10 Saddest Movie Deaths

If you're looking to find the 1ten saddest movie deaths ever made, then perhaps these ten selections below may bring out the tears you are looking for. Touching an individual's most sensitive of emotions takes the same amount of skill as it takes to effectively scare someone. However, many films have presented effective sad death scenes, from James Cameron's "Titanic" to Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan." Even the goriest of films ("Dawn of the Dead") have them. 

  1. Captain Steven Miller from "Saving Private Ryan." There's nothing happy about "Saving Private Ryan," considering its subject matter. The film has death all over it. The ending of the film is no different wherein the final battle, one of the most important characters die in order for Private Ryan to live.
  2. Spock from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." The first sequel in the "Star Trek" franchise was about Captain Kirk never experiencing loss because he's always been relentless to win. At the end, he defeats Khan but loses his best friend Spock in the process, who sacrificed himself in order to save the entire crew.
  3. Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker from "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi." Known as perhaps one of the most tragic heroes of all time, Anakin Skywalker finally meets his demise in the final "Star Wars" film at the hands of his son, whom he gets to share his last words with just before passing away.
  4. The T-800 in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." Who would have ever thought that James Cameron could get us to shed a few tears for this once-killing machine? After defeating the T-1000, John and Sarah Connor must rid the scene of Skynet's evidence, which includes the T-800 who must terminate himself.
  5. Roger DeMarco from "Dawn of the Dead." The original "Dawn of the Dead" depicts the slow and painful demise of Roger DeMarco, one of the film's four heroes, as he transforms into the undead. His bond with Peter deepens, especially when Peter drinks a bottle of liquor while staring over his friend's grave.
  6. Jack Dawson from "Titanic." Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of Jack Dawson in the blockbuster "Titanic" was a very likable one, one that hurts that much more when he dies at the end of the film. Following the ship's sinking, Jack and Rose are two of many left out in the freezing Atlantic, but he sacrifices his life so she can live.
  7. Sam Wheat from "Ghost." Perhaps one of the best roles in which Patrick Swayze has ever performed in, the character of Sam Wheat from the box office smash "Ghost." The climax of the film where Sam has accomplished his goal and must leave for Heaven is one of the saddest scenes ever.
  8. Seth Brundle from "The Fly." This classic 80's remake of the 50's classic "The Fly" sees Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle, the scientist who accidentally becomes the candidate for this film's concept. The climax of the film depicts a crippled and defeated Brundle, transformed halfway into a fly, repeatedly taking the barrel of Geena Davis' shotgun and putting it to his head, begging for death, but she is reluctant to go through with it.
  9. Samantha the Dog from "I Am Legend." In the modern day 21st century remake of "I Am Legend," main character Robert Neville loses Samantha, his dog and his one and only true companion. When the virus infects her and Neville is forced to kill her, viewers can almost feel the pain just by looking into his eyes.
  10. Max's Family from "Mad Max." Towards the end of the very first "Mad Max" film, Max and his family are enjoying a peaceful vacation until a barbaric motorcycle gang interrupts and attempts to hunt his entire family down. Sadly though, Max loses both his wife and kid to the vicious gang.
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