Although everyone loves a happy ending, there are plenty of movies where almost everyone dies before the runtime is up. And these aren't endings like Avengers: Infinity War, where the majority of deaths are just going to be undone in a sequel. No, we're talking about films where everyone - or almost everyone - dies and is going to stay that way.
There are big-budget blockbusters like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and 300 as well as favorites like Easy Rider and King of New York that just eliminate most, if not all, of the main cast. Hopefully you didn't get too attached to the characters who found themselves on the wrong side of life and death. In any case, this list will run down the Hollywood films where pretty much everyone dies. Remember to vote up your favorites.
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Before Zack Snyder was a household name thanks to his role in creating the DC Extended Universe of films, he hit it big with 2007's 300. Adapted from the Frank Miller comic series of the same name, the film tells the story of 300 Spartan soldiers who engage in an against-all-odds entanglement versus the invading Persian army that stands over 300,000 strong. It is hyper-violent, hyper-macho, and an all-around bloody good time if you're in the mood for that sort of thing.
Who’s Dead: Nearly all 300 of the Spartans, including Gerard Butler's Leonidas, as well as an uncountable number of Persian soldiers.
Who’s Still Standing: Dilios, an injured soldier who is sent back to Sparta by Leonidas, survives to tell the great tale of the 300 soldiers who stood against the odds.
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The Western genre of filmmaking gives you plenty of leeway when it comes to violence, as most main characters are packing iron at all times. And while Quentin Tarantino is known for making violent films where plenty of people die, he took things to a whole new level with The Hateful Eight. Tarantino's 2015 film follows eight strangers who end up seeking shelter from a blizzard together in 1870. And every character who appears onscreen meets their end before the movie is over.
Who’s Dead: Every. Single. Character.
Who’s Still Standing: No one!
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The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 horror satire by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon that has plenty of fun sticking its finger in the eye of slasher film tropes. It is somewhat difficult to sum up what makes the film work so well, as it's pretty conceptual, but watching a group of young people struggle to thwart a plan to sacrifice them to the "Ancient Ones" by a shadowy organization is great fun. The film firmly has its tongue in its cheek, and if you're in on the joke, you're gonna have a good time.
Who’s Dead: Well, pretty much everyone. Chris Hemsworth's Curt is dead. Sigourney Weaver's Director is dead. Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford's characters are dead. Everyone but Kristen Connolly's Dana and Fran Kranz's Marty bites the dust, and those two don't figure to last long after everything is said and done.
Who’s Still Standing: Technically Dana and Marty are alive, but the "Ancient Ones" are officially back to wipe out everyone across the Earth. So... they're alive, but not for long.
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We would not have the Quentin Tarantino of today without Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino's debut film may not have been as big of a success as Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill, but all the trademark aspects of his directorial style were there. The crime thriller about a jewelry heist gone wrong features long dialogue scenes, pop-culture references, and plenty of over-the-top violence.
Who’s Dead: Every single member of the "Dogs" is killed by the end of the film. Well... almost every member.
Who’s Still Standing: Steve Buscemi's Mr. Pink is the only member of the heist crew to make it out alive - though he does get arrested.