Movies are the result of thousands of hours of work by hundreds of people (if not more), and they all follow a carefully written, edited, and rewritten script from start to finish. Actually, that's how it's supposed to work. In reality, scripts go through multiple rewrites by several people, and the actors often weigh in a lot as well, which can lead to some of a movie's greatest moments consisting of unscripted lines. Improvisation can often add clarity or levity to a scene, and when it works, it feels natural, leaving many to assume those lines and moments were always meant to be included.
Because of this, few people realize that their favorite moments from beloved movies stem from one or more people's improv. When fans notice one of these movie moments, they occasionally head over to the MovieDetails subreddit to share their findings. This list takes the very best examples of improvised movie moments that are so well done they demand a rewatch.
- 113 VOTES
Most Of Ernie McCraken From 'Kingpin' Is Improvised Including Bowling Three Strikes In A RowPhoto: Kingpin/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- 29 VOTES
The Joker's Greatest Mannerism In 'The Dark Knight' Stems From Itchy ProstheticsPhoto: The Dark Knight/Warner Bros.
- 39 VOTES
Stealing A Candy Bar Kept Al Leong's Character In 'Die Hard' LongerPhoto: Die Hard/20th Century Fox
- 49 VOTES
Axel Foley's "Super Cops" Line Is Improvised In 'Beverly Hills Cop'
- 57 VOTES
The Funniest Moment In 'Zoolander' Arose From A Forgotten Line
- 67 VOTES
Milo Wasn't Supposed To Grab The Frisbee In 'The Mask' So Jim Carrey ImprovisedPhoto: The Mask/New Line Cinema