Top 10 Movie Crying Scenes

October 9, 2019 posted by


We know that movies can make us cry, but what about when tears are shed on screen as well as off of it? Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 crying scenes in movies! And nobody would help! Nobody would help! He’s saying, sayin’ “I wanna go home! I wanna go home!” He keeps calling my name! “I wanna go home, Johnny! I wanna drive my Chevy!” I said “With what? I can’t find your fuc**n’ legs! For this list, we’ve looked at big screen scenes where a character or characters are brought to tears. The reason for those tears can range from happiness to sadness, anger to confusion… As long as the emotions are high enough, then the scene is in contention! You are just too stupid to see it ! You don’t know what I can do! You don’t know what I can do, what I’m gonna do, or what I’m gonna be! I’m good! I have good things and you don’t know about! I’m gonna be something! I am! Also, SPOILER ALERT. And don’t fu**ing tell me I’m not! No one even asked me if i took milk money that time. I just got a 3 day vacation Boys don’t cry, right? Especially not in front of their friends! Well, boys usually try not to cry, but sometimes they just can’t help it! River Phoenix plays Chris Chambers in this classic coming of age movie, and in this scene his macho-man mask slips for a few seconds, reminding us all that he is just a kid after all! I just wish… that I could go some place… where nobody knows me. The teary trigger point is the milk money scandal… The injustice of it all has Chris wanting to disappear, and us wanting to give him a big hug! I guess I’m just a pussy, huh? No way Come Stay We all hate goodbyes, but this farewell’s far more difficult than most! Proving once again that little boys do cry (and it’s extremely tough to watch them do it!), Henry Thomas plays an extremely emotional Elliott in this, one of Steven Spielberg’s most famous scenes! E.T. has been trying to go home for the majority of this movie, but when his time to leave actually arrives, there isn’t a dry eye in sight! Thomas teared up to perfection in his audition tape, but this final cut is an even better effort! I’ll.. be.. right.. here. Bye 2 cm lasteration on the left eyebrow It’s okay Okay I want you to look at me and i want you to breathe. Do you understand? Yeah From small boys to big boys, and to a guy simply overcome with relief! Tom Hanks plays Captain Phillips, the unfortunate victim of a high seas hijacking! The relentless tension felt throughout this film is finally released as the man is medically checked over by his rescuers! No, no no that’s not mine ! Alright, look at me We’re gonna lay you down. Okay, yeah, allright Hanks is being asked all sorts of questions, and he isn’t able to think straight enough to answer them especially effectively… Are you in any pain right now ? Right there, on your side But when the wave of realization that he is alive rushes over him, he can’t help but sob… And neither can we! It’s gonna be okay Everything’s gonna be okay It’s gonna be okay Hi, Chris. Mr. Good to see you Nice shirt Another example of heart-wrenching happy tears, this scene is one of Will Smith’s finest moments on screen! Was it as easy as it looked ? No Sir it wasn’t Good luck Chris. Thank you Playing Chris Gardner, Smith is faced with financial difficulties times a million as he tries desperately to provide for his son who happens to be played by Smith’s real-life son, Jaden! Of course, to get money you must first get a job, and that’s exactly what Gardner hasn’t been able to do… Until now! Wear one tommorow though, okay ? Because tommorow is going to be your first day If you would like to work here as a broker When Smith is told to keep his shirt for tomorrow, he and we are welling up big style! So, welcome ! It’s an unthinkable situation, and it makes for an unforgettable movie moment! The Nazis were running riot across all of Europe, and Meryl Streep’s Sophie found herself and her family caught up among the carnage… In this scene she must make the eponymous ‘choice’ that no parent should ever have to face… As Sophie breaks down, Streep shows her class as an actor… It takes a lot of talent to convincingly imagine the unimaginable… And we are definitely, dreadfully convinced here! Will Hunting is a genius. He can solve all manner of equations with his magnificent, machine-like mind! Look I wrote it down – its simplier this way. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel the same things as every other human being! It’s not your fault. Don’t fu*k with me Matt Damon plays the tortured thinker who, in this scene, is nudged into letting it all out! It’s not your fault Robin Williams is Sean Maguire, Damon’s literal shoulder to cry on. The pair spends the movie pushing one another intellectually, but this moment is the peak of both personal stories! It’s therapy in motion! Sean Penn won an Oscar for this movie, and it isn’t difficult to see why as he sheds a tear or two in this scene! I remember, I was more afraid of my little daughter than I ever was of being in prison. His character, Jimmy Markum, is coming to terms with the murder of his 19-year-old daughter. 19 fuc**ng years old ! An ex-con with a tough persona to maintain himself, he isn’t one to show too much heart-felt emotion… However, during this moment we watch him cry over the fact he can’t cry over the death of his daughter… And it’s really starting to piss me off, Dave! She’s my own little daughter, and I can’t even cry for her! He’s a man whose nerves are shot, and it’s desperately sad to see! When a relative dies, tears are to be expected… But the situation in this scene is far from straightforward, and Tom Cruise’s especially dramatic cry is reflective of that! This father/son relationship has been strained to the max, and the ill feeling is what has Cruise’s character Frank flitting between rage and regret! As his father dies before his eyes, time is running out for answers, but it’s also running out for forgiveness! These are by no means attractive tears, but they are very well acted! We’re bawling our eyes out in black and white for our runner-up, in one of the most moving moments in motion picture history! Oskar Schindler is a hero in the eyes of all those that surround him, but such is the extent of his goodness, and the extent of the enemy’s cruelty, he still cannot be satisfied! As he works out how many more lives he might’ve saved, the pain of the man far outweighs the pleasure that he deserves… And that’s what’s truly heart-breaking! Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions. In life, as Forrest himself astutely reasons, ‘you never know what you’re gonna get’, and in this movie we probably weren’t expecting this ending! A monumental underdog, surely Hollywood would grant Forrest Gump happiness in the end?? But no! Making his second appearance on this cry-filled countdown, Tom Hanks here visits the grave of Gump’s beloved Jenny… He isn’t the most articulate of characters, but even the wisest of men would struggle to sum up this grief! The tears speak much louder than words ever could! Do you agree with our list? Whose big screen sadness did we skip? For more emotional Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com. Subtitles made by Hazzy

