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The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

Updated February 14, 2020 38.2k votes 3.6k voters 87.8k views199 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
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Saving Private Ryan
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Green Mile
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 4
    Philadelphia
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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to... more on Wikipedia

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    Toy Story 3
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    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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  • 6
    Schindler's List
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Beaches
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    Beaches

    Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik

    Released1988

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    My Girl
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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  • 9
    The Lion King
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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    The Fox and the Hound
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    The Fox and the Hound

    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney

    Released1981

    Directed byRichard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

    he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Marley & Me
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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  • 12
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    451
    261

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Herman

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  • 13
    Big Hero 6
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    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

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  • 14
    The Notebook
    360
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    A Walk to Remember
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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Up
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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  • 17
    Million Dollar Baby
    192
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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released2004

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 18
    Dumbo
    216
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    Dumbo

    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards

    Released1941

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson

    Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Road to Perdition
    317
    174

    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

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  • 20
    Steel Magnolias
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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • 21
    where the red fern grows
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    80

    where the red fern grows

    James Whitmore, Beverly Garland

    Released1974

    Directed byNorman Tokar

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  • 22
    Old Yeller
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Hachi: A Dog's Tale
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    Hachi: A Dog's Tale

    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander

    Released2009

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    Gone with the Wind
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    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret... more on Wikipedia

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    The Passion of the Christ
    156
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

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