PopWatch Confessional: When you need a good cry, what is your go-to movie scene?


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The Champ might feature the saddest scene in movie history. That is, according to science. In a fascinating article from Smithsonian.com, we’ve learned that a scene from the 1979 film starring Ricky Schroder and Jon Voight is used in several psychological tests as a benchmark to determine when someone is responding to sad content. The clip in question (and SPOILER ALERT for those who care): Schroder’s young character watches his father (Voight) win in the boxing ring, only to die in front of him a few minutes later. It’s interesting: The scene from the film, which Smithsonian notes only received middling reviews and is embedded below, would certainly appear to succeed in evoking emotion even from the hardest individual. A 9-year-old watching his own parent die? Cue the ugly cry.

The study, however, has me reflecting on my own go-to sob scenes. When I really need a good cry, which movie scenes will always, always work? For me, it depends. If I’m craving a “I will most certainly die alone” cry, I’ll turn to the scene in Love Actually when Mark (Andrew Lincoln) arrives at Juliet’s (Keira Knightley) door on Christmas with poster boards declaring his unrequited love. If I want a happy cry, I’ll turn on the scene in The Wedding Singer when Robbie (Adam Sandler) serenades Juliet (Drew Barrymore) on the plane. (I know. I don’t know why. I judge myself.) But if I want a disgusting, snot-filled I-cannot-leave-the-theater-and-or-the-house-in-this-condition cry, I go to either The Return of the King — the scene in which Sam (Sean Astin) carries Frodo (Elijah Wood) up Mount Doom — or Big Fish, when when Will (Billy Crudup) carries his dying father (Albert Finney) to the lake. Oh god, I’m even tearing up right now. Which means I cannot leave my office in this condition. Problem!

Your turn, PopWatchers: What are your go-to crying scenes? And do you, like me, have different ones for different emotions?

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  • Esox

    Hey Dad? Wanna have a catch?

    • EPK

      Yes. Yes. Yes! Every single damn time!!!

      • Michelle

        GETS ME EVERY TIME!!!!!!

      • Brian Wallace-Cavill

        “Notting Hill,” with the scene about a girl in front of a boy, wanting him to love her. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” where they toast George as the richest man in town.

      • Squishmar

        I love the scene in “Notting Hill” with the time passing to the song “Ain’t No Sunshine”… it just is so well done. And I mentioned that final scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” too. Great movie and it makes you happy to be alive. So moving.

      • Amy

        YES to this. I LOVE this movie.

    • MD

      yep that never fails bawl like a baby!

    • Puck

      Any sex scene in any movie involving 2 men.

      • MultiPass

        Somebody ain’t gettin any!

      • JC

        My girl…. during the (spoiler alert) Macauley Culkin’s funeral when she’s bawling her eyes out… gets me every time

    • Cat

      Totally! That one’s intense because you’re laughing through the tears.

      • LP

        That scene always gets me to when she’s crying “His glasses? Where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses?” It gets me every time.

    • outrageousness

      Really? Grown @ss people crying in front of their TV? And 500 comments already? Shocking. The future is not so bright.

      • Marph

        Would you prefer they were making obnoxious remarks on blogs?

      • Gigi

        Are u a serial killer?

      • ajmalzx

        Obviously never watch Grave of the Fireflies. Even my son sob while watching that movie.

      • Jeff H in TX

        Another Ayn Rand worshipper. (puke)

      • Squishmar

        Ya know, you’re really not that outrageous… despite your name. You’re just immature and idiotic.

      • outrageousness

        Sure thing squishy. Someone crying in front their TV looks in no way or form immature, idiotic or ridiculous. Clearly.

    • Kevin

      Yep, Field of Dreams does it every single time. Pay it Forward also made me ball like a baby in the theater.

    • Cygnus

      Clare Danes’ character, Beth, from Little Women, when she’s passing away, and confessing her inadequacies to her sister, Joe (Winona Rider). Sad sad sad.

      Also, the Big Fish end scene is very bitter-sweet.

