Long, dramatic falls are a frequently used device in cinema to provide a suitably theatrical demise for a character. Although the final plunge is often a way of dispatching dastardly villains, heroic characters fall victim to the same fate. Whether it’s from a skyscraper, an aircraft or even a mountain chasm, there are few more visually arresting ways to provide a cinematic send-off. All is not lost though, for many who take the plunge, it doesn’t spell curtains and they live to fight another day.
To give the frequently used set-piece some well-needed recognition, we’ve put together a movie ‘Fall of Fame’. It’s about time we all acknowledge the best examples of fall in film history. So, without further ado, here is a rundown of the most iconic examples.
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