Geekery: GotG is the Deadliest Movie Ever

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A new study puts Guardians of the Galaxy’s on screen body count at 80,000+

Go Compare – they normally deal in financial data – took a look at the number of on screen deaths in high performing movies starting in the 1940s. Guardians of the Galaxy came out on top thanks to the net of Star Blasters attempting to save Xandar in the final scene.

The movie has an estimated 83,871 body count, which is a whopping 78,184 more than the movie in the second spot.

The study also confirmed something audiences have notices over the years: the average number of deaths in movies is rising. In 1940 there was just one film with more than 50 on-screen deaths. This rises to four movies in 1950, 33 in 1960, 44 in 1970, 84 in 1980 and 119 in 1990. Four of the films in the top ten were released in 2014 – topped off with GotG.

The top four all carry a PG-13 rating, by the way.

The top 10 deadliest Hollywood movies

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – 83,871
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

Check out the rest of the list here – it has filtering options, so you can compare movies based on ratings, genres, etc.


Agree? Disagree?

  • Parthis


    • georgelabour

      Those people weren’t ‘on screen’ when they died. Which was apparently the metric used for obtaining these numbers.

      Otherwise I’d say Titan A.E beats out Star Wars as they blew up the ENTIRE EARTH in the first five minutes of that movie.

      • Cergorach

        Pfft! The entire earth….
        A Galaxy destroyed:

        • georgelabour

          Those movies aren’t canon to the main continuity so they don’t count. 😛

          Also Gurren Lagan ends up blowing up an entire reality, after hurling galaxies like they were throwing stars. So…it wins.

      • BloodAngel

        Except, how do you know there were more people on Earth than on Alderran?

        • georgelabour

          Without bothering to go into in depth research on the matter I’d just like to point out 2 tropes of sci-fi.

          1) Aside from the central planet of ‘the evil empire’ almost all other planets will have a super low population density. Sometimes as small as one town one an entire planet.

          There’s reasons both practical, and thematic if you’re interested in reading up on that trope.

          2) If an importsnt point of a movie is the a home planet of race being annhiliated it’s a safe bet that it’s going to also kill the vast majority of the species.

          It’s also a safe bet than when the annihilation comes there’s NEVER going to be enough ships for evacuation.

          Considering those and other things such it’s easy to surmise that having over 90% of one’s species blown up means more casualties than one planet amidst thousands whose inhabitants were noted as leaving a great deal of the planet undeveloped and natural.

          For further examples of point 2 please see the Star Trek reboot, and what happened to the Vulcans.

        • tylran

          Alderaan had mere 2 billion beings living there, plus some odd travelers. Most of it was uninhabited, with most of the population being centered on the few cities there.

          • georgelabour

            Which is a relatively paltry sum of people for an entire planet, and perfectly proves point 1.

            MEanwhile our current real Earth has over 6 billion people. And that’s before we go into trope 2 which would likely give Titan A.E’s earth a far far larger population.

            Though of course all this is irrelevant to the original comments about movie body count. As the metric was not implied deaths but rather witnessed ones we’re kind of just quibbling for the sake of amusing banter right now.


          • Xodis

            I’m still not sure how we can witness the destruction of a planet and not consider that a “witnessed” kill. It would be one thing if they just told us they destroyed the planet, but we get to see it go boom.

          • georgelabour

            It’s hollywood man. and one of the credos of Tinsel town movie making is thus.

            “If they didn’t die on screen it didn’t happen. Mostly so we can shoehorn them into a badly envisioned sequel to rake in a bit more cash”

    • BlackKnight15624

      I had just come here to say that.

      • tylran

        Starkiller Base is definitely leading the count, with an entire system destroyed.

    • Just_Me77

      + the Deathstar? I feel like “A New Hope” is HANDS DOWN the bloodiest movie ever…

  • Kevin Maloney

    I’m shocked that Man of Steel isn’t on that list.

    • ZeeLobby

      YES, there’s no way that wouldn’t be the highest. An entire city was basically destroyed. (NYC sized).

      • TheNickelEye

        Plus it opens with the destruction of Krypton

        • ZeeLobby

          Forgot about that!

      • Runefyre

        Certainly more than afew thousand lol

      • violencejack

        I would say “Force Awakens” would beat that. (plus, in regards to Man of Steel, it wasn’t the ENTIRE city. Just the center of it.

        • ZeeLobby

          Still. Look at the population of just a section of Manhattan during the work day and it’s pretty massive. And there was almost no warning.

  • BloodAngel

    Unless Alderran had less than 80,000 inhabitants, I think Star Wars has Guardians beat.

    • BloodAngel

      And the destruction of Alderran was on screen.

  • ZeeLobby

    Uh. What about Superman movie?

  • Ira Clements

    The entire Hosnian system in TFA? You got to see at least some of them staring the hyperspace beam in the face before impact.

    • ZeeLobby

      A galaxy full of emos doesn’t count apparently.

      • Aurion Shidhe

        Those emos touched his stuff.

  • Ross Webb-Wagg

    This list is bogus, where is 2012, The Day after Tomorrow, Independence Day, Kingsman, Mars Attacks, War of the Worlds…. The list can go on and on.

    Don’t know how they count deaths. They have Kingsman at 281 deaths, Star Wars at 182 Deaths??? Pearl Harbor at 152 and War of the Worlds at 52.

  • Force Awakens had several planets blow up at the same time.

    Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy had the Earth get vaporized.

    BUT if planets don’t count, what about the actual Death Stars? And Star Killer base? Are they too planety as well?

    Okay, the Executor. The Super Star Destroyer. Crashes. All hands lost. 280,000 people. Whoosh! In addition to all the Rebel Capital ships vaporized in the same battle.

    Someone may say “But you don’t really SEE those people die”

    What about Independence Day. You know, that movie where we watch a rolling wave of fire eat everyone in LA, NY and DC simultaneously? Just ONE of those cities is greater than this body count.

  • Darth Bumbles

    Hang about, showing a city means you show the people in it, but showing a planet doesn’t?

  • Blackmane

    How did Independence Day, which showed three cities being blown up at once and massive amounts of death being shown on screen, not make the list?

    • georgelabour

      Everyone obviously evacuated or managed to use hastily shut doors to avoid being vaporized in the firestorms.

      And before you say that’s absurd…remember how one character survived.

      heck the president’s wife somehow managed to not be vaporized and she was in a bloody helicopter during all of that. Which is definitely not as good at stopping WMDs as the door to a utility room.


  • Lord Solar Mac

    Enders Game? Or does it matter if they were human or not. Either way, who cares?? The inquisition sentences world’s to exterminatus like it’s cool lol! Cheers!

  • I imagine that the online marketing team at Go Compare are all getting bonuses this year.

  • Aaron Elvis Pearce

    Starship Troopers, Klendathu, over 100,000 dead “We kill ill afford another Klendathu”