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The 15 Best Movies About Suicide (or Seemingly Suicidal) Missions  

Aaron Edwards
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List Rules Vote up your favorite movies where the protagonists seem headed for disaster.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the latest in a long and proud tradition of suicide mission movies. Not to be confused with "men on a mission" films, these flicks aren't just about a group of people trying to accomplish a goal. No, these movies are about people going out... and they're not expected to come back. Whether it's in ancient Greece or World War II, there have been plenty of impossible situations that people have conquered in real life, so of course there's going to be films about it.

 It's no coincidence that most suicide mission films are set during the second World War. It's the perfect venue for setting up missions with impossible odds. Given that Star Wars was directly inspired by parts of World War II, expect to see a lot of influence from the following films in Rogue One. Curious which films are the best of the lot? Check out the list below!

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The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 15 Best Movies About Suicide (or Seemingly Suicidal) Missions
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The Characters: Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) and his senior officers.

The Mission: Ramius and his officers steal an experimental Soviet submarine in order to defect to the United States, which means contending with the Russian Navy out to sink them, and the US Navy, which might do the same out of ignorance.

Who Survived: Thanks to Ramius's brilliant plan and the genius of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, Ramius manages to successfully defect and save most of his crew. The two major casualties are Ramius's second-in-command and the ship's cook. 

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 15 Best Movies About Suicide (or Seemingly Suicidal) Missions
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The Characters: A group of American soldiers led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks). 

The Mission: The soldiers have to locate Private James Francis Ryan and bring him home.

Who Survived: Ryan is successfully rescued, but most of Miller's team (including Miller) is killed, with the exception of Private Richard Reiben (Edward Burns) and Corporal Timothy E. Upham (Jeremy Davies). 

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 15 Best Movies About Suicide (or Seemingly Suicidal) Missions
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The Characters: A group of the Army's worst convicts is turned into a commando unit to be sent on a top-secret mission behind enemy lines.

The Mission: Days before D-Day, the team must assault a Nazi chateau holding a meeting between some of the top German officers. By eliminating them, the Allies hope to disrupt the Nazi chain of command.

Who Survived: Wladislaw, Reisman, and Bowren are the only ones to make it out. The German officers are locked in a room and blown up. 

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 15 Best Movies About Suicide (or Seemingly Suicidal) Missions
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The Characters: Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) recruits a team of Jewish-American soldiers to go behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany to kill as many enemy soldiers as possible and scalp them to spread fear.

The Mission: The team discovers that a movie screening will hold some of the Nazis' top leaders, including Hitler, and plan to bring it all crumbling to the ground.

Who Survived: The only two of the team we know for sure survived are Lieutenant Raine and Private Smithson (B. J. Novak). The entire Nazi brass, including Hitler, is killed.

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