There's something so cathartic and satisfying about crying your eyeballs clean out in a darkened movie theater, and 2015 was certainly a great time for the emotional film-goers among us.
This year we sobbed at everything from cats, to cancer, to hearing the "Rocky" theme song one more time -- and of all the moments that made us reach for a tissue, these are the ones that hit us the hardest. (Obviously, major spoilers lie ahead.)
Chewie and Han were home in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
"A bit premature for a movie that hasn't even come out yet? Perhaps, but search your feelings: you can't deny that this brief reunion with our favorite scoundrel and his furry best bud hit you right in the tear ducts. Heck, that entire Star Wars Celebration trailer did us in, from the moment we spied that very first star destroyer. I'm getting all choked up just thinking about it." -- Victoria McNally
Bing Bong vanishes in "Inside Out."
"Oh man. Here come the candy tears. When Riley's former imaginary friend Bing Bong sacrificed himself to save Joy by jumping off their weight-saddled magical wagon and fading into the abyss of nothingness down the memory dump, I lost it. Bing Bong, the fluffy pink creature from young Riley’s imagination who, by his own admission, was comprised of cat, elephant, and dolphin (with a body made of sticky-sweet cotton candy), was the emotional core of 'Inside Out.' So watching him vanish into nothing was a total gut-punch, but nothing could have prepared me for Bing Bong's final words: 'Take her to the moon for me.' SOB." -- Crystal Bell
Furiosa loses her childhood home in "Mad Max: Fury Road."
"Charlize Theron is such a certified badass in the first half of this movie (well, and the second half, too) that when she finally reunites with her clan only to discover that the Green Place she searched for all this time is an inhospitable wasteland, her grief and pain hits you that much harder." -- VM
Eazy-E dies of AIDS in "Straight Outta Compton."
"If you walked into the theater with any passing knowledge of N.W.A's legacy, then you were dreading this moment for the entire length of the movie -- and if you didn't, it made the gut-punch of Eazy-E's illness all that tougher to bear. Watching all of his former friends struggle with coming to visit him didn't help in the sadness department, either. -- VM.
When Poppa tells Arlo "you're me, and more" in "The Good Dinosaur."
"OK, so maybe Poppa's death wasn't a complete surprise. After all, this is a Disney/Pixar film we're talking about. But when Arlo saw the ghost of his father during the animated flick's climatic scene, we definitely didn't see that one coming. For a second, we thought maybe Poppa had survived his nasty fall into the river, but alas, it was only wishful thinking on our part. He was just a ghost whose sole purpose was to impart some final bits of wisdom onto his son. When he told young Arlo, 'You're me -- and more,' it was hard to hold it together. Isn't that what all parents want for their children? -- CB
Katniss yells at Buttercup in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2."
"Prim's untimely death at the end of the rebellion was so quick and so explosive that neither we nor Katniss really had time to process her loss -- especially in the wake of Alma Coin's much more dramatic demise. But when Katniss came face to face with the cat that her sister loved and that she hated, that's when the real emotional magic. Sure, some of us laughed out of shock at first, but it's hard not to start sobbing when you see the pained look on Jennifer Lawrence's face." -- VM
Baby Timmy can't stop crying in "Shaun The Sheep."
"I wasn't exaggerating when I called 'Shaun The Sheep' the "cutest movie ever" earlier this year, but even cute movies can make you cry buckets of tears every once in a while. The most delightful film of 2015 also happened to be the most heartwarming, thanks, in part, to scenes like this. Poor little Timmy was having a hard time sleeping after their farmer -- who was suffering from a bad case of amnesia after a trailer accident -- rejects the flock. So, the sheep form a baa-baa shop quartet and sing Timmy to sleep. Annnd now I'm grinning and tearing up like an idiot. Who knew sheep could sing? And harmonize! And beat box! And play bicycle spokes!" -- CB
The movie at the end of "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl."
"Obviously if you're going to see a flick about young kids with cancer you're going to pack a few tissues just in case. But nothing could have prepared us for the poignant, powerful scene where Greg skips his prom to show Rachel the beautiful, abstract film he made for her -- and she falls into a coma while watching it." -- VM
Gerda tells Lili she needs to speak to her husband in "The Danish Girl."
"This movie is every bit Gerda's (Alicia Vikander) story as it is Lili's (Eddie Redmayne). Lili Wegener, an early transgender pioneer in Tom Hooper's latest film, may be the star, but it's Gerda who brings the emotional weight, as she copes with her husband's decision to transition into a woman in 1920s Copenhagen. As Lili comes more and more to light, Gerda yearns to speak to her husband one last time. At one point, she even begs Lili to let her speak to Einar, something Lili simply cannot do. It's a heartbreakingly real moment for both Lili and Gerda, who, for the first time, realizes Einar is no longer there." -- CB
Adonis calls himself a mistake in "Creed."
"I'm going to be perfectly honest with you, friends: I was a blubbering wreck through the entire second half of 'Creed' and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it was watching Rocky struggle with illness, or seeing him and Creed work out their heartbreaking father-son relationship; but the tear-fest didn't stop for me until the final match began -- and then it immediately started up again when Adonis tells Rocky that he fights 'to prove I'm not a mistake.' If you're not sobbing into your boxing gloves when you hear that, then you might need to get your head checked for brain damage." -- VM
Paul Walker's last ride in "Furious 7."
"It's hard to think of 'The Fast and the Furious' franchise without thinking of Paul Walker. The beloved member of the 'Fast' fam tragically passed two years ago, but his legacy lives on thanks to a beautiful sendoff in 'Furious 7.' Director James Wan crafted a touching exit for Walker, who died in the middle of the film's production. The ending montage, featuring Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's mesmerizing 'See You Again,' showed Brian O'Connor (Walker) throughout the 'Fast & Furious' films, as well as a gorgeously shot final race with Dom (Vin Diesel), which ended with Walker, in a white car, taking the exit on a freeway while Dom drove on without him. There wasn't a dry eye in the theater when that screen faded to white." -- CB