10 Movie Endings That Make People Cry Every Time, According To Reddit

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Some movie endings can leave viewers feeling elated or elated, but some leave audiences in tears no matter how many times they’ve seen them. While it’s not always about sad tears, a few select films know exactly how to tug on the nerves and make viewers scream during the credits.


Animated hits like Wall-E to slice-of-life dramas like The Florida Project, the audience can’t help but cry before all is said and done. While many movies have sad endings, only the best can bring Redditor tears to tears over and over again.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

The more a fandom has to get attached to a character, the more it hurts when they’re suddenly ripped off. User poetdesmond mentioned such an example when they wrote “Star Trek II. Spock’s funeral still chokes me”.

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Unlike other films where the audience only has two hours with a character, Trek fans had known the pointy-eared Vulcan for nearly two decades by the time he met his end in star trek 2. On top of that, the scene is so perfectly crafted that even the most disinterested viewer can’t help but shed a tear for Spock and Kirk’s lost friendship.

Support Me (1986)

Based on a short story by Stephen King, many viewers were surprised to find that the master of horror could also shed a few tears. A deleted the user got personal with his favorite tearful ending, saying “Stand by Me. Always reminds me of my high school friend group and how we slowly fell apart”.

Essentially an allegory for the fleeting nature of nostalgic youth, the endlessly quotable film has a lot to say about its period and modern times. Finding out what happens to each member of the band is heartbreaking, and the film strikes a chord without being too cheesy or overt.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

There is a certain catharsis that can be found after a long and eventful journey, and The king’s return offered the perfect capper for the long trilogy of films. User MaxDomination13 wasn’t afraid to admit they were crying saying “The last 15-20 minutes of The Return of the King still makes me sob like a baby”.

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While not sad in nature, the trilogy finale sees a tearful reunion and a renewed sense of purpose for characters that audiences had grown so fond of. The people of Middle-earth were made so likable by the movies that seeing them safe and sound at home was enough to bring tears of joy to the eyes of many viewers.

Old Crier (1957)

Sad dog movies have almost become a cliché these days, but the movie that started the whole trend was old crier. User DFSdog had heartbreaking memories dislodged when they recalled “Oh, my God…of course, ‘Old Yeller'”.

Viewers of a certain age will remember one of the saddest animal deaths in movie history, and some still haven’t gotten over it even half a century later. Modern viewers are somewhat jaded by canine movie stereotypes, but old crier caught most viewers off guard, which made the situation even more painful.

The Green Line (1999)

Adding prison drama to the list of genres Stephen King could master, The green Line once again proved that fear wasn’t the only emotion he could incorporate into his stories. User funtimefrankie1 weren’t really having fun when they said “The end of the green mile is pretty upsetting when John Coffey dies”.

Playing like a modern day fairy tale, The green Line was a surprisingly lyrical work from a titan of terror. The movie does a great job of getting audiences to sympathize with Coffey, and when its time finally comes, it exposes capital punishment and all of its flaws. The film is often considered one of Stephen King’s best adaptations, not just because it’s sad, but because it’s still powerful years later.

The Florida Project (2017)

Director Sean Baker has a knack for capturing reality in his films, and they exist in a gray area between fiction and documentary. A deleted user doubted a movie’s emotional strength when commenting on “The Florida Project. This one hit surprisingly close to home the first time I watched it, I thought I could handle it the second time around but it was really, really wrong.”

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Like classic Hollywood cinema of old, The Florida Project has everything from tears to belly laughs. Baker excels at sudden, shocking moments, and the film’s finale comes out of left field yet feels inevitable as well. Regardless of the interpretation of the ending, Mooney’s escape from the Magic Kingdom is both fantastical and tragic.

Wall-E (2008)

Although it is a film with little or no dialogue, Wall-E still manages to pack an emotional punch in its pint-sized robot protagonist. User BoggsWH was puzzled by the film’s hold on them, saying “I don’t understand how Wall-E’s love story touches me more than any other movie…the love story of 2 robots touch me”.

Disney has always excelled at making anthropomorphic beings adorable, and Wall-E’s quest for love and acceptance is so relatable it instantly melts hearts. The film’s finale is the perfect culmination of his quest, and fans find themselves suspended in emotional limbo multiple times, which makes the outcome all the more heartbreaking.

Movies that broke viewers’ hearts as children can sometimes have the same effect on them as adults, and HEY is the type of movie that usually moves everyone. User joshygill couldn’t contain themselves when they wrote “ET ‘I’ll be…be…right…here’ And the music! Chills. Literal chills”.

John Williams’ brilliant score certainly helps drive the emotions home, but audiences are usually already firmly gripped by the film’s ending. Riding the excitement of ET’s resurrection and subsequent robbery, audiences face ultimate heartbreak as Elliott completes his mission and sends his best friend home.

My Daughter (1991)

Coming of age movies usually contain all the same elements, but My daughter featured a shocking and pessimistic ending that left most viewers heartbroken. User MrsGoldenSnitch pinpointed the exact moment they started crying, writing, “‘He can’t see without his glasses’ And I’m sobbing.”

What was until then a somewhat innocuous family film becomes a real life lesson for many young viewers. Death is an inevitable part of life, and while it may seem unnecessary and cruel, the film handles its subject with class. Even so, all it takes is usually just the recitation of the famously heartbreaking dialogue to make viewers of a certain age misty-eyed.

Coco (2017)

Further proving that Disney knows exactly which buttons to press to garner the most tears from its audience, coconut has perhaps their most heartbreaking ending of all. User vertical_runner kept things short and sweet when they said “Coco! Every time”.

Everyone ends up leaving, but coconut wanted the audience to know that as long as someone is remembered, they will live forever. Accompanying the film’s stunning visuals, the simple yet effective finale featuring Mama Coco softened even the hardest of hearts and left many fans emotionally wrecked for days.

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