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  1. Zombine at |

    I usually cry at sad movies, but I didn't cry at any of these movies; so I'm going to have to personally disagree with you on all 10.

    1. phoenix at |

      agree with most of list but does anyone remember teen flick from late seventies or early eighties about a kid that was a champion swimmer in high school that became sick with leukemia or some other terrible illness and there was a scene where he swam in a race and all others had finished but he was struggling and everyone cheered him on?

    2. dabasone at |

      a love story or real facts of a sad story will make me cry? no.a matter of faith yes.
      i double dare you on this 2 movies after watching all the movies that you have mentioned.
      -ben hurr
      -the robe

      1. Tommy Manning at |

        I totally agree with the responder who cited Lana Turner in MADAME X as one of the saddest movies of all time. I am old man of 75, and I’ve watched the movies dozens of times, and I always end up with tears running down my cheeks. As my wife once said, “If you watch this movie and you don’t cry, there’s something wrong with you.” At first reading that may sound humorous, but the remark is true. Anyone with a heart will surely be deeply touched by this movie and the extraordinary acting by Lana. Just wonderful!

    3. Auntibeck at |

      Madame X, Lana Turner, 1966, about the saddest movie of all time. And Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins, a mom dies, a little boy cries, need I say more? And another sixties film that I sobbed in was Shenandoah with James Stewart.
      Love your list, agree with your list, especially Old Yeller, Beaches, Terms of Endearment, ET…

  2. Topher at |

    This is a good list! My wife's favorite movies are tearjerkers & I've been known to well up or cry at some too.

    I have to totally disagree with Titanic though, far too cheesy for my tastes. And your choices don't match mine, but of course we all have different tastes.

    My top ten tearjerker list would be:

    1. The Notebook – An enduring love that withstands both war and disease. I don't want to say anything else in case you haven't seen this movie except to say this is the rare movie that appeals to both males & females. Easily #1 on my list.

    2. My Girl – The story of Vada and Thomas J., inseparable friends.

    3. Field of Dreams – All because of one line, "Hey dad… you want to have a catch?"

    4. Brian's Song – One of THE best sports films AND tearjerkers all rolled into one!

    5. Rudy – RUDY… RUDY… RUDY! (overcoming overwhelming odds)

    6. Where the Red Fern Grows – See Old Yeller. And I agree with TopTenzMaster, if you don't cry at this movie or Old Yeller, your heart is made of stone. Old Yeller's a classic, but personally I like this better.

    7. Life as a House – A father, a son, and a terminal illness. Yes Hayden Christensen sucked in the Star Wars prequels, but this film proves he can be a great actor.

    8. The Cider House Rules – Racism, romance, saying goodbye & Spider-man *cough* I mean Tobey Maguire.

    9. Jerry Maguire – "You had me at hello".

    10. Lord of the Rings Trilogy – A. Sam nearly drowning trying to chase after Frodo, not wanting him to go alone. A sign of true friendship. B. Frodo saying he will take the ring from Rivendell to Mordor and face certain death when nobody else would, and the look on Gandalf's face. C. Sam carrying Frodo up Mount Doom when both were absolutely exhausted. D. Everyone, including the king, bowing down to the hobbits at the end.

    Honorable Mention: What Dreams May Come – Love, loss, life and the afterlife of Chris Nielson. Robin Williams seems to be one of those actors you love or love to hate. Regardless of which side you stand on, he's remarkable in this film.

    1. jenia at |

      Titanic is the best and one of the saddest movies of all time so how can you say it cheesy.You obviously have bad taste if you like the notebook, now dat movie is CRAP

      1. Kendall at |

        Quit with the stupidity jenia thanks.

        1. Lauren at |

          lol Kendall, Jenia is right on the movie. You are the one that seems stupid. Titanic is sad in more ways than one especially when you stop and think about the fact that people really did die and this movie portrays that very graphically.

          1. Hope25 at |

            Ok, Titanic gets me everytime. That is one of my all time favorites, but i must admit half of my tears are because Leonardo Da Vinci dies. On the other hand the Notebook is just as good in my opiniion and i also always cry at the end of it, so lets just except that everyone has there own opinion and get over it already.

          2. Whatever at |

            Da Vinci, u know a lot about films and actors.

  3. PhineusQButterfat at |

    As a guy, I don't cry over movies. Maybe it's a learned response to hold it back. The only one that will give me a lump in my throat and a little dust in my eye is Field of Dreams.

