Saddest Movie Deaths


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1John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) - The Green Mile

Once Michael Clarke Duncan said "Please boss, don't put that thing upon my face. Don't put me in the dark. I's afraid of the dark." I cried. Be aware that I don't exactly find death as sad as others do, but this is the saddest thing I have ever seen in my entire life. The music. The facial expressions. The dialogue. Our attachment to John Coffey. Everything about this scene is sad. Watch this movie if you haven't. Ignore RottenTomatoes. Watch it. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

I really didn't imagine this being number but I'm glad it is!
If you haven't seen this film, you should really see it.
Even if you watch the death alone it's still so sad!

One of the saddest deaths I've seen - Alexandr

I try to hold myself together every time I watch his death scene...I always end up sobbing during and after the scene concludes.

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2Mufasa (James Earl Jones) - The Lion King

This is probably one of the saddest movie deaths I've ever seen! Every time I rewind this scene over and over again hoping he will wake up! I don't know why! I'm honestly really happy scar dies in the end because that's what he deserves! Even if you make me watch the lion King a million times I will still cry at this part and then laugh five minutes later while singing hakuna matata.

Oh hush... This scene was not sad! Mufasa was just a fictional character, and a horrible one at that. He forced a species to starve for no good, used his majordomo as a target for his son's pouncing lessons, and he didn't let his son go to where he wants to go.

Mufasa doesn't deserve to die. He deserves to live longer than he did with his beautiful wife, Sarabi, his best friend, Rafiki, his crazy messenger, Zazu, and his happy go lucky cub, Simba. I wanted to slap Scar in the face until his cheeks turn bright red. Muffs a would still be alive with his wife, his old friend, his messenger, and his grown up son. Simba will never forget his beloved father who loved him, who saved him from the nasty hyenas, who told him about the amazing kings of the past that guide the kings, and who died for him. Although Mufasa is dead, he will always be with his son.

There are sadder deaths than this.

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3Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) - Titanic

This is one of the most sadest scenes of a characters death in a movie ever in my opinion. I have known men to even cry at the film titanic because it's a classic all time movie! It can't be that bad for the amount of awards it has won even if its not everyone's cup of tea. Great actors, great make up, great costumes, great set and most of all great special effects to make the movie seem like the real ship back to life. It was great back then the special effects they used to make it look like the real titanic. I'm sure most people have seen this movie but if you haven't I would recommend you do so you can judge for yourself if you like it. Make sure you have the tissues at the ready because you might or might not need them.?

I thought this movie was an amazing one. It truly brought the feelings of that fateful night and how sad it was for everyone. The saddest death on my list, is definitely this one. And that also counts for first place on my list. Because to me, this film was just amazing and I think it should be saved for many generations to come.

It was the saddest movie I ever watched. He looked so fun and can give you the time of your life. He is that one movie character whose death makes you breathless and you can feel yourself dying too. He was also that character that you would want as a best friend. The worst part is that he was only 17

So sad cried so much especially as the song started at the end

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4Han Solo (Harrison Ford) - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

This was the first movie death that hit me like a punch to the gut. I found other movie deaths sad, but NONE hurt me like this one did. Maybe it was because I grew up with the original Star Wars films and had a lot of time to become attached to the character. Maybe it was because I spent three entire movies watching this character while most other movie deaths involve a character who was only in one film. Maybe it was because Han Solo was the first iconic, (non-villainous) well-established character (whose popularity spanned decades) that I witnessed being killed on screen. Maybe it was because it felt so rewarding and nostalgic to see Han Solo on screen again, only for him to be killed several minutes into the same movie (crushing the uplifting feeling in the process). Whatever the reason, it was painful for me to witness his on screen death, and my reaction mirrored Leia's when she realized that Han Solo was truly gone.

This was the most unexpected death ever in my book, he was my favorite character from Star Wars and probably my favorite in all of movies after Indy, and Harrison Ford is my favorite actor there is. When he died I could not let it go and I will most likely never forget this in my life, this should be number 1 on any list it is basically basically like killing James Bond in Goldfinger or like killing Forrest Gump or even like this is definitely the saddest death. - Htown3ball

My heart beated so hard in the theaters, and I actually cried by eyes off. It was the first time I've ever cried in theaters. Can't believe almost every movie I watch on theaters would always end with a sad death. All I ever wanted to do is exit the door happy, but instead, I felt so depressed. When Han Solo died, it felt like I just lost a family member because, like almost everybody else out there, I grew up with Han Solo and liked the guy. Never saw his death coming.

I was startled when I saw his own son ignite his lightsaber to impale his father. It felt like I myself was in the scene, and Ren was stabbing ME with his malice. - BoltMarksman

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5Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) - Atonement

Not having read the book beforehand, I wasn't aware of how tragic the ending of Atonement would be. When Briony revealed the truth about how Robbie's story ended, I immediately started to sob, and continued to for quite some time. Robbie is one character I just can't seem to shake, and his death is one I think I won't ever be able to forget.

What happened to that character was just tragic. The death scene of Robbie Turner was pretty haunting to watch.

Always hope to return to the love of his life

Robbie was almost too good for gods sinful earth

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6Boromir (Sean Bean) - The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

Even though it is Sean Beans character so everyone knows he is going to die anyway, it is still so sad to watch him go down defending merry and pippin and how badass is it that he kept fighting even when he had like 3 arrows sticking out of him already.

This broke my heart... I always cry at this part, and I almost never cry

I shed a few tears but my sister who is like obsessed with him starts wailing and wailing and doesn't even finish watching the movie! It's sad to see him die but my sister wailing doesn't help

This should be at the top, because this breaks your heart.

