ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Have you ever wondered if your final moments will give you a 'life review' experience? The phenomenon of your own personal This is Your Life in your last seconds of consciousness?

For those of us who don't want to go messing with fate, there's a whole lot of movies where a person's life flashes before their eyes, but there's so many different lessons to learn. Check it might learn something...

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Memorable Quote: 'Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?'

Frank Capra's classic is kind of the anti-Christmas Carol: James Stewart's George Bailey is a good man who needs to be reminded how many people he's helped throughout his life - the very opposite of Scrooge!

Lesson Learned: be kind to yourself when you've been kind to others

Fugly (2013)

Memorable Quote: 'I stopped partying because I realized coke and booze are gateway drugs to Christianity.'

In this semi-autobiographical movie, John Leguizamo plays Jesse Sanchez, a hot Latino comic whose life flashes before his eyes after a fake suicide prank goes horribly wrong...

Lesson Learned: every comedian feels sadness, every sadness comes with a laugh.

Chicken Run (2000)

Memorable Quote: 'Ooh, me life flashed before me eyes!... It was really boring.'

Okay, so it's an animated movie about talking chickens, but look beyond the kid-friendly stylings and you'll find a warm-hearted, very human story about friendship, bravery and second chances. Not bad for a bunch of plasticine hens...

Lesson Learned: try not to be boring - make the movie of your life one that's worth watching.

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Memorable Quote: 'Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.'

A fantastical, convoluted plot ironically makes the 'looking back' element of Vanilla Sky the most straightforward part. When David's (Tom Cruise) life flashes before his eyes, his guess is as good as ours as to what the heck has been happening.

Lesson Learned: art films are confusing.

Flatliners (1990)

Memorable Quote: 'Philosophy failed. Religion failed. Now it's up to the physical sciences.'

Kiefer Sutherland and his Flatliner pals are unusual in movie near-death experinces: they purposely endanger their lives to discover what happens after death. This plot was also riffed on in an episode of Tru Calling.

Lesson Learned: if you go chasing death, you just might find it.


Do you think your life flashes before your eyes in your final moments?


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