Kick off your weekend with cinema's 100 most emotion-filled death scenes!

While the video is, sadly, unembeddable, it is worth the extra click if you are in serious need of depressing yourself into oblivion. The Movie Miscellany has compiled a tear-soaked supercut of 100 of cinema's most gut-wrenching death scenes -- the ones that have made you sad, the ones that made you curl up into a fetal position and weep, the ones that mad you have to call your mom... they're all there! The full list of deaths is on the site, in case you accidentally missed (or spared yourself from) some of the scenes. Actually, the extra click over to the video page is good. You'll have time to grab tissues or call a friend for support. Oh, and don't bother looking for any of Sean Bean's many screen deaths. He has his own supercut. (via io9)


  1. In case you wanted the list in nicer format then that poor excuse of a (list).

    King Kong – King Kong (1933)
    Charles Foster Kane – Citizen Kane (1941)
    Bambi’s mother – Bambi (1942)
    Lisa – The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Messala – Ben-Hur (1959)
    Spartacus – Spartacus (1960)
    Marion Crane – Psycho (1960)
    Mark Antony – Cleopatra (1963)
    Cleopatra – Cleopatra (1963)
    Ben – Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
    Ratso – Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    Tracy Bond – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
    Jennifer Cavalleri – Love Story (1970)
    Robert Neville – The Omega Man (1971)
    Jack Carter – Get Carter (1971)
    Don Vito Corleone – The Godfather (1972)
    Sol – Soylent Green (1973)
    Sergeant Howie – The Wicker Man (1973)
    Christine Baxter – Don’t Look Now (1973)
    Quint – Jaws (1975)
    R.P. McMurphy – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    Obi-Wan Kenobi – Star Wars (1977)
    Rafer – The Wild Geese (1978)
    Hazel – Watership Down (1978)
    Nick – The Deer Hunter (1978)
    Colonel Kurtz – Apocalypse Now (1979)
    John Merrick – The Elephant Man (1980)
    Archy Hamilton – Gallipoli (1981)
    Roy Batty – Blade Runner (1982)
    Mickey Goldmill – Rocky III (1982)
    Spock – Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)
    E.T. – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    Emma – Terms Of Endearment (1983)
    Tony Montana – Scarface (1983)
    Darth Vader – Return Of The Jedi (1983)
    Artax – The NeverEnding Story (1984)
    Apollo Creed – Rocky IV (1985)
    Optimus Prime – The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
    Sergeant Elias – Platoon (1986)
    Sam Wheat – Ghost (1990)
    The Inventor – Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    Vasili Borodin – The Hunt For Red October (1990)
    Thomas – My Girl (1991)
    Thelma and Louise – Thelma & Louise (1991)
    The Terminator – Terminator 2 (1991)
    Alice Munro – The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
    Ripley – Alien 3 (1992)
    Captain Kirk – Star Trek: Generations (1994)
    Mufasa – The Lion King (1994)
    Léon – Leon (1994)
    William Wallace – Braveheart (1995)
    James Cole – 12 Monkeys (1995)
    Katharine Clifton – The English Patient (1996)
    General Hummel – The Rock (1996)
    Romeo – Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    Juliet – Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    Jack Vincennes – L.A. Confidential (1997)
    Jack Dawson – Titanic (1997)
    Maggie – City of Angels (1998)
    Danny Vinyard – American History X (1998)
    Harry Stamper – Armageddon (1998)
    Captain Miller – Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    Jenny Lerner and Jason Lerner – Deep Impact (1998)
    The Iron Giant – The Iron Giant (1999)
    Lester Burnham – American Beauty (1999)
    John Coffey The Green Mile (1999)
    Maximus – Gladiator (2000)
    Trevor McKinney – Pay It Forward (2000)
    Satine – Moulin Rouge! (2001)
    Gandalf the Grey – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
    Uncle Ben – Spider-Man (2002)
    Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting – Gangs Of New York (2002)
    Michael Sullivan – Road To Perdition (2002)
    Gollum – The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
    Noah and Allie – The Notebook (2004)
    Maggie Fitzgerald – Million Dollar Baby (2004)
    XXXX – Layer Cake (2004)
    Doctor Octavius – Spider-Man 2 (2004)
    Hartigan – Sin City (2005)
    King Leonidas – 300 (2006)
    Professor Charles Xavier – X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
    Maurice – Venus (2006)
    Ofelia – Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
    Robbie – Atonement (2007)
    Cecilia – Atonement (2007)
    Carter – The Bucket List (2007)
    Capa – Sunshine (2007)
    Chris McCandless – Into The Wild (2007)
    Samantha the dog – I Am Legend (2007)
    Marley the dog – Marley & Me (2008)
    Benjamin Button – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
    Walt Kowalski – Gran Torino (2008)
    Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg – Valkyrie (2008)
    Harvey Milk – Milk (2008)
    Ellie – Up (2009)
    Marcus Wright – Terminator Salvation (2009)
    Big Daddy – Kick-Ass (2010)

