As audiences, we’re often led to believe that the main character/protagonist will survive in the end, no matter how difficult the circumstances may be. This belief is imprinted in our psyche, and so we’re often shocked or devastated to witness the death of the main character. Many filmmakers have cleverly exploited this belief of ours to create compelling, realistic stories in which there are no happy/predictable endings. Movies where the main characters die are often more exciting, thrilling and realistic than the ones where all of them manage to survive even in the most absurdly impossible situations. So with all that said now, let’s take a look at the list of movies where the main character dies. WARNING: SPOILERS ALERT
15. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Lars Von Trier’s hopelessly melodramatic tale follows a naïve young woman who is desperate to earn some money in order to secure her son an operation so that he doesn’t suffer from the same degenerative eye condition that she suffers from. She works in a factory and is loved by all of them but her desperate neighbor tricks her with her money and falsely accuses her of stealing it and out of self-defense, she kills him. She is later convicted of the crime and is sentenced to death. The film relies heavily on the central performance by Bjork who has since declared that she would not appear in any film again as her role here was incredibly demanding, emotionally and psychologically.
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14. Scarface (1983)
Brian De Palma’s blatantly over-the-top crime drama chronicles the rise of Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who arrives in Miami in the 80s with absolutely nothing and builds a drug empire and goes on to become the most feared gangster of the city. Pacino’s wildly over-the-top performance is in line with the film’s tone, and it keeps the film alive at many places. In the final showdown, Montana almost single-handedly kills a large group of armed men but is ultimately shot from behind by a highly skilled assassin.