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Best "last breath" scene in a film? (spoilers)

I am highly impacted when a character is seen taking their "last breath". That last shot of them exhaling is so wrought with emotion and has a tremendous punch, especially when you actually hear it.

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I recently saw "Ginger Snaps" . And thought the last scene of Bridgette laying her head on Ginger's torso as she was panting up and down, slowly dying, and then you hear the "last breath" as the motion stops. I just thought that was so emotional.

My favorite and an utterly devastating scene was in "Leaving Las Vegas" . Hearing that last breath uttered by Nic Cage was so intense and emotionally draining. I loved the way it was shot by Figgis and it is that scene alone that I think won him the Oscar.

So what are some other films that include a character taking their "last breath" of life?
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The first one that comes to mind for me, and I guess thereby making it memorable, is Dyson's last moment in T2.
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Is it wrong that this is the first one that instantly popped into my head?

Mr. Ellis (Sid Caesar) - Vegas Vacation

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Originally Posted by The_Infidel
The first one that comes to mind for me, and I guess thereby making it memorable, is Dyson's last moment in T2.
nice one! i just saw this recently and his shallowed breath as he's holding the detonator was wrenching. if you saw "Ginger Snaps" it was very similar to Sam's after he was attacked and dying from Ginger.
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It gets me in Saving Private Ryan
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when Giovanni Ribisi dies. Calling for his mom is heartwrenching
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I also thought Brad Pitt's "death" scene in Interview With The Vampire was good. Those last few breaths he takes when his human body is dying, then a pause, and he takes his first deep breath as a vampire. Good scene.

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
It gets me in Saving Private Ryan
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when Giovanni Ribisi dies. Calling for his mom is heartwrenching
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it's really necessary to spoiler tag a movie that's old enough for most everyone to have already seen.
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That scene alone is why none of the new movies can hold a candle to Return of the Jedi.
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Originally Posted by The_Infidel
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it's really necessary to spoiler tag a movie that's old enough for most everyone to have already seen.
Better safe than sorry
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The only one I can think of off the top of my head, aside of the ones listed, is Ray Liotta's in NARC. Alot of the story gets wrapped up in that one moment. It's an awsome and very intense scene altogether.
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Does Bill in Kill Bill count?
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Samuel L. Jackson in the shark movie.
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LA Confidential. You know which one I mean if you've seen the movie.
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Bruce Willis in Armageddon
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Odd choice, but in The Enforcer...
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after Tyne Daly gets shot and Clint Eastwood is with her, she says, "Oh Harry.........get him!" and then her eyes open wide and *thud*.
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The first thing that popped into my head when I read the thread title was how pissed off I got during Trinity's death scene in Matrix Revolutions. I mean, Trinity took like what, 500 last breaths? That scene should stand as how NOT to do a death scene.
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That whole sequence from the argument to the drowning to the resuscitation gets me every time.
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Originally Posted by fmian
LA Confidential. You know which one I mean if you've seen the movie.
That one was my first thought as well. Another one was in Goodfellas when a certain character gets "made."
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The lady in Munich who got shot twice in the chest with those hungry hippo guns. That whole sequence haunted me for a week. As evil as she was, I still felt really bad for her.
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Another good one would be the John Lovitz death scene in City Slickers II. It was almost as horrifying as the first one I mentioned.
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even though it is a little cheesily done, when Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin in Spider-Man gets it.
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