Spoiler Alert: 9 Movies with Shameless Last-Minute Deaths

One Day, the Anne Hathaway/Jim Sturgess will-they-or-won’t-they think piece, hit theaters this weekend. While it made a respectable showing at the box office, it bombed with the critics. Besides looking like found footage from Reality Bites, I think the movie’s surprise sad ending might have been the real nail in the coffin.

Movies pulling the old one-two emotional punch at the end is nothing new, but sometimes a character dies and you’re less “Boohoo” than “WTF?” Or at first you’re like “Boohoo,” but then later you’re like “Wait, seriously WTF?” Usually it’s because a character’s death seems not only sudden, but also totally unearned. In an instant, a movie becomes a sucker punch. Shame on you, Hollywood. You lazy sadists, you. Here are nine moves that pull the last-minute death trick. (And seriously, these are spoilers.)

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    • LC

      I just wanted to point out that the movie with Emilie De Ravin and Robert Pattinson is called Remember Me, not Return to Me

      • Lauren

        Thanks. I was going to say the same thing…

      • LTG

        ah yes, good call. will fix that. return to me has surprise death at the beginning (no spoilers). wrong movie, honest mistake.

    • almond

      its kind of hard to avoid this spoiler when you put the title,
      movies with shameless last minute deaths, above a picture of a film that just came out.

      so thanks

    • Lauren

      I don’t think Beaches or Autumn in New York count as surprise deaths, since they are both diagnosed with illnesses as part of the plot. Getting hit by a bus, or being in one of the Twin Towers counts as a sniper sadness attack.