  4. Jill at |


    across the universe made me cry, but because i was happy that the end of the movie turned out good.

    I agree with topher about my girl…one of the best movies ever!

  5. Francesca at |

    For some tear-jerkers that make you think outside the box, check out "Barefoot Aphrodite–A Women's Guide to Sensual Film." Whilel most women don't find truly sad films sensual, there are definitely some that leave you sad but glad which can be a very sensual combination. I would add these to the list for tear-jerkers:

    Harold and Maude

    Water (watch out any Moms of girls–this made me cry and cry as a mom of a 5-year-old daughter)

    Il Postino

    The Lover

    Betty Blue

  6. Raindrop279 at |

    How is the Notebook or Bambi not there????

  7. Raindrop279 at |

    I would say:

    1. The Notebook

    2. City of Angels

    3. Selena

    4. I agree with Titanic

    5. Meet Joe Black

    6. The Green Mile

    7. Stepmom

    8. My girl

    9. Bambi

    10. Forest Gump

    1. bzzyb at |


      Your list is more right on. Especially your #2. I actually refuse to watch "City of Angels" as I cried for at least 30 minutes AFTER the end of the movie. And I don't mean just tears streaming, but sobbing and unable to catch my breath crying. It was awful.

      Another I would add to the list is "Pay it Forward." I had nearly the same reaction to that one as "City of Angels."

      1. princessr at |

        I won't watch City of Angels either! I also cried after the movie ended. When I lived with my brother I wasn't working so I had lots of time on my hands and I watched every single one of his and his wife's DVDs except for City of Angels and when I moved out it was still in the plastic wrapper! I think my sister in law felt the same!

        I cried my eyes out while watching 8 Below, Homeward bound and Benji. Animal movies get me all the time. I also cried during the Patriot when Benjamin Martin's youngest girl cried out "Papa!" Gets me every time!!

        Movies involving children and animals in sad circumstances make me cry and I sobbed for a long time after AI ended.

  8. Carlos at |

    I definately agree with Titanic. One of the saddest movies of all time.

  9. Blue Djinn at |

    I just finished watching "Titanic" on TNT. OK. That's a good one. 5 out of 5 on the Kleenex scale. "Old Yeller" is another tearjerker. "Rabbit Proof Fence" made me cry when I saw it a few years ago. What's Number One on my list? "Imitation of Life" with Lana Turner, Sandra Dee, John Gavin, Susan Kohner, and Juanita Moore. Mahalia Jackson singing at the funeral will just tear you apart.

    1. Auntibeck at |

      Madam X another Lana Turner incredibly sad and very old…wonder if anyone ever saw Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins…really really sad (a mom dies, a little boy cries).

  10. thechamp at |

    How about the champ?

  11. Meegh at |

    I haven't seen some of these, but the ones I have, I only agree on Beaches. My favorite tear jerkers would be, in no particular order,

    Grave of fireflies, what dreams may come, svaing private ryan, atonement.

  12. Marybeth at |

    The Green Mile should be on the list. I could only watch it once because I cried so hard. Some others Untamed Heart, Stepmom, and Here on Earth.

  13. lullaby at |

    1.Armageddon should be included. It's sad when a dad do that kind of sacrifice.

    Bambi is a tear-jerker too, but i will also cry in a movie like brother bear. Maybe i'm like that

  14. Kessie at |

    I'm female, but I don't generally cry over movies. When I do, it's usually not over the movies that other people cry over. Romances do nothing for me, no matter how sad.

    Off the top of my head, three movies that I've cried over:

    1. Where the Red Fern Grows (when I was about 8 years old)

    2. Man on Fire (weird, I know, but the end made me cry)

    3. Hotel Rwanda (I cried at least halfway through it)

  15. robb at |

    i cried at We Were Soldiers when all the wives got the letters of the deceased soldiers.. it was very depressing.

  16. Greg at |

    Ummm… you guys missed out on The Power of One, Shawshank Redemption and Road to Perdition. All very moving films.

  17. Barb at |

    Bambi, I have to agree with you about the Green Mile. I cry like a child every time I see it. I thought Beaches was awful. I sat watching with some friends, who were weeping uncontrollably at the end of the film. I just thought they'd gone mad. I could think of 100 movies sadder than that.

  18. margaret at |

    I completely agree on most of the comments regarding the notebook..that should've been number one, but no one mentioned steel magnolias??

