Monday, July 7, 2014

5 Tear Jerking Movies

I tend to get pretty emotional when it comes to books, movies, and TV shows. While I know in my head the characters and stories aren't technically "real", for some reason my emotions don't agree. There's something strange about how I handle these emotions though.

I rarely ever actually cry.

I feel the emotion of crying. Or I'll come super super close to crying. But it's pretty rare when real tears come out of my eyes. I don't know why. I think there's probably something wrong with me because my heart could be breaking and I might feel as though I'll never be happy again. But no tears. It's strange, I know.

Many times I'll post on Facebook or Twitter or something that I'm crying during a TV show, movie, or book simply because it's easier to say that than "If I was capable of crying I would be right now." It's just too hard to explain without people thinking I'm a heartless cow. Because... I'm not. I'm super emotional when it comes to my fictional characters.

It has happened from time to time (like the finale of Boy Meets World or the memorial episode of Glee for Cory and when I read The Hunger Games Trilogy), and I have been more recently for some reason. (A side effect of getting older maybe?) Yet, real tears are still pretty rare.

So, when talking about books, movies, and TV shows which made me cry, I probably didn't actually cry. Just assume I'm feeling the same emotions as other "normal" emotional people when they read/watch these things.

In case you ever feel like sitting down to watch a movie and really want to be super sad and emotional and tear-eyed... here are some suggestions:

First- we all know you'll never be happy again during The Fault in Our Stars. I mean, my friend Laura went to see it and they were freaking handing out tissues at the theatre. We all know you'll bawl your eyes out during TFioS.

Moving on.

Because when you have the opportunity to use Dawson crying... you take it.

About Time

I don't know what it is about this movie, but when my friend Maria and I went to see it we were an emotional mess. She had legit tears running down her cheeks when we watched it. But I love this movie. Everything about it.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I'm re-reading the Harry Potter series and I'm currently on Goblet of Fire, so it's on my mind. But seriously, I can't handle this ending. When I first read this book when I was in high school I remember sitting on my bed in shock because I couldn't comprehend what had just happened. I was SO SAD. You have to understand, when this series came out, GOF was the game changer. Which is why I chose this one over Deathly Hallows Part 2. Because... obviously that one you cry during that one.

Once you read the ending  of GOF you knew nothing was going to be the same at Hogwarts. No one had actually really died during the book before. Then watching the movie, it is so heart-wrenching to see Cedric's dad and Harry... UGH. It's so awful.

Les Miserables

I remember being in high school and my band director telling us that if you didn't cry at the end of the musical Les Miserables you didn't have a heart. Guys- it's so true. Heck, ever since I fell in love with the music when I was 17, I can barely listen to Do You Hear the People Sing? without wanting to bawl my eyes out. Part of it is because it's sad. (Hello! It's literally called "The Misery.") But also because the messages and themes are so powerful and at times even hopeful. You can totally be crying out of sadness and hope at the same time. It's awesome.

You know... cause apparently crying is awesome.

Saving Mr. Banks

You will never watch Mary Poppins the same way ever again after watching this movie. That's all I'm going to say about that.


I know... I know... I'm one of the few people in the world who isn't sick and tired of this movie. But, I really do get emotional during Frozen. I love the dynamics between the sisters and the back story is so sad and with Elsa... I feel those feels. Even just listening to "Let it Go" I sometimes get misty eyed. Also, I watched this movie with my friend Maria again. I think there's something about us watching movies together which makes us both want to cry.

This is essentially Maria and I when we watch movies.
And as a special bonus movie in case you really want the tears to flow....

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

This was the first movie I actually had real tears while sitting in the movie theater so I felt like it deserved a special shout out. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a huge part of my high school experience. All of us would wait eagerly for the next movie to come out and we'd go multiple times and we were so attached to the characters and the story. Everything wrapping up in the last movie and all they had to go through... it really got to me.

So, confession time. What movies make you grab the tissue box?

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate all of the fantastic crying GIFs Glee has given to the Internet?

Today's Blog Everyday in July Topic: 5 Tear-Jerking Movies. Link up here.

I'm also linking up with Mingle Monday!


  1. the only movie i've seen is LOTR but no tears on my end - i was in such awe of the whole movie. i also tried to watch les mis but all the singing - i couldn't even handle it. i loved the musical but i didn't realize that they were going to sing all of their dialogue in the movie.

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  2. Well, I did not cry during TFiOS. I cry easily when reading or watching TV but for some reason that movie didn't make me bawl my eyes out. Probbaly because I expected to do so.

    1. Yeah, that totally happens to me. If I expect to cry, I usually don't. I did get crazy sad watching the movie though.

    2. Oh yes, sad I was, deeply sad!

  3. Great post Emmy! Let It Go has a deep meaning. I also ever cried when I was listening on it. x)
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  4. I'm with you...I rarely cry full on, but the lump in the throat teary eyed-ness instead.
    That being said, I watched one of mine this weekend. There's a scene in Gods and Generals where the Irish Brigade of the Union Army has to charge Marye's Heights, and they're up against the Irish from Georgia. When the Irish Brigade is forced to retreat, the Georgia Irish cheer their bravery. Gets me every time.

    I also remember tearing up when Jennifer Garner's character died in Pearl Harbor, every other episode of Band of Brothers, and at Angel's funeral in Rent.
    Most of mine seem to be war movies.

    1. War movies are so sad though! So I totally understand that. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who has issues with not crying even though you're really sad. Most people don't understand when I try to explain this to them.

  5. I love the Glee crying GIF's! hahaha!

  6. Oh man! You know me...I cry in every movie, lol. All of the movies you listed are definitely tear jerkers!

  7. The movies that you picked are great for this list...

    but the Glee GIFs definitely make this post. Uh-maze-ing.

    And Dawson deserves a shout-out, too. :)

    1. Aren't they the greatest? I started seeing other GIFs from other things too... but once I hopped on the Glee train I knew that was what I had to do.

  8. I still have yet to jump on the Frozen train, but I agree that the other movies can bring tears to my eyes. My downfall though is "The Notebook"... maybe because I have family members with Alzheimer's so I can really relate, but that movie reduces me to a sobbing mess every since time I watch it. Oh and Marley & Me... I can't even watch that one any more because of how sad I get!

  9. Wow this is amazing to see what movies make people cry and what don't make other people cry. I have to say Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch & Wardrobe always makes me cry when Aslan sacrifices himself. Ah. Cry fest. Also, Notting Hill makes me tear up every time! Les Mis is also a given for a cry fest.


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