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Pride before a fall: 8 tragic movie egomaniacs

Updated 2:59 PM ET, Sat March 21, 2015
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The problem with being in charge of a drug cartel is that you don't know who to trust. Tony Montana becomes his own worst enemy when his ego and paranoia get the best of him, leading to the catastrophic fall of his empire. Courtesy of universal pictures
Why is it that we all want more confidence when there are so many stories of hubris leading to downfall? Just look at the movies. Take "Wall Street" sleaze Gordon Gekko (pictured). The stockbroker's "greed is good" motto wins him millions but when it gets out of control his illegal activities soon catch up with him. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
Belfort was an ultra-confident banker who wanted it all -- and got it -- until he was caught. The money, drugs and lavishness acquired through ruthless manipulation and fraud were eventually swapped for 22 months in prison and an empty bank account. He had it coming. Ace Showbz
Warden Norton never shied away from embarrassing (and torturing) his prison inmates. He thought he could never be outwitted. That was until one of his inmates managed to escape the prison without him noticing, exposing his corruption to the world. Courtesy of castle rock entertainment
Forest Whitaker brings to life Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's overbearing ego and insatiable hunger for power, which drove a brutal regime in which hundreds of thousands of people died. Amin, despised by the world, eventually died in exile. courtesy of fox searchlight pictures
Tough, intimidating and hardly human -- Hartman is the sergeant from Hell. His penchant for tormenting a particular soldier recasts him as the unexpected victim when the same solider reaches the edge of sanity and murders him. Courtesy of Natant
Bullies always seem to get their comeuppance in movies. William Sabka (pictured left) torments and bullies Daniel (The Karate Kid) without any remorse. That's until the film's climatic duel, where the Daniel beats him in a tough but triumphant fight. Courtesy of columbia corporation
Confidence can cause delusion and what finer example of that than The Queen in "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs." Her evil plan to kill Snow White and become the "fairest of them all" inevitably fails. Sometimes it's best to admit that we can't have it all. Courtesy of walt disney productions