Top 20 Screen Deaths

As the nation’s collective head whirls from Sherlock Holmes’s apparent fall from the roof of St Barts, Mark Monahan looks at the sleuth’s many big-screen counterparts who have met similarly unforgettable ends, both ‘real’ and fake.

Kevin Spacey (LA Confidential, 1997)

Sick of his sleazy existence within the LA police force, Spacey’s celebrity cop Jack Vincennes decides at last to do some good. His resulting shooting is brilliantly sudden, and shocking every time, although Vincennes still has the last laugh.

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