I cry, therefore I am.

Hello ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here. * waves*

Has anyone watched the movie Transcendence ?  I watched it last night, and  oh, wow, I bawled my eyes out at the end of the movie.  I mean, it’s a syfy movie, for pete’s sake, and  we’re not supposed to cry, right? Well,   it’s  about self-aware  computers, and all that stuff, and you know,  I didn’t really  understand any of it,  but at the end of the movie, it becomes  pure, eternal love!  Well, that’s how I see it , anyway. If you say, I’m just a sentimental , simple-minded fool, it’s fine by me. So, tell me,  what movies  made you cry? I’m talking buckets of tears here, like,  you know, waterfalls,  dams breaking,  and non-stop crying for one day.  By the way, do men cry at movies ?

Anyway, here are some of the movies that tugged at my heartstrings, choked me up, and opened the floodgate of tears.

1. Ghost………….. The love shown  on Sam’s face as he utters the words, “I love you, Molly, ” and  , starts to disappear into heavenly light…. that killed me, darn it.

2. Marley and Me….. I saw 2 tatooed  bikers with swollen , red eyes,   come out of the cinema. Well, the movie’s about a dog ‘s unconditional love for and its loving relationship with its human masters.

3. The Notebook…… Oh. my . gosh, the feels ! ! ! The dam burst at that part of the movie when the nurses see  the lovers, Noah and Allie, lying together in bed ,……both die peacefully, still holding each other’s hand.  Love beyond death.

4. Harry Potter, last movie….. as Snape lies dying in Harry’s arms, he asks Harry to look at him so he can gaze at Harry’s eyes one last time.  Harry looks exactly like his father, except the eyes. They are his mother’s… and we all know his mother is Snape’s one , true love. It is this love that has kept Harry safe and protected  from Valdemort.  So, that’s the significance of Harry’s eyes., nothing more, nothing less.  Heck, I didn’t even cry when Prof. Dumbledore died. I cried for Snape’s undying love.

5.  Grave of the Fireflies……. Roger Ebert considered it, to  quote ” one of the best and most powerful war films, and included it on his ” Great Movies ” list. Believe it or not, this is a Japanese animated film , made by Isao Takahata. Rotten Tomatoes had given it a 97% approval rating,  a film, they say, that is powerfully profound and beautiful.

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* tears falling *  My dear readers, I urge you to watch this film, especially at this time when we see the  clouds of war looming on the horizon.

6. The Little Match  Girl….. I read the story when I was  8 years  old, and watched the short film too. I wrote about this a few years ago here on my blogsite.  I guess it’s easier to just copy  , paste and revise.  So here it is.

 Have you ever read a book that made such a great impact on your psyche that it changed how you view the world? Well, there’s this little children’s book titled The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen that I read it when I was 8 years old. I remember my teacher was a Philippine-American  named Miss Silao, who assigned us some books to read and to make a short book report on . I think I made a rather heartfelt   book report,  (” children should be loved, not get beaten, children should just play, not sell matches, children should be happy, not die on Christmas Day.” ), and disturbing enough that  Miss Silao  talked to me after class. I remember telling her ( I was in tears, too ) I did not like the book, that it upset me that a little girl died. Miss Silao explained  it was just a story the author made up, that nothing like that ever happened. I don’t remember if Miss Silao managed to appease me or not, but, to this day, I still tear up everytime I think of the little match girl. I realize now the story was a mere social commentary of that era. Sadly, it still rings true today. There are millions of children out there that get beaten and abused and go to bed hungry.

If  I wrote that book report today, it would turn out like this…. ” children should be loved, not get beaten or killed, children should just play, not dodge bullets, children should be happy,  and not bombed away. ”

7. Forrest Gump….. Forrest Gump does not show any emotion,  even when his mother and Jenny, his friend/lover,  die……. he does not cry, he does not laugh, except at the last scene where he visits Jenny’s grave (  his childhood friend and the mother of his child)  and,  for the first time in his life, he breaks down, and cries, and says, over and over again, ” I miss you , Jenny.” Forrest Gump is so pure. Darn it.

