21 Tear-Jerker Movie Quotes For When You Need A Good Cry

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Maybe you don't really want to feel like a room without a roof right now. Maybe you need a good ugly-cry. Maybe you're on the hunt for a nice and depressing quote to kill the mood. We're not here to judge. We're here to nurture the misery.
Hollywood loves a good sob story, even if it's nestled within a perfectly innocuous children's film (looking at you, Toy Story 3). No heartbreaking topic is off-limits. The pang of heartbreak. Loneliness that swallows you whole. Death. Grief. Ryan Gosling begging you to not divorce him.
If you want to feel stupendously sad, you need only go to Netflix. And if you want to sound stupendously sad, you need only memorize these tragic and poignant movie lines.
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But first, grab a hankie. Oh, and sorry, but: Major spoilers ahead.
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"I want it over and done. I do. I'm tired, boss. Tired of bein' on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. Tired of not ever having me a buddy to be with, or tell me where we's coming from or going to, or why. Mostly I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?"

—John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) in The Green Mile (1999)

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“I know what it's like to want to die. How it hurts to smile. How you try to fit in but you can't. How you hurt yourself on the outside to try to kill the thing on the inside.”

—Susanna (Winona Ryder), Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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J.M. Barrie: “She went to Neverland. And you can visit her any time you like if you just go there yourself."

Peter: "How?"

J.M. Barrie: "By believing, Peter. Just believe.”

— James Barrie to Peter after his mother dies in Finding Neverland (2004)

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"I just thought there would be more."

- Olivia Evans' (Patricia Arquette) last lines in the film Boyhood (2014), uttered when her son is leaving for college.

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“Always."

— Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, 2011

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Landon: I'm sorry she never got her miracle.
Reverend Sullivan: She did. It was you.

-A Walk to Remember, 2002

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"How come you ain't never liked me?"
-Cory (Jovan Adepo), Fences (2016)

Pictured: Jovan Adepo and Denzel Washington
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"It's past 10. My daughter is in pain. I don't understand why she has to have this pain. All she has to do is hold out until 10, and IT'S PAST 10! My daughter is in pain, can't you understand that! GIVE MY DAUGHTER THE SHOT!"
-Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine), Terms of Endearment (1983)

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Allie: "Do you think our love, can take us away together?"
Duke: "I think our love can do anything we want it to."
Allie: "I love you."
Duke: "I love you, Allie."
Allie: "Good night."
Duke: "Good night. I'll be seeing you."
-Allie (Gena Rowlands) and Duke (James Garner), The Notebook (2004)

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"Don't think of me too often. I don't want you getting sad. Just live well. Just live. I'll be walking beside you every step of the way."
-Will (Sam Claflin), Me Before You (2016)

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"You're not gonna kiss me good night anymore, are you, Dad?"
-Billy (Justin Henry), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

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"It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you."
-Sam (Patrick Swayze), Ghost (1990)

Pictured: Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze
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"Sometimes it makes me sad, though... Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend."
-Red (Morgan Freeman), The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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"I find it amusing. Men are supposed to be made out of steel or something. I just sat there. I just held Shelby's hand. There was no noise, no tremble, just peace. Oh god. I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life."
-M'Lynn (Sally Field), Steel Magnolias (1989)

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"What a beautiful place...to be with friends."
-Dobby, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

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"I loved her so. And she knew what I did. She knew all the fucking stupid things I'd done. But the love... was stronger than anything you can think of. The goddamn regret. The goddamn regret! Oh, and I'll die. Now I'll die, and I'll tell you what... the biggest regret of my life... I let my love go. What did I do? I'm 65 years old. And I'm ashamed. A million years ago... the fucking regret and guilt, these things, don't ever let anyone ever say to you you shouldn't regret anything. Don't do that. Don't! You regret what you fucking want! Use that. Use that. Use that regret for anything, any way you want. You can use it, okay? Oh, god. This is a long way to go with no punch. A little moral story, I say... Love. Love. Love. This fucking life... oh, it's so fucking hard. So long. Life ain't short, it's long. It's long, goddamn it. Goddamn. What did I do? What did I do? What did I do? What did I do? Phil. Phil, help me. What did I do?"
-Earl Partridge (Jason Robards), Magnolia (1999)

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"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."
-Aibileen (Viola Davis), The Help (2011)

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"You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I'm an easy target. Yeah, you're right, I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you... but I don't like to hurt people's feelings. Well, you think what you want about me; I'm not changing. I like... I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. 'Cause I'm the real article. What you see is what you get."
-Del (John Candy), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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"Baby, you made a promise to me, okay? You said, 'for better or worse.' You said that. You said it. It was a promise... Now this is my worst, okay? This is my worst. But I'm gonna get better. You just gotta give me a chance to get better."
-Dean (Ryan Gosling), Blue Valentine (2010)

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"I never had friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12."
-The Writer (Richard Dreyfuss), Stand By Me (1986)

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"I'm poor, Black, I might even be ugly, but dear god, I'm here. I'm here."
-Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), The Color Purple (1985)

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"If God wants me with Him, there is none who will stop Him. I don't mind. I was never like the rest of you... making plans about the great things I'd do. I never saw myself as anything much. Not a great writer like you... Oh, Jo, I've missed you so. Why does everyone want to go away? I love being home. But I don't like being left behind. Now I am the one going ahead. I am not afraid. I can be brave like you."
-Beth (Claire Danes), Little Women (1994)

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