Top 10 Tear-Jerkers

There has been a lot of crying in our house lately.

Don’t worry – no one died or anything. It’s just our daughter’s way of communicating (she’s a month old).

But even before she came to live with us, it wasn’t uncommon for there to be a lot of crying in our house. Not from my wife as you’d expect. And not from our dogs – unless they have to potty.

But from me.

When Sarabeth and I are sitting on the couch watching a movie, she’ll know I’m crying because she can feel the couch do sort of this, shake   …….    shake   ……….. sh-sh-shake thing.

That’s because I’m whimpering, trying to keep it in.

She’ll look over at me and see my face all scrunched up like a funny-looking grandpa on the front of those good-spirited birthday cards.

But sometimes there’s just no stopping it. Even if I’ve seen the movie a dozen times.

Maybe you’re like me and you need an occasional cry.

If so, this list of my top 10 tear-jerkers is dedicated to you. 

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TOP 10 TEAR-JERKERS

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10. Frozen

When Sarabeth and I went to see this in theaters a month ago, she asked if I was catching a cold when we were walking out to the car. I was not. I’d been sniffling from the opening of the movie because it was so refreshing to see Disney reliving its hay-day.

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9. Up

First ten minutes. Need I say more? Actually, yes. That scene toward the end when he’s going through their adventure book … that doesn’t receive as much attention, but man, that just starts me bawling all over again – just as soon as I recovered from the opening!

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8. The Rookie

Call it sappy, call it great acting, call it what you’d like. But when the manager calls Dennis Quaid into his office to tell him he’s been drafted by the major leagues, AND he’ll be playing in his hometown … it’s a pretty tough scene to get through, but in a good way.

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7. Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons is mostly a goofy movie filled with fun stuff for little kids that I have to be in the mood for. But this movie’s centered around adoption, and the last five minutes or so are just perfect for any adoption advocate to enjoy. Plus, the song “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas is Ah-MAY-zing!

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6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

“My friends, you bow to no one.”

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5. We Bought a Zoo

This one caught me off guard. They played the widower father story very well in this movie. We were laughing pretty hard at the end of the credits because of how much it made me cry.

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4. My Life

The guy has cancer and isn’t expected to see the birth of his son. I mean, he doesn’t even get to teach his boy to shave someday!

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3. The Cure

Spoiler alert: That cute kid from Jurassic Park dies at the end. Forget the tissues – bring out a mop!

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2. Toy Story 3

The opening home video montage. Woody walking out on the gang. The incinerator scene. Giving the toys away. The last playtime. Take your pick. You’ve seen it; you know the feeling.

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1. My Dog Skip

Another unexpected tear-jerker. I thought this was just going to be a cute little comedy about a boy and his dog, you know, like Beethoven or …Old Yeller. I know, I know, I should have seen it coming, but I just didn’t. Well, at least you’ve been warned.

Go on. Admit you cry. Share your go-to tear-jerkers below.

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51 Responses to Top 10 Tear-Jerkers

  1. That’s exactly why I refused to watch My Girl. Once I heard the little boy died in the end, I wanted no part of the movie. As it is, young children (boys in particular), dying suddenly due to accidents….too close to home for me. Brings back too many memories of my youth and losing my brothers. I’d be in a funk for days.

    I did love several of the movies you posted, though. :-)

  2. Erick says:

    You’re not alone…I do most of the crying over movies in our house too…my wife hates sad movies. Anyway, a couple of recent flooders for me are Les Miserables – Anne Hathaway’s Fantine is heart wrenching to watch…also, The Impossible with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts was incredibly heart breaking and heroic at the same time…

  3. Erick says:

    Oh…forgot to mention Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close…Amazing film!!

  4. stephen says:

    Up gets me every single time and I know it’s coming, but from parents who can’t have biological children man is it powerful.

    I might add Marley and Me. Dog movies are the worst because you know something bad is going to happen.

    • Up has been a very hard one for Sarabeth and me. But we still love it all the same. We’re appreciative that Pixar “gets it” from that hard perspective. And Marley and Me didn’t get to me, probably because I know how it would end. I think it only works for me when it’s unexpected.

  5. We’re both criers, my husband and I. The one that really had me sobbing was The Eddy Duchin story. I can’t remember which one we were watching when he said, “Now I’m going to have to go put my shirt in the dryer. Stupid movie!”

    “Stupid movie,” is now our code phrase for, “don’t mind me, I’m just going to bawl my eyes out over this right now.”

  6. Honestly? I think Pixar designed the first few minutes of UP as a sociopath litmus test. It chokes me up every time I see it. Eventually when we face concerns of killer robots in human skin being intermingled among us, we will have a reliable detection method.

    I’d like to mention one more animated feature. All Dogs Go to Heaven had me blubbering when I was a kid. I watched it recently and it hit me equally as hard. Call me a softy I guess.

  7. Jazmin Or says:

    Crying is good, especially when the end gives some hope. I’m more to girly movies, even if I am an avataress and u’d expext me to like this janre :)

  8. oh.. great movies all… Return to Me (Minnie Driver/David Duchoveny) is a great one, love that movie, and I always cry at P.S. I love you… those are my crying movies…

  9. My husband even cries in neighbors there’s just something wrong with that! :-D

  10. spiceupyourlife says:

    “Up” was more happy tears, but I love the list!

  11. There are too many to name but… did you ever see “City of Angels!”? I cry like a baby every time!! Actually truth be told, I sob so uncontrollably my face is unrecognizable the next day!! :). I am glad to hear that there are many other “leakers” out there.

  12. Debi Smith says:

    I’m definitely a softy for “Up”, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”, and “We Bought A Zoo”. I’m also a softy for “Untamed Heart”, “Benny & joon”, “Stepmother”, and “The Last Samurai”…just to name a few. :D

  13. Chris says:

    Completely agree with My Dog Skip. Underrated movie in my opinion. UP as well had me going. I think The Lion King has to be the number one for me though.

  14. jeanmliao says:

    Accurate list. I’ve never seen The Cure but sometimes I’m in the mood to watch sad movies so maybe I finally will.

  15. scarmich says:

    Ever see “Simon Birch”? It is an old movie but definitely a tear jerker! :)

  16. Stephen W. Preston says:

    Andrew how can you pass over Marley and Me

  17. Return of the King gets me every time, too. I also cry in “Taggerung” when (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Cregga dies. :-S

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  19. When I watched “Braveheart” for this first time with my now-husband, he asked several times if I was okay because I was crying so hard. I also cry every time Rue dies in “The Hunger Games.” Even though I have seen it multiple times, it still gets me!!! Oh, and I cry in multiple Harry Potter movies…

    • The Battle of Stirling was so stirring to me that I memorized the speech. My wife is a total mess when Rue dies, or is ever even mentioned. And Deathly Hallows Part I totally did me in and I was mess because of it, in a good way of course :)

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