One man and the five films that made him cry

Feature Jamie Andrew 24 Feb 2014 - 05:44

What are the films that have made you cry at the cinema? Here are the five that managed to break Jamie...

This article contains spoilers for the films mentioned. If you don't want a film spoiled, don't read the entry for it!

Traditionally, men have only been permitted to cry over two things: sports, and nothing else. But surely this skewed view is nothing more than a by-product of many centuries of fallacious cultural conditioning and gender stereotyping. Surely men aren’t the cold, selfish, aggressive, genitally-obsessed automatons our history books and lads’ magazines would have us believe. Surely women don’t have a monopoly on tears at the cinema?

Well, they don’t. Because I cry at movies… and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Well, okay, I am a little bit. But obviously not so ashamed that I won’t write a lengthy article about it.

I won’t cry at anything and everything, though. Oh, no. Thankfully, most traditional weepies and epic romances are out. In fact, the only contortions that were visible in my face during the first – and only - time I watched Love, Actually were sneers; and so many configurations of sneer that I’m sure I discovered at least 30 that even Desmond Morris didn’t know about.

But there are movies that make me leak, bubble and howl like an animal; that catapult me back to the days before cynicism and machismo enveloped my angry Scottish heart like a force-field. I wanted to delve, and to share, and so I created a Chronology of Crying; a greatest hits tribute of the movies that have touched me most over the years. And please: add your own in the comments at the end...

Watership Down

Watership Down is a 1978 animated feature based on the book of the same name by Richard Adams. It’s about a band of rabbits that flee their warren in search of a new home after one of their number, Fiver, experiences chilling, prophetic visions of death and destruction. Some say it’s an epic tale in the mould of the ancient Greek odysseys, filled with quests, heroes and adventures; some say it’s a tale awash with religious symbolism, and chock-a-block full of political themes; others still decry the chauvinistic, perhaps even anti-feminist, subtext of the source material. In a 2005 interview in which Adams seized the opportunity to respond to the multitude of interpretations of his work, he said: ‘For God’s sake, it’s just a story about wee rabbits, you pretentious knobs.’ I’m paraphrasing ever so slightly.

Watership Down evolved from a free-form spoken-word story the author invented for his own small children, which over time became a novel and then a movie: a movie that was not only deemed too disturbing for small children, but is also considered to be the most violent animated PG-rated film ever made. So what better choice of family-friendly film for my uncle to force me and my young cousins to watch on a Boxing Day afternoon circa 1986? After all, there’s nothing quite like the sight of a river of blood running down a dark hillside as a small rabbit has a violent anxiety attack to really get you into the festive spirit.

I watched a lot of animated features as a child; very few of them sought to bombard my developing psyche with images of bunnies being slashed, snared, ripped, shot, gouged, eviscerated or flattened beneath the wheels of a truck. Disney this ain't. In fact, Watership Down is like some hideous cartoon hybrid of The Shining and Apocalypse Now. If Richard Adams had been the pen behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I’m confident that the narrative would’ve included at least one harrowing ritual sacrifice of an Oompa Loompa.

But let’s put the ripped-apart rabbits and psychological horror aside for a moment. After all, this movie made me cry because I was deeply moved, not because I was deeply terrified. And make no mistake: Watership Down is a beautiful little movie. Harrowingly beautiful, certainly. But beautiful all the same. The animation has a dark and haunting quality, only amplified by the intense and mournful soundtrack (Bright Eyes still makes my skin tingle). The casting helps, too. I’m not sure the movie would’ve been half as affecting had its rabbits been voiced by actors from anywhere other than Middle or Estuary England. Can you imagine it voiced by bunnies from the Bronx? Or by rabbits with broad Liverpudlian or Glaswegian accents? (“Here, pal, youse had better no be pittin’ eyes on ma doe, or ah’ll kick yer fluffy erses in!”) No. The acting talent and rich vocal timbre of the likes of John Hurt, Richard Briers, Michael Graham Cox and Denholm Elliot all combine to lend the production the gravitas of a leporine adaptation of Shakespeare.

I can’t remember if I cried the first time I watched Watership Down, but I’ve certainly made up for it by crying during every subsequent viewing. I’m not a religious man, but every time the Black Rabbit of death finds Hazel resting peacefully on that hilltop, and whispers to him - ‘Hazel? You know me, don’t you?’ - I get lightning-flash goosepimples running up and down my back like a man who’s just ingested twenty-six ecstasy tablets. By the time Hazel looks round at his peacefully grazing family, and the Black Rabbit says softly - ‘You needn't worry about them. They'll be alright, and thousands like them. If you'll come along, I'll show you what I mean.’ – I’m a goner. My eyes become like two water-filled paddling pools on the back of a rickety pick-up truck that’s careening down a pothole-strewn dirt track. Yes, there’s horror, but the ending of Watership Down possesses such immense emotional power and resonance precisely because of the brutality and horror that precedes it, not in spite of it. After all, what’s the rescue of Private Ryan without the D-Day Landings?

And the very fact that Watership Down invites an apt comparison with Saving Private Ryan tells you all you need to know about this animated ‘children’s’ movie

Ghost

My sister and her friends took me to the cinema to see Ghost when it was released in 1990. I was 10, she was 17. Our relationship to that point had been characterised by her tormenting me, and me retaliating by betraying her secrets to our mother. But did I betray her because she tormented me, or did she torment me because I always betrayed her? Like the situation in Israel and Palestine around the same time, there had been so many attacks and counter-attacks that it was difficult to remember who’d cast the first stone.

You might very well think that it’s extreme to compare the relationship I had with my sister in the early 1990s to the coming intifada in Israel, but then you would say that, wouldn’t you? You weren’t the one tricked into flipping the bird at your mother, right in her face, because your sister told you it meant ‘I love you’, and promised you that your mother would ‘really love it’. Even though I didn’t execute the gesture particularly well, my mother got enough of a flavour of its meaning to undergo a Hulk-style transformation, whereupon she shouted so loudly that her words punched through time and wiped out three incarnations of Doctor Who.

So, as you can imagine, the last thing I wanted to happen that evening - as I sat vulnerable, outnumbered and outgunned in that cramped auditorium watching what had been described as 'a supernatural chick-flick# - was to be caught crying by my sister. Which is probably precisely why it happened. Cheers, fate. The teasing that followed was as merciless as it was endless; my sister couldn’t have won a more decisive victory had I scrawled ‘I AM A GIRL’ on my forehead in permanent marker and ran naked through a crowded shopping mall. Don’t feel too bad for young me, though. I snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by going home and immediately telling my mother where my sister hid her stash of vodka and cigarettes. Who’s crying now?

