Whether they are Hollywood blockbusters or children's cartoons: only the truly hard of heart can remain dry-eyed throughout these films! We present twenty of the most emotional moments in film history. Click your way through our gallery to see which film moments made the list and don't forget to have some tissues handy!
In the film Gran Torino, the children of war veteran "Walt Kowalski's" neighbors, "Thao" and "Sue" have been hassled by a gang for some time. One day, the situation escalates dramatically and the gang takes shots at the children's home. "Walt", played by Clint Eastwood, feels that he is partly to blame for the gang's actions. So he confronts the gang and provokes them until they shoot him. In doing so, he makes sure that the gang end up in prison while at the same time creating one of the most emotional film moments in acting history.
When "Albus Dumbledore" dies at the end of the sixth Harry Potter film, audiences can't help but feel a deep sense of loss. This feeling of sadness is enhanced even more when "Harry Potter" and his fellow schoolmates say an emotional goodbye to their noble headmaster.
What an emotional moment! When "Jamal" becomes an overnight media star after taking part in an Indian quiz show in Slumdog Millionaire he is finally reunited with his childhood girlfriend "Latika" at Victoria Station in Mumbai. After a long search, "Jamal" is finally able to take the love of his life into his arms again.
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Bambi is the number one tear-jerker when it comes to children's films. When "Bambi's" happy childhood is brought to an abrupt end due to the sudden death of his mother it is almost unbearable to watch and one of the most heart-wrenching moments in all of film history.
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They were THE couple in the heroic epic that is Star Wars! As "Anakin Skywalker" and "Padmé Amidala", Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman were one of the most beautiful couples in film ever. Which is why, despite or maybe even because of his love for "Padmé", it is all the more moving when "Anakin" crosses over to the dark side in Episode III.
You definitely need tissues within easy-reach when watching this film! The American drama My Sister's Keeper starring Cameron Diaz tells the story of a family whose lives are completely changed when their oldest daughter is diagnosed with leukemia. It is one of the saddest moments in film history when "Kate" dies with her mother by her side.
Titanic was one of the most successful films ever made. The film follows "Jack" and "Rose's" cross-class love story. When the Titanic begins to sink, the couple fight to survive. The lovers float in the icy ocean for hours waiting to be rescued, but "Jack" drowns before help comes. His death devastated cinema audiences worldwide!
The film Million Dollar Baby tells the story of waitress "Maggie" who leaves long days spent toing and froing between customers behind her to become a professional boxer with the help of her coach "Frankie". One fight leaves "Maggie" paralyzed and suicidal. Her coach helps her to commit suicide by injecting her with an overdose of adrenaline. A truly heart-wrenching scene! Just like our next emotional moment...
Steven Spielberg's epic historical drama Schindler's List portrays the horrific circumstances that many Jews found themselves in during the second world war. "Oskar Schindler" saves Jewish workers from being transported to concentration camps and killed. To express their profound thanks, they give him a ring engraved with the following: "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire". "Schindler" is both deeply touched and guilty at not having done more for the Jewish cause. It is a deeply moving scene!
Another cult classic that leaves audiences fighting back tears! The love story between "Rick Blaine" and "Ilsa Lund" is a tragic one. The American "Rick" is forced to let the love of his life "Ilsa" take off from Casablanca. His last words to her on the runway will forever remain a part of movie history: "Here's looking at you, kid." Our next film deals with a moving father-son relationship...
As anyone who has watched The Lion King knows, it is impossible not to shed at least a tear or two (or bawl your eyes out) when "Scar" pushes "Simba's" father "Mufasa" off a cliff.
The film that is up next also boasts several moving moments!
The 1994 film Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks and Robin Wright, was a resounding success and won an impressive total of six Oscars! The sentimental screen adaptation depicts the life of a young, disabled man, "Forrest Gump". In one of film history's most emotional scenes ever, he is reunited with his great love "Jenny", whom he met at school, and marries her.
Braveheart, starring Mel Gibson, is set at the end of the thirteenth century. In the film, "King Edward I" conquers Scotland in the most brutal and bloody fashion imaginable. The Scottish aristocrat "William Wallace's" wife is killed as a result of the conquest and he vows that he will seek revenge! When his childhood sweetheart "Murron" also dies it is nearly impossible not to cry. Click to see another highly emotionally film scene!
In the sci-fi thriller Inception Leonardo DiCaprio haunts the dreams of others as "Dominick Cobb". "Dominick's" wife "Mal" is already dead when the film starts, having committed suicide. One scene shows "Cobb" in dream limbo where his wife waits for him. His feelings of grief and the fact that he blames himself for his wife's death create a scene that is deeply moving.
The film The Green Mile is a moving story about the relationship between "Paul Edgecomb", the chief warden of a prison death row, played by Tom Hanks, and "John Coffey", a wrongly accused inmate played by Michael Clarke. The end of the film is particularly harrowing with "Paul" having to execute "John", even though he is innocent!
The 1982 sci-fi fantasy film E.T. portrays the extraordinary friendship between ten-year-old Elliott and an extraterrestrial creature named "E.T.". When "E.T." becomes very ill, "Elliott" races against time to save him and audiences are left anxiously hoping that he will be able to save the adorable alien in time.
The drama Sophie's Choice starring Oscar-winner Meryl Streep tells the shocking story of a young Jewish mother who, along with her children, is sent to a concentration camp. One scene is particularly emotional... "Sophie" is given an impossible choice: one of the guards forces her to choose which of her children should be gassed and which sent to a children's labour camp. Absolutely heartbreaking!
In the comedy Marley and Me, husband and wife "Jenny" and "John Grogan" adopt a lovable dog called "Marley". After a slightly shaky start, "Marley" is cheeky to say the least, the couple soon fall in love with "Marley". When "Marley" dies years later they are inconsolable, and so, too, is anyone watching the film!
The drama The Pursuit of Happiness, in which Will Smith stars alongside his son Jaden Smith, tells the story of "Chris Garder", a salesman from San Francisco trying to make ends meet as an intern broker. When "Chris" and his son are evicted from their flat and, in one particularly poignant scene, are forced to stay the night in a public toilet, anyone watching the film cannot help but feel deeply moved.