Greatest Film Tearjerking Moments D - G
1769 7.3 81. Dances with Wolves (1990)
The downbeat ending in which Lt. John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) left his adoptive Sioux tribe with Stands With a Fist (Mary McDonnell), because of the threat he posed living with them, and the epilogue in which a placard revealed that in the next 13 years, all of the Sioux were either wiped out or put on reservations
691 7.2 7.52. Dead Man Walking (1995)
The heart-rending, awkward scene in which Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) visited the parents of the girl that convicted killer Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn) had murdered, and the girl's father's (R. Lee Ermey) hostile incredulity at the nun's counseling of Matthew and her claim that God forgave everyone: "Are you a Communist?"; and the tearjerking ending at the Louisiana prison, including Matthew's last words: ("...I just wanna say I think killin' is wrong, no matter who does it, whether it's me or y'all or your government...") and comforting nun Sister Prejean's poignant words to Matthew before he died from lethal injection while strapped on a cross-shaped gurney, as victims' families and the comforting nun witness the capital punishment behind a glass window: "I want the last face you see in this world to be the face of love, so you look at me when they do this thing. I'll be the face of love for you."
2934 7.6 7.93. Dead Poets Society (1989)
The moving tribute/protest by the Welton Academy students, led by the formerly timid and tongue-tied betrayer Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke), over the expulsion of eccentric, unorthodox 1959 Vermont prep school English teacher Mr. John Keating (Robin Williams) in which they stood on their desks in front of the school's headmaster Mr. Nolan (Norman Lloyd) and recited Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" in an emotional chant.
1521 8 8.24. The Deer Hunter (1978)
The final poignant and emotional scene at the breakfast wake in Welsh's Bar, of mourners following Nick's (Christopher Walken) death (while playing Russian Roulette in a Saigon back alley) after his body was brought home for the funeral - everyone was awkwardly silent, disillusioned, moody and overtaken by grief; as they prepared breakfast, the community of hardened survivors amidst the disfiguring tragedy of the failed war picked up the impromptu hummed tune of God Bless America and thereby comforted each other and healed each other's wounds by singing the words to the familiar and naively patriotic anthem - everyone joined in; at first, they were embarrassed, but then uplifted and renewed by the singing of the ritualistic song - they reverentially raised their beer mugs to Nick, as best friend Michael (Robert De Niro) toasted: "Here's to Nick," quietly understanding that he paid the ultimate price for his patriotism - their ordeal was over. The film ended and freeze-framed with their mugs in mid-air.
959 7.8 85. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
In this awe-inspiring, yet tearjerking sad film about Elle French magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) who suffered a debilitating stroke at the age of 43 that left him with "locked-in" syndrome, he first saw himself in a mirror, thought to himself: "God, who's that? Me?" and then commented internally about his shock: "I look like I came out of a vat of formaldehyde. How awful!"; as he recovered but remained restricted, immobile and frustrated (comparing his mind to a diver in a bulky, imprisoning and restrictive deep-sea suit or outfit, his body shell), he often would be wheeled/carried out (seen externally) to watch his children (unaffected by his slumped over torso and twisted face) playing on the French coastline beach -- with his son wiping the saliva-drool from his lip; in one of the film's most affecting scenes, Jean-Do listened by speaker phone to his frail, forgetful, and estranged 92 year old father (Max von Sydow) - both were trapped in their lives in similar ways: ("It's impossible to talk like this. I forget everythng I want to say...I've had a thought about us. We're in the same boat. I'm stuck in this apartment, unable to use the stairs...You see, we're both locked in. You in your body, me in my apartment"); and the film ended with the final scene of Bauby's death just ten days after publication of his painstakingly-written book, the film's title
663 7.4 86. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
(1) surgeon Dr. Yuri Zhivago's (Omar Sharif) final farewell to lover Lara Antipova (Julie Christie) to allow her to escape execution, with his memorable last gaze at her from a second story window, and
(2) the moving death of the aging surgeon when he sighted his old flame Lara walking down a crowded Russian street, and he chased after her - suffering a heart attack from the stress and effort as he fruitlessly tried to call out to her while waving, and a crowd surrounded his lifeless body in a long overhead shot.
