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List: Tearjerker Movies

A photo of Amour


A touching tale of a loving couple whose unbreakable bonds of marriage are tested by life's greatest challenge.

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A photo of An affair to remember

An affair to remember

A singer falls in love with a wealthy bachelor on a luxury liner bound for New York, but an accident prevents their subsequent rendezvous.

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A photo of Baghban


At retirement, a father and mother go to live, separately, with their unwilling sons and their wives.

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A photo of Beaches


Two childhood friends are reunited in their middle age and one learns she is dying of a fatal disease.

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A photo of Noel Coward

Noel Coward

Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson star as middle-class suburbanites whose casual friendship evolves into a passionate yearning for each other. But as their affections grow stronger, they must face a difficult decision that will affect both of their lives forever.

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A photo of Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

It's 1963, a time in the United States when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start.


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A photo of Camille


Life in 1847 Paris is as spirited as champagne and as unforgiving as the gray morning after. In gambling dens and lavish soirees, men of means exert their wills and women turned courtesans exult in pleasure.

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A photo of Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams portrays English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming "Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!"

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A photo of Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Based on a true story.

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A photo of Goodbye Mr. Chips

Goodbye Mr. Chips

Mr. Chips is a shy and proper classics professor who teaches at an English all-boys school. He falls in love with a London dance-hall girl and decides to marry her. The couple makes Brookfield Academy for Boys its home and brightens the school with their unlikely union.

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A photo of Grave of the fireflies

Grave of the fireflies

Two orphans in war-time Kobe, Japan, face fire-bombs, hunger, homelessness, and despair as the war and their lives come to an end.

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A photo of Imitation of life

Imitation of life

The story of two women trying to find success, but end up finding that success isn't everything. Includes both the 1934 and 1959 releases.

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A photo of Keep the lights on

Keep the lights on

Chronicles the journey of two men in New York City as they experience love, friendship, and addiction.

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A photo of Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

When his wife walks out, Ted Kramer and his six-year-old son have a chance to really get to know each other. Then Ted's wife returns and she wants her son back.

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A photo of Love story

Love story

A young Ivy League couple cross social barriers to marry, then must cope with untimely illness and death.

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A photo of Make way for tomorrow

Make way for tomorrow

After losing their house to foreclosure, an elderly couple is separated when none of their five children will take them in together.

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A photo of Marley and me

Marley and me

John and Jen are journalists who are a newly married couple. Marley is the adopted puppy that no one wants, a high-strung lab who is virtually untrainable. Marley shreds cushions, destroys floors and walls and most everything in between. Instead of taking him to the pound, they love their dog and he faithfully loves them in return. John and Jen eventually have three children and Jen gives up her career to be a mom. John's career continues to advance as he carves a niche as a local columnist. The family moves from Florida to Pennsylvania. John struggles with his own career direction, but Marley remains the constant. A memoir of Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan's life with his yellow Labrador retriever.


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A photo of Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

A courtesan falls in love with a poor writer.

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A photo of My girl

My girl

A precocious 11-year-old tomboy obsessed with death shares a poignant summer with her widowed father, the sexy and kind cosmetician he hires, and most importantly with the boy-next-door who idolizes her.

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A photo of My sister

My sister

Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival rests in her parents' ability to find a compatible bone marrow donator. Their desperate decision to conceive another child raises both ethical and moral questions and begins to erode their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart.


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A photo of Now, voyager

Now, voyager

A young woman escapes the smothering influence of her wealthy and very conservative mother through the help of a psychiatrist and an ocean cruise, where she finds love, which helps her to become her own person.

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A photo of Ordinary people

Ordinary people

The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.

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A photo of Sophie


A drama set in post-World War II Brooklyn revolves around Sophie, a Polish Catholic beauty who survived Auschwitz, her lover, Nathan, and Stingo, a would-be writer. As the three grow closer, Stingo discovers the captivating and moving truths that each harbors.

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A photo of A Star is born

A Star is born

A fading star meets an aspiring actress, falls in love with and marries her. Her career skyrockets, while his continues to fade with tragic results.

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A photo of Stepmom


Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, have to cope with the fact that their parents divorced and that there is a new woman in their father's life: Isabel, a successful photographer. She does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when being with their dad, but also loves her work and does not plan to give it up. But Jackie, a full-time-mother, regards Isabel's efforts as offensively insufficient. She can't understand that work can be important to her as well as the kids. The conflict between them is deepened by the sudden diagnosis of cancer, which may be deadly for Jackie. They all have to learn a little in order to grow together.


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A photo of Still Alice

Still Alice

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.


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A photo of Steel magnolias

Steel magnolias

A young diabetic's decision to have a baby may cost her life. This choice leaves her own mother torn between love and anger, while her loyal friends support her and try to deal with their own feelings.

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A photo of The stoning of Soraya M

The stoning of Soraya M

When a journalist is stranded in her remote village, Zahra takes a bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden. Thus begins the remarkable story of what happened to Soraya, a kind-spirited woman whose bad marriage leads her cruel, divorce-seeking husband to trump up false charges of infidelity, which carry an unimaginable penalty.


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A photo of La strada

La strada

Directed by Federico Fellini, the story of a fragile girl who falls in love with a brutal circus performer she was sold to by her mother.

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A photo of Terms of endearment

Terms of endearment

Follows the rocky and passionate relationship between a mother and daughter from birth to death.

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A photo of Titanic


Jack and Rose find one another on the maiden voyage of the unsinkable "Titanic" but when the liner collides with an iceberg their passionate love affair becomes a race for survival.

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A photo of Umberto D

Umberto D

Follow Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone, except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to the forces of modernization.


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A photo of A walk to remember

A walk to remember

Love brings together what peer pressure and lifestyles seek to keep apart. Jamie is a straight-laced preacher's daughter and Landon is an unmotivated delinquent. When events thrust him into her world, he begins an unexpected journey he'll never forget.

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