SPOILERS FOR THE FOLLOWING FILMS:
Man on the Moon, Up, Heathers, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, the Grand Budapest Hotel, Star Trek II, The Big Lebowski and Four Wedding and a Funeral.
Funerals in movies can be poignant, they can be funny, they can be bleak, but they can mostly be heart wrenching. Which ever emotion you feel for these scenes, these are the Seven Best Movie Funerals. Quick Note: NO Funeral Movies. So, all of you who wanted to see Death at a Funeral, no matter how good it is, it won't be here. Without further ado, let's go.
7. Andy Kaufman - Man on the Moon (1998)
In one of Jim Carrey's best films of all time, he helms the film following the controversial life of comedian Andy Kaufman. And while in his life he may have made some poor decisions, he still made people smile. And in this scene, a video of him plays to the audience, and guides them through a bitter sweet rendition of Friendly World. Touching.
6. Ellie Fredrickson - Up (2009)
This funeral doesn't even go on for ten seconds, but how emotional it is either way. The first five minutes of Up is one of the greatest scenes ever put on film. A walk through the life of a couple who never reached their goal is a truly heart wrenching watch. And in the end, Carl's wife Ellie dies of an unknown sickness, and Carl sits by her alone in the chapel they were married in. Ellie may have had a full life, but she never got to have children or got to Paradise Falls. And now Carl is alone.
5. Heather Duke - Heathers (1988)
While Heather Chandler and Ram and Kurt have memorable funerals, the surreal dream sequence that Winona Ryder's veronica has about the funeral of Heather Duke is the most memorable. From everyone wearing 3D glasses, to the green coffin of Heather, to the unexpected appearance of Heather Chandler's ghost, this scene is shot like something out of a Wes Anderson movie, and I give it props. Say...
4. Royal Tenenbaum - The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
While Kingsley Zissou/Ned Plimpton also had a very heart warming funeral, and Madame D. had a humorous one as well, I had to include Gene Hackman's anti-hero patriarch claiming the best Wes Anderson funeral. The family keeps their sardonic deadpan with a dash of anguish, just as Royal would have wanted. Or, as Alec Bladwin would say, he would find it "satisfactory." Oh, Alec, you charmer.
3. Mr. Spock - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Wrath of Khan is known for a couple things. Three specifically. One of course being the greatest Star Trek villain ever. The second being the memetastic shouting of his name, and the third being the heart decimating death of Kirk's logical first mate, Spock. William Shatner truly poured emotion into his funeral speech. As much as his hamminess can be made fun of, he actually acts at his greatest here. Even Scotty is playing the bagpipes for their deceased friend. It's a shame looking back, because now Spock really is gone.
2. Theodore "Donny" Kerbatsos - The Big Lebowski (1998)
Walter Sobchak and Donny Kerbatsos may not have been the best of friends, but in this scene, it shows that not only did Donny care about Walter and the Dude, as evidenced by no other people at the funeral, but Walter cares about Donny too. Sure, he may turn his speech into a Vietnam rant, but he's just shwoing his deepest emotions, and when Walter and the Dude hug it out, it shows they will really miss their friend.
1. Gareth - Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Ellie, Donny, Royal and Spock were definitely all harboring emotion, and Ellie and Spock specifically showed raw emotion. But no emotion of sadness is felt more for any mourner in a film, than Gareth's boyfriend, Matthew. As he recites the poem Funeral Blues, you can see him fight getting choked up. As a testament of love to inspire Andie McDowell and Hugh Grant, it's great. As a testament of love, mourning and sadness? It is truly amazing.