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The Weepies: A Tear-Jerker Movie List

July 29th 2009 16:28
A list of films that have made me cry. Those emotionally manipulative, sad movies which have you reaching for a box of tissues and sobbing uncontrollably.

Not surprisingly my list contains a lot of death and sickness, animals and children. The unfairness of it all. The innocent coming to a tragic demise.

I do not usually get teary about straight-up romances. This list is more about friendship, companionship, parent/child relationships, and the torments of war and injustice.

1. My Girl (1991)

My Girl film poster

2. Beaches (1988)

Beaches film poster

3. I Am Sam (2001)

I Am Sam film poster

4. About A Boy (2002)

About A Boy film poster

5. Finding Neverland (2004)

Finding Neverland film poster

6. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Life Is Beautiful film poster

7. Sicko (2007)

Sicko film poster

8. Marley & Me (2008)

Marley and Me film poster

9. Atonement (2007)

Atonement film poster

10. Stepmom (1998)

Stepmom film poster

11. Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Terms of Endearment film poster

12. The Bear (1988)

The Bear film poster

12. Steel Magnolias (1989)

Steel Magnolias film poster

13. Four Weddings & A Funeral (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral film poster

14. Boys On The Side (1995)

Boys On The Side film poster

15. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Fried Green Tomatoes film poster

What films make you cry?

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Comment by Jason King

July 29th 2009 20:36
Great list Morgan - the only ones I haven't seen are Marley and Me and Sicko.

The rest I bawled my eyes out in and the movie The Bear brings back horrific memories. I was 16 and managing a video store by myself at night when I was confronted with an armed man who robbed the store, it was a very embarassing film to be held up in. The bastardo!

As for crying in films I pretty much cry in most films - am a bit scared to watch My Sisters Keeper this week because I know I will cry through the whole thing.

Comment by Morgan Bell

July 30th 2009 08:34
hi Jason,

i actually cant watch Beaches, i hant seen it in years and a housemate hired it and i tried watching it again and by the time Barbara Hershey was on the beach with her sad sad dying face on, i had to leave the room

completely traumatised . . .

AGAIN! haha ill never learn

Sicko i cried at the end when the 911 volunteers finally got their medication for 20 cents, or some tiny amount of money, in Cuba

Marley & Me, anyone who has had a loved family pet will be a puddle of tears on the floor

Comment by Wilson Pon

July 30th 2009 09:24
Morgan, amongst the 15 movies you've listed out, I must say that "I Am Sam" and "Life is Beautiful" are two the most favorable yet memorable movies that I've ever watched in my life...

Comment by Justicia

July 30th 2009 10:10
Great list, I'd add A Walk to Remember as well. It certainly made me cry!

Comment by Morgan Bell

July 30th 2009 10:18
hi Wilson,

it was the soundtrack in I Am Sam which was really really manipulative, every time one of those purposely (and brilliantly) placed Beatles songs started up you felt it tugging hard on your heartstrings, and your eyes well up

in Life Is Beautiful i cried solidly from somewhere around the midpoint where they go to the camps, until the very end . . . one of the most devastating films ive ever seen

Comment by Morgan Bell

July 30th 2009 10:23
hi Justica,

you know i didnt make it through A Walk To Remember, must have been too romantic for my taste . . . or maybe it was the presence of Mandy Moore? haha

thanks for the comment

Comment by RubySoho

July 30th 2009 11:17
Barbara Hershey dies in Beaches??!! Thanks for the spolier.

The last film that made me cry was Waltz With Bashir. I not olny wept, I sobbed. Loudly.

Comment by JohnDoe

July 30th 2009 13:14
Hi Morgan,

The Bear left me a mess on the floor, so very sad.

The rest made me weep for the future of film

I remember being stuck on a Greyhound bus once and they decided to play Beaches. All I remember of the film was that i was praying for her to die already and when she did i recall saying "thank god for that" and applauding. It was just such an obvious and heavy handed TV movie of the week style film.
I don't know, maybe its because my dad died of cancer and this film had no semblance of reality...or maybe its because it simplified the very complex emotions that I went through when he passed.
Some tear jerkers that spring to mind for me are:

Bridge to Terabithia
Donnie Darko
The Wrestler
Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind
The People Versus Larry Flynt
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
21 Grams
Mysterious Skin
Ordinary People
Old Yeller
Sophie's Choice
Harry and Son