That”s it.  So, what movies make me cry ?  True Love.

Thank you for reading. PEACE.

 

 

 

68 responses to this post.

  1. Hey Ren. Thank you for this list. I will definitely put The grave of Fireflies on my to-watch list. I love japanese manga. The last time i “feel” something watching movies is when i watched Departure (Okuribito) which also Japanese (not manga) movie. Have you watched it?

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    • Please watch it, Farah .

      I haven’t watched Departure, but I’ve heard of it. So, yes, I will, if I can find it. I hope Netflix has it.

      How are you, Farah? Are you still in Japan? Long time , no see here.

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      • Well, to answer your question. I am fine 🙂 I feel i haven’t been properly updating my blog since forever. I’m already back in indonesia right now. So much stories about Japan i should have share on my blog, but i’m a real definition of slacker in terms of blogging 🙂 God, I havent even open my hard disk full of Japan photos. Help!

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  2. The beginning of Finding Nemo gets me every time, as do a few key moments in Wall-E.

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    • * trying to recall the beginning* Fail. I don’t remember crying over Finding Nemo…. but I think I teared up over Land Before Time, Part 1.

      Cary, I forgot this, and it’s a pity I forgot to put this on my list… oh, but then it’s a video game… it’s fine then. Well, I cried over Persona 3…. I mean, really cried. I don’t want to spoil yopu.

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  3. I been wanting to watch grave of the fireflies but never got around to it, I’m surprised about your thoughts of transcendence though! critics weren’t kind to the movie :-\

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  4. Right two secrets shared just for you. I’m a sucker for RomComs, and ‘The Notebook’ is one of my top favourite films and yes, I cry more at films than anything else. I just can’t stop welling up. Silly isn’t it. Music can affect me in the same way, but real life never does, which is odd

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    • My Dad never cries at sad movies… but I ‘ve seen him cry his heart out at least 3 x., the latest was when our dog, a Labrador, died. They were buddies.

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  5. Marley and Me made me cry too… in fact all dog movies do..Have you seen these Korean movies..Hachiko and Maeumi? I cried my heart out while watching these movies… 😦

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    • I’ve heard of Hachico and Maeumi. Hachico is Japanese and Maeumi is Korean, I think. I want to see these films, but I can’t find them anywhere. Dogs are really amazing.

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  6. Not watched any of those other than Ghost (meh) and Forest Gump . . . I’ll check out “Graves for the Fireflies”, but if it has a bad ending I likely will not watch it. Neither will my wife.

    My impetus for reading books and watching movies is escaping from the real world. If I want tragedy, I have enough I can focus on in the real world.

    As for crying (because of a response to movies or books, not because I ran out of Nutella), rarely for me. Two videos that have scenes that work the tear ducts are the Where’s Matt ones. Specifically:

    http://youtu.be/zlfKdbWwruY – because of the people we see living in places that are pure hell (at least from my perspective), but they still manage a smile.

    http://youtu.be/Pwe-pA6TaZk – the scene with the people in wheelchairs.

    Those two videos can do that because there are real people in them. Movies have a harder time making me cry because they often go out of their way to elicit the response, and it comes across forced, contrived.

    There have been a few, but I can’t recall them right now.

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    • I’ve watched quite a few of where the hell is matt. Beautiful.

      I don’t like movies with tragic endings, either. That’s why I’m okay with spoilers. I want to know what happens first before I watch a film , or read a book. There are enough tragedies in real life.

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  7. I recently watched Grave of the Fireflies for the first time. It’s heavy and emotional and can totally see a lot of people crying about the ending … but I didn’t cry haha. 🙂

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    • It’s all about the horror of war and how it affects the children.I’ve seen so many images of children during WW2, Vietnam War, and Korean War. Depressing film, isn’t it? We have a dvd copy of it, but I can’t watch it again. Ugh.

