22/09/2016 11:56 AM AEST | Updated 22/09/2016 2:05 PM AEST

Crying In Movies Helps You Bond Plus The Best Ever Tear Jerkers

Just let it happen.

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Crying -- it's better with friends.

Whether you cry cute little hiccupy tears or become a snotty mess of emotion, there's new evidence to suggest tear jerker movies improve relationships.

The University of Oxford study found there was more group social bonding after participants watched an emotional movie when compared to a documentary about landscapes.

The study, published in the Royal Society of Open Science, also found pain threshold increased after watching an emotionally arousing film.

Researchers speculated the pain response and bonding were both linked to endorphins -- the hormones that trigger the snotty cry fest when Simba's dad dies.

Dad? Wake up. There's a whole cinema about to start crying if you don't.

"The fact that watching emotionally wrenching drama increases the sense of belonging to the group suggests that our enthusiasm for this form of storytelling might have evolved in the context of bonding social groups," the study said.

As for the emotional movie participants watched, researchers chose Stuart: A Life Backwards featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.

Movies to cry to (as suggested by the HuffPost Australia team)

Steel Magnolias

About Time

The Dressmaker


The Lion King

12 Years A Slave

Dead Poet's Society

The Road

The Notebook

Legends of the Fall

Terms of Endearment

My Sister's Keeper

The Shawshank Redemption


Rabbit Proof Fence

Schindler's List

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

The Descendants

Forrest Gump


The English Patient

Walk The Line

The Time Traveller's Wife

Kramer vs Kramer

Field Of Dreams

The Champ