Movies affect people in different ways. For instance, watching a Rocky film could get you off the couch and influence you to get into shape or viewing a superhero movie could influence you to save lives and pursue a career as an EMT, Police Officer, or a Firefighter. Then there are those films we just watch for pure enjoyment, to sort of escape from reaity for a couple of hours in a local movie theater.
However, there are also those films that surprisingly made us teary eyed for better or worse. These are films that fans didn’t expect to make them shed a tear or two. These movies will make even a grown man cry. Unless you have no soul, this list will make you emotional whether you expected them to or not. Let’s start the list.
Click was a film that was supposed to be a straight -up Adam Sandler comedy. While the tone sometimes still felt similar to Big Daddy or Mr. Deeds, Click was more or less a family drama with Michael (Sandler) who changed his life around with just a remote control. However, what Mike didn’t anticipate was how much his life would be changed with some his future business decisions leading him down a horrible path.
The scene that had audiences sobbing was when he learns of his father’s death by using his remote to see the last time he would interact with him. You can watch that scene below:
After his father tries showing him his famous quarter trick, Mike tells him how busy he is. But the part that makes you tear up is when his dad tells him how much he loves him even though he asks him to leave. Sandler’s character pauses his remote to kiss his father while also telling him that he too loves him and will miss him dearly.
2. I Am Legend
I Am Legend is a film about a genetically-engineered measles virus that breaks out on Manhattan which forces the entire city to evacuate. US Army virologist Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville (Will Smith) who’s immune to the virus stays behind with his trusty dog companion Samantha to help find a cure for this sickness.
Unfortunately, Neville’s dog Sam dies near the end of the film after being bitten by one of the zombie creatures known as the Darkseekers. Though this scene is highly emotional, it isn’t the first gut-punch audiences receive. That would go to the scene near the beginning where Neville is trying to communicate with a store mannequin he himself set up in a video store. You feel for Neville since he hasn’t spoken to another human being for a very long time. What makes the scene even more emotional is when he starts crying, hoping that the mannequin will speak back to him.
3. Source Code
This film had a fantastic premise with Jake Gyllanhaal in the lead. Gyllanhaal’s character (Captain Colter Stevens) is tasked with stopping a bomb from off on a train. However, to do this he will need the help of a machine called Source Code. According to Dr. Rutledge, “Source Code is not time travel. Rather, Source Code is time re-assignment. It gives us access to a parallel reality.”
That being said, Stevens is put through rigorous exercises where he must try to learn each and every individual on baord that train in order to spot the terrorist. He’s constantly put back at the exact same time inside the mind of another person. The one scene that may catch audiences by surprise was when Stevens finds a way to talk to his father. We learn that the last they spoke to one another was when they had a quarrel. Unfortunately, Stevens was killed in action in Afghanistan and was later found in a comatose state. Stevens is able to find a way to contact his father through the cell phone of the man his mind has taken over in an alternative timeline.
The scene (which you can watch below) is very emotional especially within the context of the film. He can now rest assured knowing that he was able to communicate with his father one last time.
4. The Dark Knight Rises
Who knew that a Batman movie of all films could get audiences to choke up? Christopher Nolan directed three solid Dark Knight movies over the course of seven years. Nolan’s last film The Dark Knight Rises, concluded his trilogy and had quite a few emotional scenes with most of them involving Michael Caine’s Alfred.
The one scene that stands out among the rest is towards the end of the movie when Alfred breaks down in to tears in front of the Wayne family’s graves. Audiences feel sorry for Alfred since he felt that his job was to take care of Master Bruce and to protect him at all costs. Alfred realizing that he failed, claims that he’s sorry to the deceased Wayne family. You can watch the scene in its entirety down below:
5. The Iron Giant
Here’s yet another superhero film but this one’s a little bit different. Hogarth, a young boy comes across a giant made completely of iron who later learns that he’s come to Earth to obliterate, not protect. Hogarth befriends this iron giant shielding him from the government who is looking to destroy him.
The movie has a few memorable and hilarious scenes but the ending is what hits you the most. After Kent gives the order to launch the nuclear missile into orbit, the Iron Giant remembering what Hogarth had told him (“You are what you choose to be”) decides to sacrifice his life to save the townsfolk from the nuclear bomb. Before doing so, the giant tells Hogarth “You stay. I go. No following,” informing him that there’s no other way to stop the bomb. Watch the emotional scene below:
Do you agree with my list? Were there any other films that made you tear up when you least expected it? Sound off in the comment section below!