10 Films to Make You Cry

Some people don’t cry during movies, but if you’re the type who isn’t opposed to a good cry, and you’re moved by the power of cinema, these films will likely have you shedding at least a tear or two. Some will have you reaching for a tissue simply because they’re so unbelievably sad, while others are more likely to overwhelm because their combination of images and sounds matched with a dark subject matter. Enjoy.

The Elephant Man (1980, dir. David Lynch)

Aside from Dune, The Elephant Man might be the closest David Lynch has ever come to directing a mainstream film with a wide appeal (it was nominated for eight Academy Awards, although it didn’t win any). It’s also generally considered one of the more depressing films out there, and its depiction of cruelty towards John Merrick, the Elephant Man, is sure to move a sensitive soul to tears. Lynch’s use of the “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber (later made famous in Platoon) is classic, and surely goes a long way in tugging our heart strings. The only other Lynch film that comes close to being as sad is 1999’s The Straight Story, which tells the story of an elderly man driving a tractor across the Midwest to visit his estranged brother who recently suffered from a stroke.


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  • LDN

    frickin clickin

  • JollyGent

    Why can't you take Darren Aronofsky very seriously? I'm also disappointed that you left out Lilja 4-Ever, perhaps you haven't been subjected to that heart-wrenching flick.

    • ok

      Definitely Lilja 4-ever. Most gutwrenching movie I've ever seen.

    • ...........

      Lilja 4 Ever raped my tearducts :'[

  • http://twitter.com/atfreedom Andrew Freeman

    11. Selena

  • http://twitter.com/FLYamSAM Denden

    What about Big Fish or A. I.
    (no, I don't have parental issues)

    • Rachel Butters Scotch

      Big Fish. Yes.

  • 1212

    because he studied film and aronofsky is for entry-level bros unlike the incredibly obscure david lynch

  • fakes & ladders

    I wish this was all on one page.

    • http://profiles.google.com/parker.baldin Parker Baldin

      ya this needs to end

  • http://twitter.com/AlexRKeen Alex Keen

    Life is Beautiful. I've yet to meet a single person who didn't cry at some point during that film.

  • lauren

    Julien Donkey-Boy and Darwin's Nightmare both got me. Fucking a

  • federico

    what about The Fall what about LOTR what about Gummo what about Bright Star what about My Brother Tom what about what about what about everything

    • Diffy

      The fact that you mentioned the Fall makes you my hero.

    • RamonaCC

      Oh my god, Bright Star, so good and SO sad.

      • Space mountain

        everytime i watch it i wonder if i should even go on

    • http://twitter.com/FLYamSAM Denden

      Gummo, sad? (did we watch the same film)

  • Guest

    Would've liked this better if it weren't like an AskMen article and made me click through 10 pages just to read mediocre material.

    Lesson learned.

    • Hotmail

      Dan hoffman + films from intro to film course + Top 5/10/15/20/100 list = same shit every time

  • Cgold

    0/10 on Netflix instant que. #collegeprobs

  • http://fuckheadwitha.blogspot.com/ JWG

    i don't see land before time on here this list is horseshit

  • blah

    YES! I've been wanting to look at a REAL list of tearjerkers!

  • http://twitter.com/straponheart Evan Hatch

    if you didn't cry at the end of “my dog skip” when frankie muniz's dog skip died at the end you are a heartless fucking bastard. or at least not in 3rd grade like i was

  • ricky sccchitliyz

    yo why you gotta split this up into 10 pages
    maybe if you saved some of your daddy's money instead of buying $$$$ lattes and $$$ shoe and smoke a cigarette, you wouldn't have to scrounge for 'ad money'

  • Skylar

    If anyone has seen the opening sequence to UP… oh mah gawd… I had tears streaming out of my first in the first 10 minutes. And the ending… oh the ending… what a beautiful film

    • Skylar

      For your viewing pleasure:

  • http://twitter.com/andshewasnt genna mae

    Damn tootin' Dancer in the Dark is on this list! I cried for at least an hour the first time I saw it. Not just whimpers, either. Full. on. sobbing.

  • http://twitter.com/DJEmDash Maggie Malam

    Mystic River slayed me. That's the hardest I've ever cried at a movie.

  • the L.Y.Z.

    whoah, how are there no zac efron movies on here??

  • Mer

    I once heard that Grave of the Fireflies was famous for making people cry. It's impressive how anime can make you cry so bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.melhuish Bryan Melhuish

    Boy, have you even SEEN up?

    That shit made me hysterical. My whole family just stared at me the whole movie as I had to wipe my slippery cheeks off with a roll of toilet paper.

    A ROLL.

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