November 20, 2017 2 min read 0 Comments

Ernie and Marian recently connected over their tendency to openly weep during movies. It’s very embarrassing, but also cathartic for them.

Here’s their list of the THE best, most heart-wrenching geeky movies - with some of the saddest being freakin' cartoons. We’ve included major spoilers, so only read about the movies you’ve already watched! 


#10 Arrival

 The first ten minutes of this movie are gut-wrenching. Check out the video below to hear Amy Adams say, repeatedly, that she didn’t want to film it.




#9 The Dark Knight Rises 

A lot of people say Batman is a morally ambiguous hero. For us, there's no debate - he’s a straight-up asshole for breaking Albert’s heart. 



#8 Lord of the Rings Trilogy

All three movies are full of death, loss and stirring moments of triumph. We cried throughout all of them, including the final scene of the last film. Farewell, Frodo. You did good, kid.



#7 Interstellar

How can anyone just sit there and watch Matthew McConaughey's heart slowly break into a million pieces, without catching ALL the feels? You can't, you just can't.



#6 Edward Scissorhands

This cold, heartless movie does not end happily ever after. Justice is not served. Instead, poor sweet Edward spends the rest of his days alone on a cold estate with nothing but his memories. 


#5 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 

E.T. is so cute! Then he starts to die. Then he’s saved! Then he says goodbye to the humans who love him, so he can go back home to his alien family, never to be seen by his best friend Eliot ever again.


#4 The Iron Giant

A sweet, tender-hearted film about a boy who befriends a giant robot... who also happens to blow himself up at the end to save the people he loves. F*** off!



#3 The Land Before Time

Little Foot’s mom dies, which is traumatic enough. But then there’s this scene, complete with poignant music, where the baby dinosaur thinks his mom is alive… except it’s his shadow. Abject cruelty.


#2 Grave of the Fireflies

 It's called Grave of the Fireflies, for God's sweet sake. There isn’t a single person on the planet who hasn’t seen this movie and wept a thousand tears. Except for psychopaths.

#1 Logan

This movie is #1 on our list, for it's ability to trigger an existential crisis for every X-Men fan who grew up with the comics and the movies. It's the only movie Marian has watched that forced her to call her mom afterward. It’s also the only movie where she woke up the next day, remembered what happened in the movie, and cried again. 


Special Mention: Serenity

For hardcore Firefly fans, the film Serenity was not one, but two epic tragedies. Joss Whedon, you’re a jerk. A brilliant jerk, but a jerk nonetheless!



We nerds feel things very strongly, that's a fact. When was the last time you cried during a movie? Let's hear it in the comments!

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