Iconic Rooftop Action Scenes

There’s much more to roofs than keeping your house dry when it rains. Whether you’re hanging out on a residential or commercial roof, the vantage point could provide an aura of romance, or danger depending on the circumstances. Maybe that’s why when Hollywood wants to set a scene somewhere that will set the stakes high – figuratively and literally – it Matrix Rooftopsends characters to a location that a qualified roofer should be able to appreciate.

Here are some of the most memorable action and sci-fi movies with crucial scenes that take place on a rooftop.

Blade Runner
Most people, might not think of Rick Deckard as Harrison Ford’s most famous role, but the enigmatic replicate hunter, or “Blade Runner,” is every bit as cool as Indiana Jones. However, it’s Rutger Hauer who steals the show after the unforgettable rooftop chase scene at the film’s conclusion. His “tears in the rain” speech definitely puts the exclamation point on this futuristic epic from 1982.

The Crow
In a not dissimilar scene from 1994’s “The Crow,” undead avenger Eric Draven – played by Brandon Lee, who tragically died while the film was shooting – battles a crime lord named Top Dollar. Just like in “Blade Runner,” here we have a protagonist and a villainous character at each other’s throats, on a roof, amid heavy rainfall, in a film’s penultimate scene. Perhaps director Alex Proyas was a big Ridley Scott fan….

The Matrix
Launching what became one of the most popular franchises of the ‘90s and early ‘00s, Carrie-Anne Moss bounds from rooftop to rooftop to escape henchmen of the Matrix known as “Agents.” While a classic on its own, sequels to “The Matrix” were met with mixed reviews. Worse yet, every action movie for the next five years featured stoic heroes clad in black leather. Hollywood certainly knows how to overuse a good idea. And speaking of stoic heroes with a penchant for the color black….

Every Batman movie
Whether he’s meeting up with Commissioner Gordon by the batsignal, or just glowering high above Gotham City, Batman sure does seem to like hanging out on rooftops. Perhaps if he ever retires from fighting crime, he could master the art of roof repairs as a second career.

Oh, who are we kidding? As long as criminals remain a superstitious and cowardly lot, Batman will never stop fighting crime.