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Ten movies that will break your heart

There are movies that can touch the hearts of anyone, regardless of age or gender. The kind that leave a long-term impact on you, change your perception of life, and make you want to be a better person. 

We here at Bright Side put together a list of 10 powerful and inspirational films with important life lessons for us to learn. 

The Bridges of Madison County

This movie tells a story of passionate love between Francesca, a housewife trapped in a humdrum life in Iowa, and Robert, a photographer who has come to Madison County to shoot a photographic essay for National Geographic. This film, directed by Clint Eastwood, has become a classic romance that will bring a tear to your eye.

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, this movie has one of the most compelling stories in the history of cinema. A bond of love and loyalty join this dog and its owner. They met by chance, and now their lives are inseparable. Every day Hachiko waits for the return of his companion at the train station, until one day a tragedy forever changes Hachi's life, but not his devotion and love.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars is based on John Green's bestseller by the same name. Hazel Grace, a 16-year-old girl with an aggressive form of stage IV thyroid cancer, spends most of her time at home rereading her favorite book. Hazel's mom sends her to a support group where she meets an exceptional and optimistic young man named Augustus, who has been in remission for over a year. Immediately drawn to one another, they begin a relationship. 

The Pursuit of Happyness

This movie was inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman. Chris has invested his entire life savings in a device that he can't sell. His wife leaves him, and he loses his house. Forced to live on the streets, Chris is trying to raise his little son on his own and make it through a stockbroker internship. This is a wonderful movie that teaches us to never lose faith.


Many think that this is a fun children's animated film, and it is. But it's also a touching love story, tragic but full of hope. A young Carl Fredrickson meets a girl named Ellie, and they instantly become friends. Years later, Carl marries Ellie and together they dream of traveling together to Paradise Falls and building a house there. We are not going to tell you what happens next, but if you decide to watch this movie, make sure you grab a tissue box - some scenes will leave you teary-eyed.

One Day

Emma and Dexter meet on July 15, the night of their university graduation and become friends. Emma is a hard-working girl who dreams of becoming a writer. Dexter is a wealthy playboy, who serves only his own pleasures. For the next 20 years, the two reunite on the 15th of July to share their dreams and see where they are - until they discover that what they were searching for has been there for them all along. 

My Life Without Me

Ann is a 23-year-old mother who lives in a cramped trailer in her mother's garden with her two kids and husband. Ann's life takes a dramatic turn when her doctor tells her that she only has two months to live. She decides to keep this a secret from everyone, and she lists ten things she is determined to do before she dies.

The Impossible

Maria, Henry, and their three kids travel to Thailand for Christmas. They enjoy their perfect paradise vacation until the devastating tsunami hits and separates them. Now they all must struggle to survive and find each other. This movie is based on the experience of María Belón and her family in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. 

Life Is Beautiful

True love requires sacrifice, and Life Is Beautiful portrays that message in a truly unforgettable manner. This is the story of a father who uses his imagination to shelter his son from the horrors of war and to show to him that life is beautiful no matter what. This is one of those powerful and magnificent movies that stay with you forever. 

Million Dollar Baby

Frankie Dunn is a boxing trainer reaching the end of his career. Maggie Fitzgerald is a 31-year-old waitress who decides to pursue her dream of becoming a boxer. Dunn refuses to train Maggie, as he believes that boxing is not for women. But after much persistence, Maggie gets Frankie to train her, and the two form a close bond that will irrevocably change them both.

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