25 best movie explosions ever

Zoolander (2001)

Things get out of hand at a petrol station, ending up with a freak fuel fight. It watches like a public awareness film for not smoking at the pump. But much, much funnier.

Die Hard 2 (1990)

One of the best yippee ki-yay moments in all the Die Hard films, initiated by the flick of a lighter, the immortal Willis line and the ensuing imagination-melting plane explosion. Lucky he was a smoker, eh? Skip to 02:42 for the boom.

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Everything looks better in super-slow-mo. So take something that’s already awesome to look at – a big HD explosion, say – make it slow and you’re onto a winner. Well done, Kathryn Bigelow: the shake of the pebbles and ripple of rusted metal in this scene are touches of genius.

Dr Strangelove (1964)

Stanley Kubrick used old footage of mushroom clouds to make this apocalyptic sequence of atomic bomb explosions at the end of Cold War black comedy Dr Strangelove. By the finale, a bunch of incompetent American generals have managed to activate a Soviet built Doomsday Machine. It triggers nuclear detonations all over the world, with a suitably epic soundtrack: Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again.

V for Vendetta (2006)

Grab a creepy Guy Fawkes mask and watch as an anonymous rebel sticks it to the man on November 5 in V for Vendetta. V gets his kicks blowing up statues and the Old Bailey too but from 00:31 in this mash-up you can see the Houses of Parliament being blown to smithereens, complete with slow-mo, multi-angle shots of Big Ben’s clock face getting what for.