Some of you may already know that I am not a very sentimental viewer and that I’m not much of a crier. Oh sure, I’ve done the fake sobbing like: “Waaaah, I can’t believe they did that, that is so saaad!” but not actual, genuine, legit tears.
I know some people cry buckets over movies and when I see that or am told that, I’m always standing there looking like this:
I just can’t sob over movies (or books) – sobbing is something I save for special emergencies.
And just to clarify – when I say these scenes made me cry, I mean as in my eyes well up or a single tear run down my face (trust me this is a BIG deal) or maybe a couple of tears, tops. Believe me, this is BIG, people.
So without further ado – let’s stop laughing and bring on the tears.
As my twin pointed out on her sneak preview of this post, it’s mostly filial love and scenes that involve it that make me cry. 🙂 You’ve been warned.
13 Scenes In Movies (and TV shows) That Made Me Cry
(in no particular order)
Star Wars Rogue One – Galen Erso’s Death
Finally reunited with his ‘Stardust’ and then IT’S TOO LATE! ‘wipes eyes’ – this scene was so short, but so beautifully shot and beautifully acted.
They had very little screen time together, but I would have to say that Jyn and Galen are one of my favorite father/daughter duos of all time.
Star Trek Enterprise – T’Pol’s Mother Dying
Aaaahhh, I’m getting misty thinking about it. So obviously, the only way you’re going to have a really pivotal death scene is to have shown a good relationship prior to that and these two actresses NAILED it.
When T’Pol clutches T’Les and murmurs in that broken voice: “Mother!” I started cracking up. The actress who played T’Pol has an incredible face, somehow managing to remain ’emotionless’ and Spartan-like in her grief and yet her eyes are so soulful, you can see her being ripped apart as the moonlight catches the single tear falling down her face. A VULCAN CRIED – oh my word, a VULCAN cried. ‘buries face in hands’ DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT EVEN MEANS?
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – Mr. Magorium’s Goodbye
‘long silence’ ‘takes a deep breathe’
This is hands down one of the most beautiful heart-felt scenes EVER – the depth of emotion Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman portray is AMAZING. I usually rebel against movies where an MC who has a precious relationship to another MC dies but it suited this movie SO WELL – I wouldn’t have changed it. I love the blend of sweetness and sadness in this scene – as Mr. Magorium’s gives her advice on how to live HER life, now that his life is ending.
The Land Before Time – The Baby Pterodactyl
Don’t laugh, this is one of the most poignant movies I can think of – you could really feel Steve Spielberg’s and George Lucas’ influence on this one, the story and character were so much more engaging, more ‘adult’, although it was a kid-sized adventure.
And for those who know what The Land Before Time is, nope, it was NOT when Littlefoot’s mom died and his little voice keeps whispering: “Mother?” It was afterwards, when he is lying in the middle of nowhere, can’t move, can’t speak and a little baby pterodactyl spots him.
The pterodactyl had been squabbling with its brothers and sisters over a cherry, he finally won, but then he spots the depressed Littlefoot. The little guy patters over, looks sympathetic and then presents him with the cherry. Littlefoot just stares at him and turns away. The pterodactyl nudges the cherry forward and waits expectantly but then finally sighs and turns away, also depressed.
This scene always cracks me up, I hate that moment when I am so sad for someone and can’t do anything and I suppose this scene reminds me of that. Plus, it was the ‘enormity’ of the small gesture. That little guy wanted that cherry and yet he was so willing to part with it. It was such a REAL scene.
And besides, what could be sadder than that little pterodactyl’s face?
Monsters Inc – End Scene
Okay the end scene – NOT when Sully says goodbye to Boo – but when time has passed and his best friend has rebuilt Boo’s door. Sully walks towards it, slowly, full of hope and uncertainty and he carefully opens the door. He looks around the room and a small voice chirps: “Kitty!” And his FACE. ‘eyes well up’
You can tell fathers had a big hand in making this movie – the complete joy on his face is wonderful.
Rogue One – Jyn and Cassian’s Death
‘long drawn out keening wail’
I have very little to say about this except that JYN AND CASSIAN SHOULD HAVE SURVIVED AND FLOWN AWAY INTO THE SUNSET AND HAD LOTS OF LITTLE JYN’S AND CASSIANS! ‘stamps and stamps and stamps in disappointment’ Finally, a romance I liked (blink and you’ll miss it) and they BLEW IT. Literally.
I mean WATCH this –
look at this heartfelt hug! The look on Cassian’s face!
‘SCREAMS IN FURIOUS SADNESS’
Something this good shouldn’t be blown up – okay? Make a note people!
It’s also worth noting that this is one of the few “romantic” moments that makes me cry. A lot of girls get emotional over romantic scenes but I don’t – so the fact that this scene busted me up is a big deal.
‘looks at gifs again and lip trembles’
Heidi – Heidi Comes Home
I love, love, love father / daughter relationships in movies and you hardly ever see them – although this one is a grandfather / granddaughter relationship that will warm the cockles of your heart.
In the final scene when her grandfather storms away from her yet again, Heidi – ever loving, never refusing to give up him – runs up, grabs him and turns him back.
“Why did you come back?”
“Because I love you grandfather.”
And I literally wiped my eyes, writing this. HER BEAUTIFUL SWEET LITTLE FACE, HER VOICE. Ahhh! And then his face melts just like our hearts do and he picks her up and holds her as tight as he can, his wrinkled cheek resting against her smooth one as she hugs him fiercely – they never want to let go.
‘buries face in hands’
The Patriot – Susan Speaks
Benjamin Martin’s small daughter, Susan, will not speak – mostly do to post-trauma at the death of her mother, but also because she is angry with him because Benjamin is always leaving.