      • Emily

        Yes! Definitely Beth’s dying scene in Little women! I bawl like a baby EVERY time. Also, the Notebook. Too many scenes to name…

      • Taylor

        Get’s me everytime. My mother always looks at me like a fool when I start the ugly cry on this one. No matter how many times I see it, when Aunt March sprinkles the flowers on her bed and touches the hand of the doll… I lose it!

      • jess

        the little women death scene with claire danes is definitely my go to cry scene…when she tells joe(winona ryder) that everyone else has left but now she will be the first to leave(die), gets me crying all the time.

      • LL

        Speaking of Claire Danes, her ugly cry in Romeo + Juliet makes ME ugly cry!

    • Cygnus

      Deep Impact when LeeLee Sobieski’s mother is handing off her infant to her daughter, so the baby can survive, and LeeLee is bawling, not ready to say Bye and take that responsibility in such a short amount of time. Of course there’s a giant tital wave coming in the background too. Also from that movie, the scene where Tea Leoni and her father have finally reconciled on the beach, holding each other right before the giant wave is going to kill them. Finally, from the same movie, when the astronauts are saying goodbye to their families before sacrificing themselves, especially the blind astronaut not being able to see his son and wife in the monitor.

      • Kate


      • Camry

        This scene always gets me too.

      • Brad H

        YES… I’m glad I didn’t have to initiate it. “Well… we will all have High Schools named after us.”

      • tommymommy

        Totally forgot that one! Yes, it is a horribly sad moment.

      • Stacey

        I sobbed for 20 minutes in the theater watching those scenes. :(

      • Jen40

        I start crying even before the scene where the mother puts the baby on the motorcycle because I know it’s coming. The scene was written perfectly because mom and dad don’t even speak…they just look at each other and it is a no brainer that they are sending the kids off for a chance at survival.

    • Allison

      Exactly the scene I was going to mention as it never fails to leave me bawling like a baby.

    • Reese29

      I downloaded the soundtrack to FOD in case I can’t watch the movie..the music alone makes me sob.

    • 77nation

      Just read that first comment all the way back on page 1 and before I even consciously identified it I started to tear up. Hear the soundtrack too.
      I need a tissue.

    • Mike


    • Hillary

      Makes me BAWL!

    • Kim E

      The end of Bright Star when Fanny finds out John has died, gets me every time. Also Marley & Me.

    • Mellissa

      Yup, that’d be the one!

    • Jen

      Completely agree! Tearing up thinking about it.

    • CoffeeDog

      Completely agree. My Dad died in 2003, and that movie’s now almost weaponized sadness for me.

    • stephenKC

      Hands down the winner. Every. Single. Time.

    • Dianne

      oh, yes! Yes! also when Frank Wahley steps off the field and turns into Burt Lancester to save the little girl – he knows it is his destiny to give up his own dream to help others.

  • Amy

    Cemetery scene in Steel Magnolias

    • elr

      That’s one of mine too, but like Kate I cry for different reason depending on a particular scene. Steel Magnolias works for a sad and happy cry at the same time.

      • Caren

        SM when Sally Field has her speech after the funeral….every time.

        Million Dollar Baby…I cried for 2-3 days after seeing that movie.

      • Gigi

        Yep! Sally fields funeral outburst, and then Olimpia tells her to punch Shirley Mcclane. A good cry and a good laugh

    • JJ

      This x100. Hits me every time.

      • Sarah

        Oh gosh yes. I just cried after reading your post. This and Million Dollar Baby. I cried the entire second half of that movie. I saw it with friends, and they actually had to leave me at the theater because it took me so long to compose myself afterward and I just wanted to be alone. I am going to go lay in my bed and cry now…

    • Nancy

      That scene makes me laugh more than cry

      • Sophie

        Me too!

      • dk

        so glad I’m not the only one!

    • Melody

      That’s the one for me as well…gets me every single time, no matter what. Another one that always brings me to tears is *Batteries Not Included – both happy tears and sad tears in that one. I’m blubbering like a baby.

    • PennyBeGood

      I don’t know a woman who can make it through that scene without crying.

