Gransnet forums


Films that made you cry

(178 Posts)
CaroDane Sun 11-Aug-19 13:41:41

We watched The Light Between the Oceans last night, and both ended up sobbing at the end of it ! Brilliant film but very sad. What films have made you cry ?

shysal Sun 11-Aug-19 13:43:57


Pantglas1 Sun 11-Aug-19 14:02:03

Bridges of Madison County (as did the book beforehand)

Rufus2 Sun 11-Aug-19 14:03:43

Disney's "Old Yeller" sad

Calendargirl Sun 11-Aug-19 14:08:19

The finale of “An Officer and a Gentleman” when Richard Gere, in his whites, marches in to the factory and sweeps Debra Winger into his arms and all the other workers stop work and clap. Oh, to have Richard Gere do that!

Also the end of Crocodile Dundee when he climbs over the heads of people to get to his lady.

Yes, I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

FarNorth Sun 11-Aug-19 14:19:20

Old Yeller, when I was about 4.

Leisure Seeker, more recently.

Marydoll Sun 11-Aug-19 14:38:05

How Green Was My Valley, I was about seven.

The Bells of St Mary's with Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. The tears were running down my face when Barry Fitzgerald's
very old mother arrived from Ireland, he hadn't seen her since he has left Ireland for America, as a young man.

kittylester Sun 11-Aug-19 14:48:41

West Side Story and Love Story

WOODMOUSE49 Sun 11-Aug-19 14:50:27

So many. Even TV programmes. Cried at Serengeti.

paddyann Sun 11-Aug-19 14:51:46

Local cinema used to run a double bill every year of the same two films.Madam X and Imitation of Life .there was a free pack of tissues on every seat and it was always a sell out .

The first film that made me cry wasThe Day Thet Gave Babies Away ,I remember we were watching it on TV on a wet Sunday afternoon while waitinf for my sisters fiance's parents to arrive for dinner .By the time they knocked the door we were all dripping with tears including my dad .

DanniRae Sun 11-Aug-19 15:00:34

Happy tears at the end of "A Town Like Alice" (film and book) and "Sense and Sensibility".

Sad tears at end of "Carve Her Name With Pride" and "Love Story"

joannapiano Sun 11-Aug-19 15:03:50

Every time ET goes home.

ginny Sun 11-Aug-19 15:05:27

The Notebook.

Fennel Sun 11-Aug-19 15:10:55

Lassie Come Home.

Anniebach Sun 11-Aug-19 15:13:21

Spielberg’s ‘Always’

‘The Notebook’

‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’

‘Sophie’s Choice ‘

KatyK Sun 11-Aug-19 15:16:02

Love Story many years ago
The Way We Were (my favourite film)
For some strange reason at the end of new new Beatles themed film, Yesterday, me and my sister were blubbing

Avor2 Sun 11-Aug-19 15:16:33

Truly, Madly, Deeply, sobbed all the way through, Brief Encounter, West Side Story. ET, UP, I could go on but we haven't got enough space.

KatyK Sun 11-Aug-19 15:19:01

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas sad

NotAGran55 Sun 11-Aug-19 15:31:25

E.T when he comes back to life and goes home sad
I’m filling up just thinking about it - sniff sniff .

Juliette Sun 11-Aug-19 15:46:25

Hachico, Greyfriars Bobby, in fact anything including an animal.
Hachico made DH cry and that’s not something that happens often.
Champ, every time and two Bette Midler films Beaches and For the Boys.

EllanVannin Sun 11-Aug-19 16:32:35

Same as Marydoll--How Green was my Valley.
It's a Wonderful Life.
Road to Perdition.
Love Story.
The Pianist.
Watership Down.

Many more especially those with animals who feature in a film.

Glammy57 Sun 11-Aug-19 16:33:51

I, Daniel Blake
Leaving Las Vegas
The English Patient
Brokeback Mountain
The Shawshank Redemption
Call Me By Your Name
Still Alice
Manchester By The Sea.

LullyDully Sun 11-Aug-19 16:37:29

West side story

nanaK54 Sun 11-Aug-19 16:39:31

Kramer vs Kramer and lots already mentioned

dragonfly46 Sun 11-Aug-19 16:40:34

The first film to make me cry was 'An Affair to Remember' with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It was in the days when you went in in the middle of the film and waited until you caught up. We, my parents and I stayed until the end.

BlueBelle Sun 11-Aug-19 16:42:46

Rabbit Proof Fence ....stayed with me forever

Suzan05 Sun 11-Aug-19 16:43:20

Bridges of Madison County, my favourite film too.

