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Deleted Scenes That Would've Changed the Whole Movie

Updated March 3, 2020 19.4k votes 6.1k voters 1.8m views21 items

List RulesVote up the scenes that would have most dramatically changed movies if they made the final cut.

Minor spoilers ahead, but honestly, if you haven't seen these classic movies by now, what have you even been doing?! For better or worse, some movie scenes don't make the final cut, or get cut from the script before production. It can be because test audiences don't like a particular ending, running-time issues, censorship concerns, or the fear that a scene could alter the desired tone of a film. Sometimes filmmakers get it right by deleting a scene or changing an ending; and sometimes, they get it wrong.

Thankfully, we live in an age of DVD extras, extended versions, directors' cuts, and the internet. Now, if available, audiences get an opportunity to check out these deleted scenes, many of which, if left in, would have had a major influence on the final film.

Check out this list of deleted scenes that had an impact on the final cuts of some of the best Hollywood films. Let us know what you think about these alternate endings and cut scenes. Should Tony Scott have stuck with Quentin Tarantino’s tragic ending in True Romance? Should they have left Rambo’s shocking decision in First Blood? Perhaps taking out poor Dante at the end of Clerks would have made the film even more memorable. 

Let us know if we missed any important, critical deleted scenes and whether or not the filmmakers made a mistake by omitting or changing any of these scenes. And be sure to vote for the deleted scenes you think would have had the most impact and changed these movies the most.

  • Lester Burnham states he has passed via voice-over at the beginning of American Beauty, but we don't know the secretly-gay, tough-guy neighbor is the one who takes him out until the end of the movie. However, in the original script, which is much longer, Lester's daughter, Jane ,and her boyfriend Ricky are tried and convicted of the crime.

    Their conviction is based on the evidence brought by Colonel Fitts in a frame job, after he found the videotape of Ricky and Jane talking about taking down Lester and took it to the authorities.

    Would this totally change the movie?
  • Clerks
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    Poor Dante. He wasn't even supposed to be at work that day. Thankfully, Kevin Smith deleted the original ending, which had Dante being slain.

    Would this totally change the movie?

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  • Fatal Attraction
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    The original ending of Fatal Attraction involved unstable mistress Alex (Glenn Close) taking her own life to frame Dan (Michael Douglas) for the incident. However, she also gives Dan's wife, Beth, evidence that ultimately exonerates him from the crime. Test audiences didn't love this idea.

    So instead, viewers got to enjoy Dan's scorned wife, Beth, putting her husband's mistress in the ground.

    Would this totally change the movie?

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  • George Lucas left several scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy on the cutting room floor. An interesting deleted scene of note came was from Return of the Jedi when Yoda would not allow Obi-Wan to tell Luke who his real father was.

    Yoda was interested in training Luke to be a Jedi and he thought daddy issues would slow Luke down.

    Would this totally change the movie?

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