Sure, I watch films that don't turn out the way I'd like, but if it can't end happily can it at least have a hopeful ending? Hope that the characters will adjust, be resilient, become strong? (Old Yeller, 1957; Steel Magnolias, 1989)
A niece recommended Life is Beautiful (1997). Oh my goodness, I bawled so hard I literally used a dish towel to soak up the tears. I called my niece and chewed her out! The next day, glutton for punishment I guess, I watched it again and saw the beauty in the ending.
So far, I haven't had the nerve to watch Love Story (1970), The Champ (1979), or Beaches (1988) a second time.
Do you prefer movies with happy endings? Is there a tear-jerker you can't bear to see again?