Tear jerker movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant tear jerker movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out tear jerker, touching, sad, sentimental, feel good and emotional films and TV shows about / with destiny, mentor, storytelling, death, catastrophe, happy ending, life philosophy, sacrifice, runaway and tragedy plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Family genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tear jerker: A Walk to Remember (2002), Me Before You (2016), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), If I Stay (2014), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Soul Surfer (2011), Up (2009), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), A Monster Calls (2016), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008).

List of tear jerker movies

A Walk to Remember (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When the popular, restless Landon Carter is forced to participate in the school drama production he falls in love with Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's minister. Jamie has a "to-do" list for her life and also a very big ...
Style: touching, romantic, inspirational, sad, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, kids ...
Plot: romance, teenager, opposites attract, terminal illness, love story, cancer, love and romance, first love, true love, fall in love, teenage love, high school ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: north carolina
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 7.4
 254K
Me Before You (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds ...
Style: romantic, touching, emotional, sentimental, tear jerker ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: disability, love, romance, love story, love and romance, fall in love, handicapped, quadriplegic, caregiver, euthanasia, death, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, usa, switzerland, mallorca ...
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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support ...
Style: touching, emotional, romantic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: cancer, teenager, terminal illness, first love, dealing with death, fall in love, friendship, coping, adolescence, love and romance, teenage love, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, amsterdam, indiana
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 6.7
 124K
If I Stay (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mia Hall, a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with the love of her life, Adam, a rock ...
Style: emotional, touching, tear jerker, sad, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: teenager, love, teenage girl, love and romance, teenage love, youth, teenage life, hospital, death in the family, parents and children, out of body experience, car accident ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon
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My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The ...
Style: sad, sentimental, touching, heartbreaking, tear jerker ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, parenthood, lawyer, mother daughter relationship, sisters, sick child, life is a bitch, family life, relationships, leukemia, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rhode island, usa, los angeles, montana
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 7.0
 50K
Soul Surfer (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.Bethany ...
Style: christian film, touching, feel good, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, family outing, chick flick ...
Plot: surfing, christian, human spirit, shark, disability, sport, against the odds, teenager, shark attack, handicapped, surfer, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: hawaii, california, usa, thailand
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 8.3
 1.0M
Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives ...
Style: feel good, touching, sweet, inspirational, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens ...
Plot: unlikely friendships, dog, loneliness, hopes, adventure, friendship, animals, follow your dream, family, talking animals, friends, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 21st century
Place: south america, venezuela, mount everest, latin america
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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and ...
Style: emotional, sad, touching, tear jerker, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, childhood, imagination, escape from reality, classmate, loneliness, magical, friends, school, social misfits, loss of friend, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: touching, emotional, dark fantasy, compassionate, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: bullying, loneliness, terminal illness, childhood, monster, imagination, life & death, courage, depression, destiny, single mother, nightmare ...
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, war, childhood, nazi, friendship, boy, military, gas chamber, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and ...
Style: touching, emotional, tear jerker, sentimental, sad ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dog, animals, disney, friendship, adventure, animal life, reconciliation, hunting, chase, fox, rescue, friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: canada
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 4.8
 1K
Endless (2020)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When madly in love high school graduates Riley and Chris are separated by a tragic car accident, Riley blames herself for her boyfriend's death while Chris is stranded in limbo. Miraculously, the two find a way to connect. In a love story that ...
Style: uplifting, romantic, sad, sincere, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love, life after death, death, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, life & death, ghost, tragedy, dealing with death, car accident, out of body experience, catastrophe, rescue ...
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The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.
Style: touching, sentimental, heartbreaking, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: lighthouse, love, lighthouse keeper, island, trying to get pregnant, mother love, isolation, missing child, husband wife relationship, motherhood, miscarriage, redemption ...
