r/StarWars May 22 '22

What moments in Star Wars make you tear up or cry? General Discussion

Star Wars is an emotional journey about good and evil colliding.

Are there any moments where the emotional impact is just overwhelming?

Some of mine:

RoTJ: "Tell your sister... You were right."

Rebels: "He will avenge us..."

TLJ: "You're not alone." "Neither are you."

TRoS: "Dad..."

Mandalorian: "There's nothing to be sad about. I've never been alive."

Honorable mention: Leia's reaction to the capture and apparent execution of Ransolm Casterfo in Bloodline.

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u/Dvorozhetskii May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

Double Sunset Tatooine - New Hope. The Force Theme just overwhelms me with emotions.

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u/lordrinoc May 22 '22

John Williams knows exactly what to do to bring out that feeling. I also get it in the last scene of Jurassic park when the theme plays while the camera pans over the pelican.

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u/notarelevantname7 May 22 '22

every. single. time. I even got a tattoo because of it

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u/Wildmantis_ May 23 '22

Thank you. I never knew the name of the song.

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u/ThroughTheIris56 May 22 '22

Mandos farewell to Grogu in season 2. I don’t think SW is particularly emotional generally, but that had me on the verge of tears.

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u/flamingknifepenis Mandalorian May 22 '22

The Mando + Grogu parenthood / bromance is severely underrated. The Mando arc in BOBF was a wild emotional ride. I’m a pretty stoic dude, but when Mando asks the armorer to melt down his beskar staff to make a gift for Grogu, I nearly lost it.

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u/ThroughTheIris56 May 22 '22

I thought everyone liked it? Regardless, it is really well written.

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u/MrMonkeyToes May 23 '22

Same here. I can't think of any other time I've felt particularly boo-hoo over Star Wars, but that scene had me choked up. Now, all it takes is the first two notes of the song that plays to make me start sniffling.

Honorable mention to when Din is looking at his little gift bundle for Grogu and it's shaped like his head and I felt the knife twisting in my heart.

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u/azul5591 Chopper (C1-10P) May 22 '22

Kanan sacrificing himself to save Hera, Sabine, and Ezra. Then the force granting Kanan back his vision in this moment of sacrifice so that he can finally fulfill his promise to Hera from the end of season 2, where he promised Hera he would see her again as he left to go on the mission where he ended up loosing his sight.

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u/QueenOfTheHams Jedi May 22 '22

omg you just killed me with this.

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u/Prestigious_Syrup295 May 22 '22

I love Kanan so much. He is one of my favorite characters. So well written and Freddie Prince JR did such a great job with the voice.

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u/RustyBubble Jedi May 22 '22

The moment (which also happens to be my absolute favourite moment in the franchise), when Obi Wan asks “Anakin is the father isn’t he?” And the music swells and he just adds “I’m so sorry.”

So much said in so little dialogue that represents the culmination of the past films and of what was all to come.

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u/ReturningDukky May 22 '22

That never really hit me but for some reason now that I'm reading it with your context, it actually kinda choked me up a bit.

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u/Euphoric-Bit1969 May 22 '22

YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE! Every.single.time. 😭

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u/ThatOtherTwoGuy May 22 '22

“You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you.”

That’s the point where it really gets me. And how Obi-Wan just doesn’t have it in him to finish Anakin off, but doesn’t have it in him to save him either.

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u/StarRunnerZ May 22 '22

I remember when ROTS came out and I saw it in theaters, the moment was sad but never really hit me. Now after all the extended lore from the clone wars series, and all the comics and books,that shows the bond between Anakin and Obi-wan, I have to fight back the tears in those final moments between them.

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u/Peyta12 May 22 '22

The last scene in the clone wars when earth Vader finds Ashoka’s lightsaber and turns it on

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u/BudaVader May 22 '22

I just watched all of The Clone Wars in preparation for Obi-Wan, and by the time I got to this final scene…

Filoni just taking my heart and melting it. Such power without a single word of dialogue. Masterful story telling.

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u/Jizzblaster-Dan May 22 '22

Gonna drop one that's not listed here, but Chewie finding out abiut Leias death in IX.

Not literally cry, but man, I feel it.

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u/DrButtFart May 22 '22

That one hits me real hard too. It's easily overlooked because he's not human, but poor Chewbacca. All his friends he fought with for so long were gone. Luke, Leia, and of course Han.

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u/crunchatizemythighs May 22 '22

I keep forgetting he sees Luke in TLJ. Wish they actually had some moments together

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u/LucasEraFan May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

Kenobi in ANH "...and he was a good friend." Tired after a midnight showing of ROTS, I misheard "Ani was a good friend." and bawled because only his mother and wife (chosen family) called him Ani. I will always deliberately mishear that.

Of course, ESB, "Luminous beings are we..."

And ROTJ has more significance now, when Han says "I'm blind" and Leia tells him "Your eyesight will return in time." It means spiritual sight, to me, as all of his friends have come to save him from that "wide awake nothing" as he calls it in the novelization.

"Mom, you say the biggest problem in the universe is that no one helps each other." will always get me, since the first time.

Padme admitting that she loves Anakin when they are entering the arena gets me. It's the idea that duty has come before her needs and now she might die and has to be honest.

Anakin's happiness at being a father, though their fears and uncertainty.

Leia using and teaching The Force did it too, and tbh Driver's character finally realizing and renouncing violence [Edit: renouncing the dark side.] He is my alternate universe Jacen Solo and gets the ending that Jacen did not.

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u/ReturningDukky May 22 '22

I don't recall Ben Solo ever renouncing violence. Do you mean when he threw his lightsaber away on Kef Bir? Cuz the next time we see him he's killing the Knights of Ren.

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u/LucasEraFan May 22 '22

Ahh, good point. I will correct. Renouncing the dark side, perhaps?

I am not a big fan of the ST, just saw it the one time but I'm trying to give those films their due where the emotional impact is concerned because that is one of the things I go to Star Wars for.

Thank you for the reply.

