Movie Death Scenes that really got to you...

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  1. ChuckSolo

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    Check out Bette Davis' performance in "Dark Victory" and also Gene Tierny's death scene in "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." My mom and sister blubber on those two everytime.
     
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    Return of the Jedi
    Anakin/Darth Vader. Before the prequels, I never really cared too much that he died. Now that I have seen who he is, I care a lot more.


    Cast Away
    Wilson. Even though it is a volleyball, still very sad.
     
  3. Jack Briggs

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    HAL-9000's disconnection scene.
     
  4. Scott McAllister

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    The Shawshank Redemption - Brook's death, and Red's subsequent visit to the half-way house. Absolutely remarkable.



    Legends of the Fall - Many here to list, but Samuel's death in the war and Tritian's new wife at the hands of the bootleggers stand out in my mind.
     
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    I can't believe no one has said this one.....


    American History X



    Two deaths in this actually. The first when Ed Norton has the guy place his head on the curb and stomps on him. That was a gut punch to me like I've hardly ever felt from a film.

    The second was when Edward Furlong was killed at the very end of the movie. I should have seen it coming but I didn't until the very end. Two deaths from a very powerful movie.
     
  7. MatthewLouwrens

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    A Simple Plan
    The death of Billy Bob's character, where he asks his brother to kill him, and the brother hates to do it, but he pulls the trigger. I haven't watched the film since the cinema release, but this was one scene that really stayed with me.
     
  8. Sean Campbell

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    Watership Down, When the Wind Blows and Grave of the Fireflies - three animated movies which prove that you can get just as upset watching cartoon characters die as you can humans. The ending of The Iron Giant is a killer too, or would be if it wasn't for another scene right before the end credits ( bad mistake IMO ).
     
  9. Derrik Draven

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    Joe Pesci and his brother getting beaten to death with baseball bats at the end of "Casino".

    BRUTAL!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] Shocked me 1st time I saw it.
     
  10. Brian W.

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    Melanie Hamilton's in "Gone With the Wind."

    Boromir's and Gandalf's in "Fellowship of the Ring."

    Sophie and Nathan's suicides in "Sophie's Choice."

    The man in the wheelchair dumped over the balcony in "The Pianist."

    Emilia's murder in the Laurence Olivier version of "Othello" -- absolutely heart-rending: "So speaking as I think, I die, I die."

    Oh, and let's not forget Charlotte's death in "Charlotte's Web." [​IMG]
     
  11. DustinDavis

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    Trying to pick ones not already mentioned...

    The "moider" of Honora in
    Heavenly Creatures.

    The death/resuscitation of Lindsey Brigman in
    The Abyss.

    Wolfgang in
    Amadeus.

    Though you never really see it, Lefty
    in Donnie Brasco.
     
  12. Rob P S

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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape:
    the mother


    A Midnight Clear:
    Frank Whaley's character


    Rudy:
    Rudy's best friend Pete


    The Mighty:
    Kevin


    Simon Birch:
    Simon


    We Were Soldiers:
    Chris Klein's character


    Cocoon:
    Jack Gilford's wife


    A Simple Plan:
    Jacob


    Pay It Forward:
    Trevor


    Radio:
    Radio's mother
     
  13. Darko

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    For some reason, Haldir in The Two Towers.

    Also Boromir's death in Fellowship, and Grave of the Fireflies
     
  14. Sean Moon

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    The key to a successful death scene is in the acting of it. If it is overplayed, it loses its impact a lot I think. But with the right ammount of subtlty it can be unforgettable.

    Examples:

    Lord of the Rings:Fellowship of the Ring
    Boromir. The fact of how valiantly he fought to defend the hobbits and redeem his soul makes this scene so hard to watch for me. And Sean Bean's amazing acting in that scene...the gasping for breath, the clenching in pain...just amazing, and the most understated actor in that film I believe. The way Aragorn reacts too sells it. I believe this to be the moment he finally starts to step into his kingly role...that he will accept his destiny to make it up to this man that dies before him. The sight of his countryman dying before him made him realize how much it really meant to him. The extended cut gets me harder though because of the one new line in the scene, "They will look for his coming from the white tower, but he will not return." That added so much more emotion to it for me.


