Tear Jerker: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  • Doubles as in-universe tearjerker: Sarah harshly Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like when she reunites with John, who was expecting some warmth and affection, but is instead devastated by her callous response.
  • As Sarah Connor was about to murder Dyson in cold-blood in front of his family, she realizes that she has become exactly like what she hates the most, and collapses weeping in guilt.
  • The "burning playground" opening, juxtaposed to Brad Fidel's gentle and heartfelt rendition of the "Terminator Theme" strikes just the right emotional nerves, reminding us of how important it is to save this world for the next generation.
  • "I know now why you cry, but it's something I could never do." Grown Men Cried.
  • Sarah's last line from the film:
    Sarah: The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it, for the first time, with a sense of hope. Because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too.
  • This line from John. Though it shows him beginning to transition from Jerkass to Jerk with a Heart of Gold, it's still sad nonetheless.
    John Connor: We spent a lot of time in Nicaragua and places like that. For a while there, she was with this crazy ex-Green Beret guy, running guns. Then there were some other guys. She'd shack up with anybody she could learn from so she could teach me how to be this great military leader. Then she gets busted and it's like, "Sorry kid, your mom's a psycho. Didn't you know?" It's like, everything I'd been brought up to believe was all made of bullshit?. [Thumps car hood] I hated her for that. But everything she said was true. She knew... and nobody believed her. Not even me. Listen, we gotta get her out of there.