Regretful Morning

8 Memorable Explosions From Movies

Posted December 29th, 2009 at 11:00 am by

One of the best parts about any action movie, besides seeing the hottie get banged or the villain appropriately snuffed like a used cigar, is the explosions. Explosions are without fail, a climax of epic proportions. Nothing beats seeing a boat, human, Volkswagen or building just blow the fuck up.


But not all explosions are created equal, much like women. Some are crazy, others lame, and others are the cream of the crop. The ones below are explosions that you will never forget once you’ve seen them.

Thanks to Cinema1981 for compiling these explosions for us. For more of this destruction you can check out his YouTube channel. Guest article written by Sheloman.

Die Hard – The Leap
1988, we were introduced to John McClane, NYPD cop, married man, and bad motherfucker. Beyond the numerous ass-kickings he delivers, past the running around a building with no shoes on, is this utter gem of explosive proportions. First, the terrorists have herded the hostages to the roof, so the FBI can pick them up…only they forgot to mention that the roof of the building is set to blow everyone on it sky fucking high. Enter McClane. He doesn’t waste words, he just fires his machine gun in the air, and these marketing execs and secretaries clear the roof faster than you say “The CEO screwed us”. However, because the FBI, in general, doesn’t know shit, they start firing at McClane who takes cover, and preps for the worst. The terrorists then decide to just blow it now.

McClane improvises, ties a fire hose around his waist, and with a man’s roar of triumph runs and leaps off the edge of the 40 story building as it explodes and takes out everything. Out of the numerous shots of being a real fucking action hero, this one is the shot that everyone remembers. Moral of the story: Don’t fuck with an N.Y.P.D. cop.

TransformersStarScream vs Autobots
The F-22 is one of the finest aircraft ever built. The few hundred in the US Air Force could probably cripple every nation’s air fleet in about 12 hours. This is without the ability to transform into a 40 foot high robot with pulse cannons, gatling gun and a thirst for blood.  Kinda makes things unfair doesn’t it?

The Autobots sure thought so, when they see Starscream, they don’t fire back, they just get something to bear the brunt of the missiles…which doesn’t quite work, as Starscream fires a money shot that levels most of the block, blows off Bumblebee’s legs and caused insta-limp to the marines in the area.  Decepticons rule.

Independence Day – Bye, Bye White House

Ah yes.   Who can forget their first Big Willy summer blockbuster?  And not only does this puppy have some absolutely devastating explosions, it has them all at the same time!  Quick recap: After these 15 mile long spaceships appear over 15 of the world’s largest cities, the Smart Guy (Jeff Goldblum, who always plays a smart guy) figures out this code, that says “OMFG Explosion Time in a few hours. Silly humans lawl”, and juusst warns everyone in the White House to GTFO.  Sadly, this warning was lost on Los Angeles, New York, and the rest as the aliens unleash a towering beam of annihilation straight out of Gordon Freeman’s nightmares.  Within 1 minute, the White House goes up like a dollhouse, the Chrysler Building gets a bailout of the explosive kind, and every hippie in downtown L.A. is exterminated.  Glorious.

Predator – FU Arnie

As any man knows, this is one of the 5 greatest Man Movies of all time.  Not only does it feature some of the greatest men of all time, they are here in full on ass-kicking mode.  Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers, Shane Black, Bill Duke, and the ultimate action hero, Arnie.

None of this mattered to the 7-foot tall, invisible-at-will alien who stalks and brutally murders every single one of them.  We’re talking fish in a bucket, Kobe against 3rd graders, A-Rod versus pitcher, Tiger versus anyone–complete domination.  All except Arnie, who manages to put together a last stand of primal proportions, including the Roar of Battle.   He lures the Predator into his trap, and manages to fatally wound the xeno-hunter.  Undaunted, the Predator calmly programs something on his arm…now, Arnie with all that Special Forces training, notices the rapdily disappearing red lines, and the suddenly maniacal laugh of the alien, and deduces that its time to bounce, and fast.  He sprints out of there, just in time, because this explosion is so big it levels a quarter-mile of the jungle.  In many ways, that was the essence of the movie–it was going to kill you, or kill itself trying.  Badass to the end, and the only enemy that Arnie has never killed (Sarah Connor notwithstanding).

