I know, blogs (including this one) are always asking what movies make you cry. But I'm curious about what kinds of films make you cry, and whether a true story is more apt to have you reaching for the tissue box. And is it worse if the film is a documentary?

This weekend I finally got around to watching Cinematical favorite Dear Zachary, a personal documentary by Kurt Kuenne about the tragic murder of his childhood friend. It's a very heartbreaking story, and Kuenne was certainly intent on squeezing out as many tears as his audience is able to spill. My girlfriend, who tends to weep during movies both tragic and happy (though never as much as the infamous crying wife), was a mess by the end of Dear Zachary, admitting that it's the saddest movie she's ever seen. Possibly because it was so real.

I, on the other hand, was dry-eyed. Not that I'm a heartless or cold individual. I was plenty upset by the story in Dear Zachary. I just tend not to cry during documentaries, no matter how gut-wrenching they may be. Is it because I accept that people die and bad things happen in real life every day? Maybe. But then why do I cry occasionally during non-documentaries? Specifically, the only movie I recall bringing me to a bawling wreck is the Japanese animated film Grave of Fireflies. And the last time I really cried during a movie was in the first part of Pixar's Up.
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