All a movie character can really hope for on the silver screen is to not die a puny and insignificant death. On the other hand, succumbing to death in a spectacular and magnificent fashion will immortalize you in the minds of millions. The following are 20 movies deaths we deem among the most awesome in cinema’s history.
Note: Due to the nature of this post, massive spoilers and graphic violence ahead!
20. Mathilda’s Gift in Leon
Surrounded by the police, Leon (Jean Reno) attempts to sneak out the besieged building disguised as a SWAT team member. He is almost home free before the cunning Stansfield (Gary Oldman) shoots him in the back like a dog. Laying on the ground bleeding out, Leon places an object in Stansfield hand, telling him that it’s a gift “from Mathilda”. Stansfield opens his hand to see a grenade pin which sets off a dozen grenade strapped to Leon’s chest. Boom! A great ending to Luc Besson’s best movie.
19. Alex Murphy in Robocop
One of the most violent death in movie history, we watch a helpless Alex J. Murphy get the entire treatment of torture, taunting, mutilation, and excruciating agony before he is put down with a bullet in the head. This is near the beginning of the movie and the filmmakers explained that they wanted the violence to be extreme to create sympathy for the character before he comes back to life as Robocop.
18. Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
While campy direct-to-video movies aren’t usually worthy of any second thought, Shark Attack 3 features an awesome sequence of unbelievably ridiculous death scenes that has become the stuff of legend. A man in a tuxedo pries an orange life-vest from a woman and jumps from the sinking yacht right into the jaws of the giant shark. The humongous creature then manages to swallow up an entire life-raft filled with six other victims. Last but not least, a slimy older man rides away on a jet-ski laughing, that is until he realizes he is driving right into the Megalodon’s jaw.
17. Blood Geyser in Nightmare on Elm Street
Johnny Depp dies a gruesome death early in his career as Glen Lantz in the original Nightmare on Elm Street. As he nods off into a slumber on his bed, the iconic claws of the demonic Freddie Kruger appears and pulls him through the center of his bed and into hell. Not before a massive blood geyser gushes out of the hole splattering blood and guts all over the room. To create that awesome effect, the filmmakers built the entire room upside down and used red colored water instead of the usual movie blood.
16. “Aim for the Bushes” in The Other Guys
For many viewers, the short cameo by Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson may well have been the most memorable sequence they remember from Adam McKay’s action comedy. That testifies of the impact the two characters Danson and Highsmith left due to their ridiculously hilarious deaths right at the movie outset.