The 7 Best Skydiving Scenes Ever Shot

By Rick Gonzales | Published

There are some big franchise action movies that love to make a statement, that is why they are the big franchises. Stunt after stunt, the more death-defying, the better. Nothing says jaw-dropping like a good skydiving scene. Add in the fact that the ground is rapidly approaching or there is some type of aerial fisticuffs and that only adds excitement to the fall.

Most big action pieces have a number of action set pieces that like to flex their muscles. Moviemakers understand that to separate themselves from the ordinary, bigger is most definitely better. This is why we have found 7 of the best skydiving scenes ever shot. What’s your favorite? Tell us.

Best Skydiving Scenes

7. Godzilla (2014)

In this second-ever American Godzilla film, audiences were lamenting over the lack of true action in the movie, but the one thing they were impressed with was the HALO jump scene. This scene comes near the end of the picture as Navy soldiers were sent on a jump to deactivate a warhead that was set to kill millions.

It is a fantastic skydiving scene that sends the soldiers on a fly-by of Godzilla, allowing the audience to finally see the full look of Godzilla and his new design.

6. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

This is another great skydiving scene. The first half of Kingsman: The Secret Service is all about the training Eggsy (Taron Egerton) receives to become a Kingsman. One of his tasks is a leap from an airplane with his competitors.

As they jump, they are informed that one of the competitors does not have a parachute. The drop is tense as they need to figure out how to save the falling competitor before the ground does its damage.

5. Point Break (1991)

There is only beauty in this opening skydiving scene where a group of young men jump out of an airplane into a freefall. The thrill and excitement of Point Break are immediately showcased in this wonderful opening scene that features Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Swayze, at the time, was an accomplished skydiver who completed 55 jumps for the film.

4. Drop Zone (1994)

From the opening skydiving scene, you know the high-adrenaline stakes in the Wesley Snipes-led Drop Zone. The planned jump occurs when computer expert Earl Leedy (Michael Jeter) is being escorted by U.S. Marshalls on a commercial 747 to a high-security prison.

A terrorist hijack blows a hole in the plane, causing one of the Marshalls to fall 30,000 feet to his death. The terrorists then grab Leedy, and take him out of the hole, parachuting to safety. This jump showcases the intensity of the jump and how precise their landing had to be.

3. xXx (2002)

The opening scene in Vin Diesel’s xXx is truly a feat to be seen. As Xander Cage, he is making a point by stealing a California State Senators Corvette and filming the reason why. As Cage nears a bridge, he readies himself for the jump.

He hits a ramp on the bridge, sending him and the car over a 350-foot drop. Partway down, Cage pulls the rip cord on his parachute while the Corvette completes the fall, bursting into flames as it meets the ground. Daring and adrenaline pumping.

2. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

The goal for Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and Walker (Henry Cavill) on their HALO jump is to slyly get themselves into a party. Things go wrong shortly after their jump as they are free-falling through some bad weather and Walker gets hit with a jolt of lightning.

From there, it is up to Hunt to find Walker in the sky and bring him back to life. The major problem in this skydiving scene is they are dropping a thousand feet every few seconds. Time is short.

1. Iron Man 3 (2013)

One of the more intense scenes in all of the MCU comes in Iron Man 3 where Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) must first battle Extremis soldiers before turning his attention to the passengers of Air Force One who were sent out of the plane through a hole blown in it. Once Iron Man is outside of the plane, he and Jarvis discuss the realities of Iron Man being able to save every falling person.

The mid-air skydive scene is remarkable for a number of reasons, the main one being Tony’s idea to play Barrel of Monkeys as a way to save them all.