I watched a film yesterday that had me bawling my eyes out. Now the film is stuck in my head, and I started thinking about other films with heart-wrenching scenes. The power of pathos! My first experience of a tear jerker was as a kid watching Roddy McDowell defend his dog, “Old Yeller just saved your life, and you’re gonna kill him like he was nothin!?” I can see the scene in my mind like it was yesterday. Knowing misery loves company, here are a few films that really got me weeping.
1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
The film comes from the perspective of an 8 year-old-boy trying to make sense of his world and Nazi father. The irony sneaks up and throttles you.
2. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
I remember going to see this one by myself unaware of the plot twist that dramatically changed the tone of the film. I cried and cried and couldn’t stop.
3. Les Misérables (2012)
When I saw this with my daughter, the only two seats available were down in front. Maybe because their faces were so huge and their expressions so close, but I cried so many times throughout the three hours, I was quite embarassed I couldn’t stop. She had to run to the bathroom to grab me more tissues.
4. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Everyone has heard that Meryl Streep is the best of the best. This film is the reason why. She gives the most unforgettable performance by any actress EVER. I dare you to disagree. Kevin Kline is marvelous, orchestrating in the dark, living in a fantasy world. All aboard the train. Raus! Bring your tissues.
5. The Champ (1979)
My favorite film starring John Voight. Little Ricky Schroder gave such a heart-felt performance. When he cried, everyone cried. A great classic by Franco Zeffirelli.
6. Up (2009)
So there I was taking my grandson to see this children’s film at the movies. I was completely unprepared for the onslaught of tears streaming down my face, and it was only the first ten minutes into the movie! Good Grief! What a perfect film.
7. West Side Story (1961)
I do believe I’ve seen WSS more than any other human. Even today, when Maria holds Tony’s hand as he takes his last breath made me realize I should have bought stock in Kleenex.
I wonder why many of my favorite films are the ones that made me cry the most? Which films got you crying in the dark?