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Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:11 AM

Who else cries easily over sad movies?

I have always been moved by emotional scenes in movies, but usually just got a lump in my throat, or had my eyes well up a bit.

But now that I'm older, I actually cry, with tears on my cheeks and a runny nose that sends me grabbing for tissues. Do we get more sappy with age?

I have a collection of old movies, some classics, and even though I have seen them before, and know the outcomes, I still cry over them. This includes West Side Story when Maria leans over Tony's dead body, Ghost when Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is saying his last good-bye to Molly (Demi Moore), and Forest Gump when he stands at his dead wife's grave. I even cry when Dobby the elf dies in the first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I can't even chalk it up to the stress of being cooped up during the pandemic because I noticed this tendency to cry more easily before covid. I thought getting older meant that I was stronger from life experience, but I'm apparently more sentimental than I realized.

Any one else feel more sentimental with age?

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Reply Who else cries easily over sad movies? (Original post)
wnylib Feb 2021 OP
Lefta Dissenter Feb 2021 #1
wnylib Feb 2021 #5
Lefta Dissenter Feb 2021 #9
swimboy Feb 2021 #21
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swimboy Feb 2021 #22
malaise Feb 2021 #24
OAITW r.2.0 Feb 2021 #2
wnylib Feb 2021 #6
OAITW r.2.0 Feb 2021 #11
wnylib Feb 2021 #13
OAITW r.2.0 Feb 2021 #15
lastlib Feb 2021 #3
OAITW r.2.0 Feb 2021 #16
Oldem Feb 2021 #4
wnylib Feb 2021 #7
Oldem Feb 2021 #30
wnylib Feb 2021 #31
Oldem Feb 2021 #32
Kali Feb 2021 #8
redstateblues Feb 2021 #10
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2021 #12
Mad_Dem_X Feb 2021 #28
Cracklin Charlie Feb 2021 #14
wnylib Feb 2021 #17
KT2000 Feb 2021 #18
Mad_Dem_X Feb 2021 #29
Laffy Kat Feb 2021 #19
wnylib Feb 2021 #20
wnylib Feb 2021 #23
hlthe2b Feb 2021 #25
wnylib Feb 2021 #26
Mad_Dem_X Feb 2021 #27
Paladin Feb 2021 #33
electric_blue68 Feb 2021 #34
Harker Feb 2021 #35
TuxedoKat Feb 2021 #36
Martin Eden Feb 2021 #37
wnylib Feb 2021 #38

Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:14 AM

1. Sad movies,

Happy movies, sentimental movies...

Shall we discuss commercials? I can cry over those, too.

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Response to Lefta Dissenter (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:28 AM

5. Commercials? Which ones?

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Response to wnylib (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:33 AM

9. Anything that's remotely touching

Or if it has puppies tumbling with kids.

Iím a terrible consumer of advertising, because I never pay attention to what is being advertised - Iím just in it for the feels.

A friend who isnít quite as sentimental as I am figures the world has stopped turning and the day doesnít end in ďyĒ if I havenít cried that day.

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Response to Lefta Dissenter (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 05:04 AM

21. Same

If occurs to me that it would have set my Dad crying, off I go.

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Response to swimboy (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 05:06 AM

22. !

Thanks very much for the heart, somebody!

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Response to Lefta Dissenter (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 06:54 AM

24. I cried over the coke ad over Christmas

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:14 AM

2. Old Yellaw.

The waterworks always turned on....

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:29 AM

6. Oh yeah, classic tear jerker, for sure.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:36 AM

11. Lets not forget "The Yearling"

Fucking hated Gregory Peck until I liked him.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:42 AM

13. Never saw that one.

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Speaking of Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird gives me chills at the end, but not tears.

Edit to add: The scene where Atticus tells Tom Robinson's wife that he has been killed DOES bring tears. The look on her face as she collapses is heartbreaking. (The story that he was shot while running away always makes me sneer, too, in skepticism.)

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Response to wnylib (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:47 AM

15. You have to watch this.

One of his best......powerful acting.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:23 AM

3. Finding out that Apollo 13's heat shield held gets me every time!

But I think it starts with finding out that Jim Lovell DID earn his Eagle Scout badge. Hey, after that, everything's good!

BJ telling Hawkeye goodbye in the final MASH will do it, too!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:59 AM

16. One of the Greatest Movies that combined good ole ingenuity and onboard order execution.

This my vote for who we are.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:27 AM

4. Henry Fond once said,

when asked what was different now that he'd gotten old. He said he cried more. "Hell, I'll cry over a good steak"!

Films get me teary-eyed, too, so don't feel alone.

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Response to Oldem (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:31 AM

7. Thanks. That's reassurring, not to be the only one.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:08 PM

30. Even if you were the only one

embrace it; have fun. Emotion is a good thing. I don't know your gender, but I'm male; and I think if men cried more, we'd be healthier. The stigma against it is damaging and archaic. Btw, it's not just movies that get to me, but books and music, too.

