MUBI brings you a great new film every day.  Start your 7-day free trial today!
All Topics  »

What film scenes really make you cry?

Samuel Cogrenn​e

over 4 years ago

Final scene of Schindler’s List, when Lian Neeson is crying.

Mariel

over 4 years ago

Brief Encounter- when they separate. Also, the last scene of Meryl Streep’s face in Sophies Choice. Gets me every time.

Mariel

over 4 years ago

Brief Encounter- when they separate. Also, the last scene of Meryl Streep’s face in Sophies Choice. Gets me every time.

Agata

over 4 years ago

I cry a lot with movies. When I saw Braveheart I was 10 years old. I cried a lot at the end, especially when they fight for him and his friend throws the sword on the ground. I know this isn’t exactly a good movie, but since then I watch it regularly, it meant a lot for me at the time, fighting for your ideals, etc etc. I end up crying every time.
Besides that there is the ending of Dancer in the Dark, I cried so hard I needed tissues for like half an hour.

Colleen

over 4 years ago

The entirety of these movies leave me in a pool of tears and/or in utter despair.

The Human Condition/Ningen no jōken (Kobayashi)
Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata)
Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson)
Shoeshine/Sciuscià (De Sica)
Germany Year Zero/Germania, anno zero (Rossellini)
The Children Are Watching Us/I bambini ci guardano (De Sica)
La Terra Trema (Visconti)
Rocco and His Brothers/Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Visconti)
Sansho, the Bailiff (Mizoguchi)
Mouchette (Bresson)
Rome, Open City/Roma, città aperta (Rossellini)
To Live/Huozhe (Yimou Zhang)
Forbidden Games/Jeux interdits (Clement)
Requiem for a Dream (Aronofsky)

Chris B

over 4 years ago

“I cried several times in The Darjeeling Limited”

i nearly cried because it was such a bad movie…..

Well, Chris, I’ll have to disagree with you there, but that’s okay.

I cry at the end of Babel, and the end of Lost in Translation. I lost it at the end of both Requiem for a Dream, and Breaking the Waves.

In fact, I don’t think a film has hit me harder than Breaking the Waves at all.

Savvy

ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE

over 4 years ago

I cry at the end of Spirit Of The Beehive, because it’s such an emotional ending, happy or sad.

Still need to see that. Hopefully I get it for Christmas!

Savvy

ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE

over 4 years ago

Hopefully!!!!!!

Evan

over 4 years ago

French Kiss 1995 with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. Lots of humor but not without tears. Also Cider House Rules.

Alex K

over 4 years ago

It always catches me off guard, but the closing sequence of Traffic, when Benicio Del Toro’s character is watching the kids play baseball under the lights, makes me well up.

L.A.™

over 4 years ago

I’ll second that scene i’m sure the score enhances your emotions a bit. I believe that same piece is used in 28 days later if you could believe that!

Jay Raskin

over 4 years ago

When I taught film classes, I always showed “City Lights.” I think I saw the ending 15 times or more and always cried. James Agee, the film critic, called it the most perfect ending in film history and I have to agree.

gory™

over 4 years ago

the night festival scene in the movie “in America”
when the father throw a ball to get a doll for his daughter…
i just cant watch those scene ..
also the ending scene in grave of fireflies, come and see, tokyo story,turtle can fly etc

Rahul

over 4 years ago

Grave of the Fireflies, when the little girl dies.

Jesse Richards

over 4 years ago

During multiple scenes in Au Hasard Balthasar and Mouchette, a couple of scenes in Satantango and most of the film from the funeral on in Tokyo Story. Ozu makes me cry a lot actually.

muleyha​ven

over 4 years ago

C’mon Evan, French Kiss was one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. How about Field of Dreams. “Hey dad, you wanna have a catch?”

Baal T'shuva​h

over 4 years ago

^same moment in Field of Dreams. Never fails to choke me up.

Mel Gibson’s anguished screams at the end of Gallipoli.

Medic Irwin Wade’s death in Saving Private Ryan (the only scene, other than the Normandy sequence, that really did anything for me).

Dersu’s death in Dersu Uzala.

Spock’s death in The Wrath of Khan, and Kirk’s reaction to his son’s death in The Search for Spock – “Klingon bastard, you’ve killed my son.”

The daughter singing “Desperado” in In America.

Singing of “God Bless America” in The Deer Hunter.

