April showers… bring May flowers.
Or so I’m hoping, with the bizarre weather we’ve been having lately here in Canada. But while it’s cold, rainy and—gasp—snowy outside, the best thing to do is to settle in for some good movies.
When the idea was proposed to write about movies that made us cry, I jumped at the chance to cover this topic, and not because there are so many that have but because there are so very few! I joke that I’ve got a cold heart when it comes to movies/TV shows that are supposed to evoke tears, but there have been a few that have gotten me misty-eyed.
This is the only movie in this list that has made me full-out bawl and sob. Maybe it was my mindset at the time and I didn’t have intentions or expectations going into it that it was meant to be a tearjerker. Maybe it’s because I am so unfamiliar with such strong emotions during a movie that I even remember the exact moment when the floodgates were let loose: it was their fight by the car, where they shove each other around. From that point (which I think was probably only 30 minutes or less into the movie) until the very end of that two-hour film, my friend and I were a mess. Truth be told, it left me pretty depressed and upset for a while even after leaving the theatre.
Starring a young Robert Sean Leonard and Christian Bale, this 1993 movie set in Nazi Germany was a film we watched during high school music class. It introduced us to that era of life, of dance and of music and it really got me interested in swing. While I didn’t bawl like I did with The Notebook, one particular scene still stands out in my mind that got my eyes prickling — a kid yelling into the distance “Swing heil!” While some have chuckled at the melodramatic moment, I embraced the idea the movie was trying to get across.
Another movie that I had watched during high school, Simon Birch is based on the John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meany. I adored this book when I read it in English class and the movie definitely tugged at my (cold) heart strings as well. To be honest, I don’t remember too much about the movie and really what point it was that made me teary-eyed but it’s a fantastic book and I really enjoyed the movie.
Not movies, but for TV shows, I seem to get a sappy with the weddings. Maybe because they’re between characters that I’ve watched every week but The Office’s Jim & Pam wedding and Friends’ Phoebe & Mike ones come to mind. The endearingly sweet moments coupled with the love and joy that those actors bring to their characters really translates on the small screen.
Besides the first one, my other choices are probably pretty unconventional. Which movies (or shows) have made you cry?