The 32 Greatest Unscripted Movie Scenes

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2014 at 9:19 am, This is a list post.

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark KnightMuch to the dismay of screenwriters, movies scripts aren't always set in stone. They are often like living objects constantly evolving during the filming process. Some films, like Jaws and Annie Hall, don't even have a finished script when the cameras start to roll.Actors and actresses are regularly ad libbing, improvising or going off-script while reciting their lines. Sometimes the directors hate it - other times they love it. Occasionally the improved lines become immortalized as some of the most memorable in cinema history.Check out these 32 great unscripted scenes - you may be surprised at how many of your favorite lines were off-the-cuff.

1. Gun vs. Sword

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost ArkRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981)Director - Steven SpielbergWhile chasing Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) after she's been kidnapped, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) runs into a large sword-wielding bad guy dressed all in black. Instead of fighting him in what would surely be a losing whip versus sword battle, Indy simply pulls out his revolver, puts the man down with one shot and moves on.The original script called for a long sword fight but a day earlier Ford got a severe case of food poisoning and didn't have the energy to film the scene as written. After a discussion with director Steven Spielberg, the scene was changed and became an iconic part of Indiana Jones mythos.

2. Why Male Models?

Ben stiller as Derek Zoolander in ZoolanderZoolander (2001)Director - Ben StillerIn this scene involving former hand model J.P. Prewitt (David Duchovny) and the dimwitted male model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), Prewitt - a conspiracy theorist - explains how the fashion industry has been behind every high profile political assassination of the last hundred years.Zoolander asks, "Why male models?" Prewitt answers with a lengthy explanation, after which Zoolander responds again, "Why male models?" Stiller forgot his original line and just repeated his previous line instead. This prompted Duchovny to ad-lib his response "Are you kidding? I just told you like a minute ago."The scene ends up reinforcing the movie's narrative of the brainless male model stereotype and Stiller turned a gaffe into one of the funniest parts of the film.

3. The Cat

Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in The GodfatherThe Godfather (1972)Director - Francis Ford CoppolaVito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is more than the cold-hearted head of a powerful Italian mob family. That trait shows when he sentences a man to be beaten as retaliation for the beating of another man's daughter - all while gently stroking a cat.Thing is, the cat was never part of the original script. Some reports say that Coppola plopped the feline into Brando's lap just before filming began. Other reports say Brando found "il gatto" roaming around the set, picked him and gave him an offer he couldn't refuse (heh).

4. I Don't Care

Tommy Lee Jones as Samuel Gerard in The FugitiveThe Fugitive (1993)Director - Andrew DavisIn this famous showdown between Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) - a doctor wrongly accused of murdering his wife - and U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), Kimble gets the jump on Gerard in the sewers. Instead of shooting the Marshal and making things worse, Kimble pleads his case to him saying, "I didn't kill my wife!" Gerard, with a sober tone and intense look on his face, responds with a simple, but brilliant and ad-libbed, piece of dialog, "I don't care."The line wasn't part of the script but those three words reinforced to Kimble, and audiences, that it didn't matter to Gerard whether the doctor was guilty or innocent of the crimes for which he was accused. He was going to get his man - no matter what.

5. Slow Clapping

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark KnightThe Dark Knight (2008)Director - Christopher NolanAs the Joker (Heath Ledger) waits quietly alone in jail after having been arrested by Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), Mayor Garcia (Nestor Carbonell) shows up to look over Gotham's latest scourge. While there he also promotes Gordon to the position of Commissioner.As the officers in the room applaud the announcement Ledger begins, unscripted, to slowly clap - never changing his facial expression. It was just a simple improvisation but one that was unsettling and darkly brilliant.

6. Spitting Blood

Kurtwood Smith as Clarence Boddicker in RobocopRoboCop (1987)Director - Paul VerhoevenWhen antagonist Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) is taken to the police precinct after receiving a solid whooping by RoboCop (Peter Weller), Boddicker spits a bloody glob onto the paperwork of the desk sergeant, followed by the line "Give me my f*ckin' phone call!"Smith and Verhoeven briefly had discussed the unscripted moment before filming the scene but neglected to inform the extras - which was evident by their real and disgusted surprise as the scene unfolded.

