15 Film and TV Lovers Rank Their Saddest Scenes of All Time

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I suppose sad could mean different things to different people. I, for example, can’t watch a movie where an animal dies any kind of horrible death (www.doesthedogdie.com is a lifesaver, people). But there are some kinds of scenes, non-animal related, that are just sad. Luckily, these 15 film and television buffs are here to give you a head’s up on the ones they think are the most wrenching.

So heads up:

#15. Classic.

“When Jesse finds out that Leslie died in Bridge to Terabithia.”

#14. Baby Simba.

“Mufasa dying. I’ve seen The Lion King soo many times but I still tear up everytime I see young Simba trying to wake up his father.”

#13. Not in polite company.

“Buffy- the Body. Still can’t watch that episode with polite company around. It’s the “Mommy?” that gets me. Because we see this strong young woman who has saved the world half a dozen times over, the one everyone else looks to for strength and resolve, and in that moment, she’s just a little girl looking for her mommy. Tearing up as I write this.”

#12. Serenity

“I’m a leaf on the wind. Watch how…”

“Wash aint comin…”

#11. When somebody loved me…

“Jesse’s flashback in Toy Story 2. It fucked me up then and it fucks me up now.”

#10. Wallow in the sadness.

“Dumbo visiting his mom in jail.”

#9. It’s a volleyball. And yet…

“When Wilson falls off the raft.”

#8. Van Gogh.

“Van Gogh in gallery scene from Doctor Who. Nothing on TV has ever made me cry. I weeped like a little bitch after that.”

#7. It gets me every time.

“Uncle Iroh’s short story in Avatar the Last Airbender, where he sings ‘Little Soldier Boy’. It gets me every time.”

#6. He’s so smart.

“How the heck has no one said Forrest talking to Jenny’s grave?”

#5. Crying buckets.

“Potential spoilers for “About Time” which is a movie where all the men from a family have the ability to travel through time to a past memory and the “secret” is passed down from father to son.

Throughout the whole movie the son will periodically visit his father in his memories and slowly come to realize that his father has been revisiting him at various points as well. He learns eventually that he doesn’t just have the ability to revisit his past, but he can alter it and change his future.

This leads to him breaking things for the worse and him going back and fixing everything again. At some point the son learns that certain things are truly random, however, and can’t be controlled. In one timeline, the son has a daughter with his wife. In another, he has a son. This leads the father to teach his son to never go back before certain points, because you can’t control the dice roll of genetics. Changing your past in a way that alters who your kid will be is super risky, so it’s best not to risk it.

At the end of the movie, the son is about to have another kid with his wife, but his father has also died. He goes back to a memory that has played in the movie multiple times where he and his father are playing ping pong.

Instead of hitting the ball back at his father like he has countless times, the son lets it drop and his dad just looks at him. There is silence for a moment. Then he asks the son if he has died.

The son says yes and that he’s about to have another kid so he can’t come back to this memory anymore.

The dad says something like, “fancy another go?”

Then there’s a montage of home-movie-style clips where it shows the father and son essentially reliving their entire lives together once again before the son returns to the present never to see his dad again.

I’m a grown ass man and that shit made me cry fucking buckets.”

#4. I could have got more out.

“Oskar Schindler: I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don’t know. If I’d just… I could have got more.

Itzhak Stern: Oskar, there are eleven hundred people who are alive because of you. Look at them.

Oskar Schindler: If I’d made more money… I threw away so much money. You have no idea. If I’d just…

Itzhak Stern: There will be generations because of what you did.

Oskar Schindler: I didn’t do enough!

Itzhak Stern: You did so much.

[Schindler looks at his car]

Oskar Schindler: This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people. [removing Nazi pin from lapel]

Oskar Schindler: This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern. For this. [sobbing]

Oskar Schindler: I could have gotten one more person… and I didn’t! And I… I didn’t!”

#3. Fresh Prince

“In Fresh Prince when Will’s deadbeat father runs out on him yet again after a brief reunion and after he explains to Uncle Phil how he didn’t need his father to be the man he became, Will tearfully asks “how he come he don’t want me?”

Such a powerful scene. I feel such strong emotions every time I watch it.”

#2. Ugh, death.

“When the wife dies in Up. The end of Stepmom when she’s giving her children the gifts.”

#1. I’m tired, boss…

“The Green Mile when they had to put the big fella down ?”