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Tear Jerker: Titanic
Given what the movie is about, you can expect that there was alot of these. In fact, for a while, the film surpassed Bambi as a pun for "films people cried at" (which was probably spurred on by having that reputation starting two days into wide release).
  • When the band starts playing "Nearer My God To Thee".
    • The scene is so powerful that just listening to the recording of the song on the soundtrack is enough for most people to relive it.
    • And when they finish:
  • Jack's death. He noticed Rose when she was at her most vulnerable (trying to kill herself) and was willing to listen and care about how she felt when no one else would. Just the thought that someone you need most comes into your life and just as quickly leaves it, yet they became so important to you and left such a lasting impression that you have changed for the better and will never forget them is a sad enough concept. This is not helped by the fact that Jack is one of the kindest, noblest and good-natured characters in the movie.
    • When Jack is in the water, clinging to the door. He knows he's not going to make it, but keeps hanging on as he slowly freezes to death. The last time you see him alive, his body is clearly starting to shut down, yet he still tells Rose not to say goodbye.
  • The woman putting her children to bed and talking to them about heaven. Aw Gawd.
    • More specifically, about living forever. It wasn't about Heaven, it was about Tir na nOg. It's a traditional Irish tale about an island far to the west where hunger, thirst, sickness and death don't exist. It could rate as Fridge Brilliance, if she'd previously told her children that America would be like that when they arrived. It also amplifies the Tear Jerker. The woman probably knows she and her kids are going to die, there is no hope for their escape. Not having the heart to tell them that, she's repeating that story to them to make them feel comforted and safe.
  • The shots of Isidor and Ida Straus, owners of Macy's) who died together in bed. It's actually worse because that actually happened: As the ship was sinking, Isador and Ida were both offered a place on Lifeboat No. 8, but Isador chose to stay on the Titanic so long as there were women and children who remained on the ship. Ida refused to abandon her husband. Witnesses on the deck and in Lifeboat No. 8, including Second Officer Charles Lightoller, heard Ida tell her husband, "We have been living together for many years. Where you go, I go." The couple was last seen sitting on a pair of deck chairs. Only Isador's body was recovered and identified.
  • Speaking of kids, remember that lost crying boy in the flooding hallway before he and his father get engulfed by a wall of water? Or how about that crying girl hiding behind the davit motor? Or the mom telling her son that "It'll all be over soon" during the final plunge?
  • The scene where Jack convinces Rose to get on one of the lifeboats, assuring her that he and Cal will catch another one later. When it becomes clear that there isn't another boat waiting (for Jack at least), he continues to watch Rose being lowered down with the rest of the passengers. Then Rose, unable to go through with it, scrambles up the side of the ship and back to Jack. Of course, his reaction is what makes it all the more heartrending ("I couldn't do it, Jack!" "You're so stupid Rose, you're so goddamn stupid!" all the while kissing and hugging her).
  • While Rose is in the lifeboat, Jack and Cal are watching her: "I always win, Jack."
    • Because in that moment, he almost does.
    • Not to mention the cluster of people seen clinging to one of the deck fixtures as the stern tips up, clutching at one another and reaching out to the priest, whose voice trembles with fear even as he keeps on praying aloud, offering all those desperate, doomed souls what little consolation he can.
      • That priest was Thomas Byles. He had spent much of the time helping third-class passengers to the lifeboats, and refused passage. His body was never recovered.
  • The very end, when Rose dies, and we get a shot of the sunken ship transforming to all its former glory, as she dances with Jack, and we see all those previously mentioned 'alive' again, applauding.
    • And the scene before that, where we see the elderly Rose sleeping in her bed, surrounded by photos of all the experiences she's had in her life, thanks to Jack's sacrifice... recalling his earlier line "you're going to go on and you're going to make babies and watch them grow and you're going to die an old lady, warm in your bed."
  • The scene in the end where Rose, after failing to shout to the rescuers, takes the whistle and blows frantically so they will know she is alive.
    • Including her just barely able to whisper "Come back- come back!" Ugh.
