Movies or books that make you cry

12 Sep 2022
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I wrote a blog a while ago about watching movies I’d watched before because I liked the comfort of the familiar. While staying home watching movies/YouTube/documentaries and falling asleep during them, I again found the comfort of old movies or frequently watched ones.

I find that movies I have seen before tend to make me cry in expected and unexpected places. While I have watched the 1957 ‘An affair to remember’, I had not seen the 1937 version ‘Love Affair’ on which the latter movie is very closely based, even words for much of the movie.

I wonder why I am attracted to movies that make me cry and keep making me cry, even if I know what happens next.

I wonder, do you have a movie or book that, even though it makes you cry, you want to rewatch it? Or did you watch a movie once, like it and it made you cry, but you would not watch it again.

So, get out your tissues, sit on the couch and let me know the movies/books that make you cry. I hope to compile a list.

I feel there are always times when a movie that makes us cry is what we need. What do you think..?

Leah

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Christine

Sept. 13, 2022, 4:51 a.m.

Thanks for your blog Leah it made me think, I watched the film Ghost with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, that was one that got me crying. I suppose it's a balance though, isn't it? We should watch and read things that make us sad and things that make us laugh, because Life is like that too. Hope I have made sense! I don't often!! Christine

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:38 a.m.

Christine Your answer makes a lot of sense. It is a balance and knowing when a cry or a laugh is needed.

Huw

Sept. 13, 2022, 5:17 a.m.

Hi Leah, not so much crying but tears to the eyes - Schindler’s List, especially near the end, when, standing across railway lines, Oscar Schindler is honoured by Jewish survivors. A very, very emotional film. But I’ve only watched it twice, I think. Thanks for the blog. Huw.

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:39 a.m.

How YesSchindlers ark the book and Schindler’s list the movie makes me sad but also I feel lucky.

Bearofliddlebrain

Sept. 13, 2022, 5:54 a.m.

Hi Leah, Oh goodness me, yes! Unashamed to say, I can cry at the drop of a hat for beautiful moments, sad ones and downright heartbreaking moments in films and some books. Sometimes they are happy tears!! One of the most important things though is the music - if you have ever watched even part of a film without the soundtrack, it loses half the impact. So I can hear a music score to Saving Private Ryan or one of the many other WWII films and be crying. Some of the most amazing film scores by Hans Zimmer and John Williams can have me in tears - don’t always have to have the film to watch - but HZ’s music in Gladiator as well as fantastic moments in the film bring tears to the eyes. The Railway Children (original) always, alway makes me and Baby Bear cry when….I won’t give the game away. Bambi - never saw it in the cinema, probably just as well! A Little Princess - another classic tear-jerker for Baby Bear and me! It’s a Wonderful Life - I have had tears streaming down my face many a moment in that fabulous film! Schindler’s List - for the reasons Huw mentions above but also the music. The Lord of the Rings, in parts due to the acting and the music. Wuthering Heights - book and old (black and white) film. Miracle on 34th Street - with Attenborough - he made a great Santa!! Elf - funny, but poignant moments and lol tears!! (Never seen the whole of White Christmas, but oh that song!) Goodness me, it’s only 7.50 and I want to watch a film - but no time!! Gardening beckons and a doggit walk! Thank you for the blog, Leah - missed you on Friday’s spot - which reminds me that I am ve ve emotional at the moment and sad, as are many - watching previously seen and unseen footage, ‘films’ of Her Majesty the Queen have been making me very tearful! Love and Bear hugs x x x

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:40 a.m.

Bear I can cry just thinking about a scene in a movie.

Daisy

Sept. 13, 2022, 6:11 a.m.

Hi Leah Grapes of wrath - the book- the desperation The diving bell and the butterfly- book The lovely bones Anne frank diary Thx

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Bearofliddlebrain

Sept. 13, 2022, 6:41 a.m.

Oooh the lovely bones - forgot about that Daisy….yes, so sad! Bear x

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:40 a.m.

Daisy I agree with your list.

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:41 a.m.

