If your sides hurt too much from laughing at all the comedy shows we previously told you to binge-watch, then we have just the thing to give your ribs a break: drama movies.
Comedies are great and all, but sometimes you’re just in the mood for a movie that’ll make you feel things, and possibly cry sad (or happy) tears. So when the group chat’s plans fall through — which you know you’ll secretly be happy about — spend the night binge-watching these inspiring and heart-wrenching dramas.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Based on the best-selling novel, Perks follows a shy freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who learns to come out of his shell after meeting two outgoing seniors (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller).
2. The Breakfast Club
Five unbelievably diverse teens end up in Saturday detention together, and quickly learn they’re not so different after all. Don’t you forget (about this movie). That’ll make sense after you watch it.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
4. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
How can a movie about a pair of jeans that fits four girls be interesting? Trust us, it totally can.
5. Stand By Me
Four boys lose their innocence after embarking on a journey to find a dead body. During their quest, they battle bullies, trains, and their disgusting leeches.
6. Now and Then
This movie, written by Pretty Little Liars showrunner I. Marlene King, is sort of like a girls’ version of Stand By Me. Four girls come of age during one eventful summer. The film flashes back and forth between the girls as kids and as adults.
7. The Outsiders
Based on the book you probably read in 9th grade English class, The Outsidersfollows the rivalry between the Greasers and the Socs. Things intensify after one gang murders a member from the other gang.
8. Forrest Gump
Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his role as Forrest Gump, a man with a low IQ who doesn’t let that stop him from living a truly memorable and historical life.
Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) are star-crossed lovers trapped on a doomed luxury liner in 1912. SHE COULD HAVE MADE ROOM.
10. The Fault in Our Stars
Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two teens with cancer who travel halfway across the world to meet a reclusive author. This is based on John Green’s best-selling YA novel.
11. Cruel Intentions
Narcissistic(Sarah Michelle Gellar) challenges her equally narcissistic step-brother Sebastian (Ryan ) to have sex with the headmaster’s virgin daughter (Reese Witherspoon) before summer ends.
12. The Color of Friendship
This powerful DCOM tells the story of Mahree (), a white girl from South Africa, who learns her new host family in America is African-American.
13. Mean Creek
This indie film features a young, foul-mouthed Josh Peck as a bully whose victim’s plan for revenge horribly backfires.
14. 12 and Holding
This is probably the best indie film you’ve never heard of (but I’m biased). Three kids have their whole world turned upside down after their friend is accidentally killed in a treehouse fire. The movie features a young, years before he became in the Avengers franchise.
15. Little Miss Sunshine
The world’s most dysfunctional family travels across the country to help their daughter (Abigail Breslin) compete in a beauty pageant.
16. A Walk to Remember
Bad boy Landon (Shane West) falls in love with good girl Jamie (Mandy Moore). The two develop an unlikely relationship, which doesn’t sit well with Landon’s friends.
17. The Help
An aspiring writer (Emma Stone) gets inspiration for a book when she decides to document African American maids’ hardships working for white families during the 1960s.