At a family party yesterday, someone brought up movies that make you cry. My cousin threw out the moment Goose dies in Top Gun. My stepdad chimed in with the devastation of Davy Crockett’s death at the Alamo. My aunt muttered, “Old Yeller was so unfair; they shouldn’t do that to little kids.” My sister shook her head and simply said, “Ghost.”
I agree with all of those (especially the latter, which made my list below). The visual moments are frozen in my brain: the gun sliding through the hole of the shed in which Old Yeller stands, barking; the moment Demi Moore looks up as a tear slides down her cheek.
A lot of movies get me teary: Hoosiers, Rudy, Glory, Schindler’s List, The Notebook, In the Bedroom, Brokeback Mountain, Titanic. But here are 5 movie moments that made me cry the ugly cry:
Field of Dreams: Kevin Costner realizes the ballplayer standing in front of him is his own father as a young man, and he asks him, his voice choked with emotion, “Wanna have a catch?”
Bridges of Madison County: Francesca is in the car behind Robert Kincaid, looking at his truck and the left blinker in the rain, her hand on the car door handle, the moment of decision. And she watches the truck pull away, out of her life.
Steel Magnolias: Sally Field at her daughter’s funeral. The whole scene.
Ghost: I saw this twice, at the height of my early-teen-hormone rages. Each time I had to wait until the theater cleared because there was too much snot and tears on my face for public consumption.
Dances With Wolves: the end of the movie, when the warrior, Wind In His Hair, yells, ” Dances With Wolves! I am Wind In His Hair. Do you see that I am your friend? Can you see that you will always be my friend?”
(Also when Two Socks gets shot. And his horse. That movie killed me.)
I’m sure I’m leaving out some good ones –let me know which movies made you hide in your seat when the lights came on.