Tearjerkers

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1. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 415,250 | Gross: $163.57M

If you didn't tear up during the Subway scene, you may be missing a heart.

2. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Symphony of Illumination (2011)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

After Robin tells Barney that she's pregnant with his child, she receives some shocking news from her doctor. Meanwhile, a neighborhood teen plays a trick on Marshall while he decorates his house with Christmas lights.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 3,142

This episode is painful. Partly because I didn't realize just how much I secretly hoped that Robin and Barney would eventually settle down and have some kids. The last few moments are just heartbreaking.

3. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Paper Airplane (2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The employees hold a paper airplane competition, Andy gets an acting role in a workplace safety video, and Jim and Pam's marriage tensions continue to build.

Director: Jesse Peretz | Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms

Votes: 1,643

I hated the monkey-wrench the writers threw into Jim and Pam's relationship since the beginning of season 9, but it was worth it just to see the desperation on Jim's face when he held onto Pam. Dubbing that with the minister's words on their wedding day was beautiful, but it's Pam's decision that will finally bring you to tears.

4. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 981,120 | Gross: $659.33M

Buckets and buckets of tears were shed.

5. Boy Meets World (1993–2000)
Episode: Angela's Ashes (2000)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

When Angela's father wants to take her to Europe for a year, Shawn has to make a decision whether to let her go or ask her to stay. Meanwhile, Jack, Eric and Rachel think about their future.

Director: Fred Savage | Stars: Ben Savage, William Daniels, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle

Votes: 141

If anyone ever wondered when my heart broke for the first time it was the day I watched this episode on ABC Family as a child. Someone please just hug Shawn forever.

6. Grace and Frankie (2015– )
Episode: The Party (2016)

TV-MA | 31 min | Comedy

Frankie gets shocking news from Babe, and helps her friend throw the best party of her life.

Director: Wendey Stanzler | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen

Votes: 463

Few episodes really tackle the subject of assisted suicide, but this one does so in a fair and meaningful way. What'll get you is how much of the episode is spent talking around the subject of death or avoiding it entirely, with everyone wanting to discuss their own problems or philosophies, up until the moment that they're all forced to deal with it.

7. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 635,285 | Gross: $91.13M

If you know anything about Alan Turing you know his life was not easy, but I came into this movie thinking that he would at least have a small glimpse of happiness when he finally perfected the Turing Machine before everything in his life went to hell, and sadly I was mistaken. He suffers for nearly the entire movie, and his brilliance is completely unrewarded.

8. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
Episode: The Tales of Ba Sing Se (2006)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A series of short stories covering some of the time spent by Katara, Toph, Iroh, Sokka, Aang, Zuko and Momo as they live in Ba Sing Se.

Director: Ethan Spaulding | Stars: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Jessie Flower

Votes: 2,165

In this episode for just one moment Iroh's given the opportunity to feel his grief and mourn the loss of his son. As one of the most loved and positive characters on the show, watching him fall apart is just so depressing.

9. Scrubs (2001–2010)
Episode: My Lunch (2006)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy, Drama

J.D. accidentally runs into Dr. Cox in a store, who both then run into annoying former suicidal patient Jill Tracy. Meanwhile Elliot and Carla do a little investigating and find out that ... See full summary »

Director: John Michel | Stars: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn

Votes: 2,656

This is one of those episodes that just punches you right in the gut. The emotional back and forth centering around J.D.'s problem and the light-hearted comedy of Carla and Elliot dealing with The Todd only distracts from the emotional wallop at the end of the episode. The look of pain and guilt on McGinley's face shatters me every time and highlights the cruelty of life when you work in an industry where you have to help people every day.

The horrible truth is most people with that kind of job, whether they're a doctor, social worker, therapist, firefighter, etc. have that moment where no matter how efficiently they did their job and followed protocol, they can't shake that feeling that someone else's demise is their fault.

10. New Girl (2011–2018)
Episode: Santa (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy

The gang tries to attend a lot of Christmas parties. Cece talks to Schmidt about becoming just friends again. Jess tries to avoid Sam; he tells her he wants to get back together. Nick has trouble adjusting to his adventurous girlfriend.

Director: Craig Zisk | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris

Votes: 847

What can I say? My eyes get a little misty every time Jess screams "turn on your lights!"

11. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)
Episode: Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse (1994)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Will's father Lou shows up after fourteen years and spends a lot of time with Will. Will's very pleased with this, uncle Phil however thinks Lou will again disappoint his son.

