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I just watched HUMORESQUE (1946) this week.... what a totally terrific film from Warners. John Garfield is just amazing as the tortured violinist (his finger work is stellar), and Joan Crawford is beyond belief in what may be her best performance (as the bored socialite). A gorgeous film by Jean Negulesco based on a play by Clifford Odets based on a novel by Fannie Hurst.


Oscar Levant plays piano and cracks wise, Ruth Nelson and J. Carroll Naish as the parents, Joan Chandler as the discarded Gina, Robert Blake as Garfield as a boy, Tom D'Andrea as the plain brother....


The music is wonderful and helps create the mood. Just a wonderful but overlooked film that's just about perfect.

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Imitation Of Life - 1959

All That Heaven Allows

Magnificent Obsession - 1954


Kings Row

Dark Victory

Stolen Hours

Mrs. Miniver

Blossoms In The Dust

They Live By Night

To Each His Own

Eddy Duchin Story

Man Of A Thousand Faces

Madame X - 1966

A Time To Love And A Time To Die

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

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I live and die by great weepies ...


Miss Lulu Bett 1920

The Crowd 1928

The Divine Lady 1929

City Lights 1931

Queen Christina 1933

Torch Singer 1933

Imitation Of Life 1934

Pride Of The Yankees 1942

Since You Went Away 1944

Roman Holiday 1953

A Star Is Born 1954

Splendor In The Grass 1961

The Miracle Worker 1962

Romeo And Juliet 1968

Brians Song 1971

The Elephant Man 1980

Sophies Choice 1982

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CelluloidKid, you listed 2 of my favorites - "Beaches" and "Imitation of Life" (isn't that one on everyone's list). Can't watch them though unless I'm having a strong day emotionally. I haven't seen "The Notebook" yet, waiting for a day when I am really strong - since I lost my Mom a few years ago to Alzheimers. From what I have heard it would definitely be a favorite -


Pass the Kleenex, please.

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"Field of Dreams"--I do cry in anticipation of the climax, I don't even wait.

"Mr. Skeffington"--This movie means more to me the older I get.

"Tin Cup"--I shoulda done what Rene Russo did--so I do "regret crying".

"Lassie Come Home"--sucker for dog movies. Did I ever tell you the first time I fell in love was when I was 6 yrs old, and I lost my heart to Jon Provost (Timmy) on the Lassie TV series...another blond!--see "blond" thread.........

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Reading down the list of movies, there are some excellent pictures listed!

I find that the classic movies are so much more emotional and exciting

than most of what is made today. One of my favorite all time tear-jerkers is:

"PENNY SERENADE" starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, made in 1941.

It is airing on TCM on February 13 at 6:30 am. If you can, watch it, you will

not be dissappointed...but you will definately be crying!

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*Gone with the Wind* and *Doctor Zhivago* always have me crying no matter how many times I see them. Their music is one of the chief reasons. Out of Africa is another. Not all the movies that make me cry the most are exactly thought of as traditional "tear-jerkers":


Madame X and Imitation of Life (Lana Turner)

One-Way Passage

How Green Was My Valley

The Searchers

Ten North Frederick

Waterloo Bridge (Vivien Leigh)

Young Mr. Lincoln

All This, And Heaven, Too

Dark Victory

Now, Voyager!

Wuthering Heights (1939)

Arch of Triumph (Boyer/Bergman)

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Love Story (the music!)


Letter From an Unknown Woman


Roman Holiday (the ending!)

Random Harvest (oddly, it's not necessarily the lost love theme that moves me to tears so much as the shattering portrait of a shell-shocked soldier painted with such pathos by Ronald Colman. It's a delicate performance.)

Penny Serenade

An Affair to Remember

Three Comerades

And So Ends Our Night


And *The Man Who Shot LIberty Valance* for similar reasons Lynn mentioned (and then some). But yes, that music....

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