If you’ve ever sat down in the 80s and decided, “Man, I need a good cry today,” I have no doubt you popped Beaches into the ol’ VCR and sobbed your way through the entire thing. Easily one of the saddest movies of our favorite decade, Beaches snags today’s spot and with good reason.
Starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey as two lifelong friends who go through way more than the average duo should ever have to go through (No, seriously, we’re talking heartbreak, death of parents, another huge tragedy… give it a rest, Garry Marshall!), the movie follows the ups and downs of their entire friendship.
Hillary Whitney and C.C. meet on the boardwalk in Atlantic City as kids and while C.C. has her sights set on Broadway, Hillary has the much more reasonable goal of becoming a lawyer. The two decide to become pen pals and write each another every day (…after meeting one time, mind you. I mean, that’s a little far-fetched, but whatever).
Their friendship continues until the very sad day when Hillary dies from a rare disease. Of course, good ol’ C.C. from the boardwalk is by her side and decides to raise her daughter just as Hillary would’ve wanted. And the tears flow and everyone is sad because the entire thing is just… SAD. Really. Very rarely did something good happen in the movie without something really sad not happening immediately afterward.
…which is why, all these years later, it remains the standard-bearer for sad movies: “Wow, [insert movie title here] was sad… not Beaches-sad, but still sad.”
Plus, there’s no way we can mention the movie without bringing up that soundtrack. Please raise your hand if you attended a wedding anytime between 1988 and 2000 that didn’t include “Wind Beneath My Wings” during the father-daughter dance.
That’s what we thought. That song was everywhere. Everyone had that soundtrack.
Combine that with the sad story of C.C. and Hillary Whitney, and that, my friends, is why…
We ♥ Beaches.