30 of the most dangerous movie stunts

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

Tom Cruise’s Burj Khalifa stunt (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, 2011)

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All Mission Impossible films feature death-defying stunts and for the fourth instalment of the action spy movie, Tom Cruise literally climbed the side of the tallest building in the world. With only a harness on, Cruise, who plays the role of Ethan Hunt in the movie, bravely performed Spider-Man-like stunts high above the UAE city of Dubai.

Considered as one of the most dangerous movie stunts to date, the heart-stopping scene almost didn’t materialize. The film’s original underwriter reportedly said no to the highly unsafe stunt work. But being the thrill-seeker that he is, Cruise fired the insurer and did the gravity-defying moves anyway.