10 Best Movie Deaths Of 2021

The most insane, satisfying, and emotional movie deaths of 2021.

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Just as it's a part of life, death too is a regular part of cinema, inevitably being a narrative element in almost every major genre film aimed at adult audiences in particular.

Death can certainly be treated flippantly as it often is in action and horror films especially, but smart filmmakers can also use it to generate shock and awed responses from audiences, pushing their emotional buttons to create instantly iconic movie moments nobody will ever forget.

And the last 12 months absolutely didn't leave film fans wanting for death scenes that, for one reason or another, imprinted themselves in the minds of anyone who watched. If you saw these 10 movies, you're probably still thinking about these death scenes.

From mega-budget blockbuster superhero movies to franchise horror flicks, and even a certain art-house cult classic, these death scenes count among 2021's most outrageous, entertaining, shocking, upsetting, and downright memorable.

Whether they involved the demise of a beloved character or simply proved the enormous artistry that goes into creating a gory movie death, these scenes left viewers slack-jawed, excited, gutted, and maybe even fighting back a few tears...

10. Captain Boomerang - The Suicide Squad

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The marketing for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad gleefully reminded audiences not to get too attached to the titular band of not-so-merry anti-heroes, a statement that was brutally backed up in its opening action sequence.

During the initial assault on the island of Corto Maltese, it's revealed that Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) secretly sent not one but two teams to complete the mission - the first acting as expendable decoys and the other to actually finish the job.

As a result, everyone in the first squad is wiped out save for Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Oh, and Weasel (Sean Gunn) of course.

While it wasn't terribly surprising to see the likes of The Detachable Kid (Nathan Fillion), Javelin (Flula Borg), and Mongal (Mayling Ng) killed off during the opening battle, it was genuinely shocking for Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) to bow out quite so soon.

Given that Boomer was one of the few returning cast members from the 2016 movie, it seemed probable he was returning for a fully fleshed-out role rather than a mere cameo.

But he certainly got a fittingly memorable death, first being impaled by tree fragments and then getting torn apart by the rotor blades of a helicopter downed by Mongal.

The sheer shock value combined with the extreme gore and dementedly joyous look on Boomer's face makes this one of the best deaths in any DC movie, like, ever.

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