Deaths on screen are often very important tools for narratives. While not all stories require death being implemented, many writers have used death as a tool for emotional consequences, to fill the viewer with anger, catharsis or tears, and to shock and stun their audiences.
A lot of deaths on screen were inevitable going in, the villain meeting their fate before the credits roll or a family member dying early on to inspire the protagonist into action, but these deaths are not like that.
All of these characters either had major emotional connections to the narrative, long histories before appearing the film that they passed away in, or died in such a shocking manner that there was no ability to truly process what just happened to them. These are the deaths that in recent memory, showcased the wide potential for death as a tool to captivate and provoke audiences.
In both concept and execution, these on screen passings left audiences everywhere breathless, angry, heartbroken and desperate to see what came next. There will be major spoilers for the rest of this list, so be warned.