Here's the Saddest Movie Scene Ever
If you want to cry, just watch the ending of 'The Champ'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2011 11:00 AM CDT
Updated Jul 30, 2011 12:15 PM CDT
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(Newser) New York and Moviefone point to a fascinating 1995 study brought back into the spotlight by Smithsonian: The study found that the saddest movie clip of all time may very well be from a poorly-reviewed 1979 boxing movie. Two scientists set out to find the best film scenes to elicit specific emotional responses, from sadness to anger, and found that The Champ's depiction of a heartbroken 9-year-old Ricky Schroder did the trick when it came to depressing people. The clip has been used over and over in the past 16 years, in various experiments related to sadness (for example, it helped to determine that sad people are more likely to spend money).

Other results from the 1995 study included the clips most likely to inspire disgust (an amputation scene), contentment (a beach scene), and fear (The Shining and Silence of the Lambs). Second to The Champ for sadness? The death of Bambi's mom. Click to see the clip found to be most amusing.

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fractal
Aug 3, 2011 12:14 AM CDT
Its not a movie, but Hoarders gets to me. Especially the old people who have their house and all their stuff about to bury them---and its true! Makes me get up and clean a little "reservation of chaos" in my home every time I watch.
sache
Jul 30, 2011 7:43 PM CDT
Sophie's Choice. I cannot watch again. Once was enough. I cried for Sophie and her two young children. The actress who played her young daughter,outstanding. Her tears broke my heart and I wanted to murder the nazi bastards.
coolsmoothla
Jul 30, 2011 7:19 PM CDT
The saddest part of a film scene is when it is true. I was a delinquent teenager when I saw this film. It changed my outlook on ghetto life and turned me away from my criminal intent. Many of my childhood friends died this way. After seeing this film, I went and got high with my friends, telling them this life is bullshit and they all agreed. Art imitating life. Life imitating art.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZfMPJI6H1o&feature=related