The main characters are never the ones we expect to be killed off in movies, but often when they do happen, it’s in a great movie. Here is my top 10 best movies where the main character dies.
A film that is less talked about today is 2006’s Children of Men, based on the novel by PD James. In this film, Theo (Clive Owens) is tasked with protecting the last pregnant woman on earth, Kee (Clare-Hope Ashity). In the final act, the two reunite in the safety of a rowboat, only to find Theo has been fatally injured. Kee is forced to watch the man who protected her for the entire movie perish as soon as they are safe.
If there’s one story that everyone on the planet can say they’ve heard of, it’s Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The 1996 film adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes brought the historical masterpiece to life. In the final act, Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes)’s plan to escape and live happily together goes horribly wrong when they both drink poison, leaving them to die in each other’s arms. the other.
The first word that comes to mind when you think of Scarface, starring Al Pacino, is badass, and Al Pacino plays badass perfectly. In the crime-induced thriller, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) is a drug lord and the ringleader of 80s Miami. In a final showdown between hitmen trying to kill him, Tony snorts a mountain-sized line of cocaine and continues to leave the room with guns blazing. The shootout doesn’t last long, however, as Tony is quickly dead, floating on his mansion’s interior fountain.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has risen to glory beyond the clouds and it leaves no doubt as to why the beloved Infinity Saga’s ending did the same, even taking the place of the most profitable all the time for a short time. If you were on the internet when it was released, you should already know what’s to come. In the final act of Avengers: Endgame, the man who started it all, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is faced with the decision to sacrifice himself to save the entire universe from the galactic menace, Thanos. Stark uses the Infinity Stones to wipe out Thanos and his army, as well as bringing back all the lives lost in the blip. Stark receives a well-earned farewell in the form of a funeral attended by all the heroes.
While The Great Gatsby starring Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t a perfect movie, it’s pretty good, and it also has one of the best main character deaths in film. As his life begins to crumble around him, Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) decides to take some well-deserved time off in his swimming pool. It is then that he is confronted and shot by George (Jason Clarke), whose wife Gatsby mistakenly took her life earlier in the film.
If we asked you what was the most iconic sci-fi movie of all time, chances are your answer would be The Matrix. Everyone knows the famous. “red pill.. blue pill line”, but The Matrix is also home to one of, if not, the best main character in the genre. At the end of the film, Neo (Keanu Reeves) confronts Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), which ultimately leads to Neo being shot point-blank in the chest.
Steven Speilberg’s Saving Private Ryan, directed by Tom Hanks, has become one of the best war history films ever made. The film is about an American squadron led by Captain Miller (Tom Hanks), with the mission of rescuing Private RYan (Matt Damon) from behind enemy lines. Captain Miller is shot while defending a bridge crucial to the salvage plan.
The Shining is one of the most famous horror films in all of history. From Bloody Doors to “redrum” to “Here Comes Johnny”, almost everyone knows something about this film. After making a killing, Jack (Jack Nicholson) finds himself lost in the maze outside the hotel where he and his wife, Wendy (Shelly Duvale) had been staying. Jack eventually succumbs to the freezing weather and remains frozen.
Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you know and have at least seen parts of Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. And unless you’ve been living under that same rock, you know exactly what death we’re talking about. In the film’s final act, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose Bukater (Kate Winslet) find themselves alone at sea with only one door open to them. Jack stays in the ocean and allows Rose to rest on the door, ultimately leaving frozen Jack alive in the water. It’s also the site of one of the greatest debates in all of cinematic history, “Could Jack have held out the door”.
The Departed is one of the most universally beloved films of all time. Not only does it feature the famous Leonardo DiCaprio, but also the equally talented Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. This movie actually has two shocking deaths and they both happen to be the movie’s biggest stars. The first is when Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) apprehends Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). Costigan escorts Sullivan through a building via an elevator, when unexpectedly as the door opens, Costigan is shot in the head. The second death comes when Sullivan returns home after a routine day with a bag of groceries. He is surprised by Sergeant Digman (Mark Wahlberg) who executes him on the spot, adding to the rapid chain of murders in the final act.