Scenes or Sequences Where Characters Accept Their Deathby Breumaster | created - 31 Mar 2021 | updated - 21 Apr 2021 | Public
In some movies characters agree to be killed or kill themselves because of reasons which force them to do so. No matter what kind of reason it is, the death is freely chosen at the end. To make sequences like these authentically, it needs good acting.
Which of these sequences was done best by all involved actors? (The descriptions are covered with spoiler bars for not spoiling it for you.)
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1. The Third Man (1949)
Approved | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Votes: 169,999 | Gross: $0.45M
2. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 727,989 | Gross: $46.36M
The VC sniper that slowly dies after being shot by a marine soldier. She prayed and begged at the group of marines for being shot.
3. 8MM (1999)
R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.
Votes: 132,699 | Gross: $36.66M
4. Phone Booth (2002)
R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller
Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.
Votes: 266,468 | Gross: $46.57M
5. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten-year-old son John from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.
Votes: 1,073,838 | Gross: $204.84M
The Terminator demands the destruction of the chip that controls him, which automatically leads to his disintegration (equal to a human's dead). He was forced to do that by the programming of the resistance.
6. Death and the Maiden (1994)
R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.
Votes: 24,782 | Gross: $2.10M
7. The Fly (1986)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 178,012 | Gross: $40.46M
8. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".
Votes: 750,207 | Gross: $106.95M
After several inner conflicts, the pressure of the company, and her drug abuse, Nina Sayers accidentally hurts herself at the premiere deadly. Suppressing that fact, she dances the swan queen perfectly and accepts her death in the end.
9. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 1,265,462 | Gross: $136.80M
John Coffey, big as a grizzly bear, caused no trouble on the walk to the electric chair, but did some miracle healings before his last walk.
10. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.
Votes: 1,067,378 | Gross: $858.37M
11. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A frightened, withdrawn Philadelphia boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 973,483 | Gross: $293.51M
It took a long time of the story, but in the end when Malcolm Crowe realized that he is already dead, he accepted it.
12. Natural Born Killers (1994)
R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Votes: 231,805 | Gross: $50.28M
13. Gran Torino (2008)
R | 116 min | Drama
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, Thao Lor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.
Votes: 764,766 | Gross: $148.10M
14. Knives Out (2019)
PG-13 | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A detective investigates the death of the patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
Votes: 596,437 | Gross: $165.36M
15. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Votes: 1,026,943 | Gross: $678.82M
16. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,598,040 | Gross: $100.13M
17. Man of Steel (2013)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An alien child is evacuated from his dying world and sent to Earth to live among humans. His peace is threatened when other survivors of his home planet invade Earth.
Votes: 757,281 | Gross: $291.05M
Jonathan Kent After a tornado forms in Smallville and injuring his ankle while saving the family dog, Jonathan is unable to take shelter, while his son Clark Kent (still not Superman) attempts to save him, this would mean revealing his powers, and Jonathan makes him a gesture indicating him he should not do this and accepting his death being swept away from the tornado.
18. Wonder Woman (2017)
PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Votes: 642,026 | Gross: $412.56M
Steve Trevor hijacks a bomber plane filled with gas bombs that will be dropped in London and realizing only he is able to stop a tragedy, he flies away, shoots the bombs in the air and sacrifices himself when the plane blows up.
19. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 1,141,339 | Gross: $659.33M
20. Looper (2012)
R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Votes: 569,179 | Gross: $66.49M
21. Watchmen (2009)
R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.
Votes: 543,829 | Gross: $107.51M
22. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.
Votes: 702,925 | Gross: $85.16M
23. Black Panther (2018)
PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.
Votes: 728,766 | Gross: $700.06M
Erik Killmonger chooses his death after he was wounded deadly. It wasn't clear if the Wakandians really can save him and afterwards he would be jailed, so he accepted the death from his injuries for seeing a beautiful dawn for the last time.
24. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
PG | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Family
As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.
Votes: 531,603 | Gross: $301.96M
25. Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
R | 111 min | Drama, War
During World War I, a patriotic young American is rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack. Trapped in what's left of his body, he desperately looks for a way to end his life.
Votes: 16,861 | Gross: $0.55M
Joe Bonham has lost his eyes, ears, nose, mouth, arms, and legs in WWI. Doctors think he is brain dead, but keep his body alive for scientific/medical purposes. Towards the end of the movie, he uses his head to bang out morse code on his pillow to say "Kill me" over and over.