      • tara

        Horrible generalization.

    • RaleighNC

      Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.

    • Raelene

      Totally was going to say this one – makes me cry just thinking about it. Thank goodness for the “hit Weezer” bit!

    • Lou

      Absolutely one of the best crying scenes ever. I also bawl like a baby at the scene in Titanic when the boats are coming back for survivors and you see the mother holding her infant both frozen to death; and when Rose has to let Jack go. And an oldie but goody, Beaches.

    • Liz

      Steel Magnolias was at the top of my list until Toy Story 3. Watching Andy give up his toys to the little girl makes me tear up just thinking about it.

      • Jaimee

        just gonna throw it out there, but i bawled during marley and me. that damn dog got me and i was a snotty mess at the end

      • angeler

        Even more from Toy Story 3 is when the toys think they’re going to be incinerated, and they all look at each other and hold hands. *SOB*

      • CML

        Pixar movies always tend to bring out the tears. I wept uncontrollably at the opening marriage montage in “Up.”

    • Shannon

      Yes! That’s the only movie I have every bawled like a baby then burst into laughter at almost the same time.

    • wierdalexj

      That cemetery scene in Steel Magnolias makes me cry every time. Then I start laughing at “Take a whack at Ouiser! Knock her lights out”!

      Another Shirley MacLaine movie, Terms of Endearment, the scene where she’s screaming at the nurses to get off their asses and give her daughter medicine, makes me tear up every time.

    • Jenn

      Yes Sally Field’s breakdown gets me every time. I would also say Terms of Endearment, Beaches (The Wind Beneath My Wings always gets me), Fried Green Tomatoes, and Million Dollar Baby.

    • amyc

      Yes, yes, yes, the cemetery scene in Steel Magnolias was heart-wrenching. I also sob uncontrollably at the end of Moulin Rouge. Ewan MacGregor’s character is so naive and sincere, it’s unbearably sad to watch his heart break.

  • Becs

    For me, it’s a scene from Galaxy Quest. I know, I know. But the scene when the alien dies in Alan Rickman’s arms. Rickman says the catchphrase he absolutely abhors and only now understands what it means. Ohmigosh, I need a tissue…

    • ajmalzx

      LOL… mad props for the GQ mention.

    • Chelsea

      LOVE THAT MOVIE. And yes, I totally cry every time I see it. At least now I know I’m not alone in doing so.

      • mags

        by Grabthar’s hammer…

      • Skip182

        …you shall be avenged.

    • Erin

      Only Alan Rickman could make that scene that emotional. But I love it :)

      • Harley Q

        Alan Rickman is the man! :)

    • Judy Wright

      Yes, I lose it at that part of Galaxy Quest, and also when they’re explaining to the head alien guy that they’re not real and he just says “Whyyyyyy?”

  • Valley Girl

    In 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility,” when Emma Thompson’s character Elinor learns (and bursts out crying) that Hugh Grant’s character Edward is NOT married. Gets me every time…

    • HM

      same here

    • Regilita

      that “sense & sensibility” scene reduces me to a puddle every time.

    • kim in kentucky

      oh YES YES YES !!!!

    • Amy

      LOVE it!

    • TexT

      My husband and I both bawl every time Emma cries! Also, the end of Its a Wonderful Life.

    • Christie

      Aww, yes!

    • orville

      Absolutely. That’s my favorite happy cry moment.

    • Lisa

      Makes me sob!

    • Joan

      YES! Everytime I see that movie I weep at the end…”you’re not married”…tears

    • Rex

      OMg! Definitely. I start crying just anticipating that scene. Thank God I’m not the only one!

    • Caryn Rybarsyk

      Oh yea…every. single time. And I’ve watched it at least 20+ times.

    • Ali

      Yep. Can’t make it thru that scene without tears ever.

    • Kelly

      Yes! Emma Thompson nails that scene– the cry of pent-up emotion — and then we all cry!Cathartic.

    • Jay

      another one from S&S: When Kate Winslet’s character says “Thank You” to Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman). His heart was all over his face. I cry knowing that I will definitely never be loved like that!