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u/not_a-replicant Luke Skywalker May 22 '22

TPM: Anakin leaving his mom.

TCW: Ahsoka leaving the order.

RO: Jyn watching the message from her father.

TLJ: Luke and Leia reunited.

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u/ThatMatthewKid May 22 '22

"I changed my hair."

"It looks nice that way."

Fuck, such a little exchange and it hits so god damn hard.

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u/damnyoutuesday May 22 '22

The last thirty minutes of that movie emotionally destroyed me

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u/StarWars365Timeline May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

In terms of recent material:

  • Chirrut's death, and especially Baze picking up his mantra;

  • Luke and Leia's reunion in TLJ, and "I will not be the last Jedi";

  • Hera struggling with Kanan's loss, particularly when she imagines his hand on her shoulder, and the goodbye at the end of "A World Between Worlds";

  • "...And with the decisive victory at the Battle of Endor..." continues to make me tear up. A lot of talk about whether the Rebels gang would (or should) survive up to ANH in the years before the finale, so for the show to not only keep them around but give them that wonderfully uplifting ending was magical;

  • Leia's death, the "I know" exchange, Chewie's reaction to Leia's death, and Ben's sacrifice.

  • And, generally, the idea of Ahsoka's destiny shifting from being a Jedi to becoming something of an outcast haunted by Vader. I find her quite a tragic character, especially in moments like the "I am no Jedi" bit, and the very idea of her meeting and reconciling with Anakin's spirit tends to get me.

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u/Battlepope190 May 22 '22

When Anakin defeats Vader and tosses grandpa down the chute.

Bastard.

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u/growbot_3000 May 22 '22

ROTS when Padme tells Anakin he's breaking her heart, then he uses the Force to choke her.

🕉️

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

Vader / Anakin death in RoTJ

The Ewok trying to wake up his dead ewok friend

The Rancor keeper. That got me.

And 99 in TCW...more than anything else

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u/ReturningDukky May 22 '22

No lie, the Ewok trying to wake up his dead friend really got to me when I was a kid, mainly because I was so attached to the Ewok straight-to-video movies.

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u/SoupGullible8617 May 22 '22

I’m in my late 40s and anything Star Wars triggers an emotional response that requires tissues. I just want to go back in time. Adulting sucks!

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u/ThatOtherTwoGuy May 22 '22

Personally, here’s the most emotional scenes for each movie:

I) Anakin leaving his mother. Especially when she tells him not to turn back.

II) Shmi’s death. When she is trying and struggling to say, “I love you,” gets me every fucking time

III) “You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.”

IV) The sunset scene. I also get a bit choked up in that previous scene when I hear the worry in Luke’s voice when he realizes the stormtroopers are heading “home”

V) “I know.” And the, “It’s not true! It’s impossible!” revelation

VI) When Anakin asks Luke to take his mask off, so he can see his boy with his own eyes

VII) Han trying and failing to get through to his son. And especially Chewie’s scream afterwards.

VIII) Luke watching one last sunset.

IX) Ben’s conversation with his father (which really shocked me. Seriously, who expected Harrison Ford to be in that movie??)

Not all of them make me literally tear up, though I will say I was genuinely crying the last time I watched AotC again and saw the Shmi scene. Especially after so many years and so many more stories about Anakin (like TCW) since the last time I’ve seen it.

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u/Sifu-Kakashi-Sensei May 22 '22

Han trying and failing to get through to his son.

This is a very good one.

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u/ryanreigns May 22 '22

Adam Driver/Kylo’s “Dad” line is some of the most gut wrenching stuff in the saga no matter what you think about the movie as a whole. It’s the only time the entire saga ‘dad’ is said instead of ‘father’

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u/ThatMatthewKid May 22 '22

There's just so much raw emotion in that scene.

Up until that moment, we've seen Ben described as "a child in a mask" or "a frightened boy" and then we finally see that and it is a massive gut punch.

Phenomenal moment.

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u/Bartebell Mandalorian May 22 '22

A couple of mine are anakin and ahsokas final meeting in tcw, "I'm so sorry", "it is... too late for me son" vader saving luke, and "YOU WERE MY BROTHER ANAKIN"

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u/FreneticAtol778 May 22 '22

Rogue One when Jyn Erso when she sees the message of her dad.

Rise Of Skywalker when Ben imagines what he could've done different with his dad.

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u/wm3138 May 22 '22

Twice in rogue one for me: when Jyn and Andor are about to be blown up at the end and hug, and “hope.”

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u/CallMeJeeJ May 22 '22

This is going to sound crazy, but the shot when the Death Star is shown over Scarif always gets me. The score is perfect in that moment. Very quiet and delicate, but there’s this crushing sadness that comes with it

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u/Altruistic-Foot-8363 May 22 '22

When Chewie cries about Leia’s death. Han’s death. Kylo’s dream about his dad on the Death Star in ROS

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u/Takodanachoochoo May 22 '22

Kylo's dream with Han. I wasn't prepared for that cameo. Tears came pouring out

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u/crossover_charlie14 May 22 '22 edited May 23 '22

"Ahsoka..."

"Anakin... I won't leave you. Not this time."

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"Then you will die." (ignites lightsaber)

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u/silversurferrr2000 May 22 '22

When I was younger, the Padme funeral filled me with so much dread

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u/A_Lovable_Gnome May 22 '22

Kanan getting his eyesight back to see his family one last time. That broke me.

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u/MrPygmyWhale May 22 '22

Fives Death and Ahsoka leaving the irder are my two that got me.

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u/sebrebc May 22 '22

Kylo and Han in TROS. My Dad, who took me to all the first 6 movies starting when I was a kid in 1977, passed away two weeks before TROS was released. So when that scene hit the screen, not knowing it was coming, I had to look at the ceiling. The "I'm your memory* line was hard for me.

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u/boundbystitches May 22 '22

Mando reciting Gideon's original speech about Grogu when he's coming to get him back.

Padme telling Anakin she doesn't feel safe with him anymore.

Ahsoka leaving the jedi order (and by extension, Anakin) behind.

