No one wants the hero to die in the end, and everyone wants a happy ending. Those are the general audience expectations for a movie. Most people will hate a movie simply because the writers defied those rules. But, every now and again, an awesome movie appears that kills off the hero at the end and gets away with it. It hurts, of course, to see the hero die. It’s inevitable to feel sad, maybe even depressed about it, but somehow the death of the hero made sense within those awesome movies and required us to work through the emotions of the story. Be sure to go get some tissues because here are 25 Awesome Movies Where The Hero Dies.
It should go without saying, but *SPOILER ALERT*
This tense movie by Quentin Tarantino unfolds gradually with plenty of flashbacks and reveals all leading up to a bloody, surprising, but inevitable ending with our brave undercover cop protagonist getting gunned down.
When a secretary embezzles 40,000 dollars and hits the road at the beginning of this film, the last thing we expect is for her to get brutally stabbed to death in the shower. Yet, that’s just the first of many surprises to come in this classic black-and-white thriller.
Things don’t turn out too great for General Maximus Decimus Meridius at the beginning of this film. His life is turned upside down, and he’s made into a gladiator. By the end, he’s able to taste sweet revenge but not before succumbing to his wounds and traveling to the wheat fields of Elysium.
Scorcese knows how to make a great gangster film, and this movie is no exception. Though, the sudden and violent shoot-out at the end, resulting in the killing of the main characters hits you where it hurts; it almost couldn’t have ended any other way in retrospect.
Ellen Ripley was able to survive the Xenomorphs in Alien and Aliens, but alas, in Alien 3 she succumbed after being impregnated and killing herself by falling into a vat of hot liquid, believing she’d killed all the aliens in the process. Sadly, this tragic yet poetic end to a great character was undercut by the unfortunate follow up – Alien: Resurrection.