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5. 'Schindler's List'
Year released: 1993
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Tearjerker moment: "Schindler's List" is three+ hours of inhuman brutality and sadness in which the main moment of emotional release is the central character lamenting the seemingly minuscule number of lives he was able to save. And yes, Itzhak's "He who saves one life saves the entire world" speech beautifully sells the significance of what Schindler did. It's still the closing sequence that actually lets the tears come for me. In recent years, Spielberg has blundered more than a couple endings with unneeded sentiment, but it could hardly be more earned in this case. The transition from black-and-white to color as we see the Schindler Jews today? That's the moment that says, "OK. It's finally time to cry." And I do.
- Daniel Fienberg