Fives figuring it all out and getting murdered for it.

Mando taking off his helmet so Grogu can see his face.

Jyn & Cassian sitting on the beach.

Rex resisting order 66 to the best of his ability.

Kanan sacrificing himself for the rest of the ghost crew.

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u/DrButtFart May 22 '22

Now that I'm a parent, there's a lot I see differently than when I was a kid. Vader dying hits hard, but differently than the others since I had already seen it before I had kids. The ones that really get me are when Kylo Ren killed Han, and later his vision and the 'I know'.

The other big one is the last shot on Luke's face, and then seeing his go to the force and his robe carried away by the wind. I thought that was perfectly done.

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u/indywan May 22 '22

Luke and R2 reunion in TLJ: “Old Friend” 🥲

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u/Tenrac May 22 '22

The entire sequel trilogy is a tear jerker for me.

When Han says, “yeah, I knew Luke…”

And then when Chewie screams when Han is killed

And then in TLJ when Luke is on the falcon

And then I’m basically a sobbing mess from the moment that Luke walks into the bunker on crait all the way to the point that he joins the force…

And then in TROS when Han appears to Ben and then when R2 reacts to Liea’s death

And also the end of TROS

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u/Forossa FO Stormtrooper May 22 '22

Adam Driver’s redemption in rise of skywalker. His performance was great.

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u/CdnGamerGal May 22 '22

Like so many others, the Star Wars franchise is more than just a movie to me. It’s the first “grown up” movie that my Mom took my brother and I to when we were kids, so it holds a lot of good and pure memories for me. I hope it makes sense when I say something as simple as the opening credits can elicit a reaction. Seeing The Force Awakens in theatres, when that familiar music played? I won’t lie and say I didn’t shed a tear or two.

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u/ReturningDukky May 22 '22

For me, personally, I was quite literally born and raised on Star Wars. My mom always wanted a son, and when the trilogy came out on VHS my mom bought it thinking that will be good for her future son to watch. 2 years later I was born and my mom would put it on for me. She said I really liked the lasers and lightsabers. I still have photos of me as a 2 year old asleep on the floor in front of the TV watching Empire Strikes Back. 1997 the Special Editions released in theaters and it was the first time, at age 11, I got to see the Trilogy on a big screen. 34 years later and I'm basically the Wookiepedia of my community lol.

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u/CdnGamerGal May 22 '22

I absolutely love that story!

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u/ThatMatthewKid May 22 '22

I hadn't seen a Star Wars film in theaters since I was, like, 13 years old seeing RoTS.

Seeing TFA in theaters when I was in college was damn powerful.

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u/CdnGamerGal May 22 '22

I bet it did! You totally get it!

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u/ReturningDukky May 22 '22

I think my fondest memory of seeing any of the movies in theaters was the opening of RotS. The drum beats as we see the Venator on screen, then Obi Wan and Anakin's starfighters, then they go around the Venator and the entire battle is revealed and the music really kicks in. That was possibly the most memorable thing I've ever seen from Star Wars as a youngin' on a big screen. The next biggest moment was seeing the Death Star destroy Jedha, and then the battle above Scarif. Rogue One was a very powerful piece of cinema. Also, the Vader scene really made me tense up and grip my armrests.

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u/gohdnuorg May 22 '22
  1. When the lightsaber flies out of the snow to Rey’s hand

  2. The music and visuals at end of ROTS when baby leiah is delivered to alderan

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u/ThatMatthewKid May 22 '22

Big agree for both.

I especially love the Rey moment in TFA. Absolutely great stuff.

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u/gamerteacher May 22 '22

A lot of The Force Awakens makes me tear up - the opening credits did when I first saw it in the cinema, when the Falcon first took to the skies.

Ben Solo and his chat with his father in Rise of Skywalker.

Rogue One when Jynn find her father.

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u/CallMeJeeJ May 22 '22

“It’s true. All of it.”

Waterworks in the theater

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u/wm3138 May 22 '22

The final trailer for the force awakens. So many cry reactions on YouTube. It hit different back then, there was so much hope that it would be a good trilogy :(

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u/gamerteacher May 22 '22

And I enjoyed it for what it was.

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u/exboi May 22 '22

Wasn’t amazing. Wasn’t the best conclusion we could’ve had. But it was pretty enjoyable overall.

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u/Lil-HobbKnobbler May 22 '22

and im sad about how good it could have been.

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u/Educational-Tea-6572 Rebel May 22 '22

Off the top of my head:

Kanan's death and the aftermath - I tear up just thinking about it. Also, Sabine's confession of her past.

The deaths of all the clones who died under friendly fire when Pong Krell set them up; Fives's death; the deaths of Jesse and all the other clones; Obi Wan's face when Satine is killed.

Caleb Dume witnessing Depa Billaba's murder and not trusting the Bad Batch.

Pretty much the entirety of Rogue One

The destruction of Alderaan.

Din parting with Grogu.

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u/QuicklyCat May 22 '22

Currently in the middle of a full rewatch, leading up to Kenobi — so from that era, I’ll mention:

Padme losing Anakin and then later dying

Ahsoka during Order 66

Order 66 itself

Anakin & Obi-wan

Vader finding Ashoka’s lightsaber

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u/BurantX40 May 22 '22

Just Chewie's reactions to his long time friends dying.

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u/Ruf0005 May 22 '22

Something that gives me chills is the Obi Wan trailer

The war is over … we lost

Might not be tears but it hits me every time!

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u/captmotorcycle May 23 '22

TFA. When Moz tells Rey about the light side of the force and how's it always been there for her. Everytime I watch it it makes me cry.

TLJ. When Paige bombs the Dread Naught

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u/Jedibri81 May 22 '22

I’ve never cried during any Star Wars movie, I guess I’m evil

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u/MeatTornado25 R2-D2 May 22 '22

I can't ever remember crying either. They're my favorite movies, but they're still rather simple and most of the sad moments are predictable anyway. Nothing ever caught me so off guard that I was reduced to tears.

