25 best movie tearjerkers

In honor of the tissue-use-inducing, lip-quiver-causing flicks that we know and love, the following is the 25 best tearjerkers in filmdom…

Honorable Mention: Regarding Henry (1991), Vera Drake (2004), Love Story (1970)


25. Milk (2008) — 24. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
23. Where the Red Fern Grows (1974) — 22. My Girl (1991) — 21. Boys Don’t Cry (1999)


20. In America (2003) — 19. Away from Her (2007) — 18. Hoosiers (1986)
17. Whale Rider (2003) — 16. The Pianist (2002)


15. Young @ Heart (2008) — 14. On Golden Pond (1981) — 13. Steel Magnolias (1989)
12. Schindler’s List (1993) — 11. Terms of Endearment (1983)


10. Marvin’s Room (1996) — 9. Titanic (1997) — 8. The Color Purple (1985)
7. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) — 6. Dead Man Walking (1995)


5. Brokeback Mountain (2005) — 4. Up (2008) — 3. E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
2. Sophie’s Choice (1982) — 1. Life is Beautiful (1998)
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4 responses to “25 best movie tearjerkers”

  1. Jose says :

    Great list!But I see your "Up" and change it for a "WALL-E" and your "Sophie's Choice" for "Out of Africa" hehehe.Oh and my guiltiest pleasure tearjerker of all time has got to be "Stepmom", you've no idea how it kills me.

  2. Luke says :

    Shoot! And WALL-E was nearly in it (and I actually prefer it to Up) but the "married life" sequence was too hard to pass up… and I definitely considered Stepmom but felt it would be too embarrassing to admit it put me in that state. Little did I know… 🙂

  3. Andrew: Encore Entertainment says :

    I'm tearing up just looking at the blessed list. He He.I think I'd trade Sophie's Choice or Bridges… for Kramer vs Kramer. I don't know, always gets me. Dead Man Walking – definitely a movie I cried for [that was LAST YEAR]. And On Golden Pond isn't sad, but it's still so bleak – in a good way. Great list.

  4. RC says :

    Definitly agree with Away From Her. Must includes for me would include the documentary Paper Clips & Hotel Rwanda (I did a post on this a long while back…http://www.strangecultureblog.com/2006/08/steady-stream-of-tears.html)

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