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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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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1999

Actors: Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell, James Cromwell, Michael Clarke Duncan, + more

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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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Up is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2009

Actors: Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo, + more

Directed by: Pete Docter

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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1994

Actors: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Brendan Shanahan, + more

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1998

Actors: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, + more

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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5
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2010

Actors: Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, + more

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1993

Actors: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz, Norbert Weisser, + more

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2001

Actors: Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher, Ron Livingston, Matthew Settle

Directed by: Mikael Salomon, Tony To, Richard Loncraine, David Frankel, David Leland, + more

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

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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1991

Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Anna Chlumsky, Richard Masur, + more

Directed by: Howard Zieff

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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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1957

Actors: Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, + more

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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

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The Boy in the Striped P... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2008

Actors: Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, + more

Directed by: Mark Herman

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

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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1994

Actors: Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore, + more

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2004

Actors: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner, James Marsden, Joan Allen, + more

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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Actors: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Alan Arkin, Haley Hudson, + more

Directed by: David Frankel

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) 14 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2006

Actors: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Dan Castellaneta, James Karen, + more

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

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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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
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Actors: Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Sarah Roemer, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, + more

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1995

Actors: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Cox, Catherine McCormack, + more

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1994

Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson, + more

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2000

Actors: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth, Frederick W. Smith, Jenifer Lewis, + more

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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 accident ...more

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19
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1997

Actors: Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, + more

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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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20
Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1998

Actors: Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson, + more

Directed by: Michael Bay

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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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2000

Actors: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou, + more

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1999

Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman, Harry Connick, Jr., + more

Directed by: Brad Bird

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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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1989

Actors: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jamie Kennedy, Josh Charles, + more

Directed by: Peter Weir

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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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
1986

Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack, Richard Dreyfuss, River Phoenix, + more

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry
2008

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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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