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Did I Ever Tell You You're My Hero?: Ranking the Tearjerkiest Tearjerker Deaths of All Time

By Courtney Enlow | Seriously Random Lists | June 21, 2012 | Comments ()


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This post is full of feelings. It really needed Gosling in a bathtub.

Who doesn't love a good cry? Most of us do. We need it. In real life, we might stuff to the point of emotional catatonia, but a certain movie scene can completely do us in. And the simplest way to send people into fits of "this has nothing to do with that fight I had with my mother!" catharsis? A good death. A damn fine death even.

So, grab your Kleenex and embrace all the feelings you are about to have as you are potentially sent into fits of "My emotions!"

Needless to say, I spoil the shit out of these movies.

Hillary, Beaches

Beaches is one of those movies widely regarded as a "chick flick" which is a fair assessment I suppose, as the majority of its audience consists of women. That said, it is one of the worst representations of female friendship I've ever seen. They really hate each other. And while we've all, men and women alike, had friends we don't really like all that much, usually those friendships fade away and die like a collagen-stuffed Barbara Hershey. We don't typically raise their children. That said, color me chickly, I love it. Bette! Broadway! A song about bras! The most awkward casting of Spalding Gray this side of "The Nanny"! It has EVERYTHING.

Death Rating: 3 out of 5 tissues. Frankly, the death itself only warrants two, but little Victoria pushes it over the edge with the line "C.C.? Can I bring my cat?" OF COURSE YOU CAN BRING YOUR CAT. YOU CAN BRING ANY OLD THING YOU WANT, CRYING CHILD.

Satine, Moulin Rouge

Stupid consumption, going around consuming people like that.

Death Rating: 4 out of 5 tissues. I am not physically capable of handling a bereft Ewan McGregor.

Sam, Ghost

Look, this was sad anyway. But the loss of Patrick Swayze makes it WAY worse.

Death Rating: I guess this one is technically more of an ascension rating, but regardless, I give it a 4 out of 5 tissues. And I give the special effects in this movie a million out of a million awesome-pogs.

Billy Flynn, The Champ

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It's not embeddable. The extra step needed to view this scene is probably for the best. Because, dear god. Excuse me. I have all the things in my eye.

Death Rating: 5 out of 5 for tiny child tears. Do you know why they gave Ricky Schroeder all that cool shit on "Silver Spoons"? Because of this. Because of this. Oh, you want an awesome train? TAKE IT. TAKE THE AWESOME TRAIN.

Jenny, Love Story

I suppose this is sad, in theory. Cancer is evil, and the loss of a loved one devastating. But, Jesus, this chick was such a Harry Twatter this entire movie, her death was only met with a flat "good" as far as I was concerned.

Death Rating: 1.5 out of 5. Love means never having to say "sorry I'm not sorry she's dead."

Jack Dawson, Titanic

I have lots of thoughts on this movie, adjusted for inflation of adult feelings. But, as a pre-teen, I was despondent. And Kate's performance really does sell it, helping to ensure you ignore the fact that this dude didn't even attempt to survive even the tiniest bit. Also, you know, this.

Death Rating: 3 out of 5 adjusted for thirteen-year-old-Courtney emotions.

Yeller, Old Yeller

I'm watching this clip while hugging my dog with the grip of a thousand Lennie Smalls. Just so you know.

Death Rating: 5 out of 5. Kids and dogs, man. Kids and dogs.

Emma, Terms of Endearment

What is so devastating about this movie? Is it a mother losing her child? Is it a life of a mother being cut so short? Is it a lovelorn Lithgow? Yeah, but mostly it's little Teddy. Shit.

Death Rating: 4 out of 5. Dammit, Flap, you should have been better to her.

