15 Movies Where Characters Have To Figure Out What To Do With A Dead Body

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Vote up the craftiest movie solutions to dealing with a unique body problem.

Movies are no stranger to high levels of violence, though the most graphic sequences are often not the violent acts themselves, but the aftermath. One endlessly popular story device involves characters having to figure out what to do with a dead body. The difficulty and complications of the task often contrast with the suddenness and ease of the act that resulted in a body in need of disposal in the first place.

Sometimes the task of hiding, destroying, or disguising a body is handled in a comedic manner. Other films address the seriousness of the act, even touching upon the psychological cost borne by the characters who carry it out. Occasionally, the films aren’t as concerned with how the person bit the dust, focusing instead on what occurs to the body afterward.

This is a list of the bodies and where they were buried. Which films contain the most creative solutions to the problem of a corpse? Vote up your favorites!

  • Whose Body? Mrs. Sturak (Eda Reiss Merin), an elderly babysitter hired to watch over the Crandell kids (Christina Applegate, Robert Hy Gorman, Danielle Harris, and Christopher Pettiet) when their mother goes on vacation without them.

    What Happened? Shortly after arriving, Mrs. Sturak passes in her sleep.

    How Do They Deal With It? The Crandell kids stuff Mrs. Sturak's body in a trunk and drop it off at a local funeral home. They attach a note saying, "Nice old lady inside, died of natural causes,” and leave before anyone can ask questions.

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  • Whose Body? Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser), a corrupt insurance company CEO.

    What Happened? Bernie’s mob partner Vito (Louis Giambalvo) has the CEO killed after suspecting him of an affair with his girlfriend (Catherine Parks).

    How Do They Deal With It? Low-level employees Larry Wilson (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard Parker (Jonathan Silverman) are invited to spend the weekend with Bernie at his beach house in the Hamptons. When they discover Bernie’s body, Wilson and Parker delay reporting his passing to enjoy the luxury of his home.

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  • Whose Body? Gawain MacSam (Marlon Wayans), a riverboat casino janitor working with a group of crooks to rob his employer. MacSam is joined by every member of the crew by the end of the film.

    What Happened? MacSam is accidentally shot with his own gun in a scuffle with fellow thief Garth Pancake (J.K. Simmons), and the remaining crooks either turn on each other or are accidentally killed.

    How Do They Deal With It? MacSam’s body is dumped from a bridge onto a passing trash barge. Each new body is disposed of in the same manner, until none remain.

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    Whose Body? Billy Batts (Frank Vincent), a made man from the Gambino crime family who was recently released from prison.

    What Happened? After Batts repeatedly insults Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), he is beaten, stabbed, and shot to death with the help of Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro).

    How Do They Deal With It? DeVito, Conway, and Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) put Batts's body in the trunk of a car and transport him to the woods in upstate New York. The three are forced to return six months later to dig the body up and move it to another area after discovering there are development plans for the area.

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    Whose Body? Lieutenant Jack "Jackie Boy" Rafferty (Benicio del Toro), a hero cop and abusive ex-boyfriend to Shellie (Brittany Murphy).

    What Happened? Mute female assassin Miho (Devon Aoki) kills Jackie Boy when he threatens a group of escorts. After he is dead, Miho discovers Jackie Boy was a police officer.

    How Do They Deal With It? Mob-hired mercenaries are sent to retrieve Jackie Boy’s head in hopes of starting a war between the police and the prostitutes. Shellie’s current boyfriend Dwight McCarthy (Clive Owen) stuffs Jackie Boy’s decapitated head with explosives and uses it to take out the mercenaries.

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    Whose Body? Marvin, the friend of low-level criminal Brett. Brett has a briefcase belonging to gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames).

    What Happened? Brett is intentionally blown away by Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta), who show up at his apartment to retrieve the briefcase for Mr. Wallace. Jules and Vincent take Marvin with them, and he is accidentally shot in the face as they are driving to return the briefcase.

    How Do They Deal With It? In order to get the bloodied car off the streets, Jules and Vincent drive to the home of their friend, Jimmie (played by director Quentin Tarantino). A professional fixer named Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) is called to instruct the pair on how to best clean up the mess. Marvin is stowed in the trunk of the car, which is dropped off at a junkyard.