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)
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)
This was a crazy and dark plot twist for a children’s movie.
#13. Jenny Curran (Forrest Gump)
It seemed that, after all Forrest had been through, he should have earned a happier ending.
#12. Creasy (Man on Fire)
Where were his moves when he needed them?
#11. Llewelyn Moss (No Country for Old Men)
The most surprising deaths are often the hardest to take.
#10. Casey Becker (Scream)
Who could have guessed that the cast’s biggest name would be dead in the first five minutes?
#9. Jack Dawson (Titanic)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
No, thank you.
#1. Captain John Miller (Saving Private Ryan)
How could they just let him sit on that bridge? HOW?
I’ve got some more movies to add to my list!