The Eiffel Tower was originally scheduled to be demolished in 1909, 20 years after it was built. It survives into the present day, but it hasn't been quite so lucky in movies, comics, and television. We know the tower has been punched, shaken, melted, and turned into a sandwich toothpick. The question is: Who did it best?


The War of the Worlds (1953): Here, the tower is destroyed the good old fashioned way: by alien invaders.

The Great Race (1965): When this movie was released, it was the most expensive comedy ever made. The fact that it ends with the accidental blowing up of the Eiffel Tower probably didn't help that big budget.

UHF (1989): This parody of televise, movies, and commercials features a Rambo send-up in which Weird Al Yankovic blows up monuments, starting with the Eiffel Tower.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1993): Sadly, I couldn't find video or an image of this one, but in the TMNT episode "Tower of Power," the Eiffel Tower topples over. In the following episode, "Rust Never Sleeps," the tower falls victim to Krang's Rust Encruster, although Donatello manages to reverse the process before the Eiffel Tower is completely oxidized.

Command & Conquer (1995): In perhaps the cleanest destruction of the Eiffel Tower, this video game opts for destruction by Ion Cannon.

Twisted Metal 2 (1996): Long before Magneto decided to use the Golden Gate as a bridge to Alcatraz, this game let you blow up the Eiffel Tower and use it as a bridge to other Parisian buildings.

Mars Attacks! (1996): The Martians make a point of destroying just about every landmark they can think of, from the Taj Mahal to the Easter Island statues. But the Eiffel Tower gets a particularly violent sequence as it melts while the French cabinet is slaughtered.

Armageddon (1998): All of Paris is wiped from the face of the Earth by a rogue meteorite, but movie audiences couldn't possibly know without that Eiffel Tower there.


The Authority: Kev (2002): Here the tower lends a helping point as it destroys alien ship while Kev quips, "Knew it had to be good for something." Oh Kev, if only you knew how many turn-of-the-20th-century Parisian artists agreed with you.

Team America: World Police (2004): Team America destroys not only the Eiffel Tower in its attempt to "protect" Paris, it gets L'Arc Triumph in the process.

Category 7: The End of the World (2007): Another multi-monument killer, this one sees a wave of super storms leveling the world's cities, and causing the Eiffel Tower to buckle and break.


The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (2007): Occasionally, the Eiffel Tower just gets what's coming to it, such as in the first issue of The Umbrella Academy. It will get revenge on this superpowered crew, though. After spending many years in space, it will crash land on the Umbrella Academy's manor home.

The Day the Earth Stopped (2008): Alien robots invade the planet in this direct-to-DVD movie, and they leave the detraction of the tower (among other things) in their wake.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009): You want to thoroughly destroy a monument? Use nanomites.


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009): Okay, so the Eiffel Tower wasn't actually destroyed in this movie, but it was too amusing to omit. It's the olive at the top of the tower that really does it.


Futurama, "That Darn Katz!" (2010): When adorable kitties manage to stop the Earth's rotation, the Eiffel Tower flies from its post. But it's Big Ben that gets the worst of the damage.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011): This game piles the firepower onto the Parisian tower until it finally topples over.


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