100 Comments

100 Replies to “Top 10 Movie Crying Scenes”

  1. Nice Fera says:

    Will Smith… Philadelphia, Tom Hanks… Her, Joaquin Phoenix… 👏👏👏😢😢😢

  2. LoRd HuMunGuS says:

    The Ending of Hostiles with Christian Bale 2017 is so sad

  3. J Hawk says:

    As good as it gets kitchen scene

  4. Angristic Plyz says:

    Pursuit of happiness

  5. Littel Wizard says:

    Fun fact: i never cried in the Titanic

  6. Nani Pokemon says:

    Come on where is up??

  7. Andrew Johnson says:

    Good list but how about the grey heavens from lord of the rings return of the king. The scene after so long of the journey, and sam, merry and pippin last to see frodo. It's such a powerful scene and is so memorable, one of the best and sadest scene in history

  8. Haha benis bagina fug :DDD says:

    If among you Christians or SBNR, Passion of the Christ makes you cry, when Mary's memory of picking up the child Jesus after he stumbles as she watches her son fall under the weight of his bloody cross.

  9. Adam Letschin says:

    That Sean Penn Mystic River scene was epic!!!

  10. max hayton says:

    The stupid women talking over it takes all the sadness out the stupid bitch

  11. Jason john says:

    I guess green mile wasn't on here because tom Hanks was in it aswell

  12. Cory Schmaltz says:

    No Rudy?

  13. Cheyenne St. Luce says:

    The Champ – scene when the young son cries for his father to get up off the table after he succumbs to his injuries from his victorious boxing match

  14. Leonor Beatrice Jackson-Oliver says:

    The saddest thing is that I liked my own comment

  15. Michael Drabik says:

    What about Emily meeting Ezra from 7 pounds.

  16. V series katta says:

    Will smith in i am legend… Everytime gets me😢😢

  17. Austin Groce says:

    you can’t help but stare at tom hanks hard nipple in the navy scene

  18. Austin Groce says:

    YOU MISSED WILL SMITH KILLING HIS DOG

  19. Braeden Barr says:

    Where is Interstellar? That was sad as fuck.

  20. Lady Sneakles says:

    Man, Sophie'a Choice made my stomach turn… Same for Schindlers List.

  21. kh 3277 says:

    You don't know the green mile 💔

  22. carlos garcia says:

    what about crying from "The Room" during the cringe…😆😆😆

  23. Amy Rose/Starfire/Raven/Female youth. says:

    First Blood was released on May 15, 2017.

