The Greatest 'I'm Dead And I Know It' Moments In Film History
When it comes to death scenes, they can be the most memorable moments in a movie as they often are a pivotable point in the film. Filmmakers have come up with some clever ways to make a death scene pretty cinematic, but some of the best deaths in movies are when the character sees it coming.
These moments are mostly referred to as "I'm dead and I know it" moments and have become quite popular in the film industry as they are a perfect way to kill a character off cinematically. You might recognize most of these character deaths as they have been featured in popular films over the years. So if you want to see the greatest "I'm dead and I know it" moments in film history, be sure to check out this article.
Boromir In The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
One of the most memorable death scenes in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring involved Boromir who ended up sacrificing his life for Merry and Pippin. Boromir tried to fend off a horde of orcs from the hobbits as they didn't know how to fight well but was surprised by an arrow to the chest which led to his ultimate doom.
Boromir was shot by the orc leader, who had a tremendous long bow, and met eyes with Boromir when he shot him a third time with an arrow. Boromir knew that he was dead the second the last arrow entered him, but luckily he was avenged by Aragorn.
Alex Forrest In Fatal Attraction
Fatal Attraction is an intense thriller film that caught the attention of everyone as Glenn Close's character, Alex Forrest, gave everyone nightmares. Forrest is an attractive woman that ends up having an affair with Michael Douglas's character, Dan Gallagher, but ends up being one of the craziest women alive.
Forrest ends up falling madly in love with Gallagher and tries to kill his wife, but luckily Gallagher is home and is able to stop her. Forrest's "I'm dead and I know It" moment comes when she tries to stab Gallagher, but he ends up drowning her in the bathtub and looks into her eyes while she dies.
The Terminator In Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Terminator 2: Judgement Day was Arnold Schwarzenegger's most popular film and for a good reason as the film was filled with action and even brought a tear to many people's eyes during the end scene. The Terminator's "I'm dead and I know it" moment comes after he defeats T-1000 as he needs to destroy himself to prevent Skynet from being created as they would use his technology.
The scene is heartbreaking as the Terminator knows that he is going to die but tells Sarah Connor that he cannot kill himself and tells her to lower him into the molten steel pit. The Terminator says one last goodbye by giving John Connor a thumbs up.
Quint In Jaws
Jaws has always been known to be one of the main reasons why people are so afraid of sharks as Steven Spielberg was able to make the terrifying shark look so realistic. Quint is one of the most beloved characters in the film as he was the captain of the Orca and had a memorizing accent.
When Quint, Matt, and Martin set out to finally put an end to the man-eating shark, the unimaginable happens as the shark attacks Quint's ship while they are in the deep sea. Quint tries to kill the shark, but he ends up slipping into the shark's mouth and realizes that his life is over.
Lester In American Beauty
American Beauty is one of Kevin Spacey's most iconic roles as he played Lester who ends up becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. Lester and Angela have chemistry with one another which leads to some mishaps within his family.
Lester's "I'm dead and I know it" moment came after he refused to have sex with Angela as he found out that she was a virgin. While Angela goes to the bathroom, Lester stares at a picture of his family but gets interrupted by a man holding a gun to his head. The scene ends with a gunshot and blood over the wall as Lester is killed by his daughter's boyfriend's dad.
Marvin In Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction is what made Quentin Tarantino popular as the film made your head spin when watching it. John Travolta's and Samuel Jackson's characters are really what made this movie great but one character who is often forgotten is Marvin who is the young kid that witnesses Jules and Vincent kill two drug dealers and is in the car while they drive off.
Marvin ends up getting accidentally shot in the head by Vincent, who turns around to face him but lets off a round. Jules is more pissed off that he has blood all over him, and the two end up dumping his body shortly after.
Tony Montana In Scarface
Al Pacino's most memorable role is in Scarface as he fully embodied the character of Tony Montana. Montana is a Cuban refugee who arrives in Miami, Florida, and becomes one of the most ruthless drug lords in the city. Montana started from nothing and is able to rise to the top as he topples over the top drug dealer and takes his place.