    • RJM

      Oh my goodness, what scene of that amazing S&S DOESN’T make me cry?

    • LC

      Yes, I was going to say S&S was my favorite cry but happy cry scene but I thought I would be the only one. Glad to know that everyone else appreciates that movie and that scene as much as I do. It is my favorite movie about love and falling in love of all times.

    • Liz Lemon

      I love that scene. It makes me happy though not sad.

    • Jennie

      Amen! I lose it at that scene too. Emma Thompson nailed it!

    • Renee

      Yes. Largely because Emma Thompson is so f**king brilliant!

  • mary

    When Debra Winger tells her two sons goodbye in Terms of Endearment. And I don’t stop sobbing until the credits.

    • Chelsea

      Yeah, that part is gut-wrenching. The scene that gets me the most in that movie though is her actual death. When she looks at her mother and you just sorta see the life drain out of her…ugh

    • nat t

      that’s the movie I was thinking of too!

    • SouthStPaul

      The scene prior to Debra Winger’s death where Shirley Maclaine is frantically begging the nurses to administer a pain killer. Her despiration in not being able to make her daughter comfortable….just seemed so real and tragic.

    • ann

      Oh yes this is EXACTLY the scene I was thinking of. When Debra Winger is saying goodbye to Tommy & he is all defiant, sad @ sme time, literally rips my heart to shreds every single time.

    • Kevin

      “I think that went pretty well, don’t you?”

      Huckleberry Fox had to be the cutest child actor at the time, and his realizing his mother was dying in that scene was devastating. Then the scene outside when Aurora slaps Tommy. Then the “GIVE HER THE SHOT.” The death. Gah, so wrenching.

      • Squishmar

        Everybody is so good in that movie but Huckleberry Fox (what a name, huh?) is amazing.

      • nuffsaid

        I was going to write the same exact thing. I saw this in the movie theatre during my separation/divorce. At the time, my three sons were about that age, and I just broke down when she said that, and he just shook his head yes while trying not to cry. UGH, still gets me to this day.

      • NayNay

        @ Kevin: agree with all three scenes. That little boy,though, gets me every time.

    • tma6469

      totally agree. that is the first scene I thought of too. Amazing acting. watching the little one cry so hard. heartbreaking.

    • KT

      Yep, this is the first one I thought of.

    • kitzarina

      Sad, but for me the saddest Debra Winger death scene is in Shadowlands. When her son finds the wardrobe in the attic at the end… *sob*

    • Guest

      Basically sob through 1/2 of the movie every, every time.

      • Dianne

        Yep, that’s about my percentage of crying time during Terms of Endearment too. And it is always a high-quality ugly cry.

      • LostMom

        Yeah, same here. Pretty much the last half of Terms of Endearment gets me me every time.

    • yenny

      totally agree with that one…also when Shirley McClaine realizes she’s dead and breaks down…

    • Tom

      I start crying before the kids even come in the room. When Debra’s character puts on the makeup so she’s doesn’t look so scary to them, then lowers the hospital bed so she’s at their eye level … {sniff}

    • Daisy

      OMG, yes, Terms of Endearment gets me every single time. That scene with her sons and when Shirley McLaine is screaming at the nuses to give her daughter the shot. It’s not a pretty cry either.

      The other 2 movies that get me every time are Lady Jane with Helena Bonham Carter, and Gallipoli with a very young Mel Gibson. I don’t want to give either scene away, but watching Lady Jane in our living room while my mom was cooking dinner in the kitchen and me sobbing hysterically made her come to me to see if I was ok. Heartbreaking!

    • dylan111

      I was going to write that one myself if you didn’t. That movie is a masterpiece, and that scene one of many that is very moving.

  • Em

    When Sirius dies in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Usually, I am immune to tears in the HP verse, but that scene was just sad to me.

    • ash

      I was crying so hard, my vision blurred, but with Snape’s death. Alan Rickman was so heartbreaking.
      Sirius’ death was better in the books.
      Also Boromir. Gets me every single time. ” My brother, my captain, my king” *breaks down sobbing*

      • Cris

        My friends were embarrassed to be near me in the theater when Snape died in Deathly Hallows. Actually, I cried almost the entire second half of that movie.

