- Dumbo''s mom chained, stroking Dumbo behind bars. Sad that it (worse stuff) happens in real life in circuses, still (Ringling, for example).
- Artex the horse dying in The Neverending Story. Even sadder now, because I just found out the real horse died during filming of that scene. I don''t think I can ever watch that again.
- The scenes in "Sex and the City" where Carrie and Samantha appear in age inappropriate attire.
- Jesus, are these ALL going to be about animals?
- (Sophie''s Choice) When Sophie has to make said choice.\
(Forrest Gump) When Forrest tells Jenny "Why don''t you love me, Jenny? I''m not a smart man but I know what love is..."
- I think it was ''Fantasm'' wherein they shrink people for the other dimension. I cried for those poor little fucking midgets trudging down some unknown badly lit and poorly funded set. So sad.
- The death montage in "Selena".
- The final scene in "Eddie Duchin Story."%0D\
"Music by Duchin"%0D\
Corny - but still...(those fingers slipping off the piano keys)
- The death of Glenn''s career in "South Pacific."
- Susan Kohner running after her mother''s casket in Imitation of Life. Hands down.
- I agree with R10. I tell myself it''s corny and melodramatic, but I cry like a baby every time I see it.
- The death of Jack Dawson in Titanic.
- Terms of Endearment....when her daughter finally dies, Shirley McLaine''s character says something like, "what a fool I was to think it would be a relief when she finally died"...I have seen that happen so many times in real life and it always makes me think of that movie...
- Yes, Sophie''s "choice", and also in the last scene when she is in Nathan''s arms. The most profoundly sad movie I have ever seen- even more poignant for me in that it''s lense highlights the horrors of the Hollocaust (at all stages) and mental illness. I think it was much more powerful than Shindlers List.
- When the Maltese Falcon turns out to be a fake.
- My other favorite is the final scene in "Glory" when Matthew Broderick and Denzel are thrown into the mass grave....the music is so haunting and sad...
- Dawson''s last load.
- R14, ''Schindler''s List'' is one long Bausch & Lomb commercial compared to ''Sophie''s Choice.''
- "Goin'' home, goin'' home, I''m-a goin'' home" from The Snake Pit.
- When the boy gets shot in "House of Sand and Fog," and the end of Dancer in the Dark.
My favorite tear-jerkers
- 1) The end of Central Station- I cried like a fucking baby\
2) Into The Wild- I could not stop bawling. And I felt sad for days.\
3) The end of Dancer In The Dark, and Catherine Deneuve''s final words to Selma. Cried.
Ima B. Pussy
- I just realized that Central Station isn''t American but who gives a fuck.
- Han Solo being encased in carbonite.
- I hardly ever cry in life but I cry so much in movies, it's embarrassing.
The end of "The Green Mile"
The end of "Ghost"
The end of "Schindler's List"
The hospital scenes in "Gia."
The first ten minutes of "Up"
Most of "A.I.", but I have big mommy issues. In fact, I dont think I've ever cried harder at the end of a movie.
"I am Legend," when he kills the dog
"Forrest Gump," when he's talking to Jenny's grave
The dead dad in "The Lion King"
Pretty much every seen with Ellen Burstyn in "Requiem for a Dream." Holy shit, was she amazing in that role.
The end of "Boys Don't Cry"
Almost the whole fucking kaboodle in "P.S. I Love You"
"Field of Dreams" when he meets his dad
The end of "The Sixth Sense," but I had just lost two family members a few months beforehand
"Saving Private Ryan"
The end of "Empire of the Sun," when he doesn't recognize his parents (Was this an American movie? I know it had American actors.)
I'm pretty sure I cried hard at the end of "Titanic," but I was in high school so don't judge too harshly.
I refused to see "Marley and Me" because I know how it ended.
And while it's not American, the end of "LIfe is Beautiful" is one of the best of all time.
- Agree with the death of Bambi''s mother. I still can''t watch that film knowing that will happen again. I was very young when I saw this film and I never forgot the sadness I felt andI never want to relive it.
- Spock dying...
- Terms of Endearment when she says goodbye to her kids.
- Some oldies:%0D\
When Susan Hayward as Jane Froman is reunited with and sings to Robert Wagner as the young (and impossibly hot!) wounded GI in With a Song in My Heart. Kills me every time! And made a star of RJ.%0D\
And definitely the death of Old Yeller. As a little kid, I felt so betrayed by Walt Disney.%0D\
Not as well-known, but the high school graduation scene in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when little Francie remembers her dead daddy. This is a film that deserves more recognition in all departments!%0D
- The whole of "The Colour Purple" and most of Elisabeth Shue''s and Nicholas Cage''s scenes in %0D\
"Leaving Las Vegas". And of course "Boys Don''t Cry"
- In for Pete''s Sake when Pete yanks the ring off Babs Streisand''s finger.%0D\
She thought he was pissed at her for lying and being a hooker for a day and rustling cattle.%0D\
It was a comedy.
- R16 I agree.
- Not sure if it''s sad or just plain eerie, but I cry everytime at the end of Unbreakable with Sam Jackson and Bruce Willis. That is just a dark movie. The idea of being so close to something evil and not knowing it sends shudders down my spine and makes me cry.
- Ricky Schroeder owns this thread
- Sal Mineo discovering the body of his girlfriend played by Jill Haworth in Otto Preminger''s EXODUS. Her throat had been cut by an Arab terrorist.
- Most recently, the remake of "True Grit" - Little Blackie''s fate.\
Just about every scene in "Hachi: A Dog''s Tale."\
"Terms of Endearment" - Emma''s farewell to her kids was sad enough, but I really lost it when Garrett showed up to support Aurora after Emma''s death. I still choke up when he walks into the scene.\
"The Sixth Sense" - the scene in the car, Cole telling his mom about her late mother.\
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" - the baby Toon car and The Dip. \
"Empire of the Sun" - when Jim Graham finds his mother.\
"How Green Was My Valley" - the entire mine disaster sequence: The blind man descending into the mine, accompanied by child miner Huw Morgan...while the other miners remained above, too scared to assist in the rescue. Huw saying goodbye to his trapped father.
- The "Jane" character in the Twilight films.\
Played by someone who once showed so much promise and now reduced to this crap. Tragic.
- Natalie Wood in that final scene of Splendor in the Grass when she reunites with Warren Beatty and sees how much had changed and that there was no going back.%0D\
Another Natalie scene-- Tony''s death in West Side Story.
- "Take .... off... the red..... shoes."
Victoria Page to Julian on the traintracks.
- R36 here - correction for the Roger Rabbit scene...the baby Toon was a shoe, not a car.
Old softie again
- When the evil queen lost her Joan Crawford-ish beauty and turned into that old witch crone in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.%0D\
And that bitch Snow didn''t thank... didn''t even say goodbye(!) to those dwarfs after she was rescued by the prince. She and that prince just up and booked it outta there.%0D\
I was a severe little gay boy..
- The blind Bette Davis saying goodbye to her dogs as she ascends the stairs to her bedroom to die.\
The clip is the scene where she goes blind. I sobbed for the rest of the film. I am still looking for the final scene.
- And will you be happy, Charlotte?\
Oh, Jerry, don''t let''s ask for the moon. We have the stars.
- I''m glad to see some older (pre-1980 films) mentioned here! More of those, please....%0D\
It''s funny, but I don''t think there will be many 1970s films mentioned. It was a helluva cynical decade for the movies.
- When Jack Black and/or Justin Timberlake appear.
It wasn''t quite 1970 (it was ''69) but those closing scenes of "Midnight Cowboy" are gut-wrenching, particularly for gay men.