Director: Shelley Jensen | Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Daphne Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro

Votes: 1,835

Here's what makes this episode so sad:

5. The audio at the end of the episode of Karyn Parsons crying backstage.

4. The brilliant choice by the cameraman to zoom in on the statue just before the credits rolled, perfectly summing up the sad tone of the episode.

3. Will Smith's speech at the end is completely improvised, and so much of the emotion he's giving comes from his own personal experience growing up with friends who didn't have fathers.

2. The hug, which wasn't part of the script and was actually James Avery hugging a distraught Will Smith, and the fact that James Avery is no longer with us.

1. How come he don't want me, man?

12. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Happily Ever After (2016)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank and Monica have an interesting proposal for the kids. Lip buckles under pressure from Debbie to get his sobriety under control. Meanwhile, Fiona sees a business opportunity as Kev and V attempt to start a new chapter.

Director: John M. Valerio | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,606

Why can't Mickey ever be happy? *Sobs*

13. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Finale (2013)

TV-PG | 51 min | Comedy

One year later, Dunder Mifflin employees past and present reunite for a panel discussion about the documentary and to attend Dwight and Angela's wedding.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms

Votes: 8,745

While the show may have gone downhill in the later seasons, this still marks the end of one of my favorite shows, and I'm really gonna miss these guys. And Erin's moment was sugar sweet.

14. Boy Meets World (1993–2000)
Episode: We'll Have a Good Time Then (1999)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Shawn and Jack's dead beat father, Chet, reappears on campus and promises Shawn that he has come to stay and make amends to his sons for never being there.

Director: David Kendall | Stars: Ben Savage, William Daniels, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle

Votes: 152

"I need you, dad."

Chet, you son of a bitch! That line and the zoom in on the photo at the end of the episode get me every time. It reminds me very strongly of the cameraman zooming in on the statue in Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse.

15. Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

70 Metascore

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

Votes: 17,012 | Gross: $27.44M

I cried like a little baby. I think because I identify so strongly with Monica. It's difficult to find your place in life when you're striving to prove you're just as good as any man, and hold onto your pride by not compromising your morals or conforming to what society expects of you.

16. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: The Luck of the Fryrish (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry goes on a quest to recover his lucky 7-leaf clover after being convinced that his brother took over his identity after he was frozen.

Director: Chris Loudon | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 3,068

This is by far the most surprising of all of the tearjerkers. As a pretty low stakes silly cartoon I never expected it would evoke the kind of emotions and feelings out of me that other, more serious shows frequently do. And it did it in such a surprising way the emotional impact really wallops you over the head.

17. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
Episode: Appa's Lost Days (2006)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In this special episode, we go back in time to the moment Appa was stolen, will find out where he has gone and who he has met along the way and more importantly where he is now!

Director: Giancarlo Volpe | Stars: Zach Tyler, Jessie Flower, Dante Basco, Dee Bradley Baker

Votes: 1,590

I'm not typically a person to shed tears over animal cruelty. That's not to say I don't care or feel sad about it, I just don't subscribe to the whole "animals are better/more innocent than people" ideology. However this episode had me bawling. It's a mix of the prolonged suffering that Appa goes through in this episode, his continued loyalty to Aang, and his desperate need to get back to him. What makes it even more heartbreaking is how Appa's hope is systematically shut down, and how he's tortured again and again in such a way that it feels like society itself is spitting at him for daring to even believe that Aang cares about him. Eventually he's reduced to a near feral, distrustful shell of his former self, and while there is a hopeful gleam at the end of the episode, we do not get the reunion we wanted.

18. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 556,509 | Gross: $356.46M

Bing Bong was too precious for this world! Aside from the symbolic letting go of your childhood that Bing Bong represents, there's another darker parallel that I see in Bing Bong that makes his death even sadder. Even at the end of his life, Bing Bong is not angry with Riley for forgetting him, and he still loves her enough to let her go, knowing she is better off without him. I think everybody has an elderly relative (usually a grandparent) that they take advantage of, don't visit enough, and often don't think about and you don't really feel the weight of your decision not to see them as much until they are gone. Much like Bing Bong, when they leave, they usually do it still loving you fiercely and wanting to spend more time with you than you did with them.

