Listening to the radio the other day, I hear this from the host:
“Crying is scientifically proven to benefit your health”.
Now, as I’ve previously discussed – in length – I am a cancer, which apparently makes me highly sensitive by nature and prone to crying about anything. And I must say I’m personally happy to find out there’s a flip side to all the crying we sensitive beings have supposedly been doing all our life – our long, healthy life.
A lot of times people take vulnerability and the ability to have feelings and emotions to be weak, but that’s not it. We’re just taking good care of ourselves. And you should probably be doing that, too. Psychologists say “crying activates the body in a healthy way”. Crying releases stress, and is therefore a great practice when it comes to staying mentally healthy.
Some cities in Japan now have “crying clubs” called rui-katsu (meaning, literally, “tear-seeking”), where people come together to indulge in good old-fashioned sobfests. And to help the tears flow, participants watch tearjerkers: “whether you’ve had a tough time at work, or trouble with a diet, or relationship problems, crying can help you reset”. You can read more about it on this very interesting piece by The Atlantic.
So here are 8 movies that will make you want to shed some tears – and heal your body:
After his brother’s death, Lee Chandler is named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew, Patrick. This forces him to return to his hometown and confront his past.
Weepy rating: heartbreaking and sad, so be prepared.
Struggling single father Chris (Will Smith) is evicted from his apartment and forced to live in shelters with his son (played by his real-life son, Jaden), while trying to make ends meet and carve out a better life.
Weepy rating: Sad, and heart-warming too.
A Jewish father and his family are surrounded by Nazi death camps. Living in a hostile environment, he uses humor to shield his young son from the grim realities of war.
Weepy rating: Sobbing. It’ll leaving you sobbing.
During World War Two, 8-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin and take up residence near a concentration camp. Whilst his father is embroiled with the inner workings of the Nazi party, lonely Bruno wanders the surrounding countryside and befriends the boy in the striped pyjamas through the barbed wire fence of the concentration camp.
Weepy Rating: This one will break your heart.
Set in the high heat of an early 1980s Italian summer, Elio has quite the awakening when Oliver, a handsome as hell American student, interns for his father. As their rooms back onto each other, a series of intense love scenes ensue in a real coming of age tale.
Weepy Rating: If you somehow don’t find yourself crying at any point throughout the movie, just wait until you get to the end of the credits for one gut-wrenching cry.
At 21, Tim (Gleeson) is told by his father (Nighy) that the men in their family can travel through time. Only backwards and only in their own lifetime, but still, pretty handy when it comes to perfecting a first date with a woman he’s crazy about.
Weepy rating: Richard Curtis is one of my favourite directors and he knows exactly how to make people cry telling ordinary stories about ordinary people. This is a beautiful one that reminds us of the things that really matter in life. Heartwarming and tear inducing.
The story of a lion cub who just couldn’t wait to be king but faces a series of heart breaking stumbling blocks along the way.
Weepy Rating: This one has been making people everywhere cry since 1994.
Seventeen-year-old Rose hails from an aristocratic family and is set to be married. When she boards the Titanic, she meets Jack Dawson, an artist, and falls in love with him.
Weepy Rating:I’ve watched Titanic 1000 times and have cried every. single. time.
Have a good cry, my friend.