7. Necklace Laugh

Richard Gere & Julia Roberts as Edward Lewis & Vivian Ward in Pretty WomanPretty Woman (1990)Director - Garry MarshallIn what became one of the most famous scenes from the film, Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) presents call girl Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) with a gorgeous and rather expensive diamond necklace. As Roberts reaches out to touch the precious jewels, Gere - in an unscripted playful moment - quickly snaps the box shut genuinely surprising her.Her laugh was so honest, and the scene so good, that Marshall decided to leave it in the film as is.

8. Think Fast!

John Malkovich as himself in Being John MalkovichBeing John Malkovich (1999)Director - Spike JonzeShortly after John Malkovich meets Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) on the side of the road he wanders off mad. As he does, a car passes by with a man leaning out the window. The man throws a can hitting Malkovich square in the back of the head while yelling, "Hey Malkovich! Think Fast!" - causing the Oscar nominated actor to scream out in legitimate pain.Neither the can throwing nor the reaction were scripted but the drunken extra in the car felt the opportunity was too good to pass up. Jonze thought the scene added to the character's frustration and left it in.Instead of being fired, the extra was added to the final cut of the film and given a raise.

9. The Cinderella Story

Bill Murray as Carl Spackler in CaddyshackCaddyshack (1980)Director - Harold RamisOne of the best and most quoted scenes from this film is "The Cinderella Story" where groundskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) mutters a story to  himself about an unknown golfer winning The Masters.This entire scene was developed by Murray on the spot saying in his 1999 book Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf: "The Cinderella Story was a spur-of-the-moment idea. 'Get me some flowers,' I said. 'Four rows of mums."

10. Most Annoying Sound in the World

Jim Carrey, Mike Starr, & Jeff Daniels as Lloyd Christmas, Joe Mentalino, & Harry Dunne in Dumb & DumberDumb and Dumber (1994)Director - Farrelly BrothersThere are many scenes in the film that show how moronic and simple-minded best friends Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) can be but this one showed how annoying they can be on car trips - and it was entirely unscripted.Even hitman Joe Mentalino's (Mike Starr) hissy fit reaction to the scene was unscripted, which makes the scene that much funnier.

11. Know How I Know You're Gay?

Seth Rogen & Paul Rudd as Cal & David in The 40 Year Old VirginKnocked Up (2007)Director - Judd ApatowCrafting a good and funny insult is one of the hardest things to do but Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd are two of the best - proving it in this scene of put down jokes.This entire exchange between Pete (Rudd) and Ben (Rogen) while in the car was completely ad libbed by the two actors. The scene is only a few seconds long on the final cut but as an extra on the DVD, the scene goes on for over six minutes.

12. Farting Wife

Matt Damon as Will Hunting in Good Will HuntingGood Will Hunting (1997)Director - Gus Van SantIn this scene between therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) and math genius Will Hunting (Matt Damon), Williams proves that comedic-minded actors usually give the best ad libbed scenes.The entire story about Maguire's flatulent spouse was made up on the spot by Williams and not a part of the original script.

13. Delayed Explosion

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark KnightThe Dark Knight (2008)Director - Christopher NolanOriginally, the Joker (Heath Ledger) was supposed to walk down the street while the explosion at the hospital began, get on the school bus during the scripted pause, and the bus would drive away while the explosion finished.However, Ledger stopped walking during the pause and in a moment of improvisation began fidgeting with the remote detonator in a very Joker-esque manner - bringing a slight amount of dark humor to what would have just been a serious scene.

14. Game Over Man

Sigourney Weaver & Carrie Henn as Ellen Ripley & Rebecca "Newt" Jorden in AliensAliens (1986)Director - James CameronChaos and confusion are everywhere after the first attack by the xenomorphs decimate the Space Marines and their drop ship crashes. As the crew tries to get their bearing and fully understand what just happened, Private Hudson (Bill Paxton) - ever the pessimist - laments "That's it man, game over man, game over! What are we going to do now?"The original line didn't include the "game over" part and was ad libbed by Paxton.

15. Party Talk

Bill Murray as Jeff in TootsieTootsie (1982)Director - Sydney PollackDuring this scene, aspiring playwright Jeff Slater (Bill Murray) was required to appear to be talking throughout the entire party; however, there was no dialog written for the character.As a natural entertainer and comedian, Murray improvised the entire scene.