19. Scrubs (2001–2010)
Episode: My Long Goodbye (2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy, Drama

Laverne was in a car accident and is in a coma. Everyone has a hard time dealing with it. Jordan is having her baby, but Dr. Cox doesn't want everybody knowing about it. J.D is the only one... See full summary »

Director: Victor Nelli Jr. | Stars: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn

Votes: 1,032

This one hit me where it hurt. Carla's speech at the end was beautiful and by explaining that Laverne was to Carla what Carla was to J.D. gave her loss some serious weight.

20. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,663,441 | Gross: $330.25M

A movie about a mentally challenged man breaking barriers and becoming successful is bound to have sad moments. To name a few there's Mrs. Gump's death, Bubba's death, Lieutenant Dang's whole story arc, and Jenny's death.

Two of the saddest moments for me personally were the scenes when Jenny throws rocks at her childhood home, and when she contemplates suicide. And after watching this movie, I was genuinely surprised by how many people couldn't stand her character. While her actions did cause Forrest a lot of pain, you have to see things from her perspective. As a victim of incest, molestation and abuse, she knows firsthand the pain of it and battles her inner demons every day. To make matters worse, she falls hopelessly in love with a man who she can never really be sure is able to give consent or is mentally capable of an adult relationship, which only causes her to think that maybe she is just like the man she hates more than anyone. Is it any wonder she pushes Forrest away and drowns herself in drugs, sex, and abusive relationships? My heart weeps for her every time I watch this movie.

21. Supernatural (2005– )
Episode: A Very Supernatural Christmas (2007)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Sam and Dean follow the trail of an Anti-Claus when victims are apparently pulled up the chimney never to be seen again. After a lead goes nowhere, the Winchesters learn the Anti-Claus in ... See full summary »

Director: J. Miller Tobin | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Ridge Canipe, Colin Ford

Votes: 3,656

This one gets me because Sam is such a self-absorbed ass for a lot of this episode, so when he finally comes through for Dean and gives him some Christmas cheer it's that much more joyful.

22. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Casino Night (2006)

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy

The Dunder Mifflin crew holds a casino party at the warehouse and Michael has two dates.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 3,965

God Jim. A thousand hearts broke when Pam said "What are you doing?" There should be a law banning anyone from ever making Jim cry.

23. Will & Grace (1998– )
Episode: Rosario's Quinceanera (2017)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Karen has trouble dealing with a personal tragedy; Will, Grace, and Jack try to intervene; Will and Grace's new business relationship begins to show signs of stress.

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

Votes: 643

There's always something so depressing about seeing a strong woman cry. When Karen finally allows herself to grieve and delivers her longtime employee and friend a beautiful and well-deserved speech I couldn't help but cry for her.

If you can make it through most of her speech, you'll lose it when she says " Honey, I'm not going with you to the cemetery, so don't get mad, okay? I just can't watch them put you in the ground."

24. Torchwood (2006–2011)
Episode: Children of Earth: Day Four (2009)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Jack is forced to confess how he helped broker a deal in 1965 when the 456 aliens offered an antidote against a deadly universal flu virus in exchange for twelve children who would 'live ... See full summary »

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen

Votes: 1,036

Ianto! *Sobs*

25. Finding Dory (2016)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

Friendly but forgetful blue tang Dory begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 220,525 | Gross: $486.30M

Stupid little forgetful fish. *Sobs*

26. Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)
Episode: Papa's Goods (2014)

TV-MA | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

SAMCRO president Jax Teller takes the final steps towards fulfilling his father's legacy.

Director: Kurt Sutter | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Dayton Callie

Votes: 4,801

It's a lot of things really. The remorse and loss you feel after committing to such a great show and such amazing and lovable characters is already a big enough wound (I think I'll miss Tig the most), but the scene where Jax says goodbye to his children will absolutely tear you up inside.

It's especially brutal because of Jax's request that his children only remember him as a bad person so they won't follow in his footsteps and it emphasizes just how much Jax is giving up.

27. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
Episode: Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters (2008)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Aang awakes on a mysterious island and confronts his past lives for advice on how to stop the Fire Lord without killing him. The rest of the group searches for Aang.

Director: Giancarlo Volpe | Stars: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Jessie Flower

Votes: 2,016

When Zuko apologizes to Iroh it's one of the most touching moments of the show. There's a lot of tension in this scene due to the fact that it's initially unclear what Iroh's reaction will be. However, when the tension is released and a crying Iroh and Zuko hug you can't help but cry with them.