The scene that got me – and still gets me - is the one right at the end of the movie where Sam Wheat’s ghostly form is illuminated by the light of Heaven, revealing him one final time to his wife and friend before he ascends to the after-life. Strangely, it’s not the moment between Sam and his wife Molly that moves me the most, but the understated exchange between Sam and his kooky pal, Oda Mae. (‘I’ll miss you too, Sam. You’re alright.’)

Sure, the final scene’s schmaltzy (‘It’s amazing, Molly. The love inside… you take it with you.’), and the accompanying orchestral rendition of Unchained Melody is specifically constructed to snake-charm the saline from your very eyes, but being armed with that information never seems to lessen its emotional impact.

I’m not sure if Ghost would have moved me in the same way had I only encountered it for the first time as an adult. In all probability, I would have rolled my eyes and said things like: ‘Well if there’s life after death, and she loves him so much, why doesn’t she just take an overdose and go join him?’ or ‘How awkward is it going to be when she arrives in heaven with her new husband?’ Instead of ‘crying like a big girl’, as my sister would put it.

In any case, despite the humiliation of having been caught crying in the cinema by a group of older girls, it’s nice to get some retrospective reassurance that I’m probably not a psychopath.

Probably.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Jack Nicholson rages against the machine in perhaps the defining role of his career, playing the impulsive, larger-than-life, silver-tongued crook R.P McMurphy, who cons his way into a mental institution to avoid the rigorous work programs of prison. Once inside he finds himself pitted against Nurse Ratched, the stoic face of a quietly brutal and soul-asphyxiating system. McMurphy takes the downtrodden inmates on a journey of reclamation and rebellion with unexpected, and often unbearable, consequences.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest doesn’t just make you cry: it makes you ‘everything’ (if you’ll permit me temporarily, for the purposes of this paragraph, to enlist ‘everything’ as an adjective, and administer a swift kick in the balls to the laws of grammar). It’s become a cliché to describe something as ‘a rollercoaster ride of emotions’, so I’ll fish inside my imagination for a more suitable analogy: watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest forces you to feel such a wide range of flip-flopping, over-lapping, heart-zapping emotions that you may begin to suspect that you yourself are suffering from mental illness. The movie also has the distinction of being the only one that’s ever made me happy to see a senior health-care professional slowly choked to death.

As far as crying goes, the movie needs only to deploy two words to send me into torrents of tears: ‘Let’s … go.’

The Chief – a giant American Indian inmate and friend of McMurphy - arrives at McMurphy’s bedside to ready him for escape, but quickly notices the scars on either side of his forehead. The Chief’s realisation that his friend is now permanently imprisoned within his own limp body is heart-breaking. ‘Let’s… go’ are the two little words whispered by the Chief just before he presses a pillow into McMurphy’s face; a merciful act that releases the recently lobotomised lag from a lifetime of bed-strapped, slack-jawed insentience. Ultimately, ‘Let’s… go’ is the Chief’s way of taking McMurphy with him. ‘I wouldn’t leave you this way,’ he tells his friend.

The Chief was right about McMurphy, and the ways in which ‘they’ would work on him; the lengths the system would go to not to cede power. McMuprhy was a threat: he had a spirit as tall and as free as a God damned mountain, a mind as kinetic as a pinball machine, and a mouth as wide as the sea itself. In short, he shone through with raw humanity. So they worked on him; worked on him until the blinding flame of his essence – his very McMurphyness - had been sickeningly and irreversibly extinguished.

If McMurphy’s defeat makes the movie feel like a lost season of The Wire, then the Chief’s inspired and inspirational escape restores your faith in the power of one man to defy and destroy the system (even though, as a six foot five Indian, he’ll probably be recaptured within hours). One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest always leaves me with the goosepimpled skin of a recently plucked turkey, and a pair of glistening oysters for eyes.

I Am Legend

Cards on the table. It’s highly likely that I Am Legend only features in this chronology because I’ve never seen Marley And Me, which apparently is one of the few movies capable of reducing men, en masse, to leaking, quivering husks.

If you’ve never seen I Am Legend, it’s about one man (Will Smith) and his dog (Abbey and Kona) trapped in a quarantined New York, surrounded by legions of infected human beings, who all resemble hellish zombie/vampire hybrids. Will Smith heroically – though needlessly - sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, a scene that left me merely dry-eyed, perplexed and irritated. But when he had to kill his dog? BOOM! Tear grenade. The whole doggy arc is horribly upsetting and heart-breakingly inevitable.

I saw I Am Legend for the first time in the cinema. At the point where Will Smith’s dog, Samantha, is bitten by a zombified dog in the process of trying to protect him, I unleashed a Vaderesque howl across the auditorium – ‘Nnoooooooooo!’ – that caused great embarrassment to my then girlfriend. I didn’t care. This was a dog in mortal peril – all bets were off.

A veteran of many a zombie flick, I knew – and dreaded - what was coming next. Back in Will Smith’s lab a short while later, the inevitable happens: his loyal, loving dog Samantha succumbs to infection and dies in his arms. But she doesn’t just die. She dies and then comes back to life again, slowly transforming into a zombie hell-dog through a series of confused snarls and violent spasms. With tears streaming down his face, Smith squeezes and cracks the life from his best – and only – friend’s body, leaving him utterly and agonisingly alone.

Throughout this emotional scene, even as poor Samantha breathed her last, a couple of young lovebirds a few rows down from me were having a loud, protracted and giggly flirt-a-thon; treating the movie as foreplay, and the audience as invisible. I couldn’t take it anymore. With tears streaming down my own face, and almost in synchronous with Will Smith’s harrowing act of euthanasia, I leaned forward and hollered: ‘SHUT UP, YOU C***S!’ And do you know what? They did. Hell hath no fury like a guy crying because he’s sad about a dying dog.

I don’t know what it is about dogs. Show me a movie where they put a gun to a guy’s head, or place a bomb in a school bus, and I’ll shrug my shoulders with the nonchalance of a stoned French waiter. But show me a movie where something horrible happens to a dog, and I’ll rage like a widowed Rick Grimes, and cry like a chronically depressed Carrie Mathison.

There’s something about being moved to tears by the death of an innocent dog that reaffirms your humanity, even though Tony Soprano and Hitler cried over dogs, too.

Up

I knew nothing about Up. A bunch of friends were going to see it, and invited me along. Balloons, you say? A flying house? This is going to be shood, I thought (‘shood’ being a description of something that is both ‘shit’ and ‘good’ at the same time – like your own 50th birthday party, or an Adam Sandler film). I sat in front of the giant screen, anticipating nothing more affecting than your average Road Runner cartoon. Within ten minutes it felt like a beam of pure, undiluted beauty had been shot into my eyes; my soul felt like it had been acupunctured. I was crying - macho crying, mind you. No hyperventilation, contorted features or seismic shoulder shakes; just a silent line of tears queuing up to exit my face. On at least five occasions throughout the movie I had to battle against an onslaught of ocular fluid, alternating between pretending that I’d just yawned and scratching an ‘itchy eye.’ As I glanced around the auditorium I quickly realised that this was no place for shame as everybody else was crying, too.

Pixar has been melting hearts for a long time now. There’s a scene in Ratatouille in which the stern, cold-hearted food critic Anton Ego takes a bite out of the eponymous dish. His meal has been prepared, unbeknownst to him, by a young rat with pretensions of culinary genius, a fact that would have horrified and disgusted Anton had he known. However, the proof is in the pasta, and that one bite of ratatouille launches Anton on a Proust-like journey through his life’s memories; back to his childhood and to the days when innocence, wonder and warmth still coloured his world.

That’s how the opening of Up made me feel - except in reverse. I was forced to consider a life – an entire life – complete with its joys, hopes, happiness, pains and ultimate disappointments, and I absorbed it like a shock-grenade to the heart. I was propelled many years into the future, thrust into Carl Carlson’s shoes and made to identify so completely with the character that I was ready to check myself into a grief counselling session. Indeed, Up’s first 20 minutes – which show us a man's life from almost-cradle to almost-grave, richly filled with its quiet victories, tender moments, laughter, anguish, love and loss - conveys more pathos, humanity and unsentimental beauty than a hundred movies stitched together, whether its stars be human, computer-generated or animal. Up reminds us that movies are not merely money-making machines, but art-forms, things of beauty. (The video game of the movie is currently available through Amazon.com)

There's an argument that if Up doesn’t make you cry, then forget demarcations of gender: you’re simply not human. Best-case scenario, you’re a nine-year-old sociopath.

So, come on then. Which films made you cry?

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Pursuit of Happyness. The scene where he's with his son in the train station toilet made me sob like an eight year-old girl.
Uber macho, mind you.

'Is it a kind of shaadoow...' WARNING - animated bunnies can seriously damage you mental state.

That part of Ghost always sets me off

Silent Running all the way for me.

Ikiru. The swing scene makes me cry as well as makes me "everything," because in that scene IS thematically 'everything.'

For some reason the ending of the Sixth Sense where Bruce says goodbye to the kid has me tearing up "see you tomorrow"

Armagedon. Where Ben Affleck screams to Bruce Willis "I love you Harry" when he decides to take Afflecks place and sacrifice himself. Recently I cried to Sandra Bullock barking like a dog in space station

Big Fish; when the son starts telling his dad the fantastical story of his death. I totally blew a date on that scene.

The Iron Giant. One word and I'm inconsolable... "Superman"
All of Scrooged - The scene with the flashback to his childhood in particular... "Niagra Falls"
Up - "No, I've just got something in my eye... honest."
And Christmas With The Kranks. Had read the book so knew what was coming, and the film was way inferior to said tome, but the bloody film still got me.

With that header photo I thought it was going to be another Nymphomaniac article...

Great article - at cinema Up (the beginning); Lone Survivor (the "salute the heroes" end credits) and on TV , Silent Running and Zulu

Wall*E, on two occasions: the "Define Dancing" scene and at the very end, with Peter Gabriel singing "Down to Earth" and the art showing humans and robots restoring the planet.

Just about every Pixar movie!

In 37 years on this planet I have only ever cried once at the cinema, and that was when we lost Optimus (proper one, not that bay crap).

Deep Impact. When they hand over the baby... something about parents having to let go of their baby when faced with certain doom.

The Return of the King, I'm usually in bits by the time we've arrived at the Grey Havens.
Les Miserables - Anne Hathaway. That is all.
The Lion King - if you can sit through this without feeling sad you're not human.
Nightwish's Imaginaerum - that last scene. Oh god that last scene.
Grave of the Fireflies - EVERYTHING.

I was hoping "Up" would be on here. Toy Story 3 was a tough one too, oh that furnace....

The end scene of The Muppets when they failed to raise the money needed to buy back their theatre, forced to leave, only to encounter a street full of adoring and cheering fans. The reprise of "Life's a happy song" was the perfect conclusion...

Definitely Silent Running, Toy Story 3 had me welling up, and the last Hunger Games movie had actual tears running down my face

The Champ is the obvious omission from your list

1.Hook - Pockets touches his face and finally recognizes him "Oh, there you are, Peter!"
2. The last Samurai - the final charge.
3. Rain man - the scene where Raymond is shown to be unable to decide exactly what he wants and then right up to the end.
4. The Lord of the Rings 'The Fellowship of the Ring' Borormir death "I would have followed you, my brother... my captain... my king."
5. The Book of Eli - the last 10 minutes.

I can relate to the I am Legend story, how heartless is a man to watch that scene and not cry out of his eye-holes?

A dog is a mans best friend and what's a man without his best friend?
Plus then that kid and woman broke into his house, ate all his bacon (which he was saving) and invited all the beasties for tea and crackers, what man wouldn't 'sacrifice' themselves so as to not be stuck with those two?

Braveheart.

FFFFFRRREEEEEEEDDDOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM!

Schindler's List, Brokeback Mountain, Toy Story 3 and Philadelphia.

Am i the only one who cried durin 50/50

1, Where the Red Fern Grows. There's a scene where a kid pushes another kid out of a tree and it's pretty traumatic. But it's nothing compared to the ending.
2. If anyone can help me out here, a film about dolphins and it's all "ma loves fa" and "fa loves ka" and all I can remember is my brother and I sobbing for a long time. What was it called?
3. The Wrestler. Watched this with an 8 month pregnant wife. We were both in floods.
4. Truly, Madly, Deeply. Right in the middle of the film. For most of the rest.

