What are the best movies or TV shows where the protagonist dies early?

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    #1The Godfather

    The Godfather

    The Godfather tells the intimate story of the Corleone family at the core of the Italian-American in the 40s. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel of Mario Puzo which won three Oscar awards and seven nominations. 


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    Janet Gomez
    Written on October 21, 2017
    "I wanted something a little new. You know, where the good guys don't always win, or at the very least you're not sure who they are. Check this out, you'll be amazed."
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    #2Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series produced by the HBO cable network. It is based on the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin. The show has 38 Emmy wins and 110 Emmy nominations. 

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    Joseph Hernandez
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "I can't think of a more apt thing for this! It is still a shock to me that they killed off the main character they focused on so early. This is the best solution I've seen."
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    Psycho is a mystery thriller film revolving around a secretary who is on the run for embezzling money. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the novel by Robert Bloch. This movie stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles.


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    Richard Daniels
    Written on October 20, 2017
    "Psycho is a really intense and shocking movie. The movie fits what you need and it is a great movie overall. You will not be disappointed."


A protagonist is a leading character in a drama, movie, novel, or any literary work. He/She is the main figure of the story.


Did you know that Indiana Jones is the greatest movie character of all time? There are many popular movie characters, and there are top tier iconic big screen presences in the cinematic history. Indiana Jones or most famously known as Indy is a fictional American professor of archaeology. Throughout his career, Jones found numerous famous mythological artifacts, including the Sankara Stones, the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, and the Crystal Skull of Akator which place him in conflict with different groups across the globe. Indiana Jones is one bad-ass movie lead played by Hollywood actor Harrison Ford in all four Indiana Jones adventures. He could ride horses, outrun collapsing temples and identify priceless historical objects at a single glance. He was an intellectual superhero; learned, gruff, fearless and driven by a sense of what was right. He had to have some sort of human vulnerability, so he was scared of snakes. 

Instantly iconic, he's the full-packaged when it comes to big-screen heroes: rave, physically capable, smart, funny, and ruggedly handsome. He also got a whip and hat which leads to the iconography of a character who's instantly recognizable, even in silhouette. The Indiana Jones franchise gained about 1 billion dollars worldwide. 

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    #4Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane was the first movie directed by Orson Welles and stands as one of the best movies ever made. Based on the life of media tycoon William Randolph-Hearst, Citizen Kane tells the story of a media Emperor and his life, but what changed movie story was its script, its filming and the whole movie as a piece of narrative art.


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    Jordan Watkins
    Written on October 17, 2017
    "They truly don't make movies like this anymore This is a true cinematic masterpiece and a classic. Arguably, Orson Welles' best performance, this is one to watch again every few years. I love this film!"
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    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance-disaster film was directed, written, co-produced and co-edited by James Cameron. It is starred by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The movie runs for 3 hours and 14 minutes.


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    Chao Hu
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "Awesome movie!! I have seen this numerous times and still love watching it."
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    #6The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 supernatural thriller movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan. A child psychologist (Bruce Willis) tries to help a frightened boy (Haley Joel Osment), who claims he can see ghosts. What he finds out instead is far more terrifying than expected.


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    Guadalupe Morales
    Written on October 18, 2017
    "This movie is a classic example of the type of movie I was looking for. A main character who dies early on in the film and the story is built around that. It's a twist at the end, so you don't know it for most of the movie, but it counts."
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    #7The Lion King

    The Lion King

    The Lion King is a 1994 Disney adventure drama animated film directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, and starred by Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones. This tells the story of Simba of the Pride Rock.


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    Angela Wells
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "I appreciate the Lion King because it promotes self discovery. I am a nostalgic and will pay heavily to see the Lion King as a movie or TV show. I recommend the Lion King as the best Movie or TV show where the protagonist dies early."
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    After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic. Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.


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    Rose Shaw
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "This is a classic love story! This is Whoopi Goldberg's best performance. I loved how the good is displayed versus how the bad is displayed. I don't think it's suitable for those under 12 because there are some scenes of violence and one particular love scene that younger children may think about later. This will make you cry and laugh its perfect. "
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    Scream is a slasher film directed by Wes Craven released in 1996 starring Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox. It follows the story of high school student Sidney Prescott (Campbell) who becomes the target of a mysterious killer known as Ghostface. 


