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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.

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 Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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2,990 1,352
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Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

2,470 1,124
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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

3,463 1,579
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Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

1,994 1,382
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Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

1,869 1,433
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The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

2,521 1,218
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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

1,343 1,163
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Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

1,396 1,112
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FjCastro added Hachi: A Dog's Tale Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

1,303 936
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis

1,261 957
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My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

1,355 887
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The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

882 999
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Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

1,184 899
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The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

1,227 563
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Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

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Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

979 604
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supernova437 added Marley & Me Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson

1,615 1,149
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The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

1,075 1,098
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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

987 391
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Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

1,361 1,115
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Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

918 849
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Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

688 815
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Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

940 787
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Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

787 695
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Bridge to Terabithia Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb

1,284 1,174
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Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

699 544
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Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

840 833
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

816 674
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AmitThakkar added P.S. I Love You Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

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Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

1,115 853
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Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

915 987
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Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

641 626
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NiazMorshed added I Am Sam Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning

654 518
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azzy_roth added It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

830 825
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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

764 599
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Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

413 618
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

561 299
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carlybobarly added The Fault in Our Stars Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

1,023 833
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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

405 373
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Stepmom Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

941 730
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The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

494 387
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Steel Magnolias Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field

511 500
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The Bucket List Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

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490 556
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Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

744 595
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Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

443 280
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The Fox and the Hound Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

394 273
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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

263 418
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Finding Neverland Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman

489 396
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HoomanRnia added The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

590 501
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Warrior Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte