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Movies where the good guy(s) die(s)

post #1 of 35
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In playing off the "movies where bad guys win" thread, and with some unavoidable overlap, I've always been curious about finding as many examples of this as I can. I'm sure I'm forgetting a shitload, a lot of stuff that I've seen and should know, but off the top of my head I can only remember Carpenter's great ending to the thing and Friedkin's To Live and Die in LA.
post #2 of 35
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Originally Posted by houseofgvsb
but off the top of my head I can only remember Carpenter's great ending to the thing and Friedkin's To Live and Die in LA.
To Live and Die in LA was quite a shock ending. I really can't remember another film like that - at least in the last twenty years. It's one of those "Holy Shit - they really shot him in the face". And he's just fucking dead. I realized at that moment why the film didn't do well in the States. But it made me absolutely fall in love with the movie. Ballsy.

Well - there is one awful film in the last twenty years where the Good Guy dies - Titanic. But I was really happy that DiCaprio got off'd, so I'm not sure if that counts.
post #3 of 35
Poor Optimus Prime. Sent to that scrap heap up in the sky.....
post #4 of 35
Jean Grey in X2. It's in a big sacrificial way, but she dies nonetheless.
post #5 of 35
Spock! Star Trek: Wrath of Khan.
post #6 of 35
Fallen

They Live

Reservoir Dogs

Donnie Darko

Layer Cake (to the extent that Daniel Craig is a good guy)
post #7 of 35
Bruce Willis pops his clogs in Armageddon.

Rusty Crowe doesn't see out the running time of Gladiator in one piece.

Tom Hanks gets offed in Saving Private Ryan.


Does The Crow count?
How bout Passion of The Christ?
post #8 of 35
Braveheart.
post #9 of 35
Bruce Willis in Sin City
Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai
Tom Hanks in Road to Perdition
Liam Neeson in The Phantom Menace.
post #10 of 35
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.

No matter what your view on who is right and wrong, the good guy dies at the end of the film.
post #11 of 35
The Great Silence

The bad guys win, the "good" guy gets killed, the entire town is slaughtered. Maybe the most unique western ever. Made by Italians, of course.
post #12 of 35
Keanu and Carrie-Anne in Matrix Revolutions.

Thelma and Louise.
post #13 of 35
Carlito's Way
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Lawrence of Arabia
post #14 of 35
Bill Paxton in One False Move. Definitely a sympathetic, moral character, and though you don't actually see him die, its taken as read that he's gonna cark it before the end of the credits.
post #15 of 35
Butch and Sundance

And, on a plagiaristic note: The Way of The Gun
post #16 of 35
Chow Yun-Fat in THE CORRUPTOR. I always thought that one was ballsy.

The coolest one for me has got to be Jean Reno in THE PROFESSIONAL. That was a great way to go.
post #17 of 35
Alien 3

V For Vendetta

Terminator 2

Return of the King

Silent Hill

Titanic
post #18 of 35

Not a bad flic

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
post #19 of 35
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti
Chow Yun-Fat in THE CORRUPTOR. I always thought that one was ballsy.
Uhm, wasn't Chow Yun-Fat the corrupt bad guy in THE CORRUPTOR?

Chow Yun-Fat biting it CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.

How about Arnie in END OF DAYS.

And deadly obvious.
Titanic.
post #20 of 35
Anthony Hopkins in The Mask of Zorro

Harrison Ford in The Mosquito Coast. Well, he actually dies offscreen, but still.
post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by Chris Myers
Uhm, wasn't Chow Yun-Fat the corrupt bad guy in THE CORRUPTOR?
He was "corrupt" but he certainly wasn't the bad guy. Ric Young and Byron Mann were the bad guys, it just took a while before Fat was ready to take them down.

Robert Duvall in COLORS.
post #22 of 35
I can't believe THE EXORCIST hasn't been mentioned yet.
post #23 of 35
This thread is pointless. Good guys die in many, many movies. It's a pretty standard way of upping the ante or moving the hero to action. More interesting is movies where the hero dies.
post #24 of 35
I thought that was what this thread was.
post #25 of 35
Really? Half of these seem to me to be people who die so that the hero can have his big moment.
post #26 of 35
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Really? Half of these seem to me to be people who die so that the hero can have his big moment.
I mean, I thought that was the original intention. It was only when someone mentioned RotJ that I started to notice the difference.
post #27 of 35
Hey hey, Vader doesn't die so Luke can have his big moment: Luke's electrocution is what spurs Vader to action.

So really, Luke is the "death" that lets Vader have his moment.
post #28 of 35
Easy Rider
Psycho
Sunset Boulevard
The Elephant Man
post #29 of 35
How about Gladiator, Crowe dies in the end I'm pretty sure but Rome is given back to the people as a nice consolation.
post #30 of 35
Arlington Road - Tim Robbins manipulates Jeff Bridges to do his bidding - and what does Jeff get for all that? A big flaming bag of death.
post #31 of 35
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Originally Posted by UberNeuman
Arlington Road - Tim Robbins manipulates Jeff Bridges to do his bidding - and what does Jeff get for all that? A big flaming bag of death.
Speaking of Tim Robbins, what about Mystic River?
post #32 of 35
Doc Ock was the "bad guy" in "Spider-man 2", but he died a hero.

Same for May Day in "A View to a Kill".

This could be a thread of it's own: "Bad guys that turn good and save the day".
post #33 of 35
Going back to classics and arguably still the best, Hamlet.
post #34 of 35
Robert DeNiro in '15 Minutes' - That one caught me by surprise. I was interested on what they were going to do the rest of the movie.

I'm not sure if you can count High Plains Drifter because Eastwood is already dead or the Angel of Death or something.
post #35 of 35
How about King Kong? I liked that ape more than anyone else in that movie so I guess it kind of counts.
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