Tear Jerker: West Side Story

  • West Side Story. The death at the end combines the music of "Somewhere, there's a place for us, somehow, someday, somewhere," and Maria's rhapsodic affirmation of her love: "I have a love, and it's all that I have."
    • "One Hand, One Heart" moves this troper to tears nearly every time she even listens to it. Make of our lives one life / Day after day, one life. / Now it begins, now we start / One hand, one heart, / Even death won't part us now.
  • "I didn't believe hard enough."
    • SECONDED. In addition: "Yes... We can... We will..." Y'know what, just the entire ending.
  • "Te adoro, Anton."
  • Word of God reveals that, originally, Maria committed suicide after the ending of the musical. Thankfully that now seems to have been averted.
  • At the ending, the Jets all go to lift up Tony and carry him, but stumble under his weight. So a few Sharks run over to help without even thinking about it. They pause, staring at one another and contemplating, then the two groups all exit together, carrying Tony.
  • "DON'T YOU TOUCH HIM!!" The way Maria just shout/cries that line is devastating.
  • A meta example when you find out that the actress that played Anita in the movie was raped as a child, and while filming the Near-Rape Experience scene between Anita and the Jets, she had a panic attack and began crying because it triggered the memories. It turns into a bittersweet Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, however, when you find out that the actors playing the Jets all immediately stopped the scene and comforted her.