It's amazing how much movies can play with our emotions. Over the course of a couple of hours, audiences form a one-sided relationship with characters and through the twists and turns of their journey we become totally invested in them.
It's no wonder then that films will often reduce us to tears - whether it's from sadness, happiness or a mixture of the two, there are just some characters and stories that will always have that ability.
Today I've compiled a list of 17 of the most heart-wrenching pieces of dialogue from our favorite films. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to read the rules and the article below, and then let me know which of the 15 scenes got you emotional. Fair warning, four of the films do contain master emotional manipulator, Tom Hanks. Do you have the tissues ready? Then off you go:
1. The Lion King
Context: After his father, Mufasa is trampled to death in a stampede, young Simba desperately wills his father to get up and take him home.
"Dad, Dad, come on, you gotta get up. Dad, we gotta go home."
2. Good Will Hunting
Context: After Will Hunting undergoes therapy with Dr. Sean Maguire, Sean helps Will to see that he was a victim of abuse, and that none of it was his fault.
"It's not your fault."
3. Cast Away
Context: After being stuck on a desert island for four years, with no one except his volleyball, Wilson, for company, Chuck Noland makes a raft and heads in search of land. Unfortunately, Wilson becomes untethered along the way, and Chuck ultimately has to make the decision to abandon his friend of four years so he himself can survive.
"I'm sorry, Wilson. Wilson, I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"
4. My Girl
Context: After Vada's best friend Thomas J. dies from an allergic reaction and loses his glasses, Vada attends his funeral. When she notices her dead friend is missing his glasses she is overcome with emotion and grief.
"Where are his glasses? He can't see without his glasses!"
5. Forrest Gump
Context: Speaking at the grave of his dead wife, Forrest tells Jenny all about their son, Little Forrest and how much he misses her.
"You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin' was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't. Little Forrest, he's doing just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He's really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He's so smart, Jenny. You'd be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can't read it. I'm not supposed to, so I'll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away."
6. Monsters, Inc.
Context: After believing Boo's door has been destroyed forever, Mike reveals to Sully that he has almost entirely rebuilt the door from the wood chips, aside from the one piece that Sully had kept as a memento. Placing the final piece in the door Sully enters and reunites with his friend.
7. The NeverEnding Story
Context: Atreyu's quest brings him and his horse, Artax, to the Swamps of Sadness. While Atreyu was able to fight against the sadness, Artax couldn't make it and was lost to the swamp.
"Artax you're sinking! Come on, turn around! You have to now! Come on, Artax! Fight against the sadness, Artax! Artax, please!"
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Context: Peering into the pensive and watching Snape's memories, Harry learns that Snape loved his mother Lily, and had worked with Dumbledore to protect Harry from Voldemort because of this love.
9. The Green Mile
Context: Right before he is set to be executed, despite being innocent, John Coffey requests that the officers not cover his face with the black hood because he's afraid of the dark.
"Please boss, don't put that thing over my face, don't put me in the dark. I's afraid of the dark."
10. Toy Story 3
Context: After Andy gives his toys to Bonnie and drives away, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys watch him go from the porch.
"So long, partner."
Context: After clinging to the side of a door in the freezing ocean, Jack dies and in order for Rose to save herself, she has to let go of his hand and send him to his watery grave.
"I'll never let go, I promise."
12. The Dark Knight Rises
Context: After Batman hauls away the bomb and it detonates, he is assumed dead and honored as a hero. At Bruce's funeral, Alfred turns to Bruce's parents' graves and is overcome with emotion and apologies.
"I'm so sorry. I failed you. You trusted me, and I failed you."
13. The Land Before Time
Context: After saving Littlefoot and Cera from a Sharptooth, and then being caught in a earthshake, Littlefoot's mother suffers severe injuries. She imparts her final piece of wisdom on her son, and dies shortly thereafter.
"Littlefoot, let your heart guide you. It whispers so listen closely."
14. I Am Legend
Context: After having to kill his only companion, Samantha the dog, a very lonely Robert Neville visits a local video shop and begs a mannequin to say hello to him.
"I promised a friend I would say hello to you today. Please say hello to me. Please say hello to me."
15. The Iron Giant
Context: After the army launches a missile that will destroy the entire town of Rockwell, the Iron Giant decides to collide with the missile in mid-air, destroying himself but saving Rockwell and his best friend, Hogarth.
"Hogarth. You Stay. I go. No following."
Context: After Harry makes the decision to sacrifice himself in order to save the earth from a massive asteroid, he makes contact with his daughter, Grace for one final farewell.
"I'll look on you from time to time. I love you Grace."
17. Homeward Bound
Context: After being separated from their humans and embarking on an epic adventure to return home, Chance, Sassy and an injured Shadow finally make their way home and are reunited with their family.
"Oh Peter, I worried about you so"
Which of these sad scenes gets you every time?