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What movies/books/plays/etc. have made you cry?

Asked by poofandmook (17295points) July 23rd, 2008

I was a blubbering mess during Philadelphia, The Normal Heart (In NYC with Raul Esparza and Billy Warlock), and Marley & Me by Josh Grogan.

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Tennis5tar's avatar

Blood Brothers
The Notebook
Gracie’s Choice

Those are some that stick out. There are more though…

marinelife's avatar

Too many to count. I am known in my family as a blubbering fool. I could never watch the movie Old Yeller, because I knew the dog died.

My nephews cackled like loons when I cried during the claymation movie Chicken Run when they took one of the chickens who was not laying enough off to be killed and baked into a chicken pie. They poked my sister in the ribs (we were taking them to the movie) “Look, Auntie Sue, Aunt Marina’s crying. You were right.”

I once wet the entire front of my jumper and blouse during middle school when we took a class trip to see Franco Zefferelli’s Romeo and Juliet and I cried through virtually the entire film.

Indy318's avatar

I remember the movie Crash made my friend teary-eyed and I do admit that my eyes got a little watery as well. Hey there’s nothing wrong with guys showing their emotions.

scamp's avatar

The Notebook had me crying all the way to the door of the theater.

I love the graveside scene in Steel Magnolias. No matter how many times I watch it, I laugh through tears.

St.George's avatar

I’ve yet to cry at a play, but I tear up easily at movies. The one movie that made me cry the most, enough that I would remember, was Breaking the Waves; it was heartbreaking. Recently, the book Night, by Elie Wiesel made me cry.

Harp's avatar

I remember being inconsolable after seeing a stage production of “Of Mice and Men” when I was a kid. I still tear up easily with movies (can’t remember any books that have hit me like that). Just last night it was Her name is Sabine (“Elle s’appelle Sabine”).

generalspecific's avatar

Across the Universe. the first time i saw it i cried through the WHOLE thing. i was balling. my eyes were so ridiculously red and puffy when i got out of there.. haha
also, Must Love Dogs. as for books.. only cried once, really. Teach Me was the book.
my exboyfriend used to cry every time he watched the Notebook and A Walk To Remember. cried over everything actually.
that got pretty annoying.

8lightminutesaway's avatar

the fountain (excellent movie with hugh jackman)

emt333's avatar

i cried like a baby at the end of Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Indy318's avatar

The Color of Water is a book that diff made me get a little emotional. The part dealing with Ruth’s ( the mother) past is very difficult to read without getting even a little teary-eyed. I strongly suggest you at least take a look at the book (a true story), it is written by James McBride.

emt333's avatar

and Beloved by Toni Morrison. whoooo boy get the kleenex out

ezraglenn's avatar

Oh god I did not like Beloved. I rarely cry at things, but seeing Atonement (both times) in theaters made me cry at the end.

It has to be really convincing to bring the waterworks out of my metallic exterior.

elchoopanebre's avatar

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

syz's avatar

It’s completely manipulative, but I too cried at Steel Magnolias (PMS doesn’t help)

trumi's avatar

The Wall by Pink Floyd (the movie)
Saving Private Ryan
Johnny Got His Gun (the book)

Also: Epic Movie, Date Movie, and the like. But I cried for a different reason.

arnbev959's avatar

A short story/essay called The Bird and the Machine by Loren Eiseley. I cried for two hours straight the first time I read it, and an hour the second. I think it’s the only thing I’ve read that actually made me all out cry (as opposed to a tear or two.)

It is the most beautiful piece of writing I have ever read. You have to read it. Everyone. Especially Mariana.

poofandmook's avatar

@trumigoodboy: Johnny Got His Gun… Metallica fan?

trumi's avatar

God no. The book is incredible, my all time favorite. The movie wasn’t very well done (fingers crossed for the new one!), and I didn’t care much for the music video.

Read it, it is absolutely brilliant.

poofandmook's avatar

@trumigoodboy: They’re doing a new movie?! Holy crap. I have the original and it’s okay.

The reason I asked is because you are now the first person I’ve seen who’s mentioned the book who didn’t read it because of Metallica.

Wine3213's avatar

The Phantom of the Opera
John Q

dragonflyfaith's avatar

Marley and Me (I hear they’re making a movie, I don’t know how I’ll be able to handle that!), The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, The Notebook and My Sister’s Keeper (novel by Jodi Picoult).

poofandmook's avatar

@dragonfly: I hope they do… I’d be first in line! And I just got The Memory Keeper and My Sister’s Keeper from my book club… glad to hear they’re good!

Indy318's avatar

can we do songs?
Well tupac’s Thugz Mansion with Nas (acoustic version) makes you want to let it all out
Ray Charles- Georgia on my Mind gives you the same sensation. He did go through a lot in his life. RIP Mr. Charles

That’s enough with my sensitive side. Quick, think manly things… Oh yea, Mets vs. Phillies- go Mets!!!

poofandmook's avatar

@Indy: I agree… let’s hope they can pull it together for once this season!

