Although it seems little weird when people loosen their purse strings to buy tears in exchange, but it is true. Here we are talking about those sad-film addicts who love watching colossal tragical movies on big screen. How it happens, is a sure-shot question of curiosity for people like me. This phenomenon of neurobiology really intrigues me sometime. The theory says that watching sad films lead people to get reflective as they compare and contrast their own life with the life of on-screen characters and they end up feeling happy about themselves. When we empathize with other people (even fictitious), the feel-good hormone “oxytocin,” is released which prompts us to care for others. We all know that, making someone cry is tougher than making him/her laugh. So giving a big salute to those filmmakers who make us shed some precious drops, we present to you a list of top 10 greatest tear-jerkers of past two decades.
10. My Sister’s Keeper:
In this 2009 drama, “My Sister’s Keeper,” directed by Nick Cassavetes, Anna Fitzgerald is supposed to be the genetic match for Kate, her older sibling, who’s suffering from leukemia. Anna is expected to donate her kidney to save her sister, but she is hesitant about this, since she knows that it will debilitate her personal future as well. The film stars Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin and Walter Raney.
9. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas:
Based on the eponymous novel, “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas,” this 2008 drama film is set in the backdrop of World War II. Bruno, the young and impressionable son of the commandant is bonding with a Jewish boy from other side of fence. The story takes several twists and turns.The film is directed by Mark Herman and it stars Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Vera Fermiga, Amber Beattie and Rupert Friend.
8. A Walk to Remember:
This is a 2002 coming-of-age romantic film, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. In the film, a prank played on a fellow teenager student goes wrong but others take it too seriously and there are further consequences, which you need to watch it to know it. The film’s directed by Adam Shankman and it stars Shane West and Mandy Moore.
7. Boys Don’t Cry:
It is a 1999 romantic drama film, directed by Kimberly Peirce. The life story of Brandon Teena, a transgendered teen with identity crisis . The central character Teena assumed herself as a male until the truth was unveiled to her that she’s born biologically female. The film stars Hilary Swank, Chloe Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard and Brendan.
6. The Pursuit of Happyness:
The film “The Pursuit of Happyness,” is a 2006 American biographical account based on Chris Gardner’s year-old struggle with homelessness. It has been regularly approved by many as the ‘triumph of the spirit’ cinematic experience. The film is directed by Gabriele Muccino and includes Will Smith as Gardner, a homeless salesman-turned stockbroker and his son Jaden Smith.
5. I Am Sam:
It is a 2001 American drama film, starring Sean Penn, who is a victim of learning disability. This so-called mentally retarded man braves epic struggle for securing the custody of his little daughter. The film is written and directed by Jessie Nelson and also has Michelle Pfeiffer, who’s a lawyer in the film.
4. My Life:
In the film, “My Life,” Michael Keaton plays a soon-to-be father who’s been diagnosed with kidney cancer. He’s left with some counted months to live; so he documents his final days and compiles it all on videotapes to pass onto his son. The film will keep you glued from the beginning to the end.
This is one of the best love stories ever. People can’t help falling in love with Jack and Rose. In the film, Rose, a young girl who is engaged to be married to be one from the same rich standing, falls in love with Jack, a free-spirited, artist on the Titanic ship that sets sail on its first journey across the Atlantic. The film is superbly directed by James Cameron while it stars LeonardioDicaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose.
2. The Notebook:
The film “The Notebook,” is a 2004 American romantic drama film, directed by Nick Cassavetes. In this film, a poor, but passionate youth falls for a rich young woman and inspires her. But the chemistry of Noah and Allie fades because of the social differences. The film captures their trajectory through decades. The film stars Gena Rowlands and James Garner in lead.
1. P.S. I Love You:
This is a 2007 drama that was directed by Richard Lagravenese. The film’s story revolves around a widow, who discovers that her late husband has left some wisdom words to help her overcome the troubles of life, to ease her pain and to start a new life ahead. The film’s prominent cast includes, Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.