50 Most Heartbreaking Movie Moments

Never work with children or animals... they'll make you cry

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Oct 24th 2011, 7:36

      The Fly 2 should be on here. The scene when he puts the mutant dog to sleep is the most heart wrenching thing I've ever seen. Definitely more touching and affecting than a lot of the moments on this list. The fact that it's in a slightly dodgy (but still enjoyable) sci fi horror doesn't make it any less emotional or worthy of inclusion.

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    • Toursiveu

      Oct 24th 2011, 7:58

      Here's what Chandler Bing had to say about Bambi's mother's death : "Oh yeah, I was really sad when the guy STOPPED DRAWING THE DEER!"... Chandler Bing cracks me up... Another recent heartbreaking scene is the one in Biutiful where Uxbal (Javier Bardem) and his brother discover the embalmed and very well preserved body of the father they never knew and who died so young they look much older than him... Don't know why but that scene got me by the throat. Couldn't stop crying...

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    • Toursiveu

      Oct 24th 2011, 7:58

      Here's what Chandler Bing had to say about Bambi's mother's death : "Oh yeah, I was really sad when the guy STOPPED DRAWING THE DEER!"... Chandler Bing cracks me up... Another recent heartbreaking scene is the one in Biutiful where Uxbal (Javier Bardem) and his brother discover the embalmed and very well preserved body of the father they never knew and who died so young they look much older than him... Don't know why but that scene got me by the throat. Couldn't stop crying...

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    • dropdeadsam

      Oct 24th 2011, 9:25

      I would have thought Saving Private Ryan would have been in here. The scene on the beach and Corporal Uppam's death upset me. Also the Death of George Kirk in Star Trek (2009) was a tear jerker. Kudos for making Schindlers list 2nd and Up! 1st. Up! was really sad :(

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 24th 2011, 10:28

      Its not a movie, but the death of Senna in the documentary was tragic. What is sadder, is that Roland Ratzenberger was killed the day before. Unfortunately, last week motorsport claimed 2 more lives..RIP Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli.

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    • aaroncupboard

      Oct 24th 2011, 10:43

      I can't believe 'The Mist' was left out of this! Without giving away spoilers, it is possibly the most heartbreaking end to a film I have ever seen, it literally left me sobbing like a baby! I would also personally add the moment when Luke Skywalker burns Darth Vaders body in Return of the Jedi, that killed me as a kid (and still does).

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    • LukeSween

      Oct 24th 2011, 10:43

      I agree about George Kirk's death. Probably the one thing that gets me each time I see it. Amazing for a character you only know for a few minutes.

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    • daz8778

      Oct 24th 2011, 12:05

      GREEN MILE!!!!!!! and for some reason shallow hal when he sees the kids in the burns unit at the hospital got me choked up too

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    • FBRJorge

      Oct 24th 2011, 12:18

      There should be a place for Where The Wild Things Are ='(

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    • FBRJorge

      Oct 24th 2011, 12:18

      There should be a place for Where The Wild Things Are ='(

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    • FBVAtkins

      Oct 24th 2011, 13:59

      The Fountain. The entire final 45 minutes of The Fountain makes me sob everytime I watch it. And Wash in Serenity.

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    • Flaygor

      Oct 24th 2011, 16:26

      @dropdeadsam- I'm not sure who you are thinking of but Cpl Upham dosn't die in SPR. he is one of the 2 survivors along with Reiben.

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    • charolastra22

      Oct 24th 2011, 17:24

      The ending to Dancer in the Dark is very bleak and I found it incredibly emotional to watch as Selma condemns herself to death without speaking of her innocence. Also, an ex girlfriend of mine used to cry at the BEGINNING of The Notebook cos she knew what was coming at the end!

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    • SixStepSamurai

      Oct 24th 2011, 21:36

      Where the hell is The Never Ending Story? You know, The Swamp Of Sadness? Artax sinking? For a kid's film it was too much for me to handle! Or how about A Bullet In The Head? The scene where Tony Leung (I forget their character's names) finds his childhood friend and decides to end his misery by shooting him in the head, then his friend move's the gun down to his chest instead, (After years of getting slapped about the head) always puts a lump in my throat!

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    • badger86

      Oct 24th 2011, 23:21

      Dancer in the dark and spocks death in khan should be on here.

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    • JohnJDuffy

      Oct 25th 2011, 2:43

      Little Red Flowers and The Bicycle Thief are hard to watch

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    • JohnJDuffy

      Oct 25th 2011, 2:44

      The Pit Ponies ending the saddest ending ever!

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    • JohnJDuffy

      Oct 25th 2011, 2:51

      The Cove

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    • KimLikesMovies

      Oct 25th 2011, 8:24

      Where's the Godfather part II?? Come on, there's so many scenes in that movie that are just absolutely heart-wrenching! For me its a toss up between the ending where Michael (Pacino) sits alone after having Fredo (Cazale) killed; and another Pacino-Cazale scene, where Michael 'forgives' Fredo at their mother's funeral but looks at Neri to let him know that Fredo isn't really forgiven. On a side note though, I'm happy Grave of the Fireflies and Biutiful made it onto the list. They're both very moving films and I feel like they don't get enough love; but I would've gone with different scenes. For Fireflies, I think the scene when Setsuo sees her older brother getting beaten up for stealing food is extremely sad. What makes it so much worse is how she tries to comfort him afterward. And for Biutiful, it would be the warehouse scene plus the scene when the bodies are found washed up on the beach.

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    • dropdeadsam

      Oct 25th 2011, 9:36

      @Flaygor. c**p your so right. I meant the medic. I dont remember his name.

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    • deanishbacon

      Oct 25th 2011, 20:02

      Iron Giant gets me EVERY time - don't know why...

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    • marvel1

      Oct 25th 2011, 20:31

      Edward Scissorhands When Edward says goodbye to kim.

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    • callumoakabywright

      Oct 25th 2011, 22:55

      Never Let Me Go when Andrew Garfield cries at the end.. Crushing.

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    • MikeyRix

      Oct 26th 2011, 12:23

      I'm with @badger with the Spock thing. I'm not a huge crier at films but a few tears may have run down my face at the end of "...Khan". Heh ^^

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    • youngnedyoung

      Oct 26th 2011, 17:09

      The final scene in Hana-Bi where Takeshi Kitano takes his dying wife to the beach. Sad and a little shocking. Totally agree about Never Ending Story too. I remember when I was a kid going to the cinema and crying my eyes out to a half-hour short feature (in the days when they showed them before the main film) about a kid who brings his dog back to life after it was hit by a car. Having searched in vain, I stumbled back upon it after it appeared as an extra on The Nightmare Before Christmas. The film was called Frankenweenie, the director was Tim Burton and it was meant to be a black comedy. Still gets me today...

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    • seepeejay

      Oct 28th 2011, 15:55

      Would have picked what Harry saw in Snape's tears or when his parents come out of Voldemort's wand as most tear enducing moments in HP, also thought ET would have been higher up, but on the whole I mostly agree. The opening of 'Up' was a real surprise and definatly gets ya!

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    • analeorne

      Oct 29th 2011, 15:12

      Definitely the ending of Hair, when we realise Berger has gone to Vietnam instead of Claude, and The Flesh Failures jump in; when the camera focuses on Berger's grave and then zooms out to the thousands of graves there are in the cemetary, it's time to get your tissues.

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    • redflost

      Oct 30th 2011, 19:47

      really happy UP is no.1 also that Marley and Me is on there, saddest film ever, but i also find the scene in I Am Legend where he has to kill his zombie dog

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    • mrfixit426

      Oct 31st 2011, 15:45

      How is Simon Kinnear still getting paid for writing this childish drivel. Completely ruined the point of the list with the painfully unfunny "played for laughs" comments. YOU ARE NOT FUNNY. STOP TRYING TO BE.

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    • FranJester

      Nov 1st 2011, 17:47

      Platoon - if it was played for laughs = Tropic Thunder!

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    • FBRBeasley

      Nov 13th 2011, 15:11

      Machine Gun Preacher was utterly heartbreaking, I'm not sure how you'd play if for laughs though..

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    • Nickey09

      Feb 20th 2012, 20:40

      Jeffbiscuits is totally correct - "The Fly II" Dog Scene!!! If that doesn't have you in tears, check if you have a pulse!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yc7ygB_LpM

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    • ma7tin

      Mar 26th 2012, 14:45

      Field of Dreams gets me every time I watch it. 'Hey, Dad. Wanna play catch'

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    • FBJRamirez

      Mar 30th 2012, 13:20

      I was hoping to see the end of Warrior on here. Actually made me cry.

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    • FBCDunbar

      Oct 20th 2012, 6:32

      Ehm, the end of The Notebook!?

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    • licencetokilt

      Oct 20th 2012, 10:59

      Up, The Elephant Man, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Kes, Brokeback Mountain....total agreement. The ending to Dancer in the Dark completely did me in - I was in tears, and that might be the only time I've ever cried at a film. I totally agree with the first poster about The Fly II - that dog bit really broke me up! Yoda's death in Return of the Jedi was a total heartbreaker - I think it was one of the first instances of someone dying of old age (and with acceptance of it too) on screen that I ever saw. True, he was 900 years old, but still... also Withnail's monologue at the park after he's said goodbye to his only friend in Withnail and I.

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    • BasedBishop

      Oct 20th 2012, 12:08

      No Green Mile?

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    • haganosborne

      Oct 20th 2012, 12:45

      Once we're warriors. Pans Labyrinth.

