I am not a big fan of sad movies. I don't even like to cry. Then why have I seen so many of them? I have seen enough that I was able to come up with a top 5 list. Although these are in no particular order. These are the "5 movies that always make me cry like a little girl":

Marley and Me

Movies with pets or animals in them are a sure thing, because you know what is going to happen in the end. It always does. So why do we watch them. "Marley and Me" will even get to the non-animal-lover. I could have also put "Where the Red Fern Grows", "Old Yeller", or "My Dog Skip" on this list. Make sure you have tissues.

Life is Beautiful

I saw Roberto Benigni jump on top of the theater seats at the Oscars and knew I had to see "Life is Beautiful". I never dreamed I could cry watching a movie with subtitles, but I did and I cried hard. This one stuck with me. I thought about it for weeks and every time I got a lump in my throat. Granted, movies about the Holocaust are not usually happy movies, but this one got to me, even more than "Schindler's List".

The Family Stone

Don't be fooled. My wife and I saw the trailer for "The Family Stone" and both said we had to see it as we watched the family drop a dish of lasagna on the kitchen floor and laugh and laugh. We thought we were going to see a nice Christmas comedy. Ha! There is nothing funny about this movie. It is heartbreaking. It has a ton of people in it that I love and they all made me cry.


"Stepmom" might be Julia Roberts best performance in a movie, but it was tough to watch. This one is a tear-jerker. It has the dreaded "C" word. You might need a box of Kleenex for this one.

My Life

This is still the saddest movie I have ever seen. It is a hard, ugly cry. When my wife and I went, you could hear people weeping in the theater...and I mean everybody.  I think it was especially tough for any man who has ever had a difficult relationship with their father. I fall into that category. The same guys who cried watching "Field of Dreams" will break down watching "My Life". If I were rating the movie, I would give it 5 boxes of tissues.





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