493 7.6 7.47. Don't Look Now (1973)
The early scene of the heart-breaking drowning death of John Baxter's (Donald Sutherland) daughter Christine (Sharon Williams) - wearing a telltale red raincoat - in a muddy fishpond outside his home in England.
660 6.2 6.58. Dreamgirls (2006)
Pregnant, spurned singer Effie Melody White's (Jennifer Hudson) show-stopping, powerful song "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)" - first to her former group The Dreams, then to the unmoved, unknowing father Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx) of her unborn child as she kissed and embraced him, and then her emotionally-sung declaration to the world on an empty stage.
724 7 7.49. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
The sad, quiet death of long-time black maid Idella (Esther Rolle) watching the daytime soap The Edge of Night on TV while shucking peas; and the scene in which Jewish ex-schoolteacher Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), after having a mental dislocation, told her dedicated black ex-chauffeur Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman): "Hoke...you're my best friend...no, really, you are," and took his hand in hers; and the final Thanksgiving scene in a nursing home in which an enfeebled 97 year-old Daisy was spoon-fed her Thanksgiving pie by Hoke.
855 6.7 6.810. The Duchess (2008)
The wrenching scenes in this exquisitely sad costume drama of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana Spencer (Keira Knightley), the witty, attractive, but unhappy Duchess of Devonshire, who was set up and then tragically trapped in an arranged marriage at age 17 with emotionally-distant and callous but regal and powerful Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes) by her calculating mother (Charlotte Rampling) - and her gasping, astonished question she asked when told she was engaged: "He loves me?...I have only met him twice"; and how Georgiana (known as "G"), who was unable to bear male heirs (at first), turned a blind eye to her husband's illegitimate ("bastard") child Charlotte (that she raised as her own) and then after being aghast at her husband's open 'live-in' affair with her own friend/divorcee Lady Elizabeth 'Bess' Foster (Hayley Atwell) - accepting it, while she was not allowed, due to the double standard, to have her own extra-marital lover (open marriage) - with rising politician and childhood sweetheart Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper), although she said: "It can make me happy"; however, after giving her husband a son, she engaged in an extended extra-marital affair with Charles, notably during a secret tryst at Bath without her husband, when she became pregnant again; in the film's most tearjerking scene after she gave birth away from the public eye in the countryside, she was forced to give up her infant daughter named Eliza to the Grey family on an open country road -- although she was able to frequently visit the girl (which Charles called his 'niece') in secret as she grew up; Georgiana was compelled to trade personal happiness for her three children (Little G, Harryo - or Harriet, and William) with the Duke, and in the film's conclusion, gave her blessing so Lady Bess Foster could become the second Duchess of Devonshire
2220 6.8 7.411. Dumbo (1941)
The touching scene in which a lonely Dumbo visited his caged and shackled mother Mrs. Jumbo after she had attacked a bratty boy who was tormenting him because of his big ears -- and her comforting of the distressed young elephant by stroking him with her trunk extended from her large cage (and swinging him back and forth) during the song "Baby Mine" - accompanied by the many images of baby animals (monkeys, hyenas, hippos, ostriches, kangaroos, etc.) peacefully sleeping with their mothers.
