Top 5 Ear Scenes in Movies

Posted by Sophie Bell February 13, 2014 1 Comment 7594 views

The ear – the humblest appendage. We rarely think of it, except when someone slices it off. Apparently, filmmakers’ ears receive threats constantly, given how often the lowly ear appears in movies. Here’s our list of the top 5 ear scenes in movies.

pcfLost in Translation

Possibly a bit of a tenuous link to the ear (the others are better I promise), nevertheless, the ending to Sofia Coppola’s Tokyo based drama is perhaps the film’s most iconic scene. The fact that whatever Bill Murray whispers in scarlett johansson’s ear is never revealed both captivated and infuriated audiences in equal measure.


I’ve put Dumbo here to add a bit of Disney nicness, as the rest of the list gets a little grimmer. The adorable baby elephant is famous for his huge ears, which he can also fly with. One of Disney’s oldest and most heartwarming efforts.


The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski has one of the strangest and most brilliant fight scenes in film. Whilst Jeff Bridges legendary The Dude somewhat un-ferociously has a sort of kick fight with a gang member whilst wearing a cardigan, John Goodman’s Walter goes in full throttle, biting his opponents ear off and spitting it to the ground.

pcfffBlue Velvet

It’s the discovery of a severed ear that sees Jeffrey Beaumont go on a journey into the seedy underbelly of a white picket fence town in David Lynch’s dark and twisted tale. The ear makes him cross paths with a range of damaged and disturbed characters, particularly the emotionally scarred Dorothy Vallens and the terrifying Frank Booth. Suburbia never looked scarier.

pcffffReservoir Dogs

The most notorious ear scene in history though, is almost certainly the ear cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino gets a lot of criticism for the gratuitous violence in his films, but in this particular instance you don’t actually see Michael Madsen’s sinister Mr Blonde cutting off the poor detective’s ear, but that doesn’t stop it being terrifying. There is something completely horrifying in the way Mr Blonde sings and dances his way through the torture scene.

About Sophie Bell

I’m a 23 year old journalism graduate from the North East of England who likes to stay inside watching films to avoid the rain. I like quiet little indie films, zombies and Natalie Portman and I dislike horribly predictable romcoms. Favourite film: Children of Men.

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  1. hachmom
    - February 22, 2014
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    These are all good choices, but I have to say the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this topic was Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan. Makes me squirm just thinking about it.

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