Old Noah and Allie, The Notebook

Okay, while this movie is sad to most people, I think it's pretty safe to say that anyone who has had a family member with Alzheimer's or dementia probably has a bit of a harder time with it. And, the year this movie came out, my grandma was at the end of a five-year degression into the disease. I literally had to be carried out of the theater. I had an asthma attack from crying so much. Then I watched it again in my dorm room when it came out on DVD and had pretty much the same reaction (in front of my snizzy hipster rooommate, no less, who had nothing but disdain for my mainstream tears). So, my response to this film may be but a skosh colored.

Death Rating: 4 out of 5. They had a long happy life together, is what I tell myself when I hurriedly change the channel the second I see James Garner and Gena Rowlands sit down to dinner together, in a desperate effort to avoid another complete meltdown, a plan that has worked as I have not seen the end of this movie since 2004.

Death Rating for the Relationship Betwixt McAdams and Baby Goose: Still a solid 5. Why couldn't those crazy kids just make it work?

Shelby, Steel Magnolias

This movie is the polar opposite of Beaches. A celebration of female friendships, wholly absent of any and all cattiness, infighting and, except only on the periphery, men. That's really rare and really special and I will not abide a "chick flick" brush-off. So take your babble and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.

Death Rating: 4 out of 5 tissues.

Rating for Sally Fields's Reaction: Just finish the box already, gawld.


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  • MisterAtkinson

    Mufasa from the Lion King? God, that was traumatizingly sad.

  • Joey Unger

    I just want to say, I usually loathe the writing on Pajiba but this was hilarious and well written. Great job, honest. Also, the ending of Big Fish gets me every time, not just because of Albert Finney's incredible and fitting death, but because it is a sad realization that this is the last good movie Tim Burton will probably ever make

  • Ben

    I am Legend with the dog.
    I lost my absolute shit at that, crying like a fucking bitch.

  • MC

    HELLO where are My Girl and Fried Green Tomatoes on this list?!

  • It's probably not half as powerful as most of the suggestions, but I had to be escorted out of the movie theater every time Mufasa died in The Lion King. I was inconsolable that he died.

    Also, Snape's death in DH2. I cried like the world's burdens were on my shoulders. I still do.

  • Kat

    Three words. Rufio in Hook.

  • PerpetualIntern

    Big Fish. When Ewan is telling his father about how he dies, and he carries him into the water past his wife....I need a tissue.

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    Before Shonda Rhimes began killing off her characters seemingly at random, there was Denny. And it was good. Anything that even REMINDS me of the Izzy/Denny story arc and the look on her face when that elevator door closes or when Alex scoops her up from the bed still gets me every time.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    i think the first movie left me a weeping ball of tears The Lamb of Churin, which head the death of a mother by the mentor, a death of the mentor by the main character, and the main characters innocence. I saw it with my mother when I was 6 and we were both sobbing by the end. A hard earned lesson was that not all cartoons are happy.

    Mose recently, the death of Roman Wild from the German soap opera, Alles was zählt (All that matters) figuratively gutted me. I cried on and off for a week. After that, the deaths of Edwin, Fer, and Pavel were just a hallow echo in the pit of my stomach

  • DominaNefret

    Up, Bridge to Terabithia, The Descendants (I had just gone through seeing my brother brain dead, hooked up to machines keeping his body alive until his organs could be harvested. That was the most painful movie I have ever seen in my life.)

  • KayZee

    I don't know if it was a tv movie or not, but Max & Helen, about lovers separated by the Holocaust, killed me. I've never, ever been able to sit through My Girl or Terms of Endearment since the first viewing. I see them on tv and I change the channel immediately.

    The episode where Peter MacNicol's character dies in Chicago Hope was also problematic from a tears point. My mom, sister and I wept copiously and my father rolled his eyes at us.

  • julie

    Pay It Forward just about killed me.

  • jon29

    "Why do fireflies die so soon?"

    Setsuko's death in Grave of the Fireflies is the saddest thing in all the movies. That's just science.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Not a death scene per se, but Forrest Gump standing at Jenny's grave gets me every time. (I like the movie. Sue me.)

    Ellie's death in Up.