Bear In lovely nones in the book I wanted to warn her.

The Gardener

Sept. 13, 2022, 4:38 p.m.

Daisy, Te Grapes of Wrath, read the book 2/3 times. Mentioned in book I have in French on Climate change, how the book portrayed the Dust Bowl' and the wrecking of the soil.

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:18 p.m.

TG thst was a great book

Oli

Sept. 13, 2022, 6:22 a.m.

You could be right Leah, maybe sometimes a good cry is what we need -- it's difficult to tell though. Because the thing about tears is that it feels good when the tears stop. Which is why I'm a bit suspicious of, for example, therapy sessions in which there are lots of tears. It's the same thing: when the tears stop it feels good -- no, that was not necessarily great therapy, we just like feeling good. Evoking tears isn't difficult; any film maker can do it. Which isn't to say it can't sometimes be useful. But when? Which is why I love the questions you ask Leah! Thank you for the blog.

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:44 a.m.

Oli Thanks for your comment, it depends on the Person. Crying helps me see things clearly and zi am nit afraid but embrace them,

Bearofliddlebrain

Sept. 13, 2022, 6:48 a.m.

Sorry Leah, I’ve come back - because I’ve been thinking even more, not necessarily about which film but as Oli says - it’s a kind of therapy - sometimes a good cry is just what we need. The question when? Well, it’s whenever the need arises and only we can know that moment or the emotional pull to a particular song, film or piece of music would have the effect we need - it might be a lighter film that has a happy ending so we know ‘all is right in the world once more’ or it can mean watching and reliving the horrors of war, which meant the loss of so much life. Food for thought…it is such a great blog. Thankees Leah. Bear again x x x

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Oli

Sept. 13, 2022, 7:02 a.m.

Back too Bear, you said song. I can't easily watch films so yes, songs. This video connected with me: it's 16 year old Shane Hawkins playing his heart and soul out at the recent tribute concert for his late father. My dad died immediately after my 16th birthday. Watching this kid play (brilliantly) brought a lot back. Foo Fighters ft. Shane Hawkins Perform "My Hero" https://youtu.be/P2KnD7sfpoA

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:45 a.m.

Bear, I like your input into my blogs. Bear dint be sooty your words are a joy.

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:46 a.m.

Oli Thanks I will check out the link.

Lexi

Sept. 13, 2022, 2:07 p.m.

Oli I just watched that. Tears. Thank you for sharing xo

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:19 p.m.

Yes Oli thanks for sharing

Sally

Sept. 13, 2022, 6:55 a.m.

Hi Leah, the weepies are attractive ,aren't they! The part where Captain von Trapp sings Edelweiss in The Sound of Music is always a tear jerker for me, as well as bits in A Town Called Alice. I suppose it's getting the emotions out there that matters. The reverse leads to depression I'm sure . Schindlers List, it's quite amazing music, isn't it. Guaranteed to make me blub, never mind the subject natter,beautifully acted imo. And many of the films cited above. Good question, Leah! A Heidi- hi from glorious Switzerland!

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:48 a.m.

Sally I find sound of music more irritating than teary but that’s me.n

Valerie

Sept. 13, 2022, 7:09 a.m.

I sometimes need a real good cry,red eyes,snot,the works. Films evoke tears of sadness more easily and quickly than books,but that does not mean that one is not deeply moved long afterwards. War Doctor (David Knott) Jane Eyre A Tale of Two Cities The Philosopher and the Wolf (Mark Rowlands) Films would have to include: Wuthering Heights (1939 version) It's a Wonderful Life. Schindler's List Bambi Old Shep Terms of Endearment Imitation of Life Now Voyager Toto the Hero. Death of a Salesman (play and film) I love Nicholas Cage,and recently watched "Pig".It just broke my heart.I would never watch it again. x

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The Gardener

Sept. 13, 2022, 8:08 a.m.

I must have seen a lot of those films, ages ago - do remember Terms of Endearment as seriously sad. Would add To Kill a Mocking Bird?

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:49 a.m.

Valerie I like your list and agree with many.

