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GrassyGnoll
2008-04-25, 11:53 PM
So I feel like I should expand my writing portfolio and dish out a sad story to round out my writing club experience. Thing is I'm not sentimental or experienced in writing tragedies. I feel like I need to get in the mood before I try writing anything. So link any tearjerkers you think might moisten me up (preferably something with a story, not just the donation fund slideshow [not to count out youtube videos or anything, medium is unimportant]) ?

LurkerInPlayground
2008-04-25, 11:56 PM
That one Futurama episode about Fry's Dog.

Or you could try the Futurama movie too.

bluish_wolf
2008-04-26, 12:00 AM
I mentioned it before, but wow about Planetarian (http://vndb.org/v34)?

FoE
2008-04-26, 12:30 AM
I weep like a small child at the end of the Iron Giant.

Vaynor
2008-04-26, 12:41 AM
I weep like a small child at the end of the Iron Giant.

I hate the end of that movie. :smallfrown:

Paragon Badger
2008-04-26, 12:47 AM
Edward Scissorhands.

Rogue 7
2008-04-26, 12:50 AM
TV Tropes to the rescue! (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TearJerker)

And also, Rule 34- it makes me weep for humanity's sake.

Mewtarthio
2008-04-26, 01:26 AM
Second vote for Edward Scissorhands.

rubakhin
2008-04-26, 02:27 AM
Welp, somebody's got to link to Kiwi. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=sdUUx5FdySs)

Tale of Tales (http://youtube.com/watch?v=i4U_xk6CKI0)

The Tree and the Cat (http://youtube.com/watch?v=6zh3C-D9KpQ)

The Valse Triste sequence from Allegro non troppo. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=D3Blm2qWduY)

From least to most depressing, approximately. It might help if you work your way up.

*muse* I remember seeing The Tree and the Cat when I was very young - this was so long ago it might have still been the USSR. If anyone is wondering why Slavs are experts at suffering, it's because we're trained from birth.

Mikeavelli
2008-04-26, 05:31 AM
The Green Fields of France (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huRwBFmAx78)

hanzo66
2008-04-26, 05:44 AM
Sometimes personal life experiences can factor in on the effect of a tearjerker...


Back when I was in second grade my mother went away on a business trip. At school I was watching the Prince of Egypt movie (the one about Moses) and the scene at the beginning where the mother sings to Baby Moses (http://youtube.com/watch?v=t4Kph6UKQJM&feature=related) gave me a feeling that my mother was purposely abandoning me. Infamously that also caused mass disruption of the class.


Second Shame: I remember crying at the beginning of Rugrats in Paris (I was ten years old). The scene with the Sinead O'Connor song made me fear Parental Abandonment as well and brought out a few silent/nervous tears.

Third Shame: I cried at the end of AI. Don't ask.

DraPrime
2008-04-26, 08:43 AM
The end to the Of Mice and Men movie is just really sad. I'd read the book, but seeing the ending actually happen with your eyes is....shocking. And really sad. Although you should watch the whole thing first.

EvilElitest
2008-04-26, 08:59 AM
The counterfitter.

21 simply because it is so bad


Bambi

Pan's Labyrinth
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Ossian
2008-04-26, 09:35 AM
The End of Braveheart, when Wallace sees her in the crowd, and the subsequent battle, pipes in the background, and then Amish thowing the claymore in the sky (pipes play the climax). The cataracts of the Nile slam wide open and I just melt down in a puddle of sadness and tears...(I'm surprise it's not in the tropes' list)

Yet even that moment will never best this other one: Yoda's death, because it's sad, and I liked the pesky wise kermit guy, and also because he reminds me of my cat who was strong in the Force, and resilient thanks to this, but not that resilient, and left me after 20 years (Old I am, Ossian, sick and weak I have become. soon will I rest, forever sleep, earned it I have...) Blast you, "Yoda's theme" and John Williams....

O.

ArtifexFelicis
2008-04-26, 09:52 AM
Old Yeller.

How was this NOT mentioned yet?

SurlySeraph
2008-04-26, 03:13 PM
Listen to this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cGvzApDZKI&NR=1).

FoE
2008-04-26, 03:18 PM
Either Fred's or Wesley's death scene in Angel. :smallfrown:

Dallas-Dakota
2008-04-26, 03:39 PM
Listen to my life's story.

SurlySeraph
2008-04-26, 05:22 PM
Actually, dallas just reminded me. Read randomly selected posts from both the old (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-45049-p-6.html) and current (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71542&page=16) Depression Threads, paying particular attention to the frequent and undeserved travails of Bor, Barbarian Monk.

nothingclever
2008-04-26, 05:24 PM
Do tell old bean.

The Extinguisher
2008-04-26, 06:02 PM
That one Futurama episode about Fry's Dog.

Or you could try the Futurama movie too.

To keep maximum saddness, do not watch the later after the former.

Burrito
2008-04-26, 06:14 PM
I totally agree about the Furutama episode "Jurassic Bark" I think it is called. The movie did make me feel better about it, but for a long time I couldn't watch the last 5 minutes or so.

