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February 26, 2005

What movie makes you cry?

I watched Field of Dreams again today. As you know, I'm a very manly man, but this movie is my weakness. I can make it about 2/3 of the way through without tearing up, but then that little girl says "You don't have to sell the farm!" and, shortly after, James Earl Jones does his speech about the power of baseball as the players move in to listen.

Gets me every time. From there, it's a short ride to the girl falling and the Doc fixing her up (sniffle) Jones heading into the corn (sniffle), and Costner's dad (off the charts sniffles).

Anybody else have one movie in particular that always hits you that way, no matter what?

Posted by Dan at February 26, 2005 09:09 PM

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Even though it's only been out a year or so, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" has hit me hard every time I've watched it. (I suppose it's fitting at this point in my life...)

Posted by: Stacie at February 26, 2005 10:25 PM

Mr. Holland's Opus. I only watched it once. Whenever I think of watching it again (and I do want to), I just can't muster up the strength.

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at February 26, 2005 11:15 PM

"To Kill A Mockingbird" -- when Scout offers to quietly help 'Boo' Radley back home. The movie, the book -- it just slays me every time. It might just me though.

Posted by: Pete at February 26, 2005 11:46 PM

I know I'm a doofus, but I can't watch Old Yeller. First time I ever saw it I was 35 and I bawled like a baby. Subsequent screenings have not gotten any easier.

Posted by: Kimm at February 27, 2005 12:35 AM


The screenwriter in me weeps that it was ever made.

Posted by: Larime at February 27, 2005 01:24 AM

Glory -- during the campfire scene at the end, also the scene when Matthew Broderick stands on the beach and lets his horse go just before the climactic battle.

Posted by: Ara at February 27, 2005 07:57 AM

Ara, nice choice. I think Glory is one of the greatest movies ever. Great scene, too.

And this won't come as any great surprise to anyone, but Michael Keaton's death from cancer at the very end of My Life always gets me, healthy or not. The tears there are equal parts sad at his death, happy that he closed his circles and happy that the painful suffering we've seen is at an end. My Life is a surprisingly funny movie and one of the few accurate on-screen portrayals of cancer out there.

Posted by: Dan at February 27, 2005 10:08 AM

I was watching "Saving Private Ryan" last night for the third time. I had to turn it off before it ended for two reasons. The scene in the tower and the final scene in the cemetary. One makes me sick and the other one makes me cry like a baby.

Posted by: Ralph at February 27, 2005 06:30 PM

In a sad way, American Beauty. In a good way, Shawshank Redemption.

Posted by: Nathan at February 28, 2005 03:03 AM

"Braveheart". And another Mel Gibson movie, "The Passion of the Christ". It's weird, but long before the "Passion" was in the works, I thought it was particularly heart-wrenching to watch William Wallace be tortured to cheers from a crowd, and the only equivalent I could think of then, and now, was the death of Christ. Obviously, Gibson saw it too.

In a non-movie event that makes me cry every time I watch it...the Duke vs Kentucky Regional Final in 1992 when Laettner hits "the shot". Gets me every time! I'm tearing up as I write this.

Posted by: Doug at February 28, 2005 10:11 AM

Mr. Holland's Opus, too, absolutely. Mrs P.C. beat me to it.

Twice in the movie, in fact - when Dreyfuss sings, "Beautiful Boy", and the whole scene at the end from when he's listening to Joanna Gleason sing his praises through when he directs his "Opus" onstage for the first time.

*sniff*. Oh, now stop....

Posted by: Barry at February 28, 2005 01:21 PM

Life Is Beautiful (nuff said)

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at February 28, 2005 02:19 PM

Life Is Beautiful (nuff said)

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at February 28, 2005 02:21 PM

Also, Life Is Beautiful.

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at February 28, 2005 02:22 PM

It's a Wonderful Life. Every single time.

Posted by: dorkafork at March 1, 2005 12:48 AM

I think the title is "Beaches" - the one with Bette Midler. Real tear jerker...

Posted by: Patti at March 1, 2005 06:30 AM


Very nice choice, though the last few times I've never actually jerked a tear. Very close, though.

Posted by: Dan at March 1, 2005 08:52 AM

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