    1. jpatte02 at |

      I agree. I love Steel magnolias, but there are scenes in that movie that make me cry like no other movie. Also, I cannot watch Schindler's List without crying. Just knowing these things really happened really gets to me.

      1. jpatte02 at |

        Also, the first ten minutes of Up are the saddest of any movie. I am so glad I watched it at home, because I would have felt wierd crying in the theater with a bunch of children around me.

        1. suckerfordepression at |

          i totally agree with jpatte02…………the first 15 mins of UP were indeed emotional……..never expected an animated movie to be so touching………great choise there jpatte02.!!!!!

        2. idk at |

          UP!!!! so depressing, notebook is good, pursuit of happiness gets me, pearl harbor, ladder 49 (idk it got to me), blood diamond, A Walk To Remember, at the end of Frequency, and there r so many more i cant think of right now

  19. Jake at |

    Grave of the Fireflies is the single saddest film ever made.

    1. ANgelique at |

      I agree with you on this one! If you don't like to cry with movies, you'll end up crying on this one, no matter with who you are watching it with. The sadness is unbearable!

    2. Briene Merrill at |

      Come on. Those who commented on this site probably hadn't watched grave of the fireflies yet. ABSOLUTELY!

    3. Silver at |

      I havent cried in 14 years but after watching the grave of the fireflies i cried.. my God i wud recommend it for those ppl who think they can never cry and without any doubt this is the most saddest movie ever made. it shud b on the top of the list.

      1. Lucrecia at |

        Grave of the fireflies is SO touching I don’t understand how that movie CANT be on your list

  20. All time classic at |

    I haven't seen all of the movies here, but 'Pay it forward' makes me cry every time. I agree with Green Mile and if you're going to mention Bambi, then what about 'Dumbo'? the scene with his mother's trunk through the bars is unbearably sad. A movie worth seeing for the inspiration and tear jerkeredness is 'The bucket list'.

  21. Aryl at |

    To me, I think that The Sixth Sense was a sad movie. For a guy like me, i cried like hell watching that show. The sad ending where he finally told his mom about his scary ability to see the dead put me into tears!!! Haley Joel Osment was simply amazing in that show.

    Also not forgetting Forrest Gump, Titanic, The Green Mile and Kramer Vs. Kramer.

  22. Aron at |

    I think it’s socially acceptable for guys to cry at movies, just not at manufactured crap like Titanic or Beaches. Here’s a good list to start:

    1. Best Years of Our Lives (1946)-Uncompromising for its time; a brilliant look at soldiers trying to adjust after coming home. Considering the current state of the world, it will probably always be timeless.

    2. Finding Neverland (2004)-The very reason to go to a movie theater: to become lost. I doubt the historical accuracy, but nobody could possibly resist the final performance of the play done for Kate Winslet (hey she CAN make good films)

    3. The Waterdance (1993)-Coping with paraplegia without the movie-of-the-week sentiment. You don’t feel sorry for anyone. You feel uplifted.

    4. and 5. Awakenings(1990), A League of their Own (1992)-Director Penny Marshall had a gift for the touching, non-manipulative moments. The ‘awakening’ scene from the former, and the Hall of Fame scene from the latter, are two of the best examples I’ve ever seen.

    6. Toy Story 2 (1999)-OK, we all have our dumb, weak moments. For me it’s the scene from this movie with the Sara Maclachlan song[Monster’s Inc. has some similar moments, too].

    7. The Wrong Man (1956)-What starts off as a typical Hitchcock film of an innocent man arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, soon turns into a heart-wrenching drama, as the man’s devastated wife is unable to handle the changes in her life, and suffers a breakdown. Emotionally draining to watch for anyone who has dealt with mental illness.

    8. The Deer Hunter (1978)-A movie that’s really hard to view more than once. The scenes in Vietnam are downright harrowing.

    9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)-My personal favorite movie made after 1960; the final frame gets me every time.

    10. Night Moves (1975)-Underappreciated Gene Hackman detective classic. Not a tear jerker, per say, but extremely depressing. Good film to watch if you feel you’ve hit rock bottom; every character in this movie is probably worse off than you.

    1. Anne at |

      Finally – someone mentioned Awakenings! I can't watch that movie without sobbing like a baby when they're dancing in the cafeteria.

  23. Ryan at |

    Movies that try too hard like City of Angels or Pay It Forward just make me mad. Don't people feel like their being manipulated when they watch that dreck?

