Emotional Torture

I was talking to my amazing friend Mischenko the other day and I forget how we got on the topic of crying but I was explaining to her how much of an easy crier I am. My emotional meter is pretty much from zero to crying. For example, I told her if someone yells at me, I’m in tears. Not because they’re yelling at me because I can take a ream with the best of them; it’s usually because I’m pissed at the person or myself and my angry/frustrated/annoyed meter is on the same wavelength as my sadness trigger meter. I’ve even yelled at a person while crying and it usually freaks people out cause they’re worried they’ve made me sad when in reality I want to strangle them and the effect was ruined because of my stupid tears.

The conversation led to weekend plans and I told her I was probably going to subject myself to emotional torture. And she asked me what I meant by that. I told her, that means I’m going to watch the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy. This made her “lol” but I told her, it’s a miracle for me to watch an episode of this show without crying some type of tears. If I even see someone crying on TV, even if it’s happy tears, I’m right there with them. I don’t know if you all watch Grey’s but the latest was about Dr. Bailey and even though I knew it was going to be emotional, I still wasn’t ready.

Do you ever just watch movies or shows because you know they’re going to elicit emotions out of you? I literally have a list of go to films and television shows that I willingly torture myself with. Today, I’m going to share my list with you and see if you all share the same sentimentality as I do and see if you have your own additions you can add to my list (cause the more the merrier right?).

Here we go:

  • Grey’s Anatomy – currently in season 14 and I’ve accepted my addiction
  • Troy – I love my Brad Pitt booty shot but this movie is so emotional
  • The Lion King – Mufasa getting killed gets me every single time
  • Gilmore Girls – I mean…
  • A Little Princess – The scene where the girls are being ripped apart to the point where the one is desperate enough to go out the window— it’s ultimately happy tears by the end though!
  • Tristan and Isolde – Another one where there are so many scenes I could talk about between my happy and ugly tears
  • Downton Abbey – The most crushing scene involves Sybil and then later on with Matthew but I won’t spoil it just in case you haven’t seen this soul crushing show..
  • Any movie Denzel Washington has ever been in but specifically Man on Fire

I’m not crying, you are!

What are some of your favorite (and I use that term loosely) tearjerkers? Are you a fan of willingly subjecting yourself to emotional torture? Do you have your own cry-o-meter? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t be shy. We can cry together.

71 thoughts on “Emotional Torture

  1. Yes, I cry all the time for what seems like silly reasons. Yes to your list and here are some that get me every time.
    Inside out (if you’ve seen it you know what I mean) Every time, every dammed time we watch this one I cry
    Up (I have never cried at the intro of a movie before this)
    Beauty and the beast (Both live and cartoon) despite knowing how it ends I still tear up.
    A dog’s purpose. I think I may have cried through most of the dammed movie.
    Boy’s dont Cry
    Forrest Gump
    Marley and me
    Second Hand Lions
    PS I love you
    Me Before you
    Wonder Woman.

    I could go on, does that say something about me? probably.

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        1. His mother… 😦 those two are on my top ten movies list. I’ll be honest, if a movie can’t make me feel something(anything) for the character within the first fifteen minutes, I’m probably not going to watch it.

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          1. You know, same here and I never really thought about it like that til you just said something about it. I don’t necessarily have to relate but it needs to tug some part of me.

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    1. Omg, Boys Don’t Cry. That is the most emotional movie ever! I forgot to add that one. I don’t think I’ve seen Second Hand Lions. Me Before You, oh yes. I heard Up is sad but I haven’t watched that yet either. I have a weird thing about clay animation movies. Beauty and the Beast! Oh you are so right. I saw the live action one twice and still cried both times. Wonder Woman, me too. Cim you have such good examples! You make me feel so much better about my endless supply of tears, lol.

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      1. Up and Inside out, despite them being CGI, they are both super fun movies with surprising emotionally charged stories. I totally forgot to add Toy story. The last one had me bawling. While a lot of the ‘kids’ cgi movies miss the mark there are some that really do a fantastic job of tugging at the heartstrings.

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  2. OMG! Sometimes a commerical will make me cry πŸ™‚ I cried last night as I watched The Green Mile for the 100th time in my life. i cry everytime. Ugly cry. Same goes for the Hunger Games- PS I Love you – Steel Magnolias – Me Before You – West Side Story – John Wick – 50 First Dates – etc you get the picture. My husband laughs at me all the time. Hell I cry when I see videos on Facebook of families being surprised when a loved one comes home from deployment. I am a big baby.

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    1. Commercials get me too! Have you seen the Asian one with the kid who steals medicine for his mom and the shop owner catches him but then lets him go with the medicine to cure his mom. Then like 20 years later, the shop owner is in the hospital and the kid turns out to be his doctor?? Oh man. The Green Mile yes, any war movie has me bawling. I just thought about Beyond Borders. Have you seen that one? You’ll definitely cry. John Wick got me right at the beginning with the damn beagle! Great list and my husband is the same way. He always looks at me like, “there is seriously something wrong with you.” Haha. We can be big babies together! ❀

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  3. My Sister’s Keeper
    Message In A Bottle
    Backdraft
    Sweet Dreams
    Selena

    I could go on and on and oh, I cry with every episode of Gray’s…….Christina’s wedding or not wedding nearly killed me! The necklace scene……get it off get it off! I’m only on season five……pray for me!😁 Lol

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    1. Selena! I cry just thinking about that movie! Oh, that’s such a good example Susan. I don’t think I’ve seen Backdraft or Message in a Bottle. I’ll have to look them up.
      As for Grey’s Anatomy, girl, you are not ready for the next 9 seasons, hahaha. Show is too intense! Cristinia’s not wedding… yes. Thank goodness she has Meredith cause that would have killed her.

