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What movies and/or books make you cry?

Asked by leopardgecko123 (777points) October 18th, 2011

What movies or books make you tear up?
The opening scene in UP makes me cry, Courageous, the Lion King, Harry Potter 6 when Dumbledoor dies, (warning, SPOILER)HP 7 when Dobby dies and later in part 2 when Harry died and Fred, Marley and Me, Spirit: stallion of the cimmaron, Bambi, A Walk to Remember, Eight Below, Flicka, and few others. Oh and new Winnie the Pooh movie( I missed them and was happy to see them.)
Books that made me cry? I have to say Harry Potter when Dumbledoor, Dobby, Sirius, and Fred died, it was so sad. Also in Harry Potter when he was looking in that mirror at his parents and in both the movie and book when he has the resurrection stone and sees his family. And in the Hunger Games when Rue died and when Peeta finds that Katniss was faking. The Giver was sad to me. That’s about it, for now. What about you guys?

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KateTheGreat's avatar

I still cry when Mufasa dies in The Lion King.

KidCurtis's avatar

I honestly can’t think of one that did, one that did make me feel kind of sad though was that Adam Sandler film “Click”. I went in expecting a regular Adam Sandler flick but it turned out to be downright depressing in many parts.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Books: Tuesdays With Morrie, My Sister’s Keeper
Movie: Schindler’s List, The Green Mile

Honestly, though, if the book or movie are sad… I’m most likely going to cry.

smilingheart1's avatar

The part in the Christmas show, “It’s a Wonderful Life” when George Bailey got real mean with his little daughter when he was under duress that notable Christmas Eve. It always hits me hard because that is the kind of stuff many of us actually lived with minus the drama and special occasion!

mazingerz88's avatar

I cried watching that Bette Midler movie, Beaches when her friend dies.
Also cried with that scene between Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep in Marvin’s Room.
The most number of times I did it was seven and with that Japanese film, Departures.

Coloma's avatar

Oh man..any animal stories, especially Black Beauty.
I cry at cartoons too. haha
I can’t wait for Spielbergs ” Warhorse” coming out Dec. 28
I’ll probably have to sit in the theater for an extra 10 minutes before I can walk out. lol

gravity's avatar

Steel Magnolia’s
The Hunger Games (when Rue died)
Sophie’s Choice

Joker94's avatar

I lose it during the opening scenes of Up every time without fail. I got pretty choked up during Toy Story 3, too, and I think I cried the first time I watched Garden State, specifically during the final scene in the airport.

TheIntern55's avatar

Movies? The Pursuit of Happiness. And I had to stop watching Toy Story 3 because I cried so hard at the end. I grew up with that movie franchise and the end of it depressed me. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.
I don’t really cry at books. It just seems so much more powerful than me when I have a visual.
Darn it @Joker94! Stole mine before I could finish!

Joker94's avatar

@TheIntern55 Woops! Hehe, well hey, now we can wallow in our sadness together, right?

TheIntern55's avatar

@Joker94 yep. I cry at UP too:)

leopardgecko123's avatar

Oh, yeah, Toy Story 3 when they’re about to be burned in that freak fire and the end was sad but also pretty sweet.
@KidCurtis yeah the Click was real depressing. I hate that movie.
The Blind Side, Forrest Gump at the end, Wall-e, How to Train your Dragon when he loses his leg and Toothless is taken captive by his dad, I kind of said this but HP7 both parts, the movies are just amazing and have some real emotional parts I was just like WHOA

beccagolling's avatar

A recent movie that made me cry was Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
I just finished the Godchild manga last night and cried my eyes out during the final chapter. It was so sad.

Berserker's avatar

I always get all teary in that one part in Day of the Dead. When Bub the zombie finds Dr.Logan, his friend and mentor. (Bub was a project and Logan was wanting to find a way to tame zombies, but he really was his friend, too)
Logan was killed, and Bub walks up to him, and kinda shows him his shackles. Kinda like saying, dude, here I am. Then, the zombie realizes his mentor is dead, and he has a fit, wailing and smashing his chains on the walls. I can’t help it, it makes me all sad.

jca's avatar

Anything with animals just kills me. The Yearling (1942, with Gregory Peck), any Lassie movie, Bambi, Dumbo, any Disney movie with animals in it, the Disney movie with two dogs and a Siamese cat (something about a journey), Free Willy, Finding Nemo.

Books: Little Black, a Pony (about a boy and his little black pony) – it’s a kid’s book but it makes me cry to this day.

I heard “Marly and Me” is a tearjerker, and for that reason I have not seen it yet.

martianspringtime's avatar

Soldier’s Girl, A Very Long Engagement, and Brokeback Mountain all made me cry enough that I will probably never watch them again.
I’ve never been a big crier for movies (except animal movies, which I refuse to watch) but those three just killed me. I couldn’t stop crying after I watched Brokeback, it was pretty ridiculous. I also cried a lot the first time I saw Where the Wild Things Are, but not so much the second time.

