13 Movies Guaranteed To Emotionally Wreck You

Sometimes you're in the mood for a movie that doesn't just make you cry but completely wrecks you emotionally. A recent online discussion goes over such movies. Here are some of our favorites.

1. 50/50 (2011)

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The film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anna Kendrick, mixes comedy, drama, and plenty of heartbreak.

Adam Lerner (Gordon-Levitt) is a 27-year-old public radio journalist who is diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his spine. The movie focuses on how Adam deals with his mortality, as he's given a 50% chance to live, and how it affects those around him.

2. Coco (2017)

Coco Animated Movie(2017)
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This Disney and Pixar film is known for being an emotional roller coaster.

The story follows Miguel, a young aspiring musician who dreams big despite his family's ban on music. Miguel's adventure takes him through the Land of the Dead as he discovers the true story of his family's history.

3. Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar Anne Hathaway Wes Bentley
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Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic is as ambitious as it is likely to make you reach for the Kleenex.

It follows a group of NASA scientists who attempt to save mankind by discovering a distant planet for humanity to inhabit after Earth is rendered unlivable.

4. Blood Diamond (2006)

Blood Diamond
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Blood Diamond is a political war action thriller film. The title references diamonds mined in war zones, then sold to finance conflicts that profit diamond companies and warlords globally. The movie centers around the Sierra Leone Civil War of 1991–2002. 

5. The Color Purple (1985)

The Color Purple
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The Color Purple is a coming-of-age period drama following a young Black girl transformed while discovering her self-worth with the help of two strong women. The film highlights the struggles of Black women during the twentieth century, including poverty, racism, domestic violence, and pedophilia.

6. The Green Mile (1999)

The Green Mile Tom Hanks, David Morse, Barry Pepper, Michael Clarke Duncan
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The Green Mile is a fantasy drama set during the Great Depression based on Stephen King's novel. It tells the story of an enigmatic death row inmate with supernatural gifts and the correctional officers who witness it. 

7. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Grave of The Fireflies
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Grave of the Fireflies is a Japanese anime war tragedy film based on Akiyuki Nosaka's semi-autobiographical story. It follows two siblings trying desperately to survive in the final months of World War II. 

8. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

A Woman Under the Influence(1974) Movie
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A Woman Under the Influence is a classic drama following an unstable woman with volatile behavior leading to her husband committing her to an institution for six months. He raises their trio of children, which holds various surprises while awaiting her return. 

9. Dear Zachary (2008)

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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is a documentary chronicling the story of the writer, director, and producer Kurt Kueene's friend Andrew Bagby. Sadly, Andy ended a relationship with a woman, and she murdered him. She then fled to Canada, where she walked free on bail.

She revealed she was pregnant shortly after and named the child Zachary. So Kueene created this cinematic scrapbook filled with interviews with loved ones and associates of Andrew honoring Zachary's father. At the same time, the family fights for custody.

10. House of Sand and Fog (2003)

House of Sand and Fog Movie
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House of Sand and Fog is a sad psychological drama regarding the battle between a young woman and an Iranian immigrant family over the ownership of a house in Northern California, eventually leading to the destruction of four lives. 

11. About Time (2013)

About Time Margot Robbie
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About Time is a sci-fi comedy-drama following a time traveler who falls in love, and through his charm and time travel abilities, she falls in love with him. However, he soon discovers that he can't change history or protect himself or his loved ones from life's daily problems.

12. Sophies Choice (1982)

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Sophie's Choice is a drama film following a Polish immigrant in America living with a dark secret from her past. She lives with her lover and a young writer in Brooklyn who soon learns she's a Holocaust survivor. The story flashes between her pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz and the present day. 

13. Titanic (1997)

Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio Kate Winslet
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Titanic is a romance-disaster story with historical and fictionalized accountings of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. James Cameron did a phenomenal job ensuring the historically accurate details surrounding the fictional love story between Jack and Rose. The tragedy is much more devastating when you understand everything outside of them happened, and in the way, it is told. 

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