Heartwarming / Ghostbusters


  • The Dana's Theme piece by Elmer Bernstein can warm your heart to high levels and melt it down.
  • The boys prepare to face Gozer down knowing it's probably the last thing they'll ever do, and we get this exchange:
    Peter Venkman: (genuine fondness) See you on the other side, Ray.
    Ray Stanz: (genuine respect) Nice working with you, Dr. Venkman.
    • Gozer has been defeated but they see the charred remains of Zuul/Dana. Just check the look on Peter's face when he believes Zuul/Dana is dead. It's the first time we see Peter seriously sad in contrast with the great snarky jerk he was throught the movie.
    • After that, hope comes and they see movement inside the demonic dog's charred corpse. They break open it, and inside is Dana, dazed but unharmed. The music makes it better because it's a reprise of Dana's Theme and the whole sequence is just perfect.
  • When their very first call comes in. Janine, who had been largely apathetic up to this point and had made no attempt to hide such, roars "WE GOT ONE!!!" and slams the alarm buzzer. It shows that despite the way she acts, she really does care about the business.
  • After Venkman successfully makes a date with Dana, he just begins spinning in the Lincoln Center plaza out of joy as the roller skaters dance around him accompained with Bernstein's awesome triumphal background music.
  • When Venkman makes his speech to the Mayor, especially the part about saving the lives of millions of registered voters. He makes an expression that's a split between genuine happiness and about to cry. It shows he really cares about the city enough to accept any idea that saves it, no matter how damaging or crazy it is.
    • Well, mainly he's realizing that the Ghostbusters present the means for him to safeguard his re-election.
  • The Ghostbusters frantically checking on each other in the aftermath of the climax, repeatedly asking if the other team members are alright. Their genuine concern for one another is touching.

Ghostbusters 2

  • In and out of canon, the Ghostbusters, using the uplifting energy of the song "Higher and Higher", bring the Statue of Liberty to life and commands her to shatter the armor of hate that Vigo encased the museum in. The sight was so inspiring that it united the normally cynical and hateful New Yorkers, and such was the concentration of their love and hope that it weakened Vigo enough to allow the Ghostbusters to defeat him.
    • The rallying speech that Ray gives which inspires this plan is also a great moment.
      Ray: You know, I just can't believe things have gotten so bad in this city that there's no way back. I mean, sure, it's messy, it's crowded, it's polluted, and there are people who would just as soon step on your face as look at you. But come on! There's gotta be a few sparks of sweet humanity left in this burned-out burg. We just gotta find a way to mobilize it!
    • And the assembled crowd breaking out into Auld Lang Syne as the clock ticks midnight, weakening Vigo enough for the Ghostbusters to finish him off. That wasn't part of the Ghostbusters' plan, the citizens did that all on their own. They had no way of knowing how the battle was going, that the Ghostbusters were seconds away from losing big-time. It was just New Year's Eve, and that's what you do in New York on New Year's Eve: sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight surrounded by complete strangers. Ray was absolutely right: there are sparks of sweet humanity left.
  • I think one of the most heartwarming things in the second movie is watching brave little Louis Tully in a Ghostbuster uniform standing infront of the hate-slime covered museum. You can tell he's really scared at first, but a second later he goes into full on Badass Hero Mode.
    Louis: I'm here with you guys!
    • And after that he fires his Proton Pack's blaster at the shell and it shatters (of course he had a lot of help, but don't tell him that).
      Louis: I did it! I'm a GHOSTBUSTER!!!
    • He may well have done some actual good. Appearing to single-handedly dispel the shell may have boosted the spirits of the watching New Yorkers, allowing them to more easily neutralize Vigo's slime.
    • I think most people forget the scene where Slimer helps Louis out by driving him to the museum.
    • And the fact that the bystanders all start cheering and congratulating Tully after the shell is destroyed.
      • The romance between Janine and Louis was one of the brighter spots of the film.
  • When once Janine had to assure callers that the Ghostbusters were serious, now she tells them that yes, they're back.
    • Also the fact that after five years, apparently they couldn't go back into business without Janine at the desk.
  • In the years since saving the world, the Ghostbusters got shafted as frauds and publicity hounds by a lot of people. Not entirely during the trial, though.
    Peter: There are some things in this world that go way beyond human understanding, things that cannot be explained, things that most people don't wanna know about. That is where we come in.
    Prosecutor: So, what you're saying is that the world of the supernatural is your exclusive province.
    Peter: Kitten, I think what I'm saying is that sometimes, shit happens, someone has to deal with it, and who ya gonna call?
    [People in court start cheering and applauding]
  • Venkman's first moment alone with Oscar in which he tells the baby, "I could have been your father." For a brief moment Venkman's mask of cynicism slips and he seems genuinely disappointed that he's not.