25 Movie Lines That Unleash A Flood Of Emotions, As Shared By Folks Online

Published 3 months ago

Movies have a unique ability to evoke a myriad of emotions, and among them, sadness stands as a poignant testament to the artistry of storytelling. In the vast landscape of films, certain lines wield a power so profound that they resonate with audiences, leaving them emotionally stirred.

As highlighted by users in a recent Reddit thread, the magic of movie writing is so potent that a solitary line can elicit tears and evoke a cascade of emotions. Scroll below to read some of the saddest lines in the history of cinema.

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“Is he smart or…”: Forest Gump asking about his son. He has the self-awareness to know who he is and his own limitations, and his relief when Jenny says that “he’s one of the smartest in his class” is heartbreaking.


Image source: SonOfThunderBunny, Rotten Tomatoes Classic Trailers

“I thought you said that God answers all prayers?”

“He does. Sometimes, the answer is no.”

[Source: M*A*S*H]


Image source: oldMcF**kerHadAFarm, animationscreencaps

“Take her to the moon for me, okay?” – Bing f*cking Bong

[Source: Inside Out]


Image source: cwills815, Screen Bites

“I could’ve got more out.”
– Schindler’s List


I’m tired, boss. Tired of bein’ on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. Tired of not ever having me a buddy to be with, or tell me where we’s coming from or going to, or why. Mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other.

[Source: The Green Mile]

Image source: anon


Image source: Flaky_Emergency_7832, Nirvines94

“He probably forgot about me a long time ago.” Fry in the Jurassic Bark episode of Futurama. Sorry, I know it isn’t a movie.


Image source: abippityboop, Joseph Kirby

For a recent one:

“So, even though you have broken my heart yet again, I wanted to say, in another life, I would have really liked just doing laundry and taxes with you.”

[Source: Everything Everywhere All at Once]


Image source: McDrakerson, EgalmothOfGondolin01

“If I should return, think better of me, father.”

[Source: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]


Image source: Indrid_Cold23, Aynn Tale

“Better to have loved and lost…”

“Yeah? You try it.”



“Tell me I’m a good man” at the end of Saving Private Ryan is so hard to get through.

Image source: Abtino11


Image source: Idk_Very_Much, movie-screencaps

Probably not the actual #1, but I’d love to mention “Just for once…let me look on you with my own eyes.”

[Source: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi]


Image source: GunMuratIlban, Warner Bros. Pictures

“Sometimes, I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.” From the movie Her. Really painful to relate to when you’re in your 30’s.


Image source: filmfan305, Movieclips

Bubba’s last words to Forrest in Forrest Gump.

“I wanna go home”

It guts me every time.


“Where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses.”

[Source: My Girl]

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Image source: BigDrakow, movie-screencaps

“I never had friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12.”

[Source: Stand By Me]


Image source: OneGuyJeff, movie-screencaps.

“Smile, my boy. It’s sunrise.”

Robin Williams’ last line he delivered on camera. As Teddy Roosevelt from the 3rd Night at the Museum movie, the movie came out after he died.


Image source: mehwars, movie-screencaps

“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

[Source: Blade Runner]


Image source: SAYUSAYME007, animationscreencaps

Littlefoot, let your heart guide you, it whispers, so listen closely….mother?….mother?

I remember watching this movie with my mom as little kid. I would look up at her and think, “I’m lucky my mom will never die.” I grew up. She died when I was 20. I will always feel close to her when I watch this.

[Source: The Land Before Time]


Image source: Baddab55, JoBlo Movie Clips

I’m sorry, Wilson! Wilson, I’m sorry! I’m sorry!

[Source: Cast Away]


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“I would have followed you, my brother, my captain, my King” – Boromir

Boromir is truly a great character, and every time I rewatch Fellowship, this and other scenes always make me cry. :(

[Source: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]


Image source: Rudagar1, Matheus Van den Berghe

Doc, you ought to be in bed, what the hell you doin’ this for anyway?

Because, Wyatt Earp is my friend.

Hell, I’ve got lots of friends.

I don’t.

[Source: Tombstone]


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“I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I… am… a … man!”

[Source: The Elephant Man]


Image source: Scuttler1979, Movieclips

“I don’t have a home. Marie’s been dead for 8 years.” Planes, trains, and automobiles


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“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. And when he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

[Source: It’s a Wonderful Life]


“They look like big, good, strong hands, don’t they? I always thought that’s what they were. Oh, my little friends… the little man with his racing snail, the Nighthob, even the stupid bat. I couldn’t hold onto them. The Nothing pulled them right out of my hands. I failed.”

— Rock Biter, The Neverending Story

Image source: WornInShoes

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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