Montana makes a lot of enemies in the process of him becoming a drug lord and starts losing his mind towards the end of the movie as he knows he has become a ruthless killer. Montana ends up going out big at the end as he knows he is going to die and tries to take down as many men as he can.
Kane In Alien
Alien has one of the most memorable death scenes as Ridley Scott was able to make the scene one of the grossest. If you haven't seen Alien then you should as it is one of the best horror films that came out in the 1980s. Kane is the unfortunate character that ends up having an "I'm dead and I know it" moment as the alien on board their ship plants a seed in him.
Kane has no recollection that he was infected and goes on with his day but eventually starts convulsing and knows he is dead once a baby alien pops out of his stomach.
Sully In Commando
Commando is another one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most notable films even though it was full of cheesy action. The film is about a group of mercenaries that is led by Schwarzenegger's character, John Matrix. Matrix and his group of mercenaries are hired by Sully who wants them to overthrow the president of Val Verdes.
Sully betrays Matrix and helps kidnap his daughter, which leads to Matrix going after him. Sully and Matrix get into a wild car chase before Matrix is able to flip Sully's car over. Matrix then confronts Sully about the whereabouts of his daughter and hangs him over a cliff by his leg. Sully begs Matrix to let him go, which is exactly what he did. Poor choice of words by Sully.
Sonny Corleone In The Godfather Part I
The Godfather Part I is a masterpiece and is full of memorable scenes as Francis Ford Coppola really knew what he was doing. There are several death scenes in the film but one that stands out is when Sonny Corleone is shot and killed by Michael.
Sonny doesn't know that he is being set up but realizes at the last second that his life is about to end. Sonny is riddled with bullets by Michael, and this is one of the most memorable scenes in the first installment of The Godfather. The Godfather ended up being the highest-grossing film in 1972, and for good reason.
Tommy DeVito In Goodfellas
Another classic mobster film that has an "I'm dead and I know it" moment is Goodfellas which involves Joe Pesci's character Tommy DeVito. This isn't the only film where Pesci's character gets whacked, as he has starred in a number of Martin Scorsese's films. DeVito is good friends with both Henry and James, who are played by Ray Liotta and Robert DeNiro, and they end up killing the wrong guy.
DeVito is tricked by the Italian mob as he is told that he is going to be made. DeVito thinks that he is going to meet with the bosses but ends up entering an empty house and realizes that he is going to be whacked. The scene ends with DeVito saying, "oh shit," as he is shot in the head by one of the gunmen.
Robert Muldoon In Jurassic Park
Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park is one of the most loved movies from the 1990s, as he was able to create some of the most realistic-looking dinosaurs that we have ever seen on film. The film is full of death scenes and "I'm dead and I know it" moments, but one that stands out is when Robert Muldoon, Jurassic Park's game warden, is killed by a velociraptor.
Muldoon pretty much saves Ellie's life as he knows that they are being tracked by the velociraptor and tells her to make a break for it. Muldoon realizes that he is screwed as he sees the velociraptor appear out of the jungle and says, "Clever girl."
The Violin Players In Titanic
Titanic is best known for being the first film to make a billion dollars at the box office as it was a cinematic masterpiece directed by James Cameron. The film featured several well-known actors and actresses, with the two most prominent being Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Titanic ended with tragedy as it followed the events of the sinking of the actual Titanic.
One scene that stands out is when the ship's violin players keep playing even though they know that they are going to die. You can pretty much see the looks on their faces as they play a sad tune as they know their death is coming.
Tony Stark In Avengers: End Game
Probably the most well-known "I'm dead and I know it" moment is Tony Stark's death in Avengers: End Game. The film became the highest-grossing film in 2019 as everyone wanted to know the fate of their favorite superheroes. Tony Stark ends up saving the universe from Thanos's unstoppable army by equipping his suit with the infinity stones which he took from Thanos.