Swordfish – L4C4

Ok, if you are a man, and not gay–actually, scratch that, even if you are, you can appreciate the stunning boobs of Halle Berry, which caused an explosion in many a man’s pants the first time that scene ran.  Matter of fact, I’ll let you think about them because that’s one of two things you remember about this movie anyway.

…All done? Great.  Now, the other thing that you remember is the opening scene.  Travolta has just laughed his way through a hostage negotiation, finished his latte, and begun to leave.  One of the hostages decides to make a break for it, and forget three things:

1) There are 5 pounds of C4 attached to her sweater

2) It will explode if she tries to run.

3) Even under the best circumstances, you cannot outrun an explosion when the explosion is on your chest.

Maybe it was the SWAT guys, whom I’m now convinced egged her just so they could see if she was that dumb.  Maybe she had to go.  We’ll never know.  She runs, the bomb vest screams “I’m Rick James, Bitch!”, and not only does she get vaporized, we are treated to a glorious 360, bullet-time slow mo effect of the explosion.  It takes out cars, SWAT, windows, puppies, the street, and the egos of the FBI, who realize something has gone very wrong and someone’s getting fired over this.

Epic Fail bonus – Witness Hugh Jackman (the first and only time he’s played a character named Stanley), blow up a chopper with a rocket launcher…only to realize that Travolta kept a dummy for that occasion so he could get away scott-free.  If only he had claws back then…

Aliens – The Only Way To Be Sure

As one of the more famous creatures ever created (acid for blood? wtf!), I won’t bore you with how these things multiply like interstellar cockroaches, nor how many wipe out an entire colony for breakfast, nor how they destroy the tough-as-nails Colonial Marines squad.   No, I’ll merely say that Ripley throws a rather fierce elbow against the Alien Queen, attempting to BBQ her eggs, and cooking them till they’re as black as a lit match.  She hightails outta there, and none too soon, as the reactor powering the colony detonates with the fury of an angry wife after your weekend in Vegas.  Game over, man.

True Lies – Bridge Decimation

The last great Arnie flick, and the last action film from James Cameron for 10 years.  Beyond the Jamie Lee Curtis striptease, beyond the body-hugging dress of Tia Carrere, beyond the absolute castration of Bill Paxton as a wanna-be spy, past the machine-gun on the stairs accidentally killing all terrorists, beyond “Blow Me”, beyond Arnie dodging a missile, lies the truly great explosion.

Remember the F-22?  Well they didn’t have those yet.  However, they did have F-15′s, which still could blow the holy fuck out of anything it pointed at.  So, I imagine the driver’s thoughts were something along the lines of this:

“Its going to feel good to kill some Americans today.  Man, I can’t wait…hold on is that a missi–FUCKWHYISTHETRUCKINTHEAIR OHSHITISTHATTHEOCEA–”

And that was that, as the entire highway went up in a blazing cloud of complete and total destruction.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – Nuke Strikes

Judgment day.   Can’t be stopped, only delayed.  And in this third installment of the the franchise, Skynet comes online, and sees humans as a threat to its existence, and thus, launches an all-out global attack on the entire planet, and everyone with an atomic hardon launches theirs.

Not only is this the biggest series of explosions ever, it is also the most successful–Skynet wipes out most of the planet, paving the way for a human-free future.

Around The Web

  • Tony
    June 26, 2009


    No Alderaan?

  • Kaboom
    June 30, 2009


    True Lies – Bridge Decimation

    Remember the F-22? Well they didn’t have those yet. However, they did have F-15’s, which still could blow the holy fuck out of anything it pointed at.

    Those weren’t F-15s. They’re AV-8B Harrier II.