      1. It’s blocked in the UK as well:
        “This video contains content from kiverdigital and Studio Canal, one or more of whom have blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”

    1.  neither did Optimus, ET, Spock, Sam Wheat’s already dead through the movie, The Terminator (comes back again and again as new versions), Ripley(cloned), Gandalf, Professor X, Ofeli… no one in fantasy seems to stay dead.

  2. Oh for Pete’s sake. Was it a commercial clip? Was it free publicity that would encourage folks to go see all these films again? Who cares. Ban the whole bloody thing.

    1. I disagree on that point, but he was lucky to kick the bucket long before the horror of The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter.

  3. I’m surprised Empire Of The Sun didn’t make it…I know Christian Bale doesn’t die, but I think just about everyone else does.

  4. Here’s those that left me in a puddle of tears: Bladerunner, Terms of Endearment, The Notebook, The English Patient, Star Trek II, The Last of the Mohicans, Into the Wild, Milk, American Beauty, and Saving Private Ryan. Fierce love, love under fire, a passionate love for one’s life or the life of another.

    I’m going to own up to having read a Dean Koontz novel and quote a passage from the fourth of the Odd Thomas books, ‘Odd Hours.’

    Because Birdie seemed to expect me to elucidate, I fumbled out what I thought she might want to say herself: “Grief can destroy you—or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. Or you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn’t allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it’s over and you’re alone, you begin to see it wasn’t just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can’t get off your knees for a long time, you’re driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.”

  5. I’m not sure Charles Foster Kane’s death scene really counts as “emotion-filled” or a “tear-jerker” since it’s literally the first thing that happens in the movie, long before the viewer has any chance to become emotionally invested in either Kane or any other character.

  6. If you want to blub like a little girl, then watching Jim and Hilda Bloggs at the end of When The Wind Blows will do it for you. That this scene isn’t mentioned on the list is a terrible omission.

  7. I’m surprised the death of Charlotte at the end of Charlotte’s Web didn’t make the list. No matter how many times I see it that moment still reduces me to a puddle.

  8. This is not a list without the wolf, and his horse for that matter, dying in Dances With Wolves. Where’s my tissue.

  9. Reading this post I thought of the movie death which made me cry the most: Bjork’s character in Dancer in the Dark. It’s not on the list!

  10. HAL in 2001 – incredibly sad & moving & haunted me for years, yet oddly didn’t make me want to cry

  11. Where is Old Yeller, I’m getting misty-eyed just thinking about it. Oh, and this a weird one, the final scene in The FlyII where dude has to kill his mutated Golden Retriever, that scene tore me up inside. Maybe I’m just a sucker for yellow/golden dogs.

  12. Iron Giant cannot be surpassed.

    Brad Bird said the problem with Iron Giant was that the market for movies that “make grown men cry” turned out to be very small.

  13. I had, apparently, managed to block out my memories of My Girl…but they have all come flooded back…along with copious amounts of dust. Yes, it is very dusty in here!

  14. Really suprised to see the death of Lois Lane from the first Superman movie didn’t make the cut. When Superman screams, and it sounds like it echoes around the world? C’mon! He’s so distraught, he reverses the spin of the earth!

  15. There is a little-remembered movie Michael Keaton did in 1993 called “My Life.” It’s about a guy who’s dying from a terminal and inoperable brain tumor, knowing he will be gone before his pregnant wife delivers their son. So he makes a bunch of videos for the kid, of him reading stories and other fatherly-type stuff. At the end of the movie, we see the little kid sitting there, watching his father on TV. That movie tore me to pieces.

  16. I would have included the rabbit from “Rules of the Game,” Hal from “2001,” and sure, how about “Grave of the Fireflies” in its entirety.

  17. the ending of both of these still brings sadness – “my dog skip” and “where the red ferns grow” And let us not forget John Wayne in the “Cowboys”

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