Friday, December 19, 2008

Top Ten Movie Death Scenes

Disclaimer: I'm not creating the list, just reporting on it and providing video clips. The list was created from a poll conducted by 'The Vine' magazine and was compiled on not only emotional impact, but also creativity.

"Some of the greatest death scenes in film also rank amongst some of the best cinematic moments of all time. These scenes have the power to sadden, entertain and reward depending on the context but are all incredibly powerful for the viewer."
Sebastian Cordoba

10. 300 (2006)
An incredibly violent and gory epic culminates in a beautiful moment portraying the 300s last stand. The death of Leonidas King of Sparta is handled with a visual beauty that contrasts with the carnage of the rest of the film.

9. No Country for Old Men (2007)
The opening moments set the tone for this modern classic and display Anton (Javier Bardem) at his creepy best.

8. Scream (1996)
Perhaps the most disturbing element of this whole death scene is that for the first time in a long time Casey Becker’s (Drew Barrymore) demise comes as an absolute surprise.

7. Final Destination (2000)
A film that is only death scenes deserves a mention. Without a doubt, the most memorable moment of this underrated film.

6. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Terminator’s (Arnold Schwarzenegger) final selfless act is heartbreaking and is as close as a tear jerking moment as you’ll ever see in an Arnie flick.

5. Die Hard (1988)
Hans Gruber’s (Alan Rickman) final demise has been unequaled in the genre. Rickman’s expression as he plummets 30 floors is a testament to the man’s talent.

4. Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The genius of Kubrick in all his morbid splendour.

3. . Star Wars (1977)
" If you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine". Quite possibly the coolest final words ever, second only to…

2. Blade Runner (1982)
Android Roy Batty's (Rutger Hauer) final dying words on a rain-soaked futuristic rooftop will bring anyone to tears.

1. Psycho (1960)
Not only the greatest death scene but perhaps the greatest film moment of all time.




1. 300
2. 300
3. Blade Runner
4. Blade Runner
5. Die Hard
6. Die Hard
7. Dr Strangelove
8. Dr Strangelove
9. Final Destination
10. Final Destination
11. No Country For Old Men
12. No Country For Old Men
13. Psycho
14. Psycho
15. Psycho
16. Scream
17. Star Wars
18. Star Wars
19. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
20. Terminator 2: Judgment Day


Lee Yew Moon said...

Nice work. I'm a little surprised you or whoever compiled the list left out Kirk Douglas' Spartacus dying on the cross. And of course there're a whole lot of Asian cinema you could consider.

Gur Yur said...

Why not one from the movie "13 Ghosts" ? - the one where the glass door guillotines a man along his entire height ?