Saddest Movie Deaths

Alexandr

The Top Ten

1 John 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.

OH MY GOD! IT'S SO SAD!
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

Way sadder than Mufasa's Death! - MrComedy

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2 Mufasa (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.

Mufasa's deaths in this movie hit me like a speeding bullet when I was younger. This has to be one of the saddest Disney movie deaths in history. What made it even sadder was that Scar convinced Simba that it was his fault.

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.

Saddest animated death ever

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3 Jack 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

Haha Jack let go

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4 Han 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.

How could they

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5 Boromir (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

"I do not know what strength lies in my blood, but I swear to you I will not let the white city fall or our people fail."

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6 Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Severus 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

Definitely so sad. And then Alan died too just to add to the sadness.

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7 Rue (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

Everyone cried hand down

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8 Bubba (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.

I think this should be higher opposed to Snape

Where are the onions coming from

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

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

Heartless hunters, does never "need" to be shot

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10 Robbie 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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The Newcomers

? Guest (ObliviousHD) - The Last Guest

HE isn't DEAD HE CAME BACK IN THE LAST GUEST 2: THE PRODIGY!

The Last Guest isn’t a movie, but his death was so heartbreaking - Gabo147

? Spider-Man (Avengers: Infinity War)

I don't feel so good

The Contenders

11 Kong (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.

Any animal deaths are worse then humans THAT IS A FACT!

That was sad. Andy Serkis is great at playing apes. - PeeledBanana

This was depressingg

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12 Rorschach (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

Why would Rorschach tell Dr Manhattan to kill him? - Gabo147

"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.

13 Irwin 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

Saddest death I have ever seen. I rarely cry during movies but this brings me to tears every time

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14 Mrs. 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

15 Sam, 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.

His last living remembrance of his family. Sam was loyal to the T and threw herself at those dogs to save her master. For him to have to choke her to death was truly a sad emotional moment.

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

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16 Ellie 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.

Sad scene in movie part

17 Leslie 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

She was a beautiful, smart, young, and imaginative person, and that's why she went away somehow. This ripped my heart out.

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18 Finnick 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

Saddest Hunger Games death, they shouldve just killed Gale. Finnick was my favorite character in the series and Suzanne Collins just had to kill him off! - Blizzard

Finnick suffered more than just about ANYONE in this series:

Forced into the Games at 14

Forced into prostitution at 16

Reaped AGAIN and put against his friends at about 22

Watched his mentor and friend Mags die because, on order of the rebellion, he had to keep Peeta alive at all costs

Escaped the Quell to learn that his only true love, Annie Cresta, has been captured and tortured by the Capital when she is suffering from severe anxiety/PTSD and possibly other mental illnesses (I think she may be autistic, but that's just me... I just have a lot of Odesta/Annie/Finnick feels okay?)

Broadcasts stories of his friends and fellow victors, whose deaths have almost ruined him for all of Panem to hear

Talks at length about sexual abuse suffered in the Capital

Marries the love of his life, Annie Cresta

Goes on a mission with Katniss and Co. to try and save Panem, only to be decapitated in a sewer by lizard mutts

He dies ...more

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19 Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland) - Gone With the Wind
20 Jenny 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.

That's such a shame! That scene of Forrest in the graveyard, good God! How depressing

21 Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe) - Platoon

I hate you Barns, good job Charlie Sheen

Barns = Devil Elias = Angle

Taylor = Born of those to father's

By far the saddest the only ones that compare are wades and elephant mans rest on list are cheesy and made ma laugh

So dramatic and sad. He was a hero.

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22 Old Yeller (Spike) - Old Yeller

I cried so hard. And then I kept rethinking that scene, where Travis is pointing the gun at Yeller, and he looks like he's going to burst into tears right then and there... and I cried some more. So heartbreaking...

I get teary eyed just thinking about it

23 Katsumoto (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.

Makes me tear up ever time

24 Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner) - Menace II Society
25 Setsuko (Rhoda Chrosite) - Grave of the Fireflies

The saddest thing that cinema has ever seen, and will ever see. This tragic death is the most tear jerking thing ever. - alimarashian

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26 Bruno (Asa Butterfield) - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

That boy didn't deserve to die neither did any one else in that gas chamber.

I almost cried when his mom was crying over his clothes

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27 Gandalf (Ian Mckellen) - The Fellowship of The Ring

Technically not a "death", but let's be honest: We all cried when he fell. So. Damn. Hard. End of story.

That is not even a death it is like the doctor when he regenerates - Calebng

28 Coral (Elizabeth Perkins) - Finding Nemo

It was a sad death even when it wasn't shown. Bedsides most of the eggs were eaten before they brought baby fish to life and one of them got a little damaged causing the fish to have a smaller fin than usual.

She deserved to see her son and her other children, not to end up dying like this.

Finding nemo is one of the best Disney films coming shortly after finding dory as dory is the best but I got to admit I did not expect to happen at the start I didn't cry but it was very sad

How did she died? Did the shark eat her?

Yeah that was a sad one - hogwartsjedi

29 Ben Parker (Cliff Robertson) - Spiderman

What makes it so sad is that Peter had the power to prevent it instead his selfish actions resulted in the death of Uncle Ben. - egnomac

This scene has made me cry the hardest more than any other movie ever. I cry as hard as when a loved one dies, when seeing this scene.

Uncle Ben was killed when he was trying to stop the criminal not with violence but with words.

