Total Nerd Insane Movie Details You May Have Missed On Your First Watch  

Nathan Gibson
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Making a movie is often a labor of love. Directors and filmmakers invest a tremendous amount of effort into ensuring everything onscreen helps establish their world or story. However, the sheer amount of action happening at any moment makes it easy to miss hidden details in your favorite movies.

For most fans, it would take multiple viewings to notice a strategically placed Easter egg in a favorite Disney movie or hidden in a horror film. These difficult-to-notice Easter eggs stand out not only for their meticulous detail, but because they hold significance within the movie. They might hint at a future event or provide clues about a mystery. These crazy movie details are better than any real-life Easter egg you might've come across.


The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Insane Movie Details You May Have Missed On Your First Watch
Photo:  Warner Bros.

The reveal at the end of The Lego Movie suggests the events were the result of a child playing with his Lego set. A major hint at this is visible throughout the film, but it's so minute it could easily go unnoticed. With certain angles and lighting, thumbprints appear on the characters, suggesting they are toys controlled by a real person.

Actors: Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Channing Tatum, Will Ferrell, + more

Initial Release: 2014

Directed by: Chris McKay, Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Insane Movie Details You May Have Missed On Your First Watch
Photo:  DreamWorks

During the beach scene in Saving Private Ryan, a medic attending to a wounded soldier takes a bullet you might not have noticed. Someone shoots the water canteen on his belt. It appears he has a lucky escape - the medic glances at his canteen and sees only water flowing out of the hole. The canteen seemingly stopped the bullet from harming him. He returns his attention to the wounded soldier.

However, if you keep watching for a few more seconds, you can see the water turns red as it begins to mix with blood, implying the bullet did pierce the medic's skin. It's easy to miss since the scene's action focuses on the life he's trying to save.

Actors: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, + more

Initial Release: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Insane Movie Details You May Have Missed On Your First Watch
Photo:  Warner Bros.

The US flag only has 50 stars to indicate the 50 states comprising the country. The flag draped over The Comedian's coffin at his funeral in Watchmen has 51 stars. This detail is a reference to Vietnam being the 51st state in the Watchmen universe, which is a key cause of the story's chaotic political climate.

Actors: Malin Ã…kerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, + more

Initial Release: 2009

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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#20 on The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Insane Movie Details You May Have Missed On Your First Watch
Photo:  20th Century Fox

Fight Club is known for having one of the most memorable twists in movie history, and further rewatches reveal how elegantly David Fincher established the groundwork. When Tyler Durden and the narrator argue in the car crash scene, Durden is evidently driving. After the crash, though, Durden is the first one out, and he crawls from the passenger side to pull the narrator out of the driver's seat. The car is upside down, so the switch is less obvious, but it's a clear hint for sharp viewers.

Actors: Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, + more

Initial Release: 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

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#17 on The Best Movies Based on Books

#7 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#36 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#17 on Movies That Should Never Be Remade

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