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10 Best & 10 Worst Movie Deaths

25 September 2011 2:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It’s the one aspect of humanity that binds the demographics; the one thing that’s on everyone’s mind, young or old. Whether you’ve come to terms with your mortality or not, Hollywood thrives off it and the simple fact that you just can’t look away.

Many films exist and across them countless characters shuffle off the mortal coil; some nobly while others pointlessly, some even to the audiences’ collective groan of derision (two words: Mace Windu). Regardless of their dramatic accomplishment, movie deaths present a director with an opportunity to invoke empathy at the most primal level – sure Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) was an asshole throughout Die Hard but it’s hard not to acknowledge his humanity given his expression of mortal terror as he falls from the Nakatomi Plaza rooftop.

Done well, movie deaths make dramatic statements. They’ll kick-start a narrative or punctuate it with tragedy. »

- Stuart Bedford

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