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This Is the End: Best Movie Death Scenes

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This Is the End: Best Movie Death Scenes

This Is the End: Best Movie Death Scenes

This Is the End: Best Movie Death Scenes

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James Cagney in the 1931 gangster film The Public Enemy. hide caption

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In the final installment of the Summer Movie Awards, film historian Murray Horwitz and listeners zero in on cinematic history's greatest "final farewells."

Among the top picks for best death scene are a number of James Cagney movies, the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Braveheart and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Guests:

Murray Horwitz, director and chief operating officer of the American Film Institute Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md.

David Stork, listener from Portola Valley, Calif.

Heather Frase, listener from Alexandria, Va.

Web Extra: Full Movie List

White Heat

The Roaring Twenties

Angels With Dirty Faces

Throne of Blood

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Sting

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Yellowbeard

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Cool Hand Luke

Blade Runner

Soylent Green

All That Jazz

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bambi

King Kong