      • Kathi

        For me it was Dobby’s death – I can’t even be in the room when it’s on or I start sobbing…

      • Ruby

        Agreed with everything you just said, Ash! Couldn’t have said it better myself

      • Ruby

        Oh, and I also bawl like a baby in Saving Private Ryan, when his mother learns three of her sons are dead. Every time.

      • NICE

        Private Ryan too, different time, Old Mat Damon asking his wife if he’s a good man…

      • MalfoyFanGirl

        “The Prince’s Tale.” I have seen it three times and I can’t even think about it. I must have gone through 30 tissues. I couldn’t keep totally silent and my body was shaking.

    • Sarah O

      My HP cry moment every time is in “Goblet of Fire” when Harry brings back Cedric’s dead body, and everyone is applauding and happy before they realize what’s happened. When Cedric’s dad pushes through the crowd and starts howling, the tears well up every time!

      • tanya


    • Amber

      Yeah, I totally cried at Sirius’s death as well. When it went all slow motion and Harry was struggling to get out of Remus Lupin’s hold, and Lupin says, “he’s gone, Harry…”, man, that made me bawl so hard.

      • Harley Q

        I cry everytime I see that scene. Also the look in Lupin’s face when he says he’s gone. So sad!

        Also Snape’s death made it even worse when Harry could see the love he had for Lily. I’ve never cried so hard in my life.

    • NayNay

      When Cedric and Harry come back from the cemetary in Goblet of Fire, and Cedric’s dad comes down there, “That’s my son, that’s my son”. Oh, I need a tissue.

  • ames

    beaches. every time.

    • Kat

      I have to agree!

      • AcaseofGeo

        Beaches felt manipulative for me. I’m weepy during a lot of Titanic because of the epic sadness. I don’t cry when Jack dies, but I do cry when the old lady says they “were waiting for an absolution that would never come”.

    • Annie

      Beaches does it for me too!

    • char411

      oh. hell. yes.

    • Claudia

      Without fail Beaches has managed to make me cry every single time I’ve watched it, too!

    • lis

      Yep, Beaches. I start crying when CC says “I know everything about you and my memory is long. My memory is very, very long” and the dying Hillary says to herself, “I’m counting on it.”

  • eyeheartnyc

    Terms of Endearment. Shirley Maclaine screaming, “GIVE MY DAUGHTER THE SHOT!!!” gets me every time.

    • boymommy

      I start crying when they find the lump under her arm. But truly, the most heartbreaking scene is when the daughter dies, and her mom hugs son-in-law and says “… I was so stupid… there’s nothing worse!” OMG. Tearing up just thinking it!

      • eyeheartnyc

        OMG – I’m tearing up from just reading your comment!

  • Kathleen

    Armageddon – when Bruce Willis’ character is speaking to his daughter on the screen, saying goodbye. And she cries and drops her head. No matter how many times I see that, still makes me cry. Ridiculous.

    • Mk

      As much as I hate myself for it, I do the exact same thing.

    • Regilita


    • Annie

      When Bruce tells Ben to take care of his little girl and pushes him back into the chamber. I LOVE YOU HARRY, get me everytime!!!

      • Melissa

        I totally agree! I fall apart every time that comes on!!

      • GeekFreak

        Kills me!! So realistic! I fell in love with Ben Affleck in that scene alone.

      • kremzeek!

        i gotta admit in armageddon when bruce willis calls ben affleck “my son”,i get choked up and movies NEVER affect me like that,but as an uncle,my nephew is like a son to me ever since he was a baby having practically raised him.so,yeah,that’s mine.

      • Melody

        Yeah, that’s one for me, too.

    • rhonda

      I thought I was the only who did that!!! I cry every time I see that part.

    • MC

      I bawl like a baby at the end of Armageddon. It is embarrassing. I also cry during Remember Me and Neverland. I don’t mean just a few quiet tears but sobbing out loud, snotty nose, can’t breathe crying.

