After watching a movie last night and having a good cry, I thought it was time to post another list. Because that’s what I love to do on this blog!
Today I’m posting a list of my standby films for when I really need to release some pent-up emotion. They may not be the best movies ever, and they may not be the ones that critics agree are the best cryfests (sorry, I never saw Terms of Endearment). But these are the ones that I always go back to, time and again. Each movie on this list makes me bawl my eyes out – EVERY time. I’m also leaving off those “so devastating I can never watch it again” movies – those like Hotel Rwanda, Schindler’s List and Dancer in the Dark.
So without further ado, and in no particular order, my Top 10 Tearjerker Standbys (grab a box of tissues before viewing any of these):
1. Love Actually
This is the one I was watching last night, and ScottE had the chance to walk in and see me in a teary mess! There are parts of the movie that I don’t love, but on the whole I think it’s adorable. The moments that always get me are Colin Firth’s stuttering proposal in butchered Portugese, and Thomas Sangster running through Heathrow Airport to tell a girl he’s in love.
2. The Joy Luck Club
One of my favorite movies of all time, this one is full of moments to make you misty. An-Mei telling her daughter Rose that she doesn’t know what she’s worth is a big one, but June’s meeting with her half-sisters at the end is a big ol’ sobfest!
3. Funny Girl
The story of Fanny Brice is full of laughs along the way, but by the time I get to the end where Babs sings “My Man,” I get really wrapped up into the moment, and always cry.
4. A League of Their Own
Again, this is a movie with some fun laughs and exciting baseball sequences. But the present-day portion at the end is full of emotional reunions that remind me of every time you get to see an old friend.
5. Fried Green Tomatoes
Another of my all-time faves, Tomatoes hits you with a crushing blow as Idgie says good-bye to the dying Ruth. I defy you NOT to cry at that moment.
Yeah, you know by now that I’m hot for Sean Astin. So there’s that special appeal. But amongst all those sports underdog stories in the movies (about the only time you’ll see me watching sports), this one takes the cake. It almost makes me want to root for Notre Dame in real life. ALMOST.
7. White Christmas
This was the holiday classic in my family, so it’s full of sentimental value for me. I always seem to be doing pretty well, but when the General gets his full salute – I can’t hold it in.
8. My Life
This one is really rough for me to watch, because I pretty much start crying about 30 minutes in and can’t stop until it’s over. It’s an emotional roller coaster story where Michael Keaton deals with terminal cancer while his wife (Nicole Kidman) is pregnant with their child. A beautiful meditation on the circle of life and the importance of family.
I don’t think a lot of people have seen this great movie about the survivors of a plane crash – it’s certainly nothing like Lost. Jeff Bridges has real mental challenges to deal with as he tries to keep his marriage to Isabella Rossellini together. But the tears are all from the Oscar-nominated performance by Rosie Perez who must come to grips with the loss of her baby. (OK, maybe it is a bit like Lost…)
10. Beauty and the Beast
My favorite 2-D animated film, I think it’s just pitch-perfect with the right blend of beautiful colors, fun songs and a classic story. True love makes you cry!
On a side note, I may have a new one on my list in the future – Hello, Dolly! When I watched this recently, the memory of certain scenes in Wall•E made me weep like crazy. Time will tell if that happens to me consistently!
So, I’ve laid my heart bare – now it’s your turn. What are your go-to weepers?