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The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

Updated February 14, 2020 37.7k votes 3.6k voters 87.2k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted... more on Wikipedia
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    Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 5
    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

    My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature... more on Wikipedia

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    The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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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
    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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  • 12
    Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    258

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Herman

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    A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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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
  • 15
    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

    Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Up is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia
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    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released2004

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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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
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    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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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
  • 20
    Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • 22
    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    Hachi: A Dog's Tale

    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander

    Released2009

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    where the red fern grows is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    where the red fern grows

    James Whitmore, Beverly Garland

    Released1974

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1974 film directed by Norman Tokar, based on the 1961 novel of... more on Wikipedia

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    The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

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