- The scene where Jor-El and Lara prepare to send their little boy off to Earth. The music, the dialogue, even the costumes and sets. I mean... damn. But even before that...
Lara: He'll be isolated. Different... Alone.
Jor-El: (takes a deep breath, and holds up a single green crystal) He will not be alone. He will never be alone.
- Clark's last heart to heart talk with Pa Kent.
Pa Kent: There's one thing that I do know for sure, son. And that is, you are here for a reason.
- The scene of young Clark telling Ma Kent he has to leave Kansas while standing in the majestic waves of grain.
- When Clark first meets Jor-El and begins his training. Under the tutelage of his father's watchful eye, Earth's greatest hero begins his training.
: ...they can be a great people, Kal-El; they wish to be. They only lack the light to show them the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you: my only son
- The conversation between Superman and Jor-El after Superman's first night as a superhero in the extended cut.
Jor-El: I anticipated this, my son. Now...
Superman: You couldn't have! You couldn't have imagined...
- The scene where Clark Kent tells Mr. White to arrange for half his salary to go to his Mom back home. Even the jaded Lois is impressed.
Clark: Uh, Mr White, I'd be grateful if you could arrange for half my salary to go to this address on a weekly basis?
Lois: Your bookie, right?
Lois: Don't tell me — he gives his money to his sweet grey haired old mother.
Clark: Actually, she's silver-haired.
Perry White: (snatches the address wearing a look of surprise) I'll see what I can do.
Clark: Oh, um, uh, thank you very much, um, Mr White.
Clark: Not really, no.
- Also the "Not really, no." can also double as a quick tearjerker considering his origins
- When Superman tells us everything we really need to know about him:
Lois: Who... are you?
Superman: A friend.
- As he's about to take Lois flying around Metropolis:
Clark...says you're just a figment of somebody's imagination, like Peter Pan
Superman: Clark?...Who's that, your boyfriend?
Superman: Peter Pan, huh? Peter Pan flew with children, Lois. In a fairytale.
- Speaking of that entire scene, Lois Lane, hard-bitten reporter, completely fangirling out over Supes. "Do you...like pink?"
- The last shot of each of the older films, Christopher Reeve looks at the audience, smiles and flies off, giving audiences a dose of optimism.
- The scene where Kal-El lands on Earth, there were 2 heartwarming moments on his part. The first thing he does upon meeting Martha Kent is hug her affectionately. Whilst the second which becomes a Wham Episode for them, is when he stops the car from crushing Johnathan. It goes to show that even as a kid, not all his kindness came from their influence. It also gives this troper the impression that they didn't find their new son: he found them.
- Numerous examples in Superman Returns, a rare 21st century film that is unapologetically sentimental and free of cynicism.