Friday Five: Movies That Make Me Cry

Every Friday I’ll indulge my order-crazed brain in a list of randomness. Welcome to my Friday Fives.

I’ve already established myself as a moviephile and I’ve been known to cry a time or two at Hollywood’s best. Usually it’s just a stray tear here or there, but I do have a list of movies that bring me to my knees, that sock me right in the emotional gut, that tug my heartstrings with a ball and chain. And these are them. It’s no coincidence that these movies all have incredibly powerful scores – they could probably make me tear up all on my own. Here are the top five movies that release the waterworks. (And, for the record, I cried each time I watched these movie clips.)

5. Julie & Julia

I love me some Nora Ephron. Really any of her movies could make me tear up, but these are all “Bliss Tears,” not “My-Heart-Was-Ripped-Out Tears.” Very different. You’ve Got Mail? Sleepless in Seattle? When Harry Met Sally? All charming. Nora was the true sweetheart behind Meg Ryan. I mean, one of the best movie lines ever has to be “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” I love that scene…but it’s not the movie that made the list!

I think “Julie & Julia” was Nora’s last film. (I’m too lazy to Google this right now.) And to me it is her best. This opinion may have something to do with my love affair with Julia Child, or the fact that it’s a true story, or because it’s a movie that didn’t slaughter its original book which I also loved. I think it’s sublime. My favorite, tear-jerker scene was nowhere to be found on YouTube. It’s where Julia finds out she’s getting published – after all the humiliation and defeats, she realizes she’s made it. And, my god, does Meryl Streep nail this scene. It’s beautiful. Here’s another winner:

4. Steel Magnolias

Another winner. Another movie that I’d stop everything to watch, even though I’ve seen it a million times. (Same could be said for #5’s J&J.) This movie has one of the best casts of all time and really portrays the beautiful relationships women can have with one another. The laugher, the support, the tears, the love – all the best parts of friendships captured in one gem of a film. This scene will forever shred my heart into a million pieces. You’re spot on, Sally, as per usual.

3. Million Dollar Baby

When Joe and I lived in China, we watched several movies a day. Without spelling out all of my illegal activities overseas, I’ll just say they were cheap and plentiful. This movie was one of them. It marks the first time Joe saw me “ugly cry.” I just couldn’t stop choking on tears after we watched this. And I haven’t been able to watch it since. This clip is a major spoiler alert, so don’t watch it unless you already know what happens and have ugly cried yourself to sleep.

2. Titanic

This one seems a bit cliché, I’ll hand it to you, but it still makes the cut. I saw this in the theater in high school and, yes, I knew what was going to happen…I knew that no happy ending was coming out of this 3+ hour film. But who wasn’t moved by watching that ship sink? To know that this. actually. happened. Families were ripped apart in the middle of nowhere, in the dark and cold. The screaming, the panic, the destruction. And, to top it all off, Rose loses Jack. It was all too much for my fragile 15-year-old heart to handle. Okay, it’s still too much for me to handle. Don’t make me watch it again!

1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button / Forrest Gump

Surprise! You get a bonus movie in the list. Actually, you don’t. These are actually the same film.

Mr. Button and his Curious Case was curiously surprising to me. I am not a fan of Brad Pitt and have seen very, very few of his movies. (Maaaybe just Thelma and Louise and Mr. and Mrs. Smith??) So I had prepared myself to hate this film. But there I was, wrapped in a ball on my couch, crying so hard I had to hit pause because I couldn’t keep up. It’s the only film that Joe’s stopped and asked me if I was okay. No, I wasn’t, but we made it through – a little saltier and puffier for wear. I can’t even remember a specific scene that did it…and I won’t be watching it again to refresh my memory tear ducts.

And then there was Forrest. This movie makes me want to wrap Tom Hanks up in a blanket and hold him. His performance just makes my heart teeter totter between pure joy and heartbreak. And, this scene? Forgetaboutit. I’m a goner.

What scenes/movies/film scores make you fall apart? #behonest


4 thoughts on “Friday Five: Movies That Make Me Cry

  1. Marley & Me. I was out of town for a gig when it came on in the hotel and I’m pretty sure the person in the room next to me could hear my hysterical sobbing. (btw I haven’t seen J&J or Steel Magnolias. I’ll remedy that!)

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