5354 7.2 7.912. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The most tearjerking sequence of the film was the overwrought death scene of the stranded, odd-looking alien E.T. (voice of Pat Welsh), witnessed by a heart-broken 10-year old Elliott (Henry Thomas) next to him - Elliott's house had been quarantined and scientists had enveloped or enclosed it in an air-tight, cocoon-like plastic tent to either protect or decontaminate it. Both Elliott and E.T. were stretched out on long tables alongside each other within another quarantined and plastic-enclosed room. The two were connected to life-support equipment that registered similar graphing results. Elliott protested: "You have no right to do this. You're scaring him. You're scaring him! Leave him alone. Leave him alone, I can take care of him." As E.T. began to approach death, his blood pressure sank, while Elliott's condition stabilized. Elliott held out his hand to E.T., tearfully asking him to stay connected: "E.T. Stay with me. Please...Together. I'll be right here. I'll be right here." E.T.'s life faded away. Elliott lost his telepathic connection to E.T. as he miraculously came back to full life: "The boy's coming back. We're losing E.T." The boy stretched his arms out to his dead friend, pleading for him to answer. A distraught Elliott screamed to E.T. as doctors and scientists rushed en masse to E.T.'s bedside and tore open the plastic coverings around him. Realizing that E.T. had no blood pressure, pulse or respiration, they made frantic efforts to revive the alien, administer CPR and other life supports - as Elliott reached out: " E.T. Don't go!...Leave him alone. You're killing him. Leave him alone." Tearful and sorrowful, Elliott kept a vigil next to E.T. and spoke lovingly to his dead, extra-terrestrial friend: "Look at what they've done to you. I'm so sorry. You must be dead, 'cause I don't know how to feel. I can't feel anything anymore. You've gone someplace else now. I'll believe in you all my life, every day. E.T. I love you." While viewing his friend for the last time, Elliott's heart-felt love revived his friend, and E.T. was brought back to life. The film's second most-moving scene was the farewell scene of E.T. finally returning home in his spaceship - and his goodbyes with young Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and his advice to her: "Be Good", followed by her good-bye kiss on E.T.'s nose; and E.T.'s reassurance to Elliott before leaving: "I'll be right here" as he touched Elliott's forehead with his glowing finger.
408 7.9 813. East of Eden (1955)
Abra's (Julie Harris) "It's awful not to be loved" speech to bedridden Mr. Adam Trask (Raymond Massey) regarding his relationship with his son Cal (James Dean): ("Mr. Trask, it's awful not to be loved. It's the worst thing in the world. Don't ask me -- even if you could -- how I know that. I just know it").
7241 7.7 814. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The doomed romance between Frankenstein-like, unfinished Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) with unique scissor-hands and suburban teen Kim Boggs (Winona Ryder), told in flashback; the heart-breaking scene in which reclusive Inventor (Vincent Price in his last film role) died before he could install real hands on Edward; also the tearjerking farewell scene between Edward and Kim after the stabbing and fall to his death of her scheming, jealous and insensitive boyfriend Jim (Anthony Michael Hall); and the concluding scene of an older Kim explaining - at the bedside of her grand-daughter (Gina Gallagher) - where snow comes from and how she knew that Edward was still alive creating ice sculptures and causing snow showers: ("I don't know. Not for sure. But I believe he is. You see, before he came down here, it never snowed. And afterwards, it did. If he weren't up there now, I don't think it would be snowing. Sometimes... you can still catch me dancing in it."), with the film's final flashback of a younger Kim dancing in the snowflakes
57 5.8 6.115. Electric Dreams (1984)
Sentient computer Edgar's (voice of Bud Cort) simple attempt to win the heart of the beautiful Madeline Robistat (Virginia Madsen), by playing Bach's Suite from Anna Magdalena with an electronic cello, and writing to her with a child's scrawl on the screen" "I LOVE YOU". Madeline was so moved that a single tear flowed down her cheek and chin and dropped onto Edgar's exposed circuitry, causing a burst of color, and left Edgar to ponder his future with her and rival suitor Miles Harding (Lenny von Dohlen) (whom Edgar called "Moles" due to a typo during initial setup) after she fled in this unusual love triangle; and Edgar's poignant suicide speech to Miles: ("Hello... goodbye...I'm leaving...because I finally found out what love is...It's give, and not take. So, I give her to you, and I take myself away...because that's what love is. Besides, it's a game for just two people only") and the touching moment when Edgar begged Miles: "Will you hold me....hold me", and then asked for his name just before dying, so that he could properly bid him farewell: "You never asked me my name."