- r42, that schlock LITERALLY made you cry? REALLY? I mean, Dark Victory is a classic film, yes, but good lord everyone laughs at the totally UNrealistic way she dies. It is the TEMPLATE for "glamorous movie deaths." Same with Ali McGraw in Love Story. Bette so nobly, in full make-up and perfect hair (with full a studio orchestra just behind the door) so nobly ascends the stairs and gently lies on the bed to die. The music swells and the screen fades. Cue the hanky. It''s glamorous and fun but not in the least sad. That is, unless you live in some kind of candybox world of unicorns and rainbows. %0D\
And have never had a truly sad thing happen to you.
Dark Victory is wonderful but NOT sad
- Not a really emotional movie, but the scene in Apocalypse Now where Lawrence Fishburne is listening to a letter on tape from his mom, then is shot. He''s dying and the tape goes on "well, stay outta the way of the bullets, and bring your ass home". \
And, of course, the "reunion" scene in Showgirls with Nomi, Al and Henrietta at the Stardust. \
"It must be nice not having anyone cum on ya."
- Antwone Fisher\
When he confronts his mother (played by Viola Davis)\
Davis also had a great sad moment in Doubt.
- How does the whole of "The Color Purple" qualify when the entire movie hinges on themes of hope and redemption, and the end finds everyone reunited and happy?
- The death of Spock at the end of "The Wrath of Khan".
- Emma Thompson in LOVE ACTUALLY-THAT scene with Joni Mitchell singing in the background.
- Please tell me R2 is lying.
- R53, I was trying to look up the name of the horse for this thread, and came across that story. I hadn''t heard it before, and am so fucking sad about it. Apparently they had to halt production for a couple of weeks because Noah Hathaway was so traumatized.
- The scene in COLOR PURPLE when he physically throws Celie''s sister off of the farm and the sister keeps screaming "Why?????"%0D\
Tony''s death in WEST SIDE STORY. I''ve seen it a million times but the music, together with the look on Natalie Wood''s face gets me every time.%0D\
The death scene in ENDEARMENT when Debra Winger stares at her mother, then weakly waves good-bye before she dies.
- Lana Turner''s death scene in Madame X%0D\
Susan Hayward''s death scene in I want to Live
- I want to live''s link
- When Captain Craig comes back for Mrs. Muir at the end of her life, and they finally can be together. Makes me cry every time.
- Actually, we probably shouldn''t even be talking about The Neverending Story. Wasn''t it a German production?
- The last 30 minutes of "Marley & Me"...absolutely broke my heart, I was hysterically crying like a baby. %0D\
Same goes for "My Dog Skip" and "Hachi"%0D\
The last scenes of "Brokeback Mountain". Also, when Heath Ledger cries to Jack, "You made me this way".%0D\
The fantasy beach scene in "Longtime Companion".%0D\
The last scenes in "Maurice"...Maurice reunites with Scutter at the boathouse, and when Hugh Grant is remembering his lost love with Maurice while looking outside the window.
- The final scene of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" when Joel and Clementine decide to give their relationship a shot even though they both know it''ll be doomed.
- Gods and Monsters. Ian McKellen''s WWI story about his lover being killed. Him describing how his body was caught in the fence and how he and his fellow soldiers used black humor to cope with the nearby decaying body.
- The moment referenced at R19. These people are all patients in a state mental hospital and know they''re not going home anytime soon.
- The ending of Without a Trace when Kate Nelligan was reunited with her kidnapped little boy. I have never sobbed so loudly or uncontrollably in a movie theatre.
- "And that bitch Snow didn''t thank... didn''t even say goodbye(!) to those dwarfs after she was rescued by the prince. She and that prince just up and booked it outta there."%0D\
Excellent point, r 41. I hadn''t really noticed that before.
- Death Be Not Proud\
Terms of Endearment\
Schindler''s List (girl in red dress)
- OK, what''s the one where the old dog is dying and they pick his little nugget ass up and set him on the bed?\
Didn''t see it, don''t want to.\
My Dog Skip?
- r2, God, I haven''t been able to watch that scene in years anyway and now I don''t think I will ever watch a moment from that movie again.
- This will send a bunch of queens into a crying tizzy.
- My death by drowning in a toilet.
Helen Lawson''s wig
- r63, there is a shot of Betsy Blair in that clip, too. She was married to Gene Kelly and won an Oscar for Marty, seven years later.%0D\
That song is heartbreaking. The faces of the patients is what does it.
- Definitely the ending of Sophie''s Choice....ample make this bed. I just sat there completely devastated.%0D\
The scene in Saving Private Ryan when the mother collapses on the front porch.
- The boys death in Pay it Forward was sad.
- The end of Stella Dallas
- When Mary runs up the stairs to Stephen Haines with her hands outstretched at the fade-out I just lose it.
- In "Wit" when Emma Thompson (who is dying of cancer) gets a visit from an old professor of hers who read to her from "The Runaway Bunny."
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away . . .
- "He was sweepin'', you sons of bitches!"
Sonny of Anarene
- Undoubtedly it''s Annette Bening, chewing every piece of scenery in sight in "American Beauty," convinced she was destined for Oscar glory.
Hilary "2 for 2" Swank
- Any movie when an animal dies or is hurt, cartoon or otherwise.
- Glenn''s astonishing final scene in Dangerous Liasons. Its almost like she knows she''ll never be nominated again and that a career in "small" films and the television is just around the corner. Those are real tears.
- r10, that''s what she gets for denying her heritage!!!
- Any scene or movie where animals die. "Eight Below" tore me apart. \
Also the reunion scene at the end of "A League of Their Own". (MARY!)
- Movie criers make me laugh. It''s not real, folks.
- "Shane! Come back!"
- Lassie Come Home is heart-wretching to watch.
- Somewhere in Time - when Richard found the penny in his pocket.%0D\
- The heart attack death of the male lead in "Dr. Zhivago."%0D\
The final scene of "The Blue Veil" (Jane Wyman).
- Artex really died?
- The Rose''s phone call to her parents always makes me cry like a baby.
- [quote] The death of Spock at the end of "The Wrath of Khan".\
The death was something of a tearjerker, but it doesn''t count because they brought him back to life. I just felt toyed with and ripped off by the cheap manipulation of the production. They cheated by having it both ways: getting their emotional tearjerker scene, then twisting it into a joyous ending.\
E.T. did the same thing.
- When Spock died. And when George Kirk died. I cried like a baby at both of them.
- The end of The Little Mermaid when Ariel says "I love you Daddy" always sends me into hysterics. He gave up his daughter to land for some guy that she had only known 3 days because it''s what she wanted. Talk about sacrifice!
- "It''s beyond my control."
- [quote]Movie criers make me laugh. It''s not real, folks.\
Oh, dear. Another Holocaust-denier.
- Speaking of which, the wailing sirens at the end of The Diary of Anne Frank.
- James Caan''s death scene in the original "Brian''s Song". Can''t even hear the theme song without bursting into tears.
- Starring \
- I have posted this before, and I believe I got mocked for it...but what the hell.\
The end of "A League of their Own" Old Geena Davis meets Stillwell ("you''re gonna loose...You''re gonna loose") at the museum reunion. She asks where is mother is, and he tells her she died, but he came because she loved baseball so much.\
Always gets me.\
And then, to cap it off, there is a quick moment in a montage where Stillwell gets his picture taken with a cut-out of his mother. He sort of leans toward the picture with this look on his face that just makes me bawl. My favorite moment in the movie.
Binky, the "Lost" Von Trapp
- The telegram scene in the locker room in "A League of Their Own" is pretty sad as well.
Love that movie...
