6 Heartbreaking movies that every Latina should watch

I don't know if it's because as a Latina I grew up watching novelas or because movies that focus on other people's suffering, put my life's ups and downs into perspective. But once in a while I feel the need to watch a movie that rips my heart out! So if you are in the mood for a good cry, here are six movies that I highly recommend.


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1. E.T. I remember going to see this with my gringo boyfriend and being asked to control my sobbing or they'd escort us out of the theatre! Although this family-friendly movie is science fiction, I think the plot struck a chord because as a Latina growing up in the U.S. I could totally relate to the "alien" who was stranded in a new planet away from his familia! 

2. The Notebook. My young daughter and I love watching any movie that's based on a Nicholas Sparks novel! This passionate and romantic American drama reminds me of the heart-wrenching novelas that I grew up with, minus the over-the-top acting.


3. Rabbit Hole. The biggest test in my marriage came when my son was diagnosed deaf.  In my case, this crisis brought my husband and I closer together. However, I can't imagine what it's like to deal with the death of a child! This plot is at the center of this dramatic film.


4. Fruitvale Station. This movie is based on the true story of a young African-American father from California who was fatally shot by police. The story is very relevant to any Latina who has dealt with racial profiling and discrimination and to all mamás Latinas who have faced tremendous challenges in providing their kids with a better future. Both my husband and I cried with this one!


5. 12 Years a Slave: I have NEVER seen a movie that so vividly brought to life the pain and suffering experienced by slaves. It was raw but probably realistic and it truly makes you question humanity. In my opinion, the only other historic film that was just as heart wrenching and barbaric was Schindler's List, based on the Holocaust.


6. The Fault In Our Stars:  Don't forget the tissues! I just watched this movie with my daughter and we were bawling so hard that we nearly hyperventilated! The plot centers on two, terminally ill teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. Warning:  you will suffer during the entire duration of this film!


After watching these types of movies, I make sure to thank God for my life and my familia and I pray that He helps me put the "small stuff" we go through into perspective.

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