The last scene from Saving Private Ryan usually gets me.

Where the Red Fern Grows the book anyway, that one got me a lot more than Old Yeller did.

The end of Cinema Paradiso.

The scenes with the little girl in the red coat from Schindler's List but that one really didn't affect me until I had my own children.

I know there are more, but that is all I can think of for now.

Lorn
2008-04-26, 06:18 PM
End of The Last Samurai.

Also, Gladiator.

And for some reason, the Nightwish song Meadows of Heaven... which is weird, seeing as it's about heaven. Meh.

RS14
2008-04-26, 06:19 PM
Well, Grave of the Fireflies, Requiem for a Dream, and Hotel Rawanda all make me very sad. As for music, try The Ballad of Hollis Brown (Bob Dylan), On the Bus Mall (The Decemberists), and The Bagman's Gambit (The Decemberists).

Irenaeus
2008-04-26, 07:05 PM
The News.
For so many reasons.

TehJhu
2008-04-26, 10:02 PM
Erm... I cried at Short Circut 2 when J-5 get smashed up and he can't talk and has to write on the wall with a rock.

And that movie, I think it was called Awakening where the guy (I think it was Robert Di Nero) was paralyzed and came out of it through drugs but slowly started to relapse. There's a scene where he's starting to relapse and having constant tremors and he's trying to read a book but just can't because his head is jerking around to much. I cried.

And I second The Iron Giant, "Superman...."

Fri
2008-04-26, 10:30 PM
I usually steer away from tear jerker, but even with tear jerker movies, I rarely cry.

But I remember crying at the end of Tim Burton's Big Fish.

GrassyGnoll
2008-04-27, 12:36 AM
Got through Iron Giant, Across the Universe, and Pan's Labrinyth dry eyed a while ago. Story of the Cat and the Tree was a good start, though.

When I first saw "Jurassic Bark" I got watery, same for the "Max" scene in I Am Legend. I cried like a baby when Snape's memories were read, but I had a lot invested in the character already.

Saddest song on its own to me is "My Baby Shot Me Down", but ambiance music is appreciated too.

FoE
2008-04-27, 05:29 PM
This cartoon (http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail109.html) is guaranteed to make anyone weep. :smalltongue:

North
2008-04-27, 05:42 PM
I dont really ever cry, but "A Walk to Remember" almost broke me down. Wasnt even the ending of it or anything but a part around the 2/3 mark.

GnollLord
2008-04-27, 06:39 PM
The ending to the film Dragonheart. It still gets me even now

Jerthanis
2008-04-27, 07:58 PM
This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR5mZqeDNtg&feature=related) series (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkoRDFjBh44&feature=related) of (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU44zfNxg20) Thai (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-K9V9qz6P4) insurance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ll-bDmK3EA) commercials (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOuHaTt2XUw)

I dare you not to cry.

Semidi
2008-04-27, 08:07 PM
From the book Animal Liberation by Peter Singer the chapters titled:
Tools for Research and Down on the Factory Farm.

TehJhu
2008-04-27, 08:53 PM
The ending to the film Dragonheart. It still gets me even now

Oh yeah, I won't watch that movie with anyone around because I know I'll cy like a baby.

"Then as my friend, STRIKE! PLEASE!"

Kriel
2008-04-27, 09:09 PM
Get the movie called Radio and watch it through. There's one spot where you're guaranteed to tear up. Lord knows I did.

Jade Falcon
2008-04-27, 09:56 PM
Futurama has some sad episodes. "Jurassic Bark" is just devastating, "The Sting" has itīs sad moments and the ending of "Luck of the Fryish" is also very melancholic. And there is this episode, I donīt remember itīs name atm, where Fry rearranges stars to write Leela that he loves her, but she doesnīt see it and blows them up. The ship returns home and Fry is looking desperate into the black void .. ouch.

FoE
2008-04-27, 10:01 PM
This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR5mZqeDNtg&feature=related) series (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkoRDFjBh44&feature=related) of (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU44zfNxg20) Thai (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-K9V9qz6P4) insurance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ll-bDmK3EA) commercials (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOuHaTt2XUw)

I dare you not to cry.

I couldn't make it past the fourth commercial without misting up a little. But the sixth one just wrecked me. :smallfrown:

Now that I think about it, the ending of Million-Dollar Baby.

Oh, and there's an episode of Samurai Jack where he has to fight this warrior made of living rock ... He was a Viking whose village was destroyed by Aku, and he was encased in a gemstone underneath the earth for thousands of years, until he was finally able to form a body out of the rock that surrounded him. He challenged Jack because he needed to be defeated in battle to go to Valhalla and join his family. The scene where Jack kills him and he's carried off by Valkyries is a tearjerker.

Vaire
2008-04-29, 08:43 AM
The end of Return of the King (the book and the movie) has always made me mist over.

Also, Steel Magnolias. But I'm a girl, so maybe that doesn't work for anyone with the Y chromosome.

Several of the Steven Brust Jhereg books have made me cry, but I've taken a poll and I seem to be alone on this.

Black Hawk Down made me bawl.

And I know it won't help you, but my husband was running a D&D (kind of) campaign and killed off one of my favorite NPC's in a rather dramatic fashion. I didn't talk to him for a day. I mean, he couldn't have killed off the smelly, dirt encrusted dwarf that ate people's ears for power? No, he had to kill the sweet angelic warrior. I still get angry.

Obrysii
2008-04-29, 09:19 PM
I dare you to watch this video for Death Cab for Cutie's I'll Follow You Into the Dark (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfBw0IWwO5U) while thinking of a dead pet and not cry.

Just try.

Agamid
2008-04-30, 05:58 AM
I've been told to never ever ever watch "Dancer in the Dark" on my own, as it's just WAY too upsetting and sad.

†Seer†
2008-04-30, 06:25 AM
The movie called "Fluke". It's about a dog (I know there's a few named Fluke) that was abandoned and his story. While it didn't make me cry, my brother (who I've only seen cry 3 times in my life), bawled.

Failing that, I always thought the Notebook was kinda sad. Sweet, but sad.

Liliedhe
2008-04-30, 06:38 AM
I cry my eyes out watching Troy. Especially Hector's Death and Priamos in Achilles' tent. And Transformers - The Movie (the animated one), the Death of Optimus Prime.

And pretty much any movie about horses, but that's probably just me^^.

Sereno
2008-04-30, 09:48 AM
The end of Deep Impact (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120647/), especially when Ron Eldard's character, who's been blinded by an accident, has to say good-bye to his baby (whom he's never seen) before they sacrifice themselves for the good of humanity, made both my wife and I cry.

And, the scene in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0335345/), when Mary watches Jesus pass, carrying the cross, and she "flashes" back to just being a mom and running to comfort him when, as a young boy, he falls and scrapes his knee makes me tear up even just thinking about it....

LBO
2008-04-30, 10:18 AM
The finale of Blackadder Goes Forth.

CurlyKitGirl
2008-04-30, 03:31 PM
The finale of Blackadder Goes Forth.

QFT. As much as I hate abbreviations, this is QFT.

More:

Bambi
Watership Down - book and film. C'mon, Bright eyes, burning like fire...
Iron Giant
Dumbo - the Baby Mine song
Jurrasic Bark
Schindler's List - all of it.

Surprisingly, there's a fair few books too.
Both possible endings for Wintersmith by Pratchett; one's at the beginning, one at the end. Has me crying each darn time I read it.
Ugh, can't remember them now.

ut my Mum's read A Child Called It and the whole trilogy by that author. It really has her crying every other page. And what's even worse is that it's an autobiography.
She read half a page to me - the boy was having his arm held over a lit stove while his mum beat him round the head with a frying pan. Because she found him taking a piece of bread to eat. And at this point he hadn't eaten for four days. Had me in tears.
Half a page and it wasn't even the worst part.

Kriel
2008-05-01, 03:52 PM
Oh, one more. Episode I of Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom on Newgrounds by Randy Solem.

Jerthanis
2008-05-01, 05:04 PM
I couldn't make it past the fourth commercial without misting up a little. But the sixth one just wrecked me. :smallfrown:


You're made of sterner stuff than I. Five out of Six of those had me bawling outright the first time I saw them, and even now I can't stop one or two tears on that last one.

Project_Mayhem
2008-05-01, 06:18 PM
As far as books go, the saddest thing ever, IMO, is the ending of the Amber Spyglass.

Oh wow, I thought, a happy ending - they save the multiverse, stop the elephant wheel things dying out, bring back dust, yadda yadda, and fall in love. Awww, how very touching. Will and Lyra are finally happy. But ... wait, whats this. WHAT? THEY JUST FELL IN LOVE AND THEY CAN'T LIVE ON THE SAME PLANE OF EXISTANCE!? wait, don't worry, Wills got a knife that can cut through dimensions. Oh wait, no, EVERY TIME HE USES IT IT CREATES SOUL EATING ABOMINATIONS. Hang on, hang on, they can leave one gate open, pheww, thats OK. Whoops, hang on again THEY NEED TO LEAVE THE ONE IN THE AFTERLIFE OPEN OR EVERYONE IN THE WORLD WHO DIES SPENDS ETERNITY IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP.

So essentially, they can be happy, or scew the rest of the multiverse over. Thank you Phillip Pullman, for making a 14 year-old boy cry

To this day I still make a detour past that bench when I go to Oxford, it upsets me too much

and as for


21 simply because it is so bad


I will fight you.

Da King
2008-05-02, 10:39 PM
I dare you to watch this video for Death Cab for Cutie's I'll Follow You Into the Dark (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfBw0IWwO5U) while thinking of a dead pet and not cry.

Just try.

I failed. Utterly. The first time I've truly cried in years.

thubby
2008-05-02, 10:47 PM
ending to "where a red furn grows".