  • List Sucks
    July 21, 2009


    Why is Transformers on the list and either Alderaan or the Death Star explosions not on there? Hell even the explosion in the lobby scene in the Matrix is more memorable than most of these on the list.

  • abe
    July 21, 2009


    Best explosion in movie – bridge being blown up in The Good The Bad and The Ugly.

    Reason: it’s a real explosion
    - not some bs movie fireball explosion but the an actual high powered, true shock-wave, destructive explosion courtesy of the Italian army who were only too glad to help Sergio (Leone) out when he needed an explosion but didn’t have the effects team to do it (or maybe there was another reason – not sure).
    Clint Eastwood’s and Eli Wallach’s carriers were very close to being finished – you can clearly see it in the movie – recommend watching on HD – the piece of debris flying Clint’s way (or is it Ellie’s way?) is very noticeable, as is it’s impact on the sandbags.

  • keyman86
    August 5, 2009


    The opening of Apocalypse Now should have been included over that sh*tty explosion in Transformers.

  • fairportfan
    November 25, 2009


    Sergio did it again – and better, i think, in “Duck You Sucker”.

  • Scotty Deux
    December 30, 2009


    “Never forget once you have seen them.” Not Transformers. Forgot it as soon as it happened in the theatre, didn’t even impress in the montage. I would venture to say that in recent film that the Watchmen had a memorable destruction of New York. The exploding plane in Die Hard 2 and the ending visual of Fight Club would work too. But I can’t help but agree that the real explosions in Good Bad and Ugly and Apocalypse Now are far more impressive than anything on the list.

    December 30, 2009


    This list is lame beyond words, and so is that edit.

  • John
    December 30, 2009


    You forgot “The Car”..

  • Tyler
    December 30, 2009


    Blowing up the Parliament in “V for Vendetta”!?!? I’ll never forget that one!

  • Richard
    December 30, 2009


    Yosemite Park going up in 2012 is an explosion I’ll never forget. I bet when it happens for real, it won’t be nearly as spectacular. :)

  • Medisoft
    December 30, 2009


    How about the Death Star explosion?

  • Alex Llanio
    December 30, 2009


    Don’t forget the crazy explosion in 28 Weeks Later, c’mon how the hell did that not make the cut? Check it out right here…

    Watch the move for full clip.

  • HeyNow
    December 30, 2009


    Even though I’ll agree that the merits of 2012 are few, the visuals were phenomenal. There was none more breathtaking than the Yellowstone scene, when the volcano forces its way to the surface and explodes like a megaton bomb. That one should have made this list too.

  • srw
    December 30, 2009


    You forgot something MAJOR about the Swordfish explosion… There’s not only 5lbs of C4 strapped to the girl (and all the other hostiges), there’s also 25lbs of large steel ball bearings attached to her/them. This turns each one into a walking claymore mine… That explosion is the #1 of my movie explosion list.

  • Patrick
    December 31, 2009


    You got the explanation for Swordfish wrong. The SWAT team thought they were saving the girl by pulling her away from the building, she was trying to get back there because she knew she was going to blow up. Notice she was screaming “help me!” in the wrong direction? She was just panicking too much to effectively communicate that the cops were about to kill her.

    And V’s percussion orchestra should definitely be in there.

  • Justin
    December 31, 2009


    I know it is a matter of opinion, but I felt like there were some explosions so memorable that I was surprised you didn’t bother including them. Death Star explosion in Star Wars is the biggest, but I was expecting to also see that big explosion from The Rock.

    That one from Transformers was pretty freaking forgettable in my opinion.

  • flipperMAN
    December 31, 2009


    The article does state memorable explosions not the best explosions of all time. READ

  • Toad
    January 3, 2010


    What ,no mention of Bridge on the river Kwai?

  • canadaeh
    January 3, 2010


    The explosion at the end of Dr. Strangelove with the song “I’ll Be Seeing You” playing in the background

  • wigs
    April 12, 2010


    too old for the first pic

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