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The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

Updated January 13, 2021 195.1k votes 21.0k voters 1.1m views277 items

List RulesAll-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. You'll find that this list is far more than just the top 20 movies that make men cry.

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 Mile1
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell, James Cromwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • Up2
    4,575
    2,166

    Up

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    ActorsChristopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo

    Directed byPete Docter

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  • Band of Brothers3
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    ActorsDonnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher, Ron Livingston, Matthew Settle

    Directed byMikael Salomon, Tony To, Richard Loncraine, David Frankel, David Leland

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  • Saving Private Ryan4
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Forrest Gump5
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Brendan Shanahan

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Toy Story 36
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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  • My Girl7
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    ActorsJamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Anna Chlumsky, Richard Masur

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas8

    ActorsAsa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend

    Directed byMark Herman

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  • Marley & Me9
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    ActorsOwen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Alan Arkin, Haley Hudson

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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  • Old Yeller10
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    ActorsChuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Schindler's List11
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    ActorsLiam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz, Norbert Weisser

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Pursuit of Happyness12

    ActorsWill Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Dan Castellaneta, James Karen

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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  • Cast Away13
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth, Frederick W. Smith, Jenifer Lewis

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • A Walk to Remember14

    ActorsShane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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  • Good Will Hunting15
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    ActorsBen Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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  • Dead Poets Society16
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    ActorsRobin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jamie Kennedy, Josh Charles

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale17
    1,952
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    ActorsRichard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Sarah Roemer, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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  • Patch Adams18
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    ActorsRobin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter, Alan Tudyk, Peter Coyote

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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  • The Iron Giant19
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    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman, Harry Connick, Jr.

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • The Lion King20
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    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • The Notebook21
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    ActorsRachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner, James Marsden, Joan Allen

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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  • The Shawshank Redemption22

    ActorsMorgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • Pay It Forward23
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    ActorsKevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jon Bon Jovi, Jim Caviezel

    Directed byMimi Leder

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  • Gladiator24
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    ActorsRussell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Stand by Me25
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    ActorsKiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack, Richard Dreyfuss, River Phoenix

    Directed byRob Reiner

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