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Luet13
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I cry at a lot of movies. <shrug> Maybe I'm just sensitive. Here's a short list off the top of my head.

Sense and Sensability
West Side Story
Braveheart
Michael Collins
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
I just watched Apocolypse Now for the first time and I cried like a baby for most of the first half.

And while it's not a movie, it never fails to make me cry: The Six Feet Under finale. Really just the last ten minutes or so. It is so powerful.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
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Originally posted by RunningBear:
V For Vendetta... Don't ask me why, but after watching it, at the very end, when you see all those who were lost standing and watching the final act, it really gets to me. Maybe thats why it is my favorite movie.

Don't feel bad, at the end of that movie, I was choking back tears myself, and I couldn't really tell you why, specifically. I think just the upwelling of emotion in seeing all those people stand up for themselves, especially after all we'd just see happen, it was a very powerful, moving moment.
All I could think of at that point in the movie was, 'so they've brought down the government through popular revolt, with little to rally around except a martyr who's identity was basically equated with opposition against the establishment (with the exception of a few platitudes about freedom and the like). And here come the reign of terror and waves of revolution which engulf the country before peace and freedom can be secured.'

Depends which revolution you look to as historical precedent, but no matter what way you look at it, there are going to be heaps of people dying after the movie cuts out.

My friend tells me that it's the romance that counts.

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quote:

- posted April 03, 2007 12:21 AM Profile for stihl1 Email stihl1 Edit/Delete Post Reply With Quote The movie that always gets me is A League of Their Own. At the end, when they are at the hall of fame ceremony, and the two sisters come together and meet again and hug. Hell, it's making me cry just writing this. I think because you get to see how those two fought growing up, and how the younger one wanted to get out of the shadow of the older, and how the older wanted her to fight out of it and not just step aside for her. Then after all that history, all those years apart, they come together and none of that matters because it's just those two sisters and their love for each other. Gets me every damned time, no matter how often I've seen that.

As far as tv goes, the series finale to Six Feet Under, when the youngest daughter is driving off to NY and you hear the music and see the montage of all the things to come for the family, and the future history of the family.

I admit to holding back tears at that scene. I'm not even sure why, really, since I only watched a few episodes of the last couple of seasons.

I blame the music, myself. Very powerfully set to that scene.

Niki has admitted to holding back tears every time she watches that episode.

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quote:
Originally posted by Euripides:
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Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
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Originally posted by RunningBear:
V For Vendetta... Don't ask me why, but after watching it, at the very end, when you see all those who were lost standing and watching the final act, it really gets to me. Maybe thats why it is my favorite movie.

Don't feel bad, at the end of that movie, I was choking back tears myself, and I couldn't really tell you why, specifically. I think just the upwelling of emotion in seeing all those people stand up for themselves, especially after all we'd just see happen, it was a very powerful, moving moment.
All I could think of at that point in the movie was, 'so they've brought down the government through popular revolt, with little to rally around except a martyr who's identity was basically equated with opposition against the establishment (with the exception of a few platitudes about freedom and the like). And here come the reign of terror and waves of revolution which engulf the country before peace and freedom can be secured.'

Depends which revolution you look to as historical precedent, but no matter what way you look at it, there are going to be heaps of people dying after the movie cuts out.

My friend tells me that it's the romance that counts.

Maybe, maybe not. You perhaps forget that at that point in the movie, the leadership of the totalitarian regime had just been cut off. The army didn't fire on the revolters like they had so many times in history. And the great icons of the government were toppled. For all intents and purposes, the revolution was already over by that point.
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Finding Neverland
Saving pvt Ryan
City of Angels

as for most impactful, possibly Band of Brothers (if it counts) or American History X

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Pay it Forward
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quote:
Originally posted by Euripides:

All I could think of at that point in the movie was, 'so they've brought down the government through popular revolt, with little to rally around except a martyr who's identity was basically equated with opposition against the establishment (with the exception of a few platitudes about freedom and the like). And here come the reign of terror and waves of revolution which engulf the country before peace and freedom can be secured.'

I think one of the problems with V for Vendetta as a movie was how it ignored that the main question posed by the original graphic novel was something like is no government better than a fascist government? In the book V was an anarchist, and everybody donning on Guy Fawkes masks in order to stand united against the tyranny would have run completely against his purposes.

That said, I think the point of the movie still works, even if it causes plot holes like the one you mentioned and even though Alan Moore withdrew his name from the project because of it. And I too cried at those final moments. Plus in some ways movies can't tell as complex tales as graphic novels.

Anyway, other movies that made me cry:

Au revoir, les enfants
Amélie
The Great Dictator
Grave of the Fireflies
Good Bye Lenin!