    Hotel Rwanda was devastating. I agree with Aron on A League of Their Own. There is a French movie called Ponette that cried me dry. Does anyone remember Savannah Smiles from about 1982? It's a little goofy in spots, but overall it holds up well over time.

  24. brad at |

    blood diamond, saving private ryan, forrest gump (but i miss u Jennaiy), rudy shawshank redemption, jerry maguire

  25. Emma at |

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button!

  26. Emma at |

    Ladder 49

  27. Noah at |

    Mr. Holland's Opus.

  28. Big D at |

    And am I the only person to have ever cried at the end of Rosemary's Baby? What is more tragic than finding out that you've been lugging around Satan's baby. Also, no mention for Edward Scissorhands?

    1. Cheyenne at |

      Edward Scissorhands gets me every time!

      Some more of my favorites are:
      Moulin Rouge – I have a big cry there at the end.
      The Fox and the Hound – If you’ve seen it, you know EXACTLY what scene I’m talking about. I could fill a bathtub with all my tears from that scene.
      Marley & Me – I have three dogs and two cats, so pet movies absolutely kill me. My family made the mistake of seeing this in theaters on Christmas Day and we were all bawling in the front row.
      Where the Red Fern Grows – I still cry every time I read the book and even though I’ve only seen the movie a couple times, I cry hard at the movie, too.
      My Girl – Devastating!
      A Walk to Remember – Very, very sad to see someone so young pass on, but the movie is uplifting, too.
      Pay It Forward – This one gets me going, too. I read the book on this too and it was also very sad.
      Charlotte’s Web – I can’t help but cry when Charlotte dies.

      Most of the romance movies don’t get me crying, but every now and then I’ll shed a tear. But seeing an animal die just kills me!

  29. nn at |


    1. Tyson at |

      I searched through the entire list looking for someone to mention Roberto Benini's 'Life is Beautiful'.

      #1 on my list. Definitely a must see.

  30. Goliath The Pickle at |

    I'm surprised THE COLOR PURPLE has not been mentioned…

    1. Lisa at |


  31. XUSNLT at |

    Lots of good movies here! I'd like to add "Fireproof" because I'm divorced and the end brought up a lot of pent up sadness that I must be repressing! Since there are some goofy ones on the list, I'll add the one Geico caveman commercial when he's on the airport walkway and passes the billboard – the music and his sadness at being an object of ridicule strike some chord in my psyche and it gets me 9 out of 10 times. Weird.

  32. Janell at |

    Kessie, you're the best for saying Man on Fire. You can fast forward to the very end of that movie, and I'd still cry.

    I don't think it was mentioned, but I Am Sam is another sad one. Also, A Walk to Remember was incredibly moving/ seriously brings out the waterworks.

    *** P.S. I Love You *** So touching, it had me fighting back tears so many times. Definitely a movie to watch alone if you like crying during movies but don't want others to see.

  33. EnG_@HMED at |

    i really love tearjerker romantic movies

    1. A walk to remember

    2. TITANIC

    3. City of angels

    4. Sweet november

  34. Austin B at |

    In no particular order…

    1. The Notebook

    2. Mr. Holland's Opus

    3. Titanic

    4. P.S. I Love You

    5. Breakfast at Tiffany's (CAT!!!!)

    6. Shawshank Redemption

    7. Fox And The Hound

    8. What Dreams May Come

    9. Million Dollar Baby

    10. Remember the Titans/

    1. kkaayyllaa at |

      i agree with fox and the hound. best kids movie ever.

  35. John at |

    A WALK TO REMEMBER – I think its the best love story/romance movie. ultimate tearjerker.

    Here On Earth

    What Dreams May Come

    The Notebook

    Big Fish – the ending gets me every time

    Mr. Hollands Opus


    Sweet November

  36. Danielle at |


    This film is worse the second time round, had me shouting at Danny not to go! :'(

  37. heretoday at |

    I agree on Field of Dreams (and for exactly the same reason), and The Green Mile.

    "Running on Empty" gets me every time. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" at its conclusion had every female in the theatre weeping (and a few of the guys), and I still haven't been able to see it without tears.

    1. Jezza at |

      Why would that be?

      When ever my wife thinks of a weepie moment in the whole franchise it's when Harry looks in that mirror and sees his deceaced parents for the first time.