  24. Amy Rose/Starfire/Raven/Female youth. says:

    Write was released on March 2, 2017

  25. Amy Rose/Starfire/Raven/Female youth. says:

    We RE was Released On May 15, 2017.

  26. Amy Rose/Starfire/Raven/Female youth. says:

    Write 2009 was released on June 1, 2017.

  27. Amy Rose/Starfire/Raven/Female youth. says:

    First Blood was released on June 29, 2017.

  28. Amy Rose/Starfire/Raven/Female youth. says:

    Steel Magnolias was released on September 11, 2017.

  29. Amy Rose/Starfire/Raven/Female youth. says:

    Steel Magnolia was released on September 26, 2017.

  30. Amy Rose/Starfire/Raven/Female youth. says:

    American Beauty was Released On October 6, 2017.

  31. Amy Rose/Starfire/Raven/Female youth. says:

    Forrest Gump was Released On April 23, 2014.

  32. Space Ace says:

    Oh I HATE Forest Gump SO MUCH

  33. Obi-Wan Kenobi says:

    Am I the only who cried watching Mufasa die??

  34. B says:

    Will Smith in Collateral Beauty. That ending will gut you

  35. The Philosopher says:

    Vera Farmiga in 'The Boy In The Striped Pajamas.' That entire scene at the end was gut wrenching.

  36. KiRaN KiNnu says:

    Fuck you ..just play these videos ..dont explain with ur fucking voice ..u fucking bitch voice

  37. Demi-lee Delaney says:

    Do you know that the director of Magnolias told Tom cruise to think about his own father because he could not get the scene right? And Philip Seymour Hoffmans reaction was true. He didn't know what was going to happen x

  38. Jacob Vasquez says:

    Adrien Brody in “The Pianist” , in the scene where he is wandering in the ghetto should’ve been on this list

  39. Cathy Daniel says:

    When I saw that forest gump came up i was just shaking my head

  40. Paige Mendes says:

    Cast away was a very sad movie

  41. Erel Glenn Estopito says:

    i just hope you would shut up so that i can cry with them…

  42. Charlotte Lutz says:

    This is so bad! Remake this putting scenes from the movies that we know ( Harry Potter , Marvel, Logan..)

  43. Paballo Dikobo says:

    I am Sam?

  44. ram don says:

    Left – Titanic and Dragon heart climax

  45. Gold Family says:

    funeral scene from ‘my girl’

  46. subramaniam ramki says:

    For me Schindler's list is no.1 and I miss you Jenny is no.2.

  47. SexyDr. Phil says:

    What about Logan, when Logan died???

  48. wdenegri says:

    god dammit john williams soundtrack always make me cry

  49. Kiowa Horse says:

    I really think the scene with robin williams' monologue when talking to Damon at the park was way more moving than the pick on this list.

  50. Abram Sullivan says:

    The scene where Baba died in Forrest arms was so heartbreaking.

  51. karthik g says:

    What about interstellar??

  52. Yes, I expect you to read all of it. says:

    Shitty list no Don Cheadle.

  53. Robert Bastian says:

    You kill it with your annoying as voice

  54. Uncle Ruckus says:

    The scene where Rick Grimes cries after finding out that Lori died was pretty good

  55. hopeman returns says:

    After that moment Tom cruise never cried

  56. Fabian Leenhouwers says:

    green mile

  57. Valeria Rebollo says:

    Does anyone remember the sad scene from the original “Air Bud” the island scene it makes me cry every single time

  58. Milind Niranjan says:

    The tapes of 23 years from Interstellar?

  59. Key Genius says:

    narration murdering video as usual

  60. Fred Ralph says:

    This would be great if it wasn’t for the bullshit American narrative.

  61. Musahaf Shah says:

    How is Leonardo di Caprio in the basketball diaries not in this list…

  62. Sydney Piper Bristow says:

    I disagree. Henry Thomas' audition cry was hella more powerful than the movie scene.

  63. Sydney Piper Bristow says:

    Why the hell is Sally Field's I WANNA KNOW WHY only an honorable mention??!!!! Sacrilege!

  64. Sydney Piper Bristow says:

    Oh hell no! Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey's cry is definitely, no contest.. NUMBER 1. Y'all must've not seen it.

