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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. 'Love Story'
"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.
10. 'The Notebook'
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.