I’m a cryer. I will cry. Although sometimes I may appear stoic, I’m a very sensitive person so sensitive that there are things I avoid not to be brought to tears. One of the things I try to avoid and don’t always succeed are sad movies. If someone tells me a movie will make me cry, I put it on my ‘do not watch’ list immediately. I try my best to avoid any movie where possible crying will ensue but I’ve been caught off guard once in awhile. Then I end up being a balling bundle of heaving sobs. I love movies and my thought is to try to cry when I watch them alone at home. I have enough tissues there but I’ve been known to break down in the theater. And what movies do I cry at, you may ask. Well I’ll give you some of my all time favorite tear-jerkers and why I was crying like a colicky baby at them.
The Yearling– yea I did when the deer dies I’m pretty much done and I can’t help but cry at those down home movies.
An Affair To Remember- with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, I’ve never cried looking at a Cary Grant movie but the first time I caught this one on the late, late show I weeped profusely. When he discovered she was in the wheelchair, yea I’m tearing up now.
West Side Story -my cousin and I were crying like idiots at the end of that movie.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s -that movie wasn’t even sad but the scene in the rain, I was so done.
Roman Holiday– I was so shocked when I started to cry watching this, it was completely unexpected. I couldn’t take it that they couldn’t be together, it was too much for my sensitive soul.
To Kill A Mockingbird– I’ve seen that movie more times than I can count and every time Robert Duvall appears as Boo Radley from behind the door, I just completely breakdown. I have not once not cried at that movie. I know this is my third Gregory Peck film on this list but really the man could act.
The Joy Luck Club– I was in the theater in full blown body heaves crying the entire movie. The entire movie. There was something about the story of mothers and daughters that resonated with me so deeply, I couldn’t help it. It’s a damn good movie too.
Saving Private Ryan– I’ve only watched it once, I can’t watch it again I was so moved. I was overcome with grief. You have no soul if you don’t cry at that movie.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button– yea I cried when she was holding the old baby, the man that she loved and he died.
The Outsiders– okay, I saw it in class in the 7th grade that’s how much it moved me, I remember everything about it. I remember crying when Johnny died and Dallas went out and got himself killed on purpose. I tried not to let the other kids see me but it was hard but they were crying too.
Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King-I’m sorry when they all bowed to the hobbits at Aragon’s coronation, I couldn’t take it. It was an incredibly moving moment. Then when they figured out Frodo was leaving, yea I so invested in those characters after three movies it was too much.
Imitation of Life– the later one with Lana Turner, if you’ve never seen it you need to see it. It was so sad and tragic, I was wailing, I really was.
Now those are just a few but I’ve also had people tell me I’m going to cry at a movie and then I saw it and wasn’t moved at, Ghost and The Notebook are examples of that. I don’t get why anyone would cry at such schlock and melodrama but that’s just not my thing. There are two movies I’d like to see that I won’t because I know not only will I cry, I’ll be deeply disturbed forever. Those are The Passion of the Christ and Schindler’s List, want to watch both so bad but it’s not going to happen. I really am an emotional wreck sometimes.
So those are my tear-jerkers. What are yours?