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After a couple of traumatic experiences from when I was seven years old, I made it my mission to not watch movies that would make me cry. I didn't want to embarrass my family any more than I already had since they had to carry me out of certain PG-rated movies while I wailed as though I had just gotten a tetanus shot at the doctor's office. Plus, there was that big pressure from society that keeps telling us that men aren't allowed to cry (whatever). Back then you couldn’t show your weaknesses on the playground or anywhere else.
Years later, however, I find that I don't want to hide from such emotionally draining experiences anymore. In a world which constantly beats us down through repression and the grind of a daily routine, it is nice to feel some sort of emotion every once in a while. Movies that shake you emotionally do so for a good reason. Most people want to go to movies to be entertained and have a good laugh, and that's fine. But seriously, what's wrong with the occasional movie that ends up making you shed tears?
The ten movies I have listed here have either left weeping an avalanche of tears, my nerves shattered, or they left me wanting to get seriously drunk after seeing them. They are listed here in no particular order and are equally melancholy in their own ways: