I really love movies. I mean I know how people normally do love movies because well, they’re MOVIES. But I don’t know, they feel really special to me, the way the cast and crew create something so massive. I enjoy various genres, action, horror, musicals, romance, name it all. But these movies, my favorites, are mostly movies with heavy content. Movies I cried watching and emotionally destroyed me. Some of them seem light, they are portrayed through comic characters and hilarious lines. But damn, the truth and reality hit me hard like Thanos’ fist. So if you ever get to watch these movies: 1. DO NOT WATCH IN PUBLIC or with people you’re not comfortable crying with; 2. Don’t hold back, feel the movie and cry like a whale.

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LIFE OF PI (2012)
Director: Ang Lee
Screenplay by: David Magee
Cinematography: Claudio Miranda
Production Design: David Gropman
Edited by: Tim Squyres
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan

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I included this because it’s the first movie I ever broke down to. I remember being really into the movie while my friends barely gave a shit and just made fun of Pi’s accent. But the story is really a lot to process. It made me contemplate so much about life.

Plot line: 10/10
Acting: 10/10
Cinematography: 8/10
Prod. Design: 9/10

LES MISERABLES (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Screenplay by: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer
Music by: Claude-Michel Schönberg
Cinematography: Danny Cohen
Production Design: Eve Stewart
Edited by: Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried

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Les Miserables is so majorrr! I love musicals and this one brings out all the big guns. The story line (which I hated at first) showed miserable lives, miserable endings. I know it seems like a depressing movie (it is) but at the end you’ll only feel how great the movie is. The songs are all amazing. Each character has their own painful story that you’ll feel with them. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, you’re missing out on life.

Plot: 9/10
Acting: 10/10 (ANNE HATHAWAY’S PERFORMANCE)
Cinematography: 7/10
Prod. Design: 10/10
Sounds: 10/10

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (2015)
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Screenplay by: Jesse Andrews
Music by: Brian Eno and Nico Muhly
Cinematography: Chung-hoon Chung
Edited by: David Trachtenberg
Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke and RJ Cyler

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No this is not just another movie about cancer. It seems to tackle a lot of things in a teenager’s life. This may be my top fave because Greg is relatable. The movie is refreshingly different in a way you never expected. It feels light to watch, maybe because of the awesome sounds (lo-fi????) and funny narration. HONESTLY I LOVE THIS MOVIE WITH ALL MY HEART SO GO WATCH IT. I cry every time I watch it, no matter what.

Plot: 10/10
Acting:9/10
Cinematography:10/10
Sounds: 10/10

LA LA LAND (2016)
Directed and written by: Damien Chazelle
Music by: Justin Hurwitz
Cinematography: Linus Sandgren
Production Design: David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds- Wasco
Edited by: Tom Cross
Starring: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

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I was so excited for this movie to come out before. And I followed every nomination and award it gained. The visual palette is aesthetically pleasing and I LOVE THE CHOREOGRAPHY. The best thing about the movie is how the story is real. It’s how life really goes, how loving really is.

Plot: 10/10
Acting: 8/10
Cinematography: 10/10
Sounds: 10/10
Prod. Design: 10/10

SPLIT (2016)
Directed and written by: M. Night Shyamalan
Cinematography: Mike Gioulakis
Edited by: Luke Ciarrocchi
Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Betty Buckley

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Okay, I didn’t cry in this one. I just loved the take on dissociative identity disorder. James Mcavoy’s acting is phenomenal, I can’t believe he didn’t win an academy award for this. I’m waiting for the sequel.

Plot:7/10
Acting:10/10
Cinematography:7/10

DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)
Director: Peter Weir
Screenplay: Tom Schulman
Cinematography: John Seale
Edited by: William Anderson
Starring: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke

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Is every movie Robin Williams stars in, a great movie? This movie helped me realize a lot of things about life, pursuing what you want, becoming who you want to be. This is definitely worth the two hour watch. (pretty boys, Charlie’s mine)

Plot: 8/10
Acting:9/10
Cinematography: 7/10 (it’s an old movie)

LADY BIRD (2017) (woot-woot)
Directed and written by: Greta Gerwig
Cinematography: Sam Levy
Edited by: Nick Houy
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts

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This is the best. I don’t even know how to describe it. I started my nonstop sobbing when Danny confronted Lady Bird. The best thing about this movie was Lady Bird’s character transformation, it was just naturally done and makes you realize a lot of things especially if you’re a teenager. Watch. Just watch.

Plot: 9/10
Acting: 9/10
Cinematography: 9/10 (I love the warm tone)

THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Cinematography: Dan Laustsen
Production Design: Paul Austerberry
Edited by: Sidney Wolinsky
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins

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This is my favorite movie-that-I-didn’t-cry-to. It’s just so different, unusual. All my friends didn’t like it because well, the creature and human relationship. But I think the movie delivered a great story through that and we don’t have to be cynical watching it. The green hues are very aesthetic, I hate green but I can’t with this movie. Made the red really pop out and mean something. Plus, I loved the poem at the end.

Plot: 10/10
Acting: 10/10
Cinematography: TEN OVER TEN
Prod. Design: 10/10

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017)
Director: MIchael Gracey
Screenplay: Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon
Music by: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, John Debney and Joseph Trapanese
Cinematography: Seamus McGarvey
Production Design: Nathan Crowley
Edited by: Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael McCusker, Jon Poll and Spencer Susser
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Keala Settle

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Another musical uhuh (Hugh Jackman again). BECAUSE THIS HAS A DAMN GOOD STORY AND EVERY SONG IS AMAZING (choreo is good too).I was sobbing the whole movie. Just when you think you’re finally peaking, you fall down hard and realize you’ve got life all wrong. And when you go up again, it’s not as grand and high as before, but just as good because you learn to feel content.

Plot:10/10
Acting: 10/10 (Jackman’s face when Lind was singing melted my heart)
Cinematography:10/10
Prod. Design 10/10
Score: 10/10
Okay wait, gotta be honest. The movie is perfect but I wish it had more content about the performers.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)
Director: Wes Anderson
Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
Cinematography: Robert Yeoman
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen
Edited by: Barney Pilling
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan

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I gotta say, Wes Anderson is a phenomenal director. His films are different, in terms of narration and cinematography. And the story line is light, comical, but with a sad background. I love Zero’s character. I love the illustration of the hotel and the interiors, it’s just so grand. Plot: 9/10 Acting: 10/10 Cinematography: 10/10 Prod. Design: 10/10

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001)
Director: Wes Anderson
Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
Cinematography: Robert Yeoman
Production Design: David Wasco
Edited by: Dylan Tichenor
Starring: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson

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Compared to The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s trademark cinematography isn’t as evident. But the reason I love this movie is because the story. I think it’s the only movie that ever made me hate then love a character while watching. The Tenenbaum siblings each have their own heartbreaking stories, and Chas’ story hit me hard.

Plot: 10/10
Acting: 9/10
Cinematography: 9/10

And that’s it. These movies were arranged by the date I watched it. Also, some movies that I mentioned had a great story line were based on books so credits to their book version too.

There are a lot of great films that I chose not be included here. If I had to mention them too, it would be a long list. Also, word of advice, don’t judge a movie by its first hour. I was bored as hell at first when I watched The Kings of Summer, but by the end I was crying and so in love with the film.

Also, I can’t help it but shoutout to Avengers: Infinity War. It’s a great movie. And if you’re a Marvel fan who waited so long for it, it’s feels even greater.I was literally just crying for the last 30 minutes of the movie. Marvel is so legendary for creating an epic franchise.

This is my first article, hope you liked it. If I had to choose, my top four films would be:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Avengers: Infinity War