Goodbye. There is nothing worse and sadder than those seven letters you could ever find in the English dictionary. The pain of having to lose someone forever and leaving behind a long, beautiful lane of memories are beyond words. It’s a universal phenomenon that most people find hard not to relate to and cinema being the most powerful form of art, has often shattered hearts with scenes that delve into the deepest pains of parting ways with someone. With that said, here is a list of tear jerker movies with goodbye scenes. Keep your tissues close. You can watch some of these best tear jerkers on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
15. Rain Man (1988)
I have seen ‘Rain Man’ twice and I still don’t think the film as a whole moved me in a way I would have loved it to. Dustin Hoffman is unsurprisingly good but has been better. Tom Cruise is sensational and delivers what is perhaps the finest performance of his career. But the closing scene of the film always gets me and is one of the most beautifully restrained emotional movie moments I’ve ever seen. Charlie’s character transformation forms the heart and soul of the film and the entire film leads up to that moment as we see Charlie bidding goodbye to his lovely brother who is taken back by authorities of the mental institution and Charlie promises him that he will visit him in two weeks time. It’s a beautifully shot, brilliantly acted scene in an otherwise forgettable film that stays long in our minds after the credits have rolled out.
14. Good Will Hunting (1997)
There are some films you are unwilling to analyse, dissect or criticise despite knowing their flaws because it has affected you in many ways on a deeply personal level. ‘Good Will Hunting’ is that film for me. It can be quite preachy at times but I can just close my eyes and let all of its flaws slide by because this is a film enriched with a rare sense of warmth that makes you want to embrace it in all its frailties. The film tells the story of Will, a mathematical prodigy with a troubled background, striving hard to confront his own self and running away from the emotional chains of relationships and human bond. The scene in reference here is the one where his best buddy tells him that he just wishes he gets out from the very life that he’s living in and how he wishes there never really would be any sort of “goodbyes” or “see you later” between them. The most beautiful part about the ending is that there’s no goodbye here. Like his friend said, he leaves with no message.