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    • kylelandry

      Oct 20th 2012, 13:47

      Atonement needs to be on this list! At the end of the movie when you find out that the love Cecilia (Keira Knightly) and Robie (James McAvoy) deserved but never got to have, my heart sunk and I cried unbelievably. So happy Harry Potter made it in, however, Dobby deserved a spot as well.

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    • sierragonzalez

      Oct 20th 2012, 15:42

      What about the very end of Monster's, Inc. when Mike puts together the shredded door of Boo and Sully opens the door and you hear Boo yell, "Kitty!" OMG that gets me every time!!!

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    • karlossmith

      Oct 20th 2012, 16:50

      Erm, how can anyone in their right mind leave out the finale of Requiem for a Dream? I struggle to think of a more heart wrenching ending, it truly left me feeling hopeless.

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 20th 2012, 18:03

      Why does TF insist on including LAME, CRINGINGLY UNFUNNY comments at the bottom of each movie selected? Is that how Alex Zane got a job?

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    • Gashead

      Oct 20th 2012, 22:48

      The whole of AI: Artificial Intelligence? I Am Legend? Come on!

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    • lukeworm100

      Oct 21st 2012, 20:32

      The ending of The Mist is heartbreaking and the end of Never Let Me Go. I was really suprised they weren't on there but it is an opinion thing really.

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    • McSerious

      Oct 22nd 2012, 1:08

      How about Boromir's death? Oh and of course TERMINATOR 2! Don't laugh at me! Its damn sad when he lowers himself into the steel!

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    • nostrebornod

      Oct 22nd 2012, 21:10

      @mrfixit426, I agree. I cringe everytime I open Simon Kinnear's lists. He is consistently ruining them with his so-called "witty" remarks. I just stopped reading the "If it were played for laughs" comments after the first few. Totally unnecessary.

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    • edmundobarraza

      Feb 13th 2013, 5:51

      "If it was played for laughs" ruined the entire thing for me. That section should belong in the "Most stupidest unfunny movies".

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    • ASummerStory

      Jun 4th 2013, 23:25

      The last two films are perfectly well placed. Schindler's List - now that was absolutely upsetting! I remember during the scene they were talking about, I saw something red in a cart and just thought it was blood. It was actually pointed out to me and I had to rewind it, actually realising it was that innocent little girl. She provided only the one piece of bright colour in that film, and as soon as I saw it, I was completely speechless with horror. Also, that scene in Equilibrium, not just the execution, but the face Preston makes (amazing close ups by the way). The worst part is where he walks out through the crowd, finally thrown over the edge. In anticipation, we see him continue walking, looking up at the building and then he completely breaks down and I just...NO. The scene in the Lion King should be one of the saddest scenes in film history. Not only the death of Mufasa, but the voice of Simba is cripplingly upsetting as he tries to wake his father up.

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    • kaitopage

      Jun 10th 2013, 6:30

      Mickey Goldmill's death from Rocky III should definitely been included. Mickey uses his last breath to tell rocky "I love ya kid, I love ya" and then dies 3 seconds later. Just as sad as "The Champ"

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    • robchapman

      Jun 16th 2013, 8:08

      How can you not have Spock's death from Star Trek II, Mickey's death from Rocky III, the shocking deaths at the end of The Mist and the tragic deaths(and one of the saddest endings ever) of Johnny & Darrel in The Outsiders.

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    • CrypticCrimsyn

      Jul 1st 2013, 14:45

      How about Tangled? The lantern scene, from the moment you see the sadness in the King's eyes just before they set off the lanterns for their lost daughter and the whole ''i see the light'' song where they are in the boat. I've never cried so hard at a movie before, especially an animated one. Fantastic film

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    • CrypticCrimsyn

      Jul 1st 2013, 15:43

      Sophie's Choice is unbearable to watch. It's incredibly upsetting, the part where her little girl gets taken away, the screaming is horrific. it will haunt you for the rest of your life. Should at least be in the top 5.

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    • jacksonshort

      Nov 2nd 2013, 0:07

      I normally don't cry during movies, but these two get me every time: 1. Trevor's death in Pay It Forward 2. Shelby's death in Steel Magnolias

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    • bobmartini

      Dec 20th 2013, 0:16

      The very last scene in Crimes and Misdemeanors kills me every time. The rabbi goes blind, Martin Landau's character lives happily ever after despite committing murder, and poor Woody Allen gets divorced and loses his true love to his arch nemesis.

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    • thegiant55

      Jan 19th 2014, 22:14

      I EXPECTED FOLLOW THAT BIRD

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    • alexojideagu

      Feb 10th 2014, 2:21

      GERTY the computer, crying from the movie 'MOON'. Considering it has 89% on Rotten Tomatoes I'm amazed how few people know about it, or even myself until I read other peoples comments on the movie Oblivion.

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    • LordNapalm

      Apr 26th 2014, 19:13

      I don't know about you but there's a moment involving a certain horse from a certain story that doesn't end sinking in a certain swamp filled with a certain emotion that's missing from this list. By that I mean "ARTAX NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

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