  38. Paige at |

    Ghost is my #1

  39. Amanda at |


    I have to agree with you on your choices, especially "Where the Red Fern Grows". I read this book first and cried and then watched the movie and cried. It's very touching. I also absolutely love "What Dreams May Come" oh my gosh, that was a good movie. Robin Williams was awesome in that movie. I also like "The Shawshank Redemption". "A Walk to Remember" and "City of angels" gets me every time too. Wow, I want to cry just thinking about it. There are too many movies to count that I've watched and cried after watching. Too many sad stories or love stories out there that will make me cry.

  40. chucc at |

    its a lot sad a$$ movies…schindler's list,roots, the color purple…oh also bridge to terabithia, that movie was sad…i thought it was a fantasy kids movie, it was but it took a sad turn…took my daughter to see it she started crying and me water…lol

  41. chucc at |

    oh i forgot the best cartoon movie of all time the lion king…

  42. Amber at |

    i agree on the notebook, city of angels … the others may just be a matter of preference IMHO

    but I have to suggest (although i'm youngish, i cried so much watching) "Somewhere in Time"

    1. lram at |

      A real tearjerker movies:

      autumn in new york

      moulin rouge

      a walk to remember

    2. Chris at |

      Somewhere in Time!
      Oh my God, I couldn’t see through the tears and got a proper sore throat.
      Reeve’s face at the end.
      I also wept buckets at the end of “Dead Ringers” :(

  43. Jboogey at |

    Uh, short circuit!!! where johnny five is getting f'ed up. Brings a tear to my eye every time.

  44. evol at |

    better watch "grave of the fireflies"… it made me cry for about 3/4 of whole the film..

  45. Steff at |

    1. Plague Dogs

    2. Grave of the Fireflies

    3. Homeward Bound

    4. West Side Story

  46. CB at |

    Great call on Grave of the Fireflies. That's an amazing, powerful movie. Watched it once and I doubt I'll ever be able to watch it again.

  47. fanniefarkle at |

    Schindler's List

  48. Leslie at |

    Here are my tear jerkers:

    1. Cheech & Chong

    2. Epic Movie

    3. Camp Rock

    4. Detroit Rock City

    5. John Tucker Must Die

    6. High School Musical 1, 2 and 3

    7. Knocked Up

    8. 40 Year Old Virgin

    9. Bionicles – Mask Of Light

    10. Lion King

    The drama and acting was so well thought out, espically in High School Musical, Zac Efron's hair….so beautiful how it bathed in the light.

    1. Peter Boucher at |

      Leslie, You forgot “Clerks” as well. Sorry, but I am laughing my head off right now with that sarcastic bit of humor. Here’s to you, my friend !!!!

  49. Jose Sinclair at |

    Has NO ONE seen the movie most GUYS cry at:

    1. "Pride of the Yankees" – with Lou Gehrig's speech, "today I consider myself the luckiest man alive" For me, that' #1 because it's a true story.

    – and b/c everyone missed it!

    The others

    2. The Best Years of Our Lives – perhaps the finest American film, certainly the best anti-war film, and our best filmmaker: William Wyler

    3. Hidalgo – tears of joy, perhap the teariest closing scenes of any Disney film

    4. Field of Dreams – if you're a guy and barely knew your father… like me

    5. Babe – tears of joy again; "That'll do pig!"

    This film actually hurt pork sales as no kids wanted to be eating Babe!

    6. Kolya – a terrific child actor from Moscow stole everyone's heart, including the director and his father, the star; the closing scene was repeated in reality after production!

    7. Phar Lap – the saddest horse story ever, I think, and a true one.

    8. Fandango – Coster's first, dir by Kevin Reynolds. When the college buddies part in the end, you know some will never see each other again, something we've all experienced.

    9. The Shawshank Redemption – hollywoodish and cornball, but such a great movie overall.

    10. Tie, Dog Films: add to Old Yeller: Sounder, A Dog of Flanders, My Dog Skip

    Special mention: the mother in Saving Pvt Ryan, falling down on her porch when she sees the military car approaching her country house. Heartbreaking without any dialogue whatsoever.

    1. Felicity at |

      I sobbed my way through Babe – literally from beginning to end! :(

  50. Jose Sinclair at |

    OOPS – I forgot "Finding Neverland"

    Sorry, but it's one of my favorites ever, with added weight due to being at least based on a true story.. beautiful film! For me the best, most touching performances of both Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp.

