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What, in your opinion, is the saddest movie moment of all time?

Asked by squidcake (2636points) March 22nd, 2010

For me, I gotta say it’s the ending of My Dog Skip.

I mean, come on. That shit’s sad. Or in Castaway when he loses Wilson…

Or perhaps when Little Foot’s mom dies in The Land Before Time.

What do you think?

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TheLoneMonk's avatar

Brian Piccolo dying in Brian’s Song….

FishGutsDale's avatar

Seeing Paris Hilton in that college movie. I mean come on, she could never get into college. She is legally retarded.

LoveNickValensi's avatar

Any sceen where either someone leaves or dies.

chyna's avatar

In the movie The Champ when Jon Voight dies after a boxing match and his son played by Ricky Schroder is crying and trying to get him to “wake up”.

DeanV's avatar

Where the Red Fern Grows was pretty sad as a book. I don’t know if they made it into a movie, I imagine they would, but it was pretty damn sad.

trailsillustrated's avatar

schindlers list. the pianist, I mean I was crying no but the worst was sophies choice when she had to choose between her kids oh I couldnt even watch

Jude's avatar

It was a documentary – The Dying Room (Chinese Orphanage – orphans left to die (tied to a chair) in a room by themselves). I got through 1 minute of it (narrators opening) and had to turn off.

Those doing the documentary snuck cameras into the orphanage:

Producers/directors Brian Woods and Kate Blewett uncover the systematic neglect of abandoned babies in Chinese state-run orphanages. They find “dark rooms” where the weakest and least liked children are left to die. These are known as “The Dying Rooms.”

China’s one-child policy has created a race where most families desire boys and therefore parents are forced to abandon their babies. Their unfortunate and tragic lives are left at the mercy of these orphanages where their sad fate is ultimately decided by the staff and ignored by the government

It is a film that nobody can ever forget or not be deeply touched by. The films have been seen in over 37 countries worldwide, with an estimated audience of over 100 million people. Such has been the outcry to these human rights abuses that the issue has been one of the most talked about subjects for years

Children tied to their high chairs
No love or care shown
Children left to starve
Children left to die

faye's avatar

Forrest Gump when his mother dies, and let’s not forget Bambi’s mother. Oh and when Old Yeller dies.

rebbel's avatar

“During a harsh winter, Bambi and his mother go to the meadow and discover a patch of new grass, heralding the arrival of spring. As they eat, his mother senses a hunter and orders Bambi to flee. As they run, gun shots ring out. When Bambi arrives at their thicket, he discovers his mother is no longer with him. He wanders the forest calling for her, but she does not answer. His father appears in front of him and tells Bambi “your mother can’t be with you anymore,” then leads him away.” (from Wikipedia)

VohuManah's avatar

The ending of Gattaca. He’s going to die, let’s show a montage!

SuperMouse's avatar

Two come to mind. First, Terms of Endearment, I couldn’t even get through that movie, I gave up when Shirley MacLaine was running around screaming for pain medicine for her daughter. Another one is Radio Flyer, I cried my way through that entire movie, it is just plain devastating.

Dr_C's avatar

@trailsillustrated i choked up at the end of Schindlers list all 489 times I saw it….

But as far as sad moments in cinema go you just can’t beat Forrest Gump reading to Jenny’s grave.

close second: Ashton Kutcher wakes up in a daze and cannot find his car… Dude that was sad

shego's avatar

I think Tru Confessions is a really sad movie

trailsillustrated's avatar

@rebbel oh bwa, boo , cry, cry—staggers away drops laptop on floor runs upstairs crying—

Vunessuh's avatar

I cry very easily in movies, but here are a few that stick out in my mind.

- I cry every time I see the two little old ladies hugging each other and crying on the bench at the end of Requiem for a Dream.
– In The Sixth Sense I get upset when the little boy reveals to his mother that he sees dead people and tells his mom that his grandmother really did see her play performance at school when she was little.
– Sophie’s Choice when she makes that choice.
– I am Sam when he loses his daughter.

I was crying several times during both Crash and John Q.

And who can forget Terms of Endearment. * Cries. *

dalepetrie's avatar

Check out Dancer in the Dark…the ending will kill ya.

rebbel's avatar

@trailsillustrated It’s all right, let it all out.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

I saw Dancer in the Dark and I what I got out of it was Bjork still really loves show tunes.

Let’s see, sad movies…
Old Yeller
Munich was kind of a downer.

squidcake's avatar


Oh God, I Am Sam…I’m gonna cry just thinking about it…

TexasDude's avatar

AI: Artificial Intelligence.

Although I wouldn’t use the word sad per se, more like “miserable” or “depressing.”