    The end of Brokeback Mountain.

  • logan

    Old Yeller the only time it's acceptable for a man to cry watching a movie.

    He has to shoot his OWN DOG! and the dog had saved him like 142 times from bears and wolves and cougars and velociraptors and every damn thing.

    Honestly his parents should of moved. That place wasn't safe.

  • TheAggroCraig

    Oh, thought of another one. In 2nd grade, near the end of the school year, we were pretty much out of stuff to do. Lesson plans had been fulfilled, we all just wanted to start the summer, so what's the solution? Watch a movie, of course! The entire second grade crammed into one classroom and we watched Where the Red Fern Grows. None of us got it. A teacher explained. We 80 or so kids just lost our shit.

  • KatSings

    The book ending for Notebook is more poignant, for me, because it's not about them dying - it's about, for just one moment, her being lucid enough to know him. It's heartbreaking because you KNOW that she will forget again tomorrow, but you see why he has to keep trying, for those moments. And now I'm thinking about my grandmother and crying at work. But still. Death, to me, is far less powerfully depressing than knowing they will continue on like that.

  • Khal Mifune

    Absolutely, yes. Death happens. But some things are worse. No movie death can upset me like what happens to Leonard in Awakenings.
    HE'S STILL IN THERE!

  • KatSings

    And what happens to Fred in the last season of Angel is just...awful. Whedon kills a lot of characters, but what he does to her is so much worse than death.

  • Khal Mifune

    I agree again. A lot of people complain about Wash in Serenity, but A Hole in the World is Whedon at his most sadistic.

  • crackspiritguide

    i am not a movie crier, but years later mufasa's death gets me. when simba/JTT is telling his dad to get up, too much. i think it's a permanent scar.

  • Teerace20

    My Dog Skip does it to me more than any other movie, ever. Kind of embarrassing. He simply dies of old age. As the owner of a Jack Russell (I have yet to experience the death of a dog as he is my first), I cannot handle it AT ALL.

  • Whorish Mouth

    I first saw Beaches and Steel Magnolias on VHS on the SAME DAY. Because I'm pretty sure my mother is a sadist.

  • Blake Shrapnel

    Friggin' Glory. I saw that shit when I was six, and beleive me, seeing the deaths of Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman AND Ferris Bueller all in the space of a minute almost caused my young mind to snap from grief.

  • kirbyjay

    I was reading Marley and Me the week I had to put my precious pup Kirby down. Damn that book.
    Old Yeller......sniffle..... "What kind of doggy snuff film was that?"
    Lassie Come Home......when Lassie came home....
    Thomas J.
    Dog of Flanders
    Kids and dogs man, kids and dogs.

  • TheMudshark

    I take it no one around here has seen Grave of the Fireflies.
    I don´t cry at the movies, crying is for girls.
    I cried uncontrollably for ten minutes at the end of that movie.

  • Adrien

    I cried buckets when Marley was put to sleep.

  • TheShitWizard

    I can't watch The Champ. Not because of the tears, but because of my irrational hatred for that child. Don't ask me what it is about him as I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it, and I'm not usually a child hater, but I can't stand that kid and his cries make me feel more stabby than sad. There's probably something very wrong with me.

  • Irina

    Did you know that John Green already sold the movie rights to "The Fault in Our Stars"? Considering I cried for the entire last quarter of that book (like, 2 hours non stop, was fun having all my family taking turns asking me what was wrong), I'm submitting that in advance.

  • baxlala

    Holy shit, are you serious? That book made me cry harder than ANYTHING (book, movie, tv show) has ever made me cry before. I went to work the next day, and my boss was all, "hey, how are you OH MY GOD ARE YOU OK?" because my eyes were so puffy from crying.

    My point is, I think I might die from tear dehydration (that's totally a thing, right?) if I saw this movie.

  • BiblioGlow

    Brokeback Mountain. "Jack, I swear..." Try not to cry.