  51. heather at |

    love your first and third choices, mine too, but my second choices are "bridges of madison county" and "born free".

    (what about "the notebook" and "pay it forward"?)

    1. Bing at |

      Finally someone mentioned "The Bridges of Madison County"! I can't believe I had to scroll down to almost the end of the page to find someone who had seen this absolutely touching movie. Also, try to check out "One True Thing" also with Meryl Streep. It is incredibly moving.

  52. Matt at |

    Sorry, but I think the one thing Hollywood definitely sucks at is this 'genre', if you can call it that. Most of these films have me reaching for the sick-bag not the tissue box!

    I may be moved to tears at a film if it's 1, a true story [not adaption] or 2, the film is so damn good I believe that it's real.

    Now, seeing as movies are by their nature 'make-believe' it's not common to see films that genuinely would move most to cry.

    I find European or independent films more likely to hit home. Those film-makers are less concerned about entertainment than you 'have' to be in Hollywood to survive.'Life Is Beautiful' was one; the relationship with his son, not the Nazi death-camp backdrop.

    So sorry, Hollywood; love your comedies, action, drama, westerns, etc. but not your 'tearjerkers.'

  53. Gil V. at |

    TITANIC??? what??? insane…the most overrated movie in history

  54. Alice at |

    Movie that made me absolutley bawl. In no order.


    Rain Man

    The Godfather Part II

    The Deer Hunter

    Little Big Man

    Romeo + Juliet

    Into the Wild

    I tear up at a lot of films, but watching these seven I just absolutley lost it.

  55. Irishred at |

    Rudy is a tear jerker, the ultimate story about a regular Joe with an inevitable future at his fathers steel mill. Rudy has a dream and will stop at nothing to overcome all the odds. Later walking on and playing football for the Fighting irish. Also just watched Marley and me and damn I found myself getting choked up in the end of that one, a very funny movie though.

  56. Ok at |

    I think big fish was a greate funny + sad movie

  57. Aranez at |

    True some sad movies here.

  58. Paul at |

    Forrest Gump “You died on a Tuesday…”

  59. Allen at |

    Has anyone seen “Dangerous Minds”? I don’t cry during movies, but when Ms. Johnson broke the news to her class that Emilio (a student) had been shot and killed, that was just….heartbreaking.

    1. Total un-crier at |

      XD wow your kinda like me i never cry during ANYTHING,but if a young child gets hurt in a movie or somethin i'd be bawling for an hour!!! >xD

  60. Sean at |

    Brian's Song is one of the few movies that makes me cry. The end of Marley and me got me pretty good too.

  61. Jim at |

    I agree with you Sean, Brian’s Song's locker room scene was one of the toughest to watch.

  62. Ironmunk at |

    I saw "My Sister's Keeper" last week. I think it's going to be in the top 10… definitely a 3-hankie bawler.

  63. asdf at |

    I can't believe you guys! Titanic was terrible!

  64. Otis at |

    1.Selena (the ending of this movie will hit you like a bolt of lightning)

    2.John Q. (It's sad almost to the point where it's intolerable)

    3.Pixar's Up (2009)

    4.Bridge to Terabithia

    It takes a *lot* for me to be moved by a movie (something that even the Lion King and Titanic failed to do), but these 4 movies were just so sad!

  65. Cranberry at |

    Reign over me.

    I don't care for Adam Sandler's acting but he was good in Reign Over Me.

    I cried so hard when he told Don Cheadle about his family.

    I cried again after he told the Timplemans that he has to deal with seeing his wife's face everywhere.

    I cried when Charlie was walking down the hall way and he had flash backs of his family.

    I cried at the end when Don Cheadle told his wife that he wants to open up to her and she says she loves him.

    I cried in the freakin credits!

    I think the main reason why it effected me so heavily is because before I was even though of, my dad had a family and his family sadly passed away.

    The other movies that are really saddening are darn Disney movies.

  66. Josie at |

    I have two ABSOLUTE tear jerkers for you…

    1. Dying Young (Julia Roberts & Campbell Scott…epic)

    2. Steel Magnolias

  67. JB at |

    You can add Marley and Me to the list of tear jerking dog movies. I rented it on demand because I was in the mood for a comedy, but HOLY COW my wife and I cried for like the last 30 minutes non stop. Not sure if it was really that sad or if it was because I was totally not expecting it.