MaizieD Sun 11-Aug-19 16:44:37

The Railway Children. A group of us bunked off college to see it when it first came out. Not a dry eye between us at the end (and that included the boys). It still makes me cry 50 years later!

The Incredible Journey (probably not particularly well known film of the book)

Chewbacca Sun 11-Aug-19 16:47:21

Bamboo I'll never watch it again! 😢😭

Chewbacca Sun 11-Aug-19 16:47:58

Bamboo? BAMBI!

Maggiemaybe Sun 11-Aug-19 16:49:49

Oh yes, Marydoll, How Green Was My Valley!

Love Actually took me by surprise. I was blubbing during the intro, all the families meeting and saying goodbye at the airport. And by the end DH refused to leave with me, “until I’d composed myself”. grin

Oh, and Titanic. And Gone With the Wind, when Bonnie died.

eazybee Sun 11-Aug-19 16:51:09

Carousel and West Side Story, every time.

Maggiemaybe Sun 11-Aug-19 16:51:09

I have been known to well up at adverts though. blush

GagaJo Sun 11-Aug-19 16:51:53

Can't watch I, Daniel Blake. I know only too well about people who live those lives due to my job.

Brokeback Mountain
Rabbit Proof Fence

Lessismore Sun 11-Aug-19 16:51:54

Au Revoir Les Enfants and Les Choiristes.

Not being horribly pretentious, they are worth a look.

fairisle Sun 11-Aug-19 16:55:02

Goodbye Mr chips (1939)
It`s the bit were someone says"It`s a shame he never had children of his own" Mr Chips says"But i did ,thousands of them all boys!" And that`s me sobbing my socks off!sad

KatyK Sun 11-Aug-19 16:57:35

Oh yes fairisle that version of Goodbye Mr Chips was so sad.

Brunette10 Sun 11-Aug-19 17:02:51

Just literally finished watching The Light Between the Oceans it made us cry. Very touching.

callgirl1 Sun 11-Aug-19 17:16:10

Imitation of Life
I`ll Cry Tomorrow
Dark Victory (and the British remake, can`t remember the title)
The Champ

Squiffy Sun 11-Aug-19 17:31:54

Goodnight Mr Tom - gets me every time!

SisterAct Sun 11-Aug-19 17:34:55

Oh yes MaggieMay. Love Story

Minniemoo Sun 11-Aug-19 17:36:27

A Night to Remember. Old Titanic film. When an old gentleman is comforting a small boy. Gets me every time. Even just thinking about it.

Daddima Sun 11-Aug-19 17:39:41

To Sir With Love
It’s a Wonderful Life

Maggiemaybe Sun 11-Aug-19 18:08:03

I don’t think anyone’s mentioned Marley and Me. I’ve never seen it but friends have described it as one of the saddest films ever.

callgirl1 Sun 11-Aug-19 18:21:32

Just googled the remake of Dark Victory, it was Stolen Hours, set mainly in Cornwall.

Iam64 Sun 11-Aug-19 18:48:37

Blinded by the Light - the scene between father and son

Black Beauty

Saving Mr Banks

(and many others)

BBbevan Sun 11-Aug-19 19:01:07

The Railway Children, when she says "My Daddy" Makes my eyes sting just to think of it. The end of Gladiator and of Ben Hur. Goodnight Mr Tom , and lots of others I'm sure

SirChenjin Sun 11-Aug-19 19:25:46

La La Land - absolutely not the ending it should have sad and Goodnight Mr Tom, which has absolutely the right ending smile

MadeInYorkshire Sun 11-Aug-19 19:26:54

Oh my, now you have me going back to the very first ones which were - The Yearling, and My Friend Flicka (and I am not THAT old, probably were on when we first got a tv??)

More recently - The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas, I Daniel Blake (I have been in a similar scenario and may be again so it is still terrifying ....) Schindler's List and obviously Marley and Me!

Washerwoman Sun 11-Aug-19 19:30:03

When I was younger The Yearling and Ring of Bright Water
Have sobbed in many films over the years.
Most recently the film Lion had my in bits.

Minniemoo Sun 11-Aug-19 19:34:08

Run Wild, Run Free. Mark Lester was in it with his white horse that got stuck in quicksand. John and Hayley Mills as well I think. Very dramatic at the end.

Scribbles Sun 11-Aug-19 19:48:11

Love Story
Brief Encounter
Whistle Down the Wind
African Queen

Nico97 Sun 11-Aug-19 20:03:29

How Green Was My Valley
Lassie Come Home
The Straight Story
The Jazz Singer (Neil Diamond version)

angelic Sun 11-Aug-19 20:09:06

A Star is Born with
Kristen Kristofferson &
Barbara Streisand

Sussexborn Sun 11-Aug-19 20:14:02

My older brother was so mortified when I cried when Bambi’s mother died that he climbed over the seats and sat three rows behind me.

