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Poll: Scenes or Sequences Where Characters Accept Their Death

In some movies characters agree to be killed or kill themselves because of reasons which force them to do so. No matter what kind of reason it is, the death is freely chosen at the end. To make sequences like these authentically, it needs good acting.

Which of these sequences was done best by all involved actors? (The descriptions are covered with spoiler bars for not spoiling it for you.)

Discuss here.

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    The Third Man (1949)

    Harry Lime's surrender to Holly Martins after realizing that he will be caught. With the silent nod of his head he accepted being shot by his former friend.
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    Full Metal Jacket (1987)

    The VC sniper that slowly dies after being shot by a marine soldier. She prayed and begged at the group of marines for being shot.
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    8MM (1999)

    Eddie Poole licking the muzzle of Tom Welles' gun, telling him to shoot while being nasty and stubborn about the moral aspects Welles asked him for.
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    Phone Booth (2002)

    At the end Stu Shepard shouts at the sniper around in one of the buildings to shoot him instead his wife Kelly or Pam, his affair.
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    The Terminator demands the destruction of the chip that controls him, which automatically leads to his disintegration (equal to a human's dead). He was forced to do that by the programming of the resistance.
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    Death and the Maiden (1994)

    The former military regime victim Paulina Escobar improvised a trial at home to accuse Dr. Roberto Miranda, who tortured her formerly. After attempts of her husband to be a fair lawyer to him, Miranda confessed and accepted death penalty by a leap of death.
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    The Fly (1986)

    After the advanced transformation into a fly, Seth Brundle puts the muzzle of Veronica Quaife's shotgun to his head and begs her for killing him.
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    Black Swan (2010)

    After several inner conflicts, the pressure of the company, and her drug abuse, Nina Sayers accidentally hurts herself at the premiere deadly. Suppressing that fact, she dances the swan queen perfectly and accepts her death in the end.
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    The Green Mile (1999)

    John Coffey, big as a grizzly bear, caused no trouble on the walk to the electric chair, but did some miracle healings before his last walk.
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    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    Tony Stark accepted his death by snapping the glove with all the stones as the one and only scenario Doctor Strange figured out for saving half of the universe beings.
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    The Sixth Sense (1999)

    It took a long time of the story, but in the end when Malcolm Crowe realized that he is already dead, he accepted it.
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    Natural Born Killers (1994)

    Wayne Gale had much fun with the jail riots. He made a good show for the people at the tvs, but didn't expect that Mickey and Mallory Knox planned to kill him after the prison break. At the end he got clear about his inevitable death at this point, so he accepted to be killed by them.
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    Gran Torino (2008)

    After Walt Kowalski put his protégé Thao's life into a mess by helping him, he decided to let himself be killed by Thao's oppressors to send them to jail for sure and therewith liberate Thao.
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    Knives Out (2019)

    Believing his nurse Marta Cabrera has accidentally poisoned him, and wishing to leave his inheritance to her, Harlan instructs her to create a false alibi and then kills himself slitting his own throat.
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    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    After failing to remove the Soul Gem from his body in time, Vision asks Wanda to destroy the gem in his head to prevent Thanos from taking it even if the process will kill him.
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    Se7en (1995)

    The conclusion sequence, when John Doe confesses the he is "the envy" and tells Mills to be "the wrath". A very vain and conceited way to beg for being killed. But he told him so. Snooty guy!
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    Man of Steel (2013)

    Jonathan Kent After a tornado forms in Smallville and injuring his ankle while saving the family dog, Jonathan is unable to take shelter, while his son Clark Kent (still not Superman) attempts to save him, this would mean revealing his powers, and Jonathan makes him a gesture indicating him he should not do this and accepting his death being swept away from the tornado.
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    Wonder Woman (2017)

    Steve Trevor hijacks a bomber plane filled with gas bombs that will be dropped in London and realizing only he is able to stop a tragedy, he flies away, shoots the bombs in the air and sacrifices himself when the plane blows up.
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    Titanic (1997)

    The inevitable death of Jack Dawson. He dies in the cold Ocean water for saving Rose and consoles her about that.
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    Looper (2012)

    Joe kills himself when he realizes it is the only way to stop the cycle of death and violence caused by his older self actions.
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    Watchmen (2009)

    After all the destructive actions, Rorschach begs on Osterman for his death and Osterman fulfills his wish.
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    Aliens (1986)

    The sacrifice of Vasquez and Lt. Gorman by a hand grenade in their inevitable deadly encounter with the aliens in the ventilation system. So they saved at least their comrades.
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    Black Panther (2018)

    Erik Killmonger chooses his death after he was wounded deadly. It wasn't clear if the Wakandians really can save him and afterwards he would be jailed, so he accepted the death from his injuries for seeing a beautiful dawn for the last time.
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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

    Insidiously deadly injured by a horcrux, Professor Albus Dumbledore begged Professor Severus Snape to kill him. ("Severus, please.")
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    Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

    Joe Bonham has lost his eyes, ears, nose, mouth, arms, and legs in WWI. Doctors think he is brain dead, but keep his body alive for scientific/medical purposes. Towards the end of the movie, he uses his head to bang out morse code on his pillow to say "Kill me" over and over.

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