    1. steve at |

      i am with you my eyes were so swollen after this movie

  68. Allen at |

    Here are my tearjerkers (#1 being the saddest and #10 being the "least saddest")

    1.Dangerous Minds


    3.Hoop Dreams

    4.Bridge to Terabithia

    5.Pursuit of Happiness

    6.Old Yeller


    8.No Reservations

    9.Disney's the Kid

    10.Fools Rush In

  69. galacticemu at |

    Here are some classics that are sometimes overlooked. In no particular order. Invest in tissues.

    1. Madame X

    2. The Champ

    3. To Sir, With Love – Sidney Poitier – the end scenes are very moving, if you can overlook the song being played a million times.

    4. Love Story

    5. I am Sam

    6. What Dreams May Come – I'm not a big fan of Robin Williams but my god. So sad.

    7. Meet Joe Black – Man do you end up feeling sorry for Death.

    8. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

    9. The Green Mile

    10. Schindler's List

    11. The Color Purple

    12. Of Mice and Men

    13. To Kill a Mockingbird

    14. Dead Poets Society

  70. Katelyn at |

    My Girl- when she climbs in the cascet…i lose it

    A Walk to Remember- esp. the end when landon over-voices the last scenes

    Stepmom- honestly…i cried

    ARMAGEDON- bruce willis doesnt come back… Aerosmith- I DONT WANT TO CLOSE MY EYES

    Dark Victory- black and white- she knows she dieing and lets her husband leave anyway

    Where the Red Fern Grows- CLASSIC- no comment needed

    You've Got Mail- chick flick…i'm a girl

    Windtalkers- Nicholas Cage…when the native american gives his life- war movie

    We Were Soldiers- another war movie that breaks my heart

  71. Elroy at |

    Thank you, collective detailed domain , straight to the the point. Great site very informative,

  72. aditya at |

    Believe me i cried a lot when i watched INTO THE WILD………

  73. MaxB at |

    Although this is only a japanese anime movie, "Grave Of The Fireflies" is highly recommended as one of the saddest whatever categories of sad movies. Watch it and if it not sad to you, i'm a liar then. Although it an anime, the storyline is for adult audience.

  74. bzzyb at |

    I don't see "Gone with the Wind" as a tear jerker. One of my all time favorites, but you know that she's going to fight like hell and win him back, so I didn't cry at the end.

    My list would be:

    1. City of Angels

    2. Pay it Forward

    3. My Girl

    4. Green Mile

    5. Forest Gump

    6. Ghost

    7. Steel Magnolias

    8. Terms of Endearment

    9. ET

    10. Beaches

    1. cloe at |

      sorry although a great movie I would not cry at forest gump not a tearjerker.
      and ghost was jus weird and not sad at all.

  75. disturbia at |

    I agree with What Dream May Come,I cried at the end,but were tears of joy.Sweet November too,I never watched all the movie ,I lost it at about the middle and I couldn't stop crying.

    Two movies that are not "tearjerkers" per se but are unbearably depressing: Pan's Labyrinth (El Labirinto Del Fauno) and Requiem for a Dream.

    A recommend a very good movie,a beautiful love story: Jeux D'enfants.Watch it: it won't be disappointing!

    (Excuse my english,its my second language:))

  76. Katie at |

    Good night Benjamin……

  77. Riny T at |

    I'll admit it, I cry really easily when it comes to movies but I have to agree with some of the people who thought Titanic sucked, it did ! sorry ! here is my opinion on 10 of the saddest (in no particular order):

    1. Marley & Me (if you've EVER owned a dog you can't deny this is devestating)

    2. Green Mile

    3. Shawshank Redemption

    4. Cinema Paradiso (I cried so much I had to vomit)

    5. Beaches

    6. Central Station (when that kid wakes up to find Dora gone and starts tearing down the road after her..)

    7. Field of Dreams

    8. A Very Long Engagement

    9. The Sixth Sense (Tony Collette: "I asked her…..did I make her proud ?")

    10. Lorenzo's Oil (how has nobody said this movie yet ????)

  78. Chels at |

    My Sisters Keeper and Pay it Forward are THE most tear jerker movies EVER! I Never Ever cry and I have to pause My Sisters Keeper every 15 minutes to calm myself down and to not let the tears fall. Titanic I agree with also ET… enh it can make you tear up a bit. Stepmom I agree with but nooooo its not on the list.

  79. Karen at |

    "Awakenings" with Robert DeNiro made me sob uncontrollably!

