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The other night, I got into a brief commenting/discussion chain as one of my favorite childhood movies played. Several of my friends also commented on having a similar reaction, and the topic just evolved into this week’s Thursday Thirteen.
Thirteen Movie Scenes That Will Make Me Cry… Every Single Time.
1) Artax in the Swamp of Sadness, The Neverending Story – this is the scene that sparked the above Facebook comment. It’s quite possibly THE saddest movie scene from my childhood, and still gets me. Atreyu’s screaming and pleading to his beloved horse to fight his impending death gets me every time. With how sanitized any kids’ movies are these days, can you imagine this scene being included now? Not a chance.
2) The First Ten Minutes of the movie, Up – In my opinion, this is the epitome of perfect “show, don’t tell” movie making. No words. Just images and movement. And it all makes beautiful, heartbreaking, soul-crushing sense. Seriously – it’s quite possibly one of my favorite scenes in any movie ever, tears and all.
3) The Girl in the Red Coat, Schindler’s List – The entire movie is powerful, but the little girl wandering the streets of the ghetto as fellow Jews are brutally ripped from their homes, only to have her body on a cart a few scenes later… ugh.
4) Baby Mine, Dumbo – this may be one of the foundations of abandonment fear from my childhood. Seriously.
5) The End Narrative Voice-Over, Mrs. Doubtfire –Robin Williams gives a response via his Mrs. Doubtfire character to a girl whose parents have split up, describing how there are many different types of families, and as long as there is love, things will be alright. When I first saw the movie, he was speaking to me – a kid of a very, VERY recent divorce (and scenes filmed in the town where my mom was living at the time didn’t help) . . I’m seriously tearing up writing this right now.
6) Harry telling Grace goodbye, Armageddon – Yes, it’s a cheesy movie. But when Bruce Willis is telling Liv Tyler that he’s not coming home… gets me. Every time, it gets me.
7) The Purple Tree, What Dreams May Come – The scene where Chris joins Annie in her personal hell is one that gets me, but more powerful is the purple tree that loses its leaves as Annie, in her grief, destroys her own painting… causing the tree to weep and shed its leaves.
8) The Last Scene, Field of Dreams – Simple, universal understanding – seeing your parents as human beings and mending a regret from years before. From the moment Kevin Costner states “that’s my father” to when they toss the baseball, it’s scene perfection.
9) Mufasa’s Death, The Lion King – Poor Simba. Loses his dad, and thinks he’s to blame. Seeing Simba as a cub snuggling up to his father’s corpse? Heartwrenching.
10) Reuinion, The Color Purple – Whoopi Goldberg’s character goes through a pure life of hell. The end scene is what breaks me… but in happy tears this time.
11) Oh Captain, My Captain, Dead Poet’s Society – Okay, apparently Robin Williams gets me. When all of the students start standing on their desk in defiance, admiring their former teacher? Yeah.
12) Home Movies, Philadelphia – AIDS was such a scary, crazy disease that was still fairly undefined at that time, and the movie came out as a lot of well-known stars (and a lot of not well known human beings) were dying. The home movies showing Tom Hank’s character’s life, like anyone else, is beautiful and tragic.
13) Jenny’s Graveside, Forrest Gump – The depth of Gump’s emotional understanding blooms in this scene. He might not be able to express himself perfectly, but oh god… his understanding and love for both his wife and son, the sadness of loss, the pride and relief in his son’s intelligence. Kills me.
I’d love to know some of the ones you would add to this list.