1888 8 8.316. The Elephant Man (1980)
The scene in which grossly-disfigured Von Recklinghausen's disease sufferer John Merrick (John Hurt) piteously cried out to a mob: "I am not an animal! I am a human being! I...am...a...man!" - referring to the many indignities he suffered from his owner and society at large; and the scene in which he sobbed when meeting Anne Treves (Hannah Gordon), the wife of Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins): ("I'm not used to such kindness from a beautiful woman"); also the moment of the standing ovation that Merrick received at the Christmas pantomime show "Puss in Boots" at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane; and the scene of Merrick's demise on a bed - stretching out for peaceful, suicidal death in sleep (his normal position for sleeping was sitting up - lying down would suffocate him and prove fatal), followed by a montage of his spirit passing into eternity and being consoled by his mother's words (voice-over), accompanied by Samuel Barber's haunting Adagio for Strings.
1542 7 7.317. The English Patient (1996)
The caring ministrations of nurse Hana (Juliette Binoche) for the disfigured 'English patient' - cartographer Count Laszlo Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) - after a plane crash - and her learning of his tragic romance with adulterous married lover Katharine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas) - including his caring for his severely-wounded love in a cave/shelter after a plane crash and his promise to her: (Katherine: "Promise me you'll come back for me" Almasy: "I promise - I'll come back for you. I promise - I'll never leave you") - and later his return to the cave after she has tragically died - when he sobs as he carries her body out of the cave to an awaiting plane (while Hana reads Katharine's last words in her diary).
1621 7.5 7.818. Fantasia (1940)
The segment of Schubert's poignant and "sacred" Ave Maria sequence following after Moussorgsky's "profane" Night on Bald Mountain, featuring a sedate line of candle-bearing, white-hooded worshippers/pilgrims strolling along a pastoral setting on a foggy, dew-tinged morning at dawn -- the powers of light ultimately became triumphant over darkness -- a moving, stark contrast to the disturbing Chernobog's evil
391 6.8 7.419. Far from Heaven (2002)
The very poignant scene of late 50s 'perfect world' Connecticut suburban housewife Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) delivering an inevitable goodbye to her handsome, well-educated black gardener Raymond Deagan (Dennis Haysbert) with whom she had experienced a clandestine love affair, with her last touching words: "You're so beautiful."
708 6.5 7.520. Field of Dreams (1989)
The poignant scene of the powerful "they will come" speech by disillusioned and reclusive 60's author Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) to Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) about the enduring impact of baseball on America: ("The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball...But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come"); and the scene in which young Archie "Moonlight" Graham (Frank Whaley) sacrificed his youth as a ball player by transforming into his older self Doc Graham (Burt Lancaster) to save Ray's daughter Karin (Gaby Hoffman) from choking to death on a piece of hot dog, as Ray realized: "Oh, my God -- you can't go back!"; and Doc's request: "Win one for me one day, will you boys?" as he walked past the other younger ballplayers who congratulated him before entering into the cornfield; also the famous tearjerking ending in which a stunned Ray realized that the Yankee catcher removing his equipment at home plate was his dead and estranged father John Kinsella (Dwier Brown): "It's my father-- ease his pain", their discussion together - and the final exchange between the two of them in the twilight: "For me, it's like a dream come true...Is this heaven?" -- "It's Iowa" -- "Iowa? I could have sworn it was heaven" -- "Is there a heaven?" -- "Oh yeah, it's the place dreams come true" -- "Maybe this is heaven" -- "Hey, Dad? Wanna have a catch?" -- "I'd like that" -- with the long shot of the two playing catch together on the ball diamond with the lights turned on, and an overhead shot of a stream of car headlights approaching from the distance.
1125 5.7 6.421. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
The touching scene in which lovers Capt. Gray Edwards (voice of Alec Baldwin) and scientist Aki Ross (voice of Ming-Na) were alone just after escaping New York City when Gray's entire crew was killed - Aki was so distraught at the loss of their friends that she couldn't speak, and Gray moaned: "I just wish...I could believe they're in a better place" - they embraced tightly in the zero gravity environment of their spaceship, kissed and made love, out of need and loneliness; later, a dying Gray, just before his sacrifice to save humanity, told her in a farewell as she begged him not to leave her: "You saved my life once, now I want you to save yourself...let me do this, Aki. Trust me...You've been trying to tell me death isn't the end. Don't back out on me...now that I finally believe. I love you."