  80. lilica at |

    hmmmm brokeback mountain is a very good tear jerker movie… hmm its not gay at all :))

  81. zeus at |

    There is one that gets me every time. 8 Seconds. Not when Luke Perry's character dies, but in the scene following when his father tells his mother, "I remember telling him that I was proud of him, and that he did a good job, but I can't remember a single time when I told him that…I loved him.". Gets me every time.

  82. alyssa at |

    THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 1 :)… really awesome movie.

    I really cried. 😛

    1. kapil at |

      It was a great movie. But not a tearjerker. Its my one of the best movie.

  83. Julia Dube at |

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

  84. Julia Dube at |

    Pan's Labyrinth. I can never watch it again.

  85. Shawnny at |

    I was surprised not to have seen Artificial Intelligence on anyone's list. It's so sad that the poor robot boy could never get the love he so desired from his mother. I cried my eyes out at the ending.

  86. Rose at |

    you missed a beautiful movie from the 1957

    an affair to remember, with Cary Grant and Deberah Kerr

  87. Bobby at |

    Shawnny, I forgot about A.I. Yes that IS really sad. Two main bits get me, the moment when that robot is destroyed in the circus and then at the end where Joel-Osmond-bot see's his mum. It's a choker!

    I had a go at making my own tear jerker trailer in my blog Bob Versus Tearjerkers:


    Any good?

  88. Kennypo65 at |

    First, Titanic sucked. How about these, in no particular order:

    1. Brian's song

    2.Old yeller

    3.Shindler's list

    4.Pride of the Yankees


    6. Million dollar baby

    7.The green mile

    8.Saving private Ryan


    10.Terms of endearment

  89. Yasmin at |

    Lion King, PS I Love You, A walk to remember, Uptown Girls, Titanic

  90. kapil at |

    I have just watched SOMWHERE IN TIME. It cried a lot at the end.

    Also blood diamond, saving private ryan must had been on the list

  91. jhhwild at |

    What about "Grave of the Fireflies"? That is one hell of a depressing movie although I didn't really cry, I was just kind of numb at the end.

    Another tear-jerking movie is a documentary called "Dear Zachary", I actually started to cry at the end of that movie. I don't think I cried that much during a movie ever.

    1. kapil at |

      I just watched it 1 hour ago. It was just an emotional movie not a tearjerker.

  92. caffelattemagazine at |

    Hey you forgot:

    1. Imitation of Life

    2. Meet the Robinsons

    3. The Lion King

    4. Jungle Book

    5. Pursuit of Happyness

    6. Schindler's List

    7. The Color Purple

    Actually you have a great list.

  93. kapil at |

    Today I just watched The Notebook and Grave of the fireflies. Also 2 days ago I watched casablanca. I don't why people admire casablanca so much. I really didn't like it. "Grave of the fireflies" was an Emotional movie but not a tearjerker. So I think the only movie which literally made tears come from my eye was SOMEWHERE IN TIME. And The notebook ! nothing at all.

    1. crying now at |

      the tearjerker in casablanca is at the ending. rick makes ilsa believe that they are leaving casablanca together. she is prepared to leave her husband for him, but rick has other plans. he instead uses all his influence and money to get husband and wife on the plane, leaving him alone and losing the greatest love of his life… again. why? rick knew that victor would be ruined without his wife. victor won’t be able to lead the revolution, and he is the people’s only hope. rick makes himself to be a shrewd and selfish businessman whose only cause is himself, yet he gives up his own love to give hope to the people. he contents himself with “we’ll always have paris,” meaning his memories of ilsa. selfless, unconditional love does it for me every time…

  94. Yasmin at |

    -Titanic (when the dead jack drowns into the sea)

    -A walk to remember (landon crying at his dad's doorstep just to say thank you)

    -The Lion King (when musafa dies)

    -PS I Love You (The whole movie!!!!) < why does noone mentions it. it's soo depressing! definitely a must seeeee!!!

  95. Christine at |

    Has anyone seen Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron? I cry everytime..especially at the part when the song 'Sound the Bugle' playing. I downloaded the soundtrack, and as soon as that song starts playing I tear up.

  96. nip at |

    The lion king, braveheart and the green mile should defo be on this list!

  97. Holly at |

    I agree with them all. I would like to add that another scene that makes me cry when I watch Titanic is when the lady asks the captain where she should go. I start bawling right there and continue crying through the rest of the movie.


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