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The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

Updated January 13, 2021 189.9k votes 21.1k 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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    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • Saving Private Ryan2

    ActorsTom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Up3



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    Directed byPete Docter

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  • Band of Brothers4

    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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  • Forrest Gump5

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    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Toy Story 36

    ActorsTom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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  • My Girl7

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

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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    Directed byDavid Frankel

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  • Old Yeller10

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    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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  • Cast Away13

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    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

    ActorsBen Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Directed byLasse Hallström

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  • Dead Poets Society17

    ActorsRobin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jamie Kennedy, Josh Charles

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • Patch Adams18

    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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    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • The Lion King20

    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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  • The Shawshank Redemption22

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    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • Gladiator24

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

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