16. The Line Up

Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Gabriel Byrne & Kevin Spacey as Todd Hockney, Michael McManus, Fred Fenster, Dean Keaton & Roger Kent in The Usual SuspectsThe Usual Suspects (1995)Director - Bryan SingerChristopher McQuarrie wrote only one line for this scene - "Give me the keys, you f*cking c*cksucker!" - it was up to the individual actors to deliver it however they wanted. McQuarrie actually plays the cop speaking with the suspects and both his line to Fred Fenster (Benicio Del Toro) "In English please?" and Del Toro's reaction were unscripted.According to interviews on the DVD, the laughing during Del Toro's delivery was due to his constant farting while filming - boys will be boys.

17. Come Out to Play

David Patrick Kelly as Luther in The WarriorsThe Warriors (1979)Director - Walter HillIn this scene, the script called for Luther (David Patrick Kelly) - leader of the vicious New York gang the Rogues - to drive up and provoke rival gang The Warriors to a fight in the streets by clinking bottles together.Kelly spontaneously added the now famous line "Warriors, come out to play!

18. Take the Cannoli

Richard Castellano as Peter Clemenza in The GodfatherThe Godfather (1972)Director - Francis Ford CoppalaCorleone family capo Peter Clemenza (Richard Castellano) orders his henchman Rocco Lampone (Tom Rosqui) to carry out a hit on Paulie Gatto (John Martino) for his betrayal of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando).Castellano's original line was "Leave the gun" but drawing from an earlier scene where Clemenza's wife reminds him to bring home some cannoli, he improvised the now famous line "Take the cannoli."

19. Mein Furher, I Can Walk

Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombDr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)Director - Stanley KubrickNuclear scientist Dr. Merkwürdigliebe or Strangelove (Peter Sellers) was confined to a wheelchair for the entire film - but Sellers decided to spontaneously stand at the very end of the film, take a couple of steps and proclaim, "Mein Führer! I can walk!"In a process known as "retroscripting", Kubrick changed much of the script he co-wrote with Terry Southern to incorporate much of Sellers' improvised dialog, including this now famously unscripted scene from the end of his black satirical comedy.

20. Remembering the Brothers

Saving Private Ryan MomentSaving Private Ryan (1998)Director - Steven SpielbergDuring a brief break from fighting, Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) sits with Private Ryan (Matt Damon) swapping stories about what it was like back home for them both. The story Damon tells about his brothers and the barn was made up entirely by him during filming.None of the story was part of the original script.

21. You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

 Roy Scheider as Police Chief Martin Brody in JawsJaws (1975)Director - Steven SpielbergWhile chumming the waters in an attempt to lure the deadly great white shark within range, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) gets his first look at exactly how massive the killer shark truly is.Stunned, startled and filled with fear he stands up and utters the now famous line to Orca Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) completely off-script, "You're going to need a bigger boat.”Turns out, he was right.

22. I Know

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)Director - Irvin KershnerAs smuggler-turned-hero Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is about to be encased in carbonite, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) reveals her love for him. The script called for Leia to say "I love you" to which Solo was supposed to respond with "I love you too".Ford decided that Solo wouldn't say something like that and instead, changed the line to simply "I know."

23. Can You Hear Me Now?

Michael Madsen & Kirk Baltz as Mr. Blonde & Officer Nash in Reservoir DogsReservoir Dogs (1992)Director - Quentin TarantinoThe script for Tarantino's violent, freshman project called for jewel thief  Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) to torture Officer Nash (Kirk Baltz) by cutting off his ear with a straight razor - however, Tarantino didn't give Madsen any specific direction what to do once the gruesome deed had been done.All of Madsen's lines and actions with the ear were improvised by him.

24. Here's Looking at You Kid

Casablanca unscripted momentCasablanca (1942)Director - Michael CurtizThe scene of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) putting Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) on a plane bound for America with the help of Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) is chock full of memorable lines but the line listed as 5th in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes wasn't even part of the original script.According to reports, Bogart said the phrase "Here's looking at you kid" multiple times to Bergman while teaching her to play poker between takes.

25. The Sneeze

Woody Allen as Alvy Singer in Annie HallAnnie Hall (1977)Director - Woody AllenNeurotic Jewish comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) is at a party when his friend passes him a small tin filled with cocaine. As Alvy takes the tin in his hands he has a violent sneeze - sending white powder everywhere. The surrounding actors’ uncontrollable laughter was spontaneous and genuine and Allen decided to leave it in the final cut of the film after it tested well with audiences.So one of the most famous sneezes in cinema history was never actually intended to be part of the final film - it actually occurred during a scene rehearsal.

