Something very strange happened to me this afternoon (I should clarify: this was now an afternoon over a week ago), so strange that it inspired a blog post.
First let me give a little back story. I've been student teaching in a 5th grade classroom throughout the month of January (which should help explain my absences from the blog, my apologies). We've had indoor recess everyday that I've been there and I offered to bring in some movies for the children to watch. I tried to think of wonderful classic movies that the students might enjoy so I could turn them into young classic film fans. I wracked my brain, but I honestly couldn't think of anything that was fully appropriate (if anyone has any ideas let me know, I'd love to figure out a way to incorporate my love of classic movies into my teaching). So while I couldn't even think of any appropriate movies, the other hiccup was that there was only a VCR available. I realized that the only movies that really fit the bill were my old Disney movies on VHS. I decided to bring in 'The Lion King,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Aladdin,' and 'Mary Poppins.'
This experience made me think about the other movies that make me cry...not just cry, but weep every single time I watch the movie. I'm pretty sure some of these movies are ridiculous and oddly enough I think there are fewer classic movies than contemporary movies that get me teary eyed. So my apologies in advance, since this is a classic movie blog, but this post is more of a movies post. Here are the movies and some of the scenes/lines that just get me (I tried to be spoiler free, but it was hard):
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)- I'm pretty sure I'm not alone with this one, but the scene at the end when the town is bringing him money and support, it not only makes me cry but it gives me chills.
An Affair to Remember (1957)- I feel like Rita Wilson's character in 'Sleepless in Seattle', but the scene when Cary Grant realizes that Deborah Kerr was in an accident, it just tugs at my heartstrings.
Terms of Endearment (1983)- When Shirley MacLaine's character is demanding the nurses to give her daughter her shot and when Debra Winger's character is saying goodbye to her boys!
Steel Magnolias (1989) - M'Lynn (Sally Field):"but my daughter never could," pretty much that entire speech, Sally Field is great in that scene.
Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991)- The whole premise of this movie is upsetting and very sad, amazing performances by Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson.
My Life (1993)- The whole movie is amazing, Michael Keaton is so good in this movie.
Schindler's List (1993)- There's a scene when all the shoes and personal items next to the train station that just makes me sniffle and cry.
Little Women (1994)- Beth (Claire Danes): "Why does everyone want to go away? I love being home. But I don't like being left behind."
Armageddon (1998)- I know this is a lame one, but it gets me every time.
The Green Mile (1999)- I'm pretty sure the book also made me cry.
My Life Without Me (2003)- Again, the whole movie, just a downer kind of movie, but an amazing movie too.
Finding Neverland (2004)- I even cried when I half-watched this on a plane!!
What are your 'make me weep every time I watch it' movies?
Are there any classic tearjerkers that I'm missing out on?