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Top 10 Friends Moments That Will Always Make Us Cry

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher

Chandler may not be able to cry, but we sure can. For this list, we’re looking at the saddest and sweetest moments on “Friends” that bring a tear to our eye every time. Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Friends Moments That Will Always Make Us Cry.

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Top 10 Friends Moments That Will Always Make Us Cry


Chandler may not be able to cry, but we sure can. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Friends Moments That'll Always Make Us Cry.

For this list, we’re looking at the saddest and sweetest moments on “Friends” that bring a tear to our eye every time.

#10: Phoebe & Mike’s Wedding


"The One with Phoebe's Wedding"

Phoebe is often used as the comedic relief on “Friends” during moments that need some levity, so it’s rare that we get to see her involved in a truly poignant one. Even Phoebe and Mike’s relationship is mostly played for laughs, but their wedding vows were some of the sweetest things ever written for the show. Phoebe telling Mike that he is the family she has always dreamed of having and Mike telling Phoebe he loves how “wonderfully weird” she is make us choke up every time we watch this scene.



#9: Joey Moving Out


"The One Where Joey Moves Out"

While people tend to focus on the romantic relationships in “Friends,” is there a purer partnership than the one between Chandler and Joey? When Joey starts making more money in Season 2, and he and Chandler keep getting into domestic spats, he decides it’s time to spread his wings and move to his own place. Seeing how hurt Chandler is by his decision is devastating, and their game to see who will keep the foosball table is hard to watch. Thank god Joey comes back for that hug!

#8: Rachel’s Goodbyes


"The One with Rachel's Going Away Party"

One of the climactic events of the series is Rachel being offered a job in Paris and preparing to move away. At her going away party, she takes each of her friends aside in order to give them an individual goodbye. Each one is sadder than the next, and while we expected to get teary eyed when she said goodbye to Monica, we didn’t realize that even Chandler would make us well up. The saddest part of all this, though, is her reaction to Ross when he’s upset that she didn’t give him a proper goodbye.

#7: Monica & Richard’s Break-Up


“The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding”

Is there anything more devastating than a couple deciding to end things when they are still deeply in love? Monica and Richard’s relationship didn’t end with a big blowout fight, but rather the gradual realization that because of the different things they wanted in life, they would never be able to truly work together. The fact that they break up at a wedding makes it all even sadder. Richard’s suggestion that they “just keep dancing” as Monica cries into his shoulder still gets us even when rewatching.

#6: The Prom Video


“The One with the Prom Video”

For the entire first season and part of the second, viewers heard jokes about the crush Ross had on Rachel when they were teenagers. We didn’t get to see it all play out, though, until the gang got together to watch Monica and Rachel’s prom video. Rachel thinks she has been stood up by her date, and so Ross steps in by getting dressed up in order to make sure she doesn’t have to go alone. When Chip shows up, however, the camera pans to Ross and we see his plain disappointment. Things take a positive turn in the present when Rachel kisses him after seeing how much he cared for her.


#5: Monica & Chandler’s Engagement


"The One with the Proposal"

There aren’t many times throughout the series that “Friends” goes full-on rom-com, but this is one of them. We all knew that Monica and Chandler would get engaged eventually, but it was a long (and frustrating) road to get there. After Chandler tries to throw Monica off the scent and ends up pushing her away in the process, the two come together and Monica arranges a surprise proposal of their own. Neither of them could keep it together and we couldn’t either! Seeing one of our favorite TV couples agree to stay together forever always makes us tear up.


#4: Phoebe Saying Goodbye to the Triplets


"The One Hundredth"

As soon as Phoebe started considering acting as a surrogate for her brother, her friends cautioned her that it may be a difficult journey. She ultimately decides to go for it, though, and carries his triplets for him. After giving birth, emotions are high and she has a tough time dealing with the fact that none of the babies will be staying with her. She has a moment alone with the three babies to say goodbye, and it’s one of the sweetest scenes in the show’s history.


#3: Monica & Chandler Finding Out About Their Infertility


"The One with the Fertility Test"

After Monica and Chandler got married, it seemed like the next logical step was starting a family, but things didn’t work out so easily. It was devastating when we learned along with them that they both had fertility issues that would make it nearly impossible for them to conceive. Later, in a Season 10 episode, Chandler gives an impassioned speech to Erica, their potential birth mother, in an attempt to convince her that she should consider letting them adopt her baby, and it proves Chandler has come a long way since we first met him.

#2: Ross & Rachel’s Break-Up


"The One with the Morning After”

After all the “will they, won’t they” of the initial seasons, Ross and Rachel finally get together, only to have their relationship crumble when they decide to take a break and Ross sleeps with someone else. In typical “Friends” fashion, the writers mixed in moments of humor to the dramatic scene, but when it came down to it, there was nothing funny about this break up. Ross pleading with Rachel to reconsider her decision to ask him to leave is absolutely heart-wrenching. Seeing all the other friends crying in the other room makes it too much to bear.


Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Mr. Heckles’ Death

"The One Where Heckles Dies"


Marcel’s Departure

"The One with the Fake Monica"

Joey Realizing That Chandler Hooked Up with Kathy

"The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line"


#1: Everyone Leaving the Apartment


“The Last One”

There is no sadder scene in “Friends” than the last one. It was truly the end of an era when Monica and Chandler packed up all their things and left the apartment that we, as viewers, had felt at home at for a full decade. Seeing them empty everything out was hard to watch, and the final shot panning around the empty apartment is shockingly effective. Luckily, we got to shed some happy tears as well when Rachel got off the plane and came back to Ross.
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