* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Lightoller one-ups himself on numerous occasions, but the band at the end have to take the biscuit.
* HateSink: By the end of the movie, you will be in the mood to keelhaul the idiots on the ''Californian'' for ignoring obvious evidence of a fellow ship in distress, starting with Captain Lord.
* TearJerker: Dear GOD, the last half hour of the film will have ''anyone'' in floods of tears.
** Especially when you realize that the boy the waiter tried to save is apparently the child that the Irish immigrants try and set aboard the lifeboat with Lightoller... Only for him to allow the tiny body to slip into the frigid North Atlantic. All that we saw, and they ''STILL didn't save him''.
*** This Troper is pretty sure the child the immigrant pass to Lightoller was a girl. (Not that it makes it any less of a tear jerker. Potentially more so, even, since it is also unlikely that the boy survived.)
**** Lightoller allowing almost no men into lifeboats is pretty hard, as well as the fact that many families will lose their husbands.
* VindicatedByHistory: The film was a money loser with it premiered in 1958. However, now it is rivaled only by Creator/JamesCameron's film as the best dramatization of the disaster.