And if we’re doing songs… The Luckiest by Ben Folds comes close.

dragonflyfaith's avatar

@poofandmook My Sister’s Keeper is the best. It’s one of the only books I can reread. Actually Jodi Picoult’s books are all very good.

flameboi's avatar

The notebook (all the way back to my house), brave heart, saving private ryan, Forrest Gump. The Butterfly Effect made me cry at the end of the film, after that I went to my favorite lounge for drinks and kept me wondering about my life for a few hours, after that, I was kind of drunk, I started calling some of the people I haven’t called in bloody ages (just imagine how many apologies) and heard things I didn’t want to, the fact that there are things I didn’t do, or did, drove me crazy for about a week or so, that feeling made me cry a lot, even days after I watched it… I wish I could change some things in my life, but, thta will never happen :S

happiNESS's avatar

Beaches – My sister bet me that I would cry like a baby and I lost big time.

My Girl – Caught completely off guard.

Bridge to Terabithia – Again, caught completely off guard. It was a kid’s movie, for heaven’s sake!

Return to Paradise – Joaquin Phoenix is simply brilliant.

ezraglenn's avatar

@pete, following your suggestion, I just read The Bird and the Machine and it was amazing. I didn’t cry, but I definitely teared. Incredible piece of writing.

trudacia's avatar

Terms of Endearment
Brian’s Song

I will only watch these movies when I’m alone….

tinyfaery's avatar

I’m a weeper; soo many things make me cry. Damn that Steel Magnolias movie; I cry every time I see it. Other notables are Westside Story, Terms of Endearment, and The Color Purple. But saying a movie made me cry, isn’t saying much.

poofandmook's avatar

oh, I wailed at Titanic. Wailed like a baby getting its first shots. I cried from about halfway through until an hour after I got home.

trumi's avatar

Benjamin McKenzie as Joe Bonham. I’m excited! He may actually be really good for the part.

Supposed to come out this year, but there is very little buzz….

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

E.T. makes me cry every time…
Such a good movie, but so sad!!

susanc's avatar

My mother took me to see Sunday in the Park with George
in 1980. I cried from deep relief, because it was about
art, which I understood. She didn’t. She was disgusted and suggested we leave if I was going to carry on like that.

Allie's avatar

Titanic – when Jack sinks.
The Notebook – several parts.
Pearl Harbor – when Danny finds out he’s a dad, then dies.
P.S. I Love You – several parts.
All Dogs Go To Heaven – when Charlie tells AnneMarie goodbye.
How It Ends by Devotchka makes me teary sometimes.
The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

TheHaight's avatar

That’s it. I’m going to the library today to check out Marley and Me! :)

But P.S. I Love You made me bawl like a baby. :,(

scamp's avatar

@TheHaight P.S. I love you got to me too!!

mcbealer's avatar


The Notebook


I am Sam

and as far as books, the all-time tear jerker: Tuesdays with Morrie

sdeutsch's avatar

I rarely cry at books or movies, but this tribute to Jim Henson had me in tears… Anyone who ever loved Sesame Street or the Muppets should really check it out – but have the tissues ready!

mcbealer's avatar

@ sdeutsch ~ I’ll have to check that out. I remember when he died. I was working as a cashier at a health food store, and a customer casually mentioned how sad it was that he had died, only I wasn’t aware of the news. I started crying right then and there! She was very apologetic…

mcbealer's avatar

@ sdeutsch ~ that is a beautiful video. Thanks

MacBean's avatar

Just about anything can make me cry once. (As long as I’m by myself. I don’t cry in front of people.) But here are a few things that make me pretty much sob, no matter how many times I see/read/hear them:

What Dreams May Come
Angels in America

A Child Called It

How Can I Help You To Say Goodbye by Patty Loveless
– John Barrowman’s cover of Miss Otis Regrets
Holes in the Floor of Heaven by Steve Wariner

shrubbery's avatar

It usually takes a lot to make me cry, but I too shed a tear in Marley & Me.
I cried so much I made myself sick at the end of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, both the book and the movie.
Matthew Flinders’ Cat and The Power of One both by Bryce Courtenay
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
The movie A.I (Artificial Intelligence)
Much to my surprise, Click.
And I guess I never really understood it when I was little but I hadn’t seen it for years until last year I got out my Land Before Time video and watched it again and shed a few silent tears.

shrubbery's avatar

Pete, I just read The Bird and the Machine. Amazing. * Wipes eyes *
I agree with happiNESS on My Girl, I forgot about that one.
And with mcbealer on I Am Sam.
I also forgot 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

sdeutsch's avatar

@ mcbealer – I know how you feel – I had the exact same reaction when I heard that Fred Rogers had died. It’s amazing what a huge impact these men had on our lives…

You may have seen them already, but there’s a couple videos here and here of Jim’s fellow Muppeteers singing some of his favorite songs at his memorial service – no muppets, just the voices. It’s not as much of a tear-jerker as the Boy and his Frog tribute, but I’d keep the tissues nearby… =)

lifeflame's avatar

Crying at movies or books – I’ve lost count. But what I find interesting is when a piece of work consistently jerks a tear out of me, the second, third or fourth time around.

