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Top 10 Tragic Hollywood Movies Where the Protagonist Dies in the End

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We love a good hero’s journey, but sometimes the journey ends in a heartbreaking way. In these tragic Hollywood movies, the protagonist meets their demise, leaving audiences shocked, saddened, and reflecting on the impact of their sacrifice.

Here is our pick of the best tragic Hollywood movies you should see. Enjoy!

Top 10 Tragic Hollywood Movies:

10. ‘Romeo + Juliet’ (1996)

If you’re familiar with Shakespeare‘s tragic love story, you know that both Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes) meet a tragic end. Their forbidden love leads to a heartbreaking finale that leaves audiences reaching for tissues.

9. ‘Gladiator’ (2000)

In this epic historical drama, Roman general turned gladiator Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) meets a noble end as he joins his family in the afterlife. His sacrifice and ultimate victory resonate long after the credits roll.

8. ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (2008)

In this unique tale of a man who ages backwards, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) experiences life in reverse, ultimately passing away as an infant. His unconventional journey reminds us of the fleeting nature of time and the inevitability of death.

7. ‘Into the Wild’ (2007)

Inspired by a true story, ‘Into the Wild’ follows the journey of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) as he abandons society and ventures into the Alaskan wilderness. His tragic fate serves as a cautionary tale about the consequences of isolation and self-discovery.

6. ‘V For Vendetta’ (2005)

In this politically charged thriller, freedom fighter V (Hugo Weaving) sacrifices himself for the greater good, leaving a lasting impact on the world around him. His legacy lives on through those who carry on his fight for justice.

5. ‘Philadelphia’ (1993)

In this poignant drama, lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) battles discrimination and prejudice while fighting for his rights. His untimely death serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by those living with HIV/AIDS and the importance of compassion and understanding.

4. ‘Turner & Hooch’ (1989)

While police officer Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) manages to survive, his loyal canine companion, Hooch, tragically loses his life in the line of duty. Their bond highlights the power of friendship and the sacrifices made in the name of justice.

3. ‘The Great Gatsby’ (2013)

In this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets a tragic end at the hands of a vengeful man. His pursuit of the American Dream ultimately leads to his downfall, leaving audiences to ponder the price of ambition.

2. ‘The Departed’ (2006)

In this gripping crime thriller, undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets a sudden and violent end at the hands of a fellow officer. The shocking twist serves as a reminder of the dangers of deception and betrayal in the world of law enforcement.

1. ‘Titanic’ (1997)

In the timeless romance ‘Titanic,’ Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) sacrifices himself to save Rose (Kate Winslet) during the tragic sinking of the ship. Their love story transcends time and space, leaving a lasting impact on audiences around the world.

In conclusion, these Hollywood movies serve as powerful reminders of the fragility of life and the enduring legacy of those who make the ultimate sacrifice. Though the endings may be bittersweet, the impact of these protagonists lives on in the hearts and minds of viewers, ensuring that their stories are never forgotten.

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