Richard Gere and a dog named Hachi: what movie makes you cry like a baby?

I’m not the kind of person who gets choked up watching emotionally manipulative commercials on TV. I’ve seen Terms of Endearment a ton of times and never felt a lump in my throat. And I certainly don’t have a problem keeping it together when I hear Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son” on the radio. I’m not saying I’m a heartless robot. Just that my threshold is pretty high when it comes to crying from the stuff I watch and listen to.

But we all have our soft spots. I remember once my friend Adam and I went to see the movie Deep Impact, which as you may or may not remember is about a giant asteroid hitting earth. It’s not the kind of film anyone would classify as a tearjerker. But there he was bawling his eyes out as Tea Leoni and the dude playing her dad embraced as they were about to be swallowed up by a giant tsunami. My wife can sob at the drop of a hat, too. Watching American Idol last week, her lip quivered every time some kid with a three-hankie backstory got their ticket to move on to the Hollywood round. I’m not totally impervious to these things. I think I felt something when Spock “died” in Wrath of Khan. And I’ll admit I got a bit misty watching Dennis Quaid in The Rookie, where he plays a former pitcher-turned-school teacher who gets one last shot to tryout for the major leagues thanks to his encouraging students. See, I’m not made of stone.

Anyway, all of this is a long build-up to say that I just saw the trailer for a new movie called Hachi: A Dog’s Tale and lost it. You’d think the movie would be terrible. Because even though it’s directed by Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) and has an all-star cast that includes Richard Gere, Joan Allen, and Jason Alexander, it’s going straight to DVD on March 9th. Hachi, which I’ve also seen titled as Hachiko, is about a professor (Gere) who adopts a lost Akita puppy that grows up to be the most loyal dog ever (even after a tragedy that’s vaguely alluded to in the teaser). Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think: did it put a lump in your throat? And while you’re at it, what movie or movies make you sob like a baby?

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  • KS

    I’ll admit it: Brokeback Mountain got me. And a Hallmark commercialevery now and then.

    • collegesinglesmatch

      I love Gere

      • weiveht

        The end of Planes, Trains and Automobiles….where Steve Martin’s character finds out that John Candy’s character’s wife has died and he has no place to go for the holiday. Get’s me everytime.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      I try to avoid tear-jerkers and animal movies, but the end of Brokeback gets me. Also Color Purple (Celie and Shug find the letters; Celie and her sister reunite), Empire of the Sun (Christian Bale and his mother reunite), Terms of Endearment (the younger son in the hospital room), Philadelphia (the brother in the hospital room), Wizard of Oz (“Remember my sentimental friend, a heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others”), It’s a Wonderful Life (To my brother George – the richest man in town”)

      • Madd

        Brokeback Mountain gets me every time as well. Don’t even get me started on how much I cried at the brother in the hospital room scene in Philadelphia. Or the Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas scenes in Philadelphia. Or ANY scene in Philadelphia. Jon Demme is too good at making me cry.

      • Melanie

        I cried like a baby at the end of Empire of the Sun…watched it again on netflix the other day and sure enough… tears!!

    • jane

      omg i cnt wait to get this film its close to my heart as the dog that plays hachi looks like my sam who past recently i get choked up whn i see it … but ill still but it

  • shonna

    It’s a long list:
    Terms of Endearment (you must have a tin heart if it doesn’t make you cry!)
    My Life
    Steel Magnolias
    The Bridges of Madison County
    Life As a House
    The Notebook
    August Rush
    Love Story
    Marley & Me
    To Gillian on her 37th Birthday
    My Girl
    Fried Green Tomatoes

    • Anon

      You are a wuss.

      • shonna

        and you’re so brave that you hide behind “anon”. douche.

      • Chris

        Would it really matter if it said “Craig”, or “lolzFlameblogz” instead?

    • Heat

      I’ve seen 12 of these, and they all made me cry too!

    • amanda

      Beaches was a regular rental in my teens whenever us girls needed a good teen angsg cry out.Life as a House,Love Story,Terms all got me,August Rush was just plain emotional,not all bad crying but the 1st(2nd & 3rd) time watching i felt ready 2 cry from start 2 finish.

    • angeler

      Ahhh, Steel Magnolias! Sally Field’s angry speech at the graveyard gets me every time. I’m always so annoyed with myself. ;)

    • trashytvlover

      I heart this list….sniff, sniff…


      You missed the best tear jerker movie ever. Even though it was made for T.V., Brian’s Song gets me every time. Just hearing the theme song makes me cry.

  • TellyB

    That trailer is heartbreaking!

    • NYTeach

      That damn trailer just made me cry! I’m such a sap, though. Everything makes me cry. Also, I have the best dog in the world.

    • e4ia

      Yeah. It got to me too. I’m a sucker for dog movies, especially ones about their loyalty to their human companions.

      • aps

        I have a feeling the movie itself isn’t very good.
        even with that, the story sounds cute as can be and I’d imagine that this could, for some weird reason, be successful.

  • Margaret

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ always does it for me. Balled like a baby as well throughout Sarah Polley’s ‘Away From Her’. Also an early Helena Bonham Carter movie ‘Lady Jane’.

  • TheObserver

    I’m a weird one…’Armageddon’ ..the very end when bruce willis took ben affleck place…I wept like a b*tch. ‘Precious’ made me cry also. Pursuit of Happyness made me cry too

    • shonna

      yup – i balled watching armegeddon.

