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The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry  

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

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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1
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
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Up is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
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
Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
12
My Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
azzy_roth added 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
18
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1997
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
23
Rudy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
24
The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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
25
Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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