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  8. Hi, just doing some blog hopping when I came across this post. 🙂
    I watched “If I Stay” last week and it really made me cry a lot, to think that the high school-ers around me looked pretty normal haha. 🙂 But no movie has beat “My Sister’s Keeper”. My head ached after watching it.

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    • Wow ! I watched If I Stay, too. For some reason, I didn’t cry. Of course it’s sad that her entire family died. I guess there’s something that triggers my tear ducts , something weird, ha ha. I mean, why didn’t I cry when her family died? That’s weird.

      Oh, and welcome to my blog.

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  9. Graveyard of the Fireflies was emotive, thank you for introducing me to that one, it did bring a lump to the throat, I tend to shy away from films that are to emotive as I love books more but haven’t cried at a book. Apparenly as a kid I cried at a Lassie film because he got left behind when a family moved…I don’t remember myself though.

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    • About that Harry Potter movie… actually I didn’t cry at the movie coz I knew he was going to die, ha ha… but I cried at the book. And I didn’t cry because he died, I cried at his sad life. He was most hated and villified, but all this time, he was the one protecting Harry… and sacrificed himself for love.
      My great grandfather adopted 2 children whose parents died during WW2.
      About Grave of the Fireflies… it’s the horror of war, and and what it does to the innocents.
      Hey. let’s watch Hachico.

      Cheers, Ste J.

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  10. I grew up in H.C. Andersen land and a lot of his tales made me cry. Regarding movies, I’m really bad at holding it back, and sometimes I even catch myself sobbing over a movie I watch at the entertainment system on board a plane. Really inappropriate:)

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    • I don’t know if The Little Mermaid is by HCA, but , know what, I cannot watch that fairy tale, coz I know the real story. Hollywood changed it into a happy ending tale… but who are they kiddng? Everybody knows what happens to the poor mermaid. The story is so unfair, huhuhu. I’m not into sad stories, that’s why I always look for spoilers. lol

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  11. I have to watch some of them on the list as I haven’t. Normally I go soft but don’t really cry. These days sometimes I gets too emotional. Take care gal.

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    • My list are old movies, but we have dvd copies here at home. ( except Transcendence… it came out about 6 months ago, I think. ) ugh. I’m a crybaby. It can get a bit embarassing and awkward.

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  12. I think I cry in a movie when there are people who love each other depart from each other against their will as they have no choice…makes me very emotional in a movie ..although I am good to hide my tears if I have people around me

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    • Yes, I feel the same way.

      Ar Marley and Me, I tried to supress the tears, I ended up crying with sound effects. ha ha. A bit embarassing. It was fine, though. Even the guys cried.

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      • Hehehehe if the guys cried then I guess it’s ok for a girl to cry out loud…lol as it must be very emotional but yes there are movies that move you and its always good to express your emotions I feel 🙂

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  13. I’ve seen them all except “Grave of the Fireflies” … “Grapes of Wrath” (the book, but the movie was also excellent) made my cry.

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    • If you can find the movie ( I think Netflix has it… we have a dvd copy at home ), watch it, Lafemme. It’s semi autobiographical.

      It even happened to relatives of ours. My grandfather’s family adopted 2 children whose parents died during the war.

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  14. Yes, men do cry at movies, and every time Field of Dreams is on, I bring my husband a box of kleenex so he can have his emotional moment!

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  16. You have a sensitive soul….

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  17. Have not seen all of these but many and yes they are gripping and emotional that tug at the heart strings. You know your movies and wouldn’t mind seeing some of them again, and again, and again. wonderful post!

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  18. I cannot watch sad movies, too much sadness in reality for me to pay to see sadness. I do love Syfy though.

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    • same here… that’s why I always look for spoilers, lol. That’s true. There’s too much sadness in real time… I don’t want to see it in movies. I just want to be entertained.

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  19. Ghost got me for sure. My wife and I needed to be apart and we saw that movie before I left. Unchanged melody became our song. I still can’t keep a dry eye when I think of those last words. Also, my wife’s name is Molly.

