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Top 10 Left For Dead Movie Scenes

VOICE OVER: Dan Paradis
Script written by Uriel Campos

It's not looking good for these folks… Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Left For Dead Movie Scenes. For this list, we're looking at movie scenes where a character is screwed over and left to die by another character. However, whether or not they actually die is not a factor.

Special thanks to our user MikeyP for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at http://www.WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Left For Dead Movie Scenes


It's not looking good for these folks… Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Left For Dead Movie Scenes.

For this list, we’re looking at movie scenes where a character is screwed over and left to die by another character. However, whether or not they actually die is not a factor. We are excluding movies like “Shaun of the Dead,” though, because that’s really more of a noble sacrifice than anything else. Also, this should go without saying but for those who don’t get hints: SPOILER ALERT.

#10: Sealed in the Tomb
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)

We start our list with what was the debut – and almost the demise – of everyone favorite fedora-wearing archaeologist. After racing against time to beat the Nazis to the Ark of the Covenant, Dr. Jones must conquer his fear of snakes – at least for the time being – in order to procure the ancient treasure from its burial chamber, the Well of Souls. But those pesky Nazis are right on his tail, and soon enough Jones’ archenemy Dr. Belloq and nefarious Nazi Colonel Dietrich catch up, to seal Indy and his companion Marion in the Well, leaving them trapped down there forevermore. Or so they thought.

#9: Beaten and Nearly Drowned
“A Clockwork Orange” (1971)

Leader of a gang of ultra-violent droogs, Alex DeLarge makes himself one too many enemies, and he’s betrayed and left to deal with a murder rap on his own. Fortunately, violent tendencies are nothing a little aversion therapy can’t fix, and eventually he’s released a new man. The new beginning doesn’t last, though, as Alex soon encounters two of the former gang members who betrayed him – and they happen to be wearing police uniforms. Out to the woods they go, where they kick the spit out of their former leader and almost drown him, abandoning him in the middle of nowhere to lick his wounds. This leaves us with one question: how the hell did they become cops?

#8: Tied to a Tree
“Conan the Barbarian” (1982)

Even the manliest of manly men is left for dead every once in a while. On his quest to punish those responsible for his parents’ deaths, the titular barbarian visits the temple of his enemy, and gains access to it by dressing up as a priest. Well, apparently it wasn’t such a great disguise, cause next thing you know Conan’s captured by Thulsa Doom and crucified on the “Tree of Woe” to think about what he’s done. Days pass, and the vultures know Conan isn’t long for this world. But once all hope seems lost, it’s good ol’ Subotai to the rescue! Better late than never, we suppose.

#7: The Traitorous Dr. Mann
“Interstellar” (2014)

Christopher Nolan seems to like leaving people for dead, but we can think of nothing worse than being marooned on a desolate planet. Cooper has landed on Dr. Mann’s planet with the knowledge that it is able to sustain human life. Mann decides to show Coop the lay of the land – and that’s when trouble starts. We find out the good doctor lied about the planet being habitable, and told the fib so he could be rescued from the icy hell he’d called home for the past while. He then pushes Coop off a cliff, cracks his helmet, and bolts. Dick move, Matt Damon. Dick move.

#6: Buried Alive
“Buried” (2010)

Even if you’re not claustrophobic or afraid of the dark, we defy you not to be terrified if you wake up and find yourself buried in a coffin with nothing but a lighter, a BlackBerry and the knowledge that you are screwed. Truck driver Paul Conroy finds himself in this situation while working in Iraq after being kidnapped by terrorists, and it’s a race against time to find him when the U.S. government refuses to pay the demanded ransom. For a movie that features basically only one character and is set in a dark box, this is a nail biter. We’re left to watch helplessly, hoping beyond hope that Paul will make it home to his family.

#5: Game Over
“Saw” (2004)

Throughout this film, we sit in a dingy bathroom alongside Dr. Lawrence Gordon and Adam Stanheight, watching to see how each piece fits into Jigsaw’s puzzle. This unique serial killer, instead of killing for sport, gives his victims the chance to live – but at a price. Adam must escape before Lawrence kills him, and if Lawrence fails to do so his family dies. Dr. Gordon does the unthinkable and saws off his own foot to break free of his chains and look for help. It turns out, however, that the Jigsaw killer was with them the entire time, and after revealing himself, he locks Adam in the bathroom to die. Bummer.

#4: Buried Alive… Again
“Kill Bill: Vol. 2” (2004)

The second chapter of The Bride’s revenge story hits the ground running, as Beatrix Kiddo tends to her business with a former Deadly Viper named Budd. Having already been warned by Bill of her impending arrival, Budd (aka Sidewinder) catches her off guard with a shotgun blast of rock salt square to the chest. Before burying her alive, he allows Kiddo the choice: either he maces her blind, or leaves her with a flashlight. Shouldn’t there be a “none of the above” option? Anyway, she doesn’t stay buried for long as she uses a series of point blank punches to break free and claws her way to freedom. Badass.

#3: Lynching
“Hang ‘Em High” (1968)

Don’t you just hate it when you’re minding your own business, herding some cattle and a posse shows up accusing you of a crime you didn’t commit and then hang you for it? Well, that’s exactly what happens to Jed Cooper, a rancher who’s wrongfully hanged for stealing cattle and whose pleas of innocence fall on deaf ears. Fortunately for Jed, this posse musta missed the first day of Hanging 101, and they leave before Cooper is dead. That leaves him wide open to be rescued by Deputy Marshall Bliss. Once Jed recovers, his journey for revenge against the lynch mob begins – and you do not want to be on Clint Eastwood’s bad side.

#2: Shot and Left Behind
“Platoon” (1986)

War is hell, and our runner-up is just one scene that proves that adage. The story of a platoon and their struggle to survive the Vietnam War takes a darker turn than you could’ve imagined when Sgt. Barnes illegally kills a civilian. Worried that the morally upstanding Sgt. Elias will expose him, Barnes shoots him on their next patrol, blaming his death on the enemy and evacuating with the rest of the platoon. The scene turns absolutely heartrending when, as the helicopter is taking off, the group sees Elias running through the trees, chased by the Vietcong. The copter flies by just in time to see Elias as he’s riddled with bullets, and succumbs.

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Left for the Viet Cong
“Rambo: First Blood Part II” (1985)
- The Cave of Wonders
“Aladdin” (1992)
- Walking the Plank
“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)
- Bomb Vest
“The Hurt Locker” (2008)

#1: Man Leaves Wife
“28 Weeks Later” (2007)

The Rage Virus makes a man do crazy things – even if he’s not infected. Our new protagonist in this sequel is Don. He and his wife Alice are holed up with some other survivors in an abandoned house, when who should drop by but an unwelcome horde of the infected. In the frenzy to flee, Don gets separated from his wife and the boy they’re sheltering, and with Alice pleading for help, Don chooses not to be the hero but to escape himself by shutting the zombies in the room with his beloved. Logically, a smart move; morally, however… That’s for you to decide.

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