My first memory of crying during a movie was Bambi when Bambi’s mother is shot. So subtle, so heartbreaking. The last movie I cried during watching was The Passion of Joan of Arc. I cried throughout that one, but the image of her making her final walk to the stake – I absolutely lost it. Perhaps I cry too much?
Any experiences you’d like to share?
Once upon a time in the west
Battle of algiers
When I was pregnant with my second child, Dumbo made me cry. :)
What scene(s) in 2001 made you cry? Just curious.
I haven’t seen Dumbo in ages, but I recall it having some intense scenes. (The scene where he’s in the clown make-up.)
Two off the top of my head: It’s a Wonderful Life and Rocky.
There are many scenes in IAWL where I lose it; it’s hard to pick one. There are also several in Rocky. For that film, the idea that Rocky’s reason for fighting is for self-worth, for some self-validation and that he finds that self-worth not in beating the heavy weight champ, but just “going the distance” with him.
no emotions in real life but with movies I am a sucker for sad and likely cry at anything made to make people cry plus the occasional happy moment in a rom com like About a Boy, Music and Lyrics and Last Chance Harvey
No matter how hard I try not to (and believe me, I’ve tried), I always cry during It’s a Wonderful Life and E.T.
The last movie that made me cry, and still tears me up even when I think about it, is Bicycle Thieves.
Il Sorpasso (Risi, 1962);
In the mood for love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000);
La vita è bella (Benigni, 1997);
Ladri di biciclette (De Sica, 1948).
Iron-3 (Kim Ki-Duk, 2004).
As far as I can remember:
“Forrest Gump” (1994)
“The Green Mile” (1999)
“Once Upon a Time the West” (1968)
“Once Upon a Time in America” (1984)
“Il Sorpasso” (1962)
“Le Notti di Cabiria” (1957)
“La Dolce Vita” (1960)
“8 1/2” (1963)
“It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
“Ladri di Biciclette” (1948)
“City Lights” (1931)
“Umberto D.” (1952)
“The Gold Rush” (1925)
“The Notebook” (2004)
“Twin Peaks” (1990-91) [TV Series] → Episode #1.1
“Sansho Dayu” (1954)
“Mar Adentro” (2001)
“Toy Story 3” (2010)
“Heimat – A German Chronicle” (1984) → (Many chapters)
I have never cried in a film, although I have gotten close on a number of occasions. I’m still searching for that one that pushes me over the edge. Here are a few of the films that brought me the closest:
The Illusionist (2010)
In the Mood for Love
Into the Wild
The Royal Tenenbaums
Synecdoche, New York
Toy Story 3
@Jazz — the scene that made me cry was when he went to visit his mother all locked up, and she rocked him with her trunk, and they both knew that they couldn’t be together, and they missed each other as only mother and child would… That made even Timothy the mouse cry! But mind you, this was my adult reaction. My son used to watch Dumbo over and over with me when he was around 2 (and I was pregnant with my daughter), and he never shed a tear. Both of my kids have seen it together since and neither of them ever get moved to tears. I think it’s an adult thing…
Most recently, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Had me bawling all the way through the credits.
Many films have made my eyes tear up but never flow like Toy Story 3. Maybe because I grew up with Toy Story 1 (Toy Story 2 never stuck to me). I remember as a kid during summer break I would pop the VHS into the player and heat up some Cup Noodles and watch it. I tried my best not to cry during Toy Story 3 because I was watching it with my guy friends (you know the macho type). I couldn’t hold it in by the end though. “Goodbye… partner.” Ohhhh goddddd. Its probably because it coincided with my own life so well.
Alright…I’m not saying I outright was bawling but as far as getting a lump in my throat or teary eyed there are a few. Parts of Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and the scene in Racing with the Moon where Sean Penn draws the map for Elizabeth McGovern to her hidden present. Also parts of Punch Drunk Love, the end of Asphalt Jungle, Spartacus and the end of Red River takes the top prize.
The last 15 minutes of A Scanner Darkly always gets me.
Synecdoche, New York generally does, and The Royal Tenenbaums sometimes (likewise, Pop and Me).
@odilonvert: I remember, as a child, watching that movie with my mother and her having that reaction. I do recall empathizing with the response, even if I did not totally grasp it.
I cried when Macaulay Culkin died in My Girl.
oh well i cried when i was little and saw dumbo, also bambi, E.T., Love Story. later it was limelight and another chaplin-film – i do not recall the title right now – the one with the blind flowergirl. last film i cried and couldnt stop was “Mary and Max”. but i noticed i wasnt the only one in the movie theatre! : )
Terms of endearment
Nights of cabiria
the ones that i can remember:
the children are watching us
diving bell and the butterfly
au hasard balthazar
dancer in the dark
paris, texas (nearly)
interiors (woody allen, for those who might not remember this movie)
the virgin spring
death of mr. lazarescu
Korova (the russian animated short)
enigma of kasper hauser
When the daughter of Bill Holden’s character in Network looks outside to see the people shouting out of their windows, I am overcome by the despair I believe they represent.
“The Sound of Music” – mostly because of a spontaneous incident, a little trick played by one’s own imagination. One day this film was playing on TV, the part where she appears on top of the hill and starts singing “the hills are alive with the sound of music.”
Well, maybe I was in a different mood that day, but I suddenly imagined a big starving wolf appearing behind her. I just couldn’t stop laughing at “The Hound of Music”… but I’m better now.
On a more serious tone, “Round Midnight” nearly got me, though.
Nights of Cabiria
The Thin Red Line
Napoleon (dir Abel Gance)—saw it with the full orchestra—the beauty of it made me cry.
Breaking The Waves
Days of Heaven
Mother Krause’s Journey to Happiness (Phil Jutzi)
Like Grains of Sand (Ryosuke Hashiguchi)
Autumn Days (Roberto Gavaldón)
A Dedicated Life (Kazuo Hara)
Travellers (Bahram Beizai)
Synecdoche, New York, La Strada, The 400 Blows.
Sohrab Shahid-Saless’ ‘Still Life’ and ’ White Balloon’.
Subarnarekha (Ritwik Ghatak)
The ending did it for me :((.
well, there you go, The Cloud-Capped Star made me bawl my eyes out. seems like Ghatak can do that.
Dumbo, A.I Artificial Intelligence