Director: Martin Scorsese

Joe Pesci has inflicted some serious pain on people during his lifetime of mobster roles. And Casino is certainly no exception. But karma's a bitch and Pesci's Nicky Santoro death is one for the cinema record books. Not only for the perversely executed choreography of it all—Nicky and his brother are taken into a field, beaten with bats, stripped down to their tightie-whities and buried alive—but for how long the scene lasts (about three minutes). It's Scorsese at his most unflinching. (Writer's note: When I first saw the film in theaters in 1995, the person sitting behind me vomited during this scene. Disgustingly true story!)