26. Here's Johnny!

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The ShiningThe Shining (1980)Director - Stanley KubrickWendy Torrance (Shelley Duval) and her son Danny (Danny Lloyd) hide from the deranged novelist Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in a hotel bathroom. As Jack begins chopping through the door with a fire axe and sticks his face into the splintered opening, he utters a phrase previously made popular by Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson - "Here's Johnny!"The line was not part of Kubrick's original screenplay and was improvised by Nicholson.

27. Like Tears in the Rain

Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade RunnerBlade Runner (1982)Director - Ridley ScottAs ex-blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) attempts to "retire" the replicant known as Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), he finds himself in a precarious position. The battle worn replicant shows mercy on Deckard rescuing him from the edge of the building - only to "die" shortly after giving a moving monologue.As he reminisces about his past he says, "All those moments will be lost in time...," but then Hauer adds the unscripted and philosophical phrase " tears in rain."

28. I'm Walking Here!

Jon Voight & Dustin Hoffman as Joe Buck & Ratso in Midnight CowboyMidnight Cowboy (1969)Director - John SchlesingerAs want-to-be gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and crippled scam artist Ratso (Dustin Hoffman) cross a street in New York City, a REAL NYC taxi cab driver who ignored all the "Street Closed for Filming" signs drives through the scene.Obviously this wasn't scripted and Hoffman's response and actions were all improvised, in character, as a result.

29. Singing in the Rain

Malcolm McDowell as Alex in A Clockwork OrangeA Clockwork Orange (1971)Director - Stanley KubrickAlex (Malcolm McDowell) breaks into a happy song as he and his "droogs" perform a bit of "ultra-violence" and rape. Reportedly Kubrick filmed this scene several times and wasn't happy with it each time - until he told McDowell to just "do anything he wanted".McDowell decided to belt out "Singing in the Rain" and Kubrick was so pleased with how much better the scene became that he acquired the rights to use the song immediately.

30. You Talking to Me?

Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi DriverTaxi Driver (1976)Director - Martin ScorseseWhen screenwriter Paul Schrader wrote this scene it simply said "Travis talks to himself in the mirror" - there was no specific dialog given. Everything that insomnia-plagued taxi driver Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) says during his faux-conversation was improvised by De Niro on the spot.To this day, whenever someone walks by a mirror they can't help but utter his now famous line "You talking to me?"

31. Hsssss!

Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the LambsThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)Director - Jonathan DemmeThe famous "hssssss" sound made by Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) during his story about eating a liver with "fava beans and a nice Chianti" to FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) wasn't in the original script.Apparently it was something Hopkins did during rehearsals to creep out Foster - and Demme decided leaving it in was the best way to creep out his audience too.

32. Drill Sergeant

R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sargent Hartman in Full Metal JacketFull Metal Jacket (1987)Director - Stanley KubrickOriginally, R. Lee Ermey wasn't even cast in the role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman but after Ermey submitted a tape of himself spewing insults at group of Royal Marines for 15 minutes straight, Kubrick cast him immediatelyErmey wrote 150 pages of insults and Kubrick estimated that 50% of the character’s dialog was improvised by the former drill instructor.

32 of the Greatest Unscripted Movie Scenes

Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackAs long as there are movies made then there will be actors improvising lines, actions and entire scenes. We can only hope that they will be as good as the ones we just showcased.If you want to watch some of these scenes, then be sure to check out the excellent video mashup made by the folks over at Mew Lists.



What are some of your favorite unscripted movie scenes? Tell me about them on Twitter - @MoviePaul.


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  1. Knew a lot of that,
    Some of those stories surprised me though .
    Good article.

    • That Jaws picture isn’t from the movie. Anyone else notice that? It looks like a spoof.

      • @Brian – That looks like Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw from Jaws to me but just to be safe I’ve swapped it out.

        I don’t know what spoof it would be from though. Are you familiar with it?

        Paul Young – Moderator

    • “That trait shows when he sentences a man to death for the beating of another man’s daughter” – Does he? I thought he specifically said that a death would not be justice and sentences him to a beating?

      • Wayne is correct. Bonnasera wanted them to be killed, but Corleone said that would not be justice, as Bonnasera’s daughter was still alive. He then makes sure that those assigned to the job “won’t get carried away” (in other words, kill the perpetrators).

