[[caption-width-right:340: A woman, who has just survived a nuclear bomb, holding her child, [[MummiesAtTheDinnerTable who hasn't.]]]]

* Jimmy's father sitting, staring at Michael's handheld videogame console.
* Ruth finding, and holding onto Jimmy's book until her death.
* It's really damn hard to not feel terribly at the woman who's so terrified, she wets herself.
* Ruth's poor grandmother. She's bundled into a basement, frightened and confused, the city gets bombed and she suffers the indignity of [[PottyFailure soiling herself]], all the while sobbing about how she feels embarrassed and like a baby. [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse And then she dies.]] The last we see of her, some looters walk past her rotting corpse complaining about the smell, and it's very strongly implied the rats will eat her - she suffers the gruesome indignity of unburied death.]]
* Most of the entries in the movie's [[NightmareFuel/{{Threads}} Nightmare Fuel]] entry also double as TearJerker.
* Might be a good idea to have a box of tissues going in.
* A meta example is that seven years after the film came out Victoria O'Keefe who played Jane (the only main character still alive by the end of the film) died in a car crash at the tragically young age of 21.