Murderous, gruesome and horrible deaths are a staple of the movie industry. Some of the most brutal and graphic deaths will stay with movie goers for years after they view the scene. Sometimes the brutal death scene is done to drive a point home and other times it may seem extraneous. Here are the five most gruesome cinematic death scenes.

"American History X" (1998)


If you ever had any question about where Edward Norton ranked on the acting food chain, just watch this movie. Norton’s portrayal of charismatic Derek Vinyard, a brilliant but violent Nazi racist, is sensational. Vinyard catches an African-American man outside his house. After shooting him on the street, Vinyard drags him over to the curb and stomps him to death. Seconds after the shockingly brutal murder, police race to the scene and arrest Vinyard. After he is told to stop and put his hands on top of his head, Vinyard turns around with a smug and self-satisfied smile on his face. Vinyard ultimately learns that his violent and racist ways are wrong, but the damage has been done.

"Jaws" (1975)


The sense of doom was never higher than it was in "Jaws" when Jon Williams’ classic score started pounding. As you watched this movie for the first time, you knew that young and beautiful Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie) was in big trouble as she floated on her raft near shore. Little did she know that she was seconds away from getting bitten in half by a huge and predatory Great White Shark. That devouring behemoth would continue to terrorize the community of Amity Island until Quint (Robert Shaw), sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) and Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) find a way to stop the killing machine.


"Alien" (1979)


This movie death was scary, shocking and inconceivable. Kane (John Hurt) has been attacked by a parasite inside an egg on a space mission. He is knocked unconscious, but when the parasite dies, Kane wakes up and he is seemingly unhurt. However, he soon has a vicious and violent pain in his midsection and an alien creature that is inside him tears his way out and terrorizes the rest of the crew inside the space ship.

"Casino" (1995)


Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) is a mob wise guy who has been serving as Ace Rothstein’s (Robert DeNiro’s) muscle in Las Vegas. Rothstein is one of the mob’s top moneymakers because of his proclivities for picking sports winners and his ability to make his casino profitable. Nicky is violent and vicious, but he is also stupid and ambitious, which is not a good combination. The mob bosses realize that Nicky is more trouble than he is worth, so they take him to an Indiana cornfield and beat him to death with baseball bats. It is horrifyingly brutal.

"The Final Destination" (2009)



This movie series has brought a slew of brutal and grim movie deaths to the big screen. If you are a fan of horror movies, it’s hard not to get excited about this series. Perhaps the most brutal death in this series occurs after Nick (Bobby Campo) and his girlfriend Lori (Shantal VanSanten) leave the raceway where a brutal wreck leads to a catastrophe. One woman who leaves the burning stadium thinks she is safe, until her head gets torn off by engine debris that flies out of the stadium and makes direct contact.