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Altáriël of Dorthonion
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From the top of my head:

It's a Wonderful Life

The Green Mile

Forrest Gump *I cried really hard on that one*

Hate me for this, but I cried on Titanic when Jack sinks.


And the two movies I cried a torrent on were Air: The Movie, which is a Japanese animation and The Little Matchstick Girl which was a short by Disney that was released in the Little Mermaid DVD.

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Forrest Gump

A.I. - Artificial Intelligence

>>FOX AND THE HOUND<<

Finding Neverland

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What? Nobody said The Notebook?

Yes, I cried in that one.

And...

Where the Red Fern Grows

Click-I know, supposed to be a funny movie. But keep in mind I'd just had a baby at the time and was crying about everything.

Charlotte's Web-The cartoon version, when Charlotte dies.

I have to agree I've cried in more books than movies, really.

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The Green Mile, from When you find out Coffey is innocent, but still determined to die up through his actual death.

Black Hawk Down, when Sgts Shugart and Gordon are holding off a horde of armed and angry Somalis

Reutrn of the King, Pippin's Song

Treasure Planet, the "I hope I'm there to catch some of the light comin' off a ya' that day" speech

Serenity, for some reason, didn't, though I felt it was a very emotionally powerfully film... I was more with Mal-- "Hell... I'm a fan of all seven, but right now, I'm gonna go with Wrath."

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Battlefield Earth made me cry, because I know people who believe in scientology.
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Hey, I’m a guy. So I don’t cry at movies like “An Affair to Remember”, “Lake House” or the end of "Return of the King." Nor do I cry when I read books like “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo. I’m not Mister Sensitive Guy at all.

Ok, my mother tells me that I cried like a baby when the King died when we saw “The King and I” when it first hit the theaters back in the late fifties. But I don’t think that counts since I pretty much WAS a baby at age four or something.

But beyond that . . . Hey, I’m a guy. So I don’t cry at movies and stuff.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Well, there was that one time that I got all choked up at “Starship Troopers.” But those were tears of rage because I shelled out six bucks for that travesty pig of a movie.

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For some reason the movie Armageddon makes me cry the most. I think its a combination of Ben Affleck's horrible acting, that scene between Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler at the end, and the fact that I have this insane surround sound system and always play the movie at full blast, and at the end of the movie people OUTSIDE the living room are an emotional bombshell.

I did cry a little during Serenity. And for Buffy, The Body and also the second season finale where she kills Angel.

Oh, and the series finale of Dawsons Creek when Jen makes the video tape to her daughter. I'm not ashamed to label those genuine tears. That was just well written drama.

And I'll throw in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. Even though we know Spock gets brought back in III... That whole scene in the engine room at the end is just too much.

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Didn't anyone else cry for The Little Match Girl?

That animated short was SO sad. What surprised me the most was that Disney kept the original ending.

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Possibly a better question for me would be what movies have I NOT cried in, then hit Tzadik for looking over at me, smirking and faking huge emotional sobs.

300 wasn't one of them. The Notebook, however, was, due to the fact that both of our sobs really were huge and emotional. For about fifteen minutes after the movie ended. (I think I've mentioned before how I HATE Nicholas Sparks movies for being predictable and emotionally manipulative.)

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It's curious how these threads turn political, but
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Maybe, maybe not. You perhaps forget that at that point in the movie, the leadership of the totalitarian regime had just been cut off. The army didn't fire on the revolters like they had so many times in history. And the great icons of the government were toppled. For all intents and purposes, the revolution was already over by that point.
The totalitarian government was cut off, but IIRC it wasn't replaced with anything? The fact that the soldiers didn't fire on citizens was encouraging though.

I don't know; I don't see the destruction of Parliament House as a good thing. Why not have someone get on the roof and wave a flag? [Wink]

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E.T.

It's a Wonderful Life - every time.

( [Wave] CT!)

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Rent
Pay it forward
Life as a House
The Green Mile
The Bounty
Last of the Mohicans


There are a couple of others that had the same effect as The Bounty and Last of the Mohicans, where I cry not for the individual loss suffered by the characters, but by the knowledge that an unspoiled world will be forever damaged by the inevitable coming of the white man. Oh, yeah: Dances with Wolves was one, but I still can't think of the other one.

I've never cried for It's a Wonderful Life.

And the movie that most surprised me by making me cry: Return of the Jedi. I definitely never saw that coming.

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I've cried at some point during most of the movies people have mentioned, or at least gotten sniffly.

Jim-Me's list and POV strike me particularly, I admit.

V for Vendetta I cried when he let her out of the 'detention camp' but for an unusual reason, I think. That whole sequence pissed off a lot of people, but all I could think of was what a profoundly beautiful gift he'd given her, and what a difficult gift it must have been to give. [/wildly skewwed personal perspective]

The movie that made me cry the most was Dead Poet's Society. Not the suicide, which I thought was lame, but the very end.

