a love story or a revenge story, it's just about one unfortunate man who wants to be accepted in society. John Hurts' performance was outstanding here.

10. Requiem For A Dream

This movie is packed with so many raw emotions it made me feel sick for a week. It follows each character to unimaginable lows.

The only reason this movie is not number one is that most people have never seen it. I don't blame them. Just the thought of this movie puts me in a bad place.


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