Brocky80 Sun 11-Aug-19 20:23:53

'The Way We Were' and 'Cinema Paradiso' come to mind.

SalsaQueen Sun 11-Aug-19 20:27:12

Dumbo (I mean the original, but I haven't yet seen the new version)
Stella Dallas (black & white, Barbara Stanwyck)
Schindler's List
The Pianist
The boy in striped pyjamas

SalsaQueen Sun 11-Aug-19 20:28:22

I forgot this....
Goodnight Mr Tom

EllanVannin Sun 11-Aug-19 20:31:28

Oh yes---Goodnight Mr Tom.
Also, Goodbye Mr Chips.

Marilla Sun 11-Aug-19 20:37:31

Madam X
The English Patient
Midnight Cowboy
Goodbye Mr Chips with Martin Clunes

Fairydoll2030 Sun 11-Aug-19 20:54:07

The Shadow of Your Smile. Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.

Seeing that film was the last time ex DH and I ‘went out’ together. I found out a couple of months later that he was seeing his ex fiancée and divorce followed shortly after.

He contacted me twelve years later and told me that he had ‘made a mistake”. Too late, for I had remarried and had a family but even now, when I hear that song, it can still bring tears to my eyes. So sad....

grannyqueenie Sun 11-Aug-19 21:15:45

Reading through the films others have mentioned makes me realise how much weeping I've done over the years. When my children were small “Who Will Love my Children” and “Champ” always pushed me over the edge. I’m less of a full on weeper as I've got older but do well up at all sorts of Maggie even adverts have been known to get me going!

singingnutty Sun 11-Aug-19 21:25:00

Steel Magnolias. I've seen it several times and cry every time. It's the bit where the daughter dies having had a baby which she was advised against.

Newquay Sun 11-Aug-19 21:32:15

Fiddler on the Roof

Fairydoll2030 Sun 11-Aug-19 21:35:53

Oops, re my earlier post the film was actually The Sandpiper.
The THEME TUNE was The Shadow of your smile.

Andy Williams made a rather nice recording of the song -
Google... You Tube Andy Williams Shadow of your smile.

Can’t do links, sorry!

jacq10 Sun 11-Aug-19 22:12:09

Always have said I'm not a fan of Meryl Streep but two of my "weepies" were Bridges of Madison County and Kramer v Kramer. Remember many years ago going with a friend when we were about 13 to watch "Love is a many splendid thing" and remember both of us sobbing into our handkerchiefs and when I told my parents which film we had seen being told "it was not suitable for us"!!

MiniMoon Sun 11-Aug-19 22:18:46

Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet.
My sister and I went to the cinema to see it and everyone was weeping as we left.
Field of Dreams
Sense and Sensibility.

TwiceAsNice Sun 11-Aug-19 22:21:30

A dogs purpose
Love story
Dances with wolves
To sir with love

TwiceAsNice Sun 11-Aug-19 22:23:20

Oh and Stepmom with Susan Sarandon . Cried buckets!

Minniemoo Sun 11-Aug-19 22:26:08

The Feed the Birds scene in Mary Poppins used to make me cry when a child. Not overly sure why. But I've been feeding the birds ever since!

sharon103 Sun 11-Aug-19 22:46:13

The Theory In Everything (life story of Stephen Hawking)
When I was little, Bambi. I was upset for ages.
The old version of Wuthering Heights.
Mrs Minerva. My mums favourite film.

Gaunt47 Sun 11-Aug-19 22:51:45

Sharon103 - do you mean the 1939 Olivier/Oberon version of Wuthering Heights? That was going to be one of mine! Had my OH and I sobbing at the end, and I hate hate hate melodrama!

Eloethan Sun 11-Aug-19 23:16:44

One flew over the cuckoo's nest
Driving Miss Daisy
Midnight cowboy
I, Daniel Blake
Marley and me
Tunes of Glory
The painted veil
Imitation of life
Carve her name with pride

sharon103 Sun 11-Aug-19 23:38:08

Yes that's right Gaunt47. I had read the book when I was at school and first saw the film on tv years ago. A classic. smile

jeanio Sun 11-Aug-19 23:51:14

Life is Beautiful
The Green Mile
Lots and lots of films.