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7Bubba (Mykelti Williamson) - Forrest Gump

Shrimp Stew, Shrimp Burgers, Coconut Shrimp, Stir-fried Shrimp, SHRIMP, SHRIMP, EVERYWHERE!

Sad death. When he says "I wanna go home" I felt so sad.

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8Bambi's Mom - Bambi

Still sad after all these years ever since Bambi was born his mother has always been right by him and when he finds himself suddenly without her its all the sadder. - egnomac

The Prince's whole "You can't be with your mother anymore" or something line made it all the more depressing in my opinion. - HeavyDonkeyKong

I don't get why the mothers always have to die in Disney movies!

I guess no-one hunts like Gaston since he uses antlers in all of his decorating.

I also could not finish this movie. Then or now.

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9Kong (Andy Serkis) - King Kong (2005)

They took him out of his element...these ants. Meaning people, These little nothings then proceeded to torture and kill him. Mankind the cruelest of all.

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10Rue (Amandla Stenberg) - The Hunger Games

One of the saddest deaths I have seen a film poor innocent twelve year old getting killed and the way katniss makes her death all pretty and makes the revolution partly based on the fact that she's angry for her death it so sad nearly bought tears to my eyes

I was reading the book, knowing Rue's death was coming, but when I got to the part of the book I cried the rest of the night. I was fighting back tears the next day at school too. I haven't seen the movie, but seeing a girl as beautiful as Amandla, who I know played Rue so well, and knowing that in some point she has to die is just so depressing.

Why are all of these comments on rue thumb downed? - HeavyDonkeyKong

The song in the movie and the background becoming white just makes it sadder. I'll never forget it

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11Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) - Watchmen

I hate Dr Manhattan! So much, I want to kill him, unfortunately that isn't possible. Rorschach was my favorite character.

A great acted, performed scene that perfectly captures the message of the graphic novel

"Well.. What are you waiting for? DO IT! "
This one totally ripped me. I'd never read the comic series, and didn't think that the long-suffering Rorschach would die at the hands of Dr Manhattan just like that.

12Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Severus Snape is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is characterised as a person of great complexity, whose coldly sarcastic and controlled exterior conceals deep emotions and anguish.

He was a good man. I want to have a boyfriend who will love me like Snape loves Lily. His love was stronger than death and this is beautiful.

Snape had loved Lily Potter all his life and his death wish was to gave upon her eyes one final time. So sad.

I think Snapes is the Saddest death. Like I hated Him in the first few movies (and the books) But as I read and watched the last books and movies I then knew he was a GREAT man! I think it was the saddest because he was great man and he didn't do anything for him to die

He protected Harry in a way. He didn't deserve it. - BoltMarksman

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13Irwin Wade (Giovanni Ribisi) - Saving Private Ryan

Super sad! The man dies hallucinating seeing his mom. So sad!

Wade's death hit so hard because it's real. This is what happened to millions of good, innocent, well-meaning men during World War 2. They died alone, afraid and in agony. Nobody should have to experience what they, and Wade did.

I think this death form saving private Ryan is the most saddest death because he was hallucinating about his mom that made the tears full from my eyes

Can't believe this didn't make the list.

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14Mrs. Gump (Sally Fields) - Forrest Gump

Life is like a box of chocolates because you never know what you're gonna get.

I didn't see Jenny on this list, but this is still sad

15Sam, the Dog (Abbey) - I Am Legend

No offense but people treat others like much and give all their respect to dogs I find it a little insane that they go toe troke random folks dogs? They don't know what that dog could be like but then people cuss at each other personally I don't feel any sadder for dogs didn't than humans

Getting killed by the one you gave your life for. Or how a dog can show people what loyalty really is. Truly a sad scene.

Why did this have to happen I hate zombies/disease carriers - Calebng

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16Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) - Bridge to Terabithia

The saddest part of her death is that she was young, had so much life ahead of her... She was one of those people who you felt would just change the world one day, and her life was cut short. It's sad because she brought the best out in Jess, and even the school bully... She never made a lot of friends, but in her death she "opened their minds. " To how presidiums life is, and to never take a single moment for granted. Go through life with Joy, and always be the one willing to take the stripes to help someone else, even if they don't like you. Leslie made everyone want to be a better person... SHE was the bridge to Teribithia, the bridge to the other side.. The bridge to Heaven on earth.

That poor girl, they should have built a strong bridge on that river so she would have gotten to the other side safely. She deserves a second chance in another life because she had an almost whole life after her. Stupid vine!

AnnaSophia Robb survived but her character in "Bridge to Terabithia" didn't. "I will never do Leslie Burke or Bridge to Terabithia ever again" says Robb during her personal appearance in Soul Surfer (as Bethany Hamilton). - playstationfan66

Super Sad! And so unexpected!

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17Ellie Fredricksen (Elie Docter) - Up

At least she was already old but we saw her as a child. She didn't deserve to die before making her dream true.

Disney created the greatest love story I've ever seen in eight minutes, and then they make your heart explode.

I cried for 2 days. And I'm a grown man.

18Jenny Curran/Gump (Robin Wright) - Forrest Gump

Even if she acted like an a hole for most of the film, she still changed later on. And then she tells Forrest that she has a virus. (AIDS probably) Anyways, she dies and it comes out of nowhere.

19Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

So sad. I cried in the book and the movie!

It is so sad I cried both book and movie I hate it when characters have just found true love and are killed off because it makes it so sad and very emotional for anyone watchingnit

It is so sad that he dies right after being married to Anne. I hate those Lizard-Humaniod Mutts! So sad that they beheaded him. Reading the book I hoped he wouldn't die in the movie, still happened... At least him and Anne had a child... 😭

20Katsumoto (Ken Watanbe) - The Last Samurai

So so sad, he gave his life for freedom and what he thought was right. He died showing what true honour is and that everything is not lost even when you stand alone.

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