tearjerker

[teer-jur-ker]
noun Informal.
a pathetic story, play, movie, or the like; an excessively sentimental tale.

Origin:
1930–35; tear1 + jerk1 + -er1

tearjerking, adjective
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It was a tearjerker with a lurid plot, in which the local saloon dooms a whole town to sorrow and despair.
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