when you wanna feel some sort of joy

or probably when you want to cry and let it all out bc SOME of these movies will make you cry... 

— any recommendations?

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There are 117 dramatic films in this list.

  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Carol
  • Her
  • Clueless
  • Miss Stevens
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • The Bling Ring
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • The Spectacular Now
  • Beaches
  • Before Midnight
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • The Big Sick
  • Beginners
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Sing Street
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Your Name.
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Frances Ha
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Help
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Ruby Sparks
  • While We're Young
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Brigsby Bear
  • Breathe
  • Garden State
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Submarine
  • Juno
  • Lost in Translation
  • Somewhere
  • Almost Famous
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Paper Towns
  • Donnie Darko
  • 20th Century Women
  • Arrival
  • Paterson
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Anomalisa
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • The 400 Blows
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story
  • The Art of Getting By
  • The Florida Project
  • Lady Bird
  • Laggies
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Short Term 12
  • Frank
  • The Sound of Music
  • Brooklyn
  • Postcards from the Edge
  • American Honey
  • Inside Out
  • Girlhood
  • The Way Way Back
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Only Yesterday
  • Weekend
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Rushmore
  • Home Again
  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale
  • Begin Again
  • Casablanca
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Sabrina
  • Field of Dreams
  • Heathers
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Brothers Bloom
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Whip It
  • La La Land
  • About Time
  • Blue Valentine
  • Bicentennial Man
  • Chocolat
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Jack Frost
  • Meet Joe Black
  • Mr. Nobody
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Certain Women
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Horse Whisperer