Movies are a great form of release, whether you want to escape your reality or just let it all out with a big ol’ cry. There is nothing like letting those tears flow after a pinnacle scene involving an animal — whether they’re being saved or not. Here are some animal scenes that will make you cry both happy tears and sad ones. If you haven’t seen any of these movies we recommend you skip this list because we’re diving deep into some SPOILERS.
“Free Willy” tells the story of a boy who gets punished for tagging an aquarium so he has to take care of a whale, Willy, in that Sea World-type place. He ends up forming a bond with the whale and becomes determined to set him free and help the whale reunite with his family. The boy, Jesse, does and the goodbye scene between Jesse is so bittersweet you can’t help but shed some tears.