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Response to Oldem (Reply #30)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:19 PM

31. I'm female. Books and songs get to me, too.

I was a little concerned (but not too much) because, although I've always been affected by books, songs, and movies, I usually did not cry so easily over them until I got older. Thought it might be another symptom of aging, which is unavoidable anyway, so I guess there is nothingvto do but go along with it.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #31)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 01:25 PM

32. If it's a symptom of aging,

it's a good one. Tears mean something has affected you deeply, and allowing yourself to affected deeply means you're open. It's OK to be unashamed.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:31 AM

8. oh fuck yes

hell I cry in public meetings

I'm worse than John Boehner.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:34 AM

10. I cry at sad movies and happy movies- my wife looks at me

wondering whatís going on. She is not a crier!

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:36 AM

12. Often, and if animals are involved, always.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 11:11 AM

28. Yes! If an animal is hurt or killed in a movie, I start bawling.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 12:46 AM

14. Movies get me, too.

I remember about 40 years ago watching a movie with my mom. It got really sad, and quiet, and I looked over at my mom. We both had tears streaming down our faces, and weíre just boo-hooing.

The movie? It was the Eight is Enough Christmas movie!

I think Iíve gotten less sentimental with age.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 01:23 AM

17. Several years ago, my husband and I

watched Camelot on TV. At the end, when they did the lines associated later with JFK, both my husband and I were crying together. We did not meet until 10 years after the JFK assassination, and he was 7 years older than me. But we had both been so affected by the event that those lines brought us both to tears at the memory of it.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 03:04 AM

18. The Color Purple

When the sister reunite - box of Kleenex required. Now I know it is coming so it is ready.
Ads for abused animals - so bad now I quickly turn the station.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 11:12 AM

29. I cry all through that movie

Especially when the sisters are separated.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 03:13 AM

19. I've even cried during dog food commercials.

Animals and children give me the feels.

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Wed Feb 10, 2021, 05:27 AM

23. The movie, Hidden in Silence,

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brings tears at the happy ending.

It's the true story of a 16 year old Polish girl, Stefania Podgorska, and her 6 year old sister, Helena, who hid 13 Jewish men, women, and children in the attic of their small rented house for 2 1/2 years when Nazis occupied their city. They accomplished this even when the Nazis sent 2 German Army nurses to live with the girls.

When Russian soldiers liberate the city, they think that Stefania was a collaborator because of things the Nazi nurses left behind and they're ready to shoot her. But one of the Jews comes down from the attic, followed by the rest, to explain that she hid them. One of the Russian soldiers is also Jewish and he thanks Stefania while he welcomes the survivors. That's the point when the tears start, as, one by one, they walk out into the sunshine while the screen tells what happened to each of them afterward.

Stafania married one of the men that she had been hiding. He was the brother of her boyfriend from before the war, who had been killed by the Nazis.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 07:23 AM

25. Yup and I try to avoid them--especially anything where the beloved dog/pet/animal dies

I guess we expect people to die, but the animal deaths hit so close to home it still comes as a gut wrench in a movie.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 11:05 AM

26. I think it's because we see the animals

as innocents. We feel like we want to protect them because we are used to feeling responsible for them. When we see them hurt in a movie, we feel helpless.

When I see horses hurt in battle scenes, I feel bad for the horses. They did not start the wars, but got dragged into them by people who used them.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 11:09 AM

27. I cry at everything nowadays, it seems.

Movies, commercials, songs. I've always been emotional, but as I've gotten older it seems just about everything makes me cry.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 02:00 PM

33. I whimper over any number of movies, both new and old.

New: "The King's Speech," "Schindler's List"; old: "Random Harvest," "Twelve O'clock High."

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 04:56 PM

34. I can be a very joyful person, and I've always been teary-eyed

at movies, songs, TV shows.

I cry at sad scenes, sometimes cry in relief at scenes of triumph over evil, injustice, cruelty.

Like Borimir pledges his alliegence to Aragon. sniffles.
When Samiwise says "...but I can carry you ! Wah!!!
Spoiler:
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What happens to Root/Ms Groves... Wail!

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 05:19 PM

35. I do.

Romantic comedies. Heartfelt dramas.

Sometimes it's the dialogue. Sometimes it's the music. Sometimes, I'll cry because of a beautiful camera movement, or fine acting.

Japanese films.

Kirk Douglas getting killed.

Etc.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 10:10 PM

36. Some things

I will usual tear up at sad scenes especially if I like the actors or characters. There are a few movies though with certain scenes when I see them I will just cry buckets. I havenít changed much over the years still more or less the same about things like this.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 10:22 PM

37. The movie doesn't have to be sad

Two scenes in To Kill a Mockingbird really start me flowing:
1. In the courtroom when Atticus to leaving and the black pastor tells Scout to stand (as all the colored folk in the balcony stand) to honor her father for the courageous work he was doing on behalf of one of their own.
2. Towards the end after Boo Radley had saved Jem, when Scout finally sees Boo Radley behind the door in their house and says "Hey, Boo."

Moments of pure joy also bring tears. The scene in Return of the King when Frodo (after destroying the Ring in his heroic quest with Sam) wakes after he's rescued up and sees Gandalf, who he thought was dead.

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #37)

Thu Feb 11, 2021, 12:56 AM

38. The scene where everyone in the balcony

stands up for Atticus gives me an awesome sort of feeling, but not tears. Same when Scout sees Boo. The scene that makes me cry is when Atticus tells Tom Robinson's wife that he's dead. She's expecting good news about an appeal being arranged, and collapses from the shock of the news that he's been shot. Absolutely heartbreaking.

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