Russell Crowe plays Maximus in this Roman historical film, a former soldier forced to be a gladiator when an evil son murders the king and takes over the kingdom. When Maximus finally dies, he is able to return to be with his wife and son in the afterlife, one of the sad movie moments.
“Life is Beautiful”
When looking for sad movie moments, there is no need to go further than this Holocaust comedy-drama. A man and his son are captured by the Germans and held in a concentration camp. As the father is led to his death, he pretends it is all a game to protect his son.
“Message in a Bottle”
In the second Nicholas Sparks adaptation on this list, Kevin Costner stars as a boatman who is still mourning the death of his wife. He falls in love again but, during an argument, dies while saving other boaters. The scene where his father, played be Paul Newman, announces his son’s death is one of the sad movie moments.