I don't know about you, but I am a huge "sobber" at the movies. So much so that, because I feel so embarrassed by my (spontaneous) behaviour, if I get an inkling that a particular movie is going to be teary, I altogether skip watching the movie in a public place.
Check out this other self-confessed "cryer" and her story: Confession Corner: Crying at the Movies
Okay, so we have established the fact that I am an accomplished weeper. Give me anything; a happy ending, a sad ending, a good book, God's beautiful world, a hug from dad, or even a rainy day; all these could make tears well up in the corner of my eyes. The funny thing is I know some people who weep at the movies, but are rather stoic once they emerge out of the theatre and into their daily lives. Wonder why that happens?
While doing a bit of reading for this post, I came across this column about why people cry at the movies. The author mentions three reasons why people who are seemingly emotionless suddenly become crybabies (literally).
- Human Drama Unfolds Before our Eyes
- Emotional Magic of the Movie Musical Score
- Cinematography Enhances Experience
Read the rest of the post, here: Cinema Therapy — How Movies Stir Up Emotions
But, I am not interested in the hows and whys of crying at the movies. I am here to tell you about 5 classic films that will surely make you reach for your tissue box. Take a look.
I don't have to talk about the plot or history of the film. The film in its entirety, the loving marriage, the unfaithfulness, the illegitimate son, the step-mother, all are perfect ingredients for a massive tear-jerker, and I was not spared. Watch the movie and know why.
This film is what inspired me to write this post in the first place. As it ran yesterday on Star Movies, I could not help but shedding a tear or two (even after an embarrassing crying session at the theatre where I watched it for the first time). There is just something about having a pet that makes a movie all the more teary; the next couple of suggestions will tell you more.
This is Walt Disney's classic offering of an unlikely friendship between adversaries. A baby fox and hound grow up together not knowing that they are supposed to be enemies. Does friendship overcome all? Watch, cry a little and find out.
I remember watching this film when it was released worldwide. The touching story of a boy and a killer whale and especially its release back into the wild is just beautiful, one of my all-time favourites. Don't miss the scene where Willy the killer whale jumps high over the boy into the open ocean, and finds its family again.
I coaxed some of my friends (in different cities) to watch it before I did, because I was scared. And all of them warned me to 'take a tissue box'. As you can well imagine, I didn't want to embarrass myself in the theatre again (So DVD it was!). Aamir Khan's superb production and Darsheel Safary's heart-warming tale of dyslexia, brought about a film that is all about the "sniff-factor". I am warning you, tissues ARE required.
What are some of your favourite tearjerker movies? Don't forget to leave your suggestions in the comments box.
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