10 Movie Deaths That Most Affected Viewers, According To Reddit

Stranger Things fans are still coming to terms with the death of season 4's Eddie Munson. He was a lovable, relatable outcast who is a fierce guitarist and never turned his back on the town that wished him dead. It can be devastating to witness fan-favorite characters experience such tragic deaths in both television and film.

From symbolic side characters to important main characters, Reddit users have been strongly affected by the pivotal deaths of movie characters. The deaths of these characters are memorable, and audiences cannot watch the scenes without tearing up, and the movies are all the better for it.


10 Jenny (Forrest Gump)

Jenny was never the most consistent person in Forrest’s life in Forrest Gump. She comes and goes throughout his life when it best suits her, experimenting with various lifestyles. After reuniting with Forrest, they marry, but she dies from an unknown virus, leaving behind her husband and their son.

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Reddit user InsuranceOwn4128 writes, “I was mainly crying because pretty much right after Forrest gets his happy ending Jenny dies.” Jenny’s death isn’t sad because audiences love her. It’s sad because of how much Forrest loves her. He has the biggest heart of anyone in the film and deserves the same love in return.

9 Ash (Pokémon: The First Movie)

Ash Turns to Stone in Pokemon The First Movie

In Pokémon: The First Movie, Ash steps between Mew and Mewtwo to stop the fighting. Unfortunately, the blast turns him to stone. An upset Pikachu attempts to revive him to no avail. It takes the tears of the Pokémon to revive and heal the trainer and inspires Mewtwo to turn back time. The death is a surprisingly depressing moment that affected Pokémon fans.

Reddit user Wild_Crazy_3759 was just a child at the time, writing, “I had to run to another room and try my best not to bawl like a b*tch. I failed.” Watching Pikachu shake Ash is heartbreaking as audiences of all ages cannot contain the tears and feel the sadness from all the Pokémon. The animators should feel proud of the ability to convey such strong emotion through animation.

8 John Coffey (The Green Mile)

The Green Mile Paul Edgecomb John Coffey

John Coffey’s devastating death in The Green Mile is undeserved. Aside from his supernatural ability to heal through touch, John is actually innocent, but refuses to walk free and is executed in front of the families of the deceased. As the officers prepare him in the electric chair, they fight back tears for the gentle giant.

Reddit user LemonBlossom1 was moved by the death, writing it is “heartbreaking on so many levels.” The tears of the officers are juxtaposed against the upset families who want to see him die. John lost faith in humanity and thinks he deserves his punishment. His unique gift is a blessing and could touch so many lives.

7 Gage (Pet Sematary)

In Pet Sematary, the Creed family moves into a rural home with an ancient burial ground that can reanimate dead pets. During a picnic, toddler Gage runs into the street while a tanker is barreling down the road. The audience never sees the death, but a bloody toddler shoe lands on the pavement as the truck flips.

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Reddit user RED_DEAD_REVENANT was traumatized from the death, writing, “The way the shoe bounces on the pavement...” Gage was a baby who didn’t yet understand not playing in the street. The shocking and untimely death is a reminder to all parents of what can happen in the blink of an eye and a reminder to all drivers to watch out for children.

6 Thomas J. (My Girl)

Thomas My Girl

Hypochondriac Vada befriends allergic-to-everything Thomas J. in My Girl. Despite living in a funeral home, it is Thomas’ death that has a great impact on her. After dying from an allergic reaction to a bee sting, Vada tragically utters the famous line, “He can’t see without his glasses,” at the funeral, making it one of the saddest deaths in a kids’ movie.

Reddit user stacer50 writes, “I’m 39 and still can’t watch it again for fear of balling [sic] my eyes out.” It is a moving scene as Vada crumbles at the sight of her friend’s lifeless body. My Girl is a beautiful depiction highlighting death from the viewpoint of a child and struggling with acceptance and difficulties growing up.

5 Trevor (Pay It Forward)

Haley Joel Osment sits at his desk in Pay It Forward.

Pay It Forward follows a young boy named Trevor as he begins a movement to encourage others to pay it forward by doing nice things for others. Trevor sees his friend being bullied at school and rushes to help him. However, during the scuffle, one of the bullies stabs him, and he later succumbs to his injuries.

Reddit user EveryThingIsTeeth writes, “I watched it once and locked myself in the bathroom and cried so violently I almost vomited.” The death is a tragic ending for a child who just wants to make the world a better place. It is a shocking moment, leaving audiences in tears as those inspired by his movement gather in a vigil to honor him.

4 Brachiosaurus (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Audiences expected grisly deaths in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom but did not expect to feel such emotion from a single dinosaur. While trying to escape the volcanic eruption, Claire, Owen, and Franklin make it onto the ship at the last second. However, a brachiosaurus remains behind, crying out in terror as it is enveloped with fiery smoke.

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Reddit user FabioSupremist writes, “she was so close to making it out alive.” The heartbreaking sounds while the human characters remain silent with quiet background music reminds the audience these animals have feelings regardless of how they were created. The brachiosaurus is the first dinosaur seen on Isla Nublar in Jurassic Park and the final shot of the island in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

3 Tony Stark (Avengers: Endgame)

Peter Parker consoles Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame.

With his sarcasm and ego, Tony Stark is arguably the most relatable Avenger, making his death in Avengers: Endgame much more emotional for audiences. As he destroys Thanos with the snap of his fingers, he is fatally injured in the process. Dying surrounded by the superheroes, Peter Parker cries, and Pepper Potts assures Tony they will be okay.

Reddit user Pr0bablyBatman writes, “I've been choked up or let tears slide watching movies before, but endgame was the first time I have full on ugly cried.” It is the one moment in the action film that is completely silent, allowing the audience to mourn the fallen as his arc reactor burns out.

2 Han Solo (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Some Star Wars fans believe Han Solo’s death is a disservice to the character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After so many terrible things happen to Han Solo, confronting Kylo Ren is the worst. Han attempts to persuade his son to abandon the dark side but ultimately is killed with his lightsaber, and his body is tossed aside without care.

Reddit user AstronomerSeparate69 writes, “In movies, good guys don't usually fall down holes like that when they die. That's a villain’s death.” As a staple to the original trilogy, Han deserves a death fit for a hero if he needed to die at all. It is an unnecessary death that shocked audiences just to remove an old character and did little to move the story along.

1 Dobby (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1)

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As the former house elf for the Malfoy family, Dobby is a savior for Harry Potter. From warning him about the chamber of secrets to assisting the escape from the Malfoy’s home in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Dobby is a hero who suffered a tragic death at the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange. After disapparating to Bill and Fleur Weasley’s cottage, Harry realized Dobby had been fatally wounded by a knife.

Reddit user TWBush writes, “I can’t believe it…but still there I was, weeping like a baby.” Though the character was not utilized as much in the movies compared to the books, it is a depressing moment for any fan of the wizarding world. Dobby made the ultimate sacrifice to save the friend who freed him from being a slave.