17 Movies That Make You Laugh and Cry!

I recently saw the newest Pixar hit Inside Out (2015), a journey through the mind of an 11-year-old girl and her emotions. Like so many other Pixar films, it touched upon basic human emotions about changes in life. And it does so literally in this one, because the main characters are named Joy and Sadness. But it got me thinking about some other fun films on DVD which are equally heart-warming. It takes some great storytelling to balance an array of emotions in one film.

Sometimes you desperately need to laugh out loud. And sometimes a good cry does you some good, too. Rounded up by my officemates and me, here is a collection of 17 loveable movies that have been known to illicit both laughter and tears before the credits roll. I won’t name names because some of the guys in the office were reluctant to confess – “I might have cried or whatever.”

Get your tissue box in reach and prepare to laugh.

1. Steel Magnolias (1989). The plot largely takes place in Truvy’s (Dolly Parton) Beauty Parlor. It’s the story of a close knit group of people whose lives come together there. As you get to know the people at Truvy’s, their stories will make you laugh, and they will make you cry. Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts) is a diabetic young lady who becomes pregnant, against the advice of her physician. The pregnancy endangers her health. Her mother, M’Lynn (Sally Field) shares her concerns with her close friends. [SPOILER ALERT] This scene will make your heart ache along with M’Lynn as she express the anger she feels from losing her daughter.

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40 Books That Will Make You LOL

I love to laugh. Laughter relieves stress, decreases pain, relaxes your muscles, improves your mood and protects your heart. Even just hearing laughter primes your brain and makes you ready to smile and join the fun. Studies have shown that incorporating more humor and laughter into your daily routine increases energy and enables you to stay grounded, focused and alert. 

Always looking for ways to improve my health, and have a little fun, I polled 3,000 HPB Bibliomaniacs and asked them: What books make you laugh? And without further ado, here are 40 Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud (LOL).


Okay, even some of those titles made me laugh. Now, I have to admit, I have never read Nora Ephron nor David Sedaris, but I believe I’m about to start. I also must admit, I have been giving The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy to friends and relatives ever since I read it my freshman year of college. I mean, that series tells you the answer to life, the universe and everything, and teaches you how to fly. Who wouldn’t want to read that?

What about you? What book made you laugh out loud? — Julie