This is a countdown of my Top 10 Tear-Jerker Movie Moments. Have your tissues at the ready, as this could get emotional. I was crying just re-watching some of these scenes, that is how well these scenes hold up.
(WARNING!! As some of these scenes are near the end of the film, they may contain spoilers!)
10. The richest man in town – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Just the premise of this film could bring you to tears. George Bailey, a small town man who has got to a point of such desperation that he considers suicide. He feels like his whole family and his town would be better off if he had never even existed, and he wishes that he’d never been born. Then an angel is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true.
This final scene is a tear-jerker as you can see just how much George is loved and respected by his family and friends. The moral of the story is that life is not always money, it is about the people who you meet and who you have impacted.
9. Saying Goodbye – Toy Story 3 (2010)
This moment is sad because it is relatable, Andy has grown up and has to leave his toys and his childhood behind when he leaves to go to college. You can understand the emotion as you can’t be a child forever. If you have children that are grown up you will understand the feeling of loss that Andy feels.
8. Baby Mine – Dumbo (1941)
Many people say that Bambi or The Lion King would make their list. However, for me this scene is more upsetting by far. One day at a Circus show, Dumbo is mocked by a group of children, provoking his mother into a rage that gets her imprisoned. You can see the connection between Dumbo and his mother and how close they are even though she has been locked away. Having the comparison of the other animals with their babies shows that there is nothing stronger than a mothers love.
7. Ralph’s Sacrifice – Wreck-it-Ralph (2012)
Wreck-It Ralph, an arcade-game character, is fed up of always being the “bad guy” and losing to his “good guy” opponent, Fix-It Felix Jr. After years of seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph sets off on a game-hopping trip to show that he has what it takes to be a hero. However, while on his crusade, Ralph accidentally releases a deadly enemy that threatens the whole arcade.
There are a few emotional scenes in this film, however, I picked this scene because Ralph realises that he should be happy with who he is. That he isn’t as bad as he has always been made to feel and that he will always be a hero to someone.
6. Thomas J’s Funeral – My Girl (1991)
The film follows Vada Sultenfuss, whose mother died during childbirth, living with her father, who operates a funeral service out of their home. The other kids think she’s a freak, and her best and only friend is a boy named Thomas J.
The reason that this scene is so upsetting is because you can see how distraught Vada is at the loss of her best friend, also the fact that she is still an eleven year old girl she doesn’t really comprehend what has actually happened, this comes across when she starts screaming that he can’t see without his glasses!
5. We are Groot – Guardians of the Galaxy
Crying in a superhero movie! Whatever next? But this scene near the end of the movie took me by surprise. Throughout the film his only line is “I am Groot!” and even though it can be perceived as very self-centred, he comes across as very endearing, almost childlike. In this final scene however, when the ship is about to blow up around our main characters, Groot protects them with no concern for himself. When Rocket tries to convince him otherwise as he sees him as his only friend, Groot says to him “We are Groot” showing that he understands that they are a team and that by him sacrificing himself means the rest will be saved.
4. Life is like a box of chocolates – Forrest Gump (1994)
Slow-witted Forrest Gump has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and it’s all down to his supportive mother, he is anything but restricted. Whether dominating on the football field, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism.
This is a sad scene because you can see that Forrest doesn’t really understand what is really happening. His mother was the one who stood by him and always made sure that he never went without. She played a huge part in his life and now that part of him is gone.
3. The Last Letter – PS I Love You (2007)
Holly Kennedy loses the love of her life, her husband Gerry. Knowing how hard Holly will take his death, Gerry plans ahead. Beginning on her 30th birthday, she receives the first in a series of letters written by him, designed to ease her grief and encourage her to move forward to a new life.
I pretty much cry throughout the entire film but this is at the end of the film and it has all built up to this finale. Holly has gone a whole year without her husband and he has helped and in this final letter he is saying how happy that she made his life. Gerry wants her to move on and be happy in the rest of her life, and she realises that moving on doesn’t mean that she’ll forget him and she will always love him.
2. I’ll be seeing you – The Notebook (2004)
A story about a young couple who fall in love during 1940. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident.
The reason that this is sad to me is because prior to this scene you see the elderly man telling the woman the story of their life together and then suddenly she forgets who he is as you realise that the woman suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It shows how much this couple truly love each other, and how much they have valued their life together.
1. Adventure Book – Disney Pixar’s UP (2009)
A lot of people may say that the opening sequence of this film is one of the saddest moments, but every time I watch this scene (even just talking about it) makes me cry. The reason it is so sad to me is because Carl has finally managed to get his home to Paradise Falls, which was the dream of his late wife, Ellie. He reads over the book that Ellie started when they were both children, about all the adventures she was going to have when they grow up. He realises that she didn’t need to go to South America, as she was happy with the adventure she had with her life with Carl.
You can wipe away the tears now. Let me know if I have missed any of your best tear-jerker moments in the comment section below.
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