‘Terms of Endearment’ (1983)
Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine make the perfect mother-daughter team. They drive each other crazy, but they’re also total besties. MacLaine won the best actress Oscar for her performance as a passionate, overbearing mother. In her acceptance speech, she famously quipped, “I deserve this.” Boy, did she. It’s sad enough when her daughter finally passes, but I dare you not to sob during the scene when she yells at the nursing staff to bring her daughter that pain medication—stat! Winger also gives a great performance. Good luck keeping it together during the hospital goodbye scenes.
‘Dead Poets Society’ (1989)
Robin Williams is at his finest as the passionate English Professor John Keating who inspires his students to march to their own drum. But like all free thinkers he finds himself in the midst of controversy when one his students takes it too far. His students grieve a friend’s suicide in beautiful scenes shot in snow. But the real tearjerker moment happens when their beloved Keating, recently fired, comes back to the classroom one last time. One by one, his students step up on their desks and call out the famous line, “Oh Captain, my Captain!” Some of them can’t hold back the tears and neither will you. (Don’t miss these Robin Williams quotes that show his heart and wit.)