20 Scenes In Non-Animated Movies That Brought Adults To Tears

20 Scenes In Non-Animated Movies That Brought Adults To Tears


Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Walt Disney Pictures

“Several moments in this movie made me cry, but ESPECIALLY the final scene when Chance and Sassy have already come running back to their child owner, and Peter is still standing there waiting for Shadow. You think he’s not coming, but then at the very last moment you see Shadow limping over the hill, and they run toward each other. Oh god, I’m crying now!”



Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Buena Vista Pictures

“When the baby ant defends the kids from the scorpion and DIES! I sobbed for 20 minutes; I had to pause the movie and everything. Gone but not forgotten, little ant.”



Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

20th Century Fox

“When Kevin hands the Pigeon Lady a turtle dove ornament to signify their friendship, and John Williams’ timeless music kicks in, I lose it. Twenty-eight years later and that moment still tugs at my heartstrings, and brings tears to my eyes.”



My Girl (1991)

Columbia Pictures

“When Thomas J. Sennett dies and Vada attends the funeral. Oh, I sobbed so hard, especially when she says, “He can’t see without his glasses!”



Curly Sue (1991)

Columbia Pictures

“This movie will totally date me, lol. There’s a scene where Sue ends up in a group home, because her dad wasn’t able to care for her. She’s all alone and crying. It literally broke my heart.”



Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

Universal Pictures

“It is a criminally underrated movie that’s FULL of tear-jerking, emotional moments. The one that sticks with me is when Babe is being chased by vicious dogs. His life flashes before his eyes, as he questions why the dogs hate him so much. A few seconds later, he selflessly saves one of the dogs from drowning, showing that kindness in the face of hate is truly powerful.”



Hocus Pocus (1993)

Buena Vista Pictures

“I know it’s supposed to be a happy ending, but I always cry at the end of Hocus Pocus when Thackery turns back into a human ghost instead of a cat. I don’t cry because I’m happy he’s back with his sister, I cry because I liked him better as a cat lol.”



Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Buena Vista Pictures

“When Jess finds out that their rope swing to Terabithia broke, and Leslie died, it’s heartbreaking. It gets me every time.



A Little Princess (1995)

Warner Bros. Pictures

“I rewatched A Little Princess as an adult and bawled my head off at the end. When the dad (Liam Cunningham) screams, “SARAAAAA,” …omfg!”



E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Universal Pictures

“When the bikes take off. I’m sure it’s mostly to do with John Williams’ incredible score, but I hysterically sob every time I watch it. As kids, we’re all told that our thoughts are make believe and to understand that something extraordinary or out of this world is impossible, but in that wonderful cinematic moment that idea is suspended. Watching kids literally defying gravity and their adult doubters is so beautiful and powerful. It both makes my heart burst and breaks it all at the same time.”



High School Musical 2 (2007)


“When Troy and Gabriella broke up over the bridge, and she ran into her mom’s minivan, I couldn’t help but cry.”



Air Bud (1997)

Buena Vista Pictures

“The scene where Josh abandons Buddy and tells him, ‘Go! Get! I don’t want you anymore!’ It made me ball like a baby! I haven’t been able to finish the movie because of that scene. So, I don’t even know how it ends.”



Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (2006)

20th Century Fox

“The part when he gets out of the pound and escapes from Animal Control really gets me for some reason.”



Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

20th Century Fox

“At the end, when Mrs. Doubtfire responds to a young viewer’s letter and says, over a scene showing Danny leaving to spend the weekend with his kids, ‘But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever. All my love to you poppet, you’re going to be alright… bye bye.” Moves me to tears EVERY SINGLE TIME!”



A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Buena Vista Pictures

“The scene where Scrooge bumps into Scooter and Beaker, and Beaker ultimately gives Scrooge his scarf. Tears often!”



Stuart Little (1999)

Sony Pictures

“When I worked in a daycare we watched Stuart Little a lot. And EVERY SINGLE TIME he would leave his human family I cried so hard. The kids (2-3 years old) always came over and hugged me to assure me he was gonna come back…which only made me cry more, because they were so freaking cute about it.”



Smitty (2012)

Phase 4 Films

“There’s this dog movie named Smitty, where the kid gets a dog and he hates it at first, but then he learns to love the dog. Smitty (the dog) later gets ran over by a semi-truck (don’t worry, he lives). I ultimately had to look up the ending, because I was too emotional to finish the movie.”



Little Giants (1994)

Warner Bros. Pictures

“Even as a kid, I cried at the end of Little Giants. The kids in the movie just wanted a chance to feel like they belong and accomplish something. I cry every time. I really related as an awkward kid and now, as an awkward parent.”



Benji the Hunted (1987)

Buena Vista Pictures

“When Benji saves the mountain lion cubs from the hunter after the guy kills their mom. How was this movie marketed to kids in the ’80s??? It was so traumatic for me!”



Holes (2003)

Buena Vista Pictures

“It sounds stupid, but I cried when Sam died in the flashback. It was just so sad that the townspeople killed him. Luckily, Kate Barlow avenged his death.”


Did we miss a movie? If there’s a non-animated children’s movie that made you cry as an adult, tell us about the scene and film in the comments below.

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