10 Movies With Crying Scenes That Will Bring You To Tears

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Sometimes you just need a good cry. And when those times arise, only people with the coldest of hearts wouldn’t shed a tear or two when their favorite characters lose it onscreen. Here’s our list of the best sobfests in movies.

1. E.T.
The only thing harder than watching a fellow adult cry is watching a child cry. The only thing harder than watching a child cry is watching a child cry while hugging their new best friend goodbye…forever. Elliott (Henry Thomas) breaks our heart at the end of this epic Spielberg movie.

2. Forrest Gump
You could watch only this scene from the movie and understand immediately why Tom Hanks won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Forrest. It’s almost impossible not to get teary-eyed while watching Forrest choke out updates to his late wife, Jenny, about his life with Forrest Jr.

3. Good Will Hunting
“It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault.” Seeing Will (Matt Damon) break down is bad enough, but it’s Sean (Robin Williams) hugging him and telling him (or is he telling us?) that it’s “going to be okay” that will put you over the edge.

4. Mystic River
There are actually two, count ‘em, two crying scenes in this movie, and they both helped to earn Sean Penn the Oscar for Best Actor. Jimmy (Penn) exemplifies the emotional toll it takes on a parent to lose their child in both the “Is that my daughter in there?” and the “I can’t even cry for her” scenes.

5. Precious
Like Mystic River, this movie has two soul crushing tearful moments. Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) falls apart during class when she hits one of the lowest of her low moments, and is consoled by her teacher, Ms. Blu Rain (Paula Patton) with the advice to “Write.” Mo’Nique, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, plays Precious’s abusive mother, yet somehow still manages to evoke some audience sympathy when she attempts to explain herself to social worker Ms. Weiss (Mariah Carey).

6. Sophie’s Choice
Even if you’ve never seen the entire movie, you know this scene: Upon arrival at Auschwitz, Sophie (Meryl Streep) is forced to choose which one of her two children gets to live. The role won Meryl Streep the Oscar for Best Actress.

7. Stand By Me
We’ve established that seeing one child cry is difficult enough, but two children crying in the same movie? How is anyone supposed to have dry eyes? Best friends Gordie (Wil Wheaton) and Chris (the late River Phoenix) sob out their deepest personal issues to one another, and remind us of how much we rely on our best friends for emotional support.

8. Steel Magnolias
After all mourners have left her daughter’s (Julia Roberts) funeral, M’Lynn (Sally Field) erupts into hysterics and is quickly comforted by her friends Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine), Clairee (Olympia Dukakis), Truvy (Dolly Parton) and Annelle (Daryl Hannah). Parents are just not supposed to outlive their children, and M’Lynn’s breakdown is a raw representation of that fact.

9. Terms of Endearment
Little Teddy (Huckleberry Fox) will make you run to your mom and hug her after watching him sob through his goodbye to Emma (Debra Winger). The movie won five Oscars—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine) and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson)—and four Golden Globes.

10. The Green Mile
John (Michael Clarke Duncan) explains to Paul (Tom Hanks) why he’s ready for his execution in one of the saddest scenes of all time. “It’s like pieces of glass in my head, all the time,” he says, hurting our hearts.