    Also, the end of Deep Impact gets me every single time I watch it. It's not even the main characters whose stories we know that gets me, it's all the randoms (and whatshername's parents, just staring at each other and smiling as the world ends). Though to be fair that's a lot of deaths.

  • Shonda aka fpkillkill

    "Terms of Endearment" wrecked me and still does. The scene with Teddy just starts 15 minutes of sobbing.

    The first movie that I remember ever hurting my little heart was "Born Free." I think I was 5 or 6, and to this day I cannot hear the theme song that my body doesn't react.

    Yesterday, dog movies, and today just all the sad ones.

    What the fuck, Pajiba? What did I do to you?

  • mona_sterling

    The end of the first 5-6 minutes of Up, all of Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice. Immediately reduced to rubble by all of them.

  • Holly

    Oh god, Up. This is a particularly horrible one because ever after Toy Story you're not really expecting to be hit in the gut so hard like that. I don't think I ever had the courage to watch those first five minutes again.

  • Salieri2

    It's an updated Voight-Kampff Test. No crying during the first 10 minutes of Up? Blammo, you're an android, make peace with it however you can.

  • Shonda aka fpkillkill

    Oh god, Sophie's Choice. I won't do it again. I'll watch up to and then move on.

  • mona_sterling

    You really have to--there's no way to absorb that much sadness and hope to be the same. It's just God-awful.

  • Wif

    Charlotte in Charlotte's Web. First movie I ever saw with the death of a beloved character. I cried my little girl heart out for 3 days solid. It's just not fair. So not fair.

  • Wif
  • zyzzyva

    I saw The Elephant Man when I was around 9. Sobbed for about a week. Still can't bring myself to revisit it.

  • prairiegirl

    I was just thinking of that movie. It KILLED me when I was a kid. Fully scarred. Can't bring myself to ever watch it again.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    When the ant died! Damnit. That was when I knew I was completely sappy.

    Yes, I am talking about Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

    The trailer for Beast of the Southern Wild made me tear up, that kid is just so.... Damn cute... And the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are...totally. I haven't even had the balls to actually watch the movie yet!

    My aunt brought me a kitchen towel when we were watching Beaches... I actually take hand towels with me if I even think something is going to be sad.

  • AM

    Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It. He was so beautiful, and luminous, and oh god...Oh man, that was devastating

  • Melody

    When they talk about his broken hand is when I lose it.

  • And here's my response, from the testosterone-and-beer perspective:
    http://squidonabender.tumblr.c...

  • Jen

    The end of THE COLOR PURPLE reduces me to a sobbing puddle every damn time without fail

  • Kala

    I whimper at that scene, but what gets me is when the two girls are ripped apart in childhood. When Danny Glover finally tosses Nettie to the other side of the fence and she starts moan-crying, "ONLY DEATH CAN KEEP ME FROM IT!" I just...dear God...I'm crying right freaking now.

  • taterton

    Hatchi in "Hatchi: A Dog's Tale". In the last few minutes as he's slipping away and the memories of the dead Richard Gere he's been waiting for at the train station for 7 years flash on the screen, and then Richard Gere bursts through the train station doors with flash of light calling Hatchi's name and telling him it's time to go.....and then he's gone......
    Damn if I'm not a sniveling, snotty ball of hot tears curled up on floor.
    Damn.

  • missbisque

    I had called my parents one night while my younger sister was visiting and they had all just finished watching this movie. As they passed the phone around, my mom and sister were inconsolable and my dad's voice had that fatherly heartbroken stoic tremor that absolutely wrecks a daughter. Just thinking about that phone call makes me want to sob. I can't even imagine seeing the movie.

  • blacksred

    My family tries to watch "Imitation of Life" every year without sobbing, we are 0-20. When Mahalia Jackson starts singing it's over!
    http://youtu.be/KmohArXQX_0

  • Soulless Merchant of Fear

    "Champ...Champ! CHAMP! GET UP! GET UP, CHAMP!" The boy puts his dead father's hand on top of his head. "CHAMP! GET UP!"