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30 Jesus Christ (Jim Caviezel) - The Passion of the Christ

Oh come on! - pouria_mt

31 Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Sad as he was one of the kindest characters and didn't deserve to be killed

32 French Soldier (Raymond Griffith) - All Quiet on the Western Front
33 T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) - Terminator 2: Judgment Day

This character went from being an emotionless killing machine to being a father figure to John Connor who wanted to become more human. He sacrifices himself to save humanity, and in essence, becomes human himself.

When he put up the thumbs up I got teared up,

This one should be higher on the list - cadespencer

When they lower him into the steel...and the thumbs up...god :( tears, man

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34 Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) - Gran Torino

It was very emotional watching Walt being gunned down in the middle of the street by the men he was trying to protect Tao from. Even the silent soft whispering of Walt's voice at the end with Tao driving the Gran Torino got me.

35 Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith) - I Am Legend

Unexpected and heroic.

36 Billy Flynn (Jon Voight) - The Champ

This one should be at the top 10 because its one of the saddest deaths in movie history, Billy Flynn wins his comeback fight only to die in the dressing room while his son cries out "Champ wake up. Please wake up Champ" - egnomac

I can't watch this movie without crying its really the saddest movie of all time.

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37 M (Judi Dench) - Skyfall
38 Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields) - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Heart breaking after katniss volunteers to save her life in the first place and for it to happen at the end of the film makes me cry the death of young girl my age similar to the death of rue

This is definitely one of the saddest deaths I have seen on film. I mean after all that Katniss did to protect her. Prims death should be number 1.Then it should be Katniss's dad. Then it should be Rue. And then it should be Finnnick. Then Boggs. THOSE SHOULD BE THE TOP 5!

Her death is tied with Rue's for the saddest death in movie history, SO WHY ARN'T THEY IN THE TOP TEN!? It is so sad because Katniss volunteers as tribute for her so she wouldn't be killed but she dies in the end!? So sad. AND TO THINK PRESIDENT SNOW WAS BEHIND IT ALL! Susan Collins sure knows how to wright tear jurking stories. I cri every time... 😭

39 Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson) - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson) - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Cedric used to be Harry's friend. He is a Hogwarts champion and then he was being killed by Peter Pettigrew with the wand. I couldn't stop crying when he dies.

Does anyone else think this was the doctors trying to end Twilight before it began?

I cry every time I see this movie

NO CEDRIC! don't GO INTO THE TWILIGHT! - Blizzard

40 Hachiko (Dog's Name Unknown) - Hachi: A Dog's Tale

I loved this movie, I almost broke down in tears when that poor dog waited for his dead owner, and wanted to cry in more when he died.

After hachi's death, when the camera climbs to the sky where Hachi finally met his human friend, I wanted to die crying

So sad, I wanted to cry when the owner died, my heart exploded when the dog waited for his owner, and I died when the dog died.

The saddest part is that this is based on a true story. We are unworthy of dog's companionship.

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41 Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith) - Rocky III

This should have been in the top 5!

Really sad. It brought me to tears X (. Also, what about that boxer from "The Champ"? I mean come on! The poor guy and child! - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

42 Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) - Dead Poets Society

This is just so sad. Why'd he had to kill himself? But this movie is so beautiful though, the moral in it. I always loved Neil Perry in this movie and his ambition to be an actor.. Dead Poets Society always makes me cry so badly.

The scene where you hear the gunshot still haunts me to this day. Love this movie and how powerful it is.

43 Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) - Logan

I don't cry at movies but this death almost did.

It was the saddest hero death of all time.

Most saddest death in comic book movies - Alxg_mez

This is the only death I cried on...

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44 Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) - Alien 3 Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) - Alien 3 Ellen Louise Ripley is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Alien film series played by American actress Sigourney Weaver.

Ellen Ripley is true heroine. I adore this character. The final scene was very emotional and sad - Alexandr

45 Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) - The Terminator

He died honorably like a soilder - cadespencer

WHY DID THEY KILL OFF THE MOST AWESOME CHARACTER
THEY DID THIS IN EVERY MOVIE

But the T-800's death in T2 was even sadder - cadespencer

46 Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) - Marvel's The Avengers Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) - Marvel's The Avengers

"Didn't you die? "
Phil: "I got better"

Fortunately after a trip to Tahiti, he was back with S.H.I.E.L.D.

47 Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) - Rocky IV

How is this so low it's in my top 10 Deaths, I mean a great character getting beaten up to death by a Russian boxer filled of steroids

Could not get over that. Still can't watch.

After watching all the Rockys and seeing how Apollo and Rocky grow as friends it's heart wrenching when you see him fall

48 Guido Orefice (Roberto Begnini) - Life Is Beautiful

One of the greatest war films ever made. True classic and Roberto made it look even better. - Alexandr

I love this movie with my entire heart! I cried for hours of sadness and then of happinness because I remembered that the boy found his mom.

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49 Dallas Winston (Matt Dillon) - The Outsiders

Nearly cried my eyes out when johnny died but when dally died within the same five minutes I balled my eyes out- RIP Dallas Winston and Johnny Cade

I really need to see this movie. This made me really sad when him & Johnny died in the book, and my friend told me this death made her bawl her eyes out when she saw the movie.

When Johnny died I was bawling and literally less than 5 minutes later, Dallas dies! I love the outsiders but I cry every time I see it!

Dally and Johnny were my favorites too... they were both cute to me but Johnny will always be my Bae!

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50 Spock (Leonard Nimoy) - Star Trek II Wrath of Khan Spock (Leonard Nimoy) - Star Trek II Wrath of Khan

It gets me every time, that last bit when they're both slumped to the floor. And after they've spent most of the film reminding how long they've been friends.

This one's in the top five on my list :(

There is no greater death then one who sacrifices his life for others. The needs of the many outweigh...the needs of the few, or the one.

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