It's also the moment where Zuko's story finally comes full circle. In the beginning he was searching for a way back to his father, and now he finally has one. And it's painfully clear how much it means to Iroh after losing a son to have one come back to him.

28. Stranger Things (2016– )
Episode: Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt (2019)

TV-14 | 77 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Terror reigns in the food court when the Mind Flayer comes to collect. But down below, in the dark, the future of the world is at stake.

Directors: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer | Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown

Votes: 19,110

I wasn't ready for this. When Barb died in Season 1 I realized that Stranger Things wasn't going to follow Jurassic Park rules. By Jurassic Park rules I mean the protagonists would be fine, the bad guys would die, and children wouldn't even get a scratch. However, I did not expect Hopper to die. Especially not with so much left to resolve. He never even got a chance to go on that date with Joyce, and she wouldn't have moved away if he'd lived. Losing him was heartbreaking enough, but that goodbye video took every tear from me. "Keep the door open 3 inches" will go down right next to "I love you 3,000" as one of the saddest lines of 2019.

29. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 708,672 | Gross: $381.01M

I'm a huge Potterhead so the fact that this was the last Harry Potter movie was already sad enough, but there is one scene that moved me to my core. It's the scene where McGonagall summons the statues. The score is hauntingly beautiful, the falling statues are such a poetic representation of the might of Hogwarts and then McGonagall, after 7 years of being a completely serious character, has to go and make a joke. It's a stark reminder of just how much I'm going to miss her and the Potterverse. It's sad tears, it's joyful tears, it's wistful tears. I love it.

30. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 330,053 | Gross: $14.68M

Mother and son held against their will for years in a shed. Need I say more?

31. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Love Songs (In the Key of Gallagher) (2015)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona reunites with Gus after his tour but is torn by the fact that her friendly feelings for Sean have turned into love. Plus, Frank has his own love struggles as he works to keep Bianca happy - in Costa Rica.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,919

While Mickey and Ian's breakup was unfortunately undercut by the humorous scene that interrupted it, it was a horrible to watch Mickey's heart break in half. What made this so awful was that there was nothing Mickey could do. He tried everything to make their relationship work, but Ian wasn't willing to accept help at the time. That's the cruelty of mental illness.

32. Torchwood (2006–2011)
Episode: Exit Wounds (2008)

TV-MA | 50 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

When the villainous Captain John Hart returns to abduct Captain Jack Harkness whilst unleashing a wave of destruction and terror upon an unsuspecting Cardiff, it's up to Gwen, Ianto, Owen ... See full summary »

Director: Ashley Way | Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori

Votes: 821

This show is just not fair! Toshiko pretending she's okay while lying in a pool of her own blood from a gunshot wound so she can comfort Owen is the definition of undying love. The horrible thing is that Owen is just too broken from the death of his wife to return it. What makes it unbearable is that even at the end of their lives he couldn't pretend for her.

33. Scrubs (2001–2010)
Episode: My Old Lady (2001)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy, Drama

The whole crew learn their share about death when JD takes care of an old woman ready to die, Elliot and Carla watch over a woman who can't speak English, and Turk becomes too close with a patient.

Director: Marc Buckland | Stars: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Ken Jenkins

Votes: 1,728

The plot twist was cruel enough, but the image of J.D. curled up in his patients lap was like a punch in the gut. It makes me yearn for a society where people can be that open and honest with each other, and reminds us that all death, whether you were prepared for it or it caught you off guard, is never easy to deal with.

34. Stranger Things (2016– )
Episode: Chapter Eight: The Upside Down (2016)

TV-14 | 54 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.

Directors: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer | Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown

Votes: 17,335

35. A Different World (1987–1993)
Episode: The Gift of the Magi (1987)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Everybody is participating in secret Santa and are surprised to find out who they got.

Director: Ellen Gittelsohn | Stars: Lisa Bonet, Marisa Tomei, Dawnn Lewis, Jasmine Guy

Votes: 24

I think this one hits me hard because I have a lot of friends whose parents got divorced when they were about Whitley's age and their parents did a spectacular job of completely screwing it up. I think a lot of times when people wait until their children are adults to get divorced they forget that, while more mature, kids are still going to react in almost the same way as they would if they were much younger. They'll still blame themselves, they still desperately need a bit of stability in the midst of all the change, and they still need their parents to be the bigger people and stop being selfish or dragging them into their personal crap. Whitley's dad does none of this, and ultimately Whitley has to let go of her family faster than she wanted to, and that is sad.



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