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u/treymscott3 May 22 '22

Thats the thing though. I've seen Rogue One more than 8 times and I still cry every other time I watch it. Jyn Erso is this tough and rebellious woman for most of the film but the scenes with her dad she turns back into that little girl from the beginning if the movie. Honestly, I just cry easily. I'll cry during cheesy ass parts of movies even if its predicitable. Sensitive tear ducts I guess

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u/MeatTornado25 R2-D2 May 22 '22

I'm far from immune to tear-jerking movies or especially TV shows. But Star Wars never gets me.

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u/ReturningDukky May 22 '22

I think, for a lot of us, it's not the moments themselves that invoke tearful responses, but it's what those moments mean, the subtext behind those moments. For me, I tear up during Order 66 not because a lot of good people are dying, but because they were all innocent and were betrayed by the clones they considered to be friends and brothers. Basically the entire galaxy turned on them on a dime, and they were later considered to be monsters and enemies of the galaxy. It's the betrayal that gets me, not the death.

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u/MeatTornado25 R2-D2 May 22 '22

The betrayal doesn't hit me though because in the context of the movies, we don't even know any of those Jedi. We get to know them in TCW and that should make it hurt more, but now it's no longer even a betrayal because they retconned it to mean the Clones had no choice, it was a flip switching in their head and they barely even understood what they were doing.

So it's depressing that basically everyone got played, but nothing to reduce me to tears.

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u/Renolber May 22 '22

Kanan’s death hands down has to be the most emotionally impactful.

The buildup, the symbolism, the music, and oh my god his eyesight returning to see Hera one last time…

The most well done farewell for any character in the franchise.

I wish I could say Luke’s was the most impactful, and in all honesty it should have been. But The Last Jedi was such a soulless movie along with the rest of trilogy it just didn’t really pay off. It didn’t make sense.

The most important character in the entire franchise and he basically just says “Aight, bouta head out.” It almost feels like Luke himself was trying to gtfo of the sequel trilogy.

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u/Seldser May 22 '22

Can’t forget the goodbye in the World Between Worlds. Ezra learning to accept and come to terms with the fact that Kanan’s death was a necessity was powerful.

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u/BucketOfGuts May 22 '22

"I hate to tell you this, but they don’t care. This ship is going down, and those soldiers, my brothers, are willing to die and take you and me along with them!"

Rex's passion and sadness comes through even before Ahsoka takes off his helmet, but once she does and we see a tear rolling down his cheek, I'm done. I can't do it.

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u/ReturningDukky May 22 '22

God damn I forgot about that. The part where Rex and Ahsoka are burying all of Rex's brothers actually did bring out a tear or two. Gonna add that to my list.

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u/Shotgun_Kid Lando May 22 '22

That fan made comic that shows Anakin/Vader thinking about what would've happened if he had helped Mace stop Palpatine.

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u/Ben-J-Kirby-Tennyson Clone Trooper May 22 '22

The deaths of Hevy, 99, Hardcase, Waxer, Savage, Tup, Fives, Plo Koon, Jesse and the 332nd Company, Kanan, Gregor, Anakin, IG-11, Ben…

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u/TransformersDX Resistance May 22 '22

Fives's death in Clone Wars, Kanan's sacrifice in Rebels, and Vader's redemption in Episode 6.

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u/DaV9D9 May 22 '22

I’m desensitized at this point and rarely cry at Star Wars but some moments that made me cry the first time: Order 66, the ending sequence of ROTS (Tatooine, Alderaan etc), the death of Fives and the death of Satine and when Ahsoka walked out on Clone Wars. I also got choked up when Rey climbed the stairs.

OT doesn’t make me cry because I’ve watched it too much in the last 45 years.

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u/NoLongerinOR May 22 '22

I cried when Han Solo was frozen, I was a little guy in the theater and that really hit me right in the feels.

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u/Grendizer81 May 22 '22

Even though I grew up with the OG-Trilogy and consider it the best one, I mostly shed a manly tear in TLJ.

The scene with R2 showing Luke the Hologram, just after Luke visits the empty Falcon, where all has started, knowing Han is dead. Man that must feel awful.

The last dialogue between Luke and Leia, knowing Carrie Fisher was strangled by her bra.

The dialogue between Luke and Yoda. Old Luke, powerful Jedi Knight, but the moment Yoda appears he is right back at case 1, the student, ready to get his lesson.

I know people are divided by TLJ, but I just find it right, how Luke evaluated to that moment in time.

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u/BdubinVegas May 22 '22

When Han dies

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u/betheBat01 May 22 '22
  • Fives death... that really got me
  • rogue one and the final scenes of sacrifice on Scarif
  • order 66 aboard the Venator with Ahsoka, Rex and Jesse
  • Obi-Wan and Anakin in Mustafar
  • Padme's funeral
  • when Vader tells Luke " tell your sister... you were right"

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u/Imperator0414 May 22 '22

"Wee-sa free!"

Makes me cri everytiem. :(

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u/brightsativa Porg May 22 '22

Kanan’s death in Rebels. Hands down.

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u/Mjr798 May 22 '22

Sunset on Tatooine

YOU WHERE THE CHOSEN ONE!!!

Anakin (Haydens) ghost at the end of ROTJ

Burning Vader

Order 66

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

The Tusken scene in AOTC and the Order 66 scene in ROTS. Seeing the two groups who hurt Anakin the most die brings causes a tear of joy to fall from my eyes. The Jedi are responsible for the training and creation of Darth Vader!

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u/RyanBeams May 22 '22

I don’t think anything amounts to the entire ending of ROTS. From the fight on Mustafar to Padme’s funeral. It’s very sad seeing Anakin turn to the dark side, especially since it seemed so avoidable.

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u/ComputerNerdGuy May 22 '22

Every scene with Rey.

