5 Favorites #89: 5 Favorite Death Scenes

Every week, we’ll pose a new “five favorites” question. You just list your five favorites that fit in that category (preferably in preference order) and you’re welcome to discuss and debate the selections and see just how much you do or do not have in common with others. If you want to take a look back at our past articles to comment or enjoy, here is a post set aside to track all of our articles.

Death in the movies is inevitable, especially if you’re a villain. Let’s take a look at our favorite on-screen death scenes.

What are your 5 Favorite death scenes?


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  1. I can’t think of 5 more off the bat; but, the one notable death scene I can think of that everyone has missed is Marlon Brando in “The Godfather.”

    1. The Godfather had a slew of great deaths, which also included Sonny’s at the toll booth, Sollozzo and Capt. McCluskey at the restaurant, Apollonia’s car bombing, Moe Green with the glasses, the garrotting of Luca Brasi and Carlo among others. Brando’s heart attack was very realistic especially with the little grandson legitimately scared by Brando’s orange peel fangs and spraying of the dead Don with insecticide.

  2. Piper Laurie in Carrie
    Peggy Ashcroft in A Passage to India
    Al Pacino in Scarface
    Oliver Reed in The Devils
    Mink Stole in Female Trouble

  3. I can’t top some of those already mentioned, but to add a few more in chronological order:


    Lew Ayres in All Quiet on the Western Front
    Ronald Colman in A Tale of Two Cities
    James Cagney in Angels With Dirty Faces
    Spencer Tracy in The Last Hurrah
    Mako in The Sand Pebbles


    Dame May Whitty in Night Must Fall
    Maureen O’Hara in The Long Gray Line
    Lilli Palmer in The Counterfeit Traitor
    Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment
    Peggy Ashcroft in A Passage to India

    1. I hated leaving Jimmy Cagney off my list. You and Robert listed his two greatest death scenes, and he was memorable also in The Roaring Twenties and Public Enemy. He knew how to die with panache.

  4. Psycho (Shower Scene)
    Dr. Strangelove (Major Kong rides the bomb.)
    The Bridge on the River Kwai (Col. Nicholson – “What have I done” – falls on the detonator)
    King Kong (His demise)
    Bonnie and Clyde (Their dance of death)

    1. forgot about King Kong – good choice

  5. King and I
    White Heat
    Anne of a Thousand Days
    Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Butterfield 8
    Goodbye Mr. Chips

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