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It seems to be considered cinematic to see a character plunge to their doom, with an optional scream of rage or fear. Variants on the theme include landing on an interesting object or landscape feature, or tumbling forever into a void.

We'd urge film makers to use restraint on this overused category now. If someone is shot, do they really need to stagger towards the nearest railing and topple unconvincingly over it? From our records, it appears they do (sigh).



137 deaths in this category :
3:10 to Yuma
  Byron McElroy - 66% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Bludgeoning' icon
A View to a Kill
  Max Zorin - 33% 'Unsatisfying' icon 'Falling' icon
Alien 3
  Ellen Ripley - 62% 'Self-Sacrifice' icon 'Falling' icon 'Monster' icon 'Combustion' icon
Batman
  The Joker - 67% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Not quite dead...' icon
Batman Forever
  Harvey Dent / Two Face - 52% 'Falling' icon 'Drowning' icon
Batman Returns
  Selina Kyle - 70% 'Falling' icon 'Resurrection' icon 'Defenestration' icon
  The Penguin - 79% 'Ironic' icon 'Falling' icon 'Drowning' icon 'Poison' icon
Beauty and the Beast
  Gaston - 82% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon
Bourne Identity, The
  Castel - 63% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Martial Arts' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Suicide' icon 'Grab Bag' icon 'Defenestration' icon
  Picot - 54% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Own Weapon' icon 'Shot' icon 'Crushed' icon 'Bludgeoning' icon
Cat's Eye
  Cressner - 59% 'Ironic' icon 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon 'Revenge' icon
Cliffhanger
  Sarah - 46% 'Falling' icon 'Tempting Fate' icon
  Heldon - 65% 'Falling' icon 'Accidental' icon
  Ryan - 50% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Freezing' icon
  Delmar - 69% 'Falling' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Own Weapon' icon 'Shot' icon
  Eric Qualen - 75% 'One on One' icon 'Explosion' icon 'Falling' icon 'Crash' icon
Collateral
  Ramone Ayala - 45% 'Falling' icon 'Shot' icon 'Offscreen Killing' icon 'Defenestration' icon
Commando
  Arius - 42% 'Gunfight' icon 'Falling' icon 'Shot' icon 'Defenestration' icon
  Sully - 67% 'Falling' icon
Con Air
  Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom - 81% 'One on One' icon 'Impalement' icon 'Crushed by Falling Object' icon 'Falling' icon 'Crash' icon 'Electricity' icon 'Chase' icon
Crow, The
  Eric Draven - 52% 'Falling' icon 'Resurrection' icon 'Shot' icon 'Projectile' icon 'Defenestration' icon
D.O.A.
  Hal Petersham - 90% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Shot' icon 'Former Friends' icon
Dark Crystal, The
  SkekTek - 85% 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon 'Combustion' icon
Darkman
  Louis Strack Jr. - 75% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon
  Pauly - 73% 'Falling' icon
Darkman II: The Return of Durant
  Eddie Scully - 65% 'Falling' icon
  Rollo Latham - 88% 'Falling' icon 'Crash' icon 'Bludgeoning' icon
Death Race 2000
  Mr President - 70% 'Falling' icon 'Crash' icon 'Betrayal' icon
Die Hard
  Franco - 50% 'Gunfight' icon 'Falling' icon 'Shot' icon
  Hans Gruber - 66% 'Gunfight' icon 'Falling' icon 'Shot' icon
Dirty Harry
  Scorpio - 50% 'Falling' icon 'Contrived Self-Defence' icon 'Drowning' icon 'Shot' icon 'Mexican Standoff' icon
Dr. No
  Dr. Julius No - 55% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Drowning' icon 'Strangulation' icon 'Radiation' icon
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  Major T J 'King' Kong - 50% 'Explosion' icon 'Falling' icon 'Blaze of Glory' icon 'Suicide' icon
