Calista’s Cinema Conversations: Touching movies


Over break I continued to think about my November column on feel-good movies. I decided to do a continuation of that week’s theme and, because anytime is a great time to watch those kinds of movies, I I am dedicating this week to the most touching movies I could think of.

In the mix of sappy romantic comedies, there are a few that stand out as heartfelt, such as “50 First Dates,” a movie about a woman who suffers from short-term memory loss and forgets the day before, so a man that is in love with her plans every day like it is their first date.

The film “P.S. I Love You” is about a man who dies from an illness and leaves the love of his life letters that he hopes will help her move on. A more recent film, “Me Before You,” is about a young woman who gets a job watching over a man left paralyzed from the neck down after being hit by a motorcycle. Each of these romantic films is beautifully told from start to finish and leave viewers in tears.

If you are a fan of Tom Holland as Spider-Man from the newer film “Spiderman: Homecoming” and want to see his other roles, his first film “The Impossible” is a great movie to start with. Based on a real natural disaster, “The Impossible” focuses on a family caught in the Indian Ocean Tsunami in the early 2000s. Though this film might not sound heartwarming, it is the humanity of the victims and the courage of each family member that makes the film beautiful.

The Oscar-winning film “Good Will Hunting” is a favorite in the heartfelt category, and for good reason. The film centers on a man, named Will Hunting, who is a genius with a troubled past. The film features the acting and writing talents of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and stars the late great Robin Williams.

Another Oscar-winning favorite is “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” which looks at the life of a man who was born elderly and ages backwards. The movie masterfully examines the ideas of time and love, seeing the world through Button’s eyes and watching everyone he loves grow old while he does the opposite.

There is a plethora of films in this category that I did not talk about, but hopefully these touching movies help everyone kick off their spring semester on a positive foot.

Calista Giroux is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at

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