3160 7.3 7.822. Finding Neverland (2004)
The scene of Scottish playwright Sir James Matthew Barrie (Johnny Depp) discussing widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies' (Kate Winslet) "pretending" not to be sick with her four young boys and her reluctance to accept her illness and coming death: (James: "They can see it, you know. You can't go on just pretending." Sylvia: "'Just pretending?'" You brought pretending into this family, James. You showed us we can change things by simply believing them to be different." James: "A lot of things, Sylvia, not everything." Sylvia: "But the things that matter. We've pretended for some time now that you're a part of this family, haven't we? You've come to mean so much to us all that now it doesn't matter if it's true. And even if it isn't true, even if that can never be... I need to go on pretending. Until the end. With you"); and the film's final poignant scene set on a park bench in which James consoled young Peter (Freddie Highmore) after his mother Sylvia died and how he encouraged the young lad to remember his mother with the transformative power of imagination: (Peter: "I thought she'd always be here." James: "So did I. But, in fact... she is. (He takes the play book) Because she's on every page of your imagination. You'll always have here there, always." Peter: "But why did she have to die?" James: "I don't know, boy. When I think of your mother, I will always remember how happy she looked sitting there in the parlor watching a play about her family. About her boys that never grew up. She went to Neverland. And you can visit her any time you like if you just go there yourself." Peter: "How?" James: By believing, Peter. Just believe." Peter (whispering) I can see her. (James hugs the boy. They both slowly faded away)
322 7.6 7.523. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
The painful, one-sided monologue - a conciliatory apology - from a choked up, emotional Robert Eroica Dupea (Jack Nicholson) to his dying, invalid, wheelchair-bound father Nicholas (William Challee) at his home on Puget Sound, who was unable to respond due to his medical condition: "I don't know if you'd be particularly interested in hearing anything about me. My life, I mean... Most of it doesn't add up to much... that I could relate as a way of life that you'd approve of...I'd like to be able to tell you why, but I don't really...I mean, I move around a lot because things tend to get bad when I stay. And I'm looking...for auspicious beginnings, I guess...I'm trying to, you know, imagine your half of this conversation...My feeling is, that if you could talk, we probably wouldn't be talking. That's pretty much how it got to be before... I left...Are you all right? I don't know what to say...Tita suggested that we try to...I don't know. I think that she...seems to feel we've got...some understanding to reach...She totally denies the fact that we were never that comfortable with each other to begin with...The best that I can do, is apologize. We both know that I was never really that good at it, anyway...I'm sorry it didn't work out."
1578 7.1 7.524. The Fly (1986)
The scene in which girlfriend/lover Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) felt hairs growing on the back of a slowly-degenerating Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) after he had teleported himself; a degenerating Seth's ear fell off in front of Veronica, and he clutched her in fear and whispered: "I'm scared. Help me. Please"; also Seth's "insect politics" speech in which he begged Veronica to leave and never return for her own safety: "I'm saying...I'll hurt you if you stay"; and the poignant, tearjerking concluding scene in which an anguished Brundlefly, having turned into a piteously deformed creature during a failed experiment to fuse with Veronica and their unborn child, wordlessly begged her to end his monstrous life with a shotgun, and Veronica's act of compliance - tearfully collapsing to her knees on the floor after the merciful deed was accomplished.
81 7 725. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
The conclusion in which ill-fated hero American mercenary Robert Jordan's (Gary Cooper) delivered his final soliloquy to blue-eyed, short-haired, blonde Maria (Ingrid Bergman) when he chose to be left behind to meet his certain death after he blew up a bridge and suffered a broken leg: "You go now, Maria...what I do now I do alone. I couldn't do it if you were here...There's no good-bye, Maria, because we're not apart" - smoky machine-gun fire and a bell tolled his fate in the dissolve ending
633 5.8 6.126. Forever Young (1992)
The contrived bittersweet reunion scene ending in which test pilot Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson), having been cryogenically frozen for over 50 years in a military warehouse, rapidly aged to his chronological age, woke up in the present when freed by two mischievous kids, and rejoined his childhood sweetheart Helen (Isabel Glasser) - and they walked off as an elderly couple together - their love conquers all.