Duel
  The Truck Driver - 75% 'Falling' icon 'Crash' icon 'Offscreen Killing' icon
Edward Scissorhands
  Jim - 43% 'Falling' icon 'Contrived Self-Defence' icon 'Stabbed' icon
Evolution
  Lieutenant Cryer - 17% 'Unsatisfying' icon 'Falling' icon 'Monster' icon
Executive Decision
  Austin Travis - 81% 'Self-Sacrifice' icon 'Falling' icon 'Pressure' icon 'Golden Duck' icon
Exorcist, The
  Father Damien Karras - 70% 'Self-Sacrifice' icon 'Falling' icon 'Suicide' icon
Falling Down
  William "D-Fens" Foster - 80% 'Falling' icon 'Contrived Self-Defence' icon 'Shot' icon 'Suicide' icon
For Your Eyes Only
  Emile Leopold Locque - 63% 'Falling' icon
  Eric Kriegler - 68% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon
  Ernst Stavro Blofeld - 70% 'Falling' icon
Fright Night
  'Evil' Ed Thompson - 73% 'Impalement' icon 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon 'Resurrection' icon 'Former Friends' icon 'Transformation' icon
From Russia With Love
  Krilencu - 57% 'Falling' icon 'Shot' icon
Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster
  Malmess - 54% 'Crushed by Falling Object' icon 'Falling' icon 'Monster' icon 'Accidental' icon
Goldeneye
  Janus / Alec Trevelyan - 61% 'One on One' icon 'Crushed by Falling Object' icon 'Falling' icon 'Former Friends' icon
Goldfinger
  Auric Goldfinger - 64% 'Falling' icon
Gremlins
  Ruby Deagle - 95% 'Death Trap' icon 'Falling' icon 'Monster' icon 'Machinery' icon
Groundhog Day
  Phil Connors - 95% 'Explosion' icon 'Falling' icon 'Crash' icon 'Electricity' icon 'Run Over' icon 'Poison' icon 'Combustion' icon 'Freezing' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Resurrection' icon 'Shot' icon 'Suicide' icon 'Mexican Standoff' icon 'Broken Neck' icon 'Offscreen Killing' icon 'Time Travel' icon
Halloween
  Michael Myers - 67% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Vanishing Corpse' icon 'Not quite dead...' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Shot' icon
Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The
  Peyton Flanders - 40% 'Impalement' icon 'Ironic' icon 'Unsatisfying' icon 'Falling' icon
Happy Gilmore
  Chubbs Peterson - 73% 'Master/Pupil' icon 'Falling' icon 'Accidental' icon
Heartbreakers
  William B Tensy - 50% 'Falling' icon
Hellboy
  Karl Ruprecht Kroenan - 77% 'One on One' icon 'Swordplay' icon 'Impalement' icon 'Death Trap' icon 'Crushed by Falling Object' icon 'Falling' icon 'Revenge' icon
Hills Have Eyes, The
  Mercury - 22% 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon
  Mars - 55% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Betrayal' icon 'Poison' icon 'Animal' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Own Weapon' icon 'Projectile' icon 'Chase' icon 'Family' icon 'Revenge' icon
Hudson Hawk
  Bunny - 50% 'Ironic' icon 'Falling' icon 'Projectile' icon
  George Kaplan - 86% 'One on One' icon 'Crushed by Falling Object' icon 'Explosion' icon 'Falling' icon
Hudsucker Proxy, The
  Waring Hudsucker - 94% 'Falling' icon 'Suicide' icon
In The Line of Fire
  Mitch Leary/John Booth/James Carney - 63% 'Self-Sacrifice' icon 'Falling' icon 'Prophecy' icon
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  Colonel Vogel - 80% 'Falling' icon 'Crash' icon
  Dr Elsa Schneider - 65% 'Falling' icon 'Wrath of the Gods' icon
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  Mola Ram - 64% 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon 'Wrath of the Gods' icon 'Devoured' icon
Iron Man
  Obadiah Stane - 52% 'One on One' icon 'Explosion' icon 'Falling' icon 'Electricity' icon 'Freezing' icon 'Former Friends' icon 'Machinery' icon
King Kong
  Ben Hayes - 30% 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon 'Crushed' icon
King Kong