- Hardly anyone has seen this film, but there is a scene in Coppola''s "Pegdgy Sue Got Married" when Kathleen Turner goes back in time and sees her mother--Turner is again a teenager--and she says, "Mother, you were so pretty." Kills me every time. It''s like a primal dream to see our parents as they were when we were children and couldn''t really imagine how time would change so much.
- Damn, of course the film I meant to type was "Peggy Sue Got Married."
- This is silly, but for me it was the end to Hair, as you saw Burger being shipped off to Vietnam in Claude''s place and you knew what was going to happen. I was a basket case after that.
- When I saw Ordinary People, in the suburbs, everyone in the theater seemed to be crying. Men were crying as hard as their wives.
- At the end of "The Iron Giant", when the robot flies up to save the town and closes his eyes while whispering, "Superman..." I turn into a goddamn tear fountain every single time.
- [quote]Movie criers make me laugh. It''s not real, folks.\
As long as you''re not laughing at any movies, r83, because the humor is no more "real" than the suffering.
- The moment Grizelda Brown died in Desperate Living.
- I don''t know about saddest moment ever, but there was a dog movie in the 70''s called Benji. Benji''s owners (two young kids) got kidnapped and mutt Benji and his fluffy bitch pull all sorts of stuff to save them. Near the end, one of the kidnappers kicks the bitch and sends her flying across the room to a crumpled mess in the corner. I cried hysterically but I was about 8 or 9.
- Artex didn''t really die in The Neverending Story. That was a false rumor. What really happened is the kid actor in that scene nearly drowned when the lift didn''t work.
- The death of Darth Vader in "Return of the Jedi."
- When dude got the Dear John letter in The Thin Red Line.%0D\
In A.I. when boy found out the bottom of the ocean was just the bottom of the ocean.%0D\
I usually cry at everything but I''ll refrain from listing others as I''d rather not embarrass myself.%0D\
- "The Neverending Story" discussion is getting tedious. I think this would be a more interesting thread if we focused on sad films that are adult-oriented. When we''re children we are easily manipulated by scenes of parents or beloved pets dying and sometimes haunted by that as adults. So those choices are obvious and more about nostalgia than genuine feelings. Let''s all grow up, shall we?
- [quote]Most of "A.I.", but I have big mommy issues. In fact, I dont think I''ve ever cried harder at the end of a movie.\
I was a wreck during all the mommy scenes.
- R100, another devastating moment from Peggy Sue Got Married is when the young Kahleen Turner picks up the phone and hears the voice of her beloved deceased grandmother. Exquisitely bittersweet.
- I agree r113. That is like a moment out of Proust.
Yes, I know, MARY!
- As a child of the seventies, I fully agree with Bambi and Dumbo. \
I don''t know who thought those movies were for children. Bambi''s mom dying was unbelievably horrible when I saw it at five. It scarred me for life. I have never seen, nor will ever see Bambi again. \
I think Disney was a sadist, and those early movies are extremely dark. While I''ve enjoyed their later offerings, the entire motivation and existence of the Disney corporation is deeply ironic, and I mean that by its strict definition. Intending to distribute manufactured joy while in fact doing the exact opposite.
- "It scarred me for life."\
Really? Damn, you sound weak. \
I cried at The Lion King (saw it as a kid after my dad died) but I wasn''t "scarred for life," nor would I break down if I saw it again.
- [quote]I was trying to look up the name of the horse for this thread, and came across that story. I hadn''t heard it before, and am so fucking sad about it. Apparently they had to halt production for a couple of weeks because Noah Hathaway was so traumatized.\
That movie was a touchstone of my childhood. I can''t believe that. Can you provide a link?
- [quote]The last scenes of "Brokeback Mountain". Also, when Heath Ledger cries to Jack, "You made me this way".\
Easily at the top of the list. I start weeping from the moment they are packing up the truck extending all the way through the argument where Ledger threatens to kill him if he finds out about his extracurricular activities in Mexico (that moment stops my heart every time) to the "You sleep on your feet like a horse" scene and the humming and all that happens around that. \
While Gylenhaal simply doesn''t have the gravitas to pull it all off, and Ledger makes the scene, the one thing Gylenhaal does pull off is the ending of that scene with the transformation of young hopeful Jack watching the truck driving away panning to old hopeless Jack in the same place. \
I originally saw it in a theater in Chelsea packed with queens and lesbians, and I walked out of the theater at that point into the lobby and threw up in a garbage can. Yes, I went back and watched the rest of the movie.
BIGGEST MARY EVER.
- [quote]Really? Damn, you sound weak.\
Yes, it did. I still remember it. \
And you have no idea what I''ve been through in life, which I can guarantee has been much more difficult than yours, so FUCK OFF CUNT.
- Anything with Keanu Reeves in it.
- Terms of Endearment when the mother tells the kids she''s going to die. And Heath Ledger all alone in a trailer at the end of Brokeback.
- Without a doubt: In the movie Black Beauty, when Ginger is whipped and beaten as a city taxi horse. Beauty watches her and sees her snap. Then, a minute later, we see her thin, abused dead body being wheeled off as her horrible owner curses her. URgh. I am getting weepy as I am typing this. Kills me!
- "And you have no idea what I''ve been through in life, which I can guarantee has been much more difficult than yours, so FUCK OFF CUNT."\
I''m sorry I called you "weak." I meant to call you "weak" AND "CRAZY!!!"
- another vote for Bambi.
- The saddest moment in movie history...\
When Tim Hutton calls his friend and is told that she has killed herself, in Ordinary People.
- For you,r96~
- On the weathered old porch of her dilapidated childhood home near coastal Texas, the scene in A Trip to Bountiful where Geraldine Page talks to the local sherif, thinking of her father walking out on the porch to greet her. If you don''t tear up during that scene, you should check yourself for a pulse.
- The beginning of I Am Number Four, since it was the farthest point from the end.
- The climactic scene between Hirsh and Hutton in "Ordinary People"
- Here''s the scene from A Trip to Bountiful.
- Mancini was some shit!
- I hated Terms of Endearment.%0D\
Didn''t think it was sad, either.
- Has anyone seen "Brian''s Song" lately? Does it still hold up?
- YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT!
- The part in Beethoven where Beethoven eats the bacon off of Charles Grodin''s plate. The bacon came across as being pretty sympathetic to me.
- R132, I totally agree with you. Corny Oscar bait cheese.
- I won''t watch any of the recent dog movies, "Hachi," "Marley," etc. I lost one of my dogs in June and I don''t need to relive it again. \
Also, another vote for the ending of "A.I"--I was a mess!
- I don''t have mommy issues, but the ending of AI gets me every time.
- The Elephant Man%0D\
The final scene of Merrick''s suicidal last sleep.%0D
- I agree r139. So sad because it really happened.
- HATED Terms of Endearment, too. That is just manipulative, dishonest shit.
- The scene in Private Ryan where the mother is doing dishes by the window as she watches the chaplain drive up to the house. When she collapses on the front porch - it gets me every time.
- The court scene in the TV movie of The Matthew Shepard Story when the father forgives his murderers. Sam Waterston makes me cry every time.
- I''d like to nominate the scene in Longtime Companion when the character Bruce Davison plays is at his mate''s hospital bedside stroking his hand and telling him that it''s OK to let go.
- [quote]When the evil queen lost her Joan Crawford-ish beauty and turned into that old witch crone in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.\
Oh no: that wasn''t "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"... that was "Autumn Leaves."
- Olivia de Havilland on the gangway for the ship to Europe, crying out, "MORRIS! MORRIS!" (The Heiress)\
Audrey Hepburn crying in the rain, trying to find Cat in the alleyway (Breakfast at Tiffany''s)\
Brenda Blethyn sobbing to Tim Spall as they go through their dead father''s things (Secrets & Lies)\
But none of those hold a candle to the episode of "Little House on the Prairie" where Reverend Alden gets married. The ending of that episode can turn the most hardened battle-scarred marine into mush.