7764 7.9 8.727. Forrest Gump (1994)
The scene in which true love Jenny (Robin Wright) rejected idiot savant Forrest Gump's (Tom Hanks) request for marriage - and his reply: "I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is" - and then his quiet sadness when she left him after making love to him that night: ("Forrest, I do love you"); and years later, the scene in which they met up again and she showed him her scrapbook of his running exploits and he met young Forrest, Jr. (Haley Joel Osment) for the first time and was told that he was the father of Jenny's very normal child: ("You're his daddy, Forrest") and her reassurance: ("You didn't do anything wrong") and his reply: ("He's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen"); and the scene of them happily watching Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie on TV together; and Forrest's moving eulogy-meditation for his newly-wed bride Jenny at her gravesite under a tree after she died of the AIDS virus: ("Mama always said dyin' was a part of life" and "I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floatin' around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happenin' at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away"); and the final image of a feather floating up into the sky at the school-bus stop.
1643 6.5 728. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
The scene of Matthew's (John Hannah) poignant reading of W. H. Auden's Funeral Blues at the moving funeral of "splendid bugger" Gareth (Simon Callow), following his sudden heart attack: ("Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum, Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come..."); also the final scene of Charles (Hugh Grant), after an aborted 'fourth' wedding ceremony, finally declaring his true and utter love for Carrie (Andie MacDowell) in the rain (Carrie: "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed") and awkwardly not asking for her hand in marriage - with Carrie's response: "I do," accompanied by a kiss and a lightning bolt in the sky.
768 7.6 829. Frankenstein (1931)
The heart-breaking, initially-censored scene in which the Monster (Boris Karloff) played with a little girl named Maria (Marilyn Harris) at lakeside - she was not repelled by his hideous appearance or fearful of him and invited him to play and be her friend. They joined in a game of flinging flower-petals into the lake, one-by-one, to watch them float. When the Monster's few flower blossoms were gone, he puzzled for a moment at his empty hands, and then innocently and ignorantly picked up Maria and tossed her into the water - where she quickly sank and drowned. He staggered away from the lake - expressing some confusion, despair and remorse - shaking and wringing his hands and possibly perceiving the horrible thing he had just done.
2518 6.6 6.930. Ghost (1990)
The scene in an alleyway of Sam Wheat's (Patrick Swayze) unexpected murder while Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) cradled his bloody body in her arms.
Another equally moving scene was the pottery wheel scene - to the tune of the Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody - in which spirit-ghost/lover Sam tried to reveal himself to the grieving Molly at her pottery wheel.
In another scene, spiritualist medium Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) convinced the bereaved Molly that Sam was trying to contact her by using Sam's favorite expression: "Ditto."
In the finale, Sam kissed Molly and bid her goodbye before he passed on into The Light of heaven:
Molly: "I can hear you. Oh, God." (They kissed. He bid goodbye to spiritualist Oda Mae (Whoopi Goldberg).)
Sam: "I love you, Molly. I've always loved you."
Molly (tearfully): "Ditto."
Sam: "It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you. See ya."
Molly: (responding likewise) "See ya. Bye."
168 8.1 7.831. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
The scene in which ghostly sea captain and lover Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison), Gull Cottage's former owner who had been haunting her bedroom and thoughts in his non-flesh-and-blood form, bid good-bye to Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) while she slept, telling her that she must find her own way in life - and that she was only dreaming of a sea-captain haunting the house: ("You've made your choice, the only choice you could make. You've chosen life and that's as it should be. And that's why I'm going away, my dear. I can't help you now...You must make your own life amongst the living, and whether you meet fair winds or foul, find your own way to harbor in the end...It's been a dream, Lucia"); and the transcendent ending in which white-haired, elderly widow Lucy dies in her British seaside cottage's chair when captain Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison), greets her with outstretched hands: "And now, you'll never be tired again, come Lucia, come my dear" - and - rejuvenated and young again, she walks off, hand-in-hand with him downstairs and through the front door into the afterlife with him.
