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Mistakes from the 50 best movies of all time

  • #40. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

    In this legendary horror flick, director Roman Polanski uses the clicking of a bedroom clock to mark the passage of time during Rosemary's dream. During a later scene, it's revealed that the very same clock is plugged into the wall. That means it's an electric clock—and electric clocks don't tick.

  • #39. Inside Out (2015)

    Despite its fictional portrayal of human emotions, this animated smash hit from Pixar clearly strived for psychological and biological accuracy. Had it wanted to present things as they really are, however, it would have shown the world in limited color when depicting it through newborn Riley's eyes. That's because babies don't develop the ability to see the color spectrum until they're about 5 months old.

  • #38. Ratatouille (2007)

    It's said that the team behind this acclaimed Pixar movie embarked on several research trips to get a better understanding of French cuisine. Yet the film refers to a majority of herbs—such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil—as spices. 

  • #37. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

    One of cinema's most iconic films appropriately contains a mishap for the ages. It occurs when three stormtroopers are walking down a hall, and one of them nails his head on a lowering door.

  • #36. The Apartment (1960)

    Billy Wilder's 1960 classic was brilliant in many ways, but its continuity issues were rampant. In the opening sequence, C.C. Baxter's (Jack Lemmon) narration tells the audience this is 1959—which means Christmas that year was on a Friday. Yet people come into work the two days after Christmas, when it would have been a weekend. Similarly, Baxter states the date at the start of the film is Nov. 1, which was a Sunday in 1959. But Baxter tells a coworker about a Halloween party the night before, which would have actually been a Saturday; the men would not have been in the office the next day.

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  • #35. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

    To depict the true horrors of slavery, director Steve McQueen took some liberties while adapting Solomon Northup's now-famous memoir. But creative license becomes a historical goof when the main character is asked where he became an expert in ”terraforming." That particular word wouldn't be invented for another 100 years.

  • #34. Taxi Driver (1976)

    Spoiler alert: toward the end of "Taxi Driver," Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) goes on a murderous rampage and gets shot in the neck. Makeup artist Dick Smith would later confirm in a documentary that when De Niro presses his hand against the wound, he reveals wrinkles in his bald skin cap.

  • #33. Goodfellas (1990)

    Offering a bevy of iconic characters and sequences, Martin Scorsese's gangster epic is likewise filled to the brim with factual errors, exposed equipment, and other goofs. Perhaps the most glaring mistake comes during a scene where Jimmy (Robert De Niro) wraps a phone cord around Morrie's neck in the back of the wig shop. The phone is clearly off the hook, yet it starts to ring.

  • #32. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    In this award-winning World War II film, soldiers try to save a medic after he gets shot in the stomach. Look near the medic's neck as the soldiers tear at his shirt and one can briefly spot the perimeter of a fake stomach. Consider it a thankful reminder that the brutally graphic scene is Hollywood magic and not real footage.

  • #31. Double Indemnity (1944)

    In this classic film noir, insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) gets lured into a duplicitous scheme by Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck). Neff is supposed to be a bachelor, but MacMurray's real-life wedding ring can be spotted throughout the film.

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