By their nature, death scenes tend to be among the most memorable and instantly iconic in any movie, especially when they involve major heroes and villains.
A great death scene can serve as the cherry on top of an already great movie, leaving audiences satisfied or suitably distraught at a character meeting their maker.
Death can come at any time and for any reason, but sometimes movie characters get a last-minute inkling that they're totally and utterly screwed, and in these instances the filmmakers decided to let the audience know it.
These 10 movie characters, whether heroes, villains, or more ambiguously defined, were all allowed to stare death in the face in the seconds before they met their end.
More often than not they weren't granted enough time to make peace with their impending death, but were at least given a moment to drink in the finality of what was awaiting them.
Whether they lamented their fate, calmly accepted it, or perhaps even laughed at it, these 10 movie characters all knew they were destined for the grave in the final moments, and audiences won't ever forget it...
10. Green Goblin's Moment Of Clarity - Spider-Man
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy was nothing if not thoroughly aware of its own silliness, and perhaps never more than during the climactic battle between Spidey (Tobey Maguire) and Norman Osborn's supervillain alter-ego, the Green Goblin (a sublime Willem Dafoe).
At what appears to be the conclusion of the fight, a defeated Osborn feigns contrition, begging Peter Parker's forgiveness for his rampage of terror, all while secretly teeing up his bladed glider to impale Peter from behind.
However, when Norman sends the glider hurtling towards Peter, the hero uses his spider-sense to leap over the glider, causing it to fly directly into Norman himself, fatally impaling him.
Hilariously, though, Raimi opts for a slightly fourth wall-breaking moment before Norman is hit, stripping away all background sound effects and focusing simply on Norman as he realises he's about to die and calmly quips, "Oh."
It's as though, in this brief aside, Norman had a fleeting moment of mental clarity before being shuffled off this mortal coil.