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Tear Jerker: The Green Mile
The bus crash. The whole Deadly Distant Finale leading up to the bus crash will probably make you require tissues.
When Coffey tells how Wharton kidnapped the girls:
Paul: Why didn't they scream, John ? He hurt them enough to make them bleed, their parents were right upstairs, so why didn't they scream?
Coffey: He say to the one, 'If you make noise, it's your sister I kill, not you'. He say that same to the other. You see? He kill them with they love, they love for each other. You see how it was? That's how it is every day, all over the worl'.
Del's reaction when Percy stomps on Mr. Jingles.
As Del is about to walk the Green Mile:
Del: You a good man, Boss Howell. You too, Boss Edgecombe. You yell at me sometimes, but not 'less you have to. You all good men except for dat Percy. I sure wish I coulda met you guys someplace else.
The whole scene where Coffey was executed, especially his repeating of "I'm in Heaven" has become almost unwatchably heartbreaking.
Delacroix and Bitterbuck before they are executed. Both are deeply sorry for what they've done, and it's obvious that everyone involved wishes that it didn't have to happen.
When Bitterbuck and Paul are discussing heaven before Bitterbuck's execution. Bitterbuck believes that if you sincerely repent your wrongs, you're sent back to eternally relive the best time is your life. Then he reveals his best time: The summer he was eighteen, spending time with his wife in the mountains. It's sweet and incredibly sad all at once. It's there in the book, too, but the sadness is taken away a bit by Paul's narration that he's only humoring Bitterbuck, and so is much better executed in the film.
After Coffey cures Hal Moores' wife, what she tells him never fails to jerk a tear, especially in the context of Coffey's fear of the dark...
Melinda Moores I dreamed of you, you know. I dreamed you were wandering in the dark...and so was I. And we found each other. We found each other in the dark.
The ending. Especially during the death of John Coffey.
Paul's final monologue:
"We each owe a death - there are no exceptions - but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile seems so long."
The revelation of how the two little girls Coffey supposedly raped and murdered really died: Wild Bill did it, and he had kidnapped them by threatening them that if one of them made a sound, then he'd kill the other one.
When Coffey walks into the execution chamber singing "Cheek to Cheek".
This dialogue before Coffey's execution:
Paul: On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?
The cruelty of the witnesses at Coffey's execution, hurling epithets at him, none of them knowing that John is anything but a "monster".
John's telling Paul he's tired of life.
John Coffey: I'm tired, boss. Tired of bein' on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. I'm tired of never having me a buddy to be with, to tell me where we's going to or coming from, or why. Mostly, I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world every day. There's too much of it — it's like pieces of glass in my head, all the time. Can you understand?
Coffey begging Paul not to put the shroud over his head: "Please boss, don't put that thing over my face. Don't put me in the dark. I's afraid of the dark." The stricken expressions on the guard's faces when he says that is heart-crushing.
Almost all of the guards, while grief-stricken, manage to somehow keep it together during Coffey's execution... except for Dean. He's an absolute mess and it is devastating to watch.