Movies that make me cry

by Avwillfan89 | created - 16 Feb 2012 | updated - 3 days ago | Public

I'm a hard stone, so to speak, so whenever I cry at a movie - I feel it deserves a recognition.

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1. The Land Before Time (1988)

G | 69 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

66 Metascore

An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi, Helen Shaver

Votes: 69,128 | Gross: $48.09M

When I was little, I never cried at this film, but now that I'm older, watching the scene with Rooter after Littlefoot's mother passes really gets me teared up.

There's some pretty heavy stuff in this kids movie, including a realistic depiction of depression.

2. Set It Off (1996)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 11,698 | Gross: $36.05M

Missing you, by Brandy, Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn and Tamia - Oh God, it's so sad when it comes on at the end.

3. Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | 150 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin

Votes: 33,937 | Gross: $30.04M

Holocaust survivors don't exactly come back as they were. Totally haunting performance by Meryl Streep.

4. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 84,084 | Gross: $11.53M

No, this is so not a hollywood movie - it's a movie depicting the inhumane crimes commited against a person who just wanted to be accepted and loved.

5. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 118,359 | Gross: $34.47M

The ending always makes me cry - mostly because of the music.

6. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 931,838 | Gross: $136.80M

While a lot of the moments in the film made me laugh - it made me cry like a baby at Coffey's execution scene.

7. Selena (1997)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Jackie Guerra

Votes: 21,316 | Gross: $35.42M

Her music lives on, and will not be forgotten.

8. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 474,040 | Gross: $306.17M

"Is mommy sleeping now?" "Yeah, mommy's sleeping"

Probably the saddest pieces of dialogue ever on film.

9. Click (2006)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

45 Metascore

A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff

Votes: 271,249 | Gross: $137.36M

Strange, this is the first comedy I ever cried at. Seeing what is in the future and the idea that you're not able to change it makes it even more heartbreaking.

10. Blow (2001)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

The story of George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 216,027 | Gross: $52.99M

The ending is quite sad. Somehow Johnny Depp is able to make this drug dealer likable.

11. Country Strong (2010)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Music

45 Metascore

A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way to fame, causing romantic complications along the way.

Director: Shana Feste | Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw

Votes: 15,791 | Gross: $20.22M

A little bit underrated - this is actually a good movie. Paltrow makes the character so believable and full of humanity despite how horribly screwed up she is.

12. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 49,452 | Gross: $7.84M

Pretty cool movie that also had me in tears at the end.

13. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 88,573 | Gross: $4.18M

Quite horrible in some parts - a lot of injustice done in this film.

"I just wanted to hold a little baby." That gets me every time!

14. A Walk to Remember (2002)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Romance

35 Metascore

The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 180,070 | Gross: $41.23M

Mandy Moore's song "Cry" did it for me, of course.

15. The Descendants (2011)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause

Votes: 217,650 | Gross: $82.58M

This is mostly sad because of George Clooney's excellent performance - and it sort of hit home.

16. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 853,779 | Gross: $19.50M

The main characters are so sweet and likeable that it makes the various things that happen to them so much more emotional.

17. Dead Ringers (1988)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

86 Metascore

Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon

Votes: 33,552 | Gross: $9.13M

It was really sad and also very disturbing to see the twins deteriorate into complete madness because of drug use and co dependence.

18. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.

Director: Alek Keshishian | Stars: Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Harris, Luis Camacho

Votes: 7,947 | Gross: $15.01M

The scene where she visits her mother's grave with "promise to try" playing really gets me going.

19. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

52 Metascore

A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.

Directors: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook | Stars: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet

Votes: 53,113 | Gross: $73.28M

This is the first animated movie I've cried at. The "Sound The Bugle" sequence, along with the feeling of utter despair and hopelessness of the title character is just heartbreaking.

20. City of Angels (1998)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

54 Metascore

Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage's buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz

Votes: 102,909 | Gross: $78.69M

Deeply affecting. It made me cry all night.

21. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 148,990 | Gross: $50.69M

The whole theme of death, plus the "happy" ending in which we're told never to stop loving our loved ones even if they're gone, only makes it sadder with Brandon's death during the making of the film. This is the perfect goth movie.

22. Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley, Austin Nichols

Votes: 13,547

This film really cuts deep, mostly because of the theme of family and loss of a family member. Despite being so emotional, it's a very important film to see.

23. The Bodyguard (1992)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Music

39 Metascore

A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 101,904 | Gross: $121.95M

It made me cry before the moment Whitney's signiture song comes on at the end. Now it makes me cry even harder because she's gone.

24. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 95,220 | Gross: $64.43M

Nothing tragic happens in the movie but the connection to the audience is so emotionally powerful, it's incredible. He built it, he came, and I cried buckets.

25. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 315,532 | Gross: $52.29M

I didn't cry the first time, but on the second viewing at the end I did.

"I won't be afraid, I won't cry, as long as you stand by me."

But both River Phoenix and his character Chris Chambers are no longer standing with us. :(

26. Biutiful (2010)

R | 148 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Votes: 76,960 | Gross: $5.10M

Definitely one of the most melancholic, depressing but rewarding movies of all time.

27. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 271,793 | Gross: $148.81M

One of the most breathtaking movies in recent years. Fantine's emotional torment was hard to watch and it was even sadder when some of the beloved characters die.