    ...I have to get away from the computer for a while.

  • Soulless Merchant of Fear

    Here's the scene on the youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Beware: it's a blowtorch to the heart.

  • mona_sterling

    Stop. That. Dammit.

  • The Other Julie

    I saw Philadelphia in the theater with my parents and I remember we stayed way past the credits because we had to clean our blubbery selves up before heading out into daylight. Killer. Upvotes for The Champ (the 1931 version will get you too), Neverending Story, Iron Giant, Life Is Beautiful (destroyed!) and My Girl.

  • mona_sterling

    The home movies at the end, and he's wearing the little cowboy hat...awful.

  • thenchonto

    My sister read the Harry Potter books sequentially after seeing each movie. I read the books first. I began losing my shit as soon as Dobby's death scene began, causing her to utterly panic at what might soon occur and me to unmuffle my sobs in an attempt to whisper some explanation. I think we ruined the experience for everyone else in the theater that day.

    Also, somehow, the book version of Where the Red Fern Grows was far worse for me than the movie. The description of the kid carrying Ole' Dan home through the woods while holding in his entrails scarred me for life.

    No one that I've seen has mentioned Paulie. One or many of his owners die in addition to the horrible abuse and abandonment that poor bird suffers, right? I think I blocked out most of that movie. My mom and I thought we were renting a cute animal comedy and things went downhill so fast. I think that's the first time I managed to cry for at least 3/4 of a movie's total run time.

  • Shonda aka fpkillkill

    "...his entrails..." Oh my god. I didn't know that. I never read the book. Oh...that story just got far more tragic for me than the movie. *sobs*

  • Maliu808

    Um, maybe I watched a different Beaches. They didn't hate each other because they were more than just friends. You can walk away from friends but you can't walk away from a sister. And their relationship is more like sisters. Sisters indulge each others craziness and are there to comfort you when you are sane again. And they can always make you laugh even when you have been crying.

  • kelleyisadork

    i sob like a baby whenever i watch 'the green mile'. that scene where john coffey goes to the movies and cries when fred and ginger are dancing, i start bawling and shock the hell out of anyone watching it with me. another tear jerker for me is 'the sea inside'.

  • AngelenoEwok

    My husband a had a very intense reaction to a certain movie death (not on this list) once, but I've been told I can't ever tell anyone about it. Godtopus knows we can't let anyone think that DarthCorleone might be a big softie.

  • Becca Eberman

    I will love Moulin Rouge with all my cynical hipster heart until I die! Something about about that movie is so genuinely, sincerely ridiculous that you can't help but love it. It's like, on one hand you're thinking, are Ewan MgGregor and Nicole Kidman singing I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston on top of a giant elephant? And on the other, it's like Ewan MgGregor and Nicole Kidman singing I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston on top of a giant elephant! FUCK YES!!!!!

  • E-Money

    I think you mean Dolly Parton but continue.

  • MG

    Um, you guys, Artax.

    Artaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaxxxx!!!

  • embertine

    OH GOD ARTAX
    It's so much worse in the book too, because Artax can speak. Awful, awful. Hearing a little horse talking about how he is too tired with sorrow and his master should go on without him. It broke me.

  • AngelenoEwok

    After my initial Artax-inspired-meltdown, my awesome dad ALWAYS appeared just in time to fast-forward past Artax. Every time, even if I was watching The Neverending Story clear on the other end of the house (despite my trauma, I had it in heavy rotation with Willow and The Princess Bride for a long ass time).

  • Salieri2

    [sidebar: Was Willow not the shit? Every time I have the chance to say "Pigs! Piiiiiiiiiigs!! á la Jean Marsh, complete with snorting, I do. Oh, hot Val Kilmer, I miss you.]

  • llp

    If we were including TV, I would nominate Mark Greene's death on ER, because that was awful.

