The saddest story ever told…

July 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm (Entertainment)

There is a poll conducted by Fox News that asked the question: Which film makes you cry the most?

Scientists at the Smithsonian found that the 1979 flick, “The Champ” was the winner.

Since I have never seen the tearjerker, I cannot comment on how valid the answer is but I can list my top 5 tearjerker movies (in no particular order):

1. Titanic – End Scene

I will admit, the first time I saw this movie in the theatre, I was crying the moment the music started at the beginning of the movie. Prior to the movie, (in my 7th grade glory), I had conducted research on the Titanic, the people aboard and its history. I was connected. I felt as if I was a part of this movie. The scene I was to highlight is the end scene; you see old Rose lying on a bed, the camera pans to a line of photographs of young rose doing all of the things that Jack and Rose talked about doing. Then camera then goes through the sunken Titanic, then you are back on the intact ship. You end up at the grande staircase where Jack and Rose are reunited for eternity. Give me a tissue, please.

2. Bambi – Death of Bambi’s Mom

Don’t even try to tell me that you didn’t cry whenever Bambi’s mother was shot. You know you did.

3. Moulin Rouge – Death of Satine

It never fails, every time I watch this movie…which…I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen this movie…I cry. I bawl. I use a whole box of tissues. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return.”

4. Steel Magnolias – M’Lynn’s monologue on Shelby’s Death

This scene is both heartwrenching and funny. “Take a whack at Ouiser!”

5. What Dreams May Come – the whole movie

I bawled throughout this movie. There is so much sadness…and so much beauty.

Some other movies that deserve to be on the list:

Up, Million Dollar Baby, The Notebook, The Lion King, Passion of the Christ….and there are so many more.

What makes your list?



  1. notpoems said,

    Wow…apparently I have some movies to watch. I haven’t seen your #3, #4, or #5. The Fox and the Hound does it for me time — it’s all the song’s fault (“Goodbye may seem forever…”). Also The Fiddler on the Roof, when they leave their town. And Little Women, when Beth dies…
    It’s late and I’m tired, so that’s all I can come up with for now. But I agree with you on Bambi. Don’t remember crying during The Titanic, but I probably did. 🙂

  2. Mads said,

    That scene in Steel Magnolias makes me bawl every single time. Thank god they added that “hit Ouiser” bit or I would continue to cry for the rest of the movie.

  3. Rich said,

    ditto on Little Women Beth scene… the servant is scattering rose petals all over.. man….

    Gladiator: when he finds his family murdered…
    The Patriot: when the little brother dies
    Braveheart: when Murron dies/her funeral
    Emma: when Mr Knightly scolds Emma over Ms Bates
    Ever After: when Godfrey comes home
    LesMis(1998): when Fantine dies
    North & South(2004): when Bessy dies
    and probably most other movie scenes that feature Uilleann pipes 🙂

  4. Rich said,

    and for good reason. They’ve got a history of telling sad stories behind them.

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