10 of the Most Brutal Non-Horror Movie Death Scenes

DriveThis being a horror site and all, it’s not often that you’ll find us talking about movies that don’t exactly fit into the genre that Shock is all about. But every once in a while, a non-horror movie treads into horror territory, and it simply wouldn’t be right for us to not acknowledge those films that dare to be horrific.

Though horror movies are primarily the ones recognized for featuring brutal, rewind-worthy death scenes, such scenes are certainly not exclusive to the genre known for blood, boobs and monsters.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for non-horror movies to feature death scenes that are a whole lot more brutal than the ones seen in horror films, and it’s ten of those movies that we’re here to spotlight today.So read on to relive ten of the most brutal non-horror movie death scenes of all time, and feel free to drop us a comment and add to the list with some of your favorites!

In no particular order…

  • Oswald did not act alone

    The opening scene in IRREVERSIBLE – where Vincent Cassell pulverizes a human head with a fire extinguisher until theres nothing left is about 1000 times more violent and gory than most on this list. I was a little underwhelmed by this list. Robocop? Burn After Reading? Even Marvin’s head exploding in PULP FICTION is gorier than most on this list.

    • John Squires

      ‘Brutal’ was what I was going for here, not necessarily ‘gory.’ But yes, Irreversible and Pulp Fiction are also good choices, as both would be right at home on this list!

      • Oswald did not act alone

        Fair enough. These articles are supposed to inspire debate, right?

    • Derelictus

      Dude Robocop is pretty freaking brutal in parts

      • Oswald did not act alone

        I guess the “cheese” factor of the film – which I have seen multiple times – never made me think “gory” as much as “funny/over the top”.

        I love STYD and Robocop, I just think there were stronger choices to be made.

    • corpus vile

      Oh man completely forgot about that one, really heavy and excellent call.

  • Derelictus

    Riki oh is a Hong Kong film, but your mistake is somewhat understandable since it is based on a Japanese comic :)

  • Billy Bob Throrton

    what about Braveheart? when he bashes that guy’s face with a ball and chain is probably the best

  • corpus vile

    Good call on Casino, that was way disturbing. Nods should have been given to James Gandolfini in True Romance & Bob Hoskins killing his henchman in The Long Good Friday though.

  • corpus vile

    Also Gangster Number 1 had a pretty brutal kill done by Paul Bettany.

  • jimmyt1967

    How could u possibly forget Irreversible……the murder at the beginning is without a doubt one of the most disturbing scenes in movie history.