Apart from the tragedies revolving around love stories, movies from different genres always find a way to dwell in the eyes of the audience with tears. Believe it or not one such genre is war movies. Now many fanatics will fathom as to why such a genre which involves tales of sacrifice and bravery at it’s finest but the truth is war movies from the past few decades have given us the thrill and the emotional relationship with the characters. Sorry Hatchiko, your tale would be told some other day.
Here are seven moments in war movies which made the audience cry:-
7. THE LITTLE BOY WHO WAS HANGED (ENEMY AT THE GATES)
Enemy at the gate
Considered to be one of the best dramatisation of the Battle of Stalingrad, Enemy at the gates is based on the story of the legendary Soviet sniper Vassili Zaitsev. But the saddest part of this war drama is portrayed best in the scene in which Sacha Filipov (Gabriel Thomson) is found hanging by a pole, the teenage kid’s death horrifies Vassili and Tania Chernova, and sparks a sense of revenge in Vassili. While Vassili takes the revenge in the end by shooting the German sniper Erwin Konig (Ed Harris) in the head with his Mosin Nagant, but the loss of a dear friend and most importantly a kid brought tears to the eyes.
6. ONE LAST CALL (LONE SURVIVOR)
This 2013 war drama flick is based on the failed operation Red Wings in the Hindukush Mountains. A four men Navy Seal team is sent to track down and kill the Taliban leader Ahmed Shah. While taking heavy fire from the Taliban fighters, Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch) decides to climb up the ridge and establish a contact with the base for emergency evacuation, while everybody in the team has taken serious injuries, Murphy gives away his extra mags to his teammates and starts climbing the ridge. The squad gives covering fire and he finally reaches the top. The breaking point however comes when he makes the call in a faint voice and gets shot in the back 3-4 times, he dies kneeling on the top. Such a sacrifice for his team made the audience cry.
5. I WANT A BOY JAMES (THE HURT LOCKER)
THE HURT LOCKER
The final moments of this award winning drama gives us chills when Sgt. J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) drives with Sgt. First class William James (Jeremy Renner), the music is low paced and dark. A depressed Sanborn asks James “how do you do it?” and breaks down due to stress and battle fatigue, his desperation to go home and live a normal life is what brings tears to the eyes.
4. THE FAREWELL (AMERICAN SNIPER)
The tale of the legendary Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is the epicentre of this war movie. While the movie has it’s fair share of emotional moments, it’s the closing credits which gave the feeling of losing a legend as the final ride towards the grave is seen flanked by thousands of civilians and military personnel waving flags and bidding farewell. A hero’s send-off probably
is the most emotional thing to behold.
3. ONE LAST STAND (BLACK HAWK DOWN)
BLACK HAWK DOWN
The heroic last stand to rescue the fallen Black Hawk Super Six’s surviving pilot Michael Durant is one of the most gripping scenes from the movie and an emotional one as well. Both the soldiers hold back the Somali fighters until they are overrun by the mob, their supreme sacrifice was the reason they were given the Medal of Honor posthumously.
2. I COULD’VE SAVED MORE (SCHINDLER’S LIST)
Oscar Schindler’s (LIAM NESSON’S) final speech marks the end of this great World War 2 drama. The handful Jewish workers he manages to save from execution present him with a ring and a letter signed from each one of the workers. As a saddened Oscar walks out of the camp only to break down in the middle saying “I could’ve saved more”. The scene is both eye welling and one of the most beautifully acted by the actor.
1. ANGELS ON OUR SHOULDERS (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN)
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
Perhaps the best war movie ever made, this epic world war 2 flick ends with Capt. John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) shooting an oncoming Tiger tank with his Colt 1911 pistol, with a bullet wound in the chest, he manages to crawl up to a place for support and starts shooting the oncoming tank which eventually gets blown away by a P 51 Mustang. Private Ryan (Matt Damon) says “tank busters sir” to which a dying John replies “angels on our shoulders” the scene flows with emotions as John whispers in the Private’s ears “Ryan earn this.”
The loss of such a great leader is felt by the whole team, even the hardshell Riben cries in the end.