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The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell
The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more

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Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel
Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton
Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving
Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more

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#431 of 717 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #128 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman
Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
willyboymcoy added Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth
Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane accident ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire
Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in Texas. It is based upon ...more

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willyboymcoy added Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more

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Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane
Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the memoir by John Grogan. Newlyweds John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) learn ...more

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Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik, Barbara Hershey
Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris Rainer Dart novel of the same name. It was directed by Garry Marshall, and stars Bette Midler, Barbara ...more

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Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman
Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars ...more

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he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more

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James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more

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Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (released as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is a 2008 British historical-drama film directed by Mark Heyman, based on the novel by John Boyne. During World War ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd
My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice Elehwany. The film, starring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in her feature film debut, depicts the ...more

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#61 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #117 of 186 The Best Movies for Tweens #12 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah
A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama based on the 1999 romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Shane West and Mandy Moore, was ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King
Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
wiabux added Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze
Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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