Time: 1920s, victorian era, 20th century, year 1918
Place: australia
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 6.7
 122K
City of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When guardian angel Seth -- who invisibly watches over the citizens of Los Angeles -- becomes captivated by Maggie, a strong-willed heart surgeon, he ponders trading in his pure, otherworldly existence for a mortal life with his beloved. The couple ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, sincere, sad, tear jerker ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: afterlife, angel, romance, life & death, fall in love, heaven and hell, supernatural romance, love and romance, love, destiny, life philosophy, love story ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
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 7.2
 118K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: inspirational, touching, motivational, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, military, human spirit, u.s. navy, african american, courage, racial discrimination, navy, prejudice, racial segregation, determination, diving ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: cuba, new jersey, pacific ocean, usa
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A Dog of Flanders (1999)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Poor but happy, young Nello and his grandfather live alone, delivering milk as a livelihood, in the outskirts of Antwerp, a city in Flanders (the Flemish or Dutch-speaking part of modern-day Belgium). They discover a beaten dog (a Bouvier, a large ...
Style: sentimental, touching, tear jerker, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: dog, family, justice, life philosophy, destiny, friendship, coming of age, countryside, boy dog relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, drawing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1930s, 70s
Place: california, antwerp, san francisco, flanders
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Terms of Endearment (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on ...
Style: emotional, touching, sad, sentimental, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: family relations, mother daughter relationship, cancer, marriage, love, death, family, relationships, love affair, dying young, friendship, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: texas, nebraska, new york, usa, louisiana ...
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 7.4
 247K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: inspirational, touching, sentimental, feel good, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, journey, terminal illness, elderly, unlikely friendships, human spirit, road trip, adventure, death, bucket list, philosophy, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, africa, cote d'azur, egypt, french riviera ...
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The Snow Walker (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A bush pilot in nothern Canada who with the aid of modernity thinks he can handle it all & knows it all. After reluctantly agreeing to transport a local indian girl to a medical facility his light plane crashes & they have to survive whilst ...
Style: emotional, serious, breathtaking, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: survival, nature, wilderness, adventure, friendship, airplane, human spirit, arctic, rescue, hunter, stranded, isolation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1953
Place: canada
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: touching, emotional, sad, sentimental, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: dog, friendship, animals, loyalty, human animal relationship, loss of friend, loneliness, life & death, pets, friends, death, family ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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 6.9
 35K
Love Story (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, romantic, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night, teens
Plot: love, tragedy, death, romance, college, love story, tragic love, ice hockey, graduation, young love, destiny, class differences ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, boston, paris france, harvard university
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 8.8
 2.1M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: inspirational, touching, feel good, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, family outing, teens, chick flick ...
Plot: love, mentally challenged, life philosophy, philosophy, vietnam war, destiny, human spirit, rise to the top, journey, selflessness, courage, life & death ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, alabama, new york ...
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 6.1
 24K
Trapped (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, sexy, scary, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: kidnapping, asthma, hostage, ransom, twists and turns, crimes, psychopath, blackmail, brutality, betrayal, chase, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, new orleans, oregon
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 7.6
 304K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, sad, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, depression, self sacrifice, true love, life changing experience, sacrifice, fall in love, suicide, hopes, life & death, existentialism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: inspirational, emotional, motivational, dramatic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: life, rags to riches, human spirit, life philosophy, rise to the top, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, down on your luck, homeless, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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 8.1
 356K
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, rough, thought provoking, political, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: genocide, racism, war, against humanity, hotel, cruelty, ethnic conflict, politics, murder, un, war crime, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa, rwanda, congo, somalia, tanzania
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 7.8
 143K
Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, doctors and patients, hopes, illness, fighting illness, disability, patient, cure, catatonia, experimental drug ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, surreal, fairy tale, atmospheric, dark fantasy ...
Audience: teens, kids, date night, family outing
Plot: loneliness, goth, surrealism, love, romance, freak, social misfits, christmas, love and romance, inventor, castle, snow ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: usa, florida
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, intellectual ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing, kids, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, teachers and students, poetry, poet, philosophy, dedicated educator, youth, boarding school life, education ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university
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 7.7
 243K
Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, sad, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, lawyer, courtroom drama, gay, lgbt, hiv, lawsuit, court, judiciary, prejudice, courtroom, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia
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