30 of the most dangerous movie stunts

Some survived these perilous stunts, while others didn’t make it alive

Indiana Jones being dragged behind a truck (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981)

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A key scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark sees Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) dragged behind a truck driving away with the Ark of the Covenant. Director Steven Spielberg and writer George Lucas wanted the stunt to look as realistic as possible, so Ford himself did some parts of the action sequence, reportedly bruising his ribs in the process. The most dangerous portions of the stunt, however, were performed by stuntman Terry Leonard.

Prior to performing the stunt for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Leonard actually tried to do the same stunt for 1981’s The Legend of the Lone Ranger but failed to execute it properly. Thrilled at the chance of having another shot at it, Leonard agreed to do it but only if his friend and colleague Glenn Randall Jr. was driving. According to Brothers-Ink.com,  the truck was specially constructed to be higher above the ground than normal so as to allow clearance for Indy to pass underneath safely. The center of the road was also dug out to allow more clearance.