The Champ!!!
I totally agree! - this is the yardstick film for how you measure other films that can make a grown man cry.
Me and my friends have always defined The Champ as top-man-tear-jerking film - if another film needs to be rated at how much it made you blub it should always be compared to The Champ

Up, Iron Giant (and not just once, but EVERY SINGLE TIME, I watch it.), and for Toy Story 3 I sat there with a massive lump in my throat, snorting and trying not to let on to the guy next to me that I was in bits. I would like to say I have only been like this since I have had kids but that would be a lie :(

Also I hadn't seen Watership Down for years, so sat down with my 6 yr old daughter to watch it.....it didn't go so well and had to be turned off. I didn't realise that watching Watership Down would make me a bad Dad :(

Armageddon...yes, it's the moment on the rock, but what pushes us over the edge?

"Miss Stamper? Colonel Willie Sharp, United States Airforce, ma'am. Requesting permission to shake the hand of the daughter of the bravest man I've ever met."

I've cried at a handful of movies. My list shares Up and The One That Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. In Up it was the scene where they're doing up the kid's bedroom in the montage sequence and then in the next scene they're in the hospital crying. The One That Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is obviously the ending. I always thought it was shocking the Louise Fletcher didn't become a much bigger star as her performance was fantastic.
I'd also like to add Schindler's List, 50/50 and Life is Beautiful.

Silent running watch it when I was young lad , I'm 37 still can't watch

Bridge to Terabithia. My god that film should come with a health warning.

Iron Giant! ha ha, totally

yep, totally, that's on the list

Into the Wild

Ian, I'm so glad you mentioned Hook. It gets a bad reputation but in my humble opinion it is pure movie magic. Full of 'lump in throat' moments - and a fine fine score by John Williams.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Grave of the Fireflies

Mary and Max

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

I was okay with that, Grimlock helped me through it (the proper one, not that bay crap)

I think a hundred Scot's are behind you on this one

Sat in the cinema for quite a while as the credits rolled trying to compose myself and failing at Dallas Buyers Club.

Watership Down never really got me, it's very little known sibling "The Plague Dogs" however had me bubbling!

Serenity... you know which parts!

No mention of Star Trek 2's and Terminator 2's noble sacrifices? Spock's farewell to Kirk and T 800's thumbs up always leaves me in tears

The Color Purple, several times I lost it!

The Color Purple. Several times I cried during this!

Ink

My daughter recently watched Iron Giant in bed. She came in my room the next morning saying she enjoyed the movie but it was sad. I looked at her for a moment, whispered "Superman" and then me both hugged with tears in our eyes.

Return of the King - "You bow to no-one"

The opening to Star Trek 2009 always gets me as James Kirk sacrifices himself and his ship to save everyone... I'm glad I Am Legend made the list to! One of many redeeming qualities to that film.

I was not metally prepared for Toy Story 3. The part where they all held hands and seemed to accept what was coming nearly had me in bits.

Up - the whole opening sequence
Toy Story 3 - When he says goodbye to his toys
ET - When ET dies
Dead Poet Society "Captain, my Captain"
Les Miserables - Anne Hathaway, every single time, I don't think I have ever seen a song sung with so much passion and intensity.

As many others have commented the Iron Giant "superman" line is a blubfest at the end. Plus the Green Mile *spoilers* when the big guy is going to be executed and the guards know he's innocent and he tells them it's ok he doesn't want to live in a world that can be so cruel anymore. I cried like a girl.

Oh and on TV, there are a few Dr Who stories that set me off

Caves of Androzani, Fathers Day, Girl in the Fireplace, The Doctors Wife and The Girl Who Waited, being the obvious ones.

Forrest Gump, when Bubba says 'I wanna go home'. EVERY FREAKIN' TIME.
The Green Mile - out of revulsion.
Castaway - 'Wilsonnnnnnn!'
I'm sensing a theme here...
Oh, and slightly disgusted that I fell for their ploys of swooping melancholy score and simplification of plot to being a doomed love story but...Never Let Me Go does raise a lump in the throat.

I am a leaf on the wind...

add in Captain Phillips and Apollo 13 in there as well and you may be on to something....

Seconding Mary and Max. Felt like I'd been shot in the gut.

Not seen CP yet but I have heard things...
Toy Story 3 as well? And I suppose Philadelphia is pretty sob-inducing...

End of True Romance. They're happy tears but still...

I know it's not a film but Silent Hill: Shattered Memories almost set the taps running.

If you don't cry at Up, you're not human. There are a couple of other choices here and in the comments that get me, but most recently, I cried watching Saving Mr Banks, which I think is yet another testament to how well that film masks its central premise of a massive corporation press-ganging someone into giving up their intellectual property. And yet Let's Go Fly A Kite made my eyes leak with joy. Delightful!

I cry at Tom Hanks films an awful lot. In order of release and the scenes I cried at:
Philadelphia when he's won the case but is in bed dying,
Forrest Gump when he meets his son,
Castaway when he loses Wilson and
Captain Philips when he's talking to the nurse.

Does anyone else cry disproportionally at one actor's films?

Ink. Absolutely!

The end of The lives of Others. 'It's for me'.
'That'll do pig, that'll do' in Babe
And of course the beginning of Up. Every time...

The Lion King!

The beginning of Up, only thinking about it..! Also Atonement, I love it but I just can't bear to watch it. Forrest Gump when Forrest meets his son or when Jenny dies. Also, I always, always, *always* cry when I watch My Girl. Just can't help it.

When Valjean dies in Les Miserables. I can usually keep it together until Colm Wilkinson's voice comes through the mix for "to love another person is to see the face of god". Then it's bye bye self control.

The re-entry sequence in Gravity threatens to kick it off as well, but that's because it's such an amazing thing of beauty.

I've watched hundreds, maybe thousands of movies since I was a kid and up until I was 18, there was never a film that made me cry, that was until, I watched "The Plague Dogs", what's it like? It's like "Watership Down", without any happy moments! Coming from a guy who never batted an eye at Bambi's Mum, the first ten minutes of "Up", or the death of Mufasa, I can honestly say that I bawled my eyes out at the ending of "The Plague Dogs"! It's an ending that would make a man without tear ducts cry.

Toy Story 2. "When Somebody Loved Me". A 26 year old man working through the heartache every single time on that one. I think I made it past the second line once before the floodgates went.

