You make an interesting distinction. Many films make me teary because of sadness and/or poignance. But sometimes, a scene in a film can be moving simply because of the joy it brings. The above is from Orchestra Wives (1942) the last film Glenn Miller made before his plane was shot down in 1944. At the time of this film, Miller’s band was one of the best in the world and here you see the band and the singers at the top of their game. And the Nicholas Brothers’ dancing…my God! Watch the moment when one of them runs up a wall, does a backflip and lands in a split. Incredible.
am i the only one who cried at citizen kane?
I’m a hardcore film weeper but the one film that made my ugly cry. in class. in grad school. was Tokyo Story. It was me and my gay bff having meltdowns in class and calling our parents during the break.
The last two movies that made me shed tears are “Million Dollar Baby” and “Cocoon”.
1.The Bill Douglas Trilogy
2.“Holly” vignette in Rodrigo Garcia’s Nine Lives (when Lisa Gay Hamilton breaks down in the bathroom)
3. Woody Allen’s Interiors (any scene with Diane Keaton crying and the scene when Geraldine page cries with Mary Beth Hurt before she walks into the ocean)
The film Tsotsi directed by Gavin Hood. It was a South African film that won Best Foreign Language film in 2005. I won’t say it was an incredible movie as it was fairly simple but it was very emotionally driven.
The one that jumps immediately to mind is a made for TV movie from the 1970s called “J.T..” It was written by Jane Wagner (Lilly Tomlin’s SO?) and starred a young Kevin Hooks. They don’t make TV movies for kids like that anymore. You can watch it in parts on YouTube. Watch out for the ending. It’s a killer.
The scene near the end of Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) in which the father comes home and is informed of his daughter’s death gets me every time I watch it.
I remember “J.T.” There was a children’s book version, too. My mother could never read it through without falling apart. I bought the book again as an adult (having lost the original) because the story was so powerful.
“La vie en rose” made me cry.
Kevin Hooks was also in Sounder, another film that I think may have made me cry.
Irreversible and Little Miss Sunshine.
Idk why, but I always cry at the end of Little Miss Sunshine.
une partie de campagne de renoir. and i can assure u this rarely happens
also the montage in up (entire theater in tears)
and that damn dog in umberto d :’(
1)Flashbacks of the day Chris Cooper lost his front teeth and the consecutive tragedies following that day
Splendor in the Grass:
1) Natalie Wood interpreting the meaning of the Wordsworth poem
2) At the end of the film, in an automobile, Natalie Wood telling herself a lie (the Wordsworth poem) to cope with the reality that Warren Beatty is married to someone else even though their hearts are still in the same place they were in high school.
I cry all the freaking time watching pictures so there’s no way I can list them all but among my favorite sobbers:
SUNRISE, Make Way for Tomorrow, Ikiru, A Day in the Country, The Big Parade, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Man Who Laughs, 7th Heaven, Stella Dallas, Tae Guk Gi, Dear Zachary…
i cry all the time too, so i’ll just list the last several that made me lose it:
toy story 3
joan rivers a piece of work
more than a game
omg elephant man. forgot that one
Angel A was probably the cheesiest film that got me. I never though a Luc Besson film would get me, and with such a cliched moment as well. I think it had to do with the dynamic between the actress playing the Angel who is so lithe,tall, and eye catching vs the short stubby petty criminal. Weird….
Some others: Ikiru, Come and See, Tokyo Story, I am Love, Au Hasard Balthzar
O M G Lilya 4-Ever is the most devastating film ever made. It’s infused with a sadness full of rage at the human condition,you don’t see that very often. Ozu is sad in the opposite direction, a kind of resigned melancholia.
Central do brasil
Grave of the Fireflies.
Toy Story 3.
There’s more but I can’t think right now.
The finale to City Light for sure, though all his films have scenes of pathos that get to you. I also think of that scene in The Gold Rush whene he first walks into the tavern by himself, looking for a friendly face. That desperate look for companionship just gets to you.
Several scenes in Kieslowski’s Red get to me too, like when the Judge asks Valentine if she’d like another drop of apricot brandy (I think that’s what it was), and she unfolds this tender, delicate smile to say she does, slightly nodding her head. Gets me every time. It’s such a beautiful scene between two very good actors. And when I first saw that film, the scene where Valentine is at the fashion show walking out onto the stage, and Zbigniew Preisner’s gorgeous music is playing. His music was so fantastic, it really enhanced the scene, and struck an emotional chord throughout all those films, perfectly in synch with Kieslowski’s direction, but especially in that scene. I think I’m going to have to watch that film again.
And I don’t know why, but near the end of Children of Men during that epic finale, when Clive Owen’s character Theo and the woman Kee with her baby are coming out of the building with the baby, and people inside are seeing and hearing the baby and reacting, and then even the military men stop fighting when they see the child. That scene got me choked up, I admit.
Now that I think of it, I’d throw in the finale to John Ford’s The Long Voyage Home too.
@Armands Yeah Children of Men, never thought that would get me…
The last film to make me tear up was the ending to Bright Star, what heartbreak.
Loads of films as a kid, too many to list! But the only one I can think of more recently is Children of Men.
My Dog Skip, funny how it’s more sad when dogs die than people.
I cried with laughter over Clerks., Dumb and Dumber and the Kentucky Fried Movie
Kramer vs. Kramer, the moment ted and billy hug in a very tender way as they both know it is their last breakfast together.
I came pretty close throughout the whole second half of Tokyo Story most recently. I also thought the end of Schindlers List when he is talking about how he could have saved more people was pretty sad. Also Up, City Lights, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Grave of the Fireflies.
The part in Hello Dolly! when she comes back to the restaurant after the waiters freak out makes me teary-eyed for some reason. It’s a silly movie.
too many to name; i cry during most movies about soulmatez:
the notebook (duh)
have dreams, will travel (!!!!)
scott pilgrim vs. the world
the curious case of benjamin button (cried throughout)
tonnes of others
I AM A MAN AND I CRY DURING MOVIES AND I AM NOT ASHAMED!
Cinema Paradiso, the last scene. You look on the face of Salvatore confronting his childhood, dreams and mentor’s and best friend’s death. Emotionally powerful.