There are many heroes in films who sacrifice themselves for the greater good. So often in films, we see sacrifices that come back two minutes later, but often that isn't the case, and tragedy strikes. Here's some that I was able to remember or track down, let me know in the comments if you have any more and I will add them into the article! Needless to say there are spoilers for a lot of films down here, I will keep each one individually hidden, but if you click on it, that's your choice.
1. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
The second half of this film was just a rollercoaster of depression. As if Gandalf's epic battle with the Balrog, knowing he probably wouldn't be able to defeat it and escape, wasn't enough, we then had to watch Boromir take on around twenty Uruk-Hai by himself, knowing there was barely any chance of escape. Totally epic sacrifices, both of them.
The whole film was basically King Leonidas knowingly sacrificing himself and his 300 men to give the rest of Sparta the time they needed to gather the armies of Greece. There was no particular moment when I thought was the real sacrifice, but the final scene when he just stands and accepts his death, you really see how he knew it was coming all along.
3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Who can forget the sacrifice that The Terminator made to save John Connor at the end of this film? That moment was heartbreaking on so many levels, and he will never be forgotten. Nor does he need to be, because he makes it back two or three more times.
4. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Obviously Obi Wan Kenobi's epic sacrifice in A New Hope was stunning, but the redemption of Darth Vader is one of the most important plot lines in Return of the Jedi, and the moment he finally surrenders himself to save Luke and destroy the Emperor is just epic.
5. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Let's face it, you all thought it would be Hawkeye for the whole film, especially when he went after that kid. Quicksilver threw himself in the way, as so many have done in the past in films, but for a kid and a man who he barely knew, and indeed had been fighting earlier. That was what true heroes are about.
6. Independence day
This whole film was epic, and was full of people thinking that their loved ones were dead. The President's wife coming back from the supposed dead only to then die was just plain wrong, but the moment where Russell Casse, who had been a total loser and comical character the whole film, flew into the alien ship to save the whole base and potentially the world from the alien ship, that was just legendary.
7. Alien 3
I don't agree with Alien 3 in general. I think it is a terrible do-over of the first film, I think it was quite slow and boring, and I think the beginning of it destroys the memory of Aliens. But when Ripley kills herself to save the rest of the crew, that was an epic ending, which I totally agree with. However then they cloned her in the fourth film, ruining this ending.
8. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
You could argue that Into Darkness is just as sad, because it is so similar, though twisted around, but the point is that Spock/Kirk sacrifices himself for the ship to be saved, prompting the other to scream KHAN and go defeat him. Both were excellent, and I wouldn't care to see the comments below if I say that either one is better.
9. Inside Out
Without a doubt children's films are too heartbreaking for many people. I was loving this film, and then they went and killed Bing Bong. WHY DID THEY HAVE TO KILL BING BONG!? That was a moment that I neither expected nor wanted, and I wish that he was remembered at the end somehow. Absolutely heartbreaking, though I admit I barely remember my own imaginary friends anymore...
I don't care what anyone else thinks about this film, I loved it, and the ending where Harry Stamper sacrifices himself to save the world, despite it keeping him from his daughter, that was just amazing! It was probably one of the most heartbreaking sacrifices on this list, and one of my favourites!
11. The Lion King
This film broke my childhood with it's evil, evil plot. I couldn't believe my five year old eyes when I first saw this (that was the first time I remember, anyway) and the whole film he believed that it was his fault! Horrifying, and so sad because despite jumping in there, sacrificing himself, he actually made it out and would have survived if not for Scar!
The theme to this epic film could bring tears to your eyes itself, but the sacrifice of Maximus to bring justice for his family was the centerpiece of this film, and made it one of my favourite films!
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