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The 7 Best Death Scenes in Movies

The 7 Best Death Scenes in Movies

As the year 2012 draws to a close, that got us thinking about endings. Specifically, endings in movies. More specifically, when characters die. But not in a morbid way--in a totally awesome, dignified, whoa dude that was so cool! kinda way. Here, as the product of our musings, are what we think are the 7 Best Death Scenes in Movies.

1. Captain Kirk's death from Star Trek Generations

He falls to his death WITH (not off) the bridge saving the universe, and still manages to have one of the best dying moment lines of all time: "[Insert William Shatner cadence here] Oh. My." It's not the WORDS ALONE, people. It's the WAY HE SAYS THEM!

2. Vizzini from The Princess Bride

It's the ultimate battle of wits between the snarky geek and the too cool for school jock pirate guy. And let's face it: Wesley cheats hardcore. Still, with the buildup and the "inconceivable!" you have to give Vizzini credit: the guy goes out with arrogant nerd style.

3. Amilyn from Buffy The Vampire Slayer (the film, not the awesome Joss Whedon T.V. series)

Buffy stakes him. He dies. Then he's alive. Then he dies. Then he's alive. Then he dies. What's happening? We don't know, other than us laughing our butts off.

4. Darth Vader from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

He redeems himself by bringing down the Evil Emperor! Then he dies in his son's arms. We defy you to watch that scene and not shed a tear, as Darth sheds the Vader and dies Anakin Skywalker.

5. Gollum from The Lord of The Rings: Return of the King

It is Gollum's death that allows the evil of Sauron to finally be destroyed. Frodo's failure is Gollum's triumph. Gollum gets what he wants, a reunion with his "precious" a moment before he dies. It's a good way to go (minus the whole burning in lava), especially since the side effect is the saving of the world from the ultimate shadow of evil.

6. Jack from Titantic

Who else thought that Jack was actually going to make it? Who was infuriated when that snotbag Cal got into a lifeboat (by using a child!) leaving Jack and Rose on the ship? Who didn't cry when Jack finally died, giving Rose the piece of wood to use as a raft (though that thing could TOTALLY have fit two people James Cameron)? Who else will never, ever, EVER let go?

7. Wash in Serenity

It happened so quickly! No one gets to say goodbye, the man doesn't even get a great exit line! And it's Wash. WASH! The rest of the movie passed by in a blur for us because we couldn't get over the numbness of our grief. For shock value alone, this death scene is one of the most memorable. Ever.

What death scene shook you to the core?

Tags: movies, star wars, star trek, firefly, buffy the vampire slayer, serenity, death scenes

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