Movie scenes that make you emotional

Salon readers (and staff) weigh on on their favorite sad and funny movie clips

Published July 26, 2011 9:02PM (EDT)

A still from "Up."
A still from "Up."

Earlier today, I posted on a 1995 study that singled out movie scenes for their tendency to provoke strong emotions -- sadness, amusement, anger, fear, etc. Noting that the relevant research is now more than 15 years old, I asked readers which movie scenes from the past decade and a half make them particularly emotional.

Here are some of the scenes you recommended in response (with a few suggestions from members of Salon's culture team thrown in):

[Warning: Some of these clips contain explicit language]

Scenes that make you laugh

McLovin's fake ID, from "Superbad" (2007)

Paperboy on his bike, from "While You Were Sleeping" (1995; recommended by FyrPhrase) :

Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) on San Diego, from "Anchorman" (2004; recommended by Waydean):

"The signal," from "Team America: World Police" (2004):

Knock-knock joke from "Catch Me If You Can" (2002):


Scenes that make you cry

Final scene from "The Iron Giant" (1999; recommended by TreeRol and tmservo)

Carl and Ellie's relationship montage from "Up" (2009; recommended by several readers, including tmservo and Waydean)

Car scene from "The Sixth Sense" (1999)

Paikea's speech from "Whale Rider" (2002; recommended by capsfan6):

Final scene from "My Dog Skip" (2000):

Lonely penguin, from Werner Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World" (2007; recommended by jdwyer):

By Emma Mustich

Emma Mustich is a Salon contributor. Follow her on Twitter: @emustich.

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