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24. 'The Green Mile'
Year released: 1999
Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse
Tearjerker Moment: As a guard on death row, Hanks is having a crisis of conscience when he realizes that he is going to put to death an innocent man, played by Duncan, who has extraordinary healing powers and the ability to see into people’s minds. In an gut wrenching scene, Hanks, knowing it will end his career, offers to let Duncan’s character, John Coffey, escape. Instead, Coffey begs him to let him die because he’s “rightly tired of the pain” that he absorbs from all the world’s ills. They are both trying to make it easier for each other in a moment that highlights our humanity to a breathtaking degree.
- Melinda Newman