Watch This Montage Of The Greatest Explosions In The History Of Movies

Today is the day when, all around the world, fireworks are ignited as people celebrate the departure of 2014 and the arrival of 2015. So it seems only appropriate that we would end our year in cinema with a bang as well:

This is the latest supercut to come our way from the folks over at Screen Junkies, and it's pretty hard to argue with their choices for the most memorable cinematic explosions. They borrow from multiple genres and multiple generations to assemble what is a pretty fantastic collection of big boom moments from his history of blockbusters.

Some of these explosions are fairly recent - like the one from James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy - and some are just so memorable that we will never forget them - like the explosion of the Death Star in the original Star Wars - but can you name all of the movies that are featured in this video? Give it your best shot and then check your answers below, courtesy of the video's description on YouTube:

  • Fight Club
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
  • The Mask
  • Face/Off
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • Independence Day
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • The Dark Knight
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Tropic Thunder
  • The Expendables
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Star Wars
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Die Hard
  • Django Unchained
  • Caddyshack
  • V for Vendetta
  • Strangelove
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Robocop (1987)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • The Terminator
  • Speed
  • Oz The Great and Powerful
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Mary Poppins
  • Rio
  • Paul
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Neighbors
  • The Croods

This compilation has just about everything you'd want on it, from the rooftoop boom in Die Hard to the jungle bombing in Tropic Thunder, and it even includes a surprising number of movies from this past year... but there is one gripe that I have. The intro from Fight Club is cool, but how could you not include the shot of the towers exploding at the end? The Dark Knight was in there a few times - so why no love for David Fincher's cult hit?

Fight Club Gif

While we're talking about 2014 coming to an end, it feels appropriate to thank all of you awesome readers out there for spending another year with us covering an amazing year in film. We saw a lot of amazing stuff unfold over the last 12 months, and have a great deal to look forward to next year, so be sure to come back in 2015 as we head off on a brand new cinematic adventure!

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