There’s nothing like a good movie to warm the heart. Every now and then, we find the need to cleanse ourselves with some tearjerkers that make us human again, compared to the heartless computer-programmed robots that we have become.
If you truly want to restore your faith in humanity and yourself, here are some pretty old and some pretty new movies that have affected generations’ hearts.
10. UP (2009)
This movie has a special place in our hearts, admit it. Especially the story of Carl and Ellie! Also, I sincerely believe that Pixar has never created a cuter boy ever than Russell. He’s adorable, and he’s smart and kind. Such a cutie!
9. Marley & Me (2008)
All dog lovers must have cried their hearts out for this movie. It tells a story of Marley and his bad dog antics that eventually inspired Marley’s owners, John and Jenny, who wrote a column about what their experiences are like. This one’s based on a true story and it would surely inspire some sympathy and affection in your hearts.
8. I Am Sam (2001)
Although this may seem like an old movie for you guys, the story is quite relatable to everyone. This is one of the movies that I cried and cried about, not because it was sad or tragic but because of the struggles Sam and Lucy faced. This father and daughter drama hits right to the core.
7. The Notebook (2004)
This one was a personal favorite of mine back when I was still pretty romantic and emotional. There’s something about the story of Allie and Noah that seems all too real even if it’s just a work of fiction. I always thought that the kind of love they have is exceptional. How cheesy of me.
6. Forrest Gump (1994)
This one’s a classic. Come on, it has Tom Hanks in it! It follows the life of how Forrest has always been seen as stupid and worthless, but he has always remained kind and true to himself. Ain’t that inspiring? Then the next thing you know, he’s out there changing the world and becoming a billionaire! See how inspiring the world could be?
5. Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
Yes, this is an even older movie but it caters to those poets at heart out there who value the meaning of life outside math equations or basketball scores. It’s all about the struggles of young men living in a time of never ending expectations and how one teacher makes them re-learn everything.
4. The Sound of Music (1965)
The hills are truly alive with the sound of music. This is a family movie that is one of the first few films I remember watching and enjoying. It’s like Glee but set during the rise of the Nazi era. Don’t worry, it’s not a gruesome film but rather a story amidst the complications of war. You’ll surely enjoy the song and dance numbers in this flick.
3. Jerry Maguire (1996)
This one’s a classic chick flick with a nice story with an even nicer lesson. Jerry Maguire represents all you go-getters out there and how life can be unfair sometimes but if you really want it, you’d still be able to do all the things you want possible. It also has that classic line, “You had me at hello.” Aww.
2. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
All you mathletes think you’ve had it hard, huh? Well, add paranoia into the equation and I bet you wouldn’t know what to do. But in this movie, John Nash and his wife were able to get through all his struggles and doubts together as he battles through a psychological disease that society does not understand.
1. Schindler’s List (1993)
One of the greatest films of all time, this is definitely a must watch. I thought the same things that you did on how it might be boring and I might not be able to relate to it but trust me: if you have a beating and feeling human heart, you’ll get this movie. Besides, don’t you wanna watch a movie that has been created even before you were born or when you were just an innocent little kid? Go on, watch this movie, I shall spoil no more.