  Carnahan - 33% 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon
King Kong
  Choy - 33% 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon
King Kong
  Garcia - 29% 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon
  Joe Perko - 25% 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon
  Timmons - 28% 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  Shogun Mouro - 75% 'Death Trap' icon 'Falling' icon 'Betrayal' icon
  Muska - 50% 'Crushed by Falling Object' icon 'Falling' icon 'Magic' icon 'Offscreen Killing' icon
Last Action Hero
  The Ripper - 70% 'Falling' icon 'Electricity' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Resurrection' icon 'Shot' icon 'Grab Bag' icon
Last of the Mohicans, The
  Magua - 92% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Hacked' icon
Last Unicorn, The
  King Haggard - 77% 'Mob' icon 'Falling' icon 'Drowning' icon 'Prophecy' icon 'Animal' icon
Les Miserables
  Inspector Javert - 70% 'Falling' icon 'Drowning' icon 'Suicide' icon
Lethal Weapon
  Amanda Hunsaker - 50% 'Falling' icon 'Poison' icon 'Suicide' icon 'Drugs' icon
Lion King, The
  Mufasa - 10% 'Falling' icon 'Betrayal' icon 'Animal' icon 'Crushed' icon 'Family' icon
Live and Let Die
  Tee Hee - 57% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Own Weapon' icon 'Grab Bag' icon
Living Daylights, The
  Necros - 65% 'Falling' icon
Marked for Death
  Screwface - 90% 'One on One' icon 'Swordplay' icon 'Impalement' icon 'Falling' icon 'Martial Arts' icon
Masters of the Universe
  Skeletor - 58% 'One on One' icon 'Swordplay' icon 'Falling' icon 'Contrived Self-Defence' icon
Mercury Rising
  Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Kudrow - 60% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Own Weapon' icon 'Shot' icon
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  Sir Robin - 93% 'Unique' icon 'Riddle' icon 'Falling' icon 'Magic' icon
  Sir Galahad - 94% 'Riddle' icon 'Falling' icon 'Magic' icon
  Old Man from Scene 24 - 84% 'Riddle' icon 'Falling' icon 'Own Weapon' icon 'Magic' icon
Moonraker
  Chang - 58% 'One on One' icon 'Swordplay' icon 'Falling' icon 'Chase' icon
Mortal Kombat
  Goro - 20% 'Unsatisfying' icon 'Falling' icon
Naked Gun 2 1/2, The: The Smell of Fear
  Quentin Hapsburg - 89% 'Unique' icon 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon
Naked Gun, The
  Vincent Ludwig - 50% 'Unique' icon 'Falling' icon 'Run Over' icon 'Crushed' icon 'Drugs' icon 'Projectile' icon
North by Northwest
  Phillip Vandamm - 86% 'One on One' icon 'Impalement' icon 'Falling' icon
Octopussy
  Gobinda - 41% 'Falling' icon
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  Barillo - 74% 'Gunfight' icon 'Falling' icon 'Shot' icon 'Mexican Standoff' icon
Panic Room
  Raoul - 62% 'Melee' icon 'Death Trap' icon 'Falling' icon 'Offscreen Killer' icon 'Head Shot' icon 'Betrayal' icon 'Dismemberment' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Own Weapon' icon 'Crushed' icon 'Bludgeoning' icon 'Machinery' icon 'Drugs' icon
Passenger 57
  Charles Rane - 75% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Martial Arts' icon
Paycheck
  James Rethrick - 27% 'Falling' icon 'Offscreen Killer' icon 'Prophecy' icon 'Shot' icon 'Accidental' icon
Punisher, The
  The Russian - 74% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Combustion' icon 'Grab Bag' icon
Punisher: War Zone
  Maginty - 69% 'Impalement' icon 'Falling' icon 'Torture' icon 'Shot' icon 'Broken Neck' icon
Raiders of the Lost Ark
  Gobler - 58% 'Falling' icon 'Crash' icon
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  Major Timothy Cain - 66% 'Ironic' icon 'Mob' icon 'Falling' icon 'Monster' icon
Return of the King, The