The infinity stones gave him the ability to snap Thanos and his army out of existence but, in the process, killed him as the power of the stones was too strong for his body. Stark is able to say his goodbyes and sadly passes away.
Hans Gruber In Die Hard
Die Hard is an action-packed film that made Bruce Willis famous as he mostly starred in television shows before. Willis starred as John McClane, who is an NYPD detective that ends up saving his wife and her co-workers from a terrorist group that tries to take over a building in Los Angeles.
Alan Rickman plays Hans Gruber, who is the leader of the German terrorist group and ends up taking McClane's wife hostage. McClane is able to get to Gruber before he kills his wife and shoots Gruber in the shoulder, who is in front of a window. Gruber then proceeds to step backward, falls through the window, and then gets the look on his face that he is going to die as he plummets to his death.
Jenny And Jason Lenner In Deep Impact
Deep Impact is a science fiction disaster film that came out around the same time as Armageddon and was based on the same premise as both involved a comet that would result in the extinction of mankind. The film is full of death scenes as the Earth is being pounded by several comets during the film.
The U.S. government is able to split the comet into two pieces, but one of the pieces is still heading towards Earth, which results in the comet landing in the Atlantic Ocean. Jenny was comforted by her father's arms as the massive tidal wave crashed on them.
Malcolm Crowe In The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense is one of M. Night Shyamalan's masterpieces, as he was able to prove that he had what it takes to make a suspenseful thriller. Bruce Willis plays Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist that ends up working with Cole Sear, who was a nine-year-old boy that claimed he saw ghosts everywhere.
Crowe ends up learning a lot from Cole and thinks that the boy does actually see ghosts. The film is full of jump scare scenes but the "I'm dead and I know it" moment was done perfectly as Crowe ends up finding out that he is actually dead and was murdered by a crazy man that broke into his home.
Spock In Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
When it comes to one of the best Star Trek films of the original Star Trek cast, Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan is undoubtedly one of the best, as the ending is quite sad. Spock, who was played by Leonard Nimoy, ends up sacrificing his life in order to save the Enterprise from blowing up.
The ship was badly damaged during a battle and wasn't able to go into warp drive so Spock took it upon himself to enter the irradiated warp drive room and activated the controls manually. Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner, asked Spock why he would do such a thing, and Spock responded with, “I have been and always shall be your friend.”
Darth Vader In Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi
The Star Wars franchise is full of "I'm dead and I know it" scenes but one of the most underrated ones is when Darth Vader realizes that he is about to die. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi was the final film of the first trilogy and has been looked at as one of the best as it completed the first saga.
Darth Vader ends up sacrificing his life to save his son Luke Skywalker from the Emperor as he throws him into the bowels of a reactor shaft. In his final moments, Luke removes his helmet and finally gazes into his father's eyes. Vader tells Luke that “You were right about me” and dies of his injuries shortly after.
Thelma And Louise In Thelma & Louise
Thelma & Louise is one of Susan Sarandon's and Geena Davis's most iconic films as they encapsulate Thelma And Louise's characters. The film was also Brad Pitt's first significant role, and the film ended up winning an Academy Award for Best Orginal Screenplay. The film is about two friends that decide to take a fishing trip which turns out to be much different than they planned.
Thelma and Louise end up getting into trouble with the law as Louise kills a man that was trying to rape Thelma. Since the two agree that the police won't believe their story, they make a run for Mexico. Probably the most famous scene in the movie is when Thelma and Louise drive their car right off the side of the Grand Canyon.
Lieutenant Archie Hicox In Inglorious Basterds
Like every Quentin Tarantino film, Inglorious Basterds is full of death scenes as the man really likes to have characters killed off in interesting ways. Michael Fassbender plays Lieutenant Archie Hicox, who is a British officer that poses as a Nazi officer that is present during the tavern scene.