  • $27019454

    BRIAN's SONG!! When that music starts in and the voice over says "Brian Piccolo died at the age of 32..." I LOSE MY SHIT...and I hate football. Also, the last scene in Shenandoah when Jimmy Stewart is at the dinner table, and he was once surrounded by his family and now...and now...O MY GOD. The Civil War was such a downer! Also, "Stay Gold Ponyboy!! " That one kills me too. And how can we forget Lonesome Dove's Capt. Call putting his hand on Gus' head as he dies and sighs..."Augustus..."

    I need to think of something happy quick or switch to waterproof mascara...

  • Shonda aka fpkillkill

    I upvoted the Brian's Song but oh crap. I just saw your "Augustus..." Whoa. The last part of Lonesome Dove? Not that your heart hadn't already been pummeled by then but, ugh.

  • Ray Ray

    Are documentaries disqualified? If not, then "Dear Zachary." Blubbered and sniffled for like an hour afterwards.

  • BLA

    The first time I watched it, I had to pause it twice to recover from crying so I wouldn't miss anything.

    The second time I watched it, I cried even harder because I knew exactly what was coming and I wished I could stop it. There hasn't been a third time yet.

  • trixiestreats

    This. I was unspoiled about the end of the story, and I truly felt like my heart had been ripped from my chest.

    I happened to walk in on the end of Hachi: A Dog's Tale a few weeks ago, and I was immediately reduced to a grimacing, blubbering mess.

    Oh...The kiss at the end of Don McKellar's Last Night can usually get a few tears out of me, too.

  • TigerAngel2

    Fuck you all for not saying WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. It is the most horrible movie (book) to EVER subject a child to. I was a disgusting mess for DAYS. I still can't watch it, nor will I ever do so again. When I have kids, if their school says it is "required reading," I WILL PULL THEM OUT OF THAT SCHOOL.

    I feel the same way about Bridge To Terabithia and My Girl. What is WRONG with our schools?! First, we have to read the book and THEN watch the movie?

    Also, the fact that LOVE STORY is on this list but UP isn't gives me a sad-face. I cried WAY harder at UP.

  • BobbFrapples

    I wept for Christian Slater in Untamed Heart like my brother had just died. Marisa Tomei ripped my heart from my chest in that one.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Oh, thanks a lot.

  • puddin

    Uhhh...Beth in Little Women? I'm not afraid Jo! Even that spit bubble on the side of Claire Danes mouth in that scene didn't stop my tears.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    There is one scene that makes all these other scenes sob, even "The Champ" -- and it's the scene near the end of Mike Nichols' film of "Wit" in which Emma Thompson's former colleague/professor gets into the hospital bed with her and reads her "The Runaway Bunny."

    Ok, the clip in on YouTube, but I can't even bear to post the link. I like you all too much.

    Also -- where is the original "Brian's Song?" C'mon!!

  • mona_sterling

    Oh, damn. I had forgotten about that scene in Wit. That's as awful a thing as I've ever seen.

  • I'm not much of a movie crier. The last one that got me was in high school when another student and I did an independent history project on the Battle of the Atlantic and the U-Boat war. We of course parlayed this into watching Das Boot and it got really dusty in the AV room during the last scene. I might have even whimpered "Johann" too.

    Serenity would have gotten me too had I not steeled my resolve beforehand with spoilers.

  • John W

    Doesn't involve a death but one of the most tear jerking moments for me was scene between Jack Walsh (Robert Deniro) and his daughter in Midnight Run.

    That scene gets me every time.

  • Mary

    Kevin Kline in Life as a House. When it cuts to the empty hospital bed... brutal.

    8 year old me would include Mufasa in The Lion King. Fuck Disney sometimes, seriously.

  • BWeaves

    What? No Dobby?

    And why does Disqus suddenly not know I'm logged in. Dustin, are you messing with it again?