    • The expression on her face, utterly miserable and determined — her eyes dull with grief. Well played, Ms. Winslet. Well played.
  • The officer in the lifeboat returning to the sea of corpses, crying out desperately "Is anyone alive out there?! Can anyone hear me?!" Especially when he moves his torch around and sees a dead woman and baby right next to him in the water.
    • "Careful with your oars—don't hit them!"
    • "We waited too long..."
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown ordering the women in the boat to grab an oar, and the captain of the lifeboat refuses because they'd swamp the boat, and her reply, "I don't understand either one of you! What's the matter with you?! IT'S YOUR MEN OUT THERE!" Also constitutes as a CMOA for her.
  • The Syrian family seen in the corridors near the beginning of the sinking, trying to translate the direction signs. They don't speak English and they probably aren't getting out.
  • The moment where the young woman walks up to Captain Smith with her little baby and asks, "Captain, where should I go?" and he doesn't know what to say to her.
    • Fridge Horror ensues when you realize it's the woman who later is seen frozen to death (see above).
  • Another moment is when the band splits and leaves the one man alone before they listen to the music and wordlessly choose to die together.
  • "It's goodbye for a little while. Only for a little while."
    • "After this, another boat will come, and Daddy will be in it." Yeah, keep telling yourself that.
    • Worse, that scene is based on an eyewitness account...
  • Watching the deleted scene where Cora and her parents die because of that locked gate.
  • The little girl with the doll. Dear God, the little girl with the doll. She's just so cute and innocent, you hope she makes it out. Then we get a shot under water, outside the ship...Just floating in her little white dress... Then the ending where we see her ghost. Oh, dear God!
  • The pained look in Bruce Ismay's eyes when he looks back at the Titanic sinking.
  • The quiet dignity that Thomas Andrews (the shipbuilder) retains as his masterpiece, the Titanic, sinks.
    "I'm sorry I couldn't build you a stronger ship, Rose."
    • The way he resets the lounge mantelpiece clock to the proper time before it goes under. It's like he knows it's the only thing he can do now...
    • What makes it even sadder is that, from historical accounts, we know that Andrews really was that much of a nice guy, as well his final fate in the movie being based completely on eyewitness accounts.
  • "He exists now only in my memory."
  • After the emotional journey that is Titanic finishes, we get to hear Celine Dion belt out "My Heart Will Go On" during the closing credits, which can really keep the tears flowing.
  • The look on Benjamin Guggenheim's face as he watches the water rising steadily towards where he's sitting; a mixture of fear and horror that he's going to die. To me he seemed to be thinking 'Not like this, oh God, I don't want to die here, not like this.' Also the part where the glass roof over the main staircase gives in and dumps the freezing ocean on the people still inside, killing everyone; the screams of the women trapped against the bannisters in particular are horrifying.
    • Made even worse by the fact that he told his valet no one will die because he was a coward, and he said, "We are dressed in our best and we are prepared to go down like gentlemen".
  • The very first shot of the movie: the faux-newsreel footage of the departure, everyone standing at the rails cheerily waving goodbye as the new ship sets out on its first voyage... with no idea of what's waiting for them in the middle of the Atlantic.
  • Just the act of Fabrizio removing Tommy's lifejacket is tearjearking. It almost seems as if he is avoiding looking at Tommy's body as he removes it, like he can't stand (even in the midst of the terrifying imminent-death) to remove something off of a dead friend's body so he could possibly survive.
  • Just contemplate: The names on any list will be the ones Jack won the tickets off. So Fabrizio's mother will NEVER know where her son is and if he is alive, because he isn't on the list and its not exactly clear if Rose ever spoke about him to one of the list people.
  • It's very minor in comparison to all the other Tearjerkers that happen later in the movie, but Rose's attempted suicide is wrenching, especially in the extended scene where she trashes her room before sprinting to the bow of the boat. Even though you know she has to survive it since she's the one telling the story, she just seems so lost and scared- she's trapped in this life that she has no chance of breaking free from and that's it. The scene where she runs the length of the boat gasping and sobbing, looking like a complete trainwreck is very sad and almost kind of scary.
