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The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

Updated March 12, 2021 38.2k votes 4.1k voters 90.2k views197 items

This is a CrowdRanked list of the saddest movies of all time: tearjerkers. Does just reading the names of these sad movies make you want to reach for the Kleenex box? Did you just glance around to make sure no one noticed your eyes getting red? Don't worry: these are some of the biggest tearjerker movies of all time. Everyone thinks that these are sad films. Rank the biggest tearjerkers by voting on the top jearjerker movies or making your own list of the films that really bum you out.

What are the biggest tearjerker movies ever made? There are plenty of good ones, and memorable ones on this list, so if you can't weepy eyed over some of these movies, well, there are probably other ones that will do it for you. Or you are dead inside. These emotional movies will strike at the heart of your emotions, causing your heart to wrench and tears to flow from your eyes. Vote on the saddest tearjerkers ever and re-live the moments you spend watching these really sad films. 

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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise
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    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington
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  • 5

    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
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    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon
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    Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik
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    The Fox and the Hound

    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney
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  • 13

    The Notebook

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    The Champ

    Faye Dunaway, Jon Voight
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    where the red fern grows

    James Whitmore, Beverly Garland
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  • 16

    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph
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  • 17

    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig
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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton
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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner
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  • 20

    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore
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  • 21

    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel
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  • 23

    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker
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  • 24

    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt
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