Top 15 All-Time Best Emotional Movies of Hollywood

I am not sure how it moves in the real world, but if you want my opinion, I believe that it's easier to make the audience laugh than it is to create them cry through cinema. To laugh, all one needs is great timing, laughable jokes, and above all creative punch lines. On the flip side, to make 1 cry, the person must associate with the movie or the specific scene, he or she's watching.

Not, everyone can be jumped with cheesy storylines with a lot of sadness and emotions. It needs a powerful link and a realistic approach with real-life experiences to produce a cinematic marvel that will make the audience literally feel for the characters in the movie.

Hence, now I have a fantastic record of emotional movies produced in Hollywood, which would certainly make you beg for more tissue papers.

All-Time Best Emotional Movies of Hollywood

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a lovely real-life story of a loyal dog named Hachiko, that reveals immense love and affection towards his proprietor, Professor Parker, played with Richard Gere.

The emotional scene from the movie is when Parker dies of a heart attack while at work and Hachi like his ordinary routine waits for Parker at the train station at his usual spot in the cold snow, till the day that he dies and reunites with his beloved master in paradise.

The love and affection exhibited by an animal and also given the fact it is based on an actual story, will surely make you psychological and wish to get a loyal and affectionate pet buddy like Hachi. Hachi is one of the Best films for Animal fans.

12 Years As hotly talks about the life of Solomon Northup, a free family man in 1841, who had been happy working as a violinist and living with his spouse and two children in Saratoga Springs, New York.

However, the things take a drastic turn when he is kidnapped and forced into captivity during which he works on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 decades long before his release.

Based on the real Solomon Northup's memoir of the exact same name, the movie tries to display the abuse, abuse, and pain which Solomon suffered during the 12 years as a slave.

Forrest Gump

Getting his 2nd Academy Award for Best Actor enjoying the titular role in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks shows his acting genius as somebody with below average intelligence quotient.

The film is amazing in its own terms despite the gloomy moments in the movie which make you feel for Forrest Gump. But his innocence and goodness along with his distinctive ability as a speedy runner, he manages to attain victory when nobody had faith in him due to his low IQ.

A Walk To Remember

Love isn't just about togetherness and intimacy, but it is much, much more than that. Well, when you have not read the book, A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Parks, however, then you must watch its movie adaptation to comprehend the true feeling of love and the depths one can choose his/her, love. A true emotional, romantic saga, A Walk To Remember defines love like nothing else.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Success never comes easy and if it does, then it is not a victory. The Pursuit of Happyness is a biographical drama film predicated on Chris Gardner's one-year struggle being displaced.

The movie shows us both professionally and emotionally, just how much effort and hard work is needed to get success in life. Also, how one's determination and willpower to make it big in lifestyle may drive them closer towards his/her achievement.

The film also beautifully displays the amazing father-son relationship.

The Shawshank Redemption

Although not a box office hit, The Shawshank Redemption made a cult standing gaining a number of fans and followers to the film in the next years.

Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the story of the film is centered upon a wrongly convicted banker named Andy Dufresne, who is serving a lifetime sentence in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover.

Life Is Wonderful

Life Is Beautiful is a terrible comedy-drama that includes the life of a family that is troubled because of World War II, since the family is forced to a Nazi Concentration Camp, where they're separated from the father and son being collective during their confinement in the camp.

The movie's name is justified because of how the father assures his son about their confinement in the camp for part of the game in which the winner gets a tank. Despite their horrific situation, the dad hides the reality from his son, so life remains beautiful for him.


Braveheart is a film about how a guy leads his clan to fight for freedom and win back everything that belongs to them. Based on the Blind Harry's epic poem, The Actes and Deidis of those Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace.

The film is mainly based around the pursuit lead by the 13-century Scottish warrior, William Wallace in the First War of Scottish Independence from King Edward I of England.

Even though a war movie, the film has several touching moments, especially the speech by Mel Gibson, who place William Wallace, on his horseback to motivate his troops to fight against the enormous military of England.

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds is an American play that talks about a guy's salvation after he is accountable for its loss of 7 lives owing to his carelessness.

To redeem his actions, he decides to rescue the lives of seven individuals by devoting his own vital organs following his well-planned suicide. The load of Seven Pounds (7 lives lost because of him), drives him to look for seven potential candidates, so his forfeit is well utilized.

Schindler’s List

Based on Thomas Keneally's novel Schindler's Ark, also directed by Steven Spielberg, Schindler's List is a historical epic drama based on the lifespan of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, who was a pioneer in saving the lives of around thousand Polish-Jewish refugees using them in his own factories during the Holocaust.

The film shows the struggles faced by Oskar Schindler and his decision to guarantee the safety of as many refugees as possible.

Dead Poets Society

Each one of us, if blessed, would have struck one instructor in life, who has been an inspiration for us.

Dead Poets Society is one such film that's based on an English instructor, who inspires his students to be better individuals through his teachings of poetry.

The film triggers lots of emotional quotients and attempts to simplify life and inspires us to follow our fire rather than being a part of the herd.

Eight Below

Eight Below is an adventure movie about Jerry Shepard, a manual at the Antartica research foundation and his group of eight sled dogs. Due to a casualty in the base, the sled dogs have been left behind while the humans are evacuated from the base.

On the other hand, the sled dogs aren't only some animals for Jerry Shepard, depicted by Paul Walker, however they're his team, his friends and the rest of the story is about his efforts to bring back his team, while the sled dogs accompany their survival instincts to resist the deadly weather, appetite, and co-existence.


If you believe in eternal love, then you have to experience it viewing the beautiful movie, upward. This cartoon movie relies upon an older widower, who in order to satisfy his late wife's fantasy, goes outside of his comfort zone endangering his life while exploring the wilds of South America.

The film is all about love and its own eternity, even after the one you love is not out there with you, but has found a permanent place in your heart as well as your memories. Though a cartoon movie, the film displays emotions so accurately to the point that you feel as if you're also a part of the film.


Warrior is an American sports play film based on the lives of two brothers, competing for each other in a mixed martial arts contest to fulfill their own individual life objectives.

While the elder brother enters the competition because of his loved ones and to overcome the financial burdens, the younger brother is in for pride and to conquer his brother as an act of revenge for leaving him and his mother for his wife.

Though an action-packed drama, the movie triggers too many emotional moments both inside and outside the ring that makes you feel for both the brothers. In the long run, it will become a matter of pride, instead of losing or winning, making Warrior a distinctive film.

P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love You're a real depiction of what true love is about. While we might discuss true love as residing together for eternity or loving one another for the remainder of our lives death apart us.

However, P.S. I Love You sheds a completely different element of true love, where Garry, played by Gerard Butler, helps his wife Holly, played by Hilary Swank, move on with her life following his unfortunate departure.

Though simple it sounds, the way he guides her to move on through a bunch of letters that he wrote to her, only to be found after his passing, the moving on part gets a lot easier for Holly and help her rejoice life once again.

This List of Best Hollywood Emotional films. Now it's your turn. Share your favorite Emotional Hollywood picture from the remark section. You can add multiple films in your list.
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