28. Love Story (1970)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland

Votes: 25,431 | Gross: $106.40M

Very flawed and ultimately not as powerful as I thought, but powerful enough to get me going.

29. Marley & Me (2008)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 129,986 | Gross: $143.15M

I'm not a huge dog lover, but this made me cry buckets anyway.

30. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,395,617 | Gross: $377.85M

At the end when Frodo leaves the Shire, for me is one of the most tragic moments in the film, despite the ending being a happy one.

31. Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001– )

Not Rated | 180 min | Biography, Drama, War

The life of Anne Frank and her family from 1939 to 1945: pre-war fears, invasion of Netherlands by German troops, hiding in Amsterdam, deportation to the camps, return of Anne's father.

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Tatjana Blacher, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 4,352

Of course anything to do with Anne Frank and the Holocaust gets me depressed. I was crying at different points in the movie.

32. House of Sand and Fog (2003)

R | 126 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher

Votes: 60,096 | Gross: $13.01M

Each event that gradually takes place in the movie just gets worse and worse and worse until no happy ending is possible.

33. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 894,006 | Gross: $659.33M

Yeah ok - everyone cries at this movie. Not because of the death of a main character but because of the ending. It's a depiction of heaven in some ways. It tears me up just thinking about it!

34. Toy Story 3 (2010)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

92 Metascore

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Votes: 636,296 | Gross: $415.00M

This is strange, I hadn't cried the first or the second time I watched this movie, but on the third time I was like "don't cry, the toys aren't even crying" but then I did. Hehe.

35. Black Beauty (1994)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Director: Caroline Thompson | Stars: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Docs Keepin Time, Alan Cumming

Votes: 8,084 | Gross: $4.63M

Also anything to do with horses makes me weep. :*)

36. Third Star (2010)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

James and his three closest lifelong friends go on an ill-advised trip to the stunning coastal area of Barafundle Bay in West Wales. What follows is a touching and comical adventure dealing with friendship, heroism and love.

Director: Hattie Dalton | Stars: Tom Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild, Adam Robertson

Votes: 6,040

Utterly breathtaking, soothing, heartbreaking and warming at the same time. The bond between these four characters is the best and most accurate I've seen on screen so far.

37. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 537,045 | Gross: $56.67M

The part where Solomon is reunited with his family, after all the horror he's experienced in the film made me cry so much. Although his line "I apologise for my appearance, I've had it rough these last years." made me laugh a little.

38. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, History, War

72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 129,888 | Gross: $79.88M

Pretty much like Black Beauty, the film is from the point of view of a horse, only this time, it's set during WWII.

39. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean

Votes: 103,372 | Gross: $49.53M

Known for its sentimental ending and the brilliant chemistry from Steve Martin and John Candy, this also made me cry a lot. RIP John Candy.

40. The Theory of Everything (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry

Votes: 331,668 | Gross: $35.89M

What a brilliant film and a truly remarkable performance by Eddie Redmayne. The relationship between the two characters is so touching and genuine.

41. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 575,862 | Gross: $91.13M

The ending to this film made me sob. Not just teary eyed, but really crying hysterically for a few minutes.

The chemical castration scenes were gut-wrenching to say the least. Seeing what these bastards did to this great man made me so angry and hurt, especially after all he did for the government.

42. Bicentennial Man (1999)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Embeth Davidtz, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

Votes: 97,763 | Gross: $58.22M

The movie is deeply touching, because it deals with all the basic traits of being human, growing old, seeing loved ones die and dying with dignity.

43. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern

Votes: 293,650 | Gross: $124.87M

Well this film was bound to make anyone with a heart cry. Despite being a teen movie, it's deeply touching, philosophical and tragic.

44. Painted with Words (2010 TV Movie)

80 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Vincent Van Gogh, with dialogue sourced from his own words.

Director: Andrew Hutton | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Parker, Aidan McArdle, Christopher Good

Votes: 1,618

This docudrama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Vincent Van Gogh always makes me cry in the end. Such brilliant, unique artist.

45. Tuesdays with Morrie (1999 TV Movie)

89 min | Biography, Drama

A journalist finds himself questioning his own life when his best friend, a dying man, offers him some very powerful wisdom and advice for coping in relationships, careers and society.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria, Wendy Moniz, Caroline Aaron

Votes: 3,902

People complain about movies like these for being too sentimental or melodramatic. But this film counters all of those criticisms and lets us know whats important: To be loved is all that matters.

It's even sadder knowing that this was also Jack Lemmon's last film role. The perfect exit, I guess.

46. Mr. Holmes (2015)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia, as he tries to remember his final case, and a mysterious woman, whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan

Votes: 54,647 | Gross: $17.74M

Seeing a 92 year old Sherlock Holmes losing his memory, unfocused, getting weaker and estranging himself from all of his loved ones, is really depressing.

47. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 40,417 | Gross: $8.41M

The whole film basically makes you feel like you really knew Amy. And it showcases what a raw and unique talent she had. So naturally I cried at the end when she's gone.

48. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 643,659 | Gross: $381.01M

Easily the best film in the series. You invest and love these characters so much and watch them grow for years. Snape's revelation in the pensive is especially heartbreaking and deeply moving. It also marks the end of an era - which is always really sad.

49. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

PG | 153 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

78 Metascore

As Harry Potter b