The 7 Best Movie Explosions



It’s that time of year again when we celebrate America’s birthday with cold beer, grilled food, and lots of explosions.

In fact, it’s probably the thundering sounds and bright lights from blowing stuff up that make the 4th of July so special. After all, we can drink beer and heat the grill up practically anytime we want. But explosions? That’s only reserved for special occasions.

The only explosions that can rival a 4th of July fireworks display, however, are those found in movies. Just like America’s birthday bash, a movie just isn’t the same without explosions. So, in honor of the 4th, here are the 7 best movie explosions of alltime.

7. Jaws (1975)


This might not be the biggest or baddest explosion ever caught on film, but it’s still one of the best. How many times do you actually get to see a freaking Great White blow up? Probably not as much as buildings or cars. Plus, you can’t deny that you weren’t fist-pumpingly excited to see Brody save Amity and the town’s 4th of July festivities as Jaws exploded into thousands of pieces.

6. Apocalypse Now (1979)


If this didn’t take place during the Vietnam War, the above clip from the classic, yet disturbing, Apocalypse Now would seem like an awesome beach party. It has everything you need. Surfing, loud music, and napalm.

5. Super 8 (2011)


We think J.J. Abrams got a little too much advice from Michael Bay during this awesome, and crucial, train wreck scene from Super 8. It’s the never-ending crash that creates an excessive amount of booms. Classic.

4. V For Vendetta (2005)


Even the most die-hard, red-blooded Merican would approve of the finale in V For Vendetta and wish that it happened in the States and not in London. After watching that again, that does actually look and sound like it would be the greatest 4th of July celebration. Ever.

3. Michael Bay

This is cheating a bit, but we would be wrong to neglect the man that probably loves explosions more than any one else that has ever lived. Michael Bay. The director has made an entire career of films that revolve around explosions. Actually, we’re pretty sure that’s how he comes up with movies. He’s sitting in his house and thinks, I need explosions in space. Armageddon . He wants robots blowing up. How about making a movie adaptation of Transformers? And, the list goes on and on.

2. Independence Day (1996)


If you’re too young to remember when Independence Day was released, you just need to know that this movie was an event. Lines of eager moviegoers were waiting for this movie on opening day. Why? Because we never really saw New York, L.A., or Washington D.C. get leveled by a series of explosions like this before. It was epically awesome. And after all these, the destruction holds up. Bonus points for Bill Pullman delivering one of the greatest speeches of all time.

1. Star Wars (1977)


While there were explosions before Star Wars: Episode IV was released, we think that movies were never the same afterwards. Lucas raised the bar with how explosions should be executed on film. Everything from the build-up to the massive explosion to the celebration following the destruction of the Death One make this scene one of the greatest cinematic moments ever. And whenever you see an explosion so perfectly pulled off in a movie, it’s probably because the people behind the camera wanted to recreate their own Death Star scene.

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