Heartwarming: Anastasia

  • When Anastasia thinks that Dimitri is dead and cries over him, only to discover that he was alive, her reaction is deeply touching.
  • Anastasia being reunited with her grandmother.
    • The scene deserves a bit more detail: Anastasia, having just learned Dimitri was using her for a con (when he had realized she was the real thing and was actually trying to legitimately reunite her with her grandmother), is sadly packing, most likely planning to leave Paris and strike off on her own. The empress, having been driven there by Dimitri and convinced to speak to her by seeing the music box, appears and asks her who she is. Anastasia immediately starts apologizing, explaining as best she can that she wasn't part of the con and just wanted to find her family and her past. The empress, though visibly moved, dismisses her at first by saying she's simply another actress, "the best one yet", and turns to leave. Anastasia recognizes a scent in the air which the empress states is a hand oil...and Anastasia remembers a buried memory of having spilled a bottle of it on the carpet and then lying on it so its smell would remind her of her grandmother while she was away. Hearing this, the empress immediately has to sit down. When she pulls out the music box key, the empress recognizes it and tearfully explains it was her and Anastasia's secret. As soon as she brings out the music box itself, Anastasia unconsciously remembers how to wind it while humming its tune. When she starts singing, her grandmother eventually joins in, and then they embrace in Tears of Joy.
    Dowager Empress Marie: Oh, Anastasia! My Anastasia!
    • The next time we see Anastasia and her grandmother they are catching up on lost time, with the empress doing all she can to jog memories and remind her of what she has lost. She pulls out a drawing Anastasia made when she was eight years old (which the real Anastasia actually drew!) and they have a good laugh about it. Anastasia then starts getting sad about all the people she's lost.
    Anastasia: [Looking at a photo of her family] I remember now how much I loved them.
    Dowager Empress Marie: They would not want us to live in the past, not now that we have found each other.
  • Also, when Anastasia explains to Sophie how she escaped from the Palace and mentions that a boy who worked in the kitchen saved her from the soldiers. This shocks Dimitri — because he suddenly realizes that he is that boy, and it's THE proof (aside from the aforementioned key and memories) that Anya is truly Anastasia. She can barely recall her early years, but she still remembers him even when she doesn't know that the man in front of her is the same boy who rescued her.
  • Dimitri's determination to prove Anya is the real Princess. Even though he'll lose the woman he loves and be seen as a kitchen boy again, he still does it. He's suffering because yes, he loves her.
  • Dimitri comforting Anya after she wakes up from her sleepwalking nightmare.
  • Vlad has Anya and Dimitri practice waltzing on the ship to a romantic reprise of "Learn to Do It." The lyrics are especially pretty:
    Vlad: I taught her well, I planned it all, I just forgot... romance.
  • This conversation:
    Anya: You didn't take the—
    Dimitri: I couldn't.
    Anya: Why?
    Dimitri: Because... I... ''she silences him and leans in to kiss him''
  • Anya giving up her crown so she can elope with Dimitri.
    • And the fact that her grandmother is actually happy about it:
    Sophie: It's the perfect ending!
    Grandmother: No, it's the perfect beginning.