5446 7.7 8.532. Gladiator (2000)
The death scene of the moving last moments of condemned, enslaved Colosseum gladiator "The Spaniard" (Russell Crowe), who had earlier revealed himself as vengeful General Maximus Meridius. In the arena during one-on-one combat with treacherous Emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), he had already been stabbed with a stiletto (causing punctured lungs) and was slowly dying.
Weary from his own wounds, Maximum saw visions of himself entering into his home's wooden gates in the afterlife. Before dying, he ordered Quintus (Tomas Arana): "Free my men, Senator Gracchus is to be reinstated. There was a dream that was Rome. It shall be realized. These are the wishes of Marcus Aurelius."
As he succumbed in the arms of Commodus' sister Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), his own ex-lover, he told her (his final words): "Lucius is safe." She urged him to go to his dead family: "Go to them." As he perished, his body floated upwards and he experienced visions of his family in the afterlife as they greeted him on a dusty road and he waded through waving yellow reeds. She reassured that he had greeted them: "You're home." Lucilla stood up and addressed everyone: "Is Rome worth one good man's life? We believed it once. Make us believe it again. He was a soldier of Rome. Honor him." Fellow gladiators surrounded Maximus and carried his body out of the arena.
The film concluded with newly-freed gladiator Juba (Djimon Hounsou) burying Maximus' two small statues of his wife and son in the dirt of the Colosseum where he had died ("Now we are free. I will see you again, but not yet. Not yet").
598 7.3 7.933. Glory (1989)
James Horner's moving score accompanied by the Boys Choir of Harlem; the bull-whipping scene in which rebellious runaway soldier Trip (Denzel Washington) was punished - his back scarred from repeated lashings after being tied to a cart wheel - on false charges of desertion (he was looking for his shoes) with his steely eyes locked on white regiment leader Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) as a single tear flowed down his cheek; and the unit's pre-battle campfire spiritual scene in which ex-gravedigger Sgt. Major Rawlins (Morgan Freeman) led the soldiers in prayer and singing - including Trip's confession: ("Y'all's the only-est family I got. I love the 54th"), followed by the stirring battle-cry "Give 'em Hell, 54" shouted by Union soldiers (led by screenwriter Kevin Jarre) as the Massachusetts 54th Regiment marched to launch a doomed suicidal assault on Fort Wagner in South Carolina; and Shaw's self-reflective moment as he looked out over the sea one last time and freed his horse; the scene of the frenzied assault on Fort Wagner after the men had been stirred by the death of Shaw, making it as far as the inner sanctum, but ultimately destroyed by the interior cannons; also the final image of Shaw's burial in a mass beach grave with his soldiers (including Trip next to him) - and the end credits shot of "The Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial" relief sculpture by August Saint-Gaudens in Boston Common.
3352 8.6 934. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Abused and embittered wife Kay Corleone's (Diane Keaton) denouncement speech of her crime boss husband Michael (Al Pacino) regarding their marriage, admitting she'd had an abortion: ("Oh! Oh, Michael, Michael, you are blind. It wasn't a miscarriage. It was an abortion. An abortion, Michael, just like our marriage is an abortion, something that's unholy and evil! I didn't want your son, Michael. I wouldn't bring another one of your sons into this world! It was an abortion, Michael! It was a son, a son, and I had it killed because this must all end!")
1957 7.8 8.235. Gone with the Wind (1939)
The final scene, in which Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), tired of Scarlett O'Hara's (Vivien Leigh) manipulations and indecisions, ignored her pleading to stay with a dismissive: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" before leaving, and Scarlett's teary-eyed resolution to keep trying while being reminded by voices of Tara's power: ("I can't let him go. I can't. There must be some way to bring him back. Oh I can't think about this now! I'll go crazy if I do! I'll think about it tomorrow. But I must think about it. I must think about it. What is there to do? What is there that matters?... Tara!... Home. I'll go home, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!").
