‘Steel Magnolias’ Trends as People Share What Films Make Them Emotional Every Time

by Clayton Edwards

“Steel Magnolias” is trending on Twitter. Why is a movie from the late eighties trending today? Because people are sharing films that make them cry every time they see them. It’s not a surprise that this film comes up again and again. The movie follows a group of small-town southern women, the bond they share, and how they handle the passing of one of their own. The title is a reference to the strong yet delicate nature of the women in the film. They are delicate like the magnolia but at their centers, they are hard as steel. Much like its characters, the film has a dual nature. It is both hilarious and heartbreaking.

The film’s cast is a who’s who of talented women. It stars Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, and Julia Roberts.

Over the course of “Steel Magnolias,” the women form a bond. Their friendships bloom into something akin to a sisterhood. They are there for one another through everything.

It is this bond that forms the heart of “Steel Magnolias.” In the film, Julia Roberts’ character, Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, suffers from type 1 diabetes. Due to her medical condition, she is told that having a child will probably kill her. Despite the warning, she ends up pregnant. Shelby survives childbirth but later has to have a kidney transplant. Later in the film, she dies. The remaining members of her sisterhood are forced to deal with her death and help to raise her child.

“Steel Magnolias” draws the viewer in with the chemistry of its leads. You can almost feel like you’re part of their little group. That connection to the characters combined with their heart-wrenching reactions to Shelby’s death makes the film so great and at the same time hard to watch. If you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly why it is coming up so many times in the conversation.

The Twitter Thread That Made “Steel Magnolias” Trend Today

Twitter user Jesse Lifson posed the question, “What movie automatically makes you cry no matter how many times you’ve seen it?” The thread blew up.

“Steel Magnolias” doesn’t show up in every reply. However, just about anyone who has seen the movie knows how emotionally powerful the classic film is.

If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend checking it out. You’ll get some great laughs, a good ugly cry, and some truly astounding performances.

Dolly Parton wrote the song “She’s an Eagle When She Flies” for the film’s soundtrack. In the end, it wasn’t used but it fits the characters in the film like a glove.