- The death of little Bonnie in Gone With the Wind. It also represented the death of any hope of Rhett and Scarlett''s future together.
- When Dorthy tells the scarecrow goodbye in the Wizzard of Oz.
- very sad indeed, r144. It''s heartbreaking.
- [quote]The death of little Bonnie in Gone With the Wind.\
That belongs in a thread on "Most welcome moment ever in an American movie?"
- [quote]Audrey Hepburn crying in the rain, trying to find Cat in the alleyway (Breakfast at Tiffany''s)%0D\
No matter how many times I''ve seen it, that tears me everytime.
- The wordless 4-minute MARRIED LIFE montage in UP!
- I%E2%80%99m such a sap, I couldn%E2%80%99t read through this thread without tears welling up.\
I agree that any movie where an animal dies makes me cry. And to those films, I would add:\
The death scene in The Champ with Ricky Shroeder.\
The end of West Side Story.\
The beach scene in Longtime Companion.\
Dorothy saying goodbye to the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz.\
The closing scene in Ghost.\
Both of the scenes from Peggy Sue Got Married that were mentioned upthread where she talks to her mother and picks up the phone to hear her grandmother%E2%80%99s voice.\
Yes, Brian%E2%80%99s Song %E2%80%93 including the music.\
And, one non-American film: the end of A Love To Hide, the French film about the persecution of both gays and Jews during the Holocaust.
- The end of "The Mist."
- I involuntarily rock back and forth and weep after listening to this audio clip:
- When Frankie Muniz hits his dog in "My Dog Skip"...that upset me, and made me cry. %0D\
When Jennifer Aniston says good-bye to Marley before he''s taken to the vet...I totally lost it, and felt my heart was ripped out. The last scenes were very difficult for me to watch. A very heart-wretching movie for animal lovers.%0D\
In "Hachi: A Dog''s Tale"...when Joan Allen discovers Hachi still waiting for his master after many years...the last hour will make you cry not-stop. Also, when Richard Gere has a heart attack in front of his students, then you know that the dog is in trouble, which is very painful to watch.
- Damn, but The House of Sand and Fog was something I could only watch once and I have never forgotten it. Harrowing. Cried my heart out.%0D
Private Ryan:the sequence with the mother collapsing on the porch,the General reading Lincoln's letter,&insisting "he's alive and we are going to get him the hell out of there!". %0D
In Schindler's List,the end when the actual survivors place stones on Schindler's grave.%0D
Old Yeller, and Dumbo and his mother.%0D
In Brokeback, when Ennis goes to Jack's house, & climbs those stairs,enters that bedroom. Such a bleak, death filled place. He takes it all in, examines the toys on Jack's desk,looks out the window at the flat, empty landscape, then finds the shirts. That's when Ang won his directing Oscar, IMO. I am a sobbing wreck. %0D
With The Color Purple, I cry in all the usual places, but I also cry when Suge Avery marches down to her father's church singing that song, "God's Tryin to Tell You Something", and the choir starts responding to her. That whole call & response thing. Damn that was a great crying moment.
I kept saying.... Don''t do it. Don''t do it.
- ''Bambi'' disgusted me. After the murder of his mother I was expecting a plot dealing with Bambi''s revenge.
- I actually cried at the end of "The King''s Speech"..when Colin Firth makes his speech, while Rush is guiding him through it. And, when Colin cries "I''m not a King! I''m not a King!%0D\
The end of "Black Swan" when Natalie Portman utters "That was perfect...perfect". That was like a rush! %0D\
"Jack, there''s a boat!" from Titanic. %0D\
In "Return of the King" when Frodo wakes up, and reunites with his friends. And, the "You bow to know one" scene. %0D
- The only crazy here r123, is your pathological ass.
And you''re still a cunt.
- [quote]That movie was a touchstone of my childhood. I can''t believe that. Can you provide a link?\
I did some more checking. It''s hard to find anything definitive one way or another, but it looks like that Artex rumor might be false.
- Last two lines of "Ordinary People".\
"I love you dad."\
"I love you, too."\
Donald Sutherland deserved as Oscar for that line reading alone. I get choked up just thinking about it.
- It''s not a famous movie, but the last scene of "The Search" devastates me.\
Also "Kramer Vs. Kramer" when Dustin Hoffman shows that he now knows how to properly prepare French toast.
- The Yearling.
- They have been showing "Ordinary People" on encore this week. The "I love you, dad" was very moving. And, when Timothy hugs his mother, and she shows no emotion.
- I might be the ONLY one to feel so sad watching King Kong- any version. I can''t stand the ending!
- Jar Jar Binks in THE PHANTOM MENANCE, like the Unisphere, "I weep of what might have been but was never meant to be."
- OK, a new one. Veronica Guerin, starring Cate Blanchett. If you haven't seen it rent it.I won't spoil it for you. But the last 10-15 minutes I am a sobbing mess. Totally. And the soundtrack is just incredible. It make you want to keep crying and crying and crying. I love that movie. Complete departure for Bruckheimer and Schumacher. Neither one ever did anything else worth looking at IMO. Excellent movie.%0D
OMG, yes! The Jeff Bridges version of King Kong. We saw it at the theatre,when I was five and I was a sobbing wreck at the death scene. You could hear his heart beat slowing down, slowwer, slowwer...then... it... stops.%0D
But there were other moments too. Like when he pushed Jessica away, and kept getting shot. And when they catured him and he was in the hold of the ship. So sad.%0D
I love Mary Tyler Moore in OP. I never cry. I love her scenes the best. At the end, when Donald Sutherland shocks her, and she starts to lose it in the bedroom when she's packing, I feel glad.%0D
In Titanic, the scene when he puts Rose on the lifeboat and they watch each other as the boat starts to lower, then she leaps off! I cry.%0D
Life is Beautiful. "Bon giorno, princepessa!" Whe he plays the opera for her over the loudspeaker at teh prison.And the ending, of course.%0D
- Not the SADDEST moment, but...\
At the end of E.T., when he tells Elliott, "I''ll... be... right... here." And John Williams'' music swells up. Gets me every time.
- And IMDB''s spelling of "Elliott" can''t possibly be right...
The death of Carol''s (Jane Alexander) youngest child (Lukas Haas).%0D\
the audio in the clip is of poor quality but the scene is still very powerful
- I never saw the movie, but my friend said an 80''s movie called 6 weeks , I think, about a little girl dying, was ever so tearjerking.
- I thought that last scene in "Good Will Hunting," where Ben Affleck''s character went over to Matt Damon''s house, and he wasn''t there, and he knew then that he had left for good. I wanted to give taco flavored kisses to my Ben, he was so sad!
He Should Take his Shirt Off More
- This goes back a ways, but for me it was the scene in "Born Free" when they release Elsa back into the wild.
Someone You Know
- The Fox and The Hound. I cried so hard I had to go home from school. My Life. I was soaked with tears - my shirt, pants, hair all soaked. Alien 3 when Ripley died.
- R176, your pants were soaked? %0D\
Honey, those weren''t tears.
- [quote]Hardly anyone has seen this film, but there is a scene in Coppola''s "Pegdgy Sue Got Married" when Kathleen Turner goes back in time and sees her mother--Turner is again a teenager--and she says, "Mother, you were so pretty." Kills me every time. It''s like a primal dream to see our parents as they were when we were children and couldn''t really imagine how time would change so much.\
I saw it, and it made me cry like a baby. The person I went with was at a total loss as to what my problem was, but I reacted the same way you did, and for the same reason.
- r177, I''m crying down below!
