15 of the Most Unexpected Movie Deaths in History

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First off, this post is obviously full of MAJOR SPOILERS so read at your own risk!

I’m a total film buff. Before I had my son, I would go to the movies at least once a week, and my collection at home is comprised of as many classics and nostalgic films from my 80s and 90s childhood, so I definitely could have guessed some – but not all – of these.

How about you?

#15. Dobby the House Elf (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1)

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If this didn’t shock you and devastate you, I don’t even know what to say.

#14. Stoick the Vast (How to Train Your Dragon 2)

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This was a crazy and dark plot twist for a children’s movie.

#13. Jenny Curran (Forrest Gump)

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It seemed that, after all Forrest had been through, he should have earned a happier ending.

#12. Creasy (Man on Fire)

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Where were his moves when he needed them?

#11. Llewelyn Moss (No Country for Old Men)

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The most surprising deaths are often the hardest to take.

#10. Casey Becker (Scream)

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Who could have guessed that the cast’s biggest name would be dead in the first five minutes?

#9. Jack Dawson (Titanic)

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Okay, so maybe it’s not a complete surprise that someone aboard the Titanic died, but damn. Between Jack and half of the aholes who made it, it just didn’t seem fair.

#8. Fred Weasley (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2)

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If you read the books you knew it was coming, but that didn’t lessen the impact of a character that seemed larger than life suddenly being gone.

#7. Marion Crane (Psycho)

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When the woman you assumed was the main character is suddenly gone, you find yourself strapped in for a rather unexpected ride.

#6. Malcolm Crowe (The Sixth Sense)

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Generally considered to be one of Hollywood’s better plot twists, this death devastated the film’s other main character and therefore affected audiences on a profound level.

#5. Bing Bong (Inside Out)

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Pixar delights in making us cry, but the timing and Bing Bong’s final line – “take her to the moon for me” – combined to make this death particularly devastating.

#4. Yondu (Guardians of the Galaxy 2)

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After watching the first film, you wouldn’t have believed this death would affect audiences, but after everything that’s revealed in the second installment, well, it achieved a certain poignancy.

#3. Littlefoot’s Mother (A Land Before Time)

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He spent most of the movie looking for her only to have her die at the tiny hands of a T-Rex. Talk about unfair.

#2. Sam (I Am Legend)

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No, thank you.

#1. Captain John Miller (Saving Private Ryan)

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How could they just let him sit on that bridge? HOW?

I’ve got some more movies to add to my list!