I'm watching the end of Mr. Holland's Opus and sobbing.
Watching Lana Turner in Madam X. She played the shit out of that role. And her death scene was magnificent. Best damned soap opera movie I ever seen.
I weep at the end of most entertainment. I come to love the characters and don't want them to leave, even for a week. I barely see movies anymore because I become so obsessed with what subsequently happens that I have to produce art that somehow continues the story, especially if all the principle cast is still living.
in my youth, almost nothing could bring me to tears. now in my dotage, nearly anything can cause me to tear up. sappy commercial, moving speech, cute boys hugging on screen...
r4 = Mega Mary!
the miracle worker with Patty Duke & Anne Bancroft
Bridges of Madison County
r6 must be flagged for improper use of MARY!
Can TV also be included? Because I just went through this re-watching the first season of "Mad Men" recently.
The whole story arc of Don Draper's younger brother. The actor that played it was so earnest and conveyed it all so clearly. How he had idolized his older brother, kept the hope alive that he had not been killed in the war like he had been told. How crushed he was at Don's reaction when he found him. It was very well done and so heartbreaking. I cried big time while watching it.
For movies -- the end of "Streetcar ..." when they come to haul off Blanche. The sounds she makes, like a wounded, captured animal just get me every time.
The Whales of August
"Blossoms in the Dust." "Brokeback Mountain." D'uh.
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
The Joy Luck Club and Fearless ...
every. fucking. time.
Die hard III
Too many to list. I don't actually cry tears but I get choked up at some of the stupidest things. A couple legitimate ones that come to mind are
To Kill A Mockingbird
Philadelphia (I know, DL hates it but when the brother is inconsolable at the end, I lose it).
Of course, The Miracle Worker.
One of the stupider ones..
A League Of Their Own
Animated kids movies. Those things don't mess around. That's some hardcore emotions there.
The Iron Giant, always, and especially during the final scene.
Bridges of Madison County
The Way We Were
The Green Mile
Eddy Duchin Story
oh, so many
and there was a TV movie years ago, Love is Never Silent that had me racked with sobs
The final scene in the Ghost and Mrs. Muir when Gene Tierney's youth and beauty are restored as she is finally united with Rex Harrison provokes tears every time.
The final scene in "Silent Running" where the little robot with it's watering can is seen drifting into deep space with Earth's sole surviving forest.
When Gizmo says good-bye to Billy in "Gremlins".
[italic]Moulin Rouge[/italic] scene when Christian denounces Satine onstage and walks away. She then sings to him their love song ("Come What May") and he returns to her arms. She dies minutes later.
Gets me every time!!
Running On Empty - the reunion scene between the mother and her father (Christine Lahti and Steven Hill).
Billy Eliot - a scene with Billy remembering his mum in the kitchen. Later, when the brother tries to stop the dad from crossing the picket line.
One True Thing - the Christmas choir scene.
It's been over 30 years since I watched Benji or The Fox & The Hound and there's no way in hell I would watch them as an adult. I would be ugly-crying for days.
How on earth is that a children's story?
Carrie-when she's dancing with Tommy while the band plays "I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me" I'm listening to it now and tearing up. BLUB!!
The ending of the Color Purple cured my alexithymia.
“Me and you, us never part. Makidada. Me and you, us have one heart. Makidada. Ain’t no ocean, ain’t no sea. Makidada. Keep my sister away from me.”
What Dreams May Come streaming on Netflix.
Only thing is it makes you cry too often throughout the movie. You should only have certain poignant moments and then space between. Shouldn't be a tear duct trigger throughout.
R4, I would love to see your art. Can you describe your style?
Any film in which the animal dies or is separated from its caretaker. WTF is wrong with me?
No movie made me cry like Brokeback Mountain, reminding me of the importance of representation. But they need to make more happy gay-themed movies, I would've preferred Jack and Ennis riding off into the sunset together.
The Way We Were
Thelma & Louise.