Marydoll Sun 11-Aug-19 23:56:00

Shadow of your smile

gmarie Mon 12-Aug-19 00:04:22

* Hardest movie I ever saw was Sophie's Choice - I tamped my emotions down so much watching this one that I actually got a migraine.
* Toy Story 3
* Life is Beautiful
* The Green Mile
* Dumbo
* A.I.
* Philadelphia
* United 93
* Old Yeller

Larissa67 Mon 12-Aug-19 00:04:40

Lion ... About the 'lost' boy in India adopted by Australian parents..especially when he eventually gets to return to visit his mother as a young adult. My friend and I were both 'in floods'.
Tangled..when the floating lanterns are launched. Really felt my heartstrings plucked.

DillytheGardener Mon 12-Aug-19 00:11:46

Holiday Inn gets me everytime and makes me miss family no longer with us

BradfordLass72 Mon 12-Aug-19 01:03:13

I found The Notebook so badly acted by Gena Rowlands, the Director's mother and so ludicrously schmaltzy, that I laughed rather than wept. I only wtched it for James Garner.

There's an Indian version which I think is better. Zindagi Tere Naam

The films which made me cry:

Watership Down
Brokeback Mountain
Old Yeller (but I was 11 when I saw this)

Goodbye Mr Chips (Robert Donat and then Peter O'Toole)
The Snow Goose
Ring of Bright Water

Even hearing (or even imagining it seems) the theme from Watership Down can make me cry My husband used to sing it to our baby.
Tears now in fact. sad

Firecracker123 Mon 12-Aug-19 07:43:47

'Who will love my children' 1983 film lady at work lent me a dvd not my usual sort of film to watch a bit corny for me I thought but was literally sobbing at the end lol.

kittylester Mon 12-Aug-19 07:47:25

sussexborn, you reminded me that DD2 took her little sister to see the original Lion King - she moved rows too.

Youngest daughter howls at all sorts of things. Having watched West Side Story on video dozens of times, she still howls when Tony dies.

JackyB Mon 12-Aug-19 07:54:58

Practically every film I've ever seen, even many comedies have moving scenes in them.

I can't think of any that stand out but I'm surprised no one has mentioned Brooklyn yet.

henetha Mon 12-Aug-19 10:49:14

Yes, JackyB, Brooklyn was lovely and it did make me cry.
Death in Venice starring Dirk Bogarde always makes me cry
no matter how many times I see it.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Mon 12-Aug-19 10:58:15

Random Harvest - a lovely old B&W film with Ronald Coleman and Greer Garson.

Dee1012 Mon 12-Aug-19 11:25:02

Spartacus...leaves me a blubbering wreck.
Million Dollar Baby.
Tale of Two Cities ( Ronald Coleman version).
Lassie come home.
The Vikings.

AllTheLs Mon 12-Aug-19 11:34:38

Elephant Man - I was still crying a week after I first saw it! And still do now if/when I watch it.

Then the soppy animal films - Bambi, the Yearling, The Incredible Journey, ET (animal???).

BettyBoop49 Mon 12-Aug-19 11:35:40

Life is Beautiful
Like Water for Chocolate
Love is a many splendour thing

scrabble Mon 12-Aug-19 11:36:22

Your before me

scrabble Mon 12-Aug-19 11:36:56

Sorry- You before me

Joyfulnanna Mon 12-Aug-19 11:40:19

Schindlers List

jaylucy Mon 12-Aug-19 11:41:20

Love Me Tender with Elvis
Top Gun (when Goose gets killed)

JulieMM Mon 12-Aug-19 11:44:24

Love Story and Brief Encounter ... still bring a lump to my throat.

Marilla Mon 12-Aug-19 11:49:34

Reading through the lists is reminding me of so many other films that made me cry. Some of the old Hollywood films fill me with nostalgia of watching them with my mum which makes me cry....even the happy ones!

EllieB52 Mon 12-Aug-19 11:50:44

Beaches - gets me every single time
Les Miserables
Mamma Mia - here we go again. Don’t laugh - the end bit makes me well up.

geera Mon 12-Aug-19 11:52:33

Our souls at night - read the book, then got the film. Cried both times.

lilydily9 Mon 12-Aug-19 11:52:56

I'm a sucker for old Hollywood movies and it doesn't take much for me to well up.

'Love is a many splendored thing'
'An Affair to Remember'
'The Roaring Twenties'

to name but a few.......

annodomini Mon 12-Aug-19 11:57:00

Truly, madly, deeply. Juliet Stephenson's tears trigger mine.

Nograndsyet Mon 12-Aug-19 11:58:43

Carve Her Name With Pride. True story of WW2 resistance fight

Craftycat Mon 12-Aug-19 11:59:59

Oh E.T. every time!! I cry buckets.
West Side Story when Bernado dies.

Mind you I do cry very easily at films- I have to check before I take GC that there is no sad bit. I can vouch for Toy Story 4- saw it last week & it is fine