    • Makes it worse if you remember that she was 17. She probably wouldn't even be out of high school these days.
  • When Jack and Rose are trapped inside that gate, and the one man drops the keys, imagine what he was thinking as he ran up the stairs. He's terrified, and he's failed at saving their lives, selfishly leaving them and saving himself. He must have thought he was hearing their last screams as he ran off.... that must have stayed with him, especially if he survived and had to wonder if he could have saved them.
    • And as shown later with the fate of Cora and her parents, just imagine how many third-class passengers were trapped behind those locked gates. They knew the ship was sinking, but were effectively sealed in the maze-like passages of Titanic's lower levels.
  • The sentence "This is where we first met!"
  • The shot of Jack and Rose standing on the railing at the prow, as the ship slowly transforms into the sunken wreck, going from their joy and love to the harsh reminder that it can't last.
  • The simple fact that the ship is going to sink, there's nothing anyone can do about it, over a thousand people will die, and it all really happened.
  • Old Rose's summary towards the end of the film.
    Rose: Fifteen hundred people went into the sea when Titanic sank from under us. There were twenty boats floating nearby, and only one came back. One. Six of us were saved from the water, myself included. Six. Out of fifteen hundred. Afterward, the people in the boats had nothing to do but wait. Wait to die. Wait to live. Wait for an absolution that would never come.
  • While all of the above are clear, obvious, heart-wrenching Tear Jerker moments, of note is the fact that right after the "Nearer, My God to Thee" montage but before things start leading into the climax and many of the other traumatic deaths, there is the Moment of Silence just before the wheelhouse explodes and drowns the captain—and then right after this we're treated to a montage of the water bursting through the corridors, the dishware falling in the kitchens, the Grand Staircase dome breaking, and various moments of destruction and death, all of it underscored by a heartbreaking Ethereal Choir. (It was said somewhere, either by Horner himself or someone else speaking about this movie, that the human voice is the most versatile and emotion-inducing of musical instruments. This scene, like many others with the One-Woman Wail, proves the truth of that statement.) At this point, it isn't just the countless deaths and the horrific tragedy of all these people who are about to die that the audience knows cannot escape—it is the death of the Titanic herself (in fact the soundtrack piece is named "Death of Titanic"). Some might see this as bemoaning the loss of a piece of decadence, a symbol of the classist mindset of the time period, but it can't be denied that seeing a thing of such grandeur and beauty be destroyed only adds to the tragedy. As Old Rose said, she was a ship of dreams, and it is heartbreaking to see her destroyed along with those whose dreams she personified (Smith, Andrews, the Irish family, Fabrizio, and many others already named). On a related note, when the audience first gets the wipe from the sunken wreck to how she looked in Southampton, the fact that that very piece in the soundtrack is later reworked into a tragic mood for the sinking scenes only makes it more powerful.
  • A deleted scene has John Jacob Astor tell Benjamin Guggenheim, after they know that the ship will sink, that he's looking for his dog and can't find him. It's especially heartwrenching when you realize that Astor's wife Madeline was on a lifeboat and he probably wanted to be with his dog so he won't die alone. Of course, his actual death was just as gutwrenching: After his wife was loaded into the lifeboat, he asked if he could join her, since she was pregnant, and was told that he could not until all the women and children were loaded first. His last known words were to ask the crewmember to tell him what the number of the lifeboat was so he could find his wife later. Then he got crushed by the first funnel.
  • The suicide of the first officer. After he accidentally shoots Tommy, he has a look of complete despair on his face before he shoots himself.
    • Right before killing himself another officer sees him and shouts "No, Will!". Said officer is more than a bit disturbed by the turn of events and this can really hammer the scene home.
  • The two women and a man in one of the hallways who are frantically paging through a prayer book. They know they're trapped, and they aren't even trying to run any more.
  • Fabrizio getting crushed by the smokestack.

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