    And of course, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    Chow Yun Fat. His raspy words and how Michelle Yoeh is sobbing during it. The one time you see her lose her resolve makes it that much harder to watch. But his speech to her is what drove me to tears. "I would rather spend eternity as a ghost by your side, than to enter heaven without you. Because of your love, I will never be alone." That this proud warrior has squandered his entire life hiding his emotions, that he can finally set himself free in the moment of his death. Amazing stuff.
     
  15. Chad A Wright

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    I didn't cry during all of these (some though), but they still had an impact.

    The Last Samurai
    The end was very sad. And I had actually expected Cruise's character to die. The final death of Katsumoto was where I almost lost it. Such a noble people. I could probably tear up right now without much effort.


    Fellowship of the Ring
    Boromir's death didn't bring tears, but it still hits like a ton of bricks everytime I see it.


    The Two Towers
    Haldir's death really hit hard. No tears, but to see someone so majestic die was rather sad. You could see it when he fell, the final realization he had about what death was. He did a great job conveying that. Death is such a foreign idea to the elves, that that scene is very sad.



    Saving Private Ryan
    All the deaths were sad, but I finally lost it with Hanks at the end.


    Gladiator
    I cry everytime Maximus dies.


    Titanic
    Cried like a baby. I hate that movie for that very reason.


    Forest Gump
    Jenny's death always gets me.


    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Chow Yun Fats character has that same nobility of Katsumoto in The Last Samurai. That kind of death always saddens me.


    The Lion King
    Mufasa's death scene is one of the most powerful ever. It's a great marriage of pictures and music. I think I cried at that scene the first time I saw it. It still hits me when i see it now, though.


    I'm sure there are a lot of others that I can't remember right now.
     
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    The scence with the sheriff's mother always makes me lose it.


    I'll second We were soilders, but not only the movie...
    In the extras, they show one of the actual wifes of the soilders watching a scene when they are talking about her husband and she breaks down. It is heartbreaking!


    There are lots of others, some mentioned above.
     
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    Boromir's death is the most moving and heartfelt I've ever seen. The mixture of the acting, music and editing is just perfect. Mind you, I haven't seen Return Of The King yet, so that may change.

    And also - almost any death scene in The Godfather films, especially the first one. They get to me because they look so ridiculous. When Sonny gets it - exactly how many bullets can a human body take before the person falls over? The ones in the restaurant always make me laugh too.
     
  18. Tim Glover

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    Many, many great ones already listed here.

    I'll second the Gandalf "death"...and to a lesser degree Borimar's death in FOTR. Especially in the EE when his character has more depth.


    Crouching Tiger
    Chow Yung Fat
    maybe one of the most underrated performances in recent film history.

    Titanic
    Jack's death. Yeah, I'm a sucker.


    Gone With The Wind
    Melanie's death. Outstanding performance too.


    Return Of The Jedi
    Darth Vader/Anakin's death. For me, still the most moving scene in film history, when weighing all that came before. Seeing Luke's reaction to his father dying, the music...wow.


    Finding Forrester
    Sean Connery's death is told to the young man. (forgot his name)...very moving.


    Rocky III
    Rocky's Manager dying. This hard-ass, irish manager, pushed Rocky to greatness.


    Saving Private Ryan
    Tom Hanks. I was thinking, Tom Hanks can't die, can he??


    City of Angels
    Meg Ryan's death. I was madder than hell...but understood.

    Phenomenon
    John Travolta dying in bed, lying next to Kyra Sedwick (sp)...extremely moving scene.


    I'm sure there are more. [​IMG]
     
  19. Darrin W-G

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    Willem Defoe death scene in Platoon.
     
  20. Jason_Els

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    WARNING!! Spoilers!

     

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