Ohhh Sad Movies. Always. Make Me. Cry.

Couple of days ago, I solicited suggestions for all-time tear-jerker movies, the kind that will give you swollen eyes and runny nose. And here’s what I got:

Rizza: A Moment to Remember

Kamille: I Am David

Andre: The Notebook

Raymond: Simon Birch, The Love of Siam

Jay: Never Let Me Go, Grave of the Fireflies, Toy Story 3, Up

Connet: Joy Luck Club, Requiem for a Dream, The Lives of Others

Carl: Dancer in the Dark

Laurence: Cinema Paradiso

Seph: Men of Honor, Maalaala Mo Kaya (The Movie)

Joseph: Lovely Bones

Jayson: Hachiko, Mr. Holland’s Opus

Ryan: Mrs. Dalloway

Davie: Moment to Remember, Daisy, A Millionaire’s First Love

Joel: One More Chance

Weng: 50 First Dates, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Land Before Time

Maeng: Everthing’s Fine

Iby: Magnifico

Graycel: My Sister’s Keeper

Whew. 30 suggestions.

That night I posted my curious question, I was hoping anyone will throw in an effective tear jerker, since my stuffy nose couldn’t give me a decent sleep, and good old reliable Tiger Balm wasn’t reliable.

And so, I forced the mucus out: by crying.

Crying is not as easy to induce as laughter. I could’ve thought of Depressing Memories In My Life, but when I think about them, I start rationalizing, putting things into perspective, then I forget about crying. So movies it is.

Thank god for wonderful friends and former-students-turned-friends –they made me cry. From the very first suggestion, Moment to Remember, I broke down in tears. The last half of the Korean movie saw me shaking and sobbing in front of the laptop, beside a box of Kleenex, while hugging a pillow, like I’m a depressed weirdo who can’t sort shit in her life.

After watching the first movie in this long list, I had a good night sleep, so every night, I would pick a movie from the list, cry, and float in the world of dreams. After a week, I got well. Flu’s gone, no more stuffy nose and excess mucus.

This may sound a little masochistic, but those painfully sad movies made me feel good.

(more on these movies next time. time to go to bed)

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eng
11 years ago

yown…ako din pashare sa list.:) hehe

aileen
11 years ago

sure!

kate
10 years ago

Bakit di ko nakita sa FB thread mo ito? Oh well, huli man daw at magaling, may suggestion pa rin ako: Dancer in the Dark. Hagulgol to the max ako dahil dito.

Manny
Manny
10 years ago
Reply to  kate

Maybe it’s late…you might check this K-Movie More Than Blue.

ai
ai
10 years ago
Reply to  kate

kate, somebody has recommended Dancer in the Dark. it must be really good.

kate
10 years ago

Naalala ko lang: Farewell My Concubine by Kaige Chen. Iniyakan ko rin yung Korean war film na 71 into the Fire. Weird pa kasi umiyak ako when the credits started to roll dahil dun sa last word said during the whole film. Abnormal ata ako. LOL

ai
ai
10 years ago
Reply to  kate

Waaaw, I wanna see that. War films + korean = i could imagine, kate.

kate
kate
10 years ago
Reply to  ai

Haha. In fairness sa Into the Fire, walang Korean boybands and hordes of screaming fangirls. Lume-level nga sa Hollywood ang production na magandang combo sa linis ng cinematography/style ng Korean film makers. ^_^

Charmaine
10 years ago

Tae Guk Gi! (Brotherhood of War) 🙂

ai
ai
10 years ago
Reply to  Charmaine

mmmm sounds tough! thanks for the recommendation.

Elle
Elle
10 years ago

If you have time Ms. Ai, I think you should watch Love Phobia – a 2006 South Korean film – and Koizora (Sky of Love, 2007 Japanese film). I really cried a lot until the last minute of these two movies.. or it is just me? haha.

ai
ai
10 years ago
Reply to  Elle

hahaha nice title! love phobia. im sure it’s not just you. it’s this chemical that korean films are made of. haha thanks for the suggestion!


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