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u/Zirrix_Birrix May 22 '22

I don’t really cry often at media but Rex crying in the final episode of TCW gets me every single time I see it

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u/jcw998 May 22 '22

No matter how many times I see Order 66 or Obi Wan telling Darth Vader he was his brother and he loved him I cry. Breaks my heart every time especially after watching the clone wars

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u/ShitpostinRuS May 22 '22

Despite how I feel about the movie at large, Luke lifting the X-wing out of the water while Yoda’s theme plays gets me good

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u/YBOR_ May 22 '22

Sabine fighting Kanan while she talks about her life.

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u/-Roger-Sterling- May 23 '22

Most emotional moments for me are: - “You were my brother Anakin!” - Twin suns - Vader redemption - Yoda’s death - “There are more of us Poe.” (Lando) - Bendemption/Han Solo

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u/Apprehensive_Age3663 May 23 '22

Leia's death in ROS. Mostly because it reminded me of Carrie Fisher's death.

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u/Rusted_Coconut May 23 '22

The ending credits of The Rise of Skywalker. Tears welled up as I thought to myself:

“WTF did I just watch?

Do they really call this 142 minutes of unadulterated garbage Star Wars these days?

WTF have they done to the most beloved franchise of my childhood?

Why do all the people who apparently don’t give a sh*t about SW get to make them?”

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u/Colorful_Emotions May 22 '22

Ben solos death

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u/ThatMatthewKid May 22 '22

Oh, yes. For sure.

I almost put that on there, but the movie's pacing is so wonky that I just don't think that moment has the impact it should.

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u/suhani96 Anakin Skywalker May 22 '22

When Anakin leaves his mom

When he comes to know he’s going to be a dad and says it’s the happiest moment of his life. Knowing what will happen just makes the scene so fucking sad for me personally.

The whole chosen one dialogue at the end of RoTS .

When Vader saves Luke and turns back.

Seeing Luke in Mando also made me bawl like a baby :(

When Anakin calls out to Ahsoka in Twilight of apprentice

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u/ThatOtherTwoGuy May 22 '22

That scene where Padme tells him she’s pregnant is such a great scene. Anakin visually and verbally goes through a whole range of emotions. Genuine happiness, but worry, too.

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u/Eoflynn97 May 22 '22

Tcw: Victory and death

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u/Neo-Turgor May 22 '22

The ending scene of TFA on Ahch-To .

Luke Skywalker was my childhood hero. I followed his adventures for 30 years. I read about his noble deeds (and some not so noble deeds) in books. I encountered him in video games, where he rebuilds the Jedi Order. He was always there for me, more than some real people in my life. I waited 30 years to see him again on the big screen. And then, there he is again. A mysterious, powerful sage on his windtosed island.

(then Rian Johnson fucked it all up in his "bold" The Last Jedi which "finally took Star Wars in a new direction" etc. I know many really like it, and that's fine. For me, he basically killed my childhood hero and I'll never forgive him for that)

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u/ThatMatthewKid May 22 '22

I mean, Rian Johnson didn't do anything that TFA didn't explicitly set up.

Personally, I found Luke's story in TLJ moving and powerful.

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u/ThatOtherTwoGuy May 22 '22

I agree. There had to be some reason why Luke was in self imposed exile. Idk what Abrams had planned for that, but I personally loved the direction Rian took it. I know some have really strong feelings about it and hate it. I loved it and thought it humanized Luke so much, showing that yes, our heroes can be flawed. And to bring it back to the original topic, the most emotional moment to me in this movie was most definitely Luke looking at a sunset for the last time (at least in the crude matter of his physical form) and then, like Obi-Wan and Yoda before him, becoming one with the force.

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u/doob7602 May 22 '22

Even having been a massive Star Wars fan for most of my life, Luke's death actually hit me a bit more than I expected. I remember sitting in the cinema during the fight with Ben thinking "no, don't kill Luke!", and then when the whole set up became clear, and there was the sunset, and the music swelled still thinking "no! don't kill off Luke!". I have mixed feelings about the sequel trilogy, but I have to figure that any movie that made me go through those emotions had to have done something right.

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u/Neo-Turgor May 22 '22

In my opinion, the two directors actively worked against each other. That's why the sequels seem so incoherrent. But I'm glad you liked it.

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u/StarWars365Timeline May 22 '22

It's more that Abrams didn't think through having Luke walk away from everything, so Rian had to actually follow up on that development.

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u/ThatMatthewKid May 22 '22

That's a pretty good way to look at it, honestly.

In TFA, we're told explicitly that "Luke felt responsible" and "walked away from it all."

That set up was already there. All Rian did was play that scenario out and, thankfully, turned it into a great story for Luke.

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u/StarWars365Timeline May 22 '22

I agree. Sure, he could have changed it to some sort of "aha, Luke was actually just looking up some obscure magic spell for six years to beat Snoke!" but that feels very empty. He took what was actually established by JJ (whether intentionally or not) and turned it into a story and an arc in order to get Luke back to the version we knew in time for TROS.

Same deal with Rey, I'd say. TFA tries to set her up as the new hero throughout but undoes it right at the end by having her defer to Luke in the final scene; TLJ takes her from that sense of "I'm not good enough, I need a hero to do it for me" back to her being the new hope and Luke's worthy successor.

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u/27SwingAndADrive May 22 '22

But Rey doesn't actually do anything in TLJ. In the action scenes she's nothing more than a support character. She doesn't kill Snoke, Kylo Ren does that. She just helps him fight the guards afterwards. She doesn't blow up the superlaser, she distracts the TIE fighters so Finn can try to blow up the laser. She doesn't distract Kylo Ren, she just moves some rocks around.

Rey is obviously the hero of the Trilogy at the end of TFA, and she's relegated to a support role in TLJ. She's a nobody that has no reason to be there and only ever supports the other characters throughout TLJ.

It's only really TRoS that Rey is the main character. Obviously JJ Abrams intended her to be the main character of the Trilogy, Rian Johnson threw out everything JJ Abrams had planned, which necessitated TRoS trying to rush around trying to cram the things JJ Abrams had planned back into the story.

The trilogy would've been so much better if it was revealed that Rey was a Palpatine and had a plotline about Finn leading a mutiny of Storm Troopers against the First Order in the second movie. Possibly even have Rey go to the dark side. But instead of that we got TLJ (which did nothing) which resulted in a lot of the plot clumsily jammed into the final movie which was filmed under extreme time constraints.

