Saddest Movie Deaths


The Top Ten

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

He was murdered because he was black

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!

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.

Way sadder than Mufasa's Death! - MrComedy

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2 Mufasa (James Earl Jones) - The Lion King

Sad but important for the story - blackflower

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.

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3 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.

It felt like a stab to the face.

Very sad, especially because it was his son who killed him - blackflower

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

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4 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

PlayStationfan66 actually jack Did die I think u saw the teaser trailer in number 2 and it is fake.

I saw titanic when I was 9 and THE WORST PART was when he died. It was also sad when in that cut seen that mum is sending her kids off the sleep in there bed when the ship is sinking EVEN THOUGH THEY CAN STILL GO AND GET OUT

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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.

"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."

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

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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.

His whole life was sad - blackflower

RIP The best character in the world! - severussnape

yuck no.

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

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7 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!

Don't watch this piece of deer poop (I can't STAND IT! )

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8 Rue (Amandla Stenberg) - The Hunger Games

Sadder in the book - blackflower

Actually the only movie death I cried in - fiyahstah

Everyone cried hand down

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

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9 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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10 Bubba (Mykelti Williamson) - Forrest Gump

I think this should be higher opposed to Snape

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

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

Where are the onions coming from

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The Contenders

11 Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) - Watchmen

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

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.

12 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

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 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

15 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

16 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.

Yes, this is sad. But Godzilla’s Death in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah made me cry even more. Godzilla is our true King. - asantalo

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

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

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

They should've ended the film at the scene where Jenny talks to Forrest while lying in bed after the wedding.

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

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.

18 Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) - Bridge to Terabithia

Just as powerful as in the book - blackflower

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.

Leslie should be so much higher on this list! She never deserved to die!

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!

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19 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

Yup, that part was very sad - awesomeriki

I was on the verge of tears. 😭

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

Very sad - blackflower

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

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

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21 Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland) - Gone With the Wind
22 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.

I'll never be selfish.

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23 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.

Who would not be sad

24 Spider-Man (Tom Holland) - Avengers: Infinity War

Spider-Man was my favorite superhero growing up. This made me cry

Why is this not in the top ten saddest deaths?
What makes it so sad is:
1. He finally became an Avenger.
2. He finally got that hug he wanted in Homecoming.
3. He tried to fight it, but he wasn't strong enough.
4. He sensed it with his Spider Sense - CartoonCriticizer

my eye wet

I didn't really cry, I was just sad, - B1ueNew

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25 Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) - Logan

This is number one

This is the only death I cried on...

This is low now but will rise with time.

How is he not in the top 5. - deandinosaur5

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26 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


27 Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner) - Menace II Society
28 Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker) - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

This was probably the one death scene that got my the most,..

The scene, Peter's helplessness and Yondu's resignation, the funeral and the was all just perfect for one of the saddest cinematic moments ever, in my opinion.

Probably one of the saddest Marvel deaths I have seen, the other being Quicksilver in Age of Ultron. Peter screaming and Yondu’s face almost had me crying, and them laying down all the items and incinerating his body made it even worse. RIP Yondu. - Blizzard

His death was one of the saddest father and son moments of all time

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

Oh come on! - pouria_mt

30 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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31 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

32 Godzilla - Godzilla vs Destoroyah

This Was So Sad I Cried

This should be higher. Kong's death maybe sad, but this is waaayy more sadder than any other Kaiju deaths in history. It's so emotional, it's so tearful. And not to mention that it was a big deal to the world. That movie was everywhere on the news that Godzilla will die in this film. And so he did. Sorry Kong, but Godzilla is a better monster than you. That's why we call him: King of the Monsters, cause he's a true king. - asantalo

Godzilla's death signaled the end of an era. It's so sad to see what we thought was an invincible and unbeatable figure continue fighting until his last breath. Even though this death is sad, it gives us hope by reviving Godzilla Jr.

33 Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gwendolyne Maxine "Gwen" Stacy is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, usually as a supporting character in those featuring Spider-Man.

The only good part of the amazing spiderman two

If you didn't read the comics, then you wouldn't have expected it. This has broken my heart! Garfield and Stone had amazing chemistry and I know whoever will play Mary Jane in the next film will disappoint, and I will only wish that it were Gwen Stacey instead of Mary Jane. I'm worried that this death ruined the next two films. Honestly if Emma Stone hadn't played Gwen Stacy and played Mary Jane instead, then the series would be much better off. I see no way of recovering...

I saw it coming. But when it happened. I broke down to tears. Like what. I wish they could have kept her alive! DAMN I THINK I'm CRYING NOW! GREAT JOB GUYS!

I knew what was coming because of the comics but nevertheless it was really sad, the same feeling I had when Snape died.

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34 Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler) - How To Train Your Dragon 2

I saw this movie in theaters three times and I cried every time I Stoick died. So sad...

This is the only movie death that has ever made me cry.

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

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

36 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

37 French Soldier (Raymond Griffith) - All Quiet on the Western Front
38 Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) - Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Best Star Wars hero. :( makes me sad after his death. It’s very emotional on how he sacrificed himself to stop Kylo and help Rey (he uses his hologram), at his planet he ended up with the Force. - asantalo

39 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.

40 M (Judi Dench) - Skyfall
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 Godzilla Jr. - Godzilla vs Destroyah
43 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.

Truly done of the greatest acting by a little kid ever

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

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

At the end when hachi died, I died with him.

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

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45 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... 😭

46 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


47 John Merrick (John Hurt) - The Elephant Man
48 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

This should be higher.

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49 Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) - Avengers: Infinity War

I was hoping Wanda was going to make it but she'll be back

50 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.

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