If a movie is well-written and characters are well-drawn, losing them can feel like a horrible shock to the system. But when they come out of nowhere, they can leave you feeling shaken to the core.
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. Donna Sheridan (Mamma Mia 2)
Come on, no way we saw this coming!
#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. Tadashi Hamada (Big Hero 6)
This was so not cool.
#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.