8 Movie Moments That Made Me Cry (And Have Nothing To Do With Death)

You know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.

~Lemony Snicket


Everybody has some movie that makes them cry buckets. For my dad it was always Brian’s Song. I think my mom’s was Love Story. And the site mascot weeps every time The Lion King is on. There’s some obvious connections here, which is to say, movies where people (or animated lions) die are usually quite bloody sad in parts. Slow death by cancer or quick death at the hands of one’s evil brother are a bummer.

The problem with me is, with AS, I cry at all the wrong times, and when I’m supposed to cry, I usually don’t. It’s weird. (No, I was not that weird person you heard cracking up during Saving Private Ryan.) The movies that usually get me are the ones that are supposed to be for kids or for families. Don’t believe me? I still can’t get through these scenes without a box of tissues.

And nobody dies. I’m not all morbid like that.

#8: Mulan (1998)

OK, so scene was also done (in a way) in The Return of the King, but I’ll say I like this one better because it’s a *girl*.

#7: The Princess Bride (1987)

This movie has a happy ending. It makes me cry because I think love like that still exists in the world.

#6. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

There are much sadder scenes in the Star Wars universe, but I’ll always remember this one from the first time I saw it on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen.

#5. Avatar (2009)

I’ve always been more moved by music than images, and if there really is a heaven, I hope this type of beautiful music accompanies me in the hereafter.

#4. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Damn you, Pixar, for having a nearly unbroken string of cry-worthy movies. This one gets me because, I dunno, the little girl reminds me of myself at that age.

#3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

This movie gave me nightmares as a kid because it was about A CARTOON CHARACTER WHO KILLS PEOPLE. Think about that for a sec.

#2. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

My all-time favorite Disney movie, which I went to see 5 times in theaters and have seen countless times since. It still makes me cry…as it should anyone with a heart.

#1. Rudy (1993)

This movie is Hollywood-ized and shamelessly sentimental. It’s also about everything I hold dear: perseverance, the power of faith, hard work paying off, and a real Cinderella story. I can’t watch it without crying. I’m sorry. (The music is also my all-time favorite score, by the late, great Jerry Goldsmith.)

So, what are some of your favorite so-happy-they’re-sad moments?

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~ by Howlin' Mad Heather on June 25, 2013.

9 Responses to “8 Movie Moments That Made Me Cry (And Have Nothing To Do With Death)”

  1. I don’t think I cry all that much, but I know I cry a lot whenever I watch “Life is Beautiful,” “the Notebook” and the intro sequence in “Up.”

  2. Favorite happy/sad moments (I will go with five so as not to clutter your comments section):

    1.The ending scene in “The Man From Nowhere” (Seriously! The scenes around the end of the movie make it tough to hold back for how sad it is, even though it ends in a happy way).

    2.The final episode of “Jewel In The Palace” (aka Dae Jang Geum).

    3. The final scene in “Much Ado About Nothing” (The Kenneth Branagh version).

    4. The entire film Tokyo Godfathers.

    5. My Sassy Girl (Korean version)

    This list could totally change if you asked me another time, although I think “The Man From Nowhere” might still be in the same spot.

  3. Reblogged this on emmagemma and commented:
    yes!! Mulan, one of my favorite Disney movies. Actually…probably the only old Disney movie I have liked into my adulthood. 🙂

  4. That Beauty and the Beast scene gets me too. Not to mention, the montage at the beginning of Up, the incinerator scene in Toy Story 3…and the end of The Iron Giant.

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