      • Brandi

        I was sobbing at Remember Me, in between shouting profanities at the screen, that movie seriously made me mad.

      • Melody

        Neverland makes me cry so hard. Neverland towards the end and Green Mile gets me crying several times. Delacroix and Coffey’s executions and the final scenes with the mouse. Ugh. Every time.

    • Caren

      Yes or when the single dad’s son sees him and is proud of him….

    • Michelle

      “Daddy, NO!” Ugh! I lost it!

    • history momma

      Thank you. Was wondering when someone would mention Armageddon! What about the scene where he says “I’d be proud for you to marry my daughter?”

    • Lin Marie

      I was actually surprised how much Bruce Willis’ goodbye scenes in “Armageddon” got to me. Only he can make a possibly cheesy scene into an emotional one. I have to say that “Armageddon” is one of Michael Bay’s best films.

    • jones


      • Erin

        I agree. The point where Harry (Bruce Willis) offers to stay and then they draw sticks to see who gets the short one is where I start tearing up. Then I start crying when he pushes AJ (Ben Affleck) into the chamber and by the time it gets to where he is saying goodbye to his daughter, I am sobbing. Then I cry to the very end. It gets me every time. In fact, almost any time a man cries on film, I cry. But especially in Armegeddon!

  • Mother Nature

    LOTR Return of the King–“You bow to no one”
    And for some reason, the entire first half of Up.

    • Lady Pirate

      First 10 minutes of Up. And that scene in LOTR definitely. The last 10 minutes of Toy Story 3. (You know what I’m talking about.)

      • Ericalina

        Yes yes yes to all of those

      • Keke

        Toy story 3 destroyed me. I sobbed so much my shirt was soaked, and when my husband came home I just had to recap how it ended and started uncontrollably sobbing again. Haha

      • Emily

        I was a mess at Toy Story 3. Lucky me, I went on a Wednesday night so not too many people were affected by my sobbing, but I grew up with those characters!

      • Annie

        Lost it completely at Toy Story 3, it was almost embarrassing.

      • MultiPass

        UP. UP everytime. Yes.

      • Cate

        Toy Story 3. Yup. Thinking of my own kids going off to college in 10 years…ugh.

      • don

        I cried the first time I saw Toy Story 3 a little, but the second time was for some reason was even worse. I think If I watch it a third time I’d pass out.

      • Cibs

        Same here, though I cry harder at the Grey Havens scene of Return of the King. As for Toy Story 3, I was glad I had the 3D glasses on to provide some cover for the river of tears… Luckily I only saw Up! on DVD, so no one witnessed the mess I turned into after those first 15 minutes.

      • Lore

        ohh yes, me toooo

      • mahovolich13

        Agreed. I had people over for the Oscars this year and they showed that tiny little bit…”Goodbye Andy” and I lost it.

      • Cygnus

        Monster’s Inc, at the end when Sully peeks back in Boo’s room, and she says “Kitty!” Bawling!

      • ST

        Definitely cry during Toy Story 3. Also, during the bridge scene in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” when Julia Roberts and Dermott Mulroney are dancing to their song and she wants to tell him she loves him.

      • Ruby

        Also in LOTR, when Frodo tells Sam to leave him. I feel so bad for Sam in that scene!

      • denny

        I thought Up was bad – the last shot of the house on the falls killed me, even though (or possibly because) I just knew it was coming.

        But the last 15-20 minutes of Toy Story 3 absolutely wrecked me. I’m talking great big heaving sobs, tears streaming down my face, snot coming out of my nose… classic ugly cry. I’ve seen the film once since and it had the exact same effect.
        The other moment that gets me is the ending of Amelie, with the silent kisses. So beautiful.

      • bb

        I was so surprised at how much I cried in Toy Story 3. My kids are of college age and it his close to home.

      • Mocha

        Definitely yes to the first ten minutes of UP, and also the end, when you see the house on Paradise Falls, just like how Ellie drew it. My friends and I bawled so much in the theater that a little girl in the back started laughing at us.

