Tear Jerker: Return of the Jedi

  • Yoda's death, as he struggles to tell Luke as much as he can, and finally lets him know there is another Skywalker before ascending to a higher plane of existence. Especially after all the characterization he got in the prequels and after understanding the significance of what he said.
  • No matter how you might feel about the Ewoks, you probably still get affected when one of them is killed, and another who barely avoided the blast tries to wake it up before realizing the truth. Speaking Simlish at its most moving.
    • It's the agonized scream of the dead Ewok that sells it. Think about it from their perspective. They've openly volunteered to fight an enemy that overpowers them in every respect beyond sheer numbers. They're losing, they're being driven back, and then we get to see firsthand the consequences of their decision to fight. Its quite heartrending, and sums up the horror of the conflict in one short, simple scene.
  • Luke turns himself over to Vader on Endor, trying to reach the part of Anakin and believing that there is still good in him. Vader finally says in a tone "It is too late for me son. The Emperor will show you the true nature of the Force. He is your master now." Luke sadly responds, "Then my father is truly dead." But secretly, he still would not give up.
    • The Final Duel, the climax of the entire story. The music when Luke and Vader are fighting is some of the most moving in the series.
    • And there's the moment when Luke throws away his lightsaber and says "I'll never turn to The Dark Side. I am a Jedi, like my father before me," which is also a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
    • Anakin Skywalker's redemption, with Luke being tortured with lightning by Palpatine.
      • Even more when he begs Vader to help him: "Father... help me, please..."
      • Can you imagine his expression under that mask? The horror, pride, envy, and agony that Anakin has to be feeling at that second? "My son. My flesh. He's been through so much and it never broke him. Why did it break ME? How can I ever live up to HIS example?" THAT is what makes that scene so powerful. Luke is reminding Anakin Skywalker of what it MEANS to be a Jedi... something he'd forgotten for decades.
    • Vader looking from Luke to the Emperor, then grabbing the Emperor while the Force theme plays.
    • "Just once, let me... look on you... with my own eyes." Especially considering that in his final moments, he accepted death and saying goodbye without anger or regret, coming full circle.
      • This exchange between Luke and Anakin before he dies. Could also be a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
        Anakin: Now... go, my son... Leave me...
        Luke: No, I've got to save you!
        Anakin: You already have... Luke... You were right about me... You were right... Tell your sister... you were right...
    • "Father, I won't leave you!" Immediately followed by Vader/Anakin's death and Luke silently sobbing desperately.
    • The look on Luke's face when he takes the mask off and sees his father's real face for the first and last time. You can tell he wasn't sure what to expect and that seeing him for what he really is —a scarred, broken old man— is both relieving and heartbreaking.
    • The music used during the "Vader's helmet comes off" scene also warrants a mention: It's a brilliant combination of eerie and mysterious, soft and touching, and heartbreaking. Never has the Imperial Death March sounded so unique.
    • Anakin's funeral scene. And when Luke sees the Force ghosts of Anakin, Yoda and Obi-Wan during the victory celebration scene after it's also a great Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
    • For some reason, the montage of free people partying all over the galaxy while the Crowning Music of Awesome plays. (Maybe it's because the saga's over.)