- I saw Peggy Sue Got Married and it just didn''t "work" for me. I saw it at the theatre when it came out. I was 15. IMO, she was too old to pass for a teenager.
- Goodness, R29 and I could be twins.
- Mufasa dying in The Lion King\
When the baby closes his eyes at the very end of Benjamin Button\
Margot Mardindale''s segment in Paris, je t''aime
- I remember crying during "Big Fish." Also "Finding Neverland." \
The last scene in "Chinatown" when Fay Dunaway''s character gets shot is both creepy AND sad.
- Moulin Rouge when Satine dies.
- The end montage in "And The Band Played On."
- r184Come what may...Ewan was so good in that. \
That Life is Beautiful ending was so shocking in it''s abruptness, they gave you no forewarning.\
Anybody see the movie Crush with Andie Macdowell? When she throws her fiance out for cheating which he didn''t do and he gets hit by a truck and dies. God the guy was so hot and adorable I totally cried. Never saw him in anything else.
- r185, The part where Nureyev is leaping across the stage makes me ball every time. Just watched it again and yes I cried again.
- I''m too lazy to look, but did anyone mention the band on the Titantic playing while the ship sunk?
Can hardly beat the sadness in that one!
- The ending of Reqieum for a Dream. That whole movie is emotionally devastating. I was shellshocked for a whole day.
- When Donald Sutherland kills the boy he''s been molesting by swinging him around and smashing his head into the pole in ''1900''. %0D\
Donald Sutherland torturing and killing the cat in ''1900''.
- 1900 is not an American film.
- The scene where we know David has passed because he starts happily reuniting on the beach with all his friends who had died of AIDS at the end of ''Longtime Companion''.
- r 190, boy do we ever hate Donald Sutherland''s guts.
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- In "The Bad Seed" Claude Dagel''s drunken mother begs Rhoda''s mother for any information as to how her son could have died.
- When Julia Roberts survives at the end of "Sleeping With The Enemy".
- Bette Midler performing STAY WITH ME BABY at the end of THE ROSE. Just heartbreaking. The part where she stumbles back from her microphone as the audience applauds, and her guitarist places his hand out to steady her. %0D\
Gets me every time.
- "And the Band Played On" has so many places where I tear up! But for some reason, and maybe it''s not sadness, but it''s anger, the most powerful scene for me is the one where Matthew Modine reams the Red Cross. "How many will it take..."%0D\
I try to watch that movie once a year. I own it. I want to really remember the pain, the fear, and the lack of response from Reagan et al. And yes, the montage at the end says it all.
When Julia Roberts won an Oscar for wearing a push-up bra
- I don''t remember the name but it was a movie about a Datalounge thread that got to 199 posts and promptly stopped dead in its tracks. Poor thing - it just couldn''t make it to 200.
OP (Film Fan)
- Old Yeller.
- [quote]Not as well-known, but the high school graduation scene in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when little Francie remembers her dead daddy. This is a film that deserves more recognition in all departments!\
Another vote from me.
The book rocks, too.
- The scene in What''s Eating Gilbert Grape, when the mom''s fat assis dragged out the house, after she dies.%0D\
Also this black and white older movie scene (forgot the movie name) with a black mom and light skinned daughter. Anyways the funeral scene is pretty sad..
- There is a 1929 all-black movie called Hallelujah! It is a very interesting film about greed, sex, cheating, stealing and murder. Way ahead of it''s time.%0D\
It''s really sad when one of the siblings die. Oh, the poor mother''s wailing and crying just goes on for days! %0D\
Sad, sad, sad!
- R 202%0D\
- The final scenes with Andy and Bonnie in "Toy Story 3" brought a few tears to my eyes. The life and death montage with Carl and his wife in "Up" got to me. Pixar really knows how to hit me where it counts.
- I was just going to post that R205.\
Also in Toy Story III, when they were all in the incinerator type thing. There''s a moment when they all stop struggling and fighting to get free and as a group, silently acknowledge their fate.
- R202, Gilbert Grape''s fat mom isn''t dragged out of the house after she dies. Her kids decide to burn the house down with her in it to spare her that humiliation.%0D\
I wonder whatever happened to the woman who played the mother and if she ever managed to lose any of that weight.
- She died in a house fire, R207.
- The scene in Shawshank Redemption in which the old man can''t adjust to life on the outside and hangs himself, while Morgan Freeman''s beautiful voice poetically relates the occurrence. \
Maybe not the saddest moment ever in movie history, but the scene always gets the tears welling whenever I see this wonderful film.
- The elephant man, when the mobs attack him at the train station. The whole movie made me sob.
- has to be when Gloria Upson talks about Muriel Puce dropping that ping pong ball.\
Well, it was ghastly.\
- Some Chaplin moments %E2%80%93 %0D\
The ending of City Lights when the girl sees the tramp for the first time.%0D\
In the Gold Rush when he prepares a party and the audience knows the girl he%E2%80%99s in love with is not going to show up.%0D
- So many! Right now, will say Pig''s death in Disco Pigs. Heart wrenching.
- No, she doesn''t R208. Her kids find her dead in her bed and then they set the house on fire.
- The other day I watched just 30 minutes of this movie "Fluke". It was all that I could take. These poor doors running around the street without a home.%0D\
It was probably a sweet movie but I couldn''t take it and had to turn it off. Don''t even know the end.
- Dark Victory
- R214, R208 was answering the question about the death of the actress not the character. And according to both imdb and wiki, the actress apparently is still alive.
- When Innes found out that his longtime love was dead.
- Natalie Wood''s breakdown at the end of "West Side Story."\
Not so sad as bittersweet, but the ending of "Ghost" usually brings me to tears, with the orchestra playing "Unchained Melody" in the background.\
Merle Oberon''s death in "Wuthering Heights."\
End of "Pan''s Labyrinth."
- Just watched some of Trip to Bountiful on youtube.%0D\
And I cried.
- The casting of Leo Dicaprio in Titanic. He looked about 12.
- The death of Old Yeller, of course.\
And when they returned the lion to the wild in Born Free -- it shouldn''t be sad, but it so is.
- God Bless the Child with Mare Winningham takes the cake for me. And that it was true makes it even more sad.
- The Bridge to Teribithia. Yeah it''s a kids movie, and I sat there blubbering like a seven-year-old.
- r219, Ghost is even more sad now because Patrick Swayze is really gone.%0D\
- "Done because we are too menny"
The end of the animated (title-?) film with the word "fireflies" in it.%0D\
More despairing than sad - The end of "On The Beach".....waltzing Matilda.....
- When I first saw Hotel Rwanda I was silent in the theater, then went home and sobbed on my bed for an hour. Just heavy, heaving sobs. It was just devastating and I couldn''t process that that had actually happened.\
I''ve never watched it again.
- [quote]The end of the animated (title-?) film with the word "fireflies" in it.\
Grave of the Fireflies. It wasn''t an American movie though, and neither was Jude.
- When Pierce Brosnan sang in Mama Mia.
- Surely the poster upthread was referring to DL fave Imitation of Life and not the very obscure Pinkie?
- Boyz In The Hood made me cry for hours.
- The ending of Born Free.\
- OMG, the scene in "Mystic River" when Sean Penn realizes that''s his daughter''s car, and he goes over there, and then starts screaming, "Is that my daughter?" I just was stricken by that; it was so visceral and so authentic, it was horribly real.%0D\
In Terms of Endearment, my saddest scene is when Shirley MaClaine wakes up, and realizes her daughter has died. And she says, "There''s nothing harder." I started sobbing.
- Agree about the montage at the end of AND THE BAND PLAYED ON. By the way, after the montage is over, one of the title cards says: "By the time President Reagan delivered his first speech on the AIDS crisis, more than 25,000 Americans had died of the disease."\
Lest we forget. It truly infuriates me how anyone today can deify that evil man.
