1. Romeo + Juliet
The Shakespeare play is one of the most tragic love stories of all time, so this is kind of a no-brainer, but it’s Baz Luhrmann’s gorgeous treatment of the film that gets the vote in our book.
2. A Walk to Remember
Not to spoil it for you, but Landon’s determination to make sure Jamie crossed everything off her bucket list before she passed away from leukaemia just raised the bar for significant others everywhere.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things are arguably one of the best-loved teen comedies about, well, love, of all time. You’ll cheer along with every moment during which Kat and Patrick fight and make up. Heath Ledger will be badly missed!
4. Boys Don’t Cry
Based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was brutally raped and murdered in 1993, the film was both critically acclaimed and generally well-received by the LGBTQ community when it was released. Hilary Swank won an Oscar for her portrayal of Brandon for this movie.
5. My Girl
Young Macaulay Culkin! Baby Anna Chlumsky! Pre-teen angst and one of the most tragic deaths in a movie about kids, possibly ever. We dare you not to cry.
6. Save the Last Dance
Sara (Julia Stiles) is dealing not only with moving to an unfamiliar neighbourhood in Chicago and giving up her dreams of ballet but with her mother’s death – and the belief that if it wasn’t for her, her mum would still be alive. Chenille (Kerry Washington) and her brother Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), and the lengths each person goes to for those they care about will make you feel everything.
7. The Fault in Our Stars
Pop quiz: what part of this movie will make you cry? Is it A, Shailene Woodley’s perfect portrayal of a teen battling cancer, B, Ansel Elgort’s turn as a teen whose cancer comes back, C, the depiction of a first love in the face of immense sadness, D, the fact that the book made you cry? If you answered E, all of the above, you are right.
8. The Notebook
We mean it. Need an explanation?
9. Brokeback Mountain
The doomed-before-it-began story of Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, based on the short story by Annie Proulx, is guaranteed to make you cry. It’s as poignant and as relevant as ever, even though we live nearly 60 years after Ennis and Jack first met.
10. The Vow
If watching Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams learn how to fall in love again after she suffers a terrible car accident doesn’t make you feel things, consider this: It was based on a true story. Crying now? We thought so.
11. The Wedding Planner
This is another one of those films that will make you cry but in happy ways. And Massimo, who gave us the gift of a young Justin Chambers, can make us mac and cheese any day.
12. Me Before You
Louisa – who has a whimsical zest for life but zero ambitions — works as Will’s caretaker, a young man who’s paralysed in an accident. They make an unlikely pairing, but as two spend time together, she expands both his worldview and her own. The ending will destroy you, so have your tissues handy.