The quintessential traumatic movie death. As kids we cried and wondered why anyone would want to kill a poor mother deer. Though we never actually saw Bambi's mom meet her end, we all knew what had happened and none of us ever quite got over it.
2. Old Yeller in Old Yeller
Old Yeller is a film that a few generations have grown up with now, but the sad euthanasia of faithful and heroic dog, Old Yeller, at the end of the film has not become any easier to bear with time.
In the film, Old Yeller is a faithful dog which saves the lives of Travis, Arliss and the whole family from an array of dangerous wild animals. In the end, Old Yeller sadly contracts rabies, defending his home from a rabid wolf. Though he is put in isolation, he is too much of a danger to the family and poor Travis is forced to shoot the dog, and in doing so takes steps toward manhood.
3. Trevor in Pay It Forward
Pay It Foward was the movie that started a movement of people spreading good will on to others. In the film, 11-year-old Trevor has the idea and lives by his philosophy right to the end.
In the horrible scene where Trevor dies, he was intervening and paying it forward when he saw his friend, Adam, being bullied. Sadly one of the bullies had a switchblade and stabbed him in the abdomen. Although Trevor died from his injuries, his "pay it forward" concept lives on just as he had hoped.