Modern Movies That Make Us Cry

Sometimes you just need a good cry, and the right movie can be the perfect catalyst to get the waterworks going. Here's a rundown of some of the films that we can't watch without a box of Kleenex handy.

5. Toy Story 2: Growing up is painful, but most people probably never thought about just what a heartbreaking experience it can be for the toys we leave behind -- that is, until the geniuses at Pixar gave us a glimpse of the heartache Jesse the cowgirl doll faced after her owner stuffed her in a box. The flashback of Jesse's story, set to Sarah MacLachlan's "When She Loved Me," is so distressing it's hard not to press the fast forward button on the DVD player.

4. The Notebook: Yeah, it's a little bit of an obvious choice, but it's hard to deny that this story of eternal love gets the job done. When I saw it in the theater on opening weekend, the audience was hit so hard no one got up to leave until the lights came on. When everyone in the theater realized this, there was a rumble of embarrassed laughter, but at least everyone knew they weren't the only ones who'd succumbed to the film's clear attempts at emotional manipulation.

3. X-Men 2: X-United: People don't usually go into comic book movies expecting to cry, but the second (and best) installment of the X-Men franchise hit a surprisingly emotional peak when tortured telekinetic Jean Grey sacrificed herself to save her fellow mutants. When even Wolverine is visibly choked up, you know it's OK to shed a tear.

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Each Potter film has gotten increasingly darker and more dramatic than the one before. Now when you go to see one, it's a given that a major character will die. But the first major-ish death to hit Hogwarts was the most shockingly tragic, and the most emotionally resonant. Bigger characters may have died in the last two films, but somehow the sight of Harry crying over their bodies just hasn't had the same impact of watching him cling to the corpse of his classmate and romantic rival Cedric Diggory. Maybe it's the sight of the cheering crowd slowly realizing what's happened. Maybe it's the fact that Cedric was played by the swoon-worthy Robert Pattinson. But it gets us every time.

1. Love, Actually: The best romantic comedy of the decade will take you on a journey of the entire spectrum of human emotion. But there's no way to watch it without tearing up, no matter what your crying personality happens to be. If you cry when you're happy, watch out for the storyline where a recently widowed Liam Neeson teaches his young stepson the importance of chasing after love. If the romantic stuff gets you, prepare to be reduced to a mere puddle when Colin Firth ditches his family on Christmas Eve to propose to his former maid in shoddy Portuguese. And if you ever want to see an acting master class in how to portray a broken heart, check out the scene where Emma Thompson allows herself just one minute to process the fact that her husband has given a gold necklace to another woman. Some of the movies on this list might not be your particular brand of tearjerker, but Love, Actually still has something to offer to the crybaby in everyone.