10 Classic Films That May Make You Cry

Intense, emotional, moving, dramatic films…

Films that make me cry, make me feel, and make me think…

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Glory never fails to upset me.

Recently Spotlight, Remember, Doubt, and Million Dollar Baby each drew me in and touched me.

This got me to thinking about those older films that have brought me to tears, usually more than once.

Here is rough list of what are for me the 10 most emotionally intense classic films.

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10) Brief Encounter

(Ill fated love affair- star crossed lovers)

9) Ace in the Hole

(Cynical and biting… a too accurate depiction of corruption and media manipulation.)

8) Judgment at Nuremberg

(Judy and Monty.  Need I say more?)

7) The Miracle Worker

(The eating lesson scene alone…)

6) I Want to Live!

(Susan Hayward is completely raw.)

5) The Rack

(“He said he thought that every man has a moment in his life when he has to choose. If he chooses right, then it’s a moment of magnificence. If he chooses wrong, then it’s a moment of regret that will stay with him for the rest of his life. I wish that every soldier… I wish that everybody could feel the way I feel now. Because if they did, they’d know what it is like to be a man who sold himself short… and who lost his moment of magnificence. I pray to God that they find theirs.”)

4) Night of the Iguana

(“A man has got just so much in his emotional bank balance. Mine has run out. It’s stone dry. I can’t draw a check on it. There’s nothing left to draw out.”  I relate…

PLUS a killer cast- Ava, Richard, and Deborah!)

3) Random Harvest

(A three hankie picture- amnesia AND Ronald Colman)

2) Paths of Glory

(Two Kirk Douglas films on the list- so gut wrenching- I pray for a different ending each time.)

1) Sunset Boulevard

(“All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”  Such a strange and dark picture.  Really speaks to me…)

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I’d love to hear yours!

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Click here to read up on Bette Davis in the incredible Dark Victory.

…and thanks for visiting!

A Taste of Ginger

I’d love to share with you a quick peek into the remarkable life of my favorite actress, Ginger Rogers.

[About Fred Astaire] “Sure he was great, but don’t forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards…and in high heels!”

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Virginia Katherine McMath was born on July 16, 1911 in Independence, Missouri.

“My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months.”

She was nicknamed, “Ginger,” because her younger cousin Helen pronounced “Virginia” as “Ginja.”

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18 month old Ginger with her father

At age 14 Ginger entered the Texas State Charleston Championship and won.  Her prize was a four week vaudeville contract.  She was a hit and continued to tour around the country.

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Ginger was extremely close to her mother Lela.

“I don’t care what the critics say. My fabulous mom will give me a good review if nobody else does.”

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After success in vaudeville and on Broadway, Hollywood came calling.

Lela guided Ginger in many of her career and financial decisions.

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Here they are in The Major and the Minor in which Lela plays Ginger’s onscreen mother.

Believe it or not, Ginger was in 19 films before making those 10 incredible features with Fred.

Ginger and Fred revolutionized the Hollywood musical with their blend of sophistication, elegance, and excellence.  Their pictures were scored by the greatest popular composers of the day- Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin- Wow!

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At the top of their game in Swing time, a sublime musical comedy.

“You bring out a lot of your own thoughts and attitudes when acting. I think a great deal of it has to do with the inner you. You know, there’s nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women.”  Amen!

“It was tough being a woman in the theatrical business in those days.”

Ginger had to fight extremely hard for equal pay and quality roles.  She was often paid significantly less than the male character actors in her films.

Finally, recognition: a Best Actress Academy Award for Kitty Foyle in 1940!

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Shortly after Ginger bought a 1000-acre ranch on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon.

She loved the outdoors!

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From Ginger’s milk cows.

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My Favorite Films

1.The Major and The Minor

2.Bachelor Mother

3.Stage Door

4.Swing Time

5. Storm Warning

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Ginger’s husbands

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Lew Ayres and Jack Briggs

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Jacques Bergerac and William Marshall

In her later years Ginger again found success on Broadway.

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Promoting her autobiography- Ginger: My Story  (A fun read)

On April 25,1995, 83 year old Ginger Rogers died of congestive heart failure.  Fans worldwide mourned the loss of this multi-talented wonder woman.

“The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun, joy and happiness. This is my gift.”

Ginger, I’ll never take for granted the happiness you’ve brought me.

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Thanks for the memories!

Click here for a wonderful tribute to the films of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

Click here for a great post about Ginger’s hilarious The Major and the Minor.