Drama Movies That Tug at the Heartstrings

Got a box of tissues handy? Then you're ready to curl up with one of our favorite weepy dramas. From heart-tugging animal tales to three-hanky romances, these are the movies to watch on a rainy day with a warm blanket and a cup of something comforting. These tearjerkers span many genres, from period pieces to science fiction, but what ties them together is the heart, emotion, and compassion you'll feel for the characters. If you're looking for additional serious films, try our list of the Best Biopics.

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Poster Image
Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Fly Away Home Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Old Yeller Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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Bridge to Terabithia Movie Poster Image
Beautiful lesson in friendship for young and old.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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It's a Wonderful Life Movie Poster Image
This classic delivers warmth all year long.
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(Release Year: 1946)
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Breakthrough Movie Poster Image
Intense peril in faith- and fact-based tearjerker.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Brian's Song Movie Poster Image
Weepy story of interracial pro football teammates.
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(Release Year: 1971)
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Red Dog Movie Poster Image
Emotional dog tale features drinking, violence, and loss.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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A Shine of Rainbows Movie Poster Image
Magical coming-of-age story is intensely emotional.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Simon Birch Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is touching but too intense for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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An Affair to Remember Movie Poster Image
Made for romantics.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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Dad Movie Poster Image
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'80s tearjerker portrays elderly with depth, dignity.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Steel Magnolias Movie Poster Image
Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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At Eternity's Gate Movie Poster Image
Fine performance in challenging, arty Van Gogh biopic.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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A Bag of Marbles Movie Poster Image
Powerful story of boys' WWII survival has peril, violence.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Burial of Kojo Movie Poster Image
Beautiful indie drama from Ghana has some violence.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Christmas in Conway Movie Poster Image
Poignant tale of devotion explores grief, loss with honesty.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Life Is Beautiful Movie Poster Image
Wrenching Holocaust fable with bittersweet humor.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Lion Movie Poster Image
Great performances in emotional, intense biographical drama.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Public Movie Poster Image
Inspiring story about homelessness has some mature content.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Titanic Movie Poster Image
Great movie, but too intense, racy for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Year of the Dog Movie Poster Image
SNL alum shines as grieving, lonely animal lover.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The Fault in Our Stars Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking love story is a must-see for fans of the book.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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If I Stay Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking but faithful adaptation will please book fans.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Paper Towns Movie Poster Image
Smart, edgy adaptation captures the humor of self-discovery.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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After the Wedding Movie Poster Image
Troubled women, big emotions in quietly devastating drama.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Boy Erased Movie Poster Image
Moving, mature conversion-therapy drama has strong cast.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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If Beale Street Could Talk Movie Poster Image
Mature, beautifully acted drama from "Moonlight" director.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Movie Poster Image
Real-life tearjerker shows how lies hurt, truth heals.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Mustang Movie Poster Image
Soulful horse movie has moments of shocking violence.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Philomena Movie Poster Image
Smart, wrenching, deeply moving drama fine for older teens.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Souvenir Movie Poster Image
Languid, lovely drama is best for patient adults.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Terms of Endearment Movie Poster Image
Glossy, funny, and packs a real emotional wallop.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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The Aftermath Movie Poster Image
Lingerie and tears shed in morally complex historical drama.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Blindspotting Movie Poster Image
Smart, thoughtful dramedy explores race and violence.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Roma Movie Poster Image
Cuaron's personal meditation on family is masterful, mature.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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A Star Is Born Movie Poster Image
Cooper, Lady Gaga shine in tragic story of love, addiction.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Waves Movie Poster Image
Intense drama reflects teen culture; substance use, cursing.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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