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Andrew / May 7, 2008 11:38 AM

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anne / May 7, 2008 11:47 AM

I was just talking to a coworker about this yesterday. The Joy Luck Club, hands down. Every time!

David / May 7, 2008 11:59 AM

The last one? Went to see the Lars von Trier film, Dancer in the Dark. Did I mentione I went to see it with a bunch of friends on my birthday? Jesus, what was I thinking...

Oh, and Old Yeller.

Eric / May 7, 2008 12:01 PM

Omigod. Once.

annie / May 7, 2008 12:17 PM

Ok, I'm a chick so some of mine aren't technically my fault. Terms of Endearment and Steal Magnolias, every single time. It's a Wonderful Life, every year! This past Christmas we went to the Music Box for the Christmas double feature and for some reason this year, it hit me more than usual (our economy perhaps??) I felt like I was beat up after with all the the crying. Hotel Rawanda and Million Dollar Baby. Most recently I saw Young @ Heart and I cried from the first scence to the last, non stop. And movie crying is the worst b/c I try so hard to keep it in, I always have the worst headache after. Shit, I could go on an on, I cry at a lot of movies, I've cried at t.v. shows. When Family Ties ended I was a total wreck, same with M.A.S.H. I've never seen Brian's Song only because I don't think I could handle it.

kerry / May 7, 2008 12:30 PM

The Last Unicorn. Every time, always, since I was a very small child. Sometimes just thinking about that movie makes me weep, and I'm not exactly sure why at this point. It's not just a little tearing up, it's like full-on sobbing. Also, Spirited Away makes my cry on and off throughout, but it's a very satisfying sort of cry and always worth it.
I second Steel Magnolias, that's a surefire tearjerker for me, too.

Jill / May 7, 2008 12:55 PM

Home Alone. At the end, when his mother finally comes home, and Kevin slowly turns around in the living room and he pretends to pout, but a smile creeps onto his face... I weep like a little girl, every time.

Carlos / May 7, 2008 1:02 PM

For me, Forrest Gump get's me going a few times.

Dingus / May 7, 2008 1:11 PM

Haven't cried over a movie in decades. Brian's Song did it for me as a kid, though ("I love Brian Piccolo. And I want you to love him to..." WAHHHHH!!!!)

p / May 7, 2008 1:17 PM

basquiat. braveheart. lucas. requiem for a dream. rudy. glory.

graumach / May 7, 2008 1:18 PM

The 400 Blows. Pather Panchali. Map Of The Human Heart. My Life As A Dog. Empire Of The Sun.

Mo / May 7, 2008 1:56 PM

Joy Luck Club for me, too. Everytime. And I cried like a crazy person all through Big Fish. My father died right before Big Fish came out, and I can't watch the movie without feeling like it just happened. Guh. Some comedies now, please.

Mucky Fingers / May 7, 2008 2:08 PM

It's always for the ending...Rocky, Dead Poets Society, E.T., The Karate Kid, It's A Wonderful Life, Braveheart.

flange / May 7, 2008 2:11 PM

films about onions.

Carrie / May 7, 2008 2:21 PM

I never, ever used to cry at movies. My ma and sister thought I was a robot. However, the first movie I cried at a few years ago still makes me cry-- Backdraft.

Allan / May 7, 2008 2:24 PM

All three of the Star Wars prequels, but especially the first one or, um I mean the fourth one, which was really the beginning before the first one, er, um ahhh shit!

Mikey / May 7, 2008 2:29 PM

E.T. After having not seen it for years, I caught the second half on cable this past weekend, and sure enough, the eyes got watery all over again. I love that ugly little guy...

mike-ts / May 7, 2008 2:36 PM

Saving Private Ryan got me in a couple of places. The end, of course, when he returned decades later to the cemetery, but when the Jeep drove down the dirt farm road to tell Momma that all but one of her sons died in action, that dropped the hammer on me. I wasn't crying as in boo hoo, but was surprised to feel the moisture running down my cheeks.

snuh / May 7, 2008 2:39 PM

annie, i know what you mean with the steel magnolias! it's so cheesy; i loved that movie as a kid but never cried during it. saw it a couple months on cable, and dammitall if sally field didn't get me all weepy at the end.

alison / May 7, 2008 3:10 PM

Ugh, I am such a Cry Baby--I probably cried at that movie. That John Waters sure knows how to tug the heartstrings!