For example – the death scene in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” or Margaret Weis’ writing (e.g., the ending of Dragonlance Legends and “Dragons of the Vanished Moon”) Also the children’s book, The Cat who went to Heaven… and seriously, I can’t figure out why. What is it in the writing that resonates so much? (Movie acting I can understand, you’re watching a real live person and you’re empathising.. but words on a page? What is it about those words?)

What makes something consistently tear-jerking? Now that is an interesting question for me.

happiNESS's avatar

@shrubbery Click made me cry too! It’s always the movies that pull the rug out from under me that command the most kleenex!

trudacia's avatar

This is crazy.. I tear up during award shows. Something about someone getting honored for whatever it is they do and the crowd cheering wildly always brings a tear to my eye. Especially if the person who won is choked up!

Not sure if this is applicable but thought since it is related….

Knotmyday's avatar

The closing lines of A River Runs Through It got me.

”...I am haunted by waters.”

poofandmook's avatar

I can’t believe I forgot one of my biggest tearjerkers to date! Brokeback Mountain… holy crap. Bawling, wailing… don’t really fit. Words have not yet been invented to describe what I was doing.

I thought I was a mess when Ennis went into Jack’s closet and found the shirt, but when he opened his own closet and the shirts were reversed on the hangar… :o I was completely inconsolable for hours. Hours.

MacBean's avatar

@poofandmook I expected to sob at BBM. I was completely unmoved by the entire thing. That made me sad. :(

mcbealer's avatar

another vote for A.I.

mcbealer's avatar

This gave me a good laugh.

St.George's avatar

@trudacia: Are you a mom? Since I had kids I cry at everything. Even frickin’ Olympic iceskating.

mcbealer's avatar

@ traducia ~ I’ve always been that way as well. Funny, didn’t think about it initially when I read this question. That’s one reason I love to watch the Oscars and the Olympics.

trudacia's avatar

@megan64 nope, not a mom. Just a crybaby…

finkelitis's avatar

Two that come to mind are Amadeus (the play) and Ratatouille. I sobbed through both, strangely. That scene where the critic tastes the food…

baseballnut's avatar

This is an old movie but I just saw The Way We Were with Streisand and Redford for the first time in years and sobbed like an idiot!

I always cry tears of joy when I watch the reruns of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series when the Dbacks beat the Yankees

MacBean's avatar

Today I caught Mulan on the Disney Channel and realized that it makes me cry every time and probably always will.

susanc's avatar

Mamma Mia! Eyes still happily puffy from Big Catharsis.

QUEER's avatar

I thought someone would have already mentioned Boys Don’t Cry. The first time I watched it I sat through the credits stunned and sobbed uncontrollably.

Tantigirl's avatar

The end of Funny Girl always has me in tears. Steel Magnolias always has me crying like a baby too.

webmasterwilliam's avatar

The Notebook. Turns me into a girlie boy

cirrina's avatar

Wow, yes, Boys Don’t Cry is horribly sad because it really happened and that kind of anti-trans violence is still happening all over the world. Lilya 4-Ever had the same effect on me because it was very realistic—in that case it wasn’t the story of a real-life person, but clearly many real girls are going through the same experience.

Both of those are incredible films that are on my “I’m very glad I watched that… and now I probably don’t want to watch it ever again” list.


the notebook
a rose for melinda
my dog skip

emmy23's avatar

Pearl Harbor made me bawl like a baby. There are so many movies actually that has made me cry. I cryed in A Walk to Remember and the Notebook and soooo many more…haha

I am an emotional person

evegrimm's avatar

(Somewhat) recently, three different tv shows had me crying a lot.

—CSI: NY s5e22: “Yahrzeit” an episode that dealt with the Holocaust and its aftermath. It really got to me for several reasons: one, it was very personalised (it wasn’t just a large number of people, it had affected these specific people) and two, Mac’s dad was a big damn hero. (And every time I learn more/hear about the Holocaust, I feel like curling into a ball and crying until I can’t cry no more.)

—Bones s4e3: “The Finger in the Nest” had me crying from the dog abuse/fighting and the ending of that episode. (It’s a bit spoilerific.)

and most recently,

—True Blood s2e9: “I Will Rise Up” the end of that episode is extremely poignant.

Also, Into the West (from LOTR) makes me cry almost every time I hear it. So does The Call (Regina Spektor sings it; it’s from Narnia: Prince Caspian), but that’s more because of how much CS Lewis didn’t resolve at the end of that book.

If there’s a lot of emotions flying around, I’ll start crying. Also, if a character (in a movie/tv show) is crying, that often makes me start crying.

I’m so emo. :P

MacBean's avatar

@evegrimm Cheer up, emokid! I just watched all of Bones to catch up for the new season; a majority of them made me really sad.

evegrimm's avatar

<laughs> I’m not really emo.

I agree about the most recent Bones episodes though—angst in the oldest sense of the word.

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