* The ending, as Alvin reunites with his brother Lyle. Neither of them say anything, but are able to acknowledge each other one last time.
** The ending shot is of Alvin, [[ManlyTears fighting back tears]] [[TearsOfJoy of joy...]] [[TearsOfRemorse regret...]] [[TakeAThirdOption both]]?
* The various encounters Alvin Straight has along the way with slightly off-beat but very normal and considerate small-town folks.
** There's practically no mean people: everyone's nice to everyone else.