5. Accidental Discharge in Pulp Fiction
Another Tarantino death staple, the accidental discharge in Pulp Fiction is so unexpected yet highlights the carelessness of the perpetrator, Vincent Vega (John Travolta). Sick, bloody and gruesomely funny, the scene sees Vega unintentionally fire his pistol, blasting poor Marvin in the grill when Jules’ (Samuel L. Jackson) car goes over a bump. Then Vega simply says “Aw, man, I shot Marvin in the face.”
4. Gun vs. Sword in Raiders of the Lost Ark
In one of the greatest crowd-pleasing death scenes, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is challenged to a duel with an apparently highly skilled Arab swordsman in the middle of a Cairo bazaar. Highly confident of his talent, the Arab laughs and skillfully twirls his swishing broadsword for the crowd. Obviously in a hurry to find his beloved Marion Ravenwood, Indy simply grabs his pistol and dispatch his opponent. One of the great scene in cinema’s history and it was all improvised because Harrison Ford was suffering from food poisoning and was unable to perform the original scene which involved Indy grabbing the sword with his whip.
3. The Curb Stomp in American History X
The now infamous and shocking curb stomping scene in which Nazi skinhead Derek Vinyard (Ed Norton) forces wounded black car thief Lawrence (Antonio David Lyons) to bite down on the sidewalk curb and then stomps on the man’s head, snapping his neck in half. Painful!
2. Fried Brain for Dinner in Hannibal
One of the most disturbing scene ever, we watch helplessly as Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) carefully slices his victim’s (Ray Liotta) skull open to expose the brain. He then goes on to feed his victim a chunk of his own brain while he is still alive. Bon appetit!
1. Tony Montana’s Last Stand in Scarface
The definition of going down in a blaze of glory and a hail of gunfire, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) knows Sosa’s men are coming for him and makes a foolish yet heroic last stand after his sister is murdered right in front of him. High on his own coke, he becomes a one-man army, taking out numerous assailants with his M16 in a bloody standoff at his mansion. Screaming timeless lines such as “Say hello to my little friend!”, “I’m taking you all to hell with me” and ”You think you can kill me with lousy bullets huh?”, Tony is riddled with bullets that don’t seem to have any effect on him. That is until “the skull” appears behind him and shotgun blast him in the back at point blank.
And there you have it, 20 of the most awesome movie deaths in movie history! Did we omit anything? Should some of these be higher/lower? Rant away in the comments!