  • E-Money

    Oh god Dobby. Movie Dobby a little, but book Dobby. Holly balls I lost my shit. And Hedwig and Fred. OH GOD FRED I JUST REMEMBERED. Fuck you Rowling. George was never able to conjure a patronus ever again. All his happy memories were with Fred. Aw man there's sadness and loss in my eyes you guys.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    Fred was particularly moving cause I had just laughed at Percy's first joke. I was laughing, and then kablam. Or should I say Avada Kedavra?

  • Steph

    Lorenzo's Oil. It's not a good movie but, oh my God, when Susan Sarandon tells her dying son to go to Baby Jesus. Holy crap. I didn't think I'd ever stop crying.

  • damnitjanet

    Fuck this shit. I HATE Beaches and Steel Magnolias. Same with Terms of Endearment and other weepy-ass chick flicks. I am the only person on Earth who has NOT seen The Notebook, Old Yeller, Love Story or The Champ, so I can't comment on that. Now, Satine and Sam...yeah, those get me. And, Life is Beautiful fucked me up, and I cry EVERY. DAMN. TIME. when Forrest is talking to Jenny's grave.

    I have no soul.

  • DeistBrawler

    Except he tells her that she died on a Saturday. Jenny died the day, month, and year I was born. I was not born on a Saturday. I was born on a Monday. Ruined that scene for me forever.

  • mernymerlyn

    The Champ made my mom hate John Voight for how much he made me cry.
    Steel Magnolias is one of my absolute favorite just rip your heart out tear jerkers

  • Tinkerville

    Brokeback Mountain. I sobbed like a baby when he touched the jacket. A goddamn baby. I saw it in theaters with my mom and it was like I was five again.. I was crying and she was crying and it's a miracle we didn't drown the movie theater.

  • KayEmCee

    My Girl - Maybe it was because I was about the same age as the kids in it when I saw it, but I cried for two days straight. My mother had to take me out of school the next day because I was such a sobbing mess

  • baxlala

    I second and third and billionth this because DEAR GOD THOMAS JAY WHY WON'T YOU WAKE THE FUCK UP.

    All the tears, forever, for this movie.

  • SON OF A BEESTING how did I forget My Girl? Probably because I've had to block it out. "Do you want to go tree climbing, Thomas Jay? Where are his glasses? He can't see without his glasses!"

  • whit

    I opened outside of reader, for the first time to MAKE this exact comment, WHERE ARE HIS GLASSES...every effing time!

  • prairiegirl

    Just reading those lines brought tears to my eyes. That scene gets me every. single. time. Poor Thomas Jay...

  • That was the first movie I saw in a theater that DESTROYED ME. I was 10. I still haven't stopped crying, I attribute 1/67 of every tear to a little bit of Thomas J.

  • Leonard C. Chadwick

    Okay, not to defend Gibson's snuff film of the Christ, but when Monica Bellucci as Mary loses her shit when Josh falls down on the way to Golgotha, complete with flashback of him falling and her comforting him when he was a child, I lost some guy-cred.
    Also: Saving Private Ryan, "Earn this." I still get chills. Don't you judge me.

  • marya

    Funny, I just made this exact comment in the thread about dogs, but Dances with Wolves. The one-two punch of the wolf and then the horse, and I was done. Hysterical, loud, heaving sobs in a movie theatre. I got shushed. By my own friend.

    Human deaths....does the end of Brokeback Mountain count? 2 tissues for the actual death, but 102 tissues for the shirt hanging on the back of the door. Even days later just glimpsing the DVD cover made me so sad I had to put it in a cabinet, a la Joey Tribiani.

  • Those scenes get me every time, too.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    You read my mind. I was sobbing hysterically at the wolf shooting scene, enough to alarm my husband of the time. Thank god I was home, they would have called an ambulance for me if I had been in a theater.

    And a double yes for the shirt scene in Brokeback. Holy shit, that killed me.

    You and I had better never go to the movies together.

  • AngelenoEwok

    I'm going to be feeling a bit fragile for the rest of the day, just having read this. I didn't even attempt to play any of the videos. Sniff.

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