Thursday, December 3, 2009

Six Movies That Made Me Cry

I'm a cry baby. I can't help it. My husband describes me as sensitive, and I have to say he is probably right. The first movie I can remember seeing was Bambi. I went with my nana and remember crying for the first twenty minutes. When we left the theater she asked me if I liked it, I'm assuming she meant the movie. I was sitting in the back seat of the car. There were clouds a little way off, but where the car was there was sun, and I could see a rainbow. There were also raindrops. I remember thinking, wow it's sunny and raining. I told her yes, I had liked it. I think I was talking about the crying. This began my love of "crying movies" and "crying books". Sometimes it just feels good to cry about something that doesn't really matter. Here are six of my "crying movies" that I can think of off the top of my head.

The Green Mile-I watched this movie with my good friend Leslie. The story is about a death row guard who becomes certain that one of the inmates is not only innocent but possesses "magical" powers. The story was written by Stephen King and is a good example of his quirky dark side. The movie was ok, not anything I found particularly compelling but as the Tom Hanks character has to prepare Michael Duncan to be executed I was crying like a baby. Of course I was in a theater, with no Kleenex and my nose was running all over the place. I'm grossed out to say it but I wiped my snotty hand on my sock. Sick I know. If only I could say that was the only time I'd done that. Now as a mom of three I swear I always have snot somewhere on my clothes!

Braveheart - Back before the pre-divorce, antisemitic incident people used to know Mel Gibson as an actor/director. This movie was directed by Mel and won a slew of awards. It tells the fictional story of William Wallace against the true story of the Scots trying to free themselves from English rule. Early on in the movie Wallace loses his wife. After 177 minutes of blood and gut filled action she returns. It is at that moment I lost it. Braveheart has lots of action for the men with some true love to entertain the ladies.

Up- I recently watched the animated film Up with my hubby and kids. Talking dogs and a chubby little wilderness adventure kid kept the kids laughing. They were to young to understand why mom was crying in the first five minutes. I'm a sucker for love stories, and Up begins with a great one.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button- Benjamin Button was interesting on a variety of levels. I love movies that artfully weave the running of history throughout their fiction. The best example of this was Forrest Gump but Benjamin Button does a pretty good job. The special effects are often interesting, some things like the battle scene are done in a very obvious way to add to the fact that this is "fiction" but the age regression is completely seamless. Pit really does appear to be a child old man, and when they regress his age to a very young man when he returns to see his wife, well lets just say it has been a long time since he has looked that good. Once again it was the love story that got me crying.

The Painted Veil- If you like Edward Norton this movie is a must. The story involves a doctor serving in China and a wife who married him because she feels she has very little options. They don't love each other and the viewer is stuck watching to see if they can move past betrayal. I cried quiet a bit the first time I saw it and the second time I started crying about 2/3 in because I knew what was going to happen. It so compelled me that I actually did a review of it here.

Life is Beautiful - This movie is about a father trying to make the holocaust bareable for his son. I should preface this by saying I've never actually seen the movie. One day on a trip home from Salt Lake my mother started to tell me the story. When she got to the part about the tank, I yelled at her, "Stop, stop I can't take it anymore." I was sobbing! I don't know if the acting takes away from the story or not. I haven't actually been able to see it. I cried so much in the car it made the actually thought of the movie unbareable.


Myrna said...

Hi Nancy's friend--this is her mom. I just wanted to see what movies were on your list. The first movie I went to was an old (even for me) Jeannette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy movie called Maytime. I was sobbing!! My dad kept threatening to take me out and give me a spanking if I wouldn't stop crying, and I was so bewildered about why he would spank me for crying because the movie made me sad. I guess I hadn't learned to cry quietly.

I have not watched the Green Mile or Life is Beautiful because someone, I think Nancy, told them about me and I couldn't take the emotion just listening to the story--no way could I sit through them. I have never watched Bambi, Dumbo or Camelot all the way through--too emotional for me!

So, thanks for the good post! Sorry for talking so much.

Myrna said...

Actually, Nancy told ME about THEM, not the other way around. :o)

tweedlediva said...

I agree with all of your choices, except Benjamin Button. Matt and I hated that movie and couldn't even finish it. I cried through all of the others, though. No big surprise...

Bridget said...

I totally agree with you about Up. The beginning and the end had me with tears rolling down my face.

Karen said...

Be sure to see "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" if you want to add another tear-jerker to your list. It's an amazing movie.