film The Most Memorable Falls in Movie History  

Ann Casano
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What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions the ending of Die Hard? Chances are your mind instantly recalls the iconic slow-motion sequence of Hans Gruber falling out of the skyscraper’s glass window. Happy trails, Hans! Gruber isn’t the only villain on this list who meets their death by way of the fall. In fact, some of our movie heroes take falls in films as well. Not every fall featured here ends in death, some are lucky enough to survive the landing, and some are even luckier to get saved in mid-air. Here are the most famous falling scenes in the movies.

This movie falls list is not for anyone who is afraid to plummet or has a fear of heights. The clips featured will take you to the top of the highest skyscrapers and even way down into the rabbit hole. Some of the most iconic film characters are part of the best movie falls: Superman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, James Bond, Darth Vader.

Watch the clips and make your voice heard. Vote up and let us know what you think are the most memorable movie falling scenes. Did we miss any of your favorite epic falls in movies? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Han Gruber's Epic Bad Guy Fall in Die Hard Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Gandalf the Grey and the Balrog's Fighting Fall in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more

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Dumbledore's Fall to Death in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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Luke's Escape From Vader Fall in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more

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Gollum's Death Fall in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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Dr. Richard Kimball's Escape Fall in The Fugitive The Fugitive is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy ...more

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Neo Saves Trinity Fall in The Matrix Reloaded The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The Matrix, and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy, written and directed by The Wachowski ...more

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Rigg's Fall Off a Freeway in Lethal Weapon Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and stars Mitchell Ryan and ...more

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Iron Man's Nuke Fall in The Avengers Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more

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Griffin's Plunging Death Fall in Rush Hour Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more

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Mr. Hudsucker's High-Rise Fall in The Hudsucker Proxy The Hudsucker Proxy is a 1994 screwball comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Sam Raimi co-wrote the script and served as second unit director. The film stars ...more

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Neo's First Jump Fall in The Matrix The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more

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The indestructible Jaws Fall From the Sky in Moonraker Moonraker is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The third and final film in the series to be directed by ...more

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Ethan Hunt's Skyscraper Fall in Mission: Impossible III Mission: Impossible III is a 2006 American action spy film co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, his first film as a director, starring Tom Cruise, who also served as a producer, in the role ...more

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Alice's Gunfire Fight Fall in Resident Evil: Afterlife Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 2010 Canadian-German 3D science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn ...more

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Nicholas Van Orton's Suicidal Fall in The Game The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells ...more

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Alice's Fall Into the Rabbit Hole in Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 British-American live action and computer animated adventure fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, ...more

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Nitti's Rooftop Fall in The Untouchables The Untouchables is a 1987 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent ...more

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Catherine Deane's Dreamy Fall in The Cell The Cell is a 2000 horror film directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio.

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The Comedian's Death Fall Out of the Window in the Watchmen Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more

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Lois Lane's Saved by Superman Fall in Man of Steel Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film based on the DC Comics character Superman, co-produced by Legendary Pictures and Syncopy Films, and distributed by Warner Bros. It is the first installment ...more

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David Aames's WTF Just Happened Fall in Vanilla Sky Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American science fiction thriller film directed, written, and co-produced by Cameron Crowe. It is an English-language remake of Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 Spanish ...more

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Gwen Stacey's Saved by Spidey Fall in Spider-Man 3 Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film produced by Marvel Entertainment and Laura Ziskin Productions, and distributed by Columbia Pictures based on the fictional Marvel Comics character ...more

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Mary Jane's Saved by the Web Fall in Spider-Man Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi. Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the film stars Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, a high school student who ...more

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Superman's Fall to Earth in Superman Returns Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more

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Bill and Ted's 10 Minute Fall in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is a 1991 American science fiction and fantasy comedy film, and the directing debut of Peter Hewitt. It is the second film in the Bill & Ted franchise, and a ...more

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Ma-Ma's Glass Shattering Fall in Dredd Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd and its eponymous character ...more

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Skeletor's Deep Pit Fall in Masters of the Universe Masters of the Universe is a 1987 American science fantasy film directed by Gary Goddard and starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox. It ...more

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Jason Shepherd's Leap of Faith Fall in Big Fat Liar Big Fat Liar is a 2002 American teen comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, written and produced by Dan Schneider and Brian Robbins, and starring Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, and Amanda Bynes. The ...more