Emotional Facts About Tearjerker Movies

Feel like having a good cry? It’s okay—sometimes you just have to let it all hang out.

Close the blinds, grab a tub of ice cream, a box of tissues, and sit down with any one of these films guaranteed to have you weeping harder than Shirley MacLaine in ...any of her most famous roles.

Besides, you’ll feel better after ugly crying—it’s cathartic (or so says science, #41)! Curl up in a big fluffy blanket and get ready to get a little heavy with 42 emotional facts about tearjerker movies.

Tearjerker Movies Facts

42. Crying is Bonding

Sad films can provoke a feeling of empathy. When empathizing with other people (even if they’re fictional characters), our brains will naturally release oxytocin, engaging certain circuits of the brain that help us and make us want to connect with others.

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41. Let It All Out

Plus, don't you feel better after a good cry—a cathartic release?

Even though sadness is the main association with crying, a survey shows that 85% of women and 73% of men report feeling lighter, better after crying, feeling that it relieves tension and balances emotions.

Tearjerker Movies facts


40. Emotional Wrecks

Despite their passionate onscreen chemistry in The Notebook, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams didn’t get along – at all. They fought onset, yelled and screamed at each other, and ended up dating for two years after.

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The Notebook (2004), New Line Cinema