The best falling from the sky movie scenes

James Bond… DER-DER-DER!! He’s the man, the man with the terrible movie titles! Skyfall. It doesn’t really mean anything does it? But then what does Tomorrow Never Dies mean? Or The Living Daylights? Or, of course, Quantum Of Solace? What the smeg is a Moonraker? Skyfall, while obviously meaningless, is at least a catchy enough moniker and looks good on a poster. It also lets us come up with a completely tenuous list of movie clips based on the words ‘sky’ and ‘fall’. Yeah, you get the picture.

10. Vanilla Sky (2001) 

Let’s start with The Cruiser. Sky? Check. Fall? Check? Vanilla? Uhhhh… maybe he’ll grab an ice-cream on the way down. Don’t worry about Tom seemingly falling to his demise, it’s all just a dream. A dream with some great references just before he hits the ground, including a pic of Cruise in his high school wrestling team days, some Bruce Springsteen and The Who.

9. King Kong (2005)

While the 1933 version of King Kong is still, uh, king, Peter Jackson’s much-maligned version does have a rather more epic finale. It should do too, given that there are about 349 minutes to watch before we get there. Not too many actresses have the talent to make audiences believe they are in love with a gigantic monkey beast, but Naomi Watts has the power to let us feel for Kong when he finally slides off the edge of the Empire State. The clever thing about this skyfall (yes, we’re sticking with this lame premise) is that you never see Kong hit the ground. It’s all really rather beautiful. Until Jack Black comes along and says, ‘It was beauty killed the beast.’ No, numbnuts, it was the flippin’ aeroplanes.

8. Crank (2006)

One of the longest – and most bizarre – falls from the sky in movie history. And one of the most stupid. But that’s why we love it. The Stath takes time out from plunging to the street below to call his girl and tell her how great she is. Aw, isn’t that sweet?

7. Cliffhanger (1993)

When I first saw this scene, it traumatised me. In every other film beforehand in which Stallone had screamed at a damsel in distress, ‘You’re not going to die!’, the outcome had always been positive. Not this time though. If there’s one guy whose girlfriend I would not want to drop to her doom it would be Michael Rooker. Dude is a badass.

6. Three Amigos (1986)

This is just silly. If Hans Gruber didn’t make the list on the basis that he doesn’t really fall out of the sky but from a window (yeah, I’m a real stickler), how does Martin Short falling ten feet make it in? Cos it makes me laugh, that’s why. A lot.

5. Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Stupid title. Stupidly great film. And stupidly brilliant leap into the air from Slim Pickens as Major Kong. Like that great ape above, he falls with style. On a nuclear bomb.

4. Star Trek (2009)

Skydiving in a Star Trek movie? I would have loved to have seen Shatner and Nimoy do that. Until that happens, we’ll just have to make do with Pine and Cho in JJ Abrams’ fabulous Star Trek reboot from a few years ago.

3. Con Air (1997)

Con Air has everything. It has Nicolas Cage’s hair. It has Colm Meaney swearing. It has Dave Chappelle falling from the sky on to a station wagon. Every time we do one of these lists, I try my best not to talk about how great Con Air is. But I just can’t.

2. Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

From the ridiculous to the equally ridiculous. Clive Owen munches a carrot and chews many pieces of scenery through this ludicrous actioner. Long before Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man jumped out of a plane to the strains of AC/DC, our man Clive was quietly going about his business. Well, as quietly as you can be when you’re shooting henchmen and slicing them up with helicopter blades while falling to Earth.

1. Toy Story (1995)

From bloody to Woody. And Buzz. Sorry Elton John, but these are the best Rocket Men. Falling with style never looked so stylish.



5 Responses to “The best falling from the sky movie scenes”

  1. Dr. Strangelove for me
    Some recognition to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs for, ya know, meatballs falling from the sky.

  2. yeah Andy, Cloudy is a good choice, brilliant little film too

  3. Ahah, what a list Mr McG! I haven’t seen it yet but there’s also Iron Sky which is that crazy nazi spoof 🙂

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  5. Dan Costelloe Says:

    Glad to see Shoot ‘Em Up make the list. It’s the movie where Clive Owen goes on the sort of killing spree which he threatened to but never did in “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”. If you could stagger alternate scenes from both films into one movie you’d have a great revenge film. Nothing to do with “Skyfall”, I’ll confess.

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