Top 12 Tear-Jerkers
February 27, 2014 54 Comments
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 old man 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
12. Big Hero Six
“I will deactivate when you are satisfied with your care.” This is not your typical animated movie. It infuses Marvel-style action sequences with hilarity and unexpected sucker-punches to the gut throughout. It’s no wonder it’s the third highest-rated Disney movie of all time.
11. Finding Nemo
Director Andrew Stanton said that he wanted to create a movie that would leave people – especially dads – in tears by the end. With the combination of a haunting score, dazzling animation, and tapping into our biggest fears as parents, Finding Nemo offers multiple cheek-drying moments. Oh, and check out this fan theory that kind of makes Nemo a thousand times sadder: http://moviepilot.com/posts/2812550
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!
9. 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 after being gone from his family for several months … it’s a pretty tough scene to get through, but in a good way.
8. Meet the Robinsons
Meet the Robinsons is mostly a goofy movie filled with silly 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!
7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
“My friends, you bow to no one.”
6. 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 difficult it was for me to get a grip.
5. 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!
4. The Cure
Spoiler alert: That cute kid from Jurassic Park dies at the end. Forget the tissues – bring out a mop!
3. 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.
2. 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.
1. Inside Out
This isn’t your typical family movie. It’s really a love-letter to parents. This movie did all sorts of terrible things to me. It brought up memories from my childhood long suppressed. Regrets. Forgotten laughs. It made me weep for the death of my childhood – a funeral that never took place. But it did something greater. It inspired me to be the best damn dad I possibly can be to my growing kids and to understand their moods.
Go on. Admit you cry. Share your go-to tear-jerkers below.