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If you haven’t found yourself in hysterical tears at at least one of these scenes, you are a robot that was sent back in time to kill us all. 

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Terms of Endearment (1983) – You cut me real deep, Terms of Endearment. It’s been a long time but I’ll never forget little Huckleberry Fox’s face as he leaves his mother in the hospital bed.

 

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Boys Don’t Cry (1999) – In what I think is one of Hilary Swank’s finest acting moments, Brandon Teena relays the horrible crimes that he endured. I think this moment is so emotionally charged because the character of Brandon is not only reliving the hell he experienced, but also the truths of the gender dysphoria he’s battled with for so long.

 

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Sophies Choice (1982) – The scene in which Meryl Streep’s Sophie makes that inconceivable ‘choice’ will haunt me forever.

 

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Brokeback Mountain (2005) – “Jack I swear” … what a moment. Heath Ledger creates such an envoking performance in the few seconds where Ennis remembers Jack. What that very sentence means will always be a mystery, but that’s the beauty of it.

 

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Silence of the Lambs (1991) – When Clarice Starling tells Lecter about her haunting memories of experiencing the screaming lambs as a child, her face fills the frame and the tears brim in her eyes. The camera intrusively lingers, creating a very uncomfortably up-close-and-personal moment between Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter.

What movie crying moment cut you the deepest?

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