10 Sad Movie Scenes

Saturday, November 27 by George Root

The 10 sad movie scenes can tug at the heart strings of men, women, boys and girls. A well-done sad scene makes you stop and want to just let your emotions out. As you review the list of the top ten sad movie scenes, see how many you can watch before you run out of tissues. Warning, this article contains some spoilers.

  1. "Old Yeller" (1957). Anyone who says they did not cry when Travis had to put down Old Yeller may be stretching the truth. This classic tear-jerker can make an entire audience cry, and the final scene is definitely one of the top ten sad movie scenes of all time.
  2. "Bambi" (1942). There are many generations of young children that learn to cry while watching Bambi's mother die. As if the forest fire is not enough, Disney also has to throw one of the ten sad movie scenes of all time in there as well. There are a few more Disney films in this list, but this scene is the most famous.
  3. "Dumbo" (1941). The entire list of the top ten sad movie scenes of all time could include Disney movies, but the scene in "Dumbo" (1941) where Dumbo and his mother say goodbye is incredibly sad. You would need a will of iron to not tear up when this scene is going on.
  4. "King Kong" (1933). In the movie "King Kong" (1933) they say that beauty killed the beast, but the beast melted the hearts of the audience with that look on his face just before the fatal shot from the last plane. As Kong tumbled to the ground there was more than one movie patron crying.
  5. "The Champ" (1979). One of the first glimpses the movie public gets of Rick Schroeder is as he is pleading for Jon Voight to get up off the mat. The scene in "The Champ" (1979) is one of the top ten sad movie scenes almost exclusively because of Schroeder's convincing performance.
  6. "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946). No matter how many times you see "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946), Harry Bailey's (Todd Karns) toast to his brother George (James Stewart) is one of the top ten sad movie scenes of all time. When Harry says "To my big brother George, the richest guy in town," there isn't a dry eye in the house.
  7. "Turner and Hooch" (1989). Hooch is just a big dog that only knows how to protect his master. When Detective Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) becomes his master, Hooch takes a bullet for him. The death of Hooch at the end of the movie is a very moving scene.
  8. "E.T.:The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). It seems like "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) is filled with sad scenes. But the one that makes it as one of the top ten sad movie scenes of all time is when Elliott and E.T. finally say goodbye. It is truly one of the classic scenes in all of cinema.
  9. "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982). Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner act out a scene in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) that many Trekkies never thought they would see. The scene where Kirk has to say goodbye to a dying Spock is emotional and, in some ways, historic as well. It is the first time a non-red shirt Star Trek crew member died in a movie or the series.
  10. "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi" (1983). It is extremely sad to watch Darth Vader become Anakin Skywalker again, see his son Luke Skywalker with his own eyes and then die immediately thereafter. The scene is acted out well and, unlike much of the rest of the "Star Wars" movies, is also well written.