- The end scene of IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER when Emma Thompson is screaming is pleading the innocence of DD Lewis and he is aquitted. I had to wait for everyone to leave the theatre I was a sobbing mess.....
- Rosemary''s Baby. \
My mother''s name is Rosemary, and I cried for a year thinking I was a spawn of the devil. It didn''t help that my mother actually confirmed my belief.
- I think they''ve all already been mentioned, but I sobbed at the end of "What''s Eating Gilbert Grape?" as the house burns down and at the end of "The Elephant Man" when John Merrick lays his head on the pillow. "ET," when the boys and ET fly into the sky to escape the military men...and several points in "A.I.," which is just a heartbreaking film.
- I found AI hard to watch. I felt freezing cold all thru it.
- In Field of Dreams, when he plays baseball with his father and then he walks into the cornfield.
- The day all the financing fell into place so they could begin casting and filming the Twilight series of movies.
- The final scene in The Way We Were when Streisand and Redford meet by chance.
- r100, I too love that scene in "Peggy Sue Got Married". Peggy has had a cocktail or two by this scene, and her slight drunkenness actually makes it more endearing. When she visits her grandfather (Leon Ames, Judy''s father from Meet Me in St. Louis!), that feeling returns. It''s a lovely movie.
- R237 made me LOL
- Especially after the whole swine & bird flu commotion, R235. It''s amazing how many people died before he made a speech! I was still a child when all this happened, and to see that montage makes me sad about all the wonderful talent that died.
- It might not be the saddest thing, but%0D\
In What''s Eating Gilbert Grape, when the family is out to get Arnie out of prison and suddenly the mob spots the Mother and everyone look, comment, take photos. You can feel that the children are utterly humiliated.%0D\
Also, in the same vain, in That 50s(?) Walt Disney movie, you have a young Kurt Russell who''s father is not involved like the other parents in the boyscouts meeting. The man in charge of the troop decides to invite him. Of course, the father shows up completely drunk. What is even worse is that he tried. He had bought ice creme for all the kids, but it is half melted and leaking through the box. It''s a pathetic scene.%0D\
As a child, it made me cry.
- I''m really embarrassed to admit it but I was crying like a little girl when ET was laying there like it was the end for him.
- This is strictly a guess.%0D\
Hal Holbrook in "Water for Elephants". Just knowing that he lost Ms. Dixie will make me cry (not sure if he lost her before or after making this film).
- When the girl in the middle of the Human Centipede survives.
- You are one sick fuck, R149.
- The opening line of "It''s Today" from Mame.
- I agree with the following:\
Dancer in the Dark\
Imitation of Life\
Also, the ending of Far From Heaven, when Julianne Moore (seriously) tells Dennis Haysbert he''s beautiful. And his train goes away.\
In Edward Scissorhands, Wynona Ryder tells Johnny Depp to hold her, and he says, "I can''t." I''m in pieces.\
Not a traditional tear-jerker, but the ending of ''Birth'' with Nicole Kidman, when her new husband finds her weeping on the beach in her wedding dress. It haunts me.
- I always tear up at the end of "The Color Purple" when Celie and Nettie re-unite. It''s sad when you realize how much they loved each other and how they were separated for so long.%0D\
And then Nettie introduces Celie''s own children to her.
- The last 40 minutes of E.T. have to rank up there pretty high.
- In the Day of the Dolphin, a very obscure movie, the trainers of the dolphins (fa and bea) had to send them out to sea and tell them that men were bad and the dolphins were saying "but fa love pa" and the trainer said "men are bad" and sending them out to open ocean. It was really sad when I saw it.
- Three moments from "Brokeback Mountain":\
Ennis Delmar receives his returned postcard stamped "deceased" and calls Jack''s Wife to find out what happened.\
Ennis finds his missing shirt stained with blood tucked inside Jack''s shirt, both hanging inside Jack''s closet. \
Ennis opens the closet in his trailer exposing his shrine with the two shirts and picture postcard of Brokeback Mountain.
- I agree with R241, the Mormon takeover of Hollywood.
- When Sonny is sent back to earth after getting thisclose to having Kyra at the opening/closing night of Xanadu.
- The ending of "Requiem For A Dream" had me inconsolable for about 3 hours afterward.
ASS to ASS!!!!
- I ALWAYS cry at the scene in "Carrie" when she''s dancing with Tommy to "I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me" I''m tearing up now just thinking about it.%0D\
I also cry at the "Good Morning Baltimore" scene of "Hairspray" because it''s so optimistic.
- Mad elephant!
- r254, you''re not kidding. I thought I''d sob out loud in the quiet theater during that sad scene in ET when the movie came out.
- The opening credits of Silkwood, when the audience laughed at "Cher."
- The whistles signaling the men out of the trenches in Galipoli
- "OMG, the scene in "Mystic River" when Sean Penn realizes that''s his daughter''s car, and he goes over there, and then starts screaming, "Is that my daughter?" I just was stricken by that; it was so visceral and so authentic, it was horribly real."\
I''m sorry, I just thought that scene was so ridiculous and Penn overacting a storm. And then dozens of cops keep arriving on the scene to subdue him and it just keeps getting worse and worse.\
Amc''s new series The Killing just copied that same scene and it was just as ridiculous.
- I have to agree about that Mystic River scene. In theory, it is sad, but Sean Penn is just so over the top it turns comical. When my ex and I used to have a bit to drink, he would always ask me to do it and I would gladly comply. I''ve run down many a NY street screaming "Is that my daughter in there? Is that my daughter in there?"
- Near the end of Benjamin Button when she''s trying to get the toddler to say her name and then the *very* end when the infant looks her in the eye and dies. Oh that was terrible, terrible to watch.
- Scarface - When Tony Montanna''s sister dies.
- Here''s another vote for "You may keep one of your children."
- Less obvious scenes from Brokeback Mountain:\
When Jack and Ennis part for the first time, and Ennis stumbles into the alley to vomit, and then cry.\
When Ennis pushes Jack against the wall under the stairs, kisses him, and whispers "little darlin''," nuzzling him like a horse. Kills me every time, because you know the relationship is doomed yet Ennis loves him so much.
- [quote]I''ve run down many a NY street screaming "Is that my daughter in there? Is that my daughter in there?"\
That''s as creepy as a fat man living as a baby.
- SO many scenes in "Testament". Just incredibly sad and bleak.\
And I know it''s manipulative bullshit, but the scene with Streep in the car with her husband in "Bridges of Madison County" where she has her hand on the door handle gets me every time.\
I was a 15 year old sensitive boy when I saw "Ordinary People". Cried like a baby then, and that final scene still gets to me.\
Point of order, though: many of the scenes mentioned by other people are completely tear-inducing (The ends of "Shawshank", "Without a Trace", "Empire of the Sun", and "The Search", an amazing film, btw), but not necessarily "sad."
- Tom Hanks'' death scene in Philadelphia; specifically when his eldest brother leans over the bed to say his final good-bye and his face just crumples and then he turns to his mother and sobs on her shoulder.
- R265, you are 100% correct about Penn - and for that he got an Oscar!
- The end of Dead Man Walking when Susan Sarandon tells Sean Penn to look into the face of love. %0D\
Philadelphis when Joanne Woodward is in the hospital with Tom Hanks and he''s dying and the brother breaks down. %0D\
The Deerhunter when they are all sitting at the table after Christopher Walken''s death. %0D\
These are scenes that had me actually sobbing. I tear up at the drop of a hat but these slayed me. %0D\
Recently saw Barney''s Version and there is a scene where Barney''s ex wife is having lunch with him and he has dementia and can''t remember which utensil to use to eat dessert and the look of terror on Paul Giametti''s face was so heartbreaking.
