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Top 10 Tearjerkers

It's Totally Fine to Cry While Watching These 10 Films


Hallmark commercials do it effectively. Even some credit card companies manage to pull it off. What is "it"? "It" = tearjerker. Filmmakers have a tough task when they attempt to create a touching, sensitive film. Tearjerkers need a delicately balanced emotional storyline so as not to come off nauseatingly sweet or maudlin. These films did it so effectively they left a lasting impression on their audiences.

1. 'Titanic'

©Paramount Home Entertainment
Despite Titanic's predictable ending, James Cameron's sweeping romantic epic managed to captivate moviegoers with its beautiful tale of love and loss. The tragic and compelling love story provides a human element to Cameron's historically accurate version of the sinking of the unsinkable luxury liner.
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2. 'An Affair to Remember'

An Affair to Remember
©20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in this timeless romantic classic. Playboy Nicky Ferrante meets night club singer Terry McKay aboard a ship bound for New York. They're both engaged to others, but vow to meet again in six months at the top of the Empire State Building.
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3. 'Beaches'

©Buena Vista Home Entertainment
If you didn't cry at Beaches, then you must be one of those rare people who never cry at movies. Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey portray a pair of best friends who grow up, grow apart, and reunite for the sake of their friendship and Hershey's daughter.
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4. 'Steel Magnolias'

Steel Magnolias
©Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Steel Magnolias features a fine ensemble cast, intelligent writing, and an entertaining, though highly emotional, storyline. Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts and Sally Field headline the talented cast in this female "buddy" movie with a heart.
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5. 'One True Thing'

One True Thing
©Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Renee Zellweger, William Hurt, and Meryl Streep make up the dysfunctional family in this riveting drama. Streep plays a mother dying from cancer who turns to her career-minded daughter to help out during her last few months.
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6. 'Philadelphia'

©Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Tom Hanks won his second Academy Award portraying AIDS victim, and attorney, Andrew Beckett. Antonio Banderas is perfect as Hanks' lover, and Denzel Washington is incredible as the attorney's attorney.
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7. 'Dying Young'

Dying Young
©20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott and Vincent D'Onofrio give compelling performances in this 1991 Joel Schumacher film. Julia stars as a companion/nurse to Campbell Scott who's dying from blood cancer. You just know this isn't going to have a "happily ever after" ending.

8. 'Marley and Me'

Marley and Me
©20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Animal lovers are going to love/hate this film. Love because it's one of the best dog films ever made. Hate because it's going to drain you emotionally, especially if you've ever experienced the loss of a pet.

9. 'Love Story'

Love Story
©Paramount Home Entertainment
"Love means never having to say you're sorry" - Cheesy as it is, that line gets me every time. Ryan O'Neal's rich, Ali MacGraw's not, but it doesn't matter as the two fall in love despite the differences in their economic backgrounds. Even though they are meant to be together, fate has something else in mind. Cancer brings a quick and painful end to their relationship.
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10. 'The Notebook'

The Notebook
©Warner Home Video
Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) is a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who falls deeply in love with Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams). And, of course, her parents don't approve of the relationship. When Noah leaves to fight in World War II, Allie reluctantly moves on to the good-looking, upper-class Lon Hammond. But her heart still belongs to Noah, and he's never given up hope that they will be together for all time.

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