Cried like a baby, in the theater. Walked out with my Beloved (we were dating then, not married or even engaged) crying with my face pressed into that hollow between his shoulder bone and pectoral muscle. Sat in the car and cried some more.

He later remarked that it was kind of neat to see my cry and not feel that it was somehow his fault. [Big Grin]

Beaches made me sob, but only the one viewing-- I was 800 miles away from home for six months during government training, and feeling a bit fragile. I think that had more to do with my state of mind-- I'm usually quite annoyed by movies that are that deliberately manipulative (even though they usually get to me a little).

Schindler's List made me cry at the end, but it, like DPS, was more from inspiration than from sadness or sympathy.

Finally, I cried tears or relief when The English Patient was over, satisfied and happy that so many unpleasant people had perished, if annoyed that it took them so long.

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quote:
Where the Red Fern Grows
They made a movie?!

Has anyone else seen My Life? Geez, I was smiling through a stream of tears for the entire movie.

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Hey, I’m a guy. So I don’t cry at movies and stuff.

Yeah, me too. But, last month I stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon, and cried. It was so beautiful!
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I don't cry, but I get to the verge of tears and hold them back in a lot of movies. I can't really think of which ones, because it's a relatively common thing.

One that I do remember that I haven't seen mentioned here is The Prince of Tides.

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quote:
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Finally, I cried tears or relief when The English Patient was over, satisfied and happy that so many unpleasant people had perished, if annoyed that it took them so long.

Amen. The English Patient was one of my most excruciating movie experiences, ever.
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The scene where the little girl cries for her dad to stay home rather than go back to war. She screams, "Please daddy, I'll say anything, just don't go."
The Patriot

When Rudy runs onto the field.
Rudy

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This past Friday I saw Bridge To Terabithia. I did not cry because I knew what was going to happen--but I was literally bumped out and despondent for the entire weekend.
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Surprisingly, the one that gets me everytime is Raising Arizona. The ending, where H.I. is desribing his last dream, when you realize what he's describing, and then the banner that's strung across the top that says welcome home... crap, I'm crying now (not kidding).

[edit]The Last of the Mohicans does it. When whats-her-name jumps off the cliff...

Life is Beautiful, when Begnini marches to his death like a clown...

Shindler's List, the obvious scene, which pisses me off when I hear that it never happened, so I feel manipulated, but damn it to hell it's powerful.

Amistad, when the one (not)slave looks at the three masts on the ship as they're walking to the courthouse.

Sophie's Choice, obviously. Boring movie, but that one friggin scene...

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I always bawl when I watch The Little Princess, the one Alfonso Curan directed in the mid 90s. Dad has amnesia and doesn't recognize his own daughter and she's screaming at him to remember her as the cops are dragging her away. And then he does and he comes running out intot he rain after her and she just clings to him and screams, "Don't ever leave me!"

It's one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. The colors and the magic are wonderful. And the ending gets me every single time.

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I cry at lots of movies.

I tend not to cry at the "sad" parts. People can die all day and all night and I don't get emotional, so I don't think movies like "My Life" or "My Girl" would do it for me, though I haven't seen either.

I tend to cry when either:

1. Someone makes a great personal sacrifice for those around him ("Life is Beautiful" is probably in this category)

2. Somebody takes a stand (I don't cry when the guy shoots himself in "Dead Poets Society", but the last scene leaves me bawling, even if I just change the channel to that movie in the middle of that scene)

3. Somebody realizes a dream (Believe it or not, I usually cry during "Jurassic Park," during the scene where Dr. Grant first sees real dinosaurs)

4. Somebody not only endures real hardship, but downright thrives in real hardship (About the first six times I saw "Matilda" I cried nearly from starting credits to ending credits)

Yeah, yeah, I'm an idiot.

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I cried all the way through Matilda, too.
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Schindler's list, the scene where the survivors place rocks on Schindler's grave. I bawled like a kid who had lost his favorite toy. Loudly. In the theatre. My girlfriend at the time actually had to shush me.

"The Elephant Man", which I saw on TV probably 20 years ago. Dunno why.

Bridge to Terabithia, I almost cried.

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I am moved to the verge of tears by stories of old people who make their love last until the end.

I am moved to the verge of tears when people realize they have succeeded in being the people they wanted to be.

I am moved to the verge of tears by stories of parents who love their children.

"Sad things" rarely move me to the verge of tears.

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Grave of the Fireflies.

I tear up at the silliest things sometimes, but this movie pushed me way beyond tears. My husband and I both sat holding each other sobbing for a long time after the movie ended.
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I am moved to the verge of tears by stories of parents who love their children.
Yes. Count me in on this one, too.

