12 Memorable Alligator and Crocodile Scenes in Movies


One of the first things I ever wrote for this site was a review of the 1980 movie Alligator.  That movie had a huge impact on me when I was a kid, and even to this day I’m fascinated by crocodilians.  There’s just something incredibly intriguing about a (literally) cold-blooded killer that uses stealth to approach its prey before exploding forth with its massive jaws wide open.  Being eaten alive by any animal has got to be horrible, but it’s got to be particularly horrific in the case of an alligator or crocodile.

Some movies are specifically about a killer alligator or croc, but others simply feature these reptiles in just a scene or two.  Either way, it’s tough to forget a crocodilian chowing down on someone.  Below, check out 12 of the most memorable alligator and crocodile scenes in movies.  If you think I left one off (and I must have), let me know in the comments.



Forget being the best alligator scene in any movie ever, this is one of the best scenes, period, in any movie ever.

Lake Placid


This is just awesome.  The bear never had a chance.  That should teach him to watch his back before standing on his hind legs and acting all big and bad.

Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls


This reminds me of the scene in Happy Gilmore…

Happy Gilmore


Yeah, this one.

Crocodile Dundee


Sometimes being a Peeping Tom can have its advantages, I guess.

The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard


I think the one question posed toward the end of this clip pretty much sums it all up.



The Dance of the Hours is one of maybe two or three scenes from Fantasia that I actually remember.  I remember the centaurs and, of course, Mickey as the sorcerer’s apprentice.  All the mushroom stuff in the beginning?  Not so much.

Live and Let Die


James Bond uses Pitfall as an inspiration for his escape.



You’re Luggage!



That’s one way to kill a crocodile, I suppose.

Any Given Sunday


How can anyone forget having an alligator thrown in the shower with them?

Black Water


A pretty narrow escape.  It seems as though the croc was just toying with her at first.

Are there any I missed?  I couldn’t find the clips, but I really wanted to include the rope bridge scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as well as the ending scene in Romancing the Stone.  


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