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The Movie: E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial
The Scene: When E.T. says goodbye
It doesn't matter whether or not you enjoy the movie E.T. But you're a monster if you don't break when Elliot Taylor begs in a tiny whisper for E.T. to stay with him. Especially, when E.T. says "I'll be right here" and points at Elliot. Just watching this three minute YouTube video has me in tears.
The Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness
The Scene: When they sleep in the subway bathroom
Critics like to come for Will Smith's acting abilities all the time, but give him some credit for this one. The Pursuit of Happyness is an emotional rollercoaster of a movie. The most heartbreaking scene by far? When Chris Gardner (Will Smith) plays a game of pretend that ends with him sleeping in a subway bathroom with his son (played by real-life son, Jayden). As he sits there and quietly sobs, you start to do the same.
The Movie: The Lion King
The Scene: When Mufasa dies
For many a '90s kid, this scene is the first time they encountered death. What makes it all the more poignant—and tearful— is when baby Simba tries to shake his dad awake, not fully understanding that he's gone forever. When he curls up in a ball with his dad, the tears start pouring out.
The Movie: Good Will Hunting
The Scene: HALF THE FREAKING MOVIE
Confession: I spend the vast majority of Good Will Hunting in a state of teary-eyed whimpering. Young Matt Damon and Robin Williams at his finest (save for Dead Poets Society) will break your heart time and time again. The "I gotta go see about the girl" scene and this one —the "it's not your fault" scene — are probably the two hardest hitters.