3 hours worth of a miserable, self-aware robot-boy having an existential crises, watching everyone he loves die, and crying “mommy.” Real heartwarming stuff :-/

squidcake's avatar


The few times I’ve watched it I will feel like absolute shit for DAYS afterward…no joke.

j0ey's avatar

Cast Away…...when Wilson floats away…that ball was the only friend he had in the world. I found that devastating. I guess it was like the adult version of a toddler losing his favourite teddy or security blanket.

expialidocious's avatar

The Lion King.. ): I think everyone knows which scene I’m refering to!

trailsillustrated's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard what’s it called? ai? I wanna see it

squidcake's avatar


The full title is A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Haley Joel Osment is the boy.
Just…make sure you have a lot of Kleenexes on hand.

Mariah's avatar

When the Americans shoot Two-Socks in Dances with Wolves… :[

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

The mommy/robot thing was clearly the part of the movie that Steven Spielberg made vs that part Kubrick worked on before he died.

squidcake's avatar

While I’m at it I should mention the ending of the movie “Marcelino Pan y Vino.”
It’s a Spanish movie…really old, really cheesy. But, oh man…

FutureMemory's avatar

@Mariah Good Answer!

The Color Purple. I still can’t watch that without wanting to cry a half dozen times.

YoH's avatar

Hachi. True dog story from the 30’s, where he waits at a train station 10 yrs for his master, his friend, to return.In the end, he closes his eyes and has flashbacks of his master smiling.

filmfann's avatar

Sophies Choice had me crying harder in a movie than at any other time.
The end of Million Dollar Baby was crushing as well.
The Color Purple was very sad, and somehow managed a happy ending
Titanic was quite sad (both the Cameron and Barbra Stanwick versions)
but the saddest of all?

(drumroll please)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. WTF are aliens doing in an Indy movie?

Shae's avatar

The execution in Lady Jane.

When D’Argo died in Farscape.

And President Roslin’s death on BSG

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I can’t remember the last time I cried, but the most downer movie I saw was Barefoot Gen. It’s basically about a kid with his pregnant mom and some random kid trying to survive in Hiroshima after the bomb in 1945.
This part is pretty graphic and disturbing

SeventhSense's avatar

“Champ! Champ! Don’t you die Champ!” sniffle..

mollypop51797's avatar

Especially if you’re a mother.. Sophie’s Choice!!!

filmfann's avatar

@Mike_Hunt Oooh, ya! Testament was really sad. Watching a town slowly die of radiation posioning after nuclear war.
@chyna The original Champ with Wallace Beery was better.

SeventhSense's avatar

No way! John Voight was in top form and Ricky Schroeder was briliant. The best acting he ever did.

msbauer's avatar

Whale Rider…at the end when she * sniff * rides that whale

Justnice's avatar

I can’t believe no one said titanic!! You know when Jack froze to death and rose said “I’ll never let go” omg so sad!

squidcake's avatar


B’AWWWW WHALE RIDER. I was just thinking about that movie yesterday.

Zuma's avatar

The day they shot Ole Yeller.

chyna's avatar

@SeventhSense @filmfann I was thinking I was the only one who had seen that movie.
I have to agree with SeventhSense. Ricky Schroeder was at his best.

lillycoyote's avatar

I second Sophie’s Choice, when she was forced to make her choice. and Terms of Endearment, the scene mentioned above. And will add the last five minutes of Gallipoli. All of those were nearly unbearable for me. I don’t know if there is one greatest.

Trillian's avatar

When Sophie says “Take my little girl,”

eponymoushipster's avatar

The end of Big Fish, or the end of Saving Private Ryan.

When Jenny dies in Forrest Gump is pretty sad, too. and, in a way, when Don Corleone dies in The Godfather, that’s rather sad, too.

SeventhSense's avatar

Don Corleone? That was actually kind of funny. Falls and makes some tomato sauce in the garden. Fredo was sad. He was murdered by his own brother.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@SeventhSense oranges. it was oranges. and it was sad because of the little boy poking at him.

Fredo was sad, indeed.

SeventhSense's avatar

Oranges?? Am I missing something? He fell among the tomato plants.

filmfann's avatar

@SeventhSense He fell among the tomato plants with an orange peal slice in his mouth, to look scary to his grandson.
And it did have quite a tramatic effect on his grandson.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@filmfann ah, that’s it. i was remembering that part – and the whole “orange” symbolism in the Godfather.

Adagio's avatar

@jjmah I just watched a three minute trailer of The Dying Room, it has got to be the most appalling thing I have ever, ever seen. I am quite lost for words…

Jude's avatar

@Adagio Like I said, I couldn’t get past the first minute. Just thinking about the whole thing makes me feel sick and I have to shake it out of my mind..