Seriously, though. I'll cry at just about any movie that has a soaring violin score or someone dies/falls in love. Once, I even cried at some awful commerical where the dad found his kid's stuffed animal in his briefcase and took pictures of it during his business trip.

This is why I mostly watch horror movies and documentaries.

Mindy / May 7, 2008 3:24 PM

Million Dollar Baby totally got me and so did Moulin Rouge. I bawled like there was no tomorrow at the end of that movie.

gate / May 7, 2008 3:46 PM

The new Ben Stein movie Expelled makes me want to cry. Thank god no one is going to see it.

Spook / May 7, 2008 4:01 PM

Dawn of the Dead, the uncut version!

jennifer / May 7, 2008 4:02 PM

the pianist --> definitely cried. brokeback mountain --> left me gutted. bridget jones's diary --> 'I like you just the way you are.' welling up with tears.

crystal / May 7, 2008 5:08 PM

In jr. high I cried for My Girl - when the girl was crying for the death of her friend. Bawling.

First movie I remember crying for - Gorillas in the Mist, when the silverback got killed.

In college - misty-eyed for A Beautiful Life.

I also cried a bit in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when the father gives a toast to the daughter at the wedding. That reminded me of my own relationship with my father.

I know there's more movies that have gotten to me but I don't remember them. I do have to say that I don't have a movie that gets me every time. Those were "first time viewings."

kelly / May 7, 2008 6:12 PM


JD / May 7, 2008 6:12 PM

"About Schmidt"
Now thats a sad movie

Leelah / May 7, 2008 6:50 PM

Another one for "It's a Wonderful Life" here. I also cry in "Miracle on 34th St." when Santa Claus speaks Dutch. I sobbed through the end of "Brokeback Mountain," too.

flannery / May 7, 2008 8:01 PM

Even though I have a friend who swears I have no soul - I also cry when Santa sings in Dutch with the little girl in Miracle and I sobbed, I mean wept full on, at Life is Beautiful. Totally felt manipulated, but couldn't help it.

J / May 7, 2008 9:21 PM

La meglio gioventù, when the mother collapses with grief, and both her sons are there to hold her up. That, and the scene in La vita è bella where the little boy cries out for his mom when he sees her in the end. Those being the only two moments where any motion picture has been able to move me to that extent, i could easily state that, to me, Italian cinema captures life at its best.

Luke / May 7, 2008 9:28 PM

Annie is right, she cries whatever she's watching, even commercials (remember the Folger's commercial when the kid comes home from college and puts on coffee?). For me, I hide it a lot but have no shame about 4 scenes that get me going: the scene in To Kill a Mockingbird where everyone in the courtroom stands up when Atticus leaves ("stand up, your father's passin"); the end of Dead Poet's Society; Brian's Song; and the end of It's a Wonderful Life. The movie Young at Heart got me too, especially when the guy sings that stupid Coldplay song.

Oh, one more: the scene in The Godfather where Brando and Pacino are sitting in the's not so much the content as the genuineness of the acting. If I were going to become an actor, that scene would be what I would strive for. OK, 5 scenes, and there's probably more.

annie / May 7, 2008 9:33 PM

OK, I forgot about ET, my mom had to carry me to the car and lay me in the backseat and when we got home she had to calm me down with a cold rag. Pretty much the same with Old Yeller and Dumbo.
In America, I was a basketcase. And Snuh, "I can run all the way to Texas, but my daughter can't, she never hair does look like a brown football helmut." (Not that anyone will here will ever watch this with me, but you don't want to, I know every word)I'm sorta watery typing this. Does anyone remember the Folder's Christmas commercial when Peter puts on the coffee and everyone wakes up?? that killed me. Or on Murphy Brown when she has the baby and sings "you make me feel like a natural woman". God, I'm a loser.

Cletus Warhol / May 7, 2008 11:15 PM

Several films have over the years (Harold and Maude, To Kill A Mockingbird, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest are just a few); but the one that's been getting me lately is Stranger Than Fiction.

I start weeping for about the entire last 1/2 hour (pretty much from "...I think I'm in a tragedy" all the way until the end.

Neal / May 8, 2008 1:08 AM

The only movie that's made me cry is Glory. Man, the end of the movie gets me every time.