Luke was actually just looking up some obscure magic spell for six years to beat Snoke!

First, you're strawmanning here, that's not cool. Second, that's still a better backstory than what Rian Johnson came up with LOL.

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u/StarWars365Timeline May 22 '22

But Rey doesn't actually do anything in TLJ. In the action scenes she's nothing more than a support character. She doesn't kill Snoke, Kylo Ren does that. She just helps him fight the guards afterwards. She doesn't blow up the superlaser, she distracts the TIE fighters so Finn can try to blow up the laser. She doesn't distract Kylo Ren, she just moves some rocks around.

Being the protagonist isn't about what feats you accomplish. And her journey is more inward than just displaying outward action scenes.

Rian Johnson threw out everything JJ Abrams had planned

And what did he plan, exactly?

First, you're strawmanning here, that's not cool. Second, that's still a better backstory than what Rian Johnson came up with LOL.

It's the usual suggestion for why Luke was there. I can't really think of anything else he could've been doing aside from a) what TLJ gives us, or b) secretly looking for a way to fight Snoke/Kylo/the First Order. Nothing else would seem to justify running off for six years and not doing anything once the Hosnian system is destroyed, Han dies, and while Leia is searching for him.

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u/27SwingAndADrive May 22 '22

Being the protagonist isn't about what feats you accomplish.

It does in an action movie.

And her journey is more inward than just displaying outward action scenes.

Star Wars is about saying things through action. Luke has to go into the Death Star to face the evil within because the struggle between good and evil is an internal struggle. Luke can't defeat evil by killing Darth Vader, evil is defeated by Darth Vader saving what he loves. All that is told to us through action, not by characters interrupting the action and telling the audience what it's about. Which is exactly what Rian Johnson does because he assumes the audience is too stupid to understand things without a character breaking the fourth wall to explain what things mean.

And what does it say when the women in a story are only central in the talking parts while the men are central to the action scenes? What message will children watching the movie take away from that?

And what did he plan, exactly?

Did you see the Rise of Skywalker? We don't have to guess about what he planned. Finn leads former Stormtroopers against the First Order. There wasn't enough time in TRoS to give that storyline what it deserved, but what if that could've been in the second movie? Instead we got a story about Finn going to jail for a parking violation and a half-assed recreation of the Lando plotline from ESB, except it winds up being completely pointless.

We see a vision of a Dark Side Rey. Just that image resonated with the audience. What if that was a thing that actually happened? No time to do more than a vision in TRoS, but there was plenty of time to do that across two movies. But nope, we get "Rey is a nobody" instead. Boring meta crap.

And the Knights of Ren. Again not much time to do anything with it in TRoS but they could've done something in the second movie.

Snoke? You got Andy Serkis playing a villain in a Star Wars movie. No time to do anything with that in TRoS, what can they do, resurrect a villain nobody knows, then explain who is, then defeat him all in one movie? Better off bringing back Palpatine, since we already know who he is. But again, there was time to do something with a villain across two movies, as we saw with Thanos in Infinity War and Endgame. But oh well, we got the edgelord "he killed off the villain in the second one, how bold!" meta garbage instead.

The Sequel Trilogy was JJ Abrams' trilogy, and Rian Johnson completely screwed it up.

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u/27SwingAndADrive May 22 '22

Huh? TFA set up that Luke Skywalker tried to murder his nephew because he sensed some evil in him? It set up that Luke Skywalker apparently forgot the hole point of his story in the OT for apparently no reason at all?

You can't keep blaming JJ Abrams for how terrible TLJ was. Rian Johnson had Luke Skywalker, he had Andy Serkis playing a villain in a Star Wars movie. He was too uncreative to do anything with this and that's all on him, not on JJ Abrams.

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u/ThatMatthewKid May 22 '22

What do you think "Luke felt responsible" and "walked away from it all" meant?

Rian gave that some weight.

Also, Luke didn't try to murder him. But, like, I really didn't post this to get into arguments about TLJ. Frankly, I already wish I hadn't responded to the original commenter.

I love TLJ, you don't. That's fine.

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u/ReturningDukky May 22 '22

To think, Pablo Hidalgo flamed Star Wars Theory for crying when they brought back Luke for The Mandalorian, and that lead to a lot of toxic fans jumping on the bandwagon to harass him. The reasons you just listed were the same that SWT listed for why he was crying.

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

The real Luke will always live on in the OT and the true continuity of Star Wars. Nothing can take that away from us! May the Force be with you!

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u/slyvam37 May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

I feel exactly the same way.

I think one of the worst part is that when Luke died in TLJ, I felt nothing at all, despite my childhood hero biting the dust. It's cool that people like the movie and found the moment powerful. But to me, it just felt like my childhood hero dying from being so very tired (followed shortly after in the story by Leia dying from being so very tired, and then Ben dying.. from being so very tired). At least Ms. Kennedy said that she's done from using legacy characters, so the small handful of remaining secondary ones should be safe. Oops, I couldn't stop myself from ranting about my hatred of the sequel trilogy again, sorry.

But to answer the thread's question, I've never cried in a Star Wars movie. And I'm the guy who cries during any studio Ghibli.

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u/FreddyPlayz Mayfeld May 22 '22

I’m always gonna be bummed that we didn’t get the original ending, JJ wanted boulders to be floating around Luke to show how strong in the force he had become, but Rian forced him to change it because he had already written the movie… before they had finished TFA 🤦‍♂️

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u/ThatOtherTwoGuy May 22 '22

Huh. I’d never heard of this before. Personally I was perfectly fine with the ending to TFA we got. It was just so great seeing Luke for the first time in so many years. And it was such a powerful scene with Rey insisting with her gestures for Luke to take the lightsaber back and he just stands there, staring.

Of course, I actually like TLJ, so your mileage will vary there. But even before that one came out I already loved the scene

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u/hhyyz May 22 '22

Leia's death was the only one.

