94 – Top 5 Iconic Death Scenes in Movies

Pouring one out for all the movie deaths on the big screen.

Death scenes in movies can be one of the most effective ways to keep the spirit of the film alive after it ends. A good movie death can range from gruesome, to heartbreakingly sad, to downright hilarious. Either way, when done right, it can make the audience elicit an emotion that connects ourselves to the movie and it’s characters for years to come. Join Tuong La and That’s How I Remember It/Sonar Network’s Michael Mongiardi, John Richardson, and Raul Delgado as they relive the most memorable demises in cinema and rank Top 5 Iconic Death Scenes in Movies.

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Ground Rules

  • We are talking about specifically the scene from a movie rather than just a death of a character (ie deaths that are mentioned by a character in another scene don’t count)
  • Character has to actually die in the scene
  • The nominations are stronger if they are impactful, emotional, or just overall exciting that elevate the movie
  • We don’t need to account for if that character comes back later in the movie or in a sequel
  • The golden question: Is the scene still iconic if it’s only been around in the last year or two? Debatable.
  • Obviously SPOILERS in this episode
  • **These description may not make a lot of sense in the show notes. Better to listen to the episode to hear the full context **

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Bambi’s Mom

4.Raiders of the Lost Ark (Nazi Explosion/Melty Faces Scene)

3.Up (Ellie Dying)

2. Saving Private Ryan (Knife to the Heart Scene)

1.Alien (Spaghetti Man Scene)


Tuong’s List

  • Bambi’s Mom
  • Lord of the Rings (Boromir Dying)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (Nazi Explosion/Melty Faces)
  • Avengers: Endgame (Tony Stark Dying)
  • There will be Blood (Bowling Pin Death)
  • The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch Melts)
  • Lion King (Mufasa Dying)
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Darth Vader Death)
  • Pulp Fiction (Shot Marvin the Face)
  • The Shining (Jack Torrance Freezing)
  • Titanic (Jack Drowns)
  • Zombieland (Bill Murray Death)
  • Kill Bill (Bill ‘Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique’)
  • The Notebook (Noah and Allie Side by Side In Bed)
  • Rogue One (Everyone dies)
  • Up (Ellie)

Mike’s List

  • The Mist (The Ending)
  • Saving Private Ryan (Knife to the Heart)
  • Alien (Spaghetti Man)
  • Avengers: Endgame (Tony Stark)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (Peter Parker “Not feeling so good”)
  • Meet Joe Black (Brad Pitt getting hit by a lot of cars)
  • Robocop (Squib Death)
  • Temple of Doom (Heart Pull)
  • Frankenstein (1931 – Drowns Girl)
  • Dear Zachary (Little Baby gets Drowned)
  • Scanners (Exploding Head)
  • Toy Story 3 (Trash Compactor…even though nobody actually dies)

John’s List

  • Coco (Mama Coco Dying)
  • Robocop (Melted Toxic Waste)
  • About Time (Billy Nighy/Father Scene/No More Time Travel)
  • Hereditary (Little Girl Sticksher Head out the Window)
  • Serenity (Wash gets impaled)
  • The Last Crusade (It’s all good stuff in here)
  • What Dreams May Come (Robin William’s Character Dying)

Raul’s List

  • Up (Ellie Dying)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Snoke getting Chopped by Kylo Ren)
  • Deep Blue Sea (Sam Jackson After His Speech)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (Peter Parker – “I don’t feel so good”)
  • Logan (When Logan finally dies at the end)
  • Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker (When Palpatine Dies…jk that’s stupid)
  • Terminator 2 (Lava Scene)
  • Robocop (Alex Murphy Death)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Luke Skywalker)


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