Incomplete List of Certified Tearjerkers

[Note: the term “profound” is subjective, and so is everything else.]


1. Fearless (1993, s. Jeff Bridges, d. Peter Weir) – overcoming fear of death

2. Thelma & Louise (1991, s. Susan Sarandon, d. Ridley Scott) – overcoming fear of death, profound intimacy

3. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993, s. Johnny Depp, d. Lasse Hallstrom) – profound empathy

4. Wendy and Lucy (2008, s. Michelle Williams, d. Kelly Reichardt) – profound empathy

5. Mysterious Skin (2004, s. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, d. Gregg Araki) – profound empathy

6. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001, s. Diego Luna, d. Alfonso Cuaron) – overcoming fear of death, profound intimacy


1. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – profound intimacy, overcoming fear of death, profound empathy

2. “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury – overcoming fear of death


1. “The Lifting” by R.E.M. – ?

2. “Like a Friend” by Pulp – nostalgia

3. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman – profound empathy

4. “Gardening at Night” by R.E.M. – nostalgia