12 Most Hilarious Movie Deaths
There’s nothing funny about death—unless, of course, it takes place in a movie. Sure, some movie deaths are tearjerkers, but often the big goodbye is treated as an opportunity to score a big laugh. Here’s a look at some death scenes that had us dying…of laughter.
‘Happy Gilmore’ – Chubbs
Poor Chubbs had it rough. First, he got his hand bitten off by an alligator. Then, just when it looked like his life was finally back on track, his hapless protégé Happy Gilmore had to go and try to get revenge. Bad idea. Sometimes it’s best to just let sleeping gators lie.
‘Live and Let Die’ – Dr. Kananga
James Bond films may not be known as a big source of humor these days (well, sometimes unintentional humor), but once upon a time there was a golden age known as the Roger Moore years. Case in point: this climactic final battle from 1973’s Live and Let Die. It might literally make you bust a gut.
‘Shoot ‘Em Up’ – 1st Killer
The wildly underrated 2007 Clive Owen action thriller Shoot ‘Em Up has some of the best death scenes in recent memory, thanks to the fact that everyone in the movie plays even the most ridiculous sequences completely straight. Take it from us: you’ll never look at your salad quite the same way again.
‘Dodgeball’ – Patches O’Houlihan
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the movies, it’s that being a mentor is a great way to end up dead by the end of Act II. For proof, look no further than Patches O’Houlihan, the greatest dodgeball player of all time. Sure, if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. But that doesn’t mean you can dodge a falling sign. Whoops!
‘Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’ – Julius
There are so many ridiculous deaths in the Friday the 13th franchise that it’s hard to pick only one, but this killshot from Part VIII takes the cake. After Jason corners boxing phenom Julius on a rooftop, he spends several minutes uselessly pummeling Jason to no effect. He then dares Jason to take his best shot, and what follows is this classic NSFW moment.
‘Pulp Fiction’ – Marvin
Quentin Tarantino has offed a lot of characters over the course of his legendary career, many in spectacular ways. But none of them went out quite as unexpectedly (and hilariously) as poor, doomed Marvin in Pulp Fiction. Marvin might not have had an opinion, but we’re pretty sure everyone has one on his death scene.
‘Deadly Friend’ – Elvira Parker
Let’s pause a moment to remember the late, great horror director Wes Craven. In addition to creating the fantastically loopy Nightmare on Elm Street series, he gave us a number of lesser known, but no less fantastic, cult classics. We’re willing to bet that once you see this clip from Deadly Friend you’ll want to see the rest of the movie ASAP.
‘Jurassic Park’ – Donald Gennaro
It might be the most memorable scene in a franchise filled with watercooler moments. No, not the joke with the T-rex in the rearview mirror; the one with the toilet. Yeah. We don’t blame this guy for finding a privy to hide in, because if we were being chased by a T-rex, we’d probably be messing ourselves too.
‘Deep Blue Sea’ – Russell Franklin
Samuel L. Jackson’s films have made a ton of bank over the decades—he’s one of the top two or three box office draws of all time—but rarely have they made us laugh as much as this scene from Deep Blue Sea. Jackson plays the stereotypical gung ho leader who rallies his frightened crew together with a rousing speech, but you won’t be seeing the results on a motivational poster any time soon.
‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ – Swordsman
You know the old saying “never bring a knife to a gun fight?” Well, apparently that aphorism hadn’t quite made it to Egypt by the 1930s, otherwise the outcome of this showdown between Indiana Jones and a deadly swordsman might have had a very different—and far less humorous—ending.
‘Dr. Strangelove’ – Major ‘King’ Kong
One of the most famous death scenes in the history of cinema comes courtesy of director Stanley Kubrick and his 1964 anti-war satire Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Slim Pickens etched himself forever in film lore with this wild ride to glory on the tip of a nuke.
‘Big Trouble in Little China’ – Thunder
The code of the samurai calls for honor above everything. When a samurai fails to protect his master, there is only one way to retain his honor: ritual suicide. But we’re guessing no samurai ever committed seppuku quite like this, probably since this character is actually Chinese and not Japanese at all. Well, whatever. Don’t ask, just get ready to split your sides laughing.