Tear Jerker: The Godfather

The Godfather
  • Vito torn by the news of Michael being the one who killed Sollozzo and McClusky.
  • Vito's reaction to seeing Sonny's body:
    Vito: -weeping- Look how they massacred my boy...
  • From the very first scene:
    Bonasera: They made her drink whiskey. And then they tried to take advantage of her. She resisted. She kept her honor. So they beat her, like an animal. When I went to the hospital, her nose was broken. Her jaw was shattered, held together by wire. She couldn't even weep because of the pain. But I wept. Why did I weep? She was the light of my life — beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again.
  • Tom Hagen's reaction to Sonny's death. Particularly in the novel, where it's detailed that he feels as if he has failed. He's also the one who has to tell the news to Vito in another heartbreaking scene. No wonder he needed a drink first.
  • When Vito is shot and nearly killed, Fredo's reaction is just painful. Not only was he sitting in the car instead of protecting his father, but he fumbles his gun, allowing the shooters to get away. When he sees Vito's injured body lying in the street, he just sinks to the ground and sobs "Papa!"

Part II
  • Right after it's revealed Kay had an abortion so she wouldn't have to bring another child into the Corleone's ruthless world, the scene fades into a flashback of baby Fredo suffering from pneumonia, crying hysterically and Vito tearing up outside the door, feeling helpless. It's such a heartbreaking sequence, showing how much parents want to protect their children from experiencing pain and hardship.
    • Even before then, Michael slapping and shouting at Kay sounded more like he was scared than he was mad about losing his kids.
    Michael: BITCH! [Beat] You won't take my children.
    Kay: I wil —
    Michael: YOU WON'T TAKE MY CHILDREN!
    Kay: They're my children too...
  • Shortly after Fredo is murdered, we cut to a flashback from 1941, where Michael gets criticized by Tom and Sonny for his decision to join the marines. The only one that supports him is Fredo.
  • The scene where Michael coldly disowns Fredo. The whole time he's speaking, Fredo is weeping and begging for forgiveness.
    Michael: You're nothing to me now... You're not a brother. You're not a friend. I don't want to know you or what you do... I don't want to see you at the hotels. I don't want you near my house... When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance so I won't be there... You understand?

Part III
  • A one-two punch with Mary's death, followed by Michael Dying Alone.
    • Not to mention the montage between the two tear jerkers featuring all the women Michael has lost - Appolonia, Mary, and, in a sense, Kay.
    • It's Michael's agonized screaming after Mary's death that does it. That's not grief. That is PAIN.
    • If one interprets the movie by the original title suggested by Coppola, The Death of Michael Corleone, then the entire movie is one big Tearjerker.
  • Speaking of Apollonia, Michael's flashback to their wedding day. When the flashback ends, he's in tears, showing that after all this time, he hasn't forgotten her.
  • Michael's confessional:
    Michael: I, uh, betrayed my wife. I betrayed myself. I've killed men, and I ordered men to be killed. No, it's useless. I killed... I ordered the death of my brother; he injured me. [He now begins to sob] I killed my mother's son. I killed my father's son.
  • When Michael has a stroke, after Zasa's assassination attempt. It starts out as Nightmare Fuel since it legitimately looked like Al was having one for real. It goes into this territory when he shouts one name before his collapse.
    Michael: FREDO!!!! FREDO!!!!

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