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The Saddest Movie Goodbyes Ever

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List RulesVote up the saddest movie goodbyes where you sobbed uncontrollably.

There comes that inevitable moment when it’s time to say goodbye. It happens all the time in life, and because movies are reflections of life, it happens all the time in movies. Whether a character is dying, going somewhere else, or breaking up with someone, saying farewell is really, really difficult. Here are the 19 saddest movie goodbyes.

There’s nothing wrong if a movie makes you cry. In fact, there’s nothing wrong if a movie makes you sob so uncontrollably you choke on your tears. It means the filmmakers are doing something right, because great art is supposed to make you feel all the feels. And these sad movie goodbyes have been known to do exactly that. You know that ugly cry you get from sad goodbye scenes. You can’t hide it when Hubbell and Katie say farewell for good at the end of The Way We Were, or when ET is finally able to go home in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.

So grab a box of tissues and get ready to bawl your eyes out. And after you wipe the tears away, be sure to vote on your favorite sad goodbye scenes from movies.

Needless to say, SPOILERS ahead. 

  • Andy Says Goodbye to His Toys in Toy Story 3
    Video: YouTube

    Is it okay for an adult to cry at a kid's movie? Yes, when it's Toy Story 3, and Andy is all grown up and going off to college. Andy says a teary "thanks" to his old toy pals and drives away. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang are left on the porch. Sure, Bonnie will get to play with the toys now, but it's not the same. In fact, nothing will ever be the same again.

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  • Dad Gets to Say Goodbye to His Daughter in Armageddon
    Video: YouTube

    In order to save the world, Harry Stamper makes the ultimate sacrifice. Before he rides off into the eternal sunset, he says farewell to his daughter, Grace. Michael Bay's Armageddon certainly has its flaws as a (disaster) movie. However, this tear-jerker of a goodbye scene is powerful enough to make even the darkest heart reach for a tissue.

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  • ET the Extra-Terrestrial Goes Home
    Video: YouTube

    Just because ET had to go home doesn't make his parting any less sad. Elliot found a true friend in the alien. It's heartbreaking to watch them bid farewell; a kid losing his best friend, what could be more bittersweet?. This separation is forever; ET won't be returning to Earth on summer vacation. Thankfully, ET knew exactly what to say to Elliot: "I'll be right here."

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  • Frodo Says Farewell to Sam in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Video: YouTube

    The last hour or so of the final installment of the LOTR trilogy is filled with goodbyes. The saddest is when Frodo bids adieu to Sam. They'd been through so much, but it's time for Frodo to move on, away from the Shire, even if it means saying goodbye to all his friends.

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