Admit it. Sometimes you just watch movies for the sheer guilty pleasure of seeing violence and fighting.
Whether it was the iconic stabbing of “Julius Caesar” in the 1953 flick, Adolf Hitler having his face torn apart in 2009’s “Inglourious Basterd,” “Bonnie & Clyde” being brought down with a flurry of gun fire in the 1967 hit, or Pai Mei’s death from eating poisoned fish heads in 2004’s “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” Americans see a great deal of onscreen violence.
But what are the most memorable movie assassinations of all-time?
The editors at Complex Media Network decided it was time to rank the top 50, and coming out in the top spot was the 1983 classic “Scarface,” when Tony Montana suffered multiple gunshots fired by dozens of Alejandra Sosa’s goons, leading up to the fatal finale of a shotgun blast through his back.
“When compiling the list, we were looking for scenes that have something other than just gratuitous violence. Death scenes in movies are rather common, but there are those sequences that always stick your mind, whether it’s because of the director’s visual choices, the musical score, or a certain level of inventiveness,” Complex editor Matthew Barone told FOX411’s Pop Tarts.
“Really though, it’s mostly about context. And, of course, there’s undeniably the ‘wow’ factor that comes into play when putting a list of this kind together, the extra bits of creativity that show how the screenwriters were trying to construct scenes that went that extra mile both visually and thematically.”
The remaining top ten consisted of:
2. Emilio Barzini, Philip Tattaglia, and Moe Green in The Godfather (1972)
3. Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now (1979)
4. Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992)
5. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
6. Cyrus in The Warriors (1979)
7. Don Fanucci in The Godfather Part II (1974)
8. Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables (1978)
9. Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas (1990)
10. Adolf Hitler in Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Honorable mentions on the list include 1990’s “Dick Tracy” when Shoulders, The Stooge, Rodent, The Brow, And Little Face are killed by Tommy Gun Spray; 1991’s “JFK,” which brought to life Lee Harvey Oswald’s murder by gunshot and when Nicky and Dominick Santoro were beaten to death with metal baseball bats and then dumped in freshly-dug graves in 1995’s “Casino.”
But whether or not you agree with Complex’s wince-worthy list, it seems one thing is for sure – Americans love to be entertained by Hollywood-style bloodshed, blowups and brutality.
“I think all people, Americans and those from other countries, react to violent movie scenes with so much enthusiasm because, when executed right, cinematic violence conjures up a really visceral reaction. Simply put, it’s a rush,” Barone added.