Have you ever been emotionally devastated by the death of a character in a movie? You’re not alone. According to an online discussion, here’s a list of the character deaths that broke our hearts.
Warning: spoilers below!
1 – Merlin – Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mark Strong’s performance as Merlin was a highlight of the first Kingsman film. Seeing him sacrifice his life to protect Eggys is one of the most emotional moments in the franchise.
2 – John Coffey – The Green Mile
What more needs to be said about this? Michael Clarke Duncan’s performance is one for the ages in this timeless classic based on the Stephen King novel.
3 – Col Henry Blake – MASH
“Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake’s plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan. It spun in. There were no survivors.”
Every MASH fan knows how devastating this news was, and the scene of the staff reacting to it is one of the most impactful in television history.
4 – Leslie – Bridge To Terabithia
This isn’t just a cute children’s movie. Bridge to Terabithia deals with the heavy themes of death, loss, and grief.
5 – Thomas – My Girl
From one “cute” movie to another, the death of Thomas in My Girl is one of the most iconic deaths in movie history. It’s also one of the most heartbreaking.
6 – Mufasa – The Lion King
From the iconic “Long live the king” line from Scar (Jeremy Irons) to Simba’s attempt to wake his father up, the death of Mufasa is one of many reasons why The Lion King is one of the best Disney movies ever made.
7 – Lennie – Of Mice and Men
The Lennie character in “Of Mice and Men” is an excellent contrast to the realities of living and working during the Great Depression.
I remember the first time I read the book in eighth grade. Reading the ending, where George has to shoot Lennie, absolutely broke my heart. It wasn’t easy to get through.
8 – Yondu – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
He’s Mary Poppins, y’all.
Yondu’s father-like role with Peter Quill is the emotional heart and center of the second Guardians of the Galaxy film and essential to the growth of the Peter Quill character.
9 – Rufio – Hook
Part of the joy in the Steven Spielberg adaptation of the 1911 novel “Peter and Wendy” is seeing the growth of the Rufio character. Seeing Rufio reconcile with Peter after being stabbed by Captain Hook always brings a tear to our eyes.
10 – Ned Stark – Game of Thrones
On the one hand, we shouldn’t have been surprised that a character played by Sean Bean dies. On the other hand, Ned Stark was the poster child for everything Game of Thrones in the first season. Then he dies without a chance of being saved.
11 – Wilson – Cast Away
Wilson is a character whose “death” is just as heartbreaking as any. This was the only thing Tom Hanks’ character interacted with on the island for years.
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