There is a famous saying that goes as such – there are only two truths in life – one being ‘taxes’ and the other – ‘death’. Yet, we can still manage to swallow the former; the latter is always regarded as a tear-jerking fact of life, loathed by one and all. Even in cinema, we detest our brave actors losing out to death, in the final moments of story. There are some astonishing instances in some movies where our beloved characters embraced death. Not only such sequences broke hearts of the movie watchers but also forced them to shed tears in remembrance, as if they lived in real. Here are top 10 heartbreaking deaths of characters in movies that can make even a heartless movie watcher shed some tears!
10. Billy (The Departed):
The ‘Elevator Death’ scene picturized in ‘The Departed’ featuring Leonardo DiCaprio (starring as Billy) stands out one of the most famous (and surely saddening) death sequences in Hollywood’s movie history. The scene ends with death of 3 people including lively character of Billy who had by the time taken audience into his fold completely.
9. Jesse James (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford):
It’s one of the most brilliantly made movies that were based around the story of America’s most popular fugitive. James plans shrewdly his next robbery and wages a war against his enemies. However, against every expectation, he was backstabbed by the one he trusted the most. This is what led many, especially women (they are just ready to do that) to shed tears in cinema hall. Surely, it was one of the most heartbreaking moments in the cinema ever.
8. Jack (Titanic):
Titanic is considered as one of the best all time movies for its unique storyline and treatment. To top it all, the characters in the movie were high on emotional content. Jack, the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio was paired with Rose (Kate Winslet) in the movie. It was the least expected that the love story would come to a tragic end with Jack’s death.
7. Luke (The Place Beyond the Pines):
Ryan Gosling plays Luke who robs banks to provide for his family’s daily needs. He is a motor cycle stunt driver and lives his life at an edge each day. As movie proceeds, everyone develops a liking for this poor family man who lives for his family amidst all sorts of dangers. And then, one day he is killed by a police officer in cold blood. A painful end to his meager tale!
6. Danny (American History X):
Danny’s death caused a lot of discomfort among the watchers. The way black student in the movie, on whose face Danny (character played by Edward Furlong) blew smoke in the beginning pulls out his gun and shoots at his chest takes everyone by surprise. The worse was his lying in lavatory in pool of blood unattended for long.
5. Nina (Black Swan):
4. Chad (Burn after Reading):
Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Chad is another of those characters which bring sense of sorrow in the hearts of audience; at least I was dumbstruck on watching him embracing a cruel death. Hiding in a closet, Chad welcomed Harry (George Clooney) with a welcome smile was just waiting to be fired at, in return.
3. Guido (Life is Beautiful):
Roberto Benigni’s classical masterpiece surely stands out from the rest in the list for its subtle message-delivering style. The character of Guido Orefice played by Benigni, a Jewish Italian book shop owner is masterly in its own right. The way story spins around him and his son is worth watching. Although, Guido’s death doesn’t find direct picturisation in the movie, had it been, half of the people watching it must have lost their composure for sure; the movie does indeed strike a chord with my inner-self.
2. Leonidas (300):
The popular Greek legend that was adapted in the storyline gives movie enough punch and power to emerge as a true masterpiece of the time. King Leonidas was one of the characters in the picture who fought till death along with 300 Spartans in the war. Hero’s (Gerard Butler) death evokes scores of sad emotions. No one would have wanted him dead. At least I didn’t.
1. William Wallace (Braveheart):
The role of William Wallace played by Mel Gibson is considered an epic portrayal in itself. The ending scene in the picture where he was publicly hanged and beheaded brings many to tears, no matter how many times you watch the movie all over again. An average watcher is able to relate with his lifelong dream of freedom and hence, feel emotions to the core.