97 Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic Movies Anything
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97 Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic Movies

"Behind the scenes" is a phrase used to describe what goes on during the production of a popular medium. Most commonly, it's used in reference to films. Every DVD menu has a behind the scenes featurette these days, but few capture magic moments of iconic films. What did it look like when Vader told Luke he was his father, when a man put on a Godzilla costume and what did Alfred Hitchcock look like smiling?

These are the best behind the scenes photos from iconic films such as Star Wars, The Godfather, Jurassic Park, Taxi Driver, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Indiana Jones, Vertigo and more (all of which appear on the Best Movies of All Time list). These behind the scenes pictures all illicit a feeling of nostalgia and wonderment at the making of something that has affected all of us.

These are all fascinating, beautiful and very humbling. Just seeing those living legends creating these milestones of our pop culture (whose dialogue has become the stuff of the the best movie quotes of all time) and seeing them hanging around like just people is something you don't get to see too often. So here are 100 amazing pictures of behind the scenes moments, taken beautifully, artfully, and here in one place for you to rank.

For more of the best of what movies have to offer, check out the Most Anticipated Films of 2013 and see what new classics are in the making. Or, if you want to weigh in on Hollywood at its worst, there's always The Worst Movies of All Time list.
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    The Actual MGM Lion Being Filmed

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    Spielberg in the Mouth of a Legend


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    R2D2 Eating a Sandwich

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    These Guys

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    Peter Ostrum Wearing Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka Hat

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    Luke Needs a Beer

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    The Actual Filming of the Empire Strikes Back Opening Credits

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    Frankenstein's Monster Takes a Tea Break

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    Snape LAUGHING with Harry and Ron

    Alan Rickman is the best.

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    Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Stomps Through a Tiny Town

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    E.T. Helps His Creator Carlo Rambaldi (RIP) Draw

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    One of the Only Good Things to Come Out of the Prequels

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    Heath Ledger's Makeup-less Joker



    And then costume-less

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    Does This Ruin the Scene For You?



    The answer should be a resounding..


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    Godzilla Stomping Through a Japanese Town

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    Jack Nicholson Becoming The Joker

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    Boris Karloff and Some Fans

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    Robert Zemeckis Directs the BTTF Delorean

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    Luke Playing with His Sister's Hair

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    A Kind of Sad Juxtaposition

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    Munchkin Village in Wizard of Oz

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    Helena Bonham Carter Being Funny on Harry Potter

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    Johnny Depp Hugging Winona Ryder with Scissorhands

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    James Cameron Shows Us the Water Was an Illusion



    I want to believe...

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    Robert Englund Turning Into Freddy Kruger



    And here he is with some of his favorite kids:

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