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    Shirley Collins
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "Scream Queens has impressed viewers with new exploits, breakthroughs when combining harmony between the two elements horror and humor. Why is Scream Queens so different? You may have been bored with horrible horror movies, or scary horror movies, typically the Scary Movie, Scream Queens would be the perfect choice. SQ seems to be a combination of Mean Girls and AHS, film, filming is very similar to AHS, while the content is a mix between Mean Girl and Slasher. One of the successes of SQ is comedy. Maybe SQ is Ryan's land so he can show off what he always wanted to do when filming. The poisonous lines and jealousy, creating laughter. LOVE !! Yes, this is also the purpose of Ryan, the deaths are made to laugh, sarcastic (you have watched the movie Scratch?). So let's just say it again ."
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    #10Six Feet Under

    Six Feet Under

    Six Feet Under is a hit HBO series that takes a darkly comic look at a dysfunctional family that runs a funeral business in Los Angeles. This American comedy stars Peter Krause as Nate Fisher who takes over the family business after his father's death.

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    Sharon Russell
    Written on October 21, 2017
    "One of the earlier modern horror-based sitcoms that have taken over the hearts and minds of television viewers everywhere, this show is a cult classic that will be the basis for many more shows like it to come. The premise for this show is simple, but it's the delivery that makes it stand out in a comedic form. Many shows have tried to follow in its footsteps, but none have done it quite like this. "
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    #11The Place Beyond The Pines

    The Place Beyond The Pines

    The Place Beyond The Pines is a dramatic movie set in upstate New York. It's the story of two men (Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper), and later, their sons (Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen) who must deal with the unforeseen consequences of their actions.


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    Brandon Douglas
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "A fantastic movie with some great acting from some excellent actors. A very sad plot though and can be a bit of a downer if that's something you are looking for."
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    Alien is a fantasy and mystery motion picture that features Sigourney Weaver, Henry Dean Stanton, and John Hurt. The movie was first released in 1979 and was directed by Ridley Scott was written by Dan O'Bannon.


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    Kevin Wright
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "This is a classic movie that everyone should see if they haven't seen it. Go watch it now if you haven't. "
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    Coco is an animated comedic adventure motion picture that features the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, and Benjamin Bratt. It was written and directed by Lee Unkrich and was co-directed by Adrian Molina.


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    Bob Igufjfgj
    Written on March 24, 2018
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    Heroes is a story of ordinary people around the world who suddenly discover they have super powers. Their lives start intertwining until they realize they have to work together to prevent a catastrophic future.
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    Catherine Grant
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "Heroes is a wonderful show. The characters are engaging and it's great for teenaged kids to watch. The actors are great and the story line is solid. One thing about this show is they have no problems killing of characters early. I don't want to leave spoilers but one of the main characters is killed of in the 1st few episodes. The show lasted 4 seasons, my kids liked it and even my mother in law, so its great as a family show for all ages"
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    #15The Wire

    The Wire

    The Wire is an American crime drama television series created by former police reporter David Simon. It takes place in Baltimore, Maryland, and follows the drug scene in the city from the eyes of the drug dealers and law enforcement.

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    Henry Reid
    Written on October 19, 2017
    "This is an entertaining show, but it's not child friendly at all! I was hoping for a kind of bleak show to show my children so that I can teach them the harsh reality of the world, but this is a little to extreme. If they were teenagers, however, it would be more appropriate."
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    #16Deep Blue Sea

    Deep Blue Sea

    Deep Blue Sea is a science fiction horror film released in 1999 directed by Renny Harlin which centers on a group of scientists who is doing a research on mako sharks to help fight the Alzheimer's disease.


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    Stephen Romero
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "This movie does fit this search decently. I'd probably want to see a review or something for the movie to backup the results, and let me know for sure it fits what I'm looking for."
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    #17Les Miserables

    Les Miserables
    Les Miserables (2012) is a musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper based on the musical of the same name and with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried as main stars.