    • Chelsea

      I ugly cry throughout RotK from beginning to end, lol

      “Then let us be rid of it… once and for all! Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you! ”


      • pastafarian

        ugh. no.

      • Chelsea

        Can’t see why that deserves an “ugh, no” but okay then. It’s alright, I’m sure Kate Ward and I cry enough tears for the three of us, lol

      • pastafarian

        There’s enough good emotional scenes throughout the trilogy, but anytime I see that one, it just feels like a groaner. I dunno it comes off kinda ham-fisted. I blame Rudy. I thought a better loyalty scene was in Fellowship, with Sam following Frodo despite nearly drowning. It showed devotion, sacrifice and a little humor. “Go back, Sam. I’m going to Mordor alone.” “Of course you are. And I’m coming with you.”

      • Melody

        It’s a great scene. This one and the death of Boromir just slay me on the spot.

      • Wendy

        Also love “Don’t you let go” when Frodo looks down into the fire and lava and Sam is trying to pull him up. Plus the ending when Frodo sails out of the Grey Havens

      • AKP

        YESSSSSS. I lose it when Frodo is talking about the Shire, and when Sam talks about Rosie and says, “If ever I was to marry someone, it would’ve been her.” Gutted.

        Embarrassing: When I saw it in the theater for the first time, I cried during the lighting of the beacons. It just seemed so epic, watching that call for help light up one fire at a time across the world.

      • Stephanie

        OMG AKP – I am with you on the beacons! I just started tearing up immediately. And you are right – it is the epicness of that and also probably knowing that since the biggest battle is on the way, many were going to die. Scenes like that in movies always do it for me. That kind of selfless giving for the greater good.

      • Mel

        I thought I was the only one who got emotional during that scene in ROTK. All I’m thinking every time I watch that scene and bawl my eyes out is that Sam is the true hero of the trilogy. I even argued about it with a friend. He pointed out to me Sam wasn’t tested like Frodo, but his devotion to Frodo and strength of spirit are infinitely undeniable.

      • alex

        “He said ‘Don’t you let him out of your sight Samwise Gamgee’ and I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.”

    • edi

      ‘you bow to NO one’ always gets me. always.

    • Stephanie

      I just watched LOTR Return of the King on TV the other day and completely lost it (again)… my friends, you bow to no one… ahhhh!

    • Susan

      Every single time I hear “you bow to no one” it makes me ball. i cannot help it.

    • Guest

      LOTR when Aragorn is holding Boromir as he’s dying, cry, cry, cry!

    • frostysnowman

      I thought I was the only one who cried at that line! It gets me every time I see that move. Good to know I’m not alone. And when we watch our DVD of UP, we skip the first 10 minutes. Because in the theater, my entire family bawled our eyes out when Ellie dies, and it’s still just so sad.

    • Jessica

      My ROTK moment is when Pippin finds Merry under the horse. Dear God, that makes me want to cry just thinking about it.

    • angeler

      good god I love that one. I think I cried through most of the last 30 minutes of Return of the King. Also the part during the Gondor battle where Gandalf tells Pip about “the afterlife”. Oh man, waterworks.

      • NayNay

        Oh yes, Gandalf talking about death not being the end. And when Pippin sings to Denethor as Faramir and the others are going to their death. And when Aragorn sees Arwen at the coronation, after thinking she was dead. Etc, etc, etc.

    • Mindi

      I still can’t tell people about that scene without tearing up. That line was beautifully delivered.

    • Judy Wright

      I have to stop reading these posts, because I am completely blubbering at work – alone in my cubicle, and I did NOT wear waterproof mascara.

  • InterpretsASL


    • Caiti

      This, or when Cedric Diggory dies in Goblet of Fire. His dad wailing “that’s my booooy!” kills me every time.

      • penelope

        Ohhhh, me too! That was the first time I ever cried at a HP movie. I’ve also never failed to cry so far at the scene in the newest movie where the Weasleys are crying over Fred’s body.

      • Chelsea

        Yep, that’s another without fail ugly cry moment for me.

