If I Stay
In this adaptation of Gayle Forman's YA novel, Chloe Moretz stars as Mia Hall, a talented teen cellist who must make a life or death decision after a gruesome car accident throws her whole life into spin. Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, and Joshua Leonard co-star; R.J. Cutler directs. Read our review here.

Following the tale of a heartbroken girl in a coma, If I Stay guns hard for the title of tearjerker. To revel in that release that only a good cry can give, check out these three films that serve up tales of mother-daughter devotion, lost souls, and star-crossed lovers.

Steel Magnolias (1989) Based on the Robert Harling play, this beloved drama focuses on a group of proud Southern women as they deal with heartbreak, health issues, wedding bells, and new babies. Totally quotable, this contemporary classic also boasts performances from such celebrated stars as Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, and Daryl Hannah. Herbert Ross directs.

Romeo & Juliet (2013) The William Shakespeare classic gets a fresh re-invention at the hands of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth play young lovers Juliet and Romeo, who fall in love despite the furious feud that wages between their families. After being married in secret, the teen newlyweds hope for a happy ending, but it's a wish that won't be granted. Carlo Carlei directs.

Short Term 12 (2013) This little indie that could was among the most critically heralded last year, in large part because of the incredible lead performance of Brie Larson. Set in a residential treatment facility for kids in need of a home, this compelling drama follows the journey of its supervisor (Larson), who must confront her own past once she meets a volatile new kid. While this one takes some dark turns, it's ultimately uplifting and inspirational. Frantz Turner and John Gallagher Jr.; Destin Daniel Cretton directs.

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