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Tear Jerker / Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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  • The Heroic Sacrifice of James Norrington. Also watch the beach scene near the end.
    • He didn't fear death.
    • Not to mention it was Bootstrap, Will's father, who killed him.
    • The entire scene, all of it. He tells Elizabeth to go ahead and he'll follow. She realizes he's lying, and he tells her "Our destinies were always entwined, Elizabeth, but never joined", they share a kiss and he tells her "Go, now!" The subtle tremor in his voice is heartbreaking as she flees on the ropes, but Bootstrap Bill sees and goes to attack Norrington, who pulls out his sword and orders him to stand down. Then when Bootstrap calls that a prisoner is escaping, Norrington demands he belay that order and Elizabeth tries to make her way back, but he shoots the line ensuring her escape, and she watches, screaming for him as he is killed. Jack Davenport's delivery makes it heartbreaking, showing Norrington's honour and bravery and Kiera Knightley screaming for Norrington really drives the knife in.
  • The whole movie is really just a series of Break the Cutie moments for Elizabeth. Over the course of the movie, she watches James Norrington and Will die to protect her, and only learns of her father's death by watching him row past while they're trying to escape Davy Jones' Locker. Every one is accompanied by a Hope Spot and then revealed for what it is.
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    • Governor Swann's death is especially poignant in that the character shows all the dispassion we think the dead would show to worldly concerns.
    Governor Swann: Silly thing to die for, really.
  • The death of Davy Jones. "Calypso..."
  • Getting to see Davy Jones as a normal man, and imagining what it must've been like for him to return to the beach where he'd last seen Calypso, only to find she's not there. Not many characters rate two Alas, Poor Villain moments, but you can't help but think that Jones got one for the events in the film and another for the death of his love for her...
    Davy Jones: Ten years I devoted to the duty you charged me. Ten years I looked over those who died at sea. And finally, when we could be together again... You. Weren’t. There.
    Davy Jones: My heart will always belong to you.
  • "Part of the crew, part of the ship..."
  • The beginning of the movie, at the gallows. Especially when that little boy looks up at the sky...
    • It was about there that most decided this is not a Disney movie, no matter what people tell you.
  • The scene with Elizabeth and Bootstrap on the Dutchman, where Bootstrap basically reveals he's resigned himself to misery forever, as saving him would mean Will giving up on his true love, and he doesn't think Will would or should make that decision. So he asks Elizabeth to convince Will to give up on him so he won't have to choose, and that it's too late: he's already part of the ship. Then, to drive the point home, we discover the ship has warped his mind so much that five seconds later he doesn't remember ever having the conversation. The whole scene is incredibly painful, in just how much Bootstrap has given up to despair.
    Bill: He won't pick me. [bitter chuckle] I wouldn't pick me.
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    • Tied into this is Will's growing fear that he and Elizabeth are drifting further and further apart.
    Will: I'm losing her, Jack. Every step I take to my father is a step away from Elizabeth.
  • Let's not forget the death of Governor Swann even though we don't see him die. We just see him floating about in the afterlife. Made all the sadder by Elizabeth's reaction. "Take the line! Father, take the line!" "I'm so proud of you [...] I'll give your love to your mother, shall I?"
    • "Elizabeth. Are you dead?" "...no..." "I think I am." "No, no, you can't be!"
    • Elizabeth screaming for her father to come aboard the ship and nearly jumping overboard to get to him. Tia Dalma's immediate reaction is so serious; she knows the ship is the only thing keeping them all safe, and not even Jack knows what to say. No one does. They just... blankly stare. It's times like that when you forget they're pirates. Tia Dalma's "Him at peace" is solemn and respectful with an air of finality.
    • When they first see him, Elizabeth thinks they're back in the world of the living. Jack is the first to cotton on to dreadfulness of the situation.
    Jack: Elizabeth? Elizabeth. We're not back. (Elizabeth's expression becomes one of horror)
  • Speaking of Governor Swann learning about Elizabeth's supposed death aboard the Dutchman. His first reaction is to go and stab Jones' heart! Even though Norrington manages to stop him, his reaction to her supposed death is a look of pure shock.
    Governor Swann: [in tears] Don't you know? She's dead! Elizabeth's dead!
  • Or indeed, the big death of the film: Will. Okay, so he pops back up again pretty soon after, but it's a pretty emotional scene, and on top of that, it also secures Davy Jones' chances of redemption as exactly nil. Of course.
    • The soundtrack can be quite tear-jerking as well.
    • Not to mention, it's at this same moment that Bootstrap finally remembers Will, and attacks Davy Jones.
    • Linked with a Heartwarming Moment when Will's death motivates Jack to act to save him by giving up what he had been battling for the entire film. If it makes Jack stop thinking of himself, it must be serious.
    • Double points for how Will Turner ends up getting stabbed by Norrington's sword, i.e. the very sword he forged at the beginning of the first film. The movie really takes the "betrayal" theme to all sorts of interesting places.
    • When trying to escape the sinking Dutchman, Jack has to pull the newly widowed Elizabeth away from Will's body. Elizabeth tries to release herself from Jack's grasp and screams "I won't leave you" towards Will, not because she was hoping he'd come back, but because she's rather die than live without him.
  • The moment right before the parasail sequence, with Jack having to wrench Elizabeth from Will as the crew of the Dutchman gather to cut out his heart. Not only does this have one of the most heartbreaking declarations of love— "Don't leave me! I won't leave you!"—but the accompanying music turns into the chanting of an all boys' choir, which is almost always sure to elicit tears.
  • Elizabeth's "What shall we die for?" speech near the end.
  • Watching Will and Elizabeth part ways on the beach and then after the stinger where Will returns to his love and his son, who he hasn't even met yet.
  • As evil and ruthless as he was, Beckett's death for some reason. His final, slow, and deliberate march across the deck as his ship burns up behind him was incredibly poignant.
    • Even though he wasn't what you would consider one of the good guys, look at it from his perspective even for a second. It makes it ten times more emotional.
    • The handrail exploding behind his hand, for some odd reason.
    • Possibly because it Missed Him by That Much?
    • He was a bastard, but still...and then the panicked, muted cries of the people behind him as they dove overboard and he just completely lost it. Granted, it might have been scarier if he went insane, but this was a lot sadder. And then when you realized how much the others were flipping out and he was just quietly, slowly strolling along while the whole ship blew up...
      Officer: [disbelieving voice] Orders, sir?!
      Beckett: It's just... good business...
      Officer: ...ABANDON SHIP! ALL HANDS, ABANDON SHIP!
    • Hans Zimmer's amazing score makes it all the more sad.
  • The quiet moment between Jack and Barbossa as they stand over the dead Kraken and realize just how much their world is changing.
    • The death of the Kraken itself. It's frequently cited as a Missed Moment of Awesome, but that was probably intentional. No heart-pounding, epic battle; no moment of brilliance or gallantry by the heroes. Instead, Beckett gives an order, and some of the magic and mystery of the world is quietly put to death. Jack's line on the subject, after Barbossa says the world's getting smaller, is icing on the cake:
    Jack: World's still the same, mate. There's just... less in it.
    • Every part related to the ending of the pirate's world. Which makes their victory at the end all the more Awesome.
  • The Kraken's corpse washed up on the beach. While in the last film it was little more than a monster responsible for killing (and eating) almost everyone aboard the Black Pearl, including Jack, here we actually get to see its face. The look in its eyes actually displays sadness and even a look of betrayal at being killed by Davy Jones. The Kraken was, in reality, merely an animal that did its master's bidding.

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