Tony Scott's death shocked both audiences and industry colleagues alike. Witnesses observed the 68-year old parking his car on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, before jumping. These tragic events occurred yesterday (August 19, 2012) at 12.30pm, local time, reports The Independent. His motives are as yet, unknown.

The news represents one of the saddest days in film history. The British-born auteur leaves a trail of adoring fans; his filmography is full of Hollywood favourites and cult classics. Having worked with some of cinema's heavyweights, Tony Scott was one of the most talented directors of his generation, and in tribute to the late great, Contactmusic.com has compiled his top moments in film.

Top Gun remains Scott's most prominent achievement, and launched the hugely successful careers of Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. The 1986 classic, adored my many, is still quoted by a nostalgic group of 80's action-loving cinema buffs. The sun-drenched blockbuster was Scott's biggest hit, both critically and commercially, and grossed $344,800,000, one of the highest of its time. Before yesterday's tragic news, a sequel was in the works.

Merely a year later, Scott followed Top Gun with Beverly Hills Cop II, another blissfully entertaining cult-classic, which featured the talents of a young Eddie Murphy, but this was just the beginning, and the 90's saw a trio of films that would secure Scott's name in the fabric of Hollywood notoriety.

Scott welcomed back Cruise for the 1990 classic, Days Of Thunder. The movie, whilst not as successful as his previous hits, remained true to his ethos of uncompromising entertainment. The 90's was in fact Scott's most fruitful decade, with films like Crimson Tide and Enemy Of The State standing the test of time.

Perhaps his most adored film, though, is True Romance. The '93 gangster-road movie features a truly memorable cast, with Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Samuel L Jackson and Christopher Walken all supporting Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.

Written by none other than Quentin Tarantino, the romantic crime thriller enjoys an enduring legacy, and despite being a box office flop, remains Scott's most critically acclaimed film. The film also contains one of the most famous scenes in cinema: a fight between Sopranos star James Gandolfini and Arquette. The violent choreography was one of the first, and most graphic mixed gender bouts to appear on-screen.

Other film highlights include Man on Fire and De Ja Vu, as well as a prominent influence on many TV projects in a writing, production and direction capacity.