My Dog Skip
Many already listed here plus:
Cinema Paradiso, the end with the saved film
Terms of Endearment, when Emma dies staring at Flap and Flap is asleep and oblivious
The Joy Luck Club, when the babies are left behind
Testament, the preparing for burial scene
Bowling For Columbine, when hearing the actual 911 call of a father frantic for his kid
Zero Dark Thirty, when you hear the recording of the World Trade Center Top of The World worker saying to the 911 dispatcher "I'm going to die, aren't I?". And then she shortly stops speaking and the dispatcher keeps calling for her to say something.
Eight Below, or any movie where the dog dies.
The scene in "The Neverending Story" where Atreyu's horse, Artax, sinks into the Swamp of Sadness really gets to me.
Also, the beginning of "Up".
Dawson's 36 Load Weekend.
Because I felt there was so much more to his story that needed to be told.
The Way We Were, Sophie's Choice, Dumbo, It's A Wonderful Life,
West Side Story
The Color Purple
Field of Dreams
Brokeback Mountain did not make me cry once. I found both "cowboys" insipid. They were out in the middle of cowshit country during the DISCO era, for chrissakes. After two hours, I was more than glad to "quit them."
Now, the end of Imitation of Life with Susan Koehner chasing after her mama's funeral cortege? Sobs.
Oh, hell Schindler's List destroyed me. So did the ending of Brokeback. But I've been crying at movies for a really long time. It started with Dumbo. Damn.
When they took that poor little elephant away from his mother, and locked her ass up, and she had to cuddle him thru the bars of her "cell" that really me. Agree about One True Thing & Stepmom too.
Terms of Endearment. When Shirley Maclaine is screaming for the meds, and then when Debra Winger is talking to her kids, and then that scene with Shirley and Jeff Daniels in the hospital room, when Shirley says, "There's nothing harder!" I'm sobbing.
R49 Finally, someone besides me gets BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.
I was, like, "Get in the fucking car and drive. Go to New York. Los Angeles. Become actors. You're both gorgeous" all through the movie.
GET THE FUCK OUT OF THAT SHITHOLE WITH ALL THOSE SHEEP.
Terms of Endearment
Old Yeller (first movie I saw; wouldn't set foot in a theatre for months afterwards)
I'm more inclined to cry during TV shows, since I've spent so much more than two hours with the characters. Michael Hudson's funeral made me cry. Lots of episodes of Parenthood made me cry. Melissa and Michael watching Hope do the shabbos candle thing on thirtysomething made me cry. Lots of TV.
I agree with the poster than wrote any movie where the animal dies or separated from it's kind caretaker.
"Requiem for a Heavyweight"
"Old Partner" Saw this movie at an independent movie fest in Philly. probably the saddest movie I have ever seen. It is a poetic documentary: It is about an ox and his caretaker (who wasn't really that nice but he had lived a difficult life as a farmer) Actually he did take care of his ox-he was particular about what he ate etc. It is a Korean film and I highly recommend it. It was probably the most successful Korean film. Link below
The end of "Chariots of Fire," where "Jerusalem" begins as Harold Abrahams arrives back in England, and then up comes the "Chariots" theme.
THE CLARION: "OUR BOYS ARE HOME! ABRAHAMS THE TOAST OF ENGLAND!"
Yass, r58!! My mother did something similar when hers sister was dying of the same disease a decade earlier. My dear aunt-who had a boyfriend at the time who never got around to proposing the marriage she desperately wanted- came into the hospice the day before she died and my mother, without skipping a beat said to my aunt," your husband is here..." Well, even now, 22 years later I cry-I can't watch Wit more than once because if that!
This scene in Sophie's Choice:
Spoiler alert for those who have not seen it
Another vote for BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. When she reaches for the door handle, I sob. Also, RADIO FLYER.
Into The Wild (the last 10 minutes) and the ending of Central Station had me HEAVING for christ sake. Both of the those films touched me so.
The first time I ever really cried was when Didi died on One Life To Live and they played that Raise your hands to heaven and pray song.. I had started watching that show that summer when I had moved to New England (I was 12) and I got so into the show and I had never expected her to die. At that age I was shellshocked. And I was just a lonely gay kid who just moved to this small town. I was heartbroken.
