If Robert Rodriguez's Machete is even half as good as the trailer, the pic will certainly be the best movie featuring the knife named in the title. Meanwhile, the title character's knife-adorned wardrobe — and the clip of Danny Trejo swinging a bladed morning star and bungee jumping with entrails — begged the question: What are the most memorable movie scenes where a knife plays a leading role?
9. Under Siege (1992)
Say what you want about Casey Ryback's (Steven Seagal) beef stew but he's one badass cook with a knife. Tommy Lee Jones learns it the hard way when his terrorist-disguised-as-hair-band-rocker tangles with the hero and gets done in while monologuing.
Fun Tidbit: Seagal turned down an offer to join The Expendables due to bad blood with producer Avi Lerner, but he gets his ass whooped in Machete. One out of two knives for the comeback ain't bad.
8. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The first 30 minutes of Spielberg's anti-war epic rank at the top of any "Most Memorable Scenes" list, but it's the German slowly pushing the knife through Private Mellish's heart that sticks with us 12 years later.
Fun Tidbit: What did the German soldier say as he was slowly stabbing Mellish? "Give up, you don't stand a chance! Let's end this here! It will be easier for you, much easier. You'll see it will be over quickly."
6. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Technically a glow-stick swordfight, this scene, while extremely memorable, has always left us a little confused. Wouldn't it be easier to rule the galaxy together if one guy isn't missing his arm below the elbow?
Fun Tidbit: Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father.
4. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Has a woman ever kicked more ass on screen than The Bride vs. The Crazy 88s? By our count: 26 slashings, 10 impalings, eight limb severings, two beheadings, and one sword-spanking. Meaning, the answer is no.
Fun Tidbit: Director Quentin Tarantino has a cameo as one of the felled Crazy 88s.
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
This scene doubles as the source of one of movie's most famous quotes. Say "It's just a flesh wound" and everyone knows you're referencing a pinnacle of absurdist British humor.
Fun Tidbit: In the preceding duel between the Black and Green Knights, both John Cleese and Terry Gilliam performed their own stunts (except, of course, the getting stabbed through the skull part).
2. Fatal Attraction (1987)
This movie singlehandedly reduced male adultery in the late '80s by a whopping 75 percent. Next time that hot co-worker promises to be discreet, well, at least consider the bad things that might happen.
Fun Tidbit: The original movie version had Alex Forrest committing suicide, but it tested poorly with audiences — they wanted her killed — so the ending was re-shot months later.
1. Psycho (1960)
Not just the most memorable knife scene, arguably the most famous scene in all of movie history. TV Guide rates it #5 of all-time. Given the widespread parodies and homages, from National Lampoon's Vacation to The Simpsons, and the fact that Psycho is the original slasher pic, we reckon Hitchcock got screwed in that list.
Fun Tidbit: That single scene was shot over seven days and features 77 different camera angles.