  2. tell that to George Lucas…

  3. The car scene from 40 year old virgin is actually knocked up

    • @TonyB – You’re right bud. Same actors, similar dialog and same director – I had one movie on my mind while writing the title of the other.

      Paul Young -Moderator

      • You were right the first time, it’s from The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

        • @Jon T – I looked at both clips from both films to be sure. The car scene is from Knocked Up. In the extended scene they even joke about ripping the bit from 40 Year Old Virgin. The 40 year Old Virgin scene has them playing video games in Steve Carrell’s apartment.

          Paul Young – Moderator

    • its in both movies. but the car scene is definitely knocked up

  4. you shouldve included some of will smiths improvised dialog from independence day. otherwise great list, i knew about some of them but not all of them.

  5. Haha! Great list.
    I heard a different story about the explosion of the hospital in The Dark Knight.
    The story I heard was that there wasn’t supposed to be a delay so when there was that’s what prompted Ledger to stop and fiddle around with the trigger.
    Regardless I still love that moment.

    • One of the reasons Ledger deserved his Oscar; and really, for me, the only reason to watch that film again.

  6. It’s not dialog but in Alien Resurrection Sigourney Weaver throws a basketball behind her and was about 20 feet from the net and it went in. I read that wasn’t supposed to happen but it totally fits the character and story.
    Also, in the first Alien, when the first alien pops out of the dude’s chest the rest of the crew was unaware so all their reactions were genuine. Pretty cool.

    • @Kitty – I think Ridley also referenced that scene in Prometheus when David did the same thing.

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    • I read somewhere that she just couldn’t get the ball to go in the net, take after take, finally they had to move on and it went in on the final take.

      Later she confessed that even though it wasn’t an effect, you can’t actually tell because the ball disappears out of the frame.

      • It’s true. Watch the bonus DVD for Alien Resurrection, part of the Alien Quadrilogy boxset. The cast are interviewed.

  7. Who are the actors in this pic??? Not Roy Scheider. Not Robert Shaw. Not even close.

  8. What about Voldemort hugging Dracco at the end of Deathly Hallows…that was funny…and a bit weird…

    • @Hola: Voldemort hugging draco was probably one of the most uncomfortable scenes ever. Does anyone know if it was improv? Either way, it failed.

      • It was definitely unscripted. They did a lot of takes where Tom Felton (Draco) and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) were just told to interact with each other and they did something different in each one. This was the only take where Fiennes hugged Felton and Felton had no idea it was coming was surprised to see the hug was chosen for the film. Apparently audiences from different countries had totally different reactions to it. This is a link to Felton talking about it at DragonCon:

  9. That was a great list never knew any of that 

  10. The Dumb and Dumber one got me laughing just thinking about that scene. Finding out it was all unscripted just made it that much better.

    • That was an awesome and hysterical movie

      • It was right up there with the time it took 2 hours to pull one of my wisdom teeth under only a local anaesthetic.

  11. the article was on -zerg-net- not long ago.

  12. “Kimble pleads his case to him saying, ‘I didn’t kill me wife!’ ” —– I think that’s actually from the Special Popeye Dialogue Edition. ;)

    • @Hiro – LOL, indeed. Thanks for the catch. It’s been adjusted.

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  13. On the Dumb & Dumber DVD extras there are a lot of scenes that are unscripted and that car scene goes on for a while, trying different lines. They made up a lot of that movie, dialog wise, going along. Great stuff.

    • @Life of Pie – +1 for your screen name. :)

  14. This page view format is really annoying. I know it generates more hits per click, but 34 pages to read one article is ridiculous. Especially given each page has a paragraph and a half.

  15. Nice article! I knew a few of these but some surprised me :)

  16. You missed the Shrimp scene in Forrest Gump. I was surprised that was improvised.

    • I enjoyed the scene greatly, but do you think that naming ways to prepare shrimp exhibits ad lib genius?

  17. Nothing from Anchorman? Half that movie was unscripted hilarity from some great improv performers.

    • Nothing in Anchorman cracks the top 32. Cinematic Significance of Anchorman is low, and that could be the reason.

  18. The scene in Batman I thought the Joker stoped because all the bombs hadn’t gone off. And he stopped thinking”Damn what’s wrong,Why didn’t they go off”. He messes with the remote and then they go off and he thinks”Oh there they go”. Great scene right up there with Joker stopping to sanitize his hands after talking to Harvey.

