Ojamajo Doremi: Niasho''episode 12. Near the end when Non-chan's mother comes to see Doremi, she tells her that "she couldn't make it". Cue one of the biggest Tear Jerkers of the series.
In a late episode of X/1999, Karen and Yuto kill each other, while Satsuki struggles with the Beast and is eventually killed by it, too. As Yuto lies dying by the fountain, he remembers making a promise with Satsuki earlier and says with a faint smile: "It seems tonight, I won't make it for tea..."
In Fullmetal Alchemist when Hughes dies, he apologizes to his family for not being able to make it home.
"404 ERROR Someday we'll find it...the website connection..." Apparently the page didn't make it.
The Two Towers movie has a strange example because that scene was filmed before the script was totally ironed out, the director wasn't sure what actually did happen to Aragorn, so decided to keep the dialogue vague to save time:
Used interestingly in The Fifth Element: towards the end, when they're in the temple, David says quietly to himself "We're not gonna make it" and sighs, unwittingly activating the 'air' stone (by breathing on it), which leads to their figuring out how to work the rest of the stones and saving the world.
In The Avengers, Nick Fury says that "they called it" in reference to Coulson's death, although this lack of specificity, later revelation of some related lies, and the fact that the audience is not clearly shown this moment has caused a lot of fans to doubt it.
In Hell Fighters, After Chance Buckman ends up in a hospital from an industrial accident, Joe tells Jack Lomax how he had Greg fly up to Wyoming to pick up Chance's daughter so she can see Chance, he knows the accident could be fatal but doesn't want to say the word. "Suppose Chance... suppose... suppose he... suppose it doesn't look like he's gonna make it."
In 300, Dilios returns to Sparta with a necklace belonging to Leonidas, which is given to Queen Gorgo. No words are spoken.
In the novel Jurassic Park, Grant asks about the ultimate fate of Ian Malcolm, who was badly injured when the T-Rex escaped. The character being asked only shakes his head. He got better and showed up in a later novel, stating that rumors of his demise were grossly exaggerated.
The standard line is used in the sequel, The Lost World, after the antagonists' attempt to steal a T-Rex egg goes very badly for one of the trio:
In the second episode of the seventh and last season of Burn Notice, after the wall explodes and Michael is carrying out a woman that was being held hostage by the Russian FSB, Jesse, not knowing that Michael's CIA handler Strong sacrificed himself to allow Michael to rescue the woman, asks Michael where Strong is. Michael simply admits what he knew when strong all but told him that he would go on a suicide mission so that Michael could get the woman out, "He didn't make it."
The straightest example is if you send a non-loyal party member to accompany your just-rescued crew back to the Normandy. You don't see any scene of their death, but EDI will inform you that they didn't make it and sacrificed themselves to protect the non-combatants. Similarly, if you don't send anyone to accompany them, you're told there were no survivors.
In the first Mass Effect, one of your party members does the nonverbal version after the Final Boss(before Shepard emerges unharmed).
In Halo: Reach this is how Noble Six tells Kat about Jorge's death.
In Sonic Adventure 2, right after the end of the True Final Boss, Sonic returns to the space station alone, where everyone else was waiting. Rouge notices this and hesitantly asks, "Shadow...?". Sonic just shakes his head and brings Shadow's bracelet to Rouge to tell her what happened.
In World in Conflict, a private gets sniped in a cutscene. Directly after the scene, this phrase is used about him.
In Gears of War 3, Markus almost directly quotes this trope when referring to Dom's absence.
"Dom... Dom didn't make it."
In the Team Fortress 2 comic Blood Brothers this is how Zepheniah is informed his wife has died in childbirth.
Disney's Hercules. Herc sees Megara lying there, and doesn't ask. But Phil looks up at him sadly and shakes his head anyway to confirm his fears.
In the "Mater the Greater" short of Pixar's Cars Toons, Mater is relating the jump over Carburetor Canyon done by Lightning McQueen — who also happens to be who Mater is speaking to. When McQueen asks what happened, Mater gives a "didn't make it" look before leaving, followed by the two forklifts from his story who look sadly at McQueen as well. Obviously Played for Laughs given the circumstances.
As many tropers can tell you, this phrase is oftenTruth in Television. Sometimes you just can't admit that someone died right after it happened.
In medicine, this phrase is actually discouraged. It is better for a physician, nurse, or paramedic to use "dead" or "has died" in order to make sure there is no confusion and to not give the family false hope.