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    • Love is such pure human emotion.

      Oh, my gosh, and your wife’s name is Molly ! ! I think love is the only thing that can make us cry. Well, there’s cry from happiness, like if we won the lottery. Ha ha… that’s different.

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  20. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on September 25, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I never cried during the notebook. But every time the notebook trailer came on I cried like a baby! I loved Forrest gump!
    I cried during House of the Flying Daggers when she laid dying in his arms..
    Legends of The Fall..
    Close to You when her sister dies..I die every time I see that movie!
    Armageddon…
    Hannibal Rising..I cried when Hannibal didn’t realize he ate his sister, and when his mistress walked out on him.
    I love it when a movie,TV show or a book leaves a person emotionally wrecked!!!

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    • The Notebook… actually, I didn’t cry either…. only at the ending where their journey of love ends…. I shed buckets of tears. Ha ha

      LOL You cried over Hannibal ?

      the last Toy Story made me cry too. Oh, man.

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      • Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on September 29, 2014 at 1:57 am

        I cried at the end of the Notebook. Everyone in the theater was crying thru out the movie, I was gagging.
        I loved Hannibal Rising. Not Hannibal, eep. It was a beautiful movie.

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  21. I’ve been meaning to review Transcendence at some point, actually. Such an interesting movie, with such a unique message. I went in with low expectations and was really surprised by just how good (and how emotional!) it was.

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    • I thought the advanced technology was too much for me,. I couldn’t appreciate what I couldn’t understand… then I switched it from high tech syfy to something that I could relate to… a love story. I do think it’s about that. The ending affirms it.

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  22. Yes renxkyoko men cry at movies but they pretend they don’t which is not only sill but bad for your health and emotional relationships. Transcendence was a surprisingly powerful love story but I’d put The Notebook at the top of my list. Enjoyable reading thank you.

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  23. I cry when I am happy, and also when I am sad, happy endings easily bring it on, especially when they are true life stories. When someone is hurt around the world, i will feel it and will cry. Do i cry all the time know, but when something touches my heart or when something triggers a memory within, I will go into another room and shed tears. Crying is something that helps us emotionally, it shows that one is growing and progressing in being human. You got a good heart Ren, never change, and like Mike said, yes a lot of men cry…when its heartfelt! Wonderful post and message! Hugs and blessings!

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  24. Grave of Fireflies made me cry so much… I can’t even explain.

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  25. For me “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” so I sold… 😀

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  26. The Notebook? I love the book better than the movie of course. I haven’t watched a movie in a long time but the movie adaptation of The Book Thief made me cry buckets. How are you Ren?

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  27. Posted by supernova1c on October 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I’m a big softie, when it comes to romantic or sad movies (that includes inanimate objects) – so I don’t watch them unless I’m forced. My fav. is horror – no crying then (I might screem a bit though LOL!
    All the best Ren 😀

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  28. Great article!! I remember crying in the theater when E.T. put his finger on Elliot’s forehead and said “I’ll be right here”. And I still get choked up Field of Dreams when Kevin Costner is having one last “catch” with his dad.

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  29. Very late to comment because I am currently backreading your blog. I’ve read raving reviews about Grave of the Fireflies, and for that reason I don’t wanna watch it… I’m worried that it might make me depressed. 😦

    Interestingly. I read somewhere that Isao Takahata denies GOTF being an anti-war film. Instead, the message he wanted to send was that the main characters suffered “due to isolation from society.” Haha. 🙂

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    • Actually, I’d suggest not to watch it. It’s so depressing it would scar you for life. XD I wish I hadn’t watched it either. :/

      I read about that too. The director said that if the brother didn’t leave their aunt’s home, they wouldn’t starve , and die. Indeed , the aunt complained about the lack of food, but things wouldn’t go as far as letting the kids starve to die. They voluntarilly left the safety of a home.

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  30. Nice list Ms. Iglesias. Ghost and The Notebook choke me up. Enjoyed this post.

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