- The scene with Homer returning home, where his own mother gasps in horror upon seeing his metal hooks. And Homer flashes a pained expression across his face...
- A real life example: The man who played Homer went bankrupt after this movie and ended up having to sell his Oscars.note
- Towards the end, as Fred finds himself in the bombers' graveyard, row upon row of rusting hulks no longer needed with the war over, symbolizing his own worthlessness as a war hero with nowhere else to go. When he crawls into one wreck to relive yet another flashback, you're crying for him. Subverted when he's discovered by a guy overseeing that graveyard who's starting a project to break the hulks down into metal housing for the families of returning war vets. Fred finds out they're hiring.
Tear Jerker / The Best Years of Our Lives