  Denethor - 70% 'Falling' icon 'Combustion' icon
  Gollum - 75% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Combustion' icon 'Accidental' icon 'Bludgeoning' icon 'Slashed' icon
  Saruman - 37% 'Impalement' icon 'Falling' icon 'Betrayal' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Alternative Fate' icon
Rob Roy
  Alan MacDonald - 88% 'Death Trap' icon 'Falling' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Chase' icon
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  Bishop of Hereford - 53% 'Falling' icon
Robocop
  Dick Jones - 31% 'Falling' icon 'Shot' icon
Robocop 2
  Cain - 75% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Drugs' icon
Rock, The
  Captain Darrow - 50% 'Impalement' icon 'Falling' icon 'Projectile' icon
Rocketeer, The
  Neville Sinclair - 94% 'Ironic' icon 'Explosion' icon 'Falling' icon
Rush Hour 2
  Ricky Tan - 65% 'Falling' icon 'Martial Arts' icon 'Contrived Self-Defence' icon
Scarface
  Tony Montana - 85% 'Gunfight' icon 'Falling' icon 'Blaze of Glory' icon 'Shot' icon
Scream 2
  Casey 'Cici' Cooper - 36% 'Falling' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'False Alarm' icon 'Chase' icon
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle
  Countess Zanda - 81% 'Ironic' icon 'Falling' icon 'Animal' icon
Spy who Loved Me, The
  Sandor - 58% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  Commander Kruge - 50% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon
Star Trek: Generations
  Captain James Kirk - 61% 'Self-Sacrifice' icon 'Falling' icon 'Crushed' icon
Star Wars Episode I : The Phantom Menace
  Darth Maul - 99% 'Swordplay' icon 'Falling' icon 'Dismemberment' icon 'Energy Weapon' icon
Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith
  Mace Windu - 72% 'Swordplay' icon 'Falling' icon 'Betrayal' icon 'Electricity' icon 'Dismemberment' icon
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  Emperor Palpatine - 89% 'Master/Pupil' icon 'Falling' icon 'Betrayal' icon 'Electricity' icon 'Own Weapon' icon
Stormbreaker
  Darrius Sayle - 58% 'Falling' icon 'Betrayal' icon 'Shot' icon
Superman II
  General Zod - 56% 'Death Trap' icon 'Falling' icon 'Crushed' icon
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  Nuclear Man - 68% 'Ironic' icon 'Falling' icon 'Vanishing Corpse' icon 'Radiation' icon
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  T-1000 - 68% 'Explosion' icon 'Falling' icon 'Shot' icon 'Melting' icon 'Transformation' icon
Total Recall
  Richter - 77% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Dismemberment' icon
Towering Inferno, The
  Dan Bigelow - 50% 'Falling' icon 'Combustion' icon
  Senator Gary Parker - 43% 'Falling' icon
Tron
  Crom - 50% 'Falling' icon 'Sport' icon 'Vanishing Corpse' icon 'Execution' icon
Two Towers, The
  Ugluk - 92% 'Melee' icon 'Explosion' icon 'Falling' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Blaze of Glory' icon 'Projectile' icon 'Hacked' icon
Under Siege 2
  Travis Dane - 28% 'Unsatisfying' icon 'Explosion' icon 'Falling' icon 'Not quite dead...' icon 'Dismemberment' icon 'Combustion' icon 'Shot' icon
Untouchables, The
  Frank Nitti - 60% 'Falling' icon 'Chase' icon
Van Helsing
  Igor - 56% 'Falling' icon
Village, The
  Noah Perry - 46% 'Death Trap' icon 'Falling' icon
Watchmen
  The Comedian - 82% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Defenestration' icon
Willow
  General Kael - 85% 'Swordplay' icon 'Falling' icon 'Stabbed' icon 'Own Weapon' icon
X-Men
  Sabretooth - 70% 'One on One' icon 'Falling' icon 'Drowning' icon 'Energy Weapon' icon
  Toad - 65% 'Falling' icon 'Electricity' icon 'Drowning' icon
Zulu Dawn
  Colonel Durnford - 82% 'Falling' icon 'Blaze of Glory' icon 'Shot' icon 'Projectile' icon