17 of The Best Movies You Should Watch Once

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

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

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

10 Things I Hate About You

4. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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

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

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

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

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.

9. Titanic


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

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

Cruel Intentions

Narcissistic Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) challenges her equally narcissistic step-brother Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) to have sex with the headmaster’s virgin daughter (Reese Witherspoon) before summer ends.

12. The Color of Friendship

The Color of Friendship

This powerful DCOM tells the story of Mahree (Lindsey Haun), a white girl from South Africa, who learns her new host family in America is African-American.

13. Mean Creek

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

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 Jeremy Renner, years before he became Hawkeye in the Avengers franchise.

15. Little Miss Sunshine

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

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

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.

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