      • Regina George

        I totally agree with Cedric Diggpry dying. “NOT MY BOYYYYYY!!!!!!!” I started sobbing. But then after a couple minutes, I thought, “Whatever. It’s Robert Pattinson. I hate Robert Pattinson. Get over it,” and started laughing uncontrollably at Mad-Eye turning back into Barty Crouch. All those twitches really got me.

        Oh, and Finding Nemo.

      • Regina George

        Whoops, spelled Diggory wrong.

      • Cygnus

        That used to mean more to me, but since Twlight, I find myself rooting for Voledmore at the end of Goblet of Fire.

      • Ruby

        Agreed about Cedric dying. Very said! I like those days. Robert Pattinson was tolerable then.

    • Keke

      Yes! Happy cry alert!

    • Glyn

      Even the ‘Rudy’ music makes me start to tear up.

      • lettergirl

        omg…i cry from the second RUDY starts til the second it ends. literally.

    • CTU Chief

      Brians Song…the original.—I love Brian Piccolo. And I’d like all of you to love him too. And so tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.

      • frostysnowman

        Yes – unbelievably sad.

      • Sarah O

        Oh yeah — the first time I ever saw my dad cry was at Brian’s Song. Just hearing that song makes me tear up!

      • DanOregon

        “I love Brian Piccolo. And I’d like all of you to love him too. And so tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.”

    • Justsayin

      Finally! i was just lookin for someone to have posted rudy that scene gets me and as said above you bow to no one from lotr gets me a lot too. Also its not a movie but the s8 finale of scrubs as jd is envisioning the future.

  • Chuck

    Four words: “Meet me in Montauk.”

    • Lindz

      YES! I bawl like a baby during the scene at the end in the car when he’s looking out the window, and you know he’s going to wake up soon.

    • NC Viewer

      YES. The minute that house starts crumbling so do I.

      • Charlotte

        Oh yes, that scene gets me everytime. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favorite movies.

    • BJohnson

      Thank you! That movie had a couple of parts but that one with the house crumbling and filling with sand…sniff sniff.

      • Chuck Bartowski

        “She was…just a girl.”

    • liz

      I also cry in that movie when they are under the covers and clem is telling the story how she named a doll after herself and used to yell at it to be pretty

      • Buffy

        Alakazaam-information found, porblem solved, thanks!

    • Meg

      Maybe a bit random, but at the beginning of ESOTSM when Joel is in the doctor’s office there’s a woman sitting in the waiting room, crying, holding a box of what appear to be her dead dog’s possessions. I watched the movie soon after my dog died and totally broke down when I saw that. I had to pause the movie so I could cry. Now I always notice her sitting there and get upset.

  • Lori

    When Collins sings “I’ll Cover You” at Angel’s funeral in Rent, and when the Captain joins Liesl singing “Edelweiss” in The Sound of Music.

    • Maggie

      Always cry at the Edelweiss scene!


      Yes to Edelweiss.. what about Forrest Gump? The entire ending.. when Jenny tells him her son has the same name as his father, and he steps back and asks, “Is he.. is he… smart?” The first time the audience is aware that Forrest always knew he wasn’t quite normal. Heartbreaking.

      • LEVI


    • Meredith

      Yes… “I’ll Cover You” … My poor eyes are so bloodshot right now.

      • Fatha

        I want to keep things more ogeanizrd this year. I’m trying to find homes for things and make sure they actually go back there at the end of the day. It’s hard to decide on a course – all are very cool. But I think Adventurous Accessories would be fun.

  • InterpretsASL

    Steel Magnolias when Melinda looses it in the cemetery.

    • Janet

      That gets me everytime! I’m fine for the hospital but when MaLynn [sp?] flips out in the cementary, I go to pieces.

  • Jennifer

    Stealing Home with Jodie Foster and Mark Harmon. Love it.

    • emosia

      love this movie…and yes..I cry everytime

      • LOL

        George Bush reading My Pet Goat in Fahrenheit 9/11. Saddest thing ever for the American people. We may never recover from his disastrous presidency.

      • tma6469

        good call… always makes me cry.

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