Watching animals get hurt in movies is more gut-wrenching than watching back-to-back Nicholas Sparks movies. When an animal seems to be harmed in a movie, there's an unspoken rule that you have to watch the credits to make sure you see that American Humane Association stamp of "no animals were harmed." However, that hasn't always been the case. From cult classics to some of the most high-profile blockbusters of recent memory, some films actually had animals felled during production. (Animals who survived production aren't necessarily out of the woods, either.)
Sometimes the passings were unintentional or an accidental by-product of filming. Sometimes, however, the demises of animals were very, very intentional. It's obvious when an actor eats a live animal in front of the camera (and, yes, an actor actually did that).
It often seems needless and primarily used for shock value because ending an animal almost always gets a strong reaction. We'd be worried if it didn't. With other stories, the result was simply tragic, where filmmakers did their best to secure the safety of animals but it just wasn't enough. This list catalogs a bunch of films where animals were harmed or expired on the filmmaker's watch.