Life is Beautiful
The film is about an Italian Jewish man who tries to protect his son's innocence during his internment at a Nazi concentration camp, by telling him that the Holocaust is an elaborate game and he must adhere very carefully to the rules to win.
I cried and cried. It's based on a true story. I remember walking through the plot later with my sisters and totally falling apart - they were moved just in the telling. You should see it.
Debbie does Dallas
Dallas does Hawaii
The Color Purple
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
"Dark Victory" starring Bette Davis. I have seen that movie at least 100 times and it never fails to reduce me to sobs.
While gardening on a bright day Bette realizes that it is becoming darker. That's when my sniffles start. By the end of the movie I'm bawling.
It never fails.
Robin Williams and Julie Kavner knocked their roles out of the park. It's unfortunate that Williams continues to make crap where he plays it to the rafters. He does much better when he underplays a role (i.e., Dead Poet's Society, The World According to Garp).
The Japanese movie DEPARTURES (won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2009).
For some reason, the most recent showing of THE WIZARD OF OZ (IMAX 3D) had me wiping away tears.
And speaking of Judy, I always make it to the end of A STAR IS BORN thinking it won't happen, but when she says 'Hello everybody, this is Mrs. Norman Maine' and the music swells up, I fall apart.
"The Umbrellas of Cherboug!"
Almost any movie, TV show or commercial about animals. When I was a kid my dad took me to see Born Free. I was crying so hard he had to take me from the theater. I know, "Mary."
From Justin to Kelly.
Oh, the horror.
"Brokeback Mountain". I knew guys like Ennis and Jack. Grew up in cold country. But some people were more tolerant than the murderers of the old man young Ennis saw. I wasn't as tough as Ennis, but I was pretty good at fisticuffs and wrestling. And if I was knocked down, I came back at the bully. That's the way we were brought up back then. Nevertheless, I saw and cried during this movie many times.
I do know people cried during "Love Story", "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Romeo and Juliet" (1968). There were other movies that moved people, or course. I read that teenaged girls saw "Titanic" over and over.
On tv, one comes to mind: "Brian's Song".
Similar to R84, "Bang The Drum Slowly" is a schmaltzy dad-cry monster, complete with bad accents.
DeNiro and Moriarty:
I left out two:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Running on Empty
The Elephant Man
The Blue Veil
It's a Wonderful Life
Every time, every year like clockwork.
[quote]The first time I ever really cried was when Didi died on One Life To Live and they played that Raise your hands to heaven and pray song..
Forgive me for laughing out loud at this.
Broadchurch! Broadchurch destroyed me.
The end of Marley and Me when you know ... the pooch croaks.
The only movie I've tolerated Jen Aniston in.
Three chick flicks that make me cry:
A League of Their Own. As someone up thread mentioned, by the time they reunite at the Hall of Fame, I'm wiping away tears.
Hope Floats. At the end, when Sandra Bullock's ex basically tells their daughter he doesn't want her living with him, tears again.
And Baby Boom. When Diane Keaton comes home and her baby calls her "Mama", I get all weepy.
I've seen all these movies more than once, and the same thing happens, so I know now to not watch them in the company of others.
Fried Green Tomatoes. I cried so much when Buddy died, and then they bring up those same emotions when Ruth dies.
My Girl- "He can't see without his glasses!"
Carrie - When Carrie walks up to the stage in slow motion, looking so happy and beautiful for the first time. It gets worse on repeated viewings when you know what happens.
Candyman - Helen saving the baby and the Cabrini Green people attending her funeral.
Lady in White - The ending.
Hocus Pocus - The ending once again.
Ghost - I clearly have a thing about movies where ghosts cross over. The scene where Molly comes home and begins telling Sam about her day, pretending that he's there, really gets to me, too. Also, when Molly first releases Sam's spirit is real. Tears EVERYWHERE!
ordinary People - When Beth can't hug Conrad.
Terms of Endearment - When Garrett surprisingly shows up to see Aurora, proving that he really might just be a good guy after all.
The Fox and the Hound - Why can't they continue to be friends?
Toy Story 3 - That ending! I was a wreck in the theater.
Marley and Me - C'mon!
My Dog Skip - Duh!
A League of Their own - The reunion.
