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I wanna cry! Help me find the touching movies.


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#1 of 222 OFFLINE   Fred Bang

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Posted June 12 2002 - 03:43 AM

Ok, I ahve to admit that only two movies have touched me deeply (in my adult life): SCHINDLER'S LIST and DANCER IN THE DARK. These movies left me sobbering on the couch.

But NEVER have I found another movies that moved me like these. (well, the end of LOTR somewhat also managed to shed a tear)

So which movie do you recommend?

#2 of 222 OFFLINE   Rich Malloy

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Posted June 12 2002 - 03:50 AM

"Dancer in the Dark" certainly does it for me. So, too, does "Breaking the Waves". Same director, part of the same trilogy - might do it for you, too!

"The Passion of Joan of Arc" is another one, and a film that very directly influenced the above two (von Trier's a Carl Dreyer fanatic).
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#3 of 222 OFFLINE   andrew markworthy

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Posted June 12 2002 - 03:59 AM

Schindler's List is the only one which has ever managed that. Practically anything on the Holocaust can have this effect on me, however.

All the classic weepies have zero effect on me, I'm afraid.

#4 of 222 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted June 12 2002 - 03:59 AM

Too bad Harry & Tonto isn't on DVD. I'd snap that one up in a heartbeat. The last scene with Tonto the Cat leaves me misty-eyed every time. A lovely, bittersweet film.

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:04 AM

If you like anime, Grave of the Fireflies will have you in tears. The one time I watched it, I had to stop several times, as it was just too much. Very moving.

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#6 of 222 OFFLINE   Qui-Gon John

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:05 AM

Well, call me a softy but "The Story of Us" usually elicits a tear or two.

#7 of 222 OFFLINE   John Spencer

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:09 AM

I really get choked up by the end of Life Is Beautiful. It's just so powerfully simple and touching.

The Shawshank Redemption - One of the best uses of music to evoke emotion, and just a poewrful film all-around.


And I second The Passion of Joan of Arc.

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#8 of 222 OFFLINE   David Rogers

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:18 AM

Phenomenon gets me everytime; the story of someone special who was rejected by (nearly) everyone because he wasn't like them.
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#9 of 222 OFFLINE   Luc D

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:19 AM

Though I've never cried, or felt like crying during a film, I recommend Nights of Cabiria.

#10 of 222 OFFLINE   Eric Thrall

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:20 AM

City Lights and Saving Private Ryan are very powerful movies. There's also Old Yeller... Posted Image

#11 of 222 OFFLINE   Peter Apruzzese

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:25 AM

Paths of Glory
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#12 of 222 OFFLINE   David Judah

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:26 AM

Life as a House and Riding in Cars with Boys both made my wife cry.

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:37 AM

My all-time favorite: El Norte

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The endings of It's A Wonderful Life ("no man is a failure who has friends"), Yellow Submarine ("all you need is love"), and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy saying goodbye) ALWAYS choke me up. I'm such a wuss.

Other movies that move me:

The Black Stallion
The Elephant Man
Ordinary People
Harold and Maude
Moulin Rouge
The Sweet Hereafter

#14 of 222 OFFLINE   Luc D

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:45 AM

Peter, great call on Paths of Glory! Perhaps one of the greatest endings I've ever seen for a war film.

#15 of 222 OFFLINE   Fred Bang

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Posted June 12 2002 - 04:58 AM

I've seen Grave of the Fireflies. Very touching indeed (but not enough).

I remember crying over Jesus of Nazareth when I was a kid also.

Anyway, I'm gonna rent Breaking the Waves.

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Posted June 12 2002 - 05:04 AM

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"The Passion of Joan of Arc" is another one, and a film that very directly influenced the above two (von Trier's a Carl Dreyer fanatic).

Von Trier's 'take' on the Joan of Arc story is a lot more voyeuristic and exploitative IMHO. His films do possess a power, but they don't hold a candle to Dreyer's masterpiece.
Von Trier is working from an entirely different 'set of blueprints' with his perception of 'woman as martyr.'

Some Weepers:

Yi Yi
After Life
Brief Encounter
Lantana

All three of these films are slow and understated. They take their time on the viewer. With the exception of Brief Encounter's melodrama (although Noel Coward's smart, literate script hurdles major cliches), these films are weepers without being shamelessly manipulative, a la Von Trier.

Just my opinion, not trying to start a flame war.

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#17 of 222 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted June 12 2002 - 05:06 AM

I would agree with Grave of the Fireflies.
The Iron Giant
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It's A Wonderful Life
Edward Scissorhands

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Posted June 12 2002 - 05:14 AM

Not one of you cried at the end of "Terms of Endearment" wow I hate to think I was the only one. I remember all 4 of us weeping.

#19 of 222 OFFLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted June 12 2002 - 05:38 AM

Try October Sky and Field of Dreams if you are into Father-Son bonding flicks.

Iron Giant kinda gets to me as well.
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Posted June 12 2002 - 05:39 AM

Some that always make me cry:

Wings of Desire
After Life
The Harp of Burma
Autumn Sonata
A Little Princess (Alfonso Cuaron version)
The Secret Garden