The death of Carls wife in UP and the subsequent fade out of scene, remains the only time I heard dead silence in the cinema. No rustling of popcorn, no shuffling or mumblings, shear silence of everyone trying to keep it together.

Further films that had me almost crying were:
Green mile
Gladiator
Toy Story 2 (Jessies story part)

About Time - that part where son and dad are facing each other for the last time. Having recently lost my dad, I cried like hell over that.

It's A Wonderful Life. I can't get through those final moments without tears of joy. I cry at loads of films these days, and I actually like it. I love a film that's powerful enough to elicit such a strong emotion.

For the record, I didn't mean to up-vote my own comment. I'm not that much of an egomaniac...

That, for me, is where the film should have ended. It's perfect.

I think we are cut from the same cloth, as I only seem able to cry at Tom Hanks films. Or Up. But even Frank Underwood would cry at Up.

Steel Magnolias. There, I said it.

The green mile

Saving Mr. Banks got me, too! I'm not sure if it was childhood memories of the Mary Poppins film or Emma Thompson's brilliance. And, of course, Pixar is the Latin word for "someone who routinely makes a grown ass man cry for his mommy"...Up, Toy Story (all 3), Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Monster's Inc...they all got to me at one point or another.

Oh, hell, yes. I didn't even like Rose that much, and I still lose it at the wall scene in Doomsday.

Oh for the ...................... thanks for reminding me about that film dammit! *sob*

My wife still hasn't forgiven Weedon for that one.

Pan's Labyrith right at end end, every time!
And Forrest Gump

Up - definitely both the opening and the 'scrap book past the page that Carl has never thought had anything in'.

Scrooged - Bill Murray's rousing speech.

Iron Gian - I am Superman.

ET - take your pick but the bikes evading the gun toting FBI and flying and the stay/come scene.

As a child Jaws - when Brody's son is nearly attacked and the younger son is crying.

Casino Royale when Vesper dies, Quantum of Solace when Mathias dies, Skyfall when M dies.

Parenthood - the ending

Toy Story 3 and the start of Up are givens, but I've been known to shed a tear at the end of Cool Runnings when the applause swells as they carry the bobsled over the line after crashing.

Shawshank Redemption:

"Sometimes it makes me sad though– Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more gray and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend."

URGH, lump...in....throat....

Hachiko.

Anyone mentioned The Lego Movie? Don't want to spoil it for anyone that hasn't seen it but after most of the cinema laughing all of the way through it there's quite an emotional part near the end where everyone fell totally silent. It was during this bit that my four year old son said, loudly, "Daddy, can we build that when we get home?" I think he set most of the cinema off with that one...

its Toy Story 3 but not the furnace.. its the bit where Andy hands the toys over to the new girl.. that was really touching..

"In fact, the only contortions that were visible in my face during the first – and only - time I watched Love, Actually were sneers; and so many configurations of sneer that I’m sure I discovered at least 30 that even Desmond Morris didn’t know about."
I sincerely wish I could shake your hand for this. ^ I hate that rubbish movie. It's just awful on so many levels.

Big Fish!!

*wails* Love that bit

never fail to have some grit blow in through an open window and get in my eyes and make them water when i watch midnight cowboy. likewise one flew over the cuckoo's nest. my left-field selection would be the wrath of khan when spock dies. saw it again recently and i was crying my eyes when he dies in the radiation chamber even though i know he's coming back in the search for spock.

The end of The Colour Purple - EVERY TIME!
Toy Story 3 was the most traumatic experience I've ever had in the theatre.

Hands down though the one film I can't stand, Marley & Me. The last half hour has me in a complete snottery, sobbing mess!

Yes! I saw it on its original cinema release when I was 10, cried my eyes out. I bought the video, watched it dozens of times as I was growing up and that scene (you know the one) never failed to make my cry. Even as an adult, going and watching the cinema re-release a couple of years ago, I still cried.

I'm with Spikethedee on the "You bow to no-one"... Or Wrath of Kahn... 'The needs of the many...', but the worst (?) was the very top of this list! Watership down, and also Bright Eyes, still makes me maudlin!

Watership Down. Every time. ;-((((

Cuckoo's nest. Yes. But it has dated badly.

Up. Yes. And laughed too.

Not Legend or Ghost though.

Toy Story 3 gets me every time though.

Thank God I'm not the only one who cried at that! My friends mercilessly ribbed me on that one for weeks...

The Notebook. If your significant other ever suggests to watch it, say no!. The ending always gets me :(

An Adventure in space and time (i class this as a movie) always brings a tear too.

Completely agree with Up and I am Legend.

The Fly II. The bit where he kills the mutant dog. Possibly the saddest scene ever put to film.

Schindler's List had me going from the start. I felt so angry with the events onscreen that I was emotionally exhausted for the rest of the day!

Lol @ your Toy Story 3 comment. The ending was a blub-fest of very unmanly proportions and was still like that when I watched it for the 3rd time recently. We bought it for our little boy to watch but I think even he finds it too emotional so we keep it hidden away now.

KING KONG anyone? My wife blubbled for 30 minutes non stop. I personally just found it annoying that the ending didn't quite hit the spot.

Agreed, that ending was really poignant. But the furnace was genuinely one of the most tense and gut-wrenchingly scary moments of cinema I've ever watched....

I cried at Jaws as a kid, because I thought it was sad to see the shark die after all.

Stranger than Fiction - the ending is incredibly touching ("Wouldn't you want..."

Soldier Blue - the ending was just traumatic (and I think the version I saw on BBC2 had been edited to make use of indirection so was less graphic than the original)

Up, though I found the short film Blue Umbrella on the Monster's University disc to maybe be even more touching (Also shouts out to Toy Story 2,3, Wall-E...)

Diving Bell and the Butterfly

In all honesty though, I think TV does a better job - there were so many moments in Friday Night Lights, but the funeral episode in season 4 is truly brilliant (and painful)

I truly believe that anyone who doesn't have "The Champ" at the top of their list just hasn't seen "The Champ". The end of that film could reduce an entire prison population to tears!!!

Spock's hand pressed against glass: (please imagine green blood)

\\ // _

Yes and one of the best moments of those films. Really emotional.

I'm 28 and I still can't watch that bit... "Wake up dad..."

