When writers and directors do their jobs properly, a movie character’s death can feel like a real loss…especially when they come out of nowhere.
That’s exactly the case with these 15 cinematic losses. Brace yourself for some possibly devastating movie memories.
#15. Wash (Serenity)
This was so unexpected and just so…unnecessary. Still not over it.
#14. Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction)
It was unexpected because of the film’s timeline, and genuinely caught most viewers off guard.
#13. Tadashi Hamada (Big Hero 6)
This was so not cool.
#12. Bambi’s Mother (Bambi)
And oldie but goodie – er, baddie.
#11. John Coffey (The Green Mile)
This one had me sobbing all the way home from the theater and for awhile afterward.
#10. Leslie Burke (Bridge to Terabithia)
This pretty much traumatized an entire generation of kids who then refused to go near tire swings.
#9. Ellie Fredrickson (Up)
You know you bawled your eyes out. Don’t lie.
#8. Bill Murray (Zombieland)
This was more funny than tragic, but it did catch me off guard.
#7. Billy Costigan (The Departed)
Sure, like, everyone died, but he was alive when he got in the elevator and dead by the time the doors opened again!
#6. Bruno (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)
#5. Donna Sheridan (Mamma Mia 2)
Come on, no way we saw this coming!
#4. Neil Perry (Dead Poet’s Society)
It was as unexpected as it was heart-wrenching and unnecessary.
#3. Goose (Top Gun)
This stunned me. So. Many. Tears.
#2. Emma Morley (One Day)
I think I shouted ‘WHAT’ at the television.
#1. Luke Glanton (The Place Beyond the Pines)
There’s always something jarring about losing the character you’re rooting for in the first act.