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    Sarah Murray
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "I'm a huge movie buff. I was researching movies where the protagonist dies early. I found out about Les Miserables. Wow, what a great movie! The acting is amazing and the story is so immersive. I cried during several parts of the film. It was so touching. I was so sad when the protagonist died early on. This is a beautiful movie that I recommend to everyone out there that loves musicals and dramatic films."
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    #18Black Swan

    Black Swan

    Black Swan is a 2010 psychological thriller set in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet. Nina, played by Natalie Portman, finds herself locked in a web of intrigue with a new rival at the company, both vying for the role of the Swan Queen. 


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    Jason Lucas
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "This isn't the best film because it doesn't clearly show the protagonist dying in the beginning of the film, but I can see how some people could interpret that. This is a good movie however, but I am not sure this is the best solution when it comes to finding this type of movie. "
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    Carrie is the story of a girl brought up, almost in isolation, by her psychotically religious mother Margaret. Based on a Stephen King novel, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and John Travolta. 


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    Vivaan Jhadav
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "I was having a movie party and we were looking for something scary to watch. A friend had mentioned Carrie, based on a Stephen King novel, and knowing Stephen King's writing style, I was eager to try. The movie did not disappoint, and we could all feel the shivers."
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    #20The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead
    The Walking Dead is a TV show based on the Robert Kirkman comic book that follows what happens after a zombie apocalypse and how people is trying to survive among the undead and the problems of surviving 

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    Peter Barrett
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "Rick grimes does not die early in the Walking Dead. If I want to watch a show where the protagonist dies early, I'd make my own film cause it never happens."
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    #21The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is a three-part television miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. Stephen Weber takes over the role of Jack Torrance, the caretaker who slowly descends into madness in the haunted Overlook Hotel. 

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    Emily Bradley
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "The Shining is a great movie overall, but I don't feel like the protagonist dies early on in the movie. I think if you know this information, you wouldn't want to watch the movie because it would just spoil it, and what's the fun in that?"
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    #22V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta
    V for Vendetta is a dystopian political movie directed by James McTeigue starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rhea in 2005. It was based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. 

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    Harold McDonald
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "V for Vendetta is one of the best Movies or TV shows where the protagonist dies early"
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    #23The Devil's Rejects

    The Devil's Rejects

    The Devil's Rejects (2005) is a horror film by Rob Zombie, the sequel to House of 1000 Corpses. After a raid on the rural home of the psychopathic Firefly family, Otis and Baby escape and reunite with Baby's father.


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    Lauren Ford
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a great movie. how many horror movies have actually had the ability to make you feel bad for the sick twisted degenerates at the end. "
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    #24A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American slasher film by Wes Craven. The first film of its franchise, the plot revolves around a group of teenagers who are stalked and killed in their dreams. The movie runs for a total of 91 minutes.


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    #25Road to Perdition

    Road to Perdition

    Director Sam Mendes adapts a graphic novel by Max Allan Collins, delivering an elegant story about Irish mobsters. Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, and Daniel Craig are just some of the names that lead a cast full of stars. 


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    Lucy Mao
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "An excellent depiction of one of the more unwholesome aspects of that era. I loved the visuals--very fitting for a story connected to a graphic novel. I thought Tom Hanks was really great in this, he came across very well as someone who has been hardened by his work (which he didn't fully choose for himself) but still wants to have a normal life for his family. He does the best he can to see that happen. DOn't want to spoil the plot--but YOU HAVE TO SEE this movie if you are a person who wants more from a movie than the usual shoot 'em up action/gangster format. (It is violent though.)"
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    #26L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed, produced and co-written by Curtis Hanson based on the novel written by James Ellroy. It stars actors Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce.


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    Paul Parker
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "To be honest i never watched L.A Confidential but all i ever heard were good things. Maybe it is time for me to watch it and give it a try myself."


Best What are the best movies or TV shows where the protagonist dies early
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2Game of ThronesTV Shows 85 Paid
3PsychoMovies 75 Paid
4Citizen KaneMovies 60 Paid
5TitanicMovies 59 Paid
6The Sixth SenseMovies 58 Paid
7The Lion KingMovies 56 Paid
8GhostMovies 50 Paid
9ScreamMovies 50 Paid
10Six Feet UnderTV Shows 47 Paid

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