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The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

Updated October 15, 2020 188.3k votes 20.6k voters 1.1m views276 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.

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
    3,761
    1,370

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

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 2
    Saving Private Ryan
    3,155
    1,517

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

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Up
    4,371
    2,128

    Up

    2009

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

    Directed byPete Docter

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  • 4
    Band of Brothers
    1,764
    712

    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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  • 5
    Forrest Gump
    3,872
    2,156

    ActorsTom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Brendan Shanahan

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 6
    Toy Story 3
    2,883
    1,577

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

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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  • 7
    My Girl
    1,950
    1,183

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

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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  • 8
    Marley & Me
    2,152
    966

    ActorsOwen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Alan Arkin, Haley Hudson

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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  • 9
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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

    Directed byMark Herman

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (released as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is a 2008 British... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Old Yeller
    2,018
    1,287

    ActorsChuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 11
    Schindler's List
    2,637
    1,735

    ActorsLiam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz, Norbert Weisser

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    The Pursuit of Happyness

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

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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  • 13
    A Walk to Remember

    ActorsShane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Cast Away
    1,313
    743

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

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Good Will Hunting
    1,407
    926

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

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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  • 16
    Dead Poets Society
    1,287
    839

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

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Hachi: A Dog's Tale
    1,882
    1,290

    ActorsRichard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Sarah Roemer, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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  • 18
    The Iron Giant
    1,139
    793

    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman, Harry Connick, Jr.

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    The Lion King
    2,034
    1,298

    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • 20
    The Notebook
    1,961
    1,404

    ActorsRachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner, James Marsden, Joan Allen

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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  • 21
    Patch Adams
    616
    351

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

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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  • 22
    Pay It Forward
    811
    523

    ActorsKevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jon Bon Jovi, Jim Caviezel

    Directed byMimi Leder

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  • 23
    The Fault in Our Stars

    ActorsShailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Ansel Elgort, Mike Birbiglia

    Directed byJosh Boone

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  • 24
    The Shawshank Redemption

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

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 25
    Gladiator
    1,382
    985

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

    Directed byRidley Scott

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