    • That’s true. It was a hospital already scheduled to be demolished, so Nolan asked if they could film it. They only had one shot at it, so when the explosions didn’t go off when they were supposed to, Ledger, in true professional fashion, stayed in character to mess with the remote.

      • It wasn’t a hospital, it was the old brachs candy factory, here in the burbs of chicago, that they were allowed to demolish since it had been closed down for a while. Either way they only had one take to do it.

        • In the spirit of that argument… it wasn’t the joker… it was heath ledger.

  19. I love to hear about these scenes –nothing like spontaneity. Although I do have a bit of confusion: I heard that Rutger Hauer wrote all his “Blade Runner” monologue himself.

    As for unscripted, I’m not sure if my favorite one counts: I heard that during “Alien”, Ridley Scott told the cast that “something would happen” to John Hurt; their reactions to the chest-burst are real. Hmm, now that I think about it, no, it doesn’t count, because the moment was in the script. But God, that was awesome. :)

    • Well you’re correct in the first instance, although it was scripted they were genuinely surprised as it was rather more bloody and violent than they expected.

      No one ever said that it happened, but I’ve listened to the audio of that scene whenever I watch it, I swear I can hear the sound of someone throwing-up in the background.

  20. Oh! Oh! Wait! I remember my REAL favorite one! In “Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers”, when Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn come across the burnty bodies of the Urukhai and not find Merry and Pippin, Aragorn (Viggo MOrtensen) kicks a helmet and screams, going down to his knees. Viggo actually broke his foot on that helmet, and his scream is REAL pain!

    • How did he break his foot kicking a helmet, hah.

      • My bad: he broke two toes. He’res the scene, from the extended DVDs:

        • Ah cool!

  21. Rem,embered another, REALLY intense unscripted scene: the opening one from “Apocalypse Now”. Martin Sheen is really drunk, really coked out and REALLY bleeding when he broke the mirror.

  22. I hate these slideshows. I had to click 32 times to read this. Why? To artificially generate 32 page views? Shame.

    • Sorry if the fact that I have to find ways to pay my writers annoys you.


    • Considering you’re not paying to view the content Etrigan, I suggest you stop complaining. I actually think it’s a rather smart, and reader-friendly way for the website to get as much money as they can through pay-per-click.

      Also, considering I view this website on my Android phone a lot of the time, the fact that I don’t have to scroll down constantly to read the entire article is quite pleasing.

    • @Etrigan – So am I to believe that using one finger to press a button a few times tires you out?


      • I don’t like it especially on my droid, takes up data and sometimes I click on the wrong one cause the page links are too small. Plus sometimes I wanna see something specific and don’t wanna read each one.

  23. In “The Cat” item: Vito isn’t ordering the death of anyone. He specifically tells the Undertaker that murdering the men who beat his daughter isn’t justice because she’s still alive.

    • @Selbor – I’ll check the scene again but I could’ve sworn Vito says that at first but the Undertaker pleads for the death to happen. That’s when Vito says once this deed is done, it can’t be undone and he will owe the family.


  24. With regards to The Usual Suspects; I actually heard they tried to do a serious take, but the actors effectively refused not to muck around, so they took the best bits from each take and segued them together. I do know the inability of the other actors to understand a lot of del Toro’s lines is genuine though.

  25. Good list, some I knew and some I didn’t. A bit disappointed there’s nothing from the original “Beverly Hills Cop.” If I’m not mistaken, Eddie Murphy ad-libbed much of his dialogue as the script was originally written as a straight-forward action flick to star Sylvester Stallone.

  26. No love for Joe Pesci’s immortal “How am I funny?” scene from Goodfellas?

    • You stuttering prick

  27. If you want to include any great ad-libbed tv moments, this one is incredible. The genius David Cross as Tobias on Arrested Development. Completely unscripted.

  28. I’m having a really hard time believing anything from Zoolander makes a greatest list.

  29. Hey, GREAT article –I read the whole thing through! I’d like to add a great improvised line/scene however if you don’t mind. In the film “Highlander” when The Kurgan (Clancy Brown) is leaving the church he shouts “I’ve got something to say… it’s better to burn out, than to fade away!” that line and and his taunting the nuns and priest are all entirely ad-libbed (check the DVD commentary) and certainly one of the more memorable moments in that film (we’ll try to forget the sequel entirely).

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