  65. Naramsin Baranto says:

    Rocky crying and screaming when Mick dies, very emotional scene

  66. CoCrimson_eXe 2234 says:

    The good will hunting scene got me

  67. Rob Fehily says:

    Hugh Jackman in The Fountain, when he tattooes his ring finger in place of his lost wedding band. Everything about that scene – the music, the context, the lighting, the setting, the red blood mixing with the sable ink, the lack of dialogue, and Jackson's heart-wrenching performance…it get me every time. Acting gold.

  68. Java Maukar says:

    #1 Iron Man/ Tony Stark's death
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

  69. D34D Flamingo says:

    I forgot the name of the movie but it was based off a true story and it's about Indians and the fall of custard. But it was sad to see the Americans strip the boys culture away from him. They would cut off his hair and make him change his name and pretty much brain washed him taking everything that would make him Indian. This process is called americanization. Not one of America's proudest moments.

  70. Sweet Shit says:

    Thimothhée chalmate crying scene in call me by ur name, would've easily be the first if this list it's 3 years younger.

  71. pikaro roxane says:

    "Jack, I swear." my heart still ache when I hear these words… Especially when I remember that Heath is… Gone.

  72. The3MBuilders says:

    Where the hell is the green mile?!?!?!

  73. Igotboomed: Relaxing To Gameplay says:

    Tom hanks is the number one in this entire list

  74. PotterLatina says:

    Mufasa's death 🦁

  75. Abu Eyad says:

    I haven't even watched this yet and already I'm wondering if 7 pounds by Will Smith is on this list or I Am Legend scene where he's alone after the dog does….

    WHOS CUTTING ONIONS?!?!?!?

  76. Musarrat Maqsood says:

    Godfather part 3 when Michael corlion's daughter got shot n Leonardo DiCaprio's dying scene in the quick and the dead

  77. ruok 36 says:

    Listen shitbag let the scenes happen….then comment…..stop ruining the scenes gobshite.

  78. Saurabh Rawat says:

    12 years a slave is also most beautiful crying scene

  79. Robert Woods-Rodriguez says:

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Charlie's Mental Breakdown, Charlie tells Sam about Michael
    The Blind Side – Michael says he's never had a bed

  80. Sweet Psycho says:

    My family at 3 am: SLEEPING PEACEFULLY.
    Me at 3 am: Welcome to WATCHMOJO.COM and now we're counting our pics for the top ten…

  81. Kaycee Whitham says:

    Sophie's choice further drives into my mind on why you just dont have children!

  82. Josh Mills says:

    Why do you do commentary during the scene? Your voice takes away from the weight of the acting. Dislike from me.

  83. Greg Thomas says:

    Reign over me. Adam Sadler.

  84. 74maverick says:

    Still fucking talking

  85. Bloxter10 YT says:

    "It's not your fault" broke me and my mom. It was so heartbreaking..

  86. Tia Aaron says:

    Tom Cruise was amazing in Magnolia. Superb performance.

  87. Powerpuff Girls says:

    Josh Mills: @Powerpuff Girls You sure!!! It Came Out In 1994.

  88. oisku10 says:

    Superman 1978, Lois Lane " death", Superman 😰

  89. Jay Gee says:

    No Green Mile? A travesty!!!!!

  90. Aadam Jondoe says:

    Adam Sandler….(yes you heard right) Reign Over Me

  91. Turtle Combover says:

    Green mile?

  92. Kyle Smith says:

    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland in The Impossible

  93. gina thomas says:

    The end scene in Imitation of life with Mahalia singing. Every time I lose it and go into the ugly cry.

  94. 85 Magnolias says:

    #7 HAD ME IN TEARS!!! WILL SMITH and JADEN had me so emotional in the Pursuit of Happyness! 😭😭👍👍
    #5 Good Will Hunting was phenomenal!!!
    #4 Sean Penn did a great job! Mystic River is a dynamite movie! Raw and real!!

  95. M E M E T R O N says:

    Where was radio

  96. Favio Velarde says:

    Meet the Robinsons makes me cry every single time.

  97. كوّكٌبْ says:

    1:00

  98. jv beast502 says:

    La bamba ending

  99. Jessie Gipa says:

    Will Smith on fresh Prince of bel air when Lou left

  100. Maria Mena says:

    So sick of Schindlers List.. its too much.. I liked the honorably mentions more then the main top.

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