There is quite a bit of story wrapping around all this but to make a long story short, Benjamin finally has to ride off to war again. He hugs each of his children goodbye but Susan is stiff and even though he entreats her to say goodbye to him, she won’t.
Reluctantly, Benjamin mounts his horse and turns to leave and then Susan – her face crumpling – opens her mouth and shouts: “Papa, don’t go!”
Benjamin whirls his horse around, leaps off and runs to her as she meets him halfway, sobbing and begging him not to leave her.
Benjamin strokes her hair and kisses her, promising that he will always, always come back to her and that she has made him very happy.
Boom – our hearts are broken, his heart is broken. No matter how many times I watch this scene I get tears in my eyes. Ahhh!
Anne of Green Gables – Anne Thanks Matthew
I’m willing to bet that nearly everyone reading this blog has seen this scene.
Matthew’s character is my favorite character in this whole series and Richard Farnsworth plays him so perfectly. There isn’t one single scene where I don’t want to hug him – but if I was forced to choose a favorite scene it’s the one that makes me cry the most – when Anne runs out to the barn to thank Matthew for giving her that beautiful dress. Matthew looks up with that gleam of anticipation and pleasure at seeing his little girl and Anne gazes at him. He kisses her on the forehead because ‘he doesn’t want to get her dress dirty’ but then Anne throws herself into his arms and we have this beautiful, beautiful scene. I love the gentle, radiating love of this father / daughter duo.
Star Trek Voyager – Caylem and Janeway
So I’m kind of cheating by including this one, because I didn’t just cry for one scene, I was sniffing throughout the ENTIRE episode. Where do I even begin? This is one of the most poignant and beautiful father/daughter relationships I have ever seen done in about 20 minutes (since there were over POV subplots running parallel to theirs).
Okay, I have to share the backstory for you to get this scene.
Captain Janeway is on a socialist type planet looking for a vital commodity for her ship when she is shot by guards, but before she can be arrested she is rescued by a mysterious old man named Caylem who is convinced that Janeway is his long lost daughter. The man appears completely insane and indeed, his sanity has slipped away ever since his wife was arrested twelve years ago. He and his daughter have tried several times to break his wife out of prison but failed, and then his daughter disappeared, but he is convinced that Janeway is his daughter.
Oh my goodness – Caylem’s gentle care for her, his sweetness – and Janeway’s heart starts getting just as involved as ours are. Caylem shows her all the things he has saved for her, the letters he had written to her imprisoned mother every day for twelve years, pretty dresses for Janeway to wear for when she is finally ‘released’. Caylem nurses her back to health and saves her repeatedly from local guards, despite being humiliated by them.
And then the end scene.
Caylem and Janeway break into the prison to rescue her crew (he thinks they are going to get his wife out) and the villain confronts them and reveals that Caylem’s wife and daughter have been dead for years – the wife died in prison and the daughter died trying to get her out – Caylem has simply been too out of his mind to accept these horrible facts. Caylem doesn’t believe him and leaps to save Janeway from getting shot, taking the blast meant for her. As he dies in Janeway’s arms, Janeaway tells him the villain was lying – she is his daughter and Caylem’s wife is now free. Caylem dies happy, but Janeway is heartbroken.
As am I.
Pixar Short – Lou
‘opens mouth and emits choking wail’
I can’t say too much because this is actually one thing where I DON’T want to give away spoilers, but oh my goodness, the emotional impact of this tiny short is so good. I cried both times I saw it–it is so sweet, so inventive. It reminds me a lot of the Velveteen Rabbit but, in my opinion, better. What a beautiful and poignant message and when it’s balanced off of humor, that makes the sentimental moments even more powerful. Make a note of that everyone! Sentiment is more powerful when it is juxtaposed against lightheartedness and when it drops it on us when we least expect it! Like with a little toy monster that lives in a box… ‘sniiiffffs’
Star Wars Rogue One – Galen’s Holograph To Jyn
Oh, Oh, OHHHHH!!! ‘bites lip’ The image below was pretty much MY face when I was watching this scene.
Even with so little backstory, the writers and the actors did so well with the relationship between Jyn and her father, I loved that the entire crux of the movie was based upon their connection and if I was forced to pick, I would have to say this scene of them packs the most punch. It is so incredibly sad, and yet beautiful – juxtaposed against the Death Star firing and destroying life in Jedha City it is magnificent – the editing, pacing, the music, the acting – it is SO emotional.
For years, Jyn has felt abandoned and betrayed by her father and then finally he confirms his love for her and all of her walls begin to crumple. He is NOT a traitor, he’s a hero; and then he portrays his trust to her by relating his greatest secret into her hands. He knows she will complete it – he knows she will fight and die for the right as he has.
A Case For Christ – Lee accepts Christ as his Savior.
As Lee finally kneels before his Creator and asks him into his heart, the tears started to fall. By the end of the movie I felt as if I knew this guy, I had gotten so involved in his story and I found myself leaning forward, grinning with anticipation as I watched the threads of God being woven through this man’s story, leading him inexorably to his knees. It brought back memories of that night when I prayed so long ago. All the times God has touched my life, intervened for me – it was as if I was sharing those moments with Lee and his wife – as if we could look at one another and laugh for joy and say: “Only God could have done this!”
And that’s all, folks!
Well, what did you think of the tears? Have you seen any of these scenes and if so, did they make you cry?
What are some scenes in movies and TV shows that have made you cry?
Would you like me to post something like this again if I remember more scenes that made me cry?
I’ve love to hear about it in the comments!