The main ones for me are: The Lion King - we all know which scene.
The Patriot - I saw it in the cinema and Gabriel's death made me cry then, but since Heath Ledger died, it's even more difficult to watch.
LOTR: Return of the King - for me it's two things: "I can't carry it for you, Mr Frodo, but I can carry you!" and then the explosion of Mount Doom with Aragorn, Gandalf etc seeing it and believing Frodo and Sam have been killed. Even when you know they're OK, the genuine grief on their friends' faces brings tears.
Most recently, 12 Years A Slave made me cry, particularly the ending. There's relief that Solomon got back to his family, but it's mixed with sadness for what he's suffered through and knowing that so many others weren't so lucky.

You hit the bull's eye... Watership Down, every time. Shindler's List had me so messed up for an hour afterward I couldn't go pick up my kids from the babysitter. Terms of Endearment: Just give my daughter the shot! Talking of dog movies... Old Yeller. Your list is fantastic.

I am man enough to admit (and shocked) that I cried at the end of Warrior.

Brother fighting brother to a song by the National. When About Today started playing, I stood no chance.

Most surprising tearjerker EVER for me that one.

(and i always cry when Anty dies in 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids')

Dear Zachary
Lord of the Rings (Boromirs death)
Forrest Gump
Up
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Schindlers List

That furnace scene reduced me to a wreck. When Bullseye stops struggling...oh god.

'I want my mummy back' at the end of Pixar's Brave, and the reveal of Vanilla Sky. Two helpless walks of shame down the stairs.

I remember watching it the first time with a friend at home and I couldn't look at her during the opening ten minutes in case she had a go at me for being such a sap. I heard a little sniff at one point and looked over: tears streaming down her face. It was like breaking a dam - I wept like a child. What a movie.

Some great shouts here - Silent Running, Iron Giant, Brave - I'd add Kirk's eulogy for Spock in Wrath of Khan "...his [soul] was the most... human" and then the rising chords of Amazing Grace as the coffin heads into the sunrise of the Genesis planet. *choke*

Grave of the Fireflies.... utter, demented blubbing wreck ..Still can't watch it again.And Schindler's List, was still crying two hours after leaving the cinema .

Blew a date? How'd that go down?

Yes, but I was crying from guilt. I identified with Business more than I liked.

MAYBE SPOILERS...

I took my big models off the shelf and my 5-year-old eyes grew WIDE. It was a great weekend!

Now I need a tissue again. Jeez.

Hotaru no haka, Grave of the Fireflies. I was inconsolable at the end of that.

Yep, that's one of mine too. SImilarly when Laura Innes thinks that Téa Leoni is taking her baby to save her (and is understandably beside herself) only for Téa to give her her seat on the helicopter. Wah wah wah.

My father is from Florida, has the exact same accent as Albert Finney in that movie and we have a similarly complex relationship. I was ruined. Man... what happened to THAT Tim Burton?

The Plague Dogs is not as well known as Watership Down but was done by the same people and is just as emphatic and thought provoking. It has an amazing ending as well.

Before that we had Shepard Book's death
Book - "You can't order me around boy! I'm not one of your crew!"
Mal - "Yes you are!"

It is what he has done and always will do to us. Here's hoping that Firefly get's another outing and finishes the story to lead up to Serenity. Be it a movie, a mini-series, we all know it's over but it is very much unfinished.
"You should have let me see her Captain. We should have done this as men!"

I bawled my eyes out during that film. The fact that it's really funny actually made me cry even more, if that's even possible.

I'm a sucker for a triumphant ending to a sport film at the best of times, but the ending of 'Warrior' absolutely had me in pieces

"considered to be the most violent animated PG-rated film ever made". Watership Down is, and always has been, a U. Which is what makes it so horrific...

The Lives of Others, I couldn't agree more. Not only did it it make me cry, but it's one of the best films of the last 20 years.

ET is the only time I've ever actually cried at the cinema, but I was 6 years old at the time. My older brother took the piss out of me for hours after.

As an Adult the closest I've got to blubbing is The Green Mile. I was pretty chocked up at the end of An Adventure In Space and Time too.

Not a movie, but the documentary dear Zachary is pretty much the saddest thing ever to be put on film...and its true. It's on YouTube if you've got 90mins... and a hanky.

Up. I watched it with a similar lack of fore-knowledge and turned to my wife, blubbing, at about the 20 minute mark and said "They shouldn't be allowed to get you like that!" like it should have come with a man-health warning! Toy story 3 - agree with the comments below, it's not the furnace, it's Andy's last play with the toys then driving away.

Champ, saddest film ever.

The end of The Road, when the son is taken in by Guy Pearce's family. I had to wait for the lights to come up to compose myself. Bought the blu-ray, it happened again. Dammit.

Strangely, while that is very moving, it doesn't have me in tears. Not sure why... but the other one always gets the waterworks started.

I've only ever cried in one movie in my entire life...."Champions".......John Hurt plays Bob Champion, a jockey who recovers from cancer to go on to win the Grand National on a horse called "Alidanti" who had come back from having a broken leg.............I welled up because I remembered that at the time it actually happened I'd had a fiver on the horse that came second!!

Dancer in the Dark. Turns me into a complete wreak. First time I saw it I bawled my eyes out. 2nd (and last) time was worse. Couldn't speak for about 15 minutes. We're not talking leaky eyes, we're talking floods of tears here.

Oh, and Toy Story 3 furnace scene. Glad I had on 3D glasses for that.

The end of Dead Man's Shoes is devastating. I need to hug Toby Kebbell.

Great call on the opening of ST '09 and also when Captain Pike gives Kirk the "your father was a captain for 18 minutes..."again the eyes start to mist.

Great article. For me Toy Story 3, Rocky, and Armageddon (unbelievably).

Share a lot of other peoples, add one of my own, kirks birth in the star trek reboot, just that last talk

God, there's so many. I'm a nightmare with anything vaguely emotional. Armageddon (the bit when the little boy says the milkman is on tv) tears, Homeward Bound when Shadow gives up. Up, Click, Land Before Time, Les Mis, Memphis Belle (I don't wanna die).

Star Trek II - yes, THAT part was a guarantee as a younger man to make me cry but in the past few years, becoming a parent and then losing my own father in a short space of time, when David tells Kirk that he's proud to have him as a father...I get moist-eyed just thinking about it

agreed, to both parts...