SeventhSense's avatar

You guys are reaching. It was not even poignant and his fall was like Ralph Kramden over emoting, teetering and losing his balance.
So like I said tomato sauce. orange symbolism ~_~

Justnice's avatar

@filmfann sorry I must have missed it

Justnice's avatar

What’s that movie with ben affleck and he had a best friend during world war 2 and his girlfriend thought he was dead so she dated his best friend??

squidcake's avatar


I just watched a small snippet of The Dying Room, too. Good Lord…
I tried to show it to a friend of mine, and she was just telling me how she needed to go take a shower. Then I started crying and yelling at her…
This is terrible…

Jude's avatar

I’m sorry, guys.

squidcake's avatar

It’s not making me sad as much as it’s making me pissed at my friends.
I tried showing it to ANOTHER friend and he was just like “What the hell is this? So anyways yesterday Katelynn was over…”

FFFF people don’t care about others anymore.

mrentropy's avatar

“I am a leaf on the wind; watch me soar.”

Vunessuh's avatar

@jjmah Is this the same documentary they have on Youtube in 4 different parts?

SeventhSense's avatar

Re: The Dying Room
That’s the fucking god damn Totalitarian Regime we treat like they are allies in World Peace. The Chinese government is a fucking monster. Nazi Germany has nothing on these bastards. We need to stop doing business with these pricks. They have nothing resembling a democracy or human rights and yet we look the other way constantly in regards to our two faced relationship. Get the trade. Get the money. It’s deplorable. Step over the bodies of the human rights victims. I hate our government for this as well. China is worse than Iran and should be treated similarly.


The very last part to “Schindler’s List”, where the surviving Jews of Oskar Schindler pay tribute to the man as they walk past his grave and place rocks on his gravestone. That, along with the mournful music, made for a very sad ending. I watched that movie 4 times, and every time I couldn’t help but be moved to tears.

Shae's avatar

Bambie’s Momma

mrentropy's avatar

When all them baby fishes got eaten in Finding Nemo.

pengut2's avatar

Your gunna laugh but in one of the old Pokemon movies when ash and pikachu almost split up, I cried during that. And the Titanic when rose is older and throws her necklace into the ocean.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Titanic and Van Helsing. But I kinda like sad ending. It’s unusual and shows that the reality won’t always end up happily.

Nullo's avatar

Grave of the Fireflies. I have never heard of anyone who hasn’t cried from watching it.

j0ey's avatar

@YoH omg…just reading that description made me teary.

SeventhSense's avatar

I’ll never understand why Pokemon was shunned by the Academy….a travesty. ~

filmfann's avatar

@SeventhSense They also ignored Dragonballz. What is a mother to do?

La_Guerrera_Mas_Funki's avatar

@chyna That is a devastating and wonderful film.

La_Guerrera_Mas_Funki's avatar

The Time of the Gypsies.

TheBot's avatar

The end of Life is Beautiful (1997)
The death of Old Yeller.

downtide's avatar

The bit near the end of Beauty and the Beast (yes, the Disney one) where Belle thinks the Beast is dead, but he isn’t, and that last rose-petal hasn;t quite fallen. That scene gets me every single time.

crankywithakeyboard's avatar

In AI when his mother leaves him in the woods


In Hope Floats when the little girl’s daddy leaves and she is screaming for him.

MissA's avatar

“Bridges of Madison County”...Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.

Pachy's avatar

At the end of the original version of “Manchurian Candidate,” this scene in which Major Marco (Frank Sinatra) is seen in front of a window with rain trickling down on it reading out loud from a U.S Army citations book that lists posthumous medals. After detailing the heroics of one soldier, Marco adlibs the following about his friend Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) who, having been brainwashed by the Chinese, had just committed suicide after killing his wife, mother and stepfather (and who of course would never receive any kind of medal.)

Marco: Poor Raymond. Poor friendless, friendless Raymond. He was wearing his medal when he died. You should read some of the citations sometime. Just read them. Taken, eight prisoners, killing four enemy in the process while one leg and one arm was shattered and he could only crawl because the other leg had been blown off – Edwards. Wounded five times, dragged himself across the direct fire of three enemy machine guns to pull two of his wounded men to safety amid sixty-nine dead and two hundred and three casualties – Holderman.

[Puts the book down]

Marco Made to commit acts too unspeakable to be cited here by an enemy who had captured his mind and his soul. He freed himself at last and in the end, heroically and unhesitatingly gave his life to save his country. Raymond Shaw… Hell… Hell.

A beautifully acted, extremely sad scene.

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