There are days when you just wanna put on a sad movie and let all your feels out, but do you know what's even more awesome than a straight-up tearjerker? A sad film that unexpectedly turns out to be a happy and hopeful story.
What makes happy-sad love stories beautiful is the fact that it's comparable to life's well-designed roller coaster—full of ups and downs and unpredictable twists and turns. So just in case you're looking for an emotional roller coaster ride that reflects how you feel, we've prepared a list of happy-sad movies that will hit you right where it matters—and also, hopefully, make you realize that sad times are inevitable, but they don't always last.
Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Make sure to prepare some tissues before you put this movie on because it's guaranteed to make you laugh-cry. Based on the true story of Chris Gardner (Will Smith), this film will definitely leave you crying, cheering, and crying again as you watch him conquer one tough challenge after another as an African-American single parent who's struggling to survive and fulfill the American dream.
Love Actually (2003)
This modern classic perfectly depicts the different kinds of heartbreaks that make falling in love scary, but it's also the same film that will make you wanna believe in love again. Not only does it depict the realistic side of love, it also shows the beauty of different kinds of love—parent and child, siblings and friends—and proves that love is truly all around us.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Can you even imagine falling in love, only to have your memories with that person erased? The idea seems painful enough, but not as excruciating as how this film will make you feel after watching it. You'll surely find yourself in an intense emotional roller coaster ride as you witness the ups and downs of Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine's (Kate Winslet) complicated relationship in this mind-blowing movie.
50 First Dates (2004)
Dating a girl who wakes up with a "clean slate" every single morning because of short-term memory loss caused by a car accident is already complicated enough, but seeing her fall in love and have his partner remind her about their relationship every single day will surely reignite your belief in love.
Before Midnight (2013)
Perhaps no other movie has shown a more reaslitic depiction of love IRL than this film (and the whole trilogy) did. From the excitement of a blooming youthful romance to a mature relationship as a married couple, Richard Linklater's Before films is something that you should see whenever you want a glimpse of honest-to-goodness love portrayed on the big screen.
The Vow (2012)
Just 10 weeks after being wedded to the love of her life, Paige (Rachel McAdams) finds herself in a hospital with severe memory loss after a horrific car accident that left her in coma for four months. She woke up with no memory of the two years leading up to the accident—and that included meeting and marrying her husband Leo. As compelling as it is to watch her husband (Channing Tatum) try to win Paige back and not give up on her despite all the odds, what's even more amazing is the fact that this film is based on a true story. And it couldn't get any better than that!
Are you ready to let all your feelings out? Which movie among the list are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments!
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Banner photograph from Focus Features (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Columbia Pictures (50 First Dates), and Sony Pictures Classics (Before Midnight).