The Fly '86 - When Veronica has to kill Seth.
r94 is crying so hard he can't find the return key to make paragraph breaks!
The most emotional movie I've seen in the past 10 years is definitely "Atonement". In the middle of the movie you feel such anger at the injustice and yet such hope for a reconciliation. The revelation at the end just leaves me completely devastated every time. Made especially moving thanks to the perfect performances by everyone in the cast, especially James McAvoy and Vanessa Redgrave, but also thanks to the beautiful score by Dario Marianelli, whose Oscar was well deserved.
... and Brian's Song.
It's that scene in Terms of Endearment where Debra Winger is having a chat with her kids before she croaks in the hospital and the little boy lingered at the door. "I think that went well, don't you?" she said. And the little boy, holding back tears, nodded his head, and left.
The final scene of [italic] The Yearling [/italic] is devastating and made it hard for me to get to sleep.
House of Sand and Fog.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
I am not one to cry at the end of movies, even if they are sad. But something about this movie rips your heart out and tears it to pieces. It is possibly the most disturbing "great" movie that I've seen. It was just an overwhelming movie with all that it throws out at you. Laura Palmer did not lead a happy life. Extremely underrated with great performances. Sheryl Lee deserved an Oscar, but in typical Oscar fashion, she wasn't even nominated.
Imitation of Life.
Fuck it, I now need a box of tissues just thinking about some of these. Don't get me started on sad songs...
[quote] I remember walking through the plot later with my sisters and totally falling apart - they were moved just in the telling. You should see it.
We were just uncomfortable as fuck.
We won't be inviting you over for anything any time soon.
Porn, because I realize how old and fat I've become.
The little robot waits 10,000 years to experience one more day with a mother, recreated from DNA, then dies. And the robot teddy bear sits down, apparently forever.
Au Revoir, Les Infants. It was based on Louis Malle's personal experiences...and it was heartbreaking.
Four Weddings and A Funeral (the funeral)
Yes, to the children at the bedside scene in Terms of Enderment.
Yes, to The Color Purple, but I cry when Shug marches from the juke joint to the church and her estranged father, the preacher accepts her back into his life.
When the husband cuts off Ada's fingers in The Piano.
Good Will Hunting. I was caught off guard when Robin Williams' character keeps repeating "It's not your fault." to Will.
I confess - I love melodrama:
Imitation of Life.
A Street Car Named Desire.
So Proudly we Hail.
It's a Wonderful Life.
To Each His Own.
East of Eden.
I give you people who can watch movies about animals a lot of credit. I can't do it.
Brokeback always makes me cry.
My dog skip. fucking cried like a baby. The worst i ever wept from a movie.
War horse made me shed a tear or two as well.
At the end of Meet Joe Back when Anthony Hopkins' character is saying goodbye to his daughters, I started crying. I was with a friend so I really couldn't sob openly and she was looking at me funny.
My dad died while I was in school and my mom didn't take any of us kids to the the funeral or the church or cemetery or anywhere having to do with his death.
'Course, my oldest brother was 10 and the youngest kid was 3. I was 9.
Also the M*A*S*H episode where Henry Blake died.
Soldier: My King. It is an honor to die beside you.
Leonides: It is my honor to have lived with you.
My Girl (cried all weekend. Hey I was a 15 yr old girl)
Titanic (yeah I know)
Philadelphia ( sobbing, heaving, couldn't breathe tears).
Mask (not the Jim Carey movie)
Improbably, but without fail, Always Remember I Love You, a made for TV movie starring Patty Duke & Stephen Dorff.
Was Dorff old enough yet to grow his fabulous chest hair, R119?
I don't recall any shirtless scenes, R120.
Everything is Illuminated
118 here. Wanna add Imitation of Life and Requim for a Dream
"My Dog Skip" with a very young Frankie Munez (I think).
I cried like a baby with sobs and everything.
Imitation of Life
Amore (I Am Love)
BBM (not proud of that one)
A Place in the Sun
Darling (French movie with Marina Fois, not the Julie Christie sixties vehicle)
The Up series
Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice made me cry tears of joy. Yeah, I'm such a girl.