Think you're impervious to crying during a movie? Here is the first part of our two part overview of films guaranteed to get you weeping.
Audiences love to go to the movies that make them laugh. The communal good cheer of a comedy cannot be properly enjoyed unless you're part of a group, braying like hyperactive hyenas. Movie goers also love to be frightened. Again, there is some kind of mutual bonding that occurs when individuals get together and experience the dread and suspense provided by some Master pulling the cinematic strings.
When it comes to crying, however, hysterics are fine. Heartstrings are not.
Put another way, some members of specific demos enjoy going to the movies to see a story that makes them well up and weep. They enjoy the melodramatics and manipulation involved to become invested in characters only to sob over what happens to them. While women are usually the guinea pigs for these shameless outings, there are examples of men-only movies where dudes do more bawling than their gal pals.
With that in mind, and the recent release of the latest communal crying jag, The Fault in Our Stars, we decided to put together a list of the Top Tearjerkers of All Time. Only trouble was, the final tally was closer to 28, and even then we could have probably come up with more if we had the time to do a bit more research. So we decided upon a two part, Top 20 approach.
This time out, we will look at the movies that barely missed the a Top 10 ranking. That doesn't mean these films are less likely to make you cry than the others. In fact, it's safe to say that subject matter, and overall quality, were more important in the positioning than how many teardrops fall, and we're not talking about momentary lapses into blubbering. No, these film are guaranteed to keep the waterworks flowing long after you've left the theater (or in most cases, closed the DVD box).