* 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.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Lightoller one-ups himself on numerous occasions, but the band at the end have to take the biscuit.
* 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''.
** The brief scene with the Strausses. [[HonorBeforeReason Mister Strauss refuses to go unless all the other men are off,]] and gently urges Mrs. Strauss to go. Her response? [[TogetherInDeath "We have been together for so many years. Where you go, I do."]]
** The scenes with the Steerage passengers are a combination of this and [[NightmareFuel sheer unbridled horror]].
* 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.