Sometimes, death can’t help but be funny, even though we don’t want it to be. Sure, I wouldn’t like to see any of my friends or family suffer such fates, but it’s hard not to enjoy watching these mostly hammy actors meeting the most ridiculous ends imaginable.

The more painful the death looks, the funnier it is, with the RoboCop guy probably taking the cake for worst way to go.

Please, keep reading for a funny list.

Nameless Dude From Coffee Shop Who Becomes The Vessel Through Which Death Appears – Meet Joe Black

If you want to set the table for a three-hour study of whatever the hell issues Meet Joe Black was trying to earnestly tackle, don’t have the star of the film die in the most ridiculous fashion of any film ever. The only thing people remember about Meet Joe Black is that Brad Pitt gets hit, while airborne, by no less than 411 cars.

It was hilarious to watch the pretty boy get completely clipped in the opening minutes, in the background, no less. But as time marches on, I still fail to see what the logic was for such a cartoonish death. Maybe he could have had renal failure. Or maybe he could have been the victim of some white-on-white crime.

At the risk of being hyperbolic, it’s sort of like if Orson Welles had been eaten by piranhas at the beginning of Citizen Kane.

Dillon – Predator

I didn’t realize how ridiculous the late 80’s hyperviolent action movies were at the time, but in hindsight, the deaths that seemed so genuine and real to me as a kid seem really, really funny now. I realize there’s nothing inherently funny about Carl Weathers getting his arm shot off, then blown up by an alien laser (ok, maybe there is), but I’m going to have to claim some revisionist history here, as Arrested Development really went a long way towards clearing things up.

Any time someone loses an arm/hand and that arm/hand is still doing something, in this case shooting a gun, it’s probably not going to be taken too seriously.

Russell Franklin – Deep Blue Sea

It’s hard to know if Deep Blue Sea meant for Russell’s (Sam Jackson) death to be funny, as the film seems to waver in degrees of self-awareness, but my impression is that they meant for it to be shocking, but just went a little too far, turning the film from an action-thriller to the “the film where Samuel L. Jackson gets eaten by a damn shark!”

Killing off the only reputable actor in the first half of the film sends a very powerful message. That message?

“Get ready to spend the next hour with LL Cool J and his pet parrot.”

Marvin – Pulp Fiction

Few scenes are more indicative of Quentin Tarantino’s frenetic filmmaking than the abrupt death of Marvin, who is an acquaintance of both Jules and Vincent. In the midst of a casually dumb conversation about divine intervention, Vincent turns to the backseat to ask Marvin his thought on the matter. Vincent’s gun goes off, and Marvin’s head explodes.

Sure, the fallout is intended to be funny (like the pieces of brain in Jules’ fro, and pretty much everything having to do with The Wolf), but the actual death is so shocking that it’s hard not to laugh just to deal with it.

Emil Antonowsky – RoboCop

This one doesn’t lend itself to much analysis. One of the thugs responsible for Murphy’s death, played by Paul McCrane, gets hit with a tub of toxic waste during the final shootout, turning him into a disgusting mess of a beast with skin sloughing off and whatnot. He repulses his own associates as he ambles aimlessly for help, unaware that things are going to get much worse for him as he gets lit up by Clarence in a car, causing him to explode upon impact. Did you know that toxic waste makes people really explode-y? It does, according to RoboCop.

Edward Malus – The Wicker Man

This is the perfect storm of Nic Cage doing the most Nic Cage thing that Nic Cage could do. Man, he’s REALLY not thrilled about those bees.

I never saw this movie, and since this clip has been floating around for a few years, I don’t really need to, because I know Nic Cage’s character dies of bees.

And now you do too.

The Guys Who Fall Off The Deck In Titanic – Titanic

Say what you want about the film’s heavy-handed treatment of class struggle and all that jazz, but there are pretty moving encounters with doomed passengers once the shit hits the fan in Titanic. The businessman behind Titanic sets a clock moments before his death, the old couple in steerage lies together and waits for death, and a family tucks in their children for the last time.

Not all of those deaths are shown onscreen, but the ones that are remain moving.

Which is why I don’t feel so bad about laughing at all the people who fall down the face of the ship once it goes ass-up. I understand that people did probably die that way, and it’s probably not the most noble end to fall down a jackknifed ship, hitting every rail and obstruction on the way down, but when compared to the solemn ceremony going on inside the ship, it always makes me giggle.