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        1. McDreamy and McSteamy! The whole episode with Mark and everything was probably the roughest of all the episodes. It’s like a triple double whammy so I hope you have liquid courage when you get there. McDreamy’s death was just so terribly ironic and awful. Aaah. I could talk about Grey’s all day long, lol.

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  4. I am a crier but mainly when something “hits home”. I sobbed uncontrollably watching Disney’s UP. We watched Revolutionary Road last night with Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet – I had to control ALL emotions on this one. It is definitely a serious movie. I do cry at chick flicks and war movies. Pearl Harbor still haunts me….I guess it’s what makes us human…wonderful post Nel.

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      1. Yes, I own Inside Out and can not, even now make it through the whole movie without crying and I know what’s going to happen! Another one that gets me is Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp. I have so many that I love watch, own and still boo-hoo no matter how many times I watch them.

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        1. Oh right Finding Neverland! Speaking of Neverland, you’re going to laugh, but I can’t not cry at Tinkerbell and the neverbeast. (I have a thing for kids movies)

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          1. Mischenko told me about that one! Said it makes her cry too. I’m with you though on the kid’s movies. They have that ability to just strike that tear chord inside.

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    1. See, ironically enough, when a film hits home, it doesn’t seem to affect me very much. It’s weird. Another one who watched Up. I’ve added that to my list. War movies, yeah, I usually avoid them though just because I know going in a lot of people are gonna die.
      I’m glad you liked this post and thanks for sharing your thoughts! ❀

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  5. I am probably the opposite… I will definitely avoid movies that seemed designed to make you cry. I hate crying. Will not watch something like Marley and me. I don’t cry easy though, so I don’t have to dodge too many! Up definitely got me, and the end of Toy Story III. Ugh, Pixar.

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    1. Another person in agreeance on Up! I really need to watch this movie soon. See? Willingly subjecting myself. Lucky that you don’t cry that easily. I wish I was that way sometimes especially when I’m angry or frustrated. It just ruins what I had going for me, hahaha.

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  6. I don’t cry that easily. It would probably do me some good. Often when I’m really depressed I rather have what I call “fist twisting in my stomach”. This is not to say that I haven’t cried desperately when I’ve been tormented or grievous. I certainly have, but usually only when my mood is also elevated in a sense. It’s like I need the energy behind the emotion to really get it rolling.

    My husband is more of a crier than me. The sweetest, most touching, or saddest films or TV shows get his tears flowing. It takes more for me to cry. The film has to really get me deep down. The films I shed the most tears from are “Amadeus” (I just HATED to see Mozart die), and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (again, so sad to see them die, plus the music contributed to my tears, as well as the tragic beauty of the ending).

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    1. Lucky Cindy. You’d probably be looking at me like my husband does when I get emotional over the tiniest thing like what is wrong with you, haha! I have never heard of either of those movies so I will have to look them up. Thank you for your recommendations!

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  7. I love this conversation! I’m so glad to see that the Neverbeast was brought into this. 😭 Oh my gosh is it sad. Had to walk out of the room on that one. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one. Up as well. That one always gets me and we’ve seen it at least 20 times. Here’s my little list…

    Castaway
    Up 😭
    Tinkerbell-Neverbeast 😭
    Awakenings
    Man on Fire
    Million Dollar Baby 😭
    P.S. I Love You
    Rudy
    Hachi
    Gladiator
    Glory
    Inside Out 😒
    Bridge to Terabithia
    Schindler’s List
    Crash
    Man on Fire 😭
    Sweet Bean Paste
    A Dog’s Purpose
    Eight Below
    Rocky I
    Rocky III
    Philadelphia

    There are too many to list lol. I didn’t get to tell you that Turn’s ending made me an emotional mess. We’re going to have to chat more about sad movies and shows for sure. πŸ€£πŸ’– Hope your day has been awesome. Great post and chat later!

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    1. I have never watched gladiator all the way through. Everytime I start it and for whatever reason just never finish it, lol. Bridge to terabithia yes, crash also yes. There’s a bit on your list I haven’t seen yet!
      Yes the end of Turn! Girl, I was ugly crying. I will definitely message you so we can talk about it, hahaha.
      Thank you for all your suggestions and inspiring this post in the first place! 😍

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      1. Oh, you have to see the ending. I think the music really gets me with Gladiator too. What was strange about Turn, I didn’t have a lot of emotion throughout, but then the end had me bawling. Totally unexpected!