Hicox has an "I'm dead and I know it" moment when he accidentally orders a drink with the wrong hand gesture. This immediately alerted the other German soldiers at the table, resulting in a Mexican standoff. Hicox knew that he was dead the moment he made a mistake, and you could see it on his face.
Carson Wells In No Country For Old Men
One of the best "I'm dead and I know it" moments in cinematic history is in No Country For Old Men. Carson Wells, played by Woody Harrelson, is a hitman that is hired to track down Anton Chigurh and retrieve the lost briefcase. Both Wells and Chigurh are skilled hitmen, but Chigurh outsmarts Wells as he tracks him down to his hotel.
Chigurh confronts Wells in the lobby of the hotel and tells him to lead him into his room. Wells knows that he is a dead man as Chigurh is someone that doesn't mess around. Chigurh shoots Wells with his silenced shotgun right when the room's telephone starts ringing.
Roy Batty In Blade Runner
Blade Runner is a classic science fiction movie from the 1980s that became the foundational work of the cyberpunk genre. The film features Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard and his main antagonist, Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty. Blade Runner is set in a dystopian future where humans have created synthetic humans that are used for war and to work in space.
Deckard, who is a detective, is hired to track down and kill Batty, who is the leader of the replicant resistance. Deckard eventually confronts Batty, which results in an extravagant roof chase. Batty ends up saving Deckard from falling to his death and realizes that his time has expired, and calmly passes away.
Wolverine In Logan
Logan is the third and final installment of the Wolverine trilogy and was inspired by the Old Man Logan comics, which focused more on the later years of his life. The film was quite different from the other Wolverine films as it was set in a more serious tone.
Wolverine's "I'm dead and I know it" moment came when he was battling a clone, a younger version of himself. Wolverine is saved by Laura as she is able to shoot the clone in the head, but Wolverine eventually succumbs to his injuries as he has lost his healing powers.
Clifford Worley In True Romance
Although Tony Scott directed True Romance, the film was written by Quentin Tarantino, and you know what that means, right? Yes, it is full of murder scenes as the film is about a couple that steals a briefcase full of cocaine from the Mafia. Dennis Hopper plays Clarence Worley's father, Clifford Worley, who gets kidnapped by the Mafia as they find out that Clarence stole their cocaine.
Clifford's death scene is one of the most memorable throughout the film as he is confronted by the Mafia leader, who is played by Christopher Walken. Walken's character is brutal and ends up playing games with Clifford before he shoots him in the head.
Norman Osborn In Spider-Man
Probably one of the most recognized "I'm dead and I know it" moments was in Spider-Man when the Green Goblin realizes that he is about to die. Spider-Man was one of the first superhero movies to make the genre popular and is considered the most liked in the Spider-Man franchise films. Willem Dafoe starred as the Green Goblin and Norman Osborn and fit the two roles perfectly.
The Green Goblin ends up killing himself when he battles Spider-Man the last time as he tries to stab Spider-Man with his hoverboard but doesn't take into account that Spider-Man's reflexes are keen. The hoverboard stabs the Green Goblin and pins him to the wall, where he apologizes to Spider-Man for what he has done, and shortly after passes away.
Luke Skywalker In Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is the eighth film in the Star Wars saga and features several characters from the original trilogy, such as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Mark Hamill was thrilled to reprise his role as Luke but was a bit disappointed as he was given little screen time.
Despite Hamill only being in a handful of scenes, he still gave a great performance, with his most notable scene being when he astral projects himself through the force in order to save the resistance forces on Crait. Once Luke's job is complete, he knows that he is going to die as he uses too much power in the force and peacefully disappears into thin air.
Jyn Esro And Cassian Andor In Star Wars: Rogue One
Another Star Wars film that has an "I'm dead and I know it" moment is Star Wars: Rogue One, which is set before the original trilogy and explains how the rebels got the secret Death Star plans. Since it is obvious that everyone dies in the film, the writers had to think of a clever way to end the movie in a good way.