Amazing film, my dad was one of the jockeys in the grand national at the end, his horse actually slips sideways into the ditch and he comes off facing towards the camera (he's in red). Sorry, my (tenuous) claim to fame!!

Not a film, but Jurassic Bark in futurama. The end kills me!!

After Carl's life story prologue (which is waterworks time for sure), that part where he is battling with the builder over the mailbox and hits the guy with his stick and that moment of realisation....terribly sad

Haven't seen that movie but it reminds me of when I saw Finding Nemo, with my 4 year old boy, having just lost my own dad a couple of months before...complete waterworks.
Sounds like I should watch About Time, then...

good call

Mr. Villiers... gotta agree with you there mate.

Agreed... GotF...I got a little sister about 15 years younger than me and that movie gets to me completely...

oh god yes, I've not seen this for 25 years but I can still remember crying my eyes out at the ending

The last scene of Field of Dreams always gets me when Kevin Costner gets to play catch with his dad!!

Me too!!

The end of The Crow always made me teary eyed, Also Up and Toy Story 3

Darth Vader's redemption at the end of ROTJ when he saves Luke...

Dances with wolves, Two Socks.

I actually cried beforehand, when the Fellowship was finally reunited at Rivendell. That touched me.

That ending makes me cry every time. EVERY TIME.

Beautiful article, your anecdotes are amazing. For me, the scene that always makes me cry will forever be Andy giving up his toys at the end of Toy Story 3. The emotion in that scene is beyond words.

I'm totally with you on the dog death in "I Am Legend", man tears.

Also not a film - the very end of Band of Brothers.

Watch the Australian movie "Red Dog" It's about an American in Australia and his pet dog. So sad I require a 3 day stay in hospital every time I see it

Probably the most embarrassing thing I've ever admitted, but Fellowship is an absolute sobfest for me: Gandalf dying (with the vocal tracks silenced so you just hear Shore's score); Boromir dying; Frodo stood at the banks of the Anduin, "I wish none of this had happened", with Gandalf's voice cutting in Obi Wan-style to encourage him on... Always leaves me in bits.

You know you're sick in the head...right?

Toy Story 3 certainly if you have kids and CP is a very very intense, I found myself gripping the cinema armrest so much my fingers where white.
never seen Philadelphia, somehow slipped through.

Good call, 'If it takes forever, I will wait for you' - Oh my god, I actually think I'm starting to go......

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. When Li Mu Bai dies after confessing his love - gets me every time ;_;

I am going to agree to most, if not all of these, but would like to add the following (if not already done)

The Elephant Man (1980) - The end gets me every time.
Beaches - Yeah, I said it.
The Pursuit of Happyness - The toilet scene just kills me.

The Fox and The Hound - No for kids

Hachiko

Same thing when I'm merely thinking of watching Hachiko. :cries:

The Family Stone ... every single Christmas
Big Fish
One of the first that I can remember is Top Gun. Poor Goose.

Jamie is clearly a pussy. And judging by the rest of the comments, so are most of the readers.

Pinky and the Brain Christmas special. The end. You'll know if you've seen it.

In America. Bridge to Terabithia. And Antarctica (Nankyoku Monogatari). Mind you, I was five at the time and probably didn't notice that the film was dubbed.

Cars 2...because it was so bad? :-P

"That's a lie! Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor! He saved the lives of every man on that transport"

"Every man on that transport died! Harry wasn't there to save them, because you weren't there to save Harry" x

Teary eyed fans of DoG unite!

Never Let Me Go. It’s one of my favourite books ever but the film just kills
me. I’m a blubbering wreck from start to finish.

A moment in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’. Fred and George are stood on the battlements and George says “You Ok Freddie?”, Fred says “Yeah”, George says “Me too”. It’s just seconds and everything snowballs from there what with Snape and all the rest of it but that moment between the twins, I cried solidly from that point onwards.

And as Fascinesta said Toy Story 2 ‘When Somebody Loved Me’. I have ‘Now That’s What I Call Disney’ on my Ipod and that’s one of the songs. I’ve been caught out when I’ve had it on shuffle before now and openly wept on public transport.

Three Disney movies:

Lilo and Stitch - Lilo is taken away in the spaceship and Nani is running after her.

Bolt - Bolt and Penny are trapped in the burning soundstage. They find an air vent, but it's only big enough for Bolt to fit through. He decides to stay with Penny.

Mars Needs Moms (twice) - Gribble's flashback to how he couldn't save his mother and (especially) when Milo's mom gives him her helmet, depriving her of breathing.

Strange experience, that film. I was bored out of my mind for most of the running time, THEN reduced to tears at the end. Same with About Schmidt, actually...

FIeld of Dreams. I'm a little surprised no one else has mentioned it. Haven't seen it in years and just looked up the clip of them playing catch and immediatly got teary.

WILSON!...WILSOOOON!!!

The end of the movie Frequency. Where the fight against the killer is going on in the future and the past. Quaid's character blows off the villain's hand in the 60s...which reflects in the present. The fight is still going on in the present, and the son is losing even after the guy loses his hand. Then Quaid gives up smoking...and the house changes. Now an old man, having not died of lung cancer, he comes downstairs and blows away the guy. And there's just one line.

"I'm still here, son."

Every single time.

Dancer In The Dark! Yes me too. I need to see that again.

When I was a kid:
Old Yeller, Transformers: The Movie, ET and probably Bambi lol. Oh and He-Man, when Cringer and Orko died.

And as an adult, among others, The Impossible (multiple scenes, including Ewan McGregor on the cell phone).

That comment made me cry, Eric.

2. The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

Cringer and Orko died???? NO!!!

E.T. is one film I always cry watching. Especially the part where a dying E.T. and elliott are in one of the bedrooms and Elliott's mother comes and takes Elliott and Gertie away from him. Just watching a white E.T. with arms out stretched as if to say 'please don't leave me' just makes me sob like a girl.

The first ever scene to make me cry was from an episode of Deep Space Nine called The Visitor, when Captain Sisko makes an elderly Jake Sisko promise to move on with his life and forget about him. (Not so) manly tears :'(

Dancer in the Dark. If you do not cry at the end then you are not human. Also if you're going down the Watership down hole- Plague Dogs.

I don't know why, but Toy Story 3 didn't affect me at all. Don't think its because I'm a hard hearted bastard, because I blubbed like a little girl when watching Up.

The whole thing felt a bit creepy to me, knowing all those toys had been hiding in the closet, watching Andy during his teenage years.