501 8 8.236. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The famous scene of Ma Joad (Jane Darwell) pausing to moon over and then burn her letters/souvenir-keepsakes (a newspaper clipping, a postcard, a china souvenir, and earrings) in the stove before departing in a dilapidated truck on a long drive for California to find employment (including the image of her holding earrings to her ears and viewing herself in a mirror); and her son Tom Joad's (Henry Fonda) stirring "I'll be there" farewell speech to his mother: "...I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be ever'-where - wherever you can look. Wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad - I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry an' they know supper's ready. An' when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise, and livin' in the houses they build - I'll be there, too"; and the final scene of Ma's final inspiring words in the front seat of a pickup truck: "We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. And we'll go on forever, Pa... 'cause... we're the people."
1300 8.2 8.437. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
The distressing opening image of the death of 14 year-old Japanese war orphan Seita (voice of Tsutomu Tatsumi) in a Kobe subway station as passersby were revulsed by him, and his opening narrated line: "September 21, 1945... that was the night I died" - followed by flashbacks; the death of Seita's mother and his lying to 5 year-old sister Setsuko (voice of Ayano Shiraishi) about it - and her crying while he tried to distract her with gymnastics; the scene in which Setsuko angrily begged her aunt (voice of Akemi Yamaguchi) not to sell her mother's kimonos for rice -- and their selfish aunt's appropriation of most of the rice, accusing Seita and Setsuko of being selfish; Seita's response to a doctor's advice for a malnourished Setsuko: "All she needs is food" -- "Where am I supposed to get food?!"; and Seita's futile vigil over Setsuko's death; and the fleeting vision of Setsuko playing near the bomb shelter at the lake and her funeral pyre; and the unforgettable, poignant shot of the red-hued ghosts of Seita and Setsuko sitting on a hill overlooking the modern, night-time skyline of a thriving Tokyo as fireflies danced around the pair, in director Isao Takahata's uncompromising, unflinching anti-war melodrama about survival during WWII - from the famous Ghibli Studio.
4427 8 8.538. The Green Mile (1999)
The flashbacked scenes in which illiterate, mystical child/giant and faith healer - black condemned convict John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) - resurrected Mr. Jingles - the small brown mouse (by blowing life into it in his hands), healed Louisiana death row prison guard Paul Edgecomb's (Tom Hanks) urinary infection and the brain tumor of Warden Hal Moores' (James Cromwell) wife Melinda (Patricia Clarkson); the scene of the botched execution of Delacroix (Michael Jeter) - and the execution of the doomed and noble Coffey by the electric chair (for an alleged crime he didn't commit), and the moment he shared his gifted power with Paul as he was being electrocuted -- and sang "Heaven, I'm in heaven... heaven... heaven..." - from the movie Top Hat; and the bittersweet ending in which Edgecomb, now a 108 year-old man (Dabbs Greer) in a retirement home (after being bestowed with the 'gift of life' - with his speech about outliving all of his friends and families, regarded as his punishment for making "a Miracle of God ride the lightning"), where every day he still fed a piece of toast to gray-haired Jingles.
2806 7.4 8.139. Groundhog Day (1993)
Time-stuck weather forecaster Phil Connors' (Bill Murray) heartfelt, romantic speech to sleeping romantic interest Rita (Andie McDowell) after reading James Joyce's poem "Trees" to her: "What I wanted to say was, I think you're the kindest, sweetest, prettiest person I've ever met in my life. I've never seen anyone that's nicer to people than you are. The first time I saw you, something happened to me. I never told you, but I knew that I wanted to hold you as hard as I could. I don't deserve someone like you. But if I ever could, I swear I would love you for the rest of my life" - and when Rita woke up briefly to ask: "Did you say something?" - Phil's modestly whispered response: "Good night, Rita"; and the moment when Phil lept back into bed with Rita the next morning - after verifying that it really was a new day - February 3rd - and cried out about his release from his temporal stasis: "Do you know what today is?...Today is tomorrow! It happened!"
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