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Tear Jerker / It's a Wonderful Life
The whole situation where Mr. Gower learned that his son has died. Even the ending where Mr. Gower physically punishes George for not doing his job only to learn that his grief misguided actions would have accidentally harmed someone. You can't help but cry throughout the whole ordeal.
After Mr. Gower realizes what he's done and how George saved him, he goes to hug George- and George cringes away, begging "Please don't hurt my sore ear again!" The look of absolute horror on Mr. Gower's face seeing that George is afraid of him is painful.
Of worthy mention is the scene where George comes home after learning that Uncle Billy had lost $8000 and takes out his frustration on his family. This seen is especially hard to watch if you've been a kid who has been in a similar situation and thus can relate to George's children. Picture this, you're having a good time with your family without a care in the world (sure the family didn't have it that great, but the kids seemed happy enough), when suddenly, one or both your parents starts acting angry for reasons you probably can't understand. You don't know how to deal with it and anything you do will probably make them vent their rage towards you. Relationships get broken, personal belongings may get destroyed, and in worse cases, physical harm maybe inflicted upon you. You don't know why all this is happening and all you can do is cry.
Not to mention Mary's reaction when she starts to realize why George is acting the way he is. She gets this terrified look on her face as she starts calling up people for help. Meanwhile, the kids know something is wrong with their father, but no one knows exactly what.
Franklin: No, worse, he's discouraged. At exactly 10:45 p.m. Earth time, that man will be thinking seriously of throwing away God's greatest gift.
George crying and desperately hugging his child, when he thinks he's going to lose them all, and he doesn't tell them.
When young George tells the druggist he was about to poison a kid by accident. Although that scene's still hard to watch, every time, what great acting form both of them.
At the end, George watches his brother raising a glass to him, singing, and you think about how Harry is only there because of George's existence.
When George comes back home and is positively insane with the happiness of living, even with the prospect of going to jail. Then his kids show up and he runs up to hug them all. The contrast between this and the way he treated his kids the last time he was home is just beautiful.
'Dear George, Remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the Wings!, Love Clarence'