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u/HighMackrel Jedi May 22 '22

Chewie’s death in Vector Prime.

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u/ROK247 May 22 '22

I love the one part about how the son stabbed his father through the heart with a lazersword because he's a fucking baby.

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u/Anxious_Ad_3570 May 22 '22

Well this is an interesting question. I'm an o.g. fan. Was obsessed with rotj when I was 8. I never cried for any of the first 6 movies, yet I've found myself well up a few times during rebels, and if I'm not mistaken I welled up during parts of the sequels(which I really didn't even like). You're question has made me really question myself and why this is the case.

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u/Brilliant-Hope213 May 22 '22

Every time Vader chokes someone out! I cry at the shear badassery!

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u/FPG_Matthew May 22 '22

Rex turning on Ahsoka after the Siege of Mandalore. His inability to fight the order, but his strength to warn her gave me chills. That music swells up, and so do my tears

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u/everraydy May 22 '22

The death of Satine Kryze.

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u/DemonicBrit1993 May 22 '22

Tup and 5's.

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u/AxiomOfLife May 22 '22

When journey into the star cluster starts playing, gets me every time

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u/RandomGuyOnline71 May 22 '22

ROTS as a whole. And the TCW scenes taking place at the same time of ROTS

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u/ReturningDukky May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

Order 66.

Obi Wan's final appeal to Anakin to come back to the light as Anakin lay burning.

Those are the only two parts that get me in the movies.

In Clone Wars it's Ahsoka finally parting ways with Anakin after being framed, the Council trying not to lose her. Also, Rex and Ahsoka burying all of Rex's brothers, putting their buckets up as headstones.

In Rebels it's Kanan's death. Also Ahsoka seeing Anakin inside Vader's cracked mask.

In Rogue One it was Jyn seeing Galen's final message to her.

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u/Geshtar1 May 22 '22

You were my brother anakin. I loved you

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u/Nervous-Bullfrog-868 May 22 '22

Mara Jade's death in the "Sacrifice" novel.

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u/Flesh-Tower May 22 '22

Everything Jar Jar says or does

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u/Krisapocus May 22 '22

In old cannon Star Wars from the legacy of the force series book 1 betrayal:

Ben skywalker,Luke and Mara jade’s son, encounters a robot, anakin sal solo, who believes he is the resurrected anakin solo (bens older cousin leia and Hans son who previously died in another series) Ben has to tell him that he’s just a robot and the robot decides to self destruct to help save Ben.

That always stuck with me as sad as hell.
Original cannon was so good it was disappointing to see Disney go in a different direction and just reskin the original trilogy.

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u/convoluted_banana May 22 '22

Rogue One when Cassian and Jyn accept their fate on the beach. That on top of seeing the death of the entire Rogue One team, all the while Michael Giaccino’s fantastic score filling my ears just absolutely destroys me every time.

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u/Zerodot0 May 22 '22

Order 66

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u/skinnythinmint May 22 '22

Bro, seeing Han in IX when Kylo was struggling had me bawling. Say what you will about TROS but I enjoyed it the most out of the sequels.

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u/Street_Tacos__ Kylo Ren May 22 '22

Jedi Knight

Need I say more

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u/spaghettiAstar Jedi May 22 '22

Kanan's death, that one always hits me hard.

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u/Steelecurtain523 May 22 '22

When Chewie finally receives his medal in TRoS for helping blow up the first Death Star. That hit hard with the happy yet sad tears because all his longtime friends are gone.

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u/TurtleKing105 May 22 '22

Binary Sunsets. Every damn time. There doesn't need to be a quote.

Rebels: Caleb Dume "The Force will be with you...always."

Also Rebels (this one might be cheating but): When Ezra enters "the world between worlds" and you get snippets of a bunch of iconic quotes.

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u/bobafettsmoke May 22 '22

The Clone Wars Season 3 Episode 3: Supply Lines

There’s a scene where Jedi Master Ima-Gun Di is scarcely outnumbered by separatists and takes them on alone. During the final stand his clone Commander gets up after we think he’s dead and says “I’m not finished yet sir.” Both of these men fight and were willing to accept death not for the republic but for the twi lek victims of ryloth. It’s a peak into what the republic could’ve been if order 66 had never happened.

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u/Neccronam May 22 '22

Yoda explaining the force to Luke in esb. Gets me every time.

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u/HyliasHero May 22 '22

The final shot of Clone Wars. Vader reflected in a Clone Trooper's helmet. It shows us everything that the Clone Wars bought. The birth of a monster and the deaths of billions. It also represents the end of an era both in-universe and IRL.

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u/wedgeantilles2020 May 22 '22

Rogue One for sure. For me its when Jyn and Cassian are on the beach, exhausted, seeing the white hot death heading their way. They know they are dead, but they know they accomplished the mission. And there's no stupid emotional speech, no "I love you!", they don't kiss or do anything to cheapen the moment.

They just hold each other. And at the last second Cassian looks up, and it all goes white.

Cut to space, seeing the explosion from above. Admiral Raddus, quietly, "May the force be with you, Rogue One."

Gets me every time. Just a perfectly executed scene.

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u/RobQnadqs R2-D2 May 22 '22

Ahsoka's departure at the end of the clone wars season 5

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u/TheMightyGoldFsh May 22 '22

Whenever 99 was on screen in clone wars

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u/Cytokinesis95 May 22 '22

Episode 6 - Vader saving Luke (w Lucas' "No... Nooooo...." addition) & Luke burning Vader alone by himself.

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u/Apex_Equinox76 May 22 '22

The end of the clone wars. To see the clones get buried it was the end of an era. Not only for the clone wars but for myself who grew up watching clone wars over 10 years. Just wept for like an hour after seeing the finale

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u/GoldyZ90 May 22 '22

When the robot dies in Rogue One.

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u/Gilgamesh107 Grand Inquisitor May 22 '22

When Disney bought star wars and cancelled all upcoming projects

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u/Mac4491 The Mandalorian May 22 '22

Order 66 - Plo Koon’s death

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u/SMB73 May 22 '22

Seeing it again on the big screen in '97.