Cried my way through Lorenzo's Oil.

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I cried all the way through Matilda, too.
::notes 478th reason for adding Kat to his "Hatrack Friends" list::
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Added another movie to the list tonight.

Akeelah and the Bee

Posted my review on my blog.

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Great movie, but it made you cry?


Who am I to talk? Look at the top of my list.

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Since I am older than dirt
The Yearling
Bambi
the first Body Snatchers, in black and white
Shane

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As far as tv goes, the series finale to Six Feet Under, when the youngest daughter is driving off to NY and you hear the music and see the montage of all the things to come for the family, and the future history of the family...

That reminds me sort of how I felt when I bought the Babylon 5 DVDs and watched the whole series in order and then the finale, Sleeping in the Light.

The whole episode was sorta hitting the emotions, but the end credits which show a split appearance between the first time we see each character and the last time we see each character really got me.

It really shows, even on each character's face, how far each one has gone and what momentous events they have struggled through. Really moving stuff.

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The Futurama episode entitled Jurrasic Bark.

I don't know how anyone who has ever had a pet that they loved that has died could watch that and not cry.

And it was all the worse for being so unexpected.

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OMG

Futurama has made me cry twice. Jurrasic Bark is one episode, and one of the Valentine's Day episodes is the other (it's the one with the candy hearts).

my friends make fun of me over Jurrasic Bark, but I simply call them heartless, because they clearly are.

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Here's the xkcd comic about this very subject. Be sure to check out the alt text. And yes, I cry at both of them.
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Another movie I cried over was King Solomens Mine with Richard Chamberlin and Sharon Stone. It was so impossibly bad.So miscasted, that I cheered for the evil witch doctor.
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The Passion of the Christ, at the very end. My family had taken me to see it, and I finally admitted to myself that I no longer believed, hadn't believed for several years, really.

And A Scanner Darkly. Not at the story, but at the list of names at the end.

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Charly got me as someone said earlier. During This movie I cried in the most.

The movie that I was suprised to cry in was
Star Wars episode 3: Return of the Sith. When Amidala dies. I knew it was coming but it Hit me hard. I was with friends so I didn't cry for that long. But it still came as a shock to me.

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I tend to fight tears as hard as I can during most movies. I HATE feeling emotionally manipulated, and I hate knowing I'm crying over a fictional loss.

However, documentaries get me every time.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill had me bawling like a baby. Beautiful documentary, though.

My boyfriend and I recently sat through a documentary on rehabilitation centers for chimps and we both cried from start to finish.
Pretty much any animal documentary that involves a dry, academic voice detailing scenes of horrific violence and amazing beauty will have me crying unabashedly.
"Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies" made me cry, although I wanted to strangle the stupid woman narrating it.

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Looks like they got to you, Danzig. A shame. But you know the story of the prodigal son.
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quote:
V For Vendetta... Don't ask me why, but after watching it, at the very end, when you see all those who were lost standing and watching the final act, it really gets to me. Maybe thats why it is my favorite movie.
I cried at V for Vendetta too, but I cried when Valerie read her letter. Just the idea of what she went through, her love, and her final words are simply brilliant. I cried at 300 too, I cried at King Kong (I rooted for the monkey--yeesh, well done Peter Jackson), The Green Mile, but the movie that always gets me is...I kid you not...

Major League. Seriously, when Bob Ueker says "And the Indians win it...", the celebration, and everyone celebrating. It's just wonderful to see a good movie with an ending that rocks, is happy, and not "real".

For tv, I cried at My Screw Up on Scrubs, The West Wing crew remembering Leo (because it was so real, he actually died), for Buffy in The Gift and her sacrifice, but the episode that always gets me...

Ed, Happily Ever After. Those final five minutes are awesome and has the best quote I have ever heard: "I've always believed that life is divided into two parts: what is and what should be. And that, with a lot of effort, some hard work, and maybe a little luck, there are moments in your life when the two parts touch. When what is and what should be are the same. I guess I can't help but think that standing here next to Carol, next to my wife, and in front of all of you friends and family, all of us here inside this crazy, beautiful, dumpy old bowling alley which I love, I can't help but think that this is one of those times. And I thank you."

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I just saw Grave of the Fireflies and I thought it was good but I expected more from it. It was really sad and I cried but because of all the hype I'd heard about it, I was really hoping for one of those movies that hits you from the very beginning but that was not the case. In other words, I felt like it lagged a little...
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quote:
Originally posted by DaisyMae:
... the LDS fiction movie "Charly" as topping the cry-o-meter for me...

Was this the 1968 movie "Charly," based on Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes? What's the LDS relationship? *interested

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Edited to correct: Ah, an unrelated 2002 movie of the same name with an LDS character. Never mind. [Smile]

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