First, when the flag bearer is killed and the other soldier picks it up. Then, when Matthew Broderick's character is shot and they all charge for the fort... damn.

Dave / May 8, 2008 8:34 AM

Leaving Las Vegas.

kate / May 8, 2008 9:41 AM

Untamed Heart. Early 90s Christian Slater.

mikely / May 8, 2008 9:52 AM

Cinema Paradiso and The Lives of Others both have tearjerker endings.

cj / May 8, 2008 9:53 AM

just watched it til i cried two nights ago.. the 6th sense.

i can barely think of that movie without crying. ughh.

leah / May 8, 2008 10:13 AM

Eternal Sunshine did a number on me. Ran out of the theater at the end of the movie to the corner to have a proper sob.

And I won't try to pretend that Titanic & Life is Beautiful didn't leave me too shook up to drive. I'm not above being sucked into a sappy story.

Less obvious culprits: Last episode of The Hogan Family, The UK version of the Office and anything with an animal done wrong.

CC / May 8, 2008 10:18 AM

This is kind of a gimme, but the end of Schindler's List, of course. Also, when I was preteen I loved the horrible, horrible Kurt Cameron/Jamie Gurtz movie Listen to Me. I always cried at the end where they're "debating" about abortion in front of the Supreme Court (made sense to me at the time, but now WTF??) and Jamie tells her heart-wrenching rape/abortion story.

CC / May 8, 2008 10:21 AM

Doh! I mean Kirk, of course. You'll forgive me, I've tried to repress as much about him as possible since he turned into a christofascist conservative freak.

P.J. / May 8, 2008 10:51 AM

I cant believe no one mentioned Field of Dreams, when Kevin Costner gets to "have a catch" with his dad. That gets me every time.

m / May 8, 2008 10:56 AM

i didnt see anyone mention beaches. but maybe bc it stars bette midler. that movie makes me tear up before anything sad even happens.

also, i cried for 80% of the kite runner when i saw it.

however, like other ladies in this post, i cry at a lot of movies.

A / May 8, 2008 10:58 AM

Annie, you are not a loser! I remember that Folgers commercial because it is the best commercial ever. My brother and I still talk about it every Christmas. You can find it on YouTube if you need a good cry. I also used to get teared up at some of the early Cotton commercials.

I cry all the time at movies. Some noteworthy ones, Where the Red Fern Grows and Field of Dreams.

lmy / May 8, 2008 10:58 AM

the break-up and high fidelity. they make me think of the lost loves of my life and how much i want someone special by my side someday.

A / May 8, 2008 11:06 AM

Just thought of another one: Shawshank Redemption.

Jamie / May 8, 2008 11:37 AM

Oh, Cletus W, Harold & Maude for me, too.

Erica / May 8, 2008 11:55 AM

Chick flicks! Beaches – the cutie pie little girl kills me! Fried Green Tomatoes when whatsherface dies and the housekeeper stops the clock ... yikes!

p / May 8, 2008 12:52 PM

ordinary people. dead man walking.

Robyn / May 8, 2008 1:47 PM

Best tearjerker: "Nothing in Common" w/Jackie Gleason and Tom Hanks. The end is amazing. SOB!

Others: The Color Purple, Steel Mags, One True Thing, Forrest Gump, The Last Emperor, Sweet Dreams

Mac / May 8, 2008 2:11 PM


lmy / May 8, 2008 2:44 PM

i also cry at the end of vincent gallo's the brown bunny. it's so haunting and sad when you realize she's dead and he can't let her go.

zoenotcool / May 8, 2008 5:11 PM

*Cast Away
*Most movies starring Tom Hanks
*Joy Luck Club (when the mother tells the daughter "I see you")
*Little Women (any version)
*Atonement (the bond between the soldiers)

Anticipating: The Time Traveller's Wife - if it's done well, I will be a wreck

Val / May 8, 2008 9:47 PM

The Notebook. Armageddon.

Super Size Me.