        I’m planning Grey’s Anatomy this year. No excuses. Have to watch it after all you’ve said about it. I appreciate all the recommendations too! By the way, if you haven’t read them, in the Creasy novels, he doesn’t die. I want to read them all as there are a lot in the series. Man on Fire is just one. πŸ˜‰πŸ’—

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        1. Yessss! it’ll keep for like a year with the amount of seasons the show has not to mention the six Private Practice seasons in between. I have not read them but it’s good that he doesn’t die cause man that movie and little Dakota Fanning like come, on we got to keep going… aaaaah!

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  8. Oh gosh I so relate to this post- I also cry when I’m angry- it really annoys me because it doesn’t come across as very fearsome, does it? πŸ˜‰ (at least that’s what I’d like to go for, if I had a choice πŸ˜‰ )
    Honestly, this makes me want to watch Gray’s Anatomy (I think I’ve mentioned this to you before but the only reason I haven’t is I’m scared of the number of series and I have a bingeing problem πŸ˜‰ )
    I so love watching things that make me cry- yes to the Lion King (and lots of other disney pixar films) and oh gosh yes to tristan and isolde (and any other star crossed lover film like Titanic or Romeo and Juliet) and yes to Little Princess (and basically any “poor orphan” story). I also get done in by most rom coms (if there’s a moment when they’re almost not together), parents losing children (that part in LOTR 2 gets me *every time*- and I’m being vague in case you haven’t seen it) and most musicals have something to make me tear up- maybe it’s just the singing πŸ˜‰
    I also have a couple of films like Atonement, Bambi and Pan’s Labyrinth that I can cry through from beginning to end. Just knowing about the sad parts is enough πŸ˜‰
    So yeah, short answer is yup I have a cry-o-meter πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hahaha yes! Totally ruins the fearsome you were going for and just makes you look like it’s more of a you problem instead of a them problem, haha. Yes! You have to watch Grey’s! It’ll take you months to get through it all but it’s literally the best binge worthy show you could ever watch not to mention the six extra Private Practice seasons in between that I feel are a must watch, lol. I almost listed Titanic and Romeo and Juliet but I thought they were too easy hahahaha. Yes to rom coms as well. Have you ever seen The Ugly Truth? Seemed like something you shouldn’t cry on and yet..
      It’s been a while since I’ve seen Atonement but definite yes to Bambi!! That always gets me! Knowing the sad parts and still subject ourselves to it. It’s like so hard not to even though you know what’s coming and have this wild idea you can brace yourself this time but nope. I’m glad you can relate! πŸ˜‚

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  9. Ugh!! I can do relate to this post! I was smiling the whole time I was reading this cause it’s just so you! πŸ˜„
    Troy, Tristan and Isolde, sad, heartbroken tears! The Lion King, cried the last time I watched it too. I mean, even the Little Mermaid made me cry πŸ™„. Even books that shouldn’t be all that emotional make me cry. Moral: I’m just like you πŸ˜€

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  10. I don’t have a list. Actually I think I have crying amnesia because I completely forget how much something is going to tear me apart until I’m watching it again. ‘Toy Story 3’ is the perfect example, where I’m having a great time until Andy starts playing with Bonnie (I’m choking up writing about it!). I don’t want to think about a list but will admit to a big ugly cry at the end of ‘Call Me By Your Name’ recently.

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    1. You know that is a wonderful description; “crying amnesia”. I think I have that too sometimes cause I know I watched a movie that I know I’ve seen before but don’t quite remember and then kick myself later when the sad parts happen and I’m like oh yeah, dammit! I’ve heard about Call Me By Your Name. I’m going to have to check that out. Thanks for the rec, Ms. Bad!

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      1. I loved CMBYN , it’s beautifully shot and so very good, but I know it’s not for everyone. My other recent cry was an old Doctor Who episode and that was a total crying amnesia event!

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  11. I specifically avoid tear-jerking movies and TV shows. If it crops up I will deal with it but I do not watch movies that star animals that die in the end, and generally not movies who spend the whole movie getting me to love someone that is going to die. But I was unexpectedly very emotional during The Last Samari because it is truly a story of a person whose honor meant more than their life.

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    1. Oh god, yes. Don’t ever watch Old Yeller. Or like Turner and Hooch as funny as that movie is. The Last Samurai is a great example! I’m pretty sure I cried on that one too, lol.

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  12. I am a very easy crier. I will cry at movies, television shows, books etc. I wouldn’t watch something I know will make me cry though. I actually cry worse if something happens to an animal which is weird.

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    1. Another one who agrees on Bridge to Terabithia. Definitely sad. Didn’t they turn The Accidental Tourist a movie with Depp and Jolie? I think I’ve seen it at least once. I always think of Jolie and Bandaras in Original Sin. That’s also a tearjerker!

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  13. Because of this post, I found myself binge watching Grey’s yesterday…….four episodes with Izzy’s hair falling out, her wedding, the van full of college kids that gets hit by a semi, Meredith and the chief finally screaming it out about him stealing her childhood, the little girl dying and Bailey laying in bed with her all day while her father tries to get her treatment in Mexico……….I cried my eyes out with every episode and I’m just so wrecked.

    Have a great weekend Nel!πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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