Not so long ago, our oldest daughter found tears creeping into her eyes while watching a movie for the first time. To the surprise of nobody the movie was Up and I cried watching it too. Again. People cry watching movies all the time and it is wonderful because when a movie is done really well, it should produce an emotional response.
I don’t remember what movie I cried at for the first time. I like to imagine it was something like Pete’s Dragon or Back to the Future or Ghostbusters or one of the Rocky movies.
Still, in a world that somehow still likes to think a man who doesn’t cry is stronger than a man who does cry, I enjoy teaching my kids that this kind of thinking is exactly and precisely bullshit. There is no precise science behind proving men who cry at movies are also strong, it’s really just common sense, which also sometimes goes by the term “not being stupid.”
That I get to prove this by watching some of my favourite movies is just an added bonus.
Here is a list of movies that can help you show your kid that adults do cry and that expression of emotions is a normal, healthy, part of being a human. They are also movies I have never seen in their entirety because of the flowing of tears.
Not a sad movie but one that gets you thinking about your kid and them growing up and the challenges they face. Also features the single saddest movie moment featuring an elephant/cotton candy/dolphin creature.
I’ll tell you the truth, I don’t even remember what part I cried at. I just remember that it’s a visually spectacular movie that only exists because of the concept of death. Those two things equal guaranteed tears from me.
Because sometimes we cry happy tears and those guys just put in so much work on those other teams were way too dismissive of them.
John Henry. Enough said.
I’ve put this movie on lists about crying before and I’ll likely do it again. The more I think about it, the more likely it is that this is actually the first movie I ever cried while watching.
Mike Reynolds is an Ottawa born-and-raised husband to one and father to two girls who are changing the world as you read this. He shares stories about the trials and tribulations of raising two girls after growing up in a house full of boys on puzzlingposts.com. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.