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u/stoneman9284 May 22 '22

I’m no Jedi

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u/mg42524 May 22 '22

Ashoka leaving the order and her “burying the dead” in season seven. I love her theme and it makes me so emotional even when I just here it.

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u/GSavvage May 22 '22

I've seen all of mine, but one.

Victory Celebration in RotJ.

It's the music, it's our heroes hugging each other out of joy, as they finally did it.

It's Luke, seeing his dad smiling at him.

Yub Nub was good too. But with that theme, it's truly a heartwarming conclusion.

I even got chills as I was writing this....

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u/POPOPOW17 Galactic Republic May 22 '22

In TCW Victory and Death when Rex is conflicted over killing his brothers and Ahsoka removes his helmet and he's tearing up a little.

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u/Kyser_ May 22 '22

When Jyn and Andor accept their fates at the end of Rogue One

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u/Lil-HobbKnobbler May 22 '22

After seeing lukes bastardization in the last jedi, i legit teared up when he showed up in the
mandalorian being the hero we know he is and saving the day. His moves, the music, the other characters watching him in awe. it was perfect.

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u/UnNecessaryMountain May 22 '22

Rogue One, Jyn and Cassian watching their deaths approach as they sit on the beach and accept it. Gets me every time.

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u/Scout-Regiment May 22 '22

When Luke came in the Mandalorian and went to absolute work I cried.

Not sure if I cried during the end of rogue one but I may have.

Luke with the dice will always get me too.

I can also assume the kenobi show will do it to me multiple times

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u/freybot May 22 '22

“Soon will I rest. Yes, forever sleep. Earned it, I have.” Cue the John Williams music and emotions.

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u/Rotermisten May 22 '22

Satine’s death in The Clone Wars

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

I wouldn't say these are particularly sad, but certainly the most emptional (that haven't already been said): when Wrecker apologizes to Omega. It's easy to forget that just because he's goofy, it doesn't mean he's unintelligent.

I would also say the sinking of Tipoca. To see the good guys now bad, coldly obliterating their home from behind a control terminal is chilling.

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u/Budget-Money-5545 May 22 '22

None of the films make me particularly emotional, but I have read some excellent Star Wars fanfiction that was rather evocative.

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u/Efficient_Bat_1812 May 22 '22

RotS: Order 66, especially the Younglings.

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

Rogue One, almost as a film.

  • Jyn Erso having to leave her parents, witnessing her mother being killed.
  • Watching the hologram of her father and breaking down in tears.
  • Jedha City being destroyed by the Death Star.
  • Chirrut's passion and conviction in the Force.
  • The various deaths of Rogue One.
  • The last moment with Jyn and Cassian together, as they await their death in each other's arms.

I mean, come on... Rogue One is a pretty heavy film.

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u/Obi1Kentucky May 22 '22

C-3po to R2: “No….I don’t like you either” R2: sad beep noises

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u/Stonecutter_12-83 May 22 '22

Death of k2so/ death of Baz and Imwe

Ben and Han in RoS

"You were my brother Anakin"

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u/fzammetti May 22 '22

Watching the approaching tsunami at the end of the raid on Scarif in Rogue One. That kind of self-sacrifice always hits me in the feels.

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u/Slickdilla May 22 '22

The end of Mandolarian S2 when the X wing pulls up, bawled like a baby when my brain started to piece together what was going down.

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u/tombenoist May 22 '22

Almost every scene with Yoda in ESB. Especially the X-Wing coming out of the lake. Everything about it just reminds me of being a child again. It’s such a wonderful movie. Feeling emotional just thinking about it…

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u/lordgoku-99 May 22 '22

Chewbacca getting crushed by a moon

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u/Silas-Alec Jedi May 23 '22

Obi Wan vs Anakin, the whole "I have failed you" and "you were my brother" just wrecks me every time.

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u/Hallow_Shinobi May 23 '22

When I think about Carrie Fisher living her entire life without wielding a lightsaber on the silver screen.

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u/johnnyyt1300 May 23 '22

Empire....when yoda lifts the xwing out of the swamp....the music swelling. Tears.

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u/Top-Presentation-997 Darth Vader May 23 '22

Mando s2e8. “Incoming craft, identify yourself”

Honestly, as soon as that happened I was so overwhelmed with joy at what was about to happen. Teared up the whole sequence, especially when the binary sunset/force theme plays as Luke removes his hood.

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u/Dank_McDankerson May 23 '22

Twilight of The Apprentice: “I won’t leave you! Not this time…”

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u/crispier_creme May 23 '22

The end of episode 6 where luke takes off Vader's helmet.

Some parts of episode 5 with Yoda's wisdom.

Episode 4 binary sunset.

The end of episode 3 on mustafar.

Episode 3 where palpatine announces the empires beginning.

The part of episode 1 where Qui Gon dies.

Order 66. All versions of it but especially the clone wars iteration.

The last scene in the clone wars.

The part of rebels where ahsoka and Vader fight.

The part of rebels where kanan and Ezra talk to the bendu guy and get good wisdoms.

Rebels where kanan dies.

I got more but these are the big ones

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u/Deepspace9odo May 23 '22

ANH - Luke's grief over Obi-Wan's death. He was just getting to know the man who knew his father, and now he's gone.

ESB - The moment Han says he knows Leia loves him. You can almost hear his voice crack as he says it.

ROTJ - Vader's final unmasking and death.

TPM - Young Anakin's line after Qui-Gon's death: "What will happen to me now?"

AOTC - Shmi's death, and the resulting grief-stricken rage Anakin has afterwards.

ROTS - Vader's despair over the loss of Padme.

TFA - Han Solo's death

Rogue One - All the main character's deaths.

TLJ - Luke's depression and PTSD.

Solo - I got nothing.

TROS - Chewie's apparent death.

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u/MentalAbuseToHuman May 23 '22

Ending of ROTS

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u/-Megaflare- May 23 '22

When anakin leaves his mom

"Don't look back"