The original movie
- The 1968 film was a loving tribute to Zero Mostel, who had gone through hell for the past two decades due to his implication by HUAC. The closing credits end on his face, with just his first name, Zero.
- Brooks gave Gene Wilder his due in his Oscar acceptance speech, thanking him three times in a row.
- The moment in Central Park where Leo Bloom realizes the strange feeling he's experiencing is happiness.
- When Leo says "I'm sorry I called you fat, fat, fat." and Max lovingly hugs him.
- Leo's Adorkable defence of Max, where he tells the court how nobody had ever called him by his first name, or sang a song with him until he met Max. The childlike innocence and total sincerity is very touching.
- When Max and Leo are at the fountain and Leo decides to go through with it-Gene Wilder states that this was the scene that made him decide to stick with acting.
- A single manly tear welled up in this troper's eye at the end of "Till Him" in the 2005 version, especially when Broderick hit his high note.
- At the end, when Bloom finally gets the hat - meaning he's a Broadway-producer.
- Carmen's pep talk to convince Roger to play Hitler. Everyone watching knows Roger has no talent, but you can't help but be a little touched by Carmen's unwavering love, support and belief in him.
- When Nathan Lane won the Tony for his performance of Max, he brings Matthew on stage for a while to share it with him. He also thanks the late Zero Mostel.