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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, or learning to let go.

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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3,624 1,840
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
2
3,490 1,277
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
3
3,083 1,378
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
4
2,544 1,588
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
5
4,293 1,830
Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
6
2,369 1,696
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
7
1,839 1,321
Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
FjCastro added 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
8
1,727 1,308
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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 Texas. It is based upon ...more
9
3,017 1,519
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
10
1,626 1,139
My Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
11
1,742 1,113
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2008
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
12
1,180 1,154
Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
13
1,458 737
Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
supernova437 added 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
14
978 1,040
Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
15
1,609 1,063
The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
16
1,063 698
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
17
1,814 1,090
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
18
1,708 1,249
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
19
1,718 1,435
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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 what happened to the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more
20
1,481 684
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2001
Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII 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
21
1,083 854
Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
22
1,327 1,245
Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
23
1,062 1,001
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
24
1,173 967
Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
25
1,232 897
Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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