Val / May 8, 2008 9:49 PM

@zoenotcool: You cried at Cast Away? That was sad?

fluffy / May 8, 2008 10:55 PM

It's a wonderful life; boys don't cry; any movie where animals/children are mistreated; the piano.

igo / May 9, 2008 8:55 AM

Antwan Fischer. I was totally bawling by the end .

michelle / May 9, 2008 9:46 AM

The Notebook, Saving Private Ryan, Life is Beautiful, I Am Sam. Would someone just give Sean Penn his kid already!!?!?I know there are way more, because it doesn't take too much to make me cry. I'm a weenie.

printdude / May 9, 2008 10:16 AM

I cry when I see Angelina Jolie unbutton her blouse.

milena / May 9, 2008 10:24 AM

Anything by Hayao Miyazaki brings tears to me. Especially Nausicaa, when she saves the little baby Ohmu from being killed--that gets me crying every time. Lost in translation also make me cry every time at the end--i think its the wonderful use of Jesus and Marychain's "Candy" and the beautiful shot of a Tokyo street--stunning.

Jason / May 9, 2008 10:24 AM

"Lady & the Tramp". When Trusty got run over.

JasonB / May 9, 2008 10:38 AM

and at the ending of "Stand By Me".

Spook / May 9, 2008 11:12 AM

Yo Momma's stank A$* onion breath!

Spook / May 9, 2008 11:13 AM

oppss sorry I misread the question!

skee bop / May 9, 2008 11:44 AM

So, let me just say that I just choked up while reading the above to kill a mockingbird quote "stand up, your father's passing."

I also cried like a crazy person at life is beautiful at the train scene in the middle where the mom is separated from the father and child.

The other one that made me cry like crazy was whale rider, when she's giving her little speech about her grandfather at her school performance. Yikes!

Matt / May 9, 2008 8:26 PM

The death of Polaroid film makes me cry. Does that count?

Jasmine / May 10, 2008 1:56 AM

1. The Color Purple - Shug's singing at Harpo's when she hears her father's choir try to drown her out with "God's Trying To Tell You Something" and she ends up taking over.

2. Brokeback Mountain - from the part where Ennis gets the returned postcard all the way to the end. "Jack, I swear..."

3. Joy Luck Club - "Waverly took best-quality crab. You took worst, because you have best-quality heart."

4. 1995 adaptation of Persuasion - um, the part where Anne reads Wentworth's letter to her

5. To Kill A Mockingbird - Atticus Finch leaves the courthouse

6. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants -- bit where Carmen calls her dad (Josh from "The West Wing"!) out on leaving her and her mom

7. Bastard Out of Carolina - Pretty much every single freakin' minute.

8. Brief of Encounter -- Jebus, I started tearing up as soon as I started typing this.

9. Lilo & Stitch -- Lilo figures Stitch is angry like her for the same reason ("It was raining, and they went for a drive. What happened to yours? I hear you cry at night. Do you dream about them? I know that's why you wreck things, and push me.")

brainylagirl / May 10, 2008 3:03 AM

I cry at movies. Like, as a matter of course. I think I must be the only person who got a little misty at _Superbad_, ferchrissakes. But movies that work their sentimental manipulation on me everytime include: E.T. ("I'll be right here" ::pointing Elliot's heart::), The English Patient ("Didn't you know? I always loved you, you fool."), _City of Angels (when he's gathering up all the pears at the farmer's market stall), _When Harry Met Sally_ (when he's telling her all the little things he loves about her like "the crease you get between your eyebrows when you're looking at me like I'm crazy."), 1995 _Persuasion_ (the letter scene) and _E.T._, again. Damn you, Steven Spielberg.

Cletus Warhol / May 11, 2008 1:12 PM

@ PJ- The reason I didn't mention Field of Dreams (although that scene did bring me to tears when I saw it) was that I feel it was just a bit heavy handed and manipulative. I mean, what person who has lost their father wouldn't tear up at the idea of having a catch with him? It was kind of like the emotional equivalent of pepper spray and I found myself feeling resentful even while I was weeping away.

Of course that just could be me and my special brand of over thinking things.

@ Jamie- Yeah, Harold and Maude still holds up even after all these years (someday there will be a Ruth Gordon retrospective somewhere and she will get her due as being one of the great comic character actors of the late 20th century).

SR / May 11, 2008 10:42 PM

You, like me, will be fighting tears throughout Grave of the Fireflies.

Hal / May 12, 2008 11:29 AM

I don't cry at movies, but I've come close with Once and Grave of the Fireflies.

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