30 Movies That Made Me Cry But I Pretended Something Was In My Eye

By sturgeon - April 05, 2018

Movies are great for your face. The only problem is that I am a bag of emotions and no matter what, I can’t get through these movies without shedding a tear and being the laughing stock of my four-year-old.

Here’s the list and if you make fun of me, we aren’t friends anymore.


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One of the first movies I remember watching, it felt quite traumatic to hear that fatal gunshot ring, and know that his mother was killed by hunters. Bambi’s father telling him that he now has to continue without his mother. Goodness…

Deer tastes delicious though.


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From the other elephants mocking Dumbo, to the kids pulling on his ears, mom losing her mind, and Dumbo being humiliated by the clowns. With the song Baby Mine playing when Dumbo finally gets to see his mom, and the painful parting when it was time to go… Tears…


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There was so much emotion in that opening scene. Watching the tender love blossom and go through real heartache, definitely makes for a top 30 tearjerker list.

Toy Story 3

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The first two Toy Story movies made you want to love all your toys, even the broken ones. But the last one, preparing to go to the incinerator…

Woody is kind of a beyotch sometimes though… am I right?

Rocky III

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Hands down one of the saddest scenes is when Rocky’s trainer Mickey dies. He was so emotionally invested into training Rocky that when he dies, a piece of every guy who watches this movie also dies. It’s ok, macho man, we can openly weep!

Rocky IV

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… then they had to go and have Apollo Creed die in the first scene of this movie. I had a roommate who never cries cry every time he watched this movie. Go ahead, you can weep openly for this one. I had to get a new roommate though. Don’t want to live with a crybaby.

Pearl Harbour

Credits: rotten tomatoes

This made the list, but probably not for the reason that you would expect. I watched this movie in the theatre, because I was expecting an action-packed movie. But it was 3 hours of “love story” and like 15 minutes of action. I fell asleep as they were hyping the “last mission” and I woke up during the credits, which made me cry because I watched the entire love story and fell asleep during the action.

Big Fish

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When he finally understood his dad and lovingly takes him to the river. He begins to realize that it is not that his dad was lying per se but rather that he made the story of his life more interesting. *SNIFF*

I Am Sam

Credits: adoption at the movies

Seriously one of the most touching movies ever. There is no one scene that is particularly more touching than the other. Dakota Fanning, Sean Penn, two incredible actors who really made you believe the story.

Life is Beautiful

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This is related to the next movie, but this movie was incredible. His devotion to his kids, the love he expressed to his wife, and then in the end. Well, no spoilers.

Okay, spoilers: Darth Vader is Luke’s father.

Band of Brothers “Why We Fight”

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While not technically a movie, it is definitely an episode of Band of Brothers that I was watching in the military shacks with my fellow military buddies and I was definitely crying. I have visited a death camp in Germany (Sachesnhausen) and it profoundly affected me. Moment of silence, please.

Marley and Me

Credits: amazon

I mean Marley, this dog who made such a difference in the lives of this family, you go through this rollercoaster of emotions as the family grows up with this dog, and not everything lasts forever, but you kind of wish it does! Much better than Air Bud.

PS I Love You

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Bro-tip: don’t watch this movie with your fiancée when you are going to the airport afterwards to say goodbye for a couple of months.

I don’t have a fiancée. I am 375 pounds and unattractive.

The Elephant Man

Credits: rotten tomatoes

So you’re rooting for this guy with this brutal illness, and in the end, all he wants is a normal night’s sleep. But because of his illness, it will be a fatal sleep. This was a great movie with a young Sir Anthony Hopkins.


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While not sad per se, what is sad is when you watch the movie, fall in love with it, finally watch Firefly, and realize it’s horrible fate.

The Vow

Credits: imdb

I couldn’t imagine the frustration of going through all of what this guy had to endure. Not only does his wife forget the life they were making together, but his wife’s family sees this as a “redo” for a chance to help her move up in life.

Still Alice

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The part that got me was when her husband realized he couldn’t care for her in the way that she needed, and the daughter had to care for her mom. The pain of watching a loved one slip away would cause anyone to weep.

Except me. I didn’t cry. It was just raining on my face.

Open Water

Credits: amazon

Because you knew that you should have avoided watching it in the theatre, and yet, for some reason, you paid to go, and in the end, you realize there was literally no point. There were British soldiers in the theatre where I was watching this movie, and listening to their reactions was far more entertaining than the movie. The tears you shed are the tears when you realize you won’t get a refund or two hours of your life back. Somehow, they made a sequel…

We Bought a Zoo

Credits: imdb

Man… rebuilding family after losing wife, and mother to your children. Trying to figure out how to regain life… Wearing her sweater because her smell is on it… sniff…


Frankenstein (1931)

Credits: rotten tomatoes

It’s not the monster’s fault Igor picked the wrong brain! Then Igor taunts it with fire! He thought the little girl would float like the flowers! He just wants someone to care for him! Friggin’ heck. 

The Bear

Credits: amazon

I barely remember this movie. But I have seen it. Another orphaned animal left on its own because mother died. I was probably like 8, weeping, and we had to turn it off.

I was an adult. I was not 8. Haters gonna hate.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship

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Leaving out Tom Bombadil’s character? I was like, wait what? This is all wrong! He was the best character.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

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Destruction of the shire. Seriously, they alluded to it. I was so pumped to watch the hobbits go kick some Saruman butt, and the movie was just over. I know, it’s already like 3 hours long, but I was willing to give it another hour just to see that. I was looking forward to it the ENTIRE movie. I’ve also learned that people who have not read the book, feel like the movie was already too long. It’s ok though, I’ve unfriended them…

Star Trek (2009)

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When I first watched this movie, I loved it. Then I watched the entire series of Next Generation… and I wept when I realized why the movie doesn’t work in the Star Trek universe… I should have remained happily in my ignorance.

Spiderman 3

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I love Spiderman. Vehemently defended him as the best superhero as a teen, watched all the cartoons, collected comic books. Was annoyed with the Green Goblin in the first one, but still enjoyed 1 and 2. But 3? Tears of sadness…

Passion of the Christ

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A more serious entry… watching the abuses endured, the reaction of the people around them, the score, the incredible acting, this movie is seriously moving.

My Sister's Keeper

Credits: amazon

The ache of watching anyone die is painful, but the devotion of these sisters together is very moving. I have zero sisters and know nothing of this. I still cried. 

Patch Adams

Credits: imdb

No movie list is complete without a Robin Williams movie in it. This movie was great. But the drama that was worked through in the end with Williams’ character was a definite tearjerker.

Extra tears ’cause Robin Williams really is gone.

Swing Kids

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Watching their friendship breakdown because of Nazi indoctrination was jarring. This movie dealt with a lot of hard things. But the “Swing Heil” at the end was even more sad.


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This was also a really great movie about overcoming all the odds and being accepted. You can’t help but root for this guy!

You should root for me instead of making fun of me crying during movies. That would be more productive.