Jason Hale

over 4 years ago

Not that I’m some crybaby, but, at the risk of being indulgent, these are some that managed to stir up a maelstrom of emotions:

1) City Lights (Charlie Chaplin) – the ending, of course
2) Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata) – immensely powerful antiwar film; soul crushing; physically painful for me to watch
3) Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu) – Setsuko Hara and Chishû Ryû’s dialogue after funeral
4) Ballad of Nayarama (Shohei Imamura) – mother/son relationship in last part of film
5) Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
6) Fires on the Plain (Kon Ichikawa) –
6) Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)
7) To Live (Zhang Yimou)
8) The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
7) Shoah (Claude Lanzmann) – especially Filip Muller’s story
8) Night and Fog (Alain Resnais) – imagery forever etched into my brain
9) Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg) – gas chamber scene w/ Perlman’s violin, little girl w/ pink dress in the wheelbarrow, one more person scene, ending
10) A Special Day (Ettore Scola)
11) Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
12) The Sea Inside (Alejandro Amenábar)
13) Padre Padrone (Vittorio & Paolo Taviani)
14) La Strada (Federico Fellini) – ending where Zampano realizes what he has lost
15) Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders) – I knew these people; mother-child reunion; Aurore Clement loses Hunter
16) Love and Anarchy (Lina Wertmüller) – Tunin’s futile gesture and aftermath
17) Landscape in the Mist (Theo Angelopoulos) – Alexander crying at death of horse; rape scene; ending
18) It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra) – of course; Auld Lang’s Syne always bring me back to here
19) Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding)
20) Wings of Desire – dunno, there’s a scene w/ intercuts of allied night bombing, an air raid klaxon roaring, urban squalor, and a boy crying for his mama that always gives me knots in my throat

Criteri​onRefs

over 4 years ago

I’ve been watching Casque d’or this week and there are several scenes capable of stirring up a case of the weepies. Marie’s rowing her boat ashore to meet Manda and his awakening to see her face beaming at him for one, and the conclusion (Marie’s memory dance) for another, but only because of the sweetness they shared for those few futile moments granted to them when they both knew how doomed it was to begin with.

Evan

over 4 years ago

Hey, Muleyhaven, thanks for your feedback and you’re makin’ me cry with your insensitivity to others opinions. Relax!

Mr Centaur

over 4 years ago

I never cry at films, but these ones always give me a lump in my throat

1. Safe – Julianne Moore at her surprise party, and then her self-affirmation at the mirror in her igloo
2. Brokeback Mountain – “Jack, I swear”
3. Last Exit to Brooklyn – Jennifer Jason Leigh’s gang-rape scene
4. Paris, Texas – “I knew these people”
5. Monster – bus stop break-up scene
6. Vendredi Soir – the end
7. Boys Don’t Cry – not the film, but the Nathan Larson/Nina Persson closing song “Bluest Eyes in Texas”

Various scenes in

The Fly (1986)
Mulholland Drive
All the Real Girls
L’important c’est d’aimer (The Most Important Thing is to Love)
Badlands

Kelvane

over 4 years ago

—most recently, when max was running away from his mother at night in WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, which seemed out of place to me, and when Carol runs back to Max at the end when he realizes Max may leave forever

—Mulholland Dr. with Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring in ‘Club Silencio’ – beautiful

—when the ‘girl watching the TV’ and Laura Dern finally hug in INLAND EMPIRE – beautiful again

—Shawshank Redemption//Brokeback Mountain//Candy//The Deer Hunter//Titanic//The Straight Story

Adamast​os

over 4 years ago

The Lion King – first film i’ve seen on the big screen
Cinema Paradiso – the only film that made me cry of happiness
Lanscape in the Mist – the whole film
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – severall scenes
Eloge de l’Amour – severall scenes
Wings of Desire – severall scenes

and some more i can’t recollect right now..

Patapon

-moderator-
over 4 years ago

recently I cried a little during Martyrs

also:

Scenes From A Marriage
Lost in Translation
Treeless Mountain
The Virgin Spring

boomstickplease

over 4 years ago

The entire last third of DANCER IN THE DARK and the finale of BREAKING THE WAVES, which effected me on a level that I can’t entirely comprehend. THE LARAMIE PROJECT also had me in gushing tears throughout, for personal reasons… almost as badly as DEAR ZACHARY.

During certain rewatches, the Club Silencio segment of MULHOLLAND DRIVE brings me to tears (albeit mildly, maybe ‘tear drop’ would suffice.) INLAND EMPIRE also gave me a similar feeling, of deep sadness, yet I don’t recall shedding a tear. Lynch conjures up so many emotions for me I can’t react fully to one specific.

Like another mentioned, “Let It Be” in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.

Glemaud

over 4 years ago

When Yang Yang reads his obituary letter to his cadaverous grandmother at the end of Yi Yi.
When the little boy learns the meaning of “dead” in The White Ribbon.
When poor ole Forrest asks that bitch Jenny why she doesn’t love him in Forrest Gump. (I have to be high out of my mind.)
The ending to The Cove.
Dear Zachary….yea.
When mother and son reunite in Paris, Texas.

On a lighter note:
When Clark Gable was trying to hitch a ride in It Happened One Night. I laughed so hard I cried.

I.L.

over 4 years ago

M. Night Shyalaman’s cameo in The Village. I shed tears cause I think that was where I saw the death of cinema.

mofo

over 4 years ago

The end of rashoman, right after they find the baby, i don’t know why but it always makes me tear up a little bit, i think it’s just how he restates the point of how terrible people are (which is totally true) and showing that the people who are supposed to be “good” are really just as bad as everyone else (which is also totally true) and that just depresses the hell out of me. He kind of tries to debunk that point at the very end with a more optimistic ending, but the damage has already been done……

also the end of iron giant….. there i said….. and there’s no going back now