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Top 10 Last Words Before Death in Movies

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Script written by Joe Jatcko. Any last words? In this video, counts down our picks for the top 10 last words of movie characters before death. For this list, we’re choosing the most iconic, memorable or affecting words said by big screen characters before they die. Obviously, a huge SPOILER ALERT is in order. Special thanks to our users Anthony Redford, Jackson Risby, missmariamesseghaier, hardcorelegend101, Andrew A. Dennison, Jacob McGuire, Richard Cardenas, Finister2, Kate Smothers, Jadeite, Frenchy 17, pizzapete, Luyi Gao, The Doctor, LoLMaster, Chris Hernandez,, Caelan, Pedro Wichtendal Villar, Charlie Palmer, lillyadams11, Rhyan Vannice, Shakib Ahmed, Scotty Arbour, Adam Giles and Tim Seals for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Last Words Before Death in Movies

Any last words? Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 last words of movie characters before death.

For this list, we’re choosing the most iconic, memorable or affecting words said by big screen characters before they die. Obviously, a huge SPOILER ALERT is in order.

#10: Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
“Full Metal Jacket” (1987)

As much as you may hate his guts, you’ve still got to hand it to R. Lee Ermey’s character: even with a loaded machine gun pointed at his midsection, he doesn’t hesitate to yell his trademark insults at the clearly deranged Private Pyle. Death scenes tend to tell the viewer more about a character than any other, and this scene shows us that Hartman is a tough S.O.B. through and through.

#9: Bane
“The Dark Knight Rises” (2012)

Villains always get the best lines. Unfortunately for Tom Hardy’s Bane, there’s a Catwoman around the corner with a face full of guns. Nevertheless, his final words make you wonder whether his wish for Batman to see the destruction of his beloved Gotham may’ve caused Bane to pause just long enough for Catwoman to get there. He might not have been the first bad guy to be foiled by his desire for artistry, but he is certainly one of the most memorable.

#8: O-Ren Ishii
“Kill Bill: Vol. 1” (2003)

What can you say about a sword sharp enough to cut the top of someone’s head off with one swoop? A striking end to one of the most beautiful fight scenes ever put to film, “Kill Bill Volume 1”’s final act illustrates just how powerful Uma Thurman’s character has become—armed with a katana from the world’s best sword maker…and a heart filled with vengeance, she takes down a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad.

#7: Boromir
“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001)

Sean Bean, we hardly knew ye. Of all the deaths the great English actor has portrayed onscreen, his demise as the Steward Prince of Gondor may be his masterpiece. A deeply conflicted character, Boromir’s final words to Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn seal his fate as a loyal force for good.

#6: Obi-Wan Kenobi
“Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)

Some of the most memorable lines from one of the most quotable movie franchises of all time, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s profound words don’t appear to be his last – that is, until he spots his young protégé, and decides to let him witness his death and subsequent disappearance into the ethereal world of the Force. Of course, his sage words prove true, as Obi-Wan continues to help Luke mess up Vader’s plans for all three installments of the original trilogy.

#5: The Terminator
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)

In a sci-fi action franchise known for some of the best one-liners ever, its seminal second incarnation also features one of the most touching. You didn’t expect that kind of depth from a shotgun-wielding robot with half a face did you? What can we say, Schwarzenegger’s got range.

#4: Spock
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982)

Though this phrase was far from new to the Star Trek franchise, it takes on a deeper meaning in the second—and most beloved—film. Having entered a radiation chamber to restore the warp drive and save the ship from certain destruction, Spock’s repeating of his people’s common greeting to his friend and captain becomes a far more profound wish, considering he had just given his own life so that others could go on. Meanwhile, when “Star Trek Into Darkness” re-invented this scene in 2013, it was Kirk who was put behind the glass for an equally stirring goodbye.

#3: The Wicked Witch of the West
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

Maybe the most famous death scene of all time, the Wicked Witch of the West’s demise is truly one for the ages. Margaret Hamilton crafted the villainous character so well in “The Wizard of Oz” that you almost want to root for her. But, in the end, it’s just too much fun watching her melt.

#2: Charles Foster Kane
“Citizen Kane” (1941)

The film that would change cinema forever was astounding from the very first word. The phrase, which is spoken just before the death of newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane, ties together his epic journey as he grows up, becomes one of the most successful men in the country, and then is met with a shockingly rapid demise. The actual word isn’t as important as what it comes to represent in the Orson Welles drama: the loss of innocence at the hands of the American Dream.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Robert Muldoon
“Jurassic Park” (1993)
- Captain John H. Miller
“Saving Private Ryan” (1998)
- Vizzinni
“The Princess Bride” (1987)
- Gollum
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)
- Hans Gruber
“Die Hard” (1988)

#1: William Wallace
“Braveheart” (1995)

While we don’t know what the real William Wallace’s last words were, let’s just assume Mel Gibson’s triumphantly guttural scream summed them up in this epic historical war drama. After all, Sir Wallace did give his life to the cause of Scottish independence. Historical inaccuracies aside, it’s hard to think of any more fitting—or epic—last words for this movie hero.

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