We see have seen many films deaths over the years, but some stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

The Lion King

The Lion King

A brand new survey has taken a look at the most iconic death scenes of all time by film lovers... and there was a comfortable winner.

We take a look at the top six of the most iconic movie deaths of all time... is your favourite in there?

1) Mufasa: The Lion King - 45%

The Lion King is one of the most successful Disney movies of all time and was the highest grossing Disney animation film until Frozen came along in 2013.

The Lion King is packed with great musical numbers and terrific characters, but it is the death of Mufasa that is one of the film's most powerful and memorable moments.

It was back in 1942 with Bambi that Disney showed the death of a parent in one of its movies for the first time... and now that subject was being tackled again for a new generation.

Mufasa risks his own life to save that of young son Simba, before being betrayed by his brother Scar. The Lion King hit the big screen over twenty years ago - yes, it was 1994 - but this remains one of Disney's best film moments.

The Lion King

2) Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio): Titanic - 39%

Titanic was the most successful film of all time when it was released in 1998, going on to gross over $1 billion at the global box office. However, it has since been overtaken as the highest grossing film of all time by Avatar.

James Cameron was in the director's chair to tell the story of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet teamed up for the first time as Jack and Rose.

Titanic was as much a love story as it was a disaster movie, and there was no scene more heart-breaking than when Rose says goodbye to Jack and lets him go she can go on and survive.

We are use to seeing DiCaprio dying on film, but this death scene was the most powerful and had just about everyone weeping in the cinema.


3) Marion Crane (Janet Leigh): Psycho - 37%

Psycho is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, as Alfred Hitchcock changed the way that horror movies were made forever.

With Psycho, the director turned all of the traditional trademarks of this genre on its head as he re-wrote the rulebook. Hitchcock showed that you don't need your leading lady from beginning to end as he killed her off in the first act.

Janet Leigh was one of the biggest stars of the time, yet she didn't even make it half way through the film... it turned out to be a move of genius. The shower scene remains one of the most terrifying and iconic in cinema history - it really does send a chill down your spine over fifty years later.

Psycho was really the first slasher movie to hit the big screen and has gone on to become the most iconic and influential horror movie of all time.


4) Noah & Allie (James Garner & Gena Rowlands): The Notebook - 34%

The Notebook was another movie that set the hearts of romantic movie lovers a flutter when it was released back in 2004. The movie was an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks and aw Nick Cassavetes in the director's chair.

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams took on the roles of Noah and Allie, who are destined to be together despite their social differences. Over the years, Noah and Allie drifted apart before fighting for what they wanted the most... which was each other.

James Garner and Gena Rowlands play an older Noah and Allie, who are living together in a nursing home. The pair die together peacefully in their sleep together at the end of the film.

The Notebook

5) Romeo & Juliet (Leonardo DiCaprio & Claire Danes): Romeo & Juliet - 26%

Romeo & Juliet has been a story that has been told for the big and small screen many times over the years, and director Baz Luhrmann put his stamp on the tale back in 1997.

Luhrmann put a modern spin on the tale but kept its original dialogue. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes took on the title roles - the movie sent stars of both actors rocketing.

This time around, the families were two warring mafia empires and we saw swords replaced with guns. However, the love story and the demise of the central characters remained the same.

Romeo buys poison after hearing that his beloved Juliet had dies. Juliet, who has faked her own death, awakes to find that Romeo had taken the poison. Juliet shoots herself with Romeo's gun and the pair dies together.

Romeo & Juliet

6) Bambi's Mother: Bambi - 23%

We have already looking at one Disney movie, but now we are going to look at another in the form of Bambi. Bambi was released back in 1942 and it was the first time that Disney had shown the death of a parent on the screen.

This was the first time that Disney had really explored the theme of death and tragedy - it remains one of the most iconic and memorable moments in Disney movie history.

It was truly a landmark moment in animation storytelling and elevated the genre to something more - however, it wouldn't be until The Lion King in the nineties that this plot device would have another major impact.

Bambi was the fifth Disney movie to hit the big screen and came after Fantasia and Dumbo. Bambi was a movie that would lose money at the box office upon release but has gone on to be a real animation classic.


The rest of the top ten was made up by: John Coffey in The Green Mile (21%), Kane in Alien (18%), Sgt Elias in Platoon (14%), and Sergeant Howie in The Wicker Man (11%).

The study was conducted by www.perfectchoicefunerals.com, polled 2,246 British adults, all aged 18 or over, with an even split of male and female respondents.

by for www.femalefirst.co.uk
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