Jyn Esro And Cassian Andor are the two main characters in the film and can send the transmission of the Death Star plans before the Empire blows up the planet. Jyn and Cassian cannot flee the planet and know that they will die, so they decide to embrace each other when the planet gets blasted.
Daniel Jackson In Saving Private Ryan
When it comes to one of the best war films of all time, Saving Private Ryan is at the top of the list as it is full of realistic battle scenes that have never been seen before. There are tons of "I'm dead and I know it" moments in the film, but one that stands out is when the squad's sniper, Daniel Jackson, has that look on his face that he is about to die.
During the last battle in the film, Jackson and a machine gunner are told to go up to the church tower to engage and call out enemy positions. The two men were able to take out a lot of Germans, but a German tank soon realized they were in the tower, and right when the tank's barrel points at the tower, Jackson knows he is dead.
Private Silas Trip And Major Cabot Forbes In Glory
Glory is a film about the American Civil War and follows one of the first African American regiments during the war. The film features several prominent actors, such as Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Cary Elwes.
The 54th Regiment is led by Robert Shaw, who is tasked with taking Fort Wagner, which is heavily guarded. The men in the regiment know that the task won't be easy to accomplish, but they do as they are ordered. The regiment launched an assault on the fort, which looked favorable to them, but unfortunately, they were overrun. Private Silas Trip and Major Cabot Forbes were among the first to die, but ultimately, the whole regiment was eliminated.
Hank Schrader In Breaking Bad
The best "I'm dead and I know it" moment in Breaking Bad was when Hank Schrader knew that he was about to die. Breaking Bad received several accolades for its outstanding performances and writing and easily became one of the most watched television shows in the world. The series was based around a chemistry teacher that turned to making crystal meth in order to secure his family's financial future.
Walter White ends up partnering up with Jesse Pinkman, who is a local drug dealer, to help with his operation. Walter is doing this all under the eye of his brother-in-law, Hank Schrader, who is a DEA agent. Hank finds out about Walter's operation and ends up in the hands of Jack, who is a stone-cold killer. Hank knows he will die and tells him to do what he has to do.
Detective Harry Temple In Speed
Speed is an action thriller that stars Keanu Reeves, Jeff Daniels, and Sandra Bullock and was one of the most popular films during the 1990s. Some people might not remember Jeff Daniels' character Detective Harry Temple as he was only in the film for a short while. But his "I'm dead and I know it" moment was classic as he knew that he was doomed.
Temple is able to track down the bomber while Jack is stuck on the bus with the bomb, but the bomber is two steps ahead of him and plants a bomb in the location where he had once been. Once Temple and a couple of other officers enter the bomber's home, Temple realizes that he was tricked and has that look on his face that he knows he is going to die.
Nicky Santoro In Casino
Another classic mobster film that stars both Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci is Casino, which is about the life of Sam Rothstein, who was the secret owner of several casinos in Las Vegas. The film is another one of Martin Scorsese's masterpieces, as he really knows how to make an excellent mobster film.
Joe Pesci stars as Nicky Santoro, who is Rothstein's right-hand man and does all the dirty dealings for him. Nicky eventually starts stealing from Rothstein and ends up having an affair with his wife. When Rothstein finds out, he orders his men to kill Nicky and his brother. Nicky and his brother's death scene is pretty brutal as Rothstein's men beat Nicky's brother to death in front of him and then proceed to bury Nicky alive.
John Rooney In Road To Perdition
Road To Perdition won several awards for its amazing cinematic performances and cinematography. The film is set during the Great Depression and is about a contract killer and his son, who end up seeking revenge against the mob that has killed most of their family. Tom Hanks stars as the contract killer, and Paul Newman stars as the mobster boss that starts this whole situation.
Sullivan, who Hanks plays, eliminates all of Rooney's men throughout the film and finally confronts him at the end of the film. Rooney knows that he is a dead man, as Sullivan wouldn't be there for any other reason. Sullivan then guns him down with a long burst from his Tommy gun.