Oh and I sobbed nonstop for half of the day after I read HP: Order of the Phoenix. It probably doesn’t help that I stayed up for about two days straight prior to finishing it. I’m pretty sure there are a few more books that really made me tear up, but I can’t think of any more at the moment.

Kardamom's avatar


Dumbo (the scene where his mother is cradling him in her trunk while she’s locked in the circus train car)

Ice Age (the part where the little baby’s parents are killed and the part where the mammoth has to give the baby up to the human tribe).

Wall-E (there are a few scenes where Wall-e thinks he’s lost Eve)

Chicken Run (the scene where they show a silhouette of one of the hens getting her head cut off). I didn’t think this movie was cute or funny at all.

My Sister’s Keeper (this was a 10 hankie movie).

Old Yeller (the scene where the boy ends up having to shoot his dog, because he has rabies)

The final episode of Harry Potter (when Harry collects Snape’s tears in the vial, while Snape is dying).

Star Trek The Wrath of Khan (when Spock is in that chamber dying and Kirk has his hand up to the glass, and then the scene where Spock’s coffin is being shot out into space while Amazing Grace is being played on a bagpipe).

Sex and the City movie (the scene where Carrie sees and realizes that Mr. Big has ditched her as she is getting out of the limo to marry him).

The Wizard of Oz (the scene where Dorothy has to say goodbye to the Scarecrow)

When Harry Met Sally (the scene where Meg Ryan finds out her longtime boyfriend is marrying someone else almost immediately after breaking up with her, and she says something like, “He wanted to get married, he just didn’t want to marry me.”)

Little Big Man (the scene where Dustin Hoffman wakes up with his Indian wife in their village and the U.S. army comes through and kills most of the women and children, including his wife).

Sense and Sensibility (the scene where Emma Thompson finds out that Hugh Grant has something important and very unexpected to tell her, and she starts sobbing uncrontrollably) Didn’t want to give the spoiler, because it is a crucial moment in the movie, that changes the course of everyone’s lives.

Shadowlands (the scene in which Debra Winger finally gets a shy Anthony Hopkins, who is playing the writer C.S. Lewis, into a romantic situation, and then he shyly admits that he has never been with a woman, even though he’s in his late 40’s. It was such a sweet, tender moment)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (the scene at the end) Don’t want to add a spoiler those folks who haven’t seen it. If you haven’t seen it, you must!

Star Wars Episode IV (the scene where the main characters are walking down the aisle to get their medals. The music, the pageantry, the smiles on their faces, just everything about it was perfect!) You can see it Here


The only one I can think of right now is “Standing in the Rainbow” by Fannie Flagg. This is the best book I have ever read.

stardust's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf Those two books were real tear-jerkers for me too:) The Handmaid’s Tale also makes the list.
There’s so many movies that have made me cry, including Factory Girl, The Green Mile, Into The Wild, etc.

coastiegirl96's avatar

I cried in Cyberbully at the end, when she’s making the video and her attempted suicide. I cried during the episode of OTH when Keith and Jimmy pass away. I cried watching Act of Valor. I cried when Rue passed away in Hunger Games. Oh, and in Raise Your Voice when she sings “Someone’s Watching Over Me” (emotional background on that with me) annnd, I remember crying when Snape was killed in the book. There’s many, many books that have made me tear up. I just try not to cry, and I refuse to cry in front of anyone. SO, if anyone asks, I’m still a “robot” _

Dreams's avatar

Ok, I will admit that I do cry. ( I am a girl that doesn’t cry easily) My book that made me cry was: The Boy Who Dared. That because he died for what he believed in. The book is really good thou so, you guys should read it sometime.

sahID's avatar

Your description of that Disney movie, @jca, sounds to me like both Homeward Bound and Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco. Both feature two dogs (an older one named Chance and a younger one whose name slips my mind at the moment) and Sassy, a Himalayan feline with the lip and ‘tude of a Siamese.

Some movies that get my water works flowing include:
Sophie’s Choice at two different places: first when the meaning of the title is finally revealed and the final, tragic yet predictable scene.)
The Lord Of the Ring: The Fellowship Of the Ring in the terrifying flight across the disintegrating bridge of Kazad-Dum.
The Lord of the Ring: The Return Of the King at multiple points from the battle for Minis Tirith through to the end. For me, the conclusion in the Grey Havens is understandable, predictable and heart breaking all at the same time.
Steel Magnolias during the final in hospital scene.

Finally Les Miserables merits special mention because both the 2012 movie version (the best cinematic adaptation yet) and the original book both leave me in tears at the end.

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