Up the first ten minutes are heart wrenching. And I watched watership down as a child and remember it being quite scary. As for the rest not bothered about ghost, and have never watched one flew over the cuckoos nest. I am legend the only thing that made me cry was the CGI in the last act.

i am legand are you f**king kidding me?

oh the dog part, ok

The son's narration at the end of Life is Beautiful. Every single time.

that bit where she makes Woody wave and Andy gasps! I had just about recovered from the furnace then that set me off again!

Dancer in the Dark - made me cry more than any other movie, that and Schindler's list are the only movies I recall causing the entire cinema to cry.

Stupidly watched this thinking it was a kids movie, then it just turned... no warning given whatsoever!

I forget King Kong - I remember coming out of the cinema and running into a colleague, I must have looked like a wreck because they actually stopped and asked me if I was OK - to which I could only reply 'I've just seen King Kong'. Not my best moment.

Ink. I get teary when they're all fighting to save the daughter in the end, I lose it completely at the gasping hug.

I get far more teary with "redemption" moments than sad moments.

Note. This is one of the longest comment threads I've seen.

My moment in LoTR is when Gimil gets given the lock of Galadriels hair. It was my favourite moment in the books and when his face lights up... the tone of voice... I'm gone!

Never mind the Superman, the whole scene (I go, you stay, no following) and the smile from Iron Giant that's the killer. Also returning to Up, the start obviously sets off the whole theatre, but the two other main bits that had the screening i was in sobbing audably are 1. When he finds the book of adventures and it's all the pictures from their lives (which leads to him letting go of all his stuff) and 2. The ranger badge ceremony, the little boy looking around for his dad to show up, and then its not the badge he's expecting, its the Ellie Badge. Sobs all around.

Gladiator: "Who will help me carry him?" - Everyone moves forward.

You see ... Dinobot in Beast Wars for me ...... gibbering wreck. Or the final ep of Farscape series2 .... if you know the ep, you know of which I refer

Wrath of Khan, every single time. And Return of the King - "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!". Cue me turning into a blubblerying wreck, sniffling "poor f---ng Hobbits!".

Well Bambi obviously but I was about 6.
The Jungle Book when Mowgli thinks Baloo is dead.
Toy Story 3, Up and Iron Giant.
Rocky 3 when Micky died.
Lord of the Rings 'My King'
Field of Dreams, throwing ball with his dad.
Bridge to Terabithia - god that made me angry, felt like I was mugged.
Grown ups 1 and 2 (when I found out i had to watch them).

I am 45 and I cant either

The one that I remember properly crying at is ET. Damn thing made me cry as soon as I could actually comprehend the storyline, and I each time since.

Bridge to Terebithia, I was about 9 and completely unprepared, I knew literally nothing.

I think I cried at My Girl, and Les Mis got me about 3 separate times. I saw Titanic for the first time last year, and though I am loathe to admit it, that got me.

Also, I walked into Star Trek 09 only having a vague knowledge that the red shirts always die. Was entirely not prepared for that first 10 minutes or so, there was a look of horror and a faint 'no no no no no' as I saw what was coming. THe way they just cut off the 'I love you' was horrendous.

Strangely, Up didn't make me cry, it just made me feel like I was dying inside.

But ET. Every time.

Ditto (when i was a kid) and Watership Down. Later on though... Gladiator and Terminator 2

Rainbow Connection from the first Muppet Movie makes me bawl. There was a t.v special broadcast shortly after Jim Henson's death that features the Muppet's singing Rainbow Connection. Now every time I hear that song I think of Jim Henson and how much his work meant to me growing up

Thirding it

Up - The same part that gets everyone
Where The Wild Things Are - The howl at the end
Life of Pi - "He never even said goodbye"
Turner and Hooch - I love my dogs, seeing one die kills me.
Toy Story 3 - The end
King Kong - Obvious
Mary & Max - A few times. The bullying story at the start, the suicide attempt and obviously the ending.

Oh and Stand By Me - River Phoenix telling the story of what really happened to the money.

If this list gets any longer, they're going to revoke my man card.

Bloody hell, and the end of Juno, too.

Six Feet Under Finale - Not really a movie, but i think i never cried like that.
Warrior - Yeah, that's was an emotive movie...

Damn, Warrior got me too. And it was completely unexpected.

I guess TV have the advantage of leting us know a caracther for way longer, so we have deeply bonds.

I actually cried while listeng to LotR soundtrack once.

I thought i was the only one!

Where the Wild Things Are for me. I used to be a projectionist so I had to watch it through in an empty theater to make sure the print was ok...luckily for my dignity.

Yes! Excellent choice.

Everyone has listed some really outstanding choices. Here are two of mine that I haven't seen here yet:

1) The opening credits for "To Kill a Mockingbird." The slow pan with extreme close-ups of old-fashioned children's toys, combined with Elmer Bernstein's heartbreaking music, gets me every time. And the movie hasn't even started yet!!!

2) The final scene of "Places in the Heart." It appears to be an ordinary church service, but as the scene goes on you realize some members of the congregation are characters who have been lynched, shot, or who moved away midway through the story. You realize you're watching a dream that is also a wish and a prayer for peace.

I still have bouts of PTSD related to watership down 30 years later.. and the dog in I am Legend definately gets me every time.. but i'd add the end of Pan's Labyrinth and oddly enough the end of 50 first dates.. The only real part of what is otherwise a light and silly romcom - when you realise there is no magic fix.. she doesnt get better..

Thumbs up for having a sense of humour, Jamie.

Artax in the swamp in Neverending Story, just thinking about it may set me off...

There are a few films that I have watched many times and cry everytime:
ET
Iron Giant
Black beauty (ginger..sob!).
Just the bright eyes music from Watership down sets me off , fantastic film

I forgot one! I forgot one! unless someone else has mentioned it yet.... Yoda's death scene in Jedi. I don't blub like watership, Iron Giant etc, but it gets me. Last time watched Jedi I got the 'lump'. Because the scene ends and switches back to the action you can move on pretty quick though

I Am Legend?!? Really?!? Because a stupid got bit?!?

"Field of Dreams". Because the final scene always reminds me of what I never had with my dad.

Maximus finding his wife and son's body gets me every time.

Eric Stoltz is great in that film. That one scene gives it so much more to connect with and raises it above the level of a straight monster movie.

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