      • shonna

        oops – that would be “bawled”

      • trashytvlover

        still cry evertime i watch armegeddon

        Permission to shake the hand of the daughter of the bravest man I know….

        oh jeeze that kills

    • Sydney

      I go completely hysterical at that part. The first time I watched it, my parents were looking at me, wondering what in the hell was wrong with me.

    • amanda

      me 2

    • led

      Definitely…Pursuit of Happyness, especially the part where Will Smith had to spend the night in the public bathroom with his son.

    • slippers

      Armageddon—count me in…

  • Katie

    The end of Gladiator, when he is dying and walking in the field seeing his dead wife and son. Sob like a baby no matter how many times that I see it and knows it coming.

    • Laura


    • Mary

      Gladiator is my number 1 sob movie.

    • Kat

      Amen! Gladiator and Braveheart get me everytime.

  • JFR

    Brokeback Mountain and Stepmom.

    • TheObserver

      Ditto on Brokeback

    • paula

      Stepmom has the same effect on me :S

  • Mel

    “We Are Marshall.” I start crying about 15 minutes in and don’t stop until the credits roll. Also “The Green Mile,” “Lars and the Real Girl” and a brand new French film called “Oscar et la Dame Rose.” I cried like somebody ran over my puppy at that one.

    • Sam

      yes – the green mile did it to me too.

    • amanda

      we are marshall,another sport flick that made me weepy

      • Lindsay

        The sports flick that I always break down in is A League of Their Own. The end, when Dottie comes back for the reunion, and everyone is old but still playing, and Kit is there, and Stilwell tells her his mom has died, and there’s a picture of Jimmy Duggan in the Hall of Fame? I fall apart every time.

  • Brenda

    Marley & Me gets me every time as well as a moving scene by Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys in The Secret Life of Bees caught me off guard and I bawled in the theater without tissues, had to wipe my eyes on my sweatshirt.

    • NYTeach

      I can’t even watch Marley and Me because I know what’s coming.

      • kim in kentucky

        ditto – won’t even watch this trailer – anything w/animals will get me going

    • Susan Peterson

      I cry at all dog movies, have you seen My Dog Skip? But, when I went to see Marley & Me at the movies, I was sobbing. That was the saddest movie ever!

  • AMH

    Just saw Eight Below on ABC Family channel and cried all the way through it. How could they put that movie on that channel??

    • Rachel K

      I weep uncontrollably when I see Eight Below. I also cry whenever I see A Walk to Remember. That movie breaks me heart.

    • whatevs

      The same reason they make me watch Old Yeller, The Yearling, Benji, Lassie, and Where the Red Fern Grows in elementary school. Yes, I will forever be bitter.

    • Jo

      I cry watching that one too, it’s just so sad. Marley & me as well, really any movie about dogs or other animals. Even cartoon ones. I probably couldn’t handle this one.

      • Sue1

        Marley and Me reduced my entire family to tears…we have said goodbye to a couple of Labs much the same way. Eight Below, same thing.

    • amanda

      watch it every yr around xmas,suprised i didn’t cry this yr.

  • Patricia

    La Bamba….and every time I hear the song they were playing on the radio when the mother heard the news, I think of that scene,

    • Ren

      totally agree. then when his brother starts screaming on the bridge, it’s over.

  • Melanie

    ET and Platoon were almost too much for me in my youth. I remember crying for an extended period of time after the movies had ended. Now it doesn’t take much to make me cry when it comes to movies.

    • NYTeach

      ET is a non-stop tear fest for me. I remember crying when I was telling my mom about it when I first saw it in the theater.

  • Cris

    Four words … always get me … no matter if I’ve watched the movie from the beginning or just turned it on, I ALWAYS lose it when I hear … “Your his daddy, Forrest.”

    • angeler

      even more tear-jerking from Forrest Gump, when he’s out at Jenny’s grave and talks to her, I completely lose it. Every time!

      • treee

        oh man when he asks if his son is smart. the tears started. that on top of the grave screen = tears

  • paige

    akita’s are stunning dogs… anyway- It never fails that i sob like an animal watching Edward Scissorhands and Little Women.

    • val

      “I know I shall be homesick for you, even in Heaven.” I’m watering up right now.

      • paige

        It was on the other day and i watched 5 minutes before that scene came up- and then it came and it didnt take long for me reach for the tissues.

      • Zo

        I know! And when Beth says, “Now I’m the one who’s going forward.” I’m paraphrasing, but still… I love Beth so much! How about when she comes down the stairs at Christmas to find the piano there from the neighbor? Oh, God.

      • Zo

        PS— They made a musical of “Little Women” a couple years ago on Broadway. Never got to see it, but I have the soundtrack. And the final song between Jo and Beth is ridiculously gut-punching… It’s basically Jo telling Beth her stories, as Beth asked for that as her final wish.

      • paige

        the part that always smacks me in the face is when beth says “i am not afraid” … *sniffle*

    • Meier

      I first heard about this movie being produced while watching “Dogs 101″ when they were talking about the breed of Akitas. They seem so amazingly loyal, especially after learning of this story. The real Hachi even has his own statue at that train station!

  • Tonya

    Where the Red Fern Grows! I just ball everytime…..

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