With John Wick seemingly a one man powerhouse of punishment wading through countless dozens if not hundreds of wannabe assassins it would seem that he has quite easily got the films with the highest death counts but it appears we may be wrong with the results of a recent poll by an insurance comparison website (with an obvious interest in selling life insurance policies) though frankly if these films are anything to go by the premium must be hugely expensive.
The results surprised us as we remember the outrage about Die Hard 2 when terrorists crashed a plane with well over 200 innocent passengers but since then we’ve had war films with high body counts but even these have been exceeded by films such as Titanic with its 307 deaths, Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai with 558 and Brad Pitt’s Troy had 572 and Gerard Butler’s 300 had well obviously at least 300 although by the end the total tally was 600+.
The survey also uncovered thatin 1940, there was just one film with 50 or more on-screen deaths, rising to four in 1950, 33 in 1960, 44 in 1970, 84 in 1980 and 119 in 1990. Four films from 2014 made it into the top 10
But here’s the result of the poll of films with the highest death counts with the No1 film being a total surprise!
So what are the Top Ten films with the highest death counts?
1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – 83,871 on-screen deaths
2. Dracula Untold (2014) – 5,687
3. The Sum of All fears (2002) – 2,922
4. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) – 2,798
5. 300: Rise of An Empire (2014) – 2,234
6. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – 1,741
7. The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – 1,647
8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) – 1,417
9. Braveheart (1995) – 1,297
10. The Avengers (2012) – 1,019
It seems that with GotG the total is comprised mainly of the killing of 80,000 Nova Corps pilots in one of its closing scenes, which takes its estimated on-screen body count to 83,871 – that’s 78,184 more than its nearest rival.
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