Crying is cleansing. There's a reason for tears, happiness or sadness.
— Dionne Warwick
Some viewers are impassive when it comes to what they watch. They've seen it all. No fictional death, sacrifice, emotional display or confession can move them.
Since most of these involve death scenes, shocking twists, or something just as major, expect many
spoilers. However, they can also be as simple as the right imagery, tone, and music coming together - for the sole purpose of working those tear-ducts.
This being one of the YMMV items, one person's Tear Jerker may be another's Narm
, which is often a failed attempt to induce this. Comments such as "If you didn't cry at _____, you have no soul"
welcome here. Some tearjerking moments, especially of deaths, can wind up being traumatizing
Contrast Heartwarming Moment
, which can induce tears for more positive reasons.
Tropes that often result in Tear Jerker moments:
Many Downer Endings
and Bittersweet Endings
include tearjerking moments. Either way, make sure to bring the Kleenex. If you want to avoid them altogether, then you might want to consider heeding the Snicket Warning Label
Examples from works: