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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

TragicEmotionalTear-jerkerDramatic

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Hilary Swank  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Jay Baruchel

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Hilary Swank  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Jay Baruchel

Live by Night (2016)

Thought provokingViolentEmotionalTear-jerker

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Zoe Saldana  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sienna Miller

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Zoe Saldana  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sienna Miller

Now Is Good (2012)

Tear-jerkerRomanticBeautifulDramatic

A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ol Parker
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Jeremy Irvine  •  Kaya Scodelario  •  Olivia Williams

A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ol Parker
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Jeremy Irvine  •  Kaya Scodelario  •  Olivia Williams

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Glenn Close  •  Haley Bennett  •  Freida Pinto

An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Glenn Close  •  Haley Bennett  •  Freida Pinto

Sleepwalking (2008)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

When her boyfriend is arrested for marijuana possession, Joleen Reedy and her 11-year-old daughter, Tara, take refuge with Joleen's aimless brother, James. Joleen soon runs off with a truck driver, and James is unable to meet his responsibilities. After Child ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Maher
CAST:  Nick Stahl  •  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Charlize Theron  •  Woody Harrelson

When her boyfriend is arrested for marijuana possession, Joleen Reedy and her 11-year-old daughter, Tara, take refuge with Joleen's aimless brother, James. Joleen soon runs off with a truck driver, and James is unable to meet his responsibilities. After Child ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Maher
CAST:  Nick Stahl  •  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Charlize Theron  •  Woody Harrelson

The Kindness of Strangers (2019)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Clara and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice, who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lone Scherfig
CAST:  Andrea Riseborough  •  Tahar Rahim  •  Zoe Kazan  •  Bill Nighy

Clara and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice, who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lone Scherfig
CAST:  Andrea Riseborough  •  Tahar Rahim  •  Zoe Kazan  •  Bill Nighy

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  River Phoenix  •  Keanu Reeves  •  James Russo  •  William Richert

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  River Phoenix  •  Keanu Reeves  •  James Russo  •  William Richert

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Tear-jerkerThought provokingInspiringDark

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill

Love Is All You Need? (2016)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Set in a world where homosexuality is the norm, a small Indiana town is rocked to its core when Jude, the star quarterback of the local university football team, strikes up a love affair with Ryan, a sports journalism major. When the straight couple is outed, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kim Rocco Shields
CAST:  Tate Birchmore  •  Briana Evigan  •  Jacob Rodier  •  Tyler Blackburn

Set in a world where homosexuality is the norm, a small Indiana town is rocked to its core when Jude, the star quarterback of the local university football team, strikes up a love affair with Ryan, a sports journalism major. When the straight couple is outed, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kim Rocco Shields
CAST:  Tate Birchmore  •  Briana Evigan  •  Jacob Rodier  •  Tyler Blackburn

As I Lay Dying (2013)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Franco
CAST:  James Franco  •  Danny McBride  •  Logan Marshall-Green  •  Ahna O'Reilly

Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Franco
CAST:  James Franco  •  Danny McBride  •  Logan Marshall-Green  •  Ahna O'Reilly

A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shainee Gabel
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Gabriel Macht  •  Sonny Shroyer

A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shainee Gabel
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Gabriel Macht  •  Sonny Shroyer

X/Y (2014)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

As Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states, X/Y reveals the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone and what is at stake when that connection fades.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Piers Williams
CAST:  America Ferrera  •  Ryan Piers Williams  •  Melonie Diaz  •  Jon Paul Phillips

As Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states, X/Y reveals the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone and what is at stake when that connection fades.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Piers Williams
CAST:  America Ferrera  •  Ryan Piers Williams  •  Melonie Diaz  •  Jon Paul Phillips

All I See Is You (2017)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Blake Lively  •  Jason Clarke  •  Yvonne Strahovski  •  Danny Huston

A blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Blake Lively  •  Jason Clarke  •  Yvonne Strahovski  •  Danny Huston

I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story (2019)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

The journey of a young African American girl who navigated over 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities before age 18, and the one woman, Jeanne, who believed in her. After Jeanne’s unsuccessful attempt to adopt Regina due to a racially motivated ruling, their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janice Cooke
CAST:  Sherri Saum  •  Monique Coleman  •  Kim Hawthorne  •  Ginnifer Goodwin

The journey of a young African American girl who navigated over 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities before age 18, and the one woman, Jeanne, who believed in her. After Jeanne’s unsuccessful attempt to adopt Regina due to a racially motivated ruling, their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janice Cooke
CAST:  Sherri Saum  •  Monique Coleman  •  Kim Hawthorne  •  Ginnifer Goodwin

Mean Creek (2004)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their actions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacob Aaron Estes
CAST:  Rory Culkin  •  Scott Mechlowicz  •  Trevor Morgan  •  Josh Peck

Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their actions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacob Aaron Estes
CAST:  Rory Culkin  •  Scott Mechlowicz  •  Trevor Morgan  •  Josh Peck

Reservation Road (2007)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men react in unexpected ways as a reckoning looms in the near future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry George
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sean Curley

Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men react in unexpected ways as a reckoning looms in the near future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry George
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sean Curley

South Of Pico (2007)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

"South of Pico" is an emotionally charged drama in which four strangers witness an unimaginable tragedy and are catapulted into the defining moment of their lives. Set in present day Los Angeles, a chauffeur, a waitress, a doctor and a young boy each deal with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernst Gossner
CAST:  Gina Torres  •  Kip Pardue  •  Henry Simmons  •  Christina Hendricks

"South of Pico" is an emotionally charged drama in which four strangers witness an unimaginable tragedy and are catapulted into the defining moment of their lives. Set in present day Los Angeles, a chauffeur, a waitress, a doctor and a young boy each deal with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernst Gossner
CAST:  Gina Torres  •  Kip Pardue  •  Henry Simmons  •  Christina Hendricks

A Million Little Pieces (2019)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A young drug-addled writer approaching the bottom of his descent submits to two months of agonizing detox at a treatment center in Minnesota.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Taylor-Johnson
CAST:  Charlie Hunnam  •  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Ryan Hurst  •  Billy Bob Thornton

A young drug-addled writer approaching the bottom of his descent submits to two months of agonizing detox at a treatment center in Minnesota.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Taylor-Johnson
CAST:  Charlie Hunnam  •  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Ryan Hurst  •  Billy Bob Thornton

Pieces of a Woman (2020)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

When a young mother's home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kornél Mundruczó
CAST:  Vanessa Kirby  •  Benny Safdie  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Molly Parker

When a young mother's home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kornél Mundruczó
CAST:  Vanessa Kirby  •  Benny Safdie  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Molly Parker

Ratcatcher (1999)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a vulnerable 14 year ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Ramsay
CAST:  William Eadie  •  Tommy Flanagan  •  Mandy Matthews  •  Michelle Stewart

James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a vulnerable 14 year ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Ramsay
CAST:  William Eadie  •  Tommy Flanagan  •  Mandy Matthews  •  Michelle Stewart
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