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:50 a.m.

TG I found the part Shirley m p,aged in Terms to be annoying than moving.

Sally

Sept. 13, 2022, 6 p.m.

Tg, definitely To Kill a Mockingbird. Wonderful film!

Dragonfly

Sept. 13, 2022, 7 p.m.

I think Bambi contains the most poignant moment in cinematic history. I feel such a philistine and must look up some of the films mentioned here.

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:20 p.m.

Yes Tkamb great book and movie loved Gregory peck

Sue

Sept. 13, 2022, 7:52 a.m.

The boy in the striped pyjamas has had me in tears several times. I can't think of anything else not already mentioned.

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:51 a.m.

Sue I found the book and movie not moving as it is a fictional story based on history.

The Gardener

Sept. 13, 2022, 8:17 a.m.

Leah, testing my memory to the utmost. Favourites are those which make me laugh - not that I won't watch anything serious. Love silly chases - What's up Doc, What's New Pussycat? And 'There's a girl in my soup' Goldie Hawne and Peter Sellers. Films that 'get me' are ones which make me fume at injustice 'I, Daniel Blake' (I rhink I also shed tears) and also Ken Loach 'Sorry we missed you' about a father who is exploited, as are so many, having to work like a modern slave for awful companies. Certainly shed tears last few days - so many parallels with the Queen even at my lowly level. I say, often, I 'use and abuse' Moodscope. Even with her training and stoicism, I wonder whom she went to when she must have suffered, as we all do, when her family acts in 'non-royal' ways. Sorry Leah, got carried away. xx

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:51 a.m.

TG Thanks for your contribution.

Samantha

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:47 a.m.

Hi Leah, This is my very first time writing on Moodscope; I've literally been reading all of the absolutely wonderful articles each day for YEARS. I always look forward to reading each day! One movie that gets me every time is The Notebook. Oh myyy, the love can just be FELT. I have this type of love in my life and I know how it feels but at the time when I saw this movie, I wanted love like that. I guess love scenes in general that are extremely dramatic get me, depending on the actors/actresses involved. Another movie I was told is another tearjerker is P.S. I Love You; haven't seen that one yet because I'm not ready to ball my eyes out again! ;)

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:53 a.m.

Samantha welcome to your first post. You are most welcome Hope you will feel like answering more posts. PS I love you is sad too. Thanks again .

Samantha

Sept. 13, 2022, 6:49 p.m.

Valerie, thank you so much! I think I will do just that. I find there are many things I would like to comment but just never do. I guess now is the "right" time :) Thanks to you, again!

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:24 p.m.

Thanks anon look forward to your comments.n

Valerie

Sept. 13, 2022, 11:27 a.m.

Hello and welcome Samantha.I have just Googled The Notebook,and it sounds great.When you say you have a love like that in your life,do you mean you have a Ryan Gosling? Seriously,that is lovely to hear. I must add the Bridges of Madison County,how could she break up with Clint Eastwood-boo hoo! x

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 11:36 a.m.

Valerie and Samantha I have never had the love featured in the notebook and ar my age it is too late.Unconditional , romantic selfless love I have given but not received.Ok cue violins. I don’t find it sad as I have experienced different types of love but not full on romantic love.

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 11:38 a.m.

Val, yes I shouted at Merryl run after Clint but she didn’t listen . I cry at the sad news stories so I stopped watching the news.

Samantha

Sept. 13, 2022, 6:56 p.m.

Hi Valerie! Thanks so much for the warm welcome :) I do have a Ryan Gosling in my life I would say. It took alot of ups and downs along the way and a coming back to myself, or even a coming TO myself, to fully understand what loving me first was supposed to feel like. When I did that throughout the last 8 years (post-divorce), I was able to then love my "Ryan" unconditionally. Hi Leah! It is NEVER too late to experience that love, I believe wholeheartedly, that's only something we tell ourselves based on age (which I say has no basis! ha!) I once knew a woman who married her neighbor within a nursing home at the ripe and vibrant age of 80; she was always an inspiration to me and didn't even know it :)

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:23 p.m.