- ET flying off.\
End of BB Mountain.\
Dorothy saying goodbye to scarecrow.
- "The scene in COLOR PURPLE when he physically throws Celie's sister off of the farm and the sister keeps screaming "Why?????"%0D
I didn't find that scene sad at all. I thought it was hilarious! In fact that whole segment was so maudlin and sappy it funny. Celie and Nettie holding onto each other for dear life, just a weepin' an a wailin' and carrying on: "please let her stay, please let her stay!" As Mister is hauling Nettie away Celie is still clutching at her sister; she's dragged along the ground is dragged down steps, blump, blump, blump. Mister has to pound on their hands with his fists to separate them; they were behaving so idiotic I wish he'd punched their lights out. Nettie bellows "WHHHHYYYYYY?!!!" and then starts playing the stupid little patty-cake game she and Celie liked to play. Celie yells "write" and Nettie raises her arm in the air ike she's taking an oath and proclaims "NOTHING BUT DEATH CAN KEEP ME FROM IT!!!" I think she does that twice; her acting was terrible. As she runs away Celie moans "don't go."%0D
The atrocious aforementioned scene in "The Color Purple" didn't happen in the book. In the book Nettie goes off with some missionaries; there are no hysterics, no wailing, no screaming, no clutching, no being dragged down steps, etc. It was all Steven Spielberg's vision of how black people behave and his attempt to make movie viewers reach for their hankerchiefs. Actually, I think after seeing this scene movie viewers wanted to reach for a barf bag. %0D
- my girl...Macaulay culkin Anna Chumsley
- The endings of "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Life is beautiful" are absolutely unbearable for me. The italian one specially, watch it gives me physical pain, Mel Gibson torture in "Braveheart" is a joke compared to the execution of Benigni character.
- I agree with R256
- R242 "Your girl is lovely, Hubbell."
- The end of Charlotte's Web.
- The whole ending sequence of Rebel Without A Cause...Dean pleading with Mineo, Mineo's death, Dean coming outside in the pink early dawn light and introducing Wood to his parents.
- The scene in The Sixth Sense when the boy tells Toni Collette that her mother saw her dance. I can't watch that scene without balling...
Oh and when I was a child, it was Old Yeller.
- In addition to some of those already mentioned, I always tear up at the end of Running on Empty, when River Phoenix's family decide to leave him on his own. Also the end of Stand By Me, when River fades away as the narrator tells you he died trying to save someone.
- [quote]without balling...
[Psst: it's bawling. Balling means fucking.]
- [quote]OMG, the scene in "Mystic River" when Sean Penn realizes that's his daughter's car, and he goes over there, and then starts screaming, "Is that my daughter?" I just was stricken by that; it was so visceral and so authentic, it was horribly real.
Bullshit. He was so obsessed about winning that Oscar he was actually screaming "IS THAT MY OSCAR IN THERE??????"
They had to fix it in post-production.
- John Coffey's execution in The Green Mile.
- I don't know if this is an American or British movie, but when Milady (Faye, in one of her best performances) strangles Constance (a delightful Raquel) in "The Four Musketeers," it really fucked me up. Still, it is one of my favorite movies.
- The end of The Bridges of Madison County, when Meryl watches Clint drive away.
- when the guy would perform miracles in 'The Green Mile' was taken to the chair for a crime he did not commit...
- The end of Frances was pretty sad as was the end of Requiem for a Dream although RFAD was more disturbing than anything else...
- Come Back Little Sheba-when Shelly Winters talks about trying to find her lost dog.
Pinnochio-the scene where the bad children turn into donkeys and they are crying to go home.
Of Mice and Men-the last scene
- The ending of Ghost World.
- "The scene in The Sixth Sense when the boy tells Toni Collette that her mother saw her dance."
I totally agree, except I would say that scene is sad in a very beautiful way, rather than devastating.
The boys turning into donkeys scene in PINOCCHIO isn't "sad." It's extremely disturbing, if not terrifying.
- The end of AI was very sad. To know that the AI suffered in emotional pain for thousands of years and then to see the little robot teddy bear all alone. Sigh.
- OK, not American, but the funeral in "Four Weddings and a Funeral." when the partner quotes the Auden poem, I'm gone.
- R293. Shirley Booth not Shelley Winters. I also sawS. Epatha Merkerson do it on Broadway--she was heartbreaking in her own way.
- I was also moved by Ricky Shroder crying in The Champ.
The scene where Heath Ledger sees the shirt in Brokeback Mountain.
Billy's death in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
When Sean Penn lost custody in I Am Sam.
The dog dying in I Am Legend.
The girl dying in Pan's Labyrinth.
For animation, I found the death of the Iron Giant much sadder than the death at the beginning of Up.
- Diane Keaton, smoking a joint in the bathtub and singing the Beatles "If I fell", as she breaks into sobs in "Shoot the Moon"
Requiem for a Dream, devastating end for all, did not induce tears as much as a three day depression.
Meryl Streep's silent scream in Sophie's Choice.
Yes, Shirley Maclaine's exhausted and almost inappropriate reaction to her daughter's death in Endearment, was so authentically sad. Her performance in that film is full of surprises, don't listen to the cynics that say it is all about emotional manipulation. Duh, that is what actors do for a living. Great actors don't piss themselves to indicate that we should piss, they technically guide us through with the skill of their performance, and then we have to piss.
The end scene - accumulating snow burying Warren Beatty, Julie Christie in the opium den, the Leonard Cohen song, McCabe and Mrs. Miller.
No dialogue, Robert Altman.
Shane, come back.
The bittersweet surprise in "Atonement", when Vanessa Redgrave throws our whole experience of caring for these characters into the dimension of wish fulfillment....the happiness they never really had.
- Pursuit of Happyness - Several times, one where Will Smith is rushing to get to the homeless shelter and the kid drops the toy and they don't/can't go back and get it.
- It's the scene in Terms of Endearment where Debra Winger is saying goodbye to her two boys and the little one just broke my heart. "I think that went well, don't you," Winger says. The boy nods and tries to hold back his tears. I was destroyed.
- Two scenes from 'The Joy Luck Club':
The daughter with no self esteem cries to her mother, who places a jade necklace around her neck and assures her "I see you."
The mother who accidently drowned her son in the bath, Stone filmed it in flashback and in near present time she sits alone in a windy room, a devastated look on her face from unhealed wounds.
From 'Playing For Time':
When Vanessa Redgrave is robbed of her hair on arrival to Auschwitz.
The sausage scene, where she nearly chokes eating a piece of sausage her friend earned in the camp brothel. She realizes the prisoners have lost their humanity and even if rescued by the allies, the Nazis have won.
From 'The Hours:'
Julianne Moore sitting in the bathroom crying while her husband is oblivious to her pain.
From 'Slumdog Millionaire':
The boys deny the little girl shelter in the pouring rain, we see her crouching in the mud in the rain, sadly using a stick I guess playing school, writing in the mud with the stick.
Aladdin steals some food and goes into an alley to eat it, finds a little boy and his littler sister picking in the garbage for food. The turn to look at him with sad, ashamed eyes. He gives them his food. Gets me every time.
- The final act of Hud is so remarkably heartbreaking and violent, but so honest. When the cattle are killed it is unbearable to watch. Hud is a sad and admirable film.
- [quote]there is a shot of Betsy Blair in that clip, too. She was married to Gene Kelly and won an Oscar for Marty, seven years later.
Nope, nominated but didn't win. I did.
- The appearance of Madonna.
