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List Rules All-time saddest movies that can bring grown men to tears

Ranker Video Movies That Make Manly Men Cry

Some classic, well-loved films are classified tearjerkers, but would all sad, depressing movies make the manliest men cry? No. But these depressing movies can do the trick. What movies make men cry? This list contains some of the best movies of all time, including depressing movies with stories of lost loves, broken hearts, dying fathers, dying friends, dying dogs... a whole lot of dying. Other emotional films on this list might make men shed tears of joy with heartfelt scenes of reunion, resolution, redemption.

Great movies have the ability to transport audiences out of the theaters (or their living rooms) to different places and eras unlike the ones we know. The best movies make us forget our daily troubles and let us escape to whole new worlds where new unimaginable dreams can come true.

This interactive Ultimate List includes epics like Saving Private Ryan, comedies like My Girl, and even several animated tearjerkers like Up and Wall-E. Other classics like Old Yeller and the uplifting sports story Rudy round out the list. Admit it – some of these made you a little misty, even if you blamed it on someone cutting onions nearby. Vote on those movies with the saddest, most heart-wrenching and tear-worthy scenes that can make even the most manly, grizzled warrior of a man cry his heart out.

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Forrest Gump 1994 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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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
The Green Mile 1999 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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Saving Private Ryan 1998 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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Schindler's List 1993 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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Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Up 2009 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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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
The Shawshank Redemption 1994 The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Toy Story 3 2010 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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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
FjCastro added Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009 Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the titular Hachikō, it is directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey,Kaneto ...more

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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Old Yeller 1957 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 post-Civil War Texas. ...more

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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
My Girl 1991 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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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 2008 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a 2008 British historical-drama based on the novel of the same name by Irish writer John Boyne. Directed by Mark Herman, produced by Miramax Films, and ...more

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Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Life Is Beautiful 1997 Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his ...more

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Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Brian's Song 1971 Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, ...more

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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
supernova437 added Marley & Me 2008 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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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
The Pursuit of Happyness 2006 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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
The Lion King 1994 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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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Good Will Hunting 1997 Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Band of Brothers 2001 Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Titanic 1997 Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Braveheart 1995 Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Field of Dreams 1989 Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more

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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Bridge to Terabithia 2007 Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 American-New Zealand fantasy adventure family drama film directed by Gábor Csupó and adapted for film by David L. Paterson and Jeff Stockwell. The ...more

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Stand by Me 1986 Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 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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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
The Notebook 2004 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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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Dead Poets Society 1989 Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
azzy_roth added It's a Wonderful Life 1946 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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I Am Sam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
NiazMorshed added I Am Sam 2001 I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film written and directed by Jessie Nelson, and starring Sean Penn as a father with a developmental disability, Dakota Fanning as his inquisitive seven-year-old ...more

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Bambi 1942 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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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Cast Away 2000 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 crashes in ...more

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Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Big Fish 2003 Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy ...more

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P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
AmitThakkar added P.S. I Love You 2007 P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. It ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Gladiator 2000 Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Rudy 1993 Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Armageddon 1998 Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Million Dollar Baby 2004 Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an ...more

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Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Steel Magnolias 1989 Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana ...more

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
The Iron Giant 1999 The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
WALL-E 2008 WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Glory 1989 Glory is a 1989 American drama war film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, ...more

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Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Stepmom 1998 Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and ...more

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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
carlybobarly added The Fault in Our Stars 2014 The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more

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The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
The Bucket List 2007 The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Reiner, Alan Greisman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson ...more

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Gran Torino 2008 Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more

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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
The Fox and the Hound 1981 The 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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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Remember the Titans 2000 Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
Finding Neverland 2004 Finding Neverland is a 2004 American semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan, directed by Marc Forster. The ...more

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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
HoomanRnia added The Passion of the Christ 2004 The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the ...more

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more