'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (June 4, 2014)

Anyone who’s read John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” knows why people are planning to bring boxes of tissues to the movie this weekend. Seriously, some people probably bawled during the trailer. On that note, here are a few movies that made the RedEye staff cry. -- Matt Pais, RedEye movie critic, mpais@tribune.com, @mattpais

“The Lion King”
Man, that movie. I was 8 years old when I first saw it and remember bawling because (spoiler alert) Mufasa died. How’s a kid supposed to go on after seeing something like that?!?! -- Jay St. Pierre

“Armageddon”
Just a couple notes of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” brings back all feelings the from this 1998 tearjerker about a space mission to destroy an asteroid careening toward earth. The saying-goodbye-forever dialogue between Harry (Bruce Willis) and his daughter Grace (Liv Tyler) when he decides to sacrifice himself to save the world made me all-out bawl from the first few words: “Grace, I know I promised you I was coming home. It looks like I’m going to have to break that promise.” -- Lisa Arnett

“It's My Party”
It's a gut-wrenching end-of-life love story. I cried my eyes out in big, audible sobs. -- Amy Guth

“Beaches”
I’ve been watching this movie since I was 4 years old, meaning I’ve been crying every time I’ve seen it since 1988. Watching Hillary (played by Barbara Hershey and Barbara Hershey’s original nose, mouth and chin) and CC (Bette Midler) grow together as best friends throughout a few decades is heartwarming. But it all comes crashing down when Hillary gets terminally ill and takes her final breaths on a beach with CC by her side. Mix that in with “Wind Beneath My Wings” and that is an ugly cry cocktail, my friends. -- Jessica Cantarelli

'Pearl Harbor'

I don't know if it was the way the music perfectly swells to push me over the edge into a sobbing mess, the fact I've seen it so many times I can anticipate the emotional scenes or my teenage crush on Josh Hartnett. But this movie always requires an entire box of tissues. -- Aly Morris

“Simon Birch”
In the most memorable scene, the main character, a 12-year-old with physical disabilities, kills the mom of his only friend when he hits a foul ball in Little League. Every scene is nearly as ridiculous, but I found “Simon Birch” to be absolutely devastating at the time and left the theatre oozing snot and tears into my popcorn bucket.  -- Lenny Gilmore

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
Not only does this movie make me cry, it’s so soul-crushing that I’m not sure I can watch it anymore. The scene that really gets me: Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) are under the covers, and she’s telling a story of her 8-year-old self, yelling at an ugly doll she’d named Clementine. She can’t even make eye contact as she shares the memory with Joel, and we get the sense that this is the moment Clementine really lays her soul bare. Joel rolls over and kisses her, saying over and over, “You’re pretty, you’re pretty.” Just ... bawling. —Dana Moran

“Forrest Gump”
Forrest (Tom Hanks) spent his whole life loving Jenny (Robin Wright) so much. When he goes to the cemetery and tells her about their son—jeez, it gets me just thinking about it. “If there’s anything you need,” he says before leaving, in case any viewers haven’t totally lost it, “I won’t be far away.”   -- Matt Pais

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