50 Greatest Movie Firework Moments

Light the fuse, and stand well back

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

The Firework Scene: Brace yourselves. From now on, it will become obligatory for scenes involving fireworks to be soundtracked by Katy Perry. But at least this one - as the animal gang become circus superstars - is kind of fun to watch.

Don't Try It At Home: Animals? Fireworks? Probably not a good mix.

Zodiac (2007)

The Firework Scene: David Fincher's serial killer thriller begins with Zodiac's second attack on 4th July 1969, under cover of darkness save fireworks in the distance.

Don't Try It At Home: Obviously.

Summertime (1955)

The Firework Scene: Jan Hudson (Katharine Hepburn), on holiday in Venice, finally succumbs to a kiss from antique shop owner Renato di Rossi (Rossano Brazzi) after watching a fireworks display.

Don't Try It At Home: Beware mixing fireworks with suave Italian lovers; you never know where it might lead.

Ratatouille (2007)

The Firework Scene: Wannabe rodent chef Remy (Patton Oswald) discovers the joys of combining the flavours of strawberry and cheese, and imaginary fireworks explode in celebration.

Don't Try It At Home: Imagination's one thing, but trying to cook with fireworks should probably be avoided.

The Castle Of Cagliostro (1979)

The Firework Scene: Hero thief Lupin sneaks into the titular stronghold, disguised as an archbishop, to prevent the villainous Count from marrying Lady Clarisse. His identity unmasked, Lupin reveals his escape plan - his jacket is lined with a dozen rockets!

Don't Try It At Home: Tying fireworks to your clothes, especially when you're still wearing them, is a really bad idea.

Blue Valentine (2010)

The Firework Scene: As the film - and the central relationship between Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) - ends, the credits are lit up by hugely symbolic fireworks.

Don't Try It At Home: If you're in it for the long haul romantically, choose a better metaphor than something whose fire is so fleeting.

Hot Rod (2007)

The Firework Scene: An excited Rico (Danny McBride) gathers his mates, including wannabe racer Rod (Andy Samberg), to watch a rocket he'd bought. But it's a dud, and quickly fizzles out.

Don't Try It At Home: Don't buy any old tat. Look for recognised quality accreditation like a Kitemark for a firework experience that actually works.

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

The Firework Scene: After his devout Communist mother dies in post-reunification Germany, Alex Kerner decides to break the law of both West and East by scattering her ashes using firework-propelled rocket.

Don't Try It At Home: It's probably illegal where you live, too.

Pierrot Le Fou (1966)

The Firework Scene: Bored by the shallow conversation at a Parisian party, "Pierrot" (Jean-Paul Belmondo) throws a cake at a partygoer… only for Jean-Luc Godard to cut to an exploding firework.

Don't Try It At Home: Throwing fireworks indoors is a huge no-no, but to be honest throwing a cake at someone is pretty rude, too.

The Natural (1984)

The Firework Scene: Despite his famous bat - Wonderboy - being unusable, Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) still hits a ninth-innings home run to bring on the fireworks.

Don't Try It At Home: Setting off fireworks when you've scored a goal in Sunday park five-a-side is overegging the celebrations.