5. The End of Selena:
This is by no means one of my favorite movies - I've maybe seen it in its entirety once or twice. But this last scene definitely gets me every time. That hag in the car is annoying as eff, but after they show her sobbing some incoherent mess, they start to play "Dreaming of You" and show the empty stage.. and if that's enough, they cut to the family learning about Selena's death.. I DIE.
4. The Up Montage:
If you did not cry the first time you saw this, YOU ARE NOT ALIVE. No one warned me that the first time I saw Up (and every time thereafter), I would be crying my eyes out within the first 10 minutes. For a four minute time frame, it has got to be one of the most powerful montages out there. No dialogue, no words, just a beautiful, moving story.
3. The Annihilation of the Straw Hat Crew:
This actually takes a whole episode, but the clip condenses it down to a few minutes. Throughout the hundreds and hundreds of episodes leading up to this one, Luffy (the captain) has been on an epic journey in which he meets and recruits the 8 other members of his crew, which, after starting alone, he considers his closest friends (his "nakama"). On the brink of finally going to the New World, however, they face an opponent that completely outmatches them. Luffy is completely helpless as he watches his best friends get separated. One by one, his crew members are defeated and sent off into the unknown.. the saddest being the weaker ones who cry out for help, but with Luffy being unable to do anything about it. These scenes were DEVASTATING to watch, especially because it was so unexpected. The show is literally based around his crew, and they are all defeated and separated in one episode. The guilt and desperation that Luffy feels is really hard to watch, and you can't help but feel for him..
2. The End of Toy Story 3:
Guaranteed sobbing every time I see this. As someone who grew up getting way too attached to material objects (such as toys), the ending of Toy Story 3 definitely hits some personal notes. Who hasn't at some point in their life had to decide whether it was time to finally give up that favorite childhood toy? Silly as it may seem, there is a special bond created between physical toys and a child's imagination. I grew up having "adventures" with my toys - just me and the toys. Do kids even do that anymore? I still have a select few of my toys in my closet from those childhood days that I have not been able to give up, and even though I don't even remember them for years at a time, I find comfort now, in my reminiscing, that they are still there. In this scene, you can see how conflicted Andy is when he is debating whether to give up Woody or not. When he says "Thank guys.." at the end, and then Woody says "So long, partner.." wow. Get me EVERY time.
1. How I Met Your Mother: Season 1 Final Scene:
"As I rode home the next morning, the city looked the same, the people looked the same, it all looked the same.. but it wasn't.. in just one night, everything had changed."
It was really close between this scene and #2, and honestly they're almost interchangeable, but the suddenness and tone of this one makes it #1. The music they chose for this scene is PERFECT - the scene would not be the same without it. The change of expression on Ted's face - from happy to the dawning understanding of what happened - and then the cut to Marshall sitting alone on the steps in the rain.. no words were necessary.
And there you have it. The Top 5 saddest scenes, in my personal opinion. I'll have to make my next post a relatively happy one to balance out this one. Some honorable mentions that did not make the list:
Going Merry Funeral:
This is also from One Piece, and features the funeral of a talking ship. Judge me.
LOST: Charlie's Death:
The saddest scene from one of my fav shows, LOST.