Well I agree Samantha it isn’t about age but I pick the wrong partners so it won’t happen to me and has maybe nothing to do with age. I am a realist. Glad things worked out for you.

Samantha

Sept. 13, 2022, 10:22 p.m.

Thank you so much. I used to be a realist somewhat but always had that dreamer side of me as well; that's the side that made me the happiest. When I looked at reality, it would just make me sick at times, so I decided to learn all I could. Still working on my doctorate/PhD currently in integrative medicine and am a social worker in private practice. I learned most that we are what we think we are and ever since I realized that, I started using it in my sessions and practicing conditioning myself to tell my brain what I wanted it to think instead of what the world programmed it to think :)

Teg

Sept. 14, 2022, 6:51 a.m.

Hi Samantha That sounds a good life philosophy to me. Please continue your involvement with Moodscope. Thanks Txx

Samantha

Sept. 14, 2022, 10:16 a.m.

Hi Teg, Thank you so much, I appreciate your kind words and I most definitely will do that :)

Leah

Sept. 15, 2022, 4:40 a.m.

Yes Samantha look forward to your continual involvement

Leah

Sept. 15, 2022, 4:43 a.m.

Samantha I am glad your philosophy works for you. Well done for what you have achieved and how you are helping others.

Samantha

Sept. 15, 2022, 7:15 p.m.

Hi Leah, thank you so very much. It is so very rewarding in so many ways.

Ach UK

Sept. 13, 2022, 12:27 p.m.

Close to home perhaps Leah, A Town Like Alice, One flew over the Cookoo's nest. How Green was my Valley, Titanic, The Bells Go Down. Calendar Girls I shall read through the blog tonight and make a list of films that I've not seen before, good to discover on the cold winter evenings. Thanks Leah.

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Ach UK

Sept. 13, 2022, 12:29 p.m.

LOh I forgot Bambi and Black Beauty

Lexi

Sept. 13, 2022, 2:09 p.m.

A Town Like Alice...one of my all time favorites. Wish I could find it again on the tv Ach!

The Gardener

Sept. 13, 2022, 4:41 p.m.

Ach, One flew over the Cuckoo's nest replayed on French TV recently, I started to watch it, but cannot get through it - too agonising, and the silent love of the Indian.

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:25 p.m.

Great list thanks Ach

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:26 p.m.

I think streaming services have old movies.lexin

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:27 p.m.

Tg I found it sad not funny movie as others did

Lexi

Sept. 13, 2022, 2:18 p.m.

So many great movies listed here today. Thank you Leah! I'm not sure what I can add. I'm running late for work (no surprises there lol). Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie's Choice, really anything with Meryl Streep :) But even the movies I watch with my daughter get me - Coco, Up, Toy Story...xo

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:28 p.m.

Yes childrens movies make me cry like little women

Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:28 p.m.

Yes childrens movies make me cry like little women

Jul

Sept. 13, 2022, 2:47 p.m.

Hi Leah There's a novel called White Oleander by Janet Finch (it might even have been made into a film) the last page of which makes me emotional. I read it often. The daughter has a troubled relationship with her mother who lives in California and the last lines of the book say that wherever she is in the world, the daughter always knows what time it is in California. Maid, a series on Netflix about domestic abuse and again a troubled mother/daughter relationship seen from the daughter's perspective, has for me, a very sentimental ending too. Jul ***

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:29 p.m.

Jul thanks, I suppose I find it hard to read about troubled mother daughter relationships,

The Gardener

Sept. 13, 2022, 4:45 p.m.

Back to today - going to watch TV, Queen's coffin arriving at Northolt, they said she did not enjoy flying and always insisted on a St Christopher medallion on the flight. Our first flight was in 1953, to Belfast where my b-in-law was a university lecturer. We left from Northolt, heaven knows on what sort of plane. We seemed to land in Belfast with one wing of the plane pivoting roung a mountain, scary.

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Leah

Sept. 13, 2022, 9:30 p.m.

TG thanks for your memories.

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