Young Padawans In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
Star Wars has made it on this list again as Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith features one of the saddest "I'm dead and I know it" moments as it involves young padawans. The film was the third and final installment in the prequel Star Wars trilogy and explained how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader.
Once Emperor Palpatine turned Anakin to the dark side, he ordered him to kill all the Jedi at the Jedi Temple. Anakin has no remorse for killing anyone, even when it comes to the young padawans that were hiding, as he struck them down, even though they asked him for help.
Zorg In The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element is another classic science fiction action film from the 1990s that caught the attention of several moviegoers as it presented an interesting futuristic world. Several prominent actors and actresses star in the film, such as Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and of course, Milla Jovovich.
The main antagonist in the film is Gary Oldman, who plays Zorg, a ruthless killer that wants to get his hands on an ancient artifact. Zorg thinks that he has gotten the artifact but soon realizes that he was tricked by Willis' character. Zorg knows that he is going to die once he realizes that there is a bomb on the ship and gets that look on his face.
Marty In Independence Day
Another notable "I'm dead and I know it" moment in Independence Day involved Marty, who was trying to make it home but instead met his end. Marty is portrayed by Harvey Fierstein, who was a friend of David Levinson, that worked at Compact Cable in New York City.
Levinson alerts Marty to leave New York City as he believes that the aliens will destroy it. Marty tries to leave the city but gets stuck in a traffic jam. Marty gets that look on his face that he knows he is about to die when he sees the ultimate destruction heading toward him.
Earl Cole In Kong: Skull Island
Kong: Skull Island is the eleventh film in the King Kong franchise and served as a reboot of the franchise. The film is set during the Vietnam War and features a team of scientists who go looking for Kong on Skull Island. Soldiers guard the team of scientists, including Earl Cole, who Shea Whigham plays.
Cole is someone that deeply cares about his men and the scientists' lives, so he decides to sacrifice his life in order to save the others by distracting the Skull Devil, who tries to chase them. Cole knows he will die but doesn't care, as he is an honorable man.
Calvin J. Candie In Django Unchained
Django Unchained is another one of Quinten Tarantino's masterpieces as he encapsulated America during the mid-1800s. The film features prominent actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Christoph Waltz. The story is about an escaped black slave that is trained by a German bounty hunter who eventually helps him retrieve his wife from slave owners.
DiCaprio stars as Calvin J. Candie, who is a ruthless slave owner that doesn't have any respect for anyone. Candie ends up meeting his demise as Dr. King Schultz kills him by offering him a handshake to close the deal but instead shoots him right through the heart with a hidden pistol.
R.J. MacReady In The Thing
The Thing is one of the creepiest films to come out of the 1980s, but it didn't receive much praise until it was released on video. Many people found The Thing to be a bit too scary to watch, as the horror scenes in the film were full of blood and gore. The film is about an alien organism that disguises itself as a human and starts killing all the researchers working at an Antarctica facility.
Kurt Russell gained a lot of popularity from the film as his performance was stellar. Russell, who stars as R.J. MacReady, has his "I'm dead and I know it" moment when he and Childs are the last two survivors of the camp. The two are unsure if they are infected and decide to call a truce between each other before perishing in the cold.
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid is based on the actual events of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, who were notorious Wild West Outlaws that were on the run from the law. The film features Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid.
The two outlaws try to escape to Bolivia, but the U.S. government tracks them down as they robbed several trains. Cassidy and the Sundance Kid end up getting cornered by the Bolivian army and meet their demise as they go out guns blazing. The two knew they were dead once they were cornered and gave the Bolivian army all they had.
Bodhi Bodhisattva In Point Break
Point Break is another classic action film from the 1990s that stars Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and Gary Busey. The film is about a group of bank robbers that are being tracked down by an FBI agent named Johnny Utah, who is played by Reeves. Swayze portrays the group's leader Bodhi Bodhisattva who is all about living like an adrenaline junkie.