- For me, although the film has a number of sad moments, it's the final communion-distribution scene in 1964's "Priest". Powerfully themed and intensely plotted, the film deals frankly with the topics of homosexuality in the Catholic clergy, child sexual abuse, incest, guilt and redemption. Linus Roache is amazing in the role of a young priest, but it is Robert Carlyle's, as a working-class gay man, that best captures the essence of the film. His is also the most sensitive and honest screen portrayal of gay men as we actually are, rather than as we're generally perceived, I've ever seen created by a straight actor. Tom Wilkinson is also remarkable as conflicted and jaded older priest.
- PS - "Priest" was released in '94, not '64... sorry!
- Not American, but the ending of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas destroyed me.
- R307 I had forgotten the movie "Priest." It was so sad and true in the ways that you have alluded to, that I never could watch it again. I suspect a lot of gay men would object to that film, without acknowledging why.
- Fox and Hound: The old woman has to abandon the fox on the forest for some reason I can't remember, but I stumbled across the clip on YT the other day and I bawled my eyes out for about 5 mins. Thank God no one else was around.
- Any number of moments in Sophie's Choice- but the end when they are in eachothers arms at the end... Just hearing the music makes me cry, Mary!
- Resurrection w/ Ellen Burstyn. When she says goodbye to her grandmother.
- "Torch Song Trilogy"
When Arnold learns that Allen was killed (gay-bashing) when he went to the store.
AI - pretty much all or it but especially the end.
- Yes R300, another vote for Diane Keaton's scene in Shoot the Moon, one of the great unheralded performances in a much overlooked 80s film.
- Make Way for Tomorrow . The plot concerns an elderly couple (Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi) who are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in.
- Death scene in Brian's Song. Scene in Terms of Endearment where Shirley MacLaine tries to get someone to give her daughter something for the pain. Also the death scene in same movie.
But the saddest was the ending of Philadelphia when they're playing the Neil Young song and showing the video of the Tom Hanks character as a child. I'm crying right now thinking about it.
This thread's depressing.
- R306 wins
- RDJ hugging the dog that ate his finger in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
- The death of Mr Jingles in The Green Mile.
- Lee Remick at about 4:05 -
- R315, agree, Shoot the Moon is an incredibly powerful and sad film-
- Not sad, but definitely tear-jerking: the "La Marsaillaise" scene in "Casablanca." Remembering that the film came out in 1943, with the outcome of the war still uncertain, makes it that much more powerful.
- Ratcatcher-entire movie is depressing but the ending is so sad.
- In "The Hours" where the little boy is screaming for his mother as she drives away.
- The final scenes of "On The Beach" where Tony Perkins and Donna Anderson decide to take the cyanide pills to avoid death by radiation poisoning, and Donna's character plaintively pleads with Tony to "take care" of their daughter. And when Gregory Peck leaves Ava Gardner to die alone so he can go back on the submarine with his men in a clearly vain attempt to return to the US. And the banner waving over the city center "THERE IS STILL TIME...BROTHER" while the strains of "Waltzing Mathilda" play in the background. Of course, the science is all wrong, and Ava was too old for the character of Moira and had no Aussie accent, but the film had many compelling scenes.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-the scene with the misfit toys.
- When John Malcovich dies, in any film he dies in.
- I say the film Short Cuts...sad, sad, sad.
- What, no The Notebook? The ending sets me off every time.
Barney's Version was sad. Life felt so empty at the end. One of the best films I've seen.
I know this isn't American but who gives a shit, Marion Cotillard in the newly released French film Rust and Bone. Brilliant performance and heart breaking.
- I was so unprepared for the death of Buddy in "Fried Green Tomatoes". It's just so, so sad to see a sweet young man die so unexpectedly just as his life is about to start. Of course, the later scene of Ruth's death just brings up the same emotions. I love how the same story of the ducks and the frozen pond ties them together. Sad, sad, sad.
- I agree, Buddie's death was very sad.
I could never even finish The Notebook...was it really good?
- I've always thought that they could have made the ending of AI where they program the kid to think he's always with his mom. I pictured his robot body in some alien museum but he doesn't know that because of his programming.
- Far From Heaven:
When Raymond Deagan tells Cathy Whitaker to have a splendid life.
At then end of the movie when Selby identifies Aileen as the killer and Aileen sort of nods her head and scrunches her nose as if to say "it's ok." I burst into tears right there in the theater.
- I was pretty devastated by Wit with Emma Thompson. Brokeback Mountain made me cry all the way through. More moving than sad but when the soldier with no hands comes home in Best Years of Our Lives is one of my favorite scenes.
- It's not an American film, but the scene in "La Strada" when Gelsomina discovers her friend, Il Matto the Fool, murdered, is one of the most heartbreaking scenes in film history (and Giulietta Masina's interpretation of Gelsomina is stunning, as was usual with her performances).
- When Dawson takes that fiftieth and final load, and you realize there won't be any more that weekend.
- [quote]The bittersweet surprise in "Atonement", when Vanessa Redgrave throws our whole experience of caring for these characters into the dimension of wish fulfillment....the happiness they never really had.
"I gave them their happiness" and then that wonderful scene with Robbie and Cecilia at the beach while Marianelli's gorgeous oscar-winning score plays.
McAvoy's last shot, with those big beautiful eyes of his, looking so hopeful before entering the cottage, made me sob like no other recent movie.
- The opening credits of Showgirls.
- Dead Man Walking when Poncelet the prisoner finally confesses his crimes to Sister Helen before he goes to die.
- r100 also when she hears her deceased grandmothers voice over the phone for the first time in years. When I saw the movie the way Kathleen Turner gasps a little and begins to cry but fights it back so her grandma won't hear her crying. . . killed me.
- Yes, R100 and R341. Kathleen Turner is so underrated as an actress. It's quite sad, actually.
- OK going outside the thread a bit here. In the early 70s, there was a short movie (maybe an hour or less?) on PBS about a boy who lost his dog. He walks all over the city looking for the dog. At the end he finally finds the dog but the dog is with an old man and the old man seems very happy to have the canine as his companion. The boy makes an extraordinary sacrifice and let's the old man keep the dog. I cried for a week after seeing it and never could watch it again. It haunted me for years. I wonder if anyone else on here saw it, too? If I recall correctly, I don't think the movie had any dialogue at all.
- The end of brokeback mountain
Death of bambi's mother
sophie's choice when she has to make "the"choice
All of schindler's list
John coffee's execution in the green mile
- It sounds like "Disneyland Little Dog Lost" (made in the early '60s), R343.
- I cried for HOURS after the final scene of "Longtime Companion" and, to this day, have never been affected quite the same way by a movie.
- The scene in "Johnny Belinda" where the townspeople bring Lucky MacDonald's body back to his house after Blackie kills him by pushing him off the cliff. His deaf-mute daughter Belinda (Jane Wyman) says The Lord's Prayer in sign language. It's so sad. Wyman totally deserved her Academy Award.
- The scene that so moved you, R346, is successful because it perfectly exemplifies an Aristotelian approach to writing.
According to Aristotle, one of the primary goals of writing is to persuade an audience that the author's ideas are not only valid, but so much more valid than those holding opposing opinions, as to negate their arguments. He divided the means of persuasion into three categories- Ethos (credibility), Pathos (emotion) and Logos (logic). All tree are found consistently throughout "Longtime Companion".
Like you, that scene had a unique and lasting effect on me also.
Dude, we are not stupid. What was the point of that analysis? It is not very pertinent to the experience of watching movies. Say what you mean and don't analyze in luxurious ways.
A script can be sub-par, even illogical, but we can still be moved. Movies are the directors and actors playground. Sound, lights, camera, action. Music. We respond. Modern art.
Aristotle did not write screenplays.
Maybe that scene in Longtime Companion made you cry ?
Give yourself a break, don't patronize.