10 Movies It's Impossible To Finish Without Crying

10. The Wrestler

In 2008, Darren Aronofsky came out of nowhere with his bleak, intimate profile of a washed-up pro wrestler (Mickey Rourke) in the twilight of his career. Facing health problems and dealing with an estranged daughter who wants precious little to do with him, Randy 'The Ram' Robinson attempts to pull the disparate strands of his life back together. As a character, Randy has to be one of the most self-destructive ever put to celluloid, and it's that very nature that results in some of the film's best moments. In reaching out to his daughter Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood), she agrees to spend the day with him and he ends up breaking down to her and apologising for abandoning her as a child. Tears pouring down his cheeks, he says "I'm an old, broken down piece of meat... and I'm alone. And I deserve to be all alone. I just don't want you to hate me."
This incredibly raw, honest moment lead to multiple impromptu water leaks in cinemas across the world back in '08. It gets worse when he f*cks up their newly-mended relationship by getting wasted and missing their dinner date, after which Stephanie tells him that she wants nothing to do with him anymore. That makes two floods of tears, and the film is only about halfway done. After a serious heart attack, he is warned by the Doctor that participating in more wrestling matches could prove fatal. But after losing his job, and losing contact with Stephanie, Randy returns to the ring, engaging in a big rematch with his onetime nemesis, 'The Ayatollah'. It's here that the film's beautiful, heart-wrenching ending plays out. As the match goes on we see Randy wince in pain, clutching his heart, and against the Ayatollah's whispered protestations he elects to carry out the big finish, where he jumps off the ring's turnbuckle for his 'Ram Jam' finishing move. The crowd goes wild as Randy leaps, Aronofsky fades to black before we can witness Randy's fate, and all that can be heard is your third round of soft weeping as the film gently ends.
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