Utah goes undercover and becomes close friends with Bodhisattva and his crew. Utah starts having second doubts about turning them in, but Bodhisattva finds out that he is a cop. Utah tries to take Bodhisattva in for his crimes at the end of the film but eventually lets him go as Bodhisattva kills himself by surfing in an unrelenting storm.
Iosef Tarasov In John Wick
John Wick is another Keanu Reeves film that involves an "I'm dead and I know it" moment as the film is full of death scenes. John Wick has made Reeves even more popular than he already was, as the franchise is about to release a fourth film in the coming months. The first film is unarguably the best, as the first film in a franchise usually is.
Iosef Tarasov, who Alfie Allen plays, is a Russian criminal, the son of Viggo Tarasov, the Russian mob's leader. Iosef decides to steal John Wick's car and unknowingly kill his dog, as he didn't know he was once a contract killer. Wick tracks down Iosef and puts a bullet right into his head.
Colin Sullivan In The Departed
The Departed is another one of Martin Scorsese's films that is, of course, about the mob and features several "I'm dead and I know it" moments. The film is based on the Boston Winter Hill Gang and follows the story of Colin Sullivan, who Matt Damon plays.
Collins is a corrupt FBI agent that works with the mob and spies for them. Collins tries to pin all his crimes on the mob, but the FBI finds out what he is doing and discreetly puts a hit on him. Dignam is waiting for Collins once he gets home, and this is when Collins realizes he is dead and says "okay" before Digman shoots him in the head.
Russell Casse In Independence Day
Again Independence Day has made it on the list of the greatest "I'm dead and I know it" moments because it features one of the best in film history. Randy Quaid plays Russel Casse, the deranged father at the beginning of the film who eventually flies a fighter jet due to his prior Air Force experience.
Russel is featured in one of the most memorable death scenes in the film, as he is the one to destroy the alien mothership. Russel flies his fighter jet right into the heart of the alien ship and screams, "in the words of my generation, up yours!"
Lord Beckett In Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End is not the best film out of the franchise, but it ended up being the highest-grossing film within the franchise. The film was the third installment in the series and followed the story of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann trying to rescue Captian Jack Sparrow.
One of the main antagonists is Lord Beckett, who is the commander of the East India Trading Company. Beckett was eventually killed when the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman fired upon his ship. Beckett had a look on his face that he had lost and was prepared to die.
Norman Stansfield In Léon: The Professional
Léon: The Professional is the first film that Natalie Portman was featured in and received praise for being an interesting French-directed film. The film features Jean Reno as Léon and Gary Oldman as Norman Stansfield. Léon is a professional killer that takes care of young Portman's character. The two end up getting into trouble with Stansfield, who is a corrupt DEA agent that is a drug lord in secret.
Stansfield ends up murdering Mathilda's whole family and spares her, which leads to her hiring Léon to kill him. Léon gets the last laugh when Stansfield believes he has finally killed him, as Léon releases a pin to a grenade, killing them both.
Max Zorin In A View To A Kill
A View To A Kill is the fourteenth film in the James Bond franchise and was the last time Roger Moore starred as James Bond. The film's main antagonist was portrayed by Christopher Walken, who was named Max Zorin. Like every Bond film, 007 gets invited to his arch nemesis's lair and gets treated like a proper guest. Of course, everyone knows what happens next as Bond eventually discovers what Max is up to.
Max's "I'm dead and I know it" moment comes when Bond eventually knocks him off the Golden Gate Bridge. Max was able to hold on to the framework but eventually loses his grip and falls to his demise.
Old Joe In Looper
Looper is a film that received praise for its low budget and booming box office revenue. The film is about contract killers sent into the past to kill their targets, but something strange happens to Joe, who has worked as a contract killer for most of his life.
Joe takes a job, not knowing that the contract is his younger self. The two agree they shouldn't live as they realize they are stone-cold killers. Young Joe shoots himself in the head, which in turn, makes old Joe vanish. The two knew they would die and had that "I'm dead and I know it" look on their faces.