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25 Actors Who Gave It Their All (And More) During These Heartbreaking And Memorable TV Scenes

Anytime Naya Rivera cried on Glee, it was emotional, but "If I Die Young" was gut-wrenching.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which sad TV moments showcase how incredible actors are. Here are some of the most popular responses:

There are some MASSIVE spoilers ahead. And #18 mentions sexual assault.

1. First, on WandaVision, when Wanda couldn't feel Vision anymore, and Elizabeth Olsen gave — dare I say — one of her best performances ever.

Wanda repeating "I can't feel you" while touching Vision's body

2. On Grey's Anatomy, when Bailey realized that she couldn't save Percy, which led to one of Chandra Wilson's most memorable moments on the show to date.

Bailey crying while Mary asks if she has a plan

3. On Private Practice, when Amelia sat through an intervention from her friends, and Caterina Scorsone was simply amazing in the scene.

Amelia sobbing and yelling, "You do not tell that story. That is not your story. He was not your dad, he was my dad"

4. On One Day at a Time, when Penelope left a message for herself while she was dealing with depression, and Justina Machado easily could've won an award for this moment.

Penelope saying her children deserve to live happy lives, but how can she teach them to do that if she can't herself

5. On The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, when Bucky found out he wasn't brainwashed anymore, and Sebastian Stan broke down in tears.

Bucky crying after Ayo says "You're free"

6. On How to Get Away With Murder, when Annalise broke down after finding out Wes died, thus allowing Viola Davis to prove she's the best TV crier ever.

Annalise sobbing outside of her house

7. On The Haunting of Hill House, when Nell gives the confetti speech to her siblings in the Red Room, and you would never know this was Victoria Pedretti's first TV show ever.

Nell saying, "It's not like that at all. Our moments fall around us like rain or the show or confetti"

8. On Glee, when Santana started weeping while singing "If I Die Young," and Naya Rivera's real emotions came across onscreen.

Naya crying and covering her mouth with the crook of her arm

9. On iZombie, when Ravi tried to come to terms with Isobel's tragic death, and Rahul Kohli just delivered during this scene.

Ravi saying "Eyes open. We've got work to do. Please"

10. On Normal People, when Connell opened up about feeling hopeless in therapy, which led to an awardworthy performance from Paul Mescal.

Connell sobbing and saying he wishes he could go back to his old life and hang out with Rob and his friends again

11. On Dead to Me, when Judy started screaming and crying inside a car, and Linda Cardellini proved why she is one of the best actors on TV.

Judy crying in a car and yelling "Stop it"

12. On Jane the Virgin, when Jane screamed following Michael's death, and Gina Rodriguez gave one of her best performances.

Jane sobbing on the ground after listening to a voicemail

13. On Lucifer, when Chloe dealt with finding out Lucifer's secret, which led to a career-defining performance from Lauren German.

Chloe looking up and crying

14. On Scrubs, when Dr. Cox learned that Ben actually died and he'd been trying to cope with his death — and John C. McGinley performed this moment so perfectly, as only he could.

Dr Cox crying at a funeral

15. On Teen Wolf, when Stiles simply hugged Scott and wept, and Dylan O'Brien made it feel so real and honest.

Stiles hugging Scott outside of an MRI machine

16. On One Tree Hill, when Brooke broke down to Lucas after finding out he cheated on her with Peyton (again), and Sophia Bush just continued to be one of the best criers on this show.

Brooke telling Lucas she isn't pushing him away but she needs him to need her back

17. On Wynonna Earp, when Wynonna cried into Waverly's arms after finding out she's pregnant, and Melanie Scrofano was simply mesmerizing.

Wynonna saying the universe doesn't give a damn about her and she feels sorry for her child

18. On Outlander, when Jamie dealt with his trauma following his sexual assault, and Sam Heughan portrayed his grief in a very authentic way.

Jamie sobbing and hugging Claire

19. On Once Upon a Time, when Emma was forced to sacrifice Hook, which allowed Jennifer Morrison to give us this devastating performance.

Emma repeating "No" as she cries and lies on top of Hook's body

20. On The Umbrella Academy, when Klaus cried over losing Dave, and Robert Sheehan proved he was born to weep onscreen.

Klaus weeping over Dave's body

21. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Simmons couldn't take being stranded on an alien planet any longer, and Elizabeth Henstridge proved she was born to play this character.

Simmons saying "You were right. There is no hope on this planet"

22. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Willow cried over Tara's dead body, which was one of many times Alyson Hannigan made everyone in the audience sob.

Willow crying over Tara's body and saying "Tara? Baby? Baby, c'mon! Get up"

23. On This Is Us, when Randall had a panic attack in his office, and Sterling K. Brown let the audience know why he deserved an Emmy Award.

Randall sobbing while Kevin comforts him

24. On Homeland, when Carrie started weeping on a rooftop while talking to Saul, and this was just one of many times Claire Danes' crying face made us sob.

Carrie saying "It fucked me up, Saul. Being wrong about Brody"

25. And finally, on Shameless, when Fiona confronted Monica and talked about how she took care of her siblings, which might be Emmy Rossum's best TV performance ever.

Fiona screaming at Monica, "You were my mother too"

We can't fit everyone into one post, so what other actors gave such amazing performances, it made heartbreaking scenes more emotional? Tell us in the comments below!

Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.