Greatest ever tearjerkers

Nothing says "great movie" like the ones that have you quietly sobbing halfway through - or shamelessly howling as you cling to your other half for support. From Bambi to Shawshank Redemption and My Girl, there are so many beautiful and poignant film moments out there that can't help but cause a lump in the throat - no matter how many times we watch them. Prepare to well up in a misty cloud of nostalgia as we bring you the greatest ever tearjerkers...

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  • Bambi (1942)

    Bambi: "Mother? Mother?"

    Great Prince of the Forest: "Your mother can't be with you anymore."

  • Sophie's Choice (1982)

    Sophie: "Don't you see? We are dying. I longed desperately to escape, to pack my bags and free, but I did not."

  • Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    Alfredo: "Out of the fire of love come ashes. Even the greatest love eventually fizzles out."

  • My Girl (1991)

    Vada: "Where are his glasses? He can't see without his glasses!"

  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Red: "I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope."

  • The Notebook (2004)

    Noah: "Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They're shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they're gone."

  • I Am Sam (2001)

    Lucy: "You're not like other daddies."

    Sam: "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Yeah, I'm sorry."

    Lucy: "It's ok, daddy. It's ok. Don't be sorry. I'm lucky. Nobody else's daddy ever comes to the park."

    Sam: "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah, we are lucky. Aren't we lucky? Yeah!"

  • The English Patient (1996)

    Katharine Clifton: "Promise me you'll come back for me."

    Almásy: "I promise, I'll come back for you. I promise, I'll never leave you."

  • Jean de Florette (1986)

    Ugolin: "It's not me that's crying. It's my eyes."

  • Ghost (1990)

    Molly: "I love you. I really love you."

    Sam: "Ditto."

  • Out of Africa (1985)

    Karen: "He even took the gramophone on safari. Three rifles, supplies for a month, and Mozart."

  • West Side Story (1961)

    Maria: "Loving is enough."

    Tony: "Not here. They won't let us be."

    Maria: "Then we'll run away."

    Tony: "Yeah, we can."

  • Life Is Beautiful (1997)

    Guido: "You are such a good boy. You sleep now. Dream sweet dreams. Maybe we are both dreaming. Maybe this is all a dream, and in the morning, Mommy will wake us up with milk and cookies. Then, after we eat, I will make love to her two or three times. If I can."

  • Watership Down (1978)

    Fiver: "Look. Look. That's the place for us. High, lonely hills, where the wind and the sound carry, and the ground's as dry as straw in a barn. That's where we ought to be. That's where we have to get to."

  • Love Story (1970)

    Oliver: "What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?"

  • Atonement (2007)

    Cecilia: "I love you. I'll wait for you. Come back. Come back to me."

  • Titanic (1997)

    Jack: "Listen, Rose. You're gonna get out of here, you're gonna go on and you're gonna make lots of babies, and you're gonna watch them grow. You're gonna die an old ... an old lady warm in her bed, not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me?"

  • E.T. (1982)

    Elliot: "I'll believe in you all my life, everyday. E.T. ... I love you."

  • Brief Encounter (1945)

    Alec: "I love you, Laura. I shall love you always until the end of my life. I can't look at you now cause I know something. I know that this is the beginning of the end. Not the end of my loving you but the end of our being together. But not quite yet, darling. Please. Not quite yet."

  • Philadelphia (1993)

    Joe: "We're standing here in Philadelphia, the, uh, city of brotherly love, the birthplace of freedom, where the, uh, founding fathers authored the Declaration of Independence, and I don't recall that glorious document saying anything about all straight men are created equal. I believe it says all men are created equal."

  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Clarence: "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

  • Cold Mountain (2003)

    Ada: "I will not leave Cold Mountain. My last thread of courage is to wait ... for you."

  • Schindler's List (1993)

    Oskar: "I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don't know. If I'd just... I could have got more."

  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)

    Jack: "I wish I knew how to quit you."

  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

    Atticus: "If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

  • Beaches (1988)

    Hillary: "Be sure to keep in touch C.C. ok?"

    C.C.: "Well sure we're friends aren't we?"

  • Up (2009)

    Ellie: "You don't talk a lot ... I like you."

  • Steel Magnolias (1989)

    Annelle: "Miss Truvy, I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair."

  • The Lion King (1994)

    Mufasa: "Simba, let me tell you something my father told me. Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars."

    Simba: "Really?"

    Mufasa: "Yes. So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I."

  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

    Francesca: "But love won't obey our expectations. It's mystery is pure and absolute. What Robert and I had, could not continue if we were together."