Comment by Morgan Bell

July 30th 2009 13:33
hi Ruby,


well actually i just said she had a sad sad dying face on, she could have miraculously recovered . . . miracles happen every day, Ruby

i havent seen Waltz With Bashir, if you would cry im sure i would cry

Comment by Morgan Bell

July 30th 2009 13:36
hi JohnDoe,

oh The Bear is so sad . . . animal movies often are

of the movies you mentioned, i particularly thought the following were excellent films

Donnie Darko
The Wrestler
The People Versus Larry Flynt
21 Grams
Mysterious Skin

but none of them made me cry

i guess i need the really heavy handed stuff to push me over the edge

Comment by JohnDoe

July 30th 2009 13:50
Yeah, i must admit i don't like having my emotional buttons pushed in an obvious way... i like them to be delicately massaged and given time to really believe the emotion on screen without a music cue or soapy acting and dialogue. To inevitably be surprised by my own response, unaware that tears are ratcheting up.

Comment by Morgan Bell

July 30th 2009 16:44
hi JohnDoe,

i think its fairly apparent im a cold-hearted drama-queen

its gotta be extreme and obvious to push my tear-duct buttons, but once it rains its pours

Comment by AmyHuang

August 1st 2009 11:09
I cry to almost every movie. Most recently - 17 Again AND Transformers 2. It's ridiculous I know.
Although I do remember crying the most to the movie 'Curly Sue' - it was back in the 80's was the saddest movie!

Comment by Morgan Bell

August 1st 2009 11:39
hi Amy,

dont feel ridiculous, i cried in the Adam Sandler movie Click (2006) . . . i think that was my low point

Comment by Cinema Rat

August 1st 2009 23:52
I don't agree with all of them but most I would say deserve the listing. My Sister's Keeper might make it on there one day. Read my review for that @

Happy Watching - CR.

Comment by Morgan Bell

August 2nd 2009 04:15
hi Cinema Rat,

yes i hear My Sister's Keeper (the book and the film) is an emotional rollercoaster, but i havent experienced that one for myself yet

thanks for the contribution

Comment by Janet Collins

August 2nd 2009 14:30
Loved the list but I can't actually remember crying in "Four Weddings and a Funeral".

Comment by Morgan Bell

August 2nd 2009 15:06
hi Janet,

the funeral bit is so sad, they read that poem "Stop all the clocks" by W. H. Auden . . . it is devastating

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Comment by Janet Collins

August 3rd 2009 09:04
I do remember that part now. It is just so long since I saw that movie I had forgotten it.

Comment by Morgan Bell

August 3rd 2009 10:07
hi Janet,

its one of those sneaky ones which is so fun and charming for the bulk of the film and then they just wallop you with the heartache . . . the tears turn on like a sprinkler system

Comment by Sim1

August 9th 2009 14:10
Forrest Gump

Comment by Morgan Bell

August 10th 2009 05:50
hi Sim1,

oh yes Forest Gump is a good one, there are quite a few tear-jerker moments in that film

thanks for the comment

Comment by Anonymous

January 17th 2010 06:51
loved your list. I am looking for a really good one, because while i watched PS I Love You, another tear jerker, its so good, well anyway i watched it with my friend and she didnt cry so we watched all the sadest movies i know. she stil wont cry...its kind of an on going joke that she is heartless haha. well i plan to rent some of the ones on your list and see if she will break down. thanks for the help.

Comment by Anonymous

January 21st 2010 18:07
and what about "big fish"?

Comment by Anonymous

March 3rd 2010 06:29
The road.

Comment by Anonymous

March 24th 2010 04:09
boys dont cry

Comment by Anonymous

March 24th 2010 04:11
simon birch, the mighty, philadelphia....

Comment by jaylon

May 18th 2010 03:57
the notebook gets me in a storm of tears

Comment by Anonymous

November 29th 2010 04:34
I would just like to second whoever it was that said 17 again. i cry like a baby at the end of that one. embarrassing to admit, but true.

Comment by Anonymous

February 10th 2011 21:30
'Always' starring Richard dreyfuss.

Bit like Ghost but better in my opinion.

Comment by Anonymous

July 10th 2011 13:35
seven pounds, death sentence,the burning plain

Comment by Anonymous

November 30th 2011 07:11
I will try to watch the films one by one .I believe that has one suitable my taste!

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