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August 8, 2008 7:19 AM   Subscribe

No option to see how many of these you can guess in five minutes, but that's the only thing missing from this list of 80 things that make men cry (includes a link back to the original list of the top 10). No mention of Field of Dreams, strangely.
posted by SportsFan (105 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Is this the thread where I can make a dick punching joke?
posted by Jofus at 7:24 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't know why, but a kid crying over a dropped ice cream will get me pretty much every time.
posted by vbfg at 7:28 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


Thinking about men crying over these things made me a bit misty eyed, in itself.

Ugh. Hormones.
posted by NikitaNikita at 7:32 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


I was surprised not to see more injuries on the list. And only one guy made a wisecrack about a bar? Sensitive fellas.
posted by echo target at 7:33 AM on August 8, 2008


(WARNING: "Mrs Miniver" spoiler...)

The final scene of the 1942 movie, Mrs Miniver, where the young airman crosses the church aisle to try, even if only in such a small way, to alleviate the pained solitude of Mrs Belden. Camera pans up through the bomb-blasted church roof to a vic of Spitfires blowing past. Even in the way-removed context of 2008, that scene never fails to choke me up.

I can only imagine the effect it had on the US audiences, to whom the intended "C'mon people, we need some help over here!" message was clearly aimed.
posted by Mike D at 7:40 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


More like "Things that Made These 80 Individual Men Cry."

One surprising moment in my life that really got to me was the first time I saw the "Jedi Purge" scene from Episode Three. I'm a huge, huge Star Wars fan so seeing any Star Wars movie in theatres for the first time was huge for me anyway but that scene really hit me hard.

(Yeah yeah I know...Star Wars sucks, prequels sucks, etc).
posted by Diskeater at 7:41 AM on August 8, 2008


When Malcolm X gets shot in "X". Damn Denzel should have won an Oscar for that.
posted by cashman at 7:44 AM on August 8, 2008


When Bart throws Lisa's Thanksgiving centerpiece into the fireplace.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 7:46 AM on August 8, 2008


I had wet eyes a good five, six times during WALL-E and the live version of Untitled #8 from Sigur Ros' Heima made me bawl like a child.
posted by minifigs at 7:48 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


Roger Waters almost always gets me. "Two suns in the sunset" - "and you'll never hear their voices... (daddy daddy!)", "The Moment of Clarify" - "I had a little bit of luck you were awake, I couldn't take another moment alone.", "Sunset Strip" - "The land of my fathers is calling to me, And I sit in the canyon with my back to the sea". I don't know why he pushes my buttons so consistently. Listening to just the songs won't do it, but I i listen to the albums it'll get right at those spots.

I wept over the credits "We Were Soldier" too but that's much easier to understand. Dad's a Vietnam veteran, and even looks a little bit like Mel, so it was very easy to think, "there but by the grace...".

I can definitely relate to 34. My wife got a little sore with me about that too. But those times were just too frantic to be overwhelmed with latent emotion. Am I a little dead inside? :)
posted by adamt at 7:52 AM on August 8, 2008


The thing that chokes me up the most reliably is male sacrifice in war. It's a little weird.
posted by grobstein at 7:54 AM on August 8, 2008


The story of Louis Mulkey on ESPN made me weep openly. (Part 1, 2)
posted by sicem07 at 7:56 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Some death or romance scenes in movies get me such as the death of the medic in Private Ryan or when Rose gets off the rescue boat to be with Jack in Titanic. Yeah, it's cheesy, but what can you do?

I had wet eyes a good five, six times during WALL-E

Yeah, when he rolled over the cockroach I was like "What?! Noooooooo!". Goddamn you Pixar.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:59 AM on August 8, 2008


The scene at the end of Dead Poets Society where the students get up on their chairs and say "O Captain, my Captain". Of course I was 14 at the time but it got me good.
posted by Vindaloo at 8:05 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Either reading or hearing In Flander's Fields always makes me cry, or at least mist up a bit. I also get misty hearing the last verse of My Old Kentucky Home, especially if its being sung at the Derby or I haven't been home in a while. The Star Spangled Banner has also been known to do it every once in a while.

Wow. Just thinking about this stuff is making me tear up a bit. Weird.
posted by plaidrabbit at 8:05 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


Tony Iommi guitar solos.
posted by The Straightener at 8:08 AM on August 8, 2008


Slicing onions. Those sad, sad onions.
posted by starman at 8:10 AM on August 8, 2008 [4 favorites]


Pansies.



just kidding! I'm crying right now!
posted by blue_beetle at 8:17 AM on August 8, 2008


List posts like this make me cry. Also, is this something I'd have to be in the UK to know about?
posted by fixedgear at 8:19 AM on August 8, 2008


"Shane! Shane! Come back, Shane!"
posted by Sailormom at 8:21 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


INTERIOR BACK ROOM –– GOWER'S DRUGSTORE –– DAY

CLOSE SHOT –– Gower talking on the telephone. George stands in the doorway.

GOWER (drunkenly): Why, that medicine should have been there an hour ago. It'll be over in five minutes, Mrs. Blaine.

He hangs up the phone and turns to George.

GOWER (cont'd): Where's Mrs. Blaine's box of capsules?

He grabs George by the shirt and drags him into the back room.

GEORGE: Capsules . . .

GOWER (shaking him): Did you hear what I said?

GEORGE (frightened): Yes, sir, I . . .

Gower starts hitting George about the head with his open hands. George tries to protect himself as best he can.

GOWER: What kind of tricks are you playing, anyway? Why didn't you deliver them right away? Don't you know that boy's very sick?

GEORGE (in tears): You're hurting my sore ear.

INTERIOR FRONT ROOM DRUGSTORE –– DAY

CLOSE SHOT –– Mary is still seated at the soda fountain. Each time she hears George being slapped, she winces.

INTERIOR BACK ROOM DRUGSTORE –– DAY

CLOSE SHOT –– George and Gower.

GOWER: You lazy loafer!

GEORGE (sobbing): Mr. Gower, you don't know what you're doing. You put something wrong in those capsules. I know you're unhappy. You got that telegram, and you're upset. You put something bad in those capsules. It wasn't your fault, Mr. Gower . . .

George pulls the little box out of his pocket. Gower savagely rips it away from him, breathing heavily, staring at the boy venomously.

GEORGE (cont'd): Just look and see what you did. Look at the bottle you took the powder from. It's poison! I tell you, it's poison! I know you feel bad . . . and .
. .

George falters off, cupping his aching ear with a hand. Gower looks at the large brown bottle which
has not been replaced on the shelf. He tears open the
package, shakes the powder out of one of the capsules, cautiously tastes it, then abruptly throws the whole mess to the table and turns to look at George again. The boy is whimpering, hurt, frightened. Gower steps toward him.

GEORGE (cont'd): Don't hurt my sore ear again.

But this time Gower sweeps the boy to him in a hug and, sobbing hoarsely, crushes the boy in his embrace. George is crying too.

GOWER: No . . . No . . . No. . .

GEORGE: Don't hurt my ear again!

GOWER (sobbing): Oh, George, George . . .

GEORGE: Mr. Gower, I won't ever tell anyone. I know what you're feeling. I won't ever tell a soul. Hope to die, I won't.

GOWER: Oh, George.

Every. Single. Time.

posted by Jofus at 8:21 AM on August 8, 2008 [5 favorites]


Elliott Smith (everything reminds me of her), Joanna Newsom, the Simpsons episode where they explain why there are no pictures of maggie, and his dark materials and sometimes when you just stop.
posted by chelegonian at 8:26 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


When MetaFilter returns a JRun error.
posted by fijiwriter at 8:32 AM on August 8, 2008


when lieutenant joe cable tells liat, via song, that she is so beautiful, she's "younger than springtime". and knowing what's in store for joe, in the future. this, of course, from the musical, south pacific.
posted by billybobtoo at 8:35 AM on August 8, 2008


A Charlie Brown Christmas - Charlie hangs a red ornament on that small pine twig. The bough bends and he exclaims "everything I touch dies!"

Casablanca - The crowd at Rick's drowns out the German Officers' camp song with La Marseillaise.
posted by The White Hat at 8:38 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


Noticing nickyskye's post about Hell's Kitchenette made me get lumpy.

Oh yeah, and Joanna Newsom, totally.
posted by everichon at 8:40 AM on August 8, 2008


The Futurama episode with Fry's dog, Jurassic Bark.
posted by revgeorge at 8:40 AM on August 8, 2008 [15 favorites]


Spock's funeral in "Wrath of Kahn".

Dropping my daughter off to start her freshman year of college. I did notice there were a lot of other dads getting weepy as well.
posted by cptnrandy at 8:40 AM on August 8, 2008


Chopping onions. But those are tears of joy, because chopping onions means something tasty is coming up. Well, joy, and dilute sulfuric acid. But mostly joy.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:41 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Empire of the Sun.
posted by isopraxis at 8:44 AM on August 8, 2008 [3 favorites]


1. I have this grainy silent home movie of when my sister was 2 years old and my mother, looking unbelievably youthful with her early 70s Mary Tyler Moore haircut. My mom is holding my sister up in her arms, all nuzzled up and tickling her constantly. My sister is laughing hysterically and uncontrollably. This goes on for about 2 and half minutes. I included it as part of a video montage for my parents' 40th wedding anniversary for a room of 50 and not one person wasn't crying. I'm tearing up now and still don't know why

2. The end of The Lord of the Rings trilogy when Sam picks up Frodo and carries him up the mountain. Every single viewing, now at least 10 times.

3. That Futurama episode with the dog at the end.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:47 AM on August 8, 2008


Certain songs by This Mortal Coil.

Yes, I was insufferable in high school.
posted by everichon at 8:49 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


JOFUS. YOU HAVE IT.

Also, if you've ever seen "Follow Me Boys"- the part when Whitey's alcoholic father brings ice cream to the Boy Scout meeting. But it is melting all over the place. He is so very, very sad.

"I just thought the boys would like a little ice cream."


(I'm a girl, but my dad says it's one of the saddest things he's ever seen, and I wholeheartedly agree.)
posted by gracious floor at 8:52 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


"Danny Boy". Lennie and George at the end. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers". The "Benedictus" part of the Sanctus movement of the Missa Solemnis. "Miguel, I'm ready."

"blame it on the lies that killed us
Blame it on the truth that ran us down
you can blame it all on me Terry
It don't matter to me now
when the breakdown hit at midnight
There was nothing left to say
but I hated him and I hated you when you went away
".

"I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guns, shot above our heads (over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall)
And the shame, was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be Heroes, just for one day
"


so, yeah, lots of songs.

/misty-eyed at work
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:59 AM on August 8, 2008


The final scene of Chaplin's "City Lights" has the power to make grown men weep.

I have seen it with my own eyes.
posted by scody at 9:03 AM on August 8, 2008


Grave of the Fireflies. Like a fountain.
posted by sonic meat machine at 9:06 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


Was that a joke? A guy from Seldom, Wilts?
posted by Zambrano at 9:06 AM on August 8, 2008


sonic meat machine, that's one of the very few movies that I'm afraid to watch.
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:08 AM on August 8, 2008


#72. And then having to fight back the tears while interviewing Michael Schuimacher about it a month later.
posted by Zambrano at 9:09 AM on August 8, 2008


I cried when my father died. Though that hasn't happened 80 times, that I know of.
posted by Eideteker at 9:10 AM on August 8, 2008


Halloween Jack, it's a great movie. Just make sure that you watch it in solitude. Or maybe stab yourself in the leg and heroically watch the movie without going to the hospital until after the last scene.
posted by sonic meat machine at 9:10 AM on August 8, 2008


the live version of Untitled #8 from Sigur Ros' Heima made me bawl like a child.

oh yes
posted by KokuRyu at 9:15 AM on August 8, 2008


Wow, Chelongian, I was going to mention that Simpsons episode ("And Maggie Makes Three"), but I thought it would be way too much of an esoteric reference. Now that you've brought it up, though, here's the video in its entirety.
posted by SportsFan at 9:16 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Puff The Magic Dragon... especially that line 'A dragon lives forever but not so little boys', it's a hangover from my childhood when I remember bawling my eyes out to it... but even this gets my 'hayfever playing up again'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:44 AM on August 8, 2008


but even typing this gets my 'hayfever playing up again'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:45 AM on August 8, 2008


Do my tears surprise, you sir?!!?!

Strong men also cry... strong men... also... cry.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:47 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


The only thing I can remember making me cry in my adult life, and I'm talking full on tears streaming, gasping sobs, not just the eyes welling up but not running over, is when Toto returns home as an adult in Cinema Paradiso.

My father's still alive. I don't long for my childhood, things are pretty great as an adult.

My tear ducts, however, disagree.
posted by unsupervised at 9:48 AM on August 8, 2008


Gets me every time: When the Grinch's heart grows. It gets me so hard that sometimes I cry throughout the entire movie. Very weird while the Whos are playing with their flew-flewbers
and tah-tinkers.

Recently ***DON'T READ IF YOU'RE NOT CAUGHT UP ON LOST AND DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOST RECENT FINALE!!!!***

When Desmond and Penny were reunited.

As soon as I saw it coming, I softly murmured "Oh no!" because I knew the waterworks were about to get going. My girlfriend, who only got into the show this year, seemed pretty unimpressed.

Also 2nding Jurassic Bark. I'm okay with it now, but man, that used to kill me. Futurama just nails it sometimes. See Also "The Sting" and "Luck of the Fryrish."
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:52 AM on August 8, 2008


0. Thinking about how inappropriate it would be to cry.
posted by ErWenn at 9:52 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


I cried like a child at the end of Terminator 2.
posted by slimepuppy at 9:55 AM on August 8, 2008


Things that make me cry? Sadness and pepper-spray.

Also: oddly, quitting smoking.
posted by quin at 10:14 AM on August 8, 2008


Just reading Jofus's "It's a Wonderful Life" post brought tears to my eyes. God, now I have to close my office door.

And since it started, I may as well watch Love Actually and let it all out. That Joni Mitchell song gets me every time.

Pathetic.
posted by strangememes at 10:25 AM on August 8, 2008


Ambrosia Voyeur wins.
posted by LilBucner at 10:31 AM on August 8, 2008


My dad cried at my mom's funeral. Neither my sister nor I did; enough of the good German upbringing from Mom's side rubbed off. Dad cried at my sister's wedding. (He didn't cry at mine; I think he just breathed a sigh of relief because I hadn't been his little girl since I got my Ph.D). He probably cried when I got hooded, because that was my greatest dream realized. Dad cries when he sees someone struggle with a disabling condition, or sees someone in obvious pain.

I am glad he never hid his tears from me.
posted by lleachie at 10:49 AM on August 8, 2008


The Green Mile...

"Paul hesitates, emotions swirling, trying to find the right
words.

PAUL
On the day of my judgement, when
I stand before God, and He asks me
why did I kill one of his true
miracles, what am I gonna say?
That is was my job? My job?"

even as a hardcore atheist the sentiments at the heart of this scene where they have to kill John Coffey kill me...
posted by Rufus T. Firefly at 10:50 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Ridiculously: "You are Lisa Simpson."
posted by Skot at 10:57 AM on August 8, 2008 [3 favorites]


Not just the series Band Of Brothers, but the interviews before each episode. Holy jeez these get me going like a faucet.

(of course not the specific set i linked, but if you saw the series, you know what i mean)
posted by mrzer0 at 11:25 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


My mom died when I was 14. I barely cried when it happened, she'd been sick for a while and this seemed like just one more thing. But after the funeral was over and my aunt and uncle and my dad and I were sitting at our dining room table having cake and coffee, it hit me. I don't know how long I cried, but it seemed like forever.

All these years later I cry because I need a photograph to remember what she looked like.
posted by tommasz at 11:29 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh my and let's not forget about Fry's Dog, Seymour in the episode "Jurassic Bark" of Futurama.
posted by mrzer0 at 11:32 AM on August 8, 2008


SpiffyRob, Lost has gotten me several times -- sometimes tears of joy, sometimes of sadness, sometimes both in the same episode! Here's my little Lost + tears story:

A girl, whom I was (and still am!) seriously infatuated with, came over to my place a while back. I guess you could call it a "first date", but it was completely unplanned, as she was in the area and just dropped by to say hi. We got to talking about TV shows, and it turns out she is a huge fan of Lost, as am I, but she hasn't seen the most recent season. I have the whole last season in HD, which looks simply amazing on my system -- and, to be honest, I wanted her to stick around a while -- so I put on "The Constant", relating to her what a fun, mind-phuck episode it was.

Of course, when the episode got to the point where Penny & Desmond are exchanging their desperate "I love you!"s... well, the bittersweet tears just came rolling down my cheeks. I'm sure she saw me crying.

Funny thing is, I actually feel really good about that now. Not like, "Gawd, I'm such a pussy for crying in front of a girl" but more like "Wow, I'm finally strong enough on the inside that I can show my most vulnerable self to a girl I would very much like to date." (To put this in perspective from a personal growth angle, I couldn't even cry at my nephew's funeral just a few years ago.)

That was two months ago, so it's too soon to trumpet my own True Love Happy Ending, but we have been dating ever since.

And, Slarty Bartfast, just reading your #1 kinda got to me too, but I'm at work right now and must... maintain... composure...
posted by LordSludge at 11:35 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Jeez, I tried to be snarky earlier but everybody is being so earnest that now I feel bad.

So: When Dave Stoller, with his feet taped to the pedals and bleeding from an earlier crash, beats those fucking frat house jerkoffs and wins one for the Cutters.

P.S. I wore my Cinzano jersey earlier today.
posted by fixedgear at 11:41 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


The final scene in the Plague Dogs, which I thought was an all right adaptation, but has a devestating ending. I ahd to lock myself in my room and weep for about half an hour.

The Zuzu's petals scene in It's a Wonderful Life is the one that does it to me.

Footage of the killings at Columbine and the jumpers at the World Trade Center, among many others. The news can really upset me.

I have seen men cry at the closing of a bar. Not even a very good bar.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:47 AM on August 8, 2008


It's mostly songs and movies for me. The end of Harvey is a good 'un. Fuck, just teared up thinking about it.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 11:53 AM on August 8, 2008


Old Men Crying
Reading about what makes men (individual men) cry makes my contacts suddenly very irritating.
posted by bobobox at 11:55 AM on August 8, 2008


Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince.
posted by infinitywaltz at 11:57 AM on August 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


First of all, I'm a man who can cry. Now it's true, it's usually when I've hurt myself, but it's a start.
posted by Who_Am_I at 11:58 AM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Two other Simpson's things make me tear up everytime too. Season 2, Episode 12 The Way We Was. The entire episode building up to the part where Marge realizes she should have went to the prom with Homer. The reconcile but Homer seems sad and she asks "Why so glum?"

Homer responds "*sigh* I've got a problem. Once you stop this car I'm going hug you, and kiss you, and then I'll never be able to let you go!"

And there's another one where there's a montage and it features what I recall as Marge's song "why do bird suddenly appear?" as sung by the Carpenters. I can't remember much about, but I remember it being done in such a touching way, it always gets me.

I guess there's another episode of Futurama too. The one where Fry gives up his air to save Leela. And winds up coughing up that candy heart...

Thanks doctorMetafilter for helping me get this off my chest. :)
posted by mrzer0 at 12:07 PM on August 8, 2008


For some reason I never got to the last verse of 'Puff The Magic Dragon', until just recently when I was listening to it so I could learn to play it on guitar for my son. Got to the third verse and then... sniff...
Well, never mind.
posted by evilelf at 12:09 PM on August 8, 2008


Baby graves.
posted by ColdChef at 12:45 PM on August 8, 2008


The final scene in the Plague Dogs, which I thought was an all right adaptation, but has a devastating ending. I ahd to lock myself in my room and weep for about half an hour.

Wow, even thinking about that movie can get me going. I thought I was the only one.

Also:

-Watership Down
-The Pogues "And the Band Played Waltzing Mathilda"
-Lou Gehrig's Farewell to Baseball Speech.
-A freaking Disney movie called Da, in which Martin Sheen returns to Ireland to bury his father, who had Alzheimer's--and relives some of the memories of his father's life. In fact Alzheimer's in general just destroys me--the thought of your own mother or father not recognizing you.
-Derek Redmond in the 1992 Olympics, where he pulled up lame halfway through the race, and his father carried him to the finish line.
-Roald Dahl's "The Swan"
-Withnail's Hamlet speech at the end of Withnail and I.

Well then, I guess a lot of stuff will make me bawl. But then I am a morose bastard.
posted by Kafkaesque at 1:06 PM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm not crying
It's just been raining
on my face

posted by FatherDagon at 1:07 PM on August 8, 2008


I can't believe so many things in this thread got mentioned before La Petit Prince.

However, I must say that the "things that make men cry" angle is worrisome. 90% of this stuff would make a woman cry as well. Why it has to be turned into a sex-difference thing I don't know.
posted by JHarris at 1:14 PM on August 8, 2008


MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech...



"Free at last! Free at last!..."
posted by jaronson at 1:18 PM on August 8, 2008


the two that spring to mind are both from 90's sitcoms. bite me.

The end of the episode of Fresh Prince where Will's estranged father visits, only to abandon him again. Even thinking about the last line makes we well up a bit.

"How come he don't want me, man?"

Also, in this episode of Roseanne, the non-chalant way Dan grabs his jacket and heads out the door midway through

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcTRtyAoYAE
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 1:23 PM on August 8, 2008


In We3 when she tells him his name is Bandit.

Krypto defending his master's house in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

In Umbrellas of Cherbourg, when the limo pulls up to the gas station, the moment Guy looks inside.
posted by jtron at 1:30 PM on August 8, 2008


The length of The Color Purple. Every damn minute.

Plus nearly every other film where they want me to cry. Series Finale episodes of tv programs. Etc. I'm a weepy fellow.
posted by grubi at 1:34 PM on August 8, 2008


Bagpuss gave a big yawn, and settled down to sleep
And of course when Bagpuss goes to sleep, all his friends go to sleep too
The mice were ornaments on the mouse-organ
Gabriel and Madeleine were just dolls
And Professor Yaffle was a carved wooden bookend in the shape of a woodpecker
Even Bagpuss himself once he was asleep was just an old, saggy cloth cat
Baggy, and a bit loose at the seams
But Emily loved him


(I just copied and pasted that and was on the verge of breaking up. Odd.)

---

Peter: [over radio] Where were you born?
June: Boston.
Peter: Mass.?
June: Yes.
Peter: That's a place to be born, history was made there. Are you in love with anybody? No, no don't answer that.
June: I could love a man like you, Peter.
Peter: I love you, June. You're life and I'm leaving you.


(A Matter of Life and Death, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger)

---

The bit in Poltergeist where the researcher, looking at the video footage of the souls coming down the stairs, says "My god, look at all of them!" (or something very like that). I have absolutely no idea why.

---

Hirokazu Koreeda's Afterlife: it sort of builds and builds until the cut back to the viewing room, and Mochizuki has disappeared, when I have to breath deeply and try not to be noticed by the people around me. I keep forgetting about that one.
posted by Grangousier at 1:39 PM on August 8, 2008


When Malcolm X gets shot in "X". Damn Denzel should have won an Oscar for that.

SPOILER?!

More seriously: the Mr. Hooper thread from a couple days ago...
posted by inigo2 at 1:39 PM on August 8, 2008


Oh, and seconding the final chapter of The House at Pooh Corner.
posted by Grangousier at 1:44 PM on August 8, 2008


OH and anything having to do with remembering Mr Rogers. Every few months, I re-read that thread from here after he died and I lose it something horrible.
posted by grubi at 1:50 PM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Nova: B-29 is the saddest thing ever for a man, possibly the saddest thing in the universe.
posted by 445supermag at 1:55 PM on August 8, 2008


The most reliable thing for me is that scene in the Sixth Sense - a parent's death, a crying child, a crying parent, tears of regretful realisation that shame and anger at your child was undeserved - Jesus. Cornball it may be, but that scene is an unstoppable piledriver of blubber-making.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 2:10 PM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


Being entirely emotionally stunted, nothing makes me cry.

However, when Daniel and HW Plainview slowly realize that HW's hearing isn't coming back, when Daniel is cradling HW while he tries to hear himself, well it felt like I couldn't breathe. I feel suffocated now, thinking about it.
posted by lekvar at 2:21 PM on August 8, 2008


Umm, also when my Bassett Hound looks at me, in that heart wrenching way of hers...
posted by evilelf at 2:42 PM on August 8, 2008


The wedding party at the end of Fandango gets me.
posted by nicwolff at 3:20 PM on August 8, 2008


I find a lot of reasons to cry, but I prefer to do it over the kitchen table.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 3:20 PM on August 8, 2008


"Gondor calls for aid."
"...And Rohan will answer."
posted by MrBadExample at 3:21 PM on August 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


That list.
posted by geekyguy at 4:03 PM on August 8, 2008


I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Where the Red Fern Grows. I would also like to second Paris, Texas (from the OP) and Grave of the Fireflies (from earlier in the thread).
posted by manguero at 4:21 PM on August 8, 2008


Towards the end of The Return of the King, when Aragorn says to the hobbits; "My friends, you bow to no one."
posted by malpractice at 5:06 PM on August 8, 2008 [3 favorites]


I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams.
posted by kjh at 5:45 PM on August 8, 2008 [4 favorites]


At the end of Toy Story when Buzz Lightyear actually flies, I bawled like a baby and my kids have never let me forget it.
posted by subgear at 5:45 PM on August 8, 2008


Selena.
posted by bjork24 at 6:02 PM on August 8, 2008


Diskeater, that scene made me sniffle too. (Sorry, I'm not a man though, am I in the wrong thread?)
posted by artifarce at 6:21 PM on August 8, 2008


Every time the Skin Horse tells the Rabbit what Real is.
posted by amery at 7:19 PM on August 8, 2008


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It still makes me sob like a scared girl. ;_;
posted by mindsound at 7:57 PM on August 8, 2008


Ah yeah, Eternal Sunshine, me too.
posted by manguero at 8:48 PM on August 8, 2008


It looks more like "Things that make men from the U.K. cry"
posted by tehloki at 8:10 AM on August 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


Children being born. Sigur Ros concert.
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 12:40 PM on August 9, 2008


Spoilers abound.

1. Eternal Sunshine, when they get back to the house in Montauk, and Clementine is begging Joel to stay this time instead of leaving, and as the house crashes around them and the sand and ocean flood the floors, Joel realizes that he can't change the past. Holy Shit.

2. Truman Show, (I don't know whats up with me and Jim Carrey) when Truman is on the boat and pulls out the composite picture he'd made of Sylvia.

3. Lost, the entirety of "The Constant" and the entirety of "Greatest Hits."

4. Every time Wall-e says, "Eve."

5. Every time Eve says, "Wall-e."

6. L.A. Story, when Harris wills the weather to change so that Sara's plane can't take off.

7. Futurama, "Time Keeps On Slippin'," when Fry finally understands what he did to make Leela fall in love with him, just in time for his message to be swallowed up. "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings," when Fry plays the holophone just for Leela, after losing his talent.

8. "Fairytale of New York."

M: I could've been someone...
W: Well so could anyone! You took my dreams from me, when I first found you."
M: I kept 'em with me, babe. I put them with my own. Can't make it all alone, I've built my dreams around you..."

9. Battlestar Galactica, when they christen the Blackbird, "Laura."

10. "Where the Hell is Matt," Dancing 2008.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:38 PM on August 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


Pretty much the entirety of "The Velveteen Rabbit"
posted by Snyder at 1:06 PM on August 10, 2008


1968
posted by blasdelf at 2:12 AM on August 11, 2008


Jurassic Bark was on Comedy Central last night.

I made it through, but I got a little dewy. Surprisingly, it wasn't the final scene that got to me this time, but rather when Fry was leaving Panucci's, and Seymour was trying desperately to stop him, and Fry told him "I won't be gone long Seymour. Just wait here 'til I come back."

Guh!

I always forget how great that episode is otherwise. It's so Fry-centric, and none of the other characters except for Bender get much screen time, but what little they get is quite funny. Zoidberg has a total three non-interjection lines, all of them too reliant on context to replicate with any success, but all very, very funny.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:53 AM on August 12, 2008


The final scene in Chaplain's City Lights...a tearjerker for many.
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 7:10 AM on August 13, 2008


confession:

I cried at the end of Armageddon. The first TWO times I saw it.
posted by empath at 11:25 PM on August 13, 2008


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