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Can You Make It Through This List Without Crying?

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    Are you a crier? One of those people, like me, who sobs at the smallest hint of emotional upheaval during a film?

    Surely, everyone has experienced this at some point. That moment when you're so engulfed in a film, and it suddenly turns dark or sad— maybe your favorite character's long lost love dies—and you feel that tightness in the back of your throat. You fumble in the dark for a napkin, but they're all covered in popcorn butter. And then it's too late: you're crying.

    While I don't cry in real life all that often (talk about #blessed), crying in movies is a regular occurrence for me. And not just during tearjerkers. I'm talking about crying during happy movies. Friendship movies. Kids movies. Romantic comedies.

    No genre is safe from my soft movie theater sobs.

    Click ahead for a roundup of movies that have left me —and probably you, too — crying in a theater or on the couch during movie night. Grab a Kleenex, and brace yourself.



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    The Movie: E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial
    The Scene: When E.T. says goodbye

    It doesn't matter whether or not you enjoy the movie E.T. But you're a monster if you don't break when Elliot Taylor begs in a tiny whisper for E.T. to stay with him. Especially, when E.T. says "I'll be right here" and points at Elliot. Just watching this three minute YouTube video has me in tears.

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    The Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness
    The Scene: When they sleep in the subway bathroom

    Critics like to come for Will Smith's acting abilities all the time, but give him some credit for this one. The Pursuit of Happyness is an emotional rollercoaster of a movie. The most heartbreaking scene by far? When Chris Gardner (Will Smith) plays a game of pretend that ends with him sleeping in a subway bathroom with his son (played by real-life son, Jayden). As he sits there and quietly sobs, you start to do the same.

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    The Movie: The Lion King
    The Scene: When Mufasa dies

    For many a '90s kid, this scene is the first time they encountered death. What makes it all the more poignant—and tearful— is when baby Simba tries to shake his dad awake, not fully understanding that he's gone forever. When he curls up in a ball with his dad, the tears start pouring out.

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    The Movie: Good Will Hunting
    The Scene: HALF THE FREAKING MOVIE

    Confession: I spend the vast majority of Good Will Hunting in a state of teary-eyed whimpering. Young Matt Damon and Robin Williams at his finest (save for Dead Poets Society) will break your heart time and time again. The "I gotta go see about the girl" scene and this one —the "it's not your fault" scene — are probably the two hardest hitters.

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    The Movie: My Girl
    The Scene: Thomas J's funeral

    When Vada (Anna Chlumsky) walks up to the casket in the middle of her BFF Thomas J's funeral and starts demanding that someone grab his glasses! Breaks you every damn time!