Greatest Tearjerkers
Scenes and Movie Moments
of All-Time

Part 25

The Greatest Tearjerkers of All-Time
Movie Title/Year and Brief Tearjerker Scene Description

Shane (1953)


The poignant final goodbye scene in which young, anguished, and heartbroken Joey Starrett (Brandon De Wilde), with tears streaking down his face, sadly cried out after his hero/idol Shane (Alan Ladd): ("Pa's got things for you to do, and Mother wants you. (the words "wants you" echo) I know she does. Shane. Shane! Come back! 'Bye, Shane"), as the wounded gunfighter rode away on his horse toward the mountains, slumped in the saddle, in one of filmdom's most famous and haunting endings.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


The liberating, uplifting scene of the Shawshank inmates drinking cold beers on the sunny rooftop and feeling like 'free men' while the heroic innocent convict Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) smiled off to the side in the shade, and the similar transcendental scene in which Andy played Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro over the Shawshank prison loudspeakers; the tragic scene of released aging prisoner Brooks Hatlen's (James Whitmore) suicide by hanging after carving "BROOKS WAS HERE" on the wooden arch above him; the image of Andy's "rebirth" after he escaped from prison in the famous overhead shot of him standing in the cleansing "baptismal" rain with his arms raised to the heavens; and the optimistic conclusion in which an escaped Andy and paroled Red (Morgan Freeman) re-united on a remote Mexican beach.

Sideways (2004)

The ending in which hang-dog San Diego-based English teacher and aspiring writer Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti) listened to a reconciliatory phone call on his answering machine from estranged Santa Ynez Valley wine country resident and love interest Maya (Virginia Madsen), telling him that she really enjoyed his book: ("...Who cares if it's not getting published? There's so many beautiful and painful things about it...Anyway, like I said, I really loved your novel. Don't give up, Miles. Keep writing. I hope you're well. Bye"), and the final image of him knocking on her door - having traveled all the way back to the Valley to see her again.

Since You Went Away (1944)

The stunning, beautifully-filmed, heart-rending parting scene at the train station, filmed from the point of view of the departing serviceman William Smollett (Robert Walker) leaving on the moving train as he watched his girlfriend Jane Hilton (Jennifer Jones) run alongside the train and dodge large structural supports, as she cried out to him: "I love you darling!"

The Sixth Sense (1999)


The anniversary date dinner scene of psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) arriving late at the table with his troubled and depressed wife Anna (Olivia Williams) in a fancy restaurant; also the disturbing, heart-breaking scene in which clairvoyant Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) brought deceased daughter Kyra's (Mischa Barton) videotape to her father Mr. Collins (Greg Wood) to be played at the funeral reception - followed by the father's confrontation with the mother (Angelica Torn): ("You were keeping her sick") who deliberately kept her ill; and the mournful scene of Anna watching her wedding tape - in which psychologist Dr. Crowe finally let go - realizing that he never did survive the gun-shot wound in the prologue - when his wedding ring rolled noisily in a circle across a parquet-wood floor - with the startling revelation that he was one of the "dead people" seen by Cole.

Snoopy, Come Home (1972)

The character of Snoopy's first dog owner: hospital-ridden Lila (voice of Johanna Baer) - lonely for company as Shelby Flint sang "Do You Remember Me?" on the soundtrack; the good-bye party for Snoopy (voice of Bill Melendez) who had decided to go back and live with Lila - in which each of the members of the Peanuts gang gave Snoopy a parting gift -- Snoopy's devoted second owner Charlie Brown (voice of Chad Webber) was unable to say a single word out of grief as he simply held out his gift, head bowed --both he and Snoopy burst into tears; also, the even sadder scene after Snoopy left of a depressed Charlie Brown delivering an aching, melancholy internal monologue/ballad about losing friends while he stared at Snoopy's abandoned doghouse: "Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like, and just stay together forever. Someone would leave. Someone would always leave, and then we have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. You know what I need? I need more 'hellos'."

The Snowman (1982)


The enchanting, dreamlike, pencil-animated 26-minute Christmas-themed, Oscar-nominated short told about an unnamed red-haired English boy and his snowman friend from his front yard (created on Christmas Eve) that magically came to life and joined him to fly all around, as choirboy Peter Auty sang the ethereal, emotional "Walking In the Air"; during their soaring journey, the boy visited with St. Nick at the North Pole, who presided over a celebratory party with many dancing snow-people guests; the short ended abruptly with a Christmas morning scene in which the boy rushed outside to play with his snowy friend again, but discovered that the snowman had melted and disintegrated into a small pile of snow - leaving him with only the blue snowman scarf Santa Claus had given him as a memento.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The scene in which the seven heartbroken, sobbing and sorrowful dwarfs held a bedside vigil (accompanied by organ music) next to their Snow White, and then placed her lifeless body in a crystal coffin or casket, where she remained through a full year - a cycle of seasons, as they stood around grieving. Finally, her Prince came and was relieved to find the ragged maiden that he had fancied at the castle; he gently kissed her cold red lips for farewell, not knowing that his Love's First Kiss would awaken her from her deathlike slumber. With great joy and cheering in the forest, Snow White went off with the Prince on his horse - "and they lived happily ever after," but not before she kissed each of the dwarfs goodbye. Her Prince had indeed come, and the song "Some Day My Prince Will Come" was heard celebrating his arrival.

Somewhere in Time (1980)

The romantic, tearjerking ending in which morbidly depressed, time-travelling aspiring college playwright Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) had an out-of-body experience toward a bright light where his long-lost love, early 20th century actress Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), awaited him with outstretched arms.

Greatest Film Tearjerkers, Moments and Scenes
(alphabetical by film title)
Intro | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10
Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18 | Part 19 | Part 20
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