Movies often make us suspend our disbelief to take us on magical or futuristic journeys, where unicorns are real and humans have already explored more than just our solar system. And while usually those unrealistic events are explained by in-universe laws, there are times when we sit up, squint at the glimmering screen and go “wait a minute”. Not even some of the greatest movies are immune to plot holes and while some are so minuscule that they can be easily ignored, others are so hard to forget that they may ruin the experience.
Bored Panda has compiled a list of plot holes in some of the best movies out there, so scroll down below and see if your favorite one also has something that makes absolutely no sense. Oh, and don’t forget vote for your favorites and share any movie plot holes that you’ve noticed yourself!
#1 Armageddon (1998)
It would be easier to train astronauts how to drill than train drillers to become astronauts. When Ben Affleck pointed this out, Michael Bay told him to shut up.
#2 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Lara’s whole goal in the film is to destroy the triangle so the Illuminati can’t use it’s evil power, however, after successfully getting the first half at the first tomb, she spends the entire third act trying to acquire the second half in order to destroy them both. The problem is that she has one piece already and one half can not work without joining it with the other, so…
Lara’s whole goal in the film is to destroy the triangle so the Illuminati can’t use it’s evil power, however, after successfully getting the first half at the first tomb, she spends the entire third act trying to acquire the second half in order to destroy them both. The problem is that she has one piece already and one half can not work without joining it with the other, so why doesn’t she just destroy the one she has, rendering the second piece useless?
#3 Gravity (2013)
When Kowalski asks Stone to let go of him because the rope will not hold them both, that could never happen because they are both in the same orbit around the earth. A short simple tug would have brought him back to her.
#4 Toy Story (1995)
If Buzz does not believe himself to be a toy, and in fact a real space ranger, why would he freeze around humans like the other toys do?
#5 The Da Vinci Code (2006)
There was no need to know the capsule’s combination in order to open it as vinegar is easily frozen in a household freezer. Simply freeze the capsule and then smash it open to reveal the internal message.
#6 The Hangover (2009)
Every square inch (with the exception of restrooms, guest rooms and employee locker rooms) in a Nevada casino is covered by surveillance cameras. There’s simply no way that Doug could have been on the roof for two days without someone seeing him and sending security to make certain that he wasn’t up to no good or trying to commit suicide.
#7 What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
Around 10 minutes in, the vampires draw pictures of each other to show how their clothing looks because their images don’t reflect in the mirror. While the vampires themselves wouldn’t show up, their clothing should. Since the cup one vampire is holding does show in the mirror, proximity to the vampire’s body shouldn’t be a factor.
#8 Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man is repeatedly told that his mass does not change upon miniaturization. This means, however, that no ant or group thereof–crawling or flying–could support him.
#9 Cinderella (2015)
The fairy says that her enchantments lose their power after midnight. Indeed, when Cinderella runs away from the ball, all magic items (mice to horses, pumpkin to coach, mother’s dress to fancy gown, lizards to servants) are changed back into their previous shape. There is no reason given why the magic shoes should remain in their enchanted state of glass.
#10 Man Of Steel (2013)
Since Superman is indestructible in the presence of our yellow sun, then how can he shave? He appears with a beard in some scenes, then clean-shaven in others. No Earthly razor could remove his beard, a problem which has been used as the driving plot of some of his more humorous comic book adventures.
In the flashback to when Snape and Lily were kids, Lily is shown with brown eyes. This is incorrect because everybody describes Lily to have the same color eyes as Harry in the movie which is blue.
#12 The Maze Runner (2014)
During the “we have tried everything” dialogue exchange, Newt says that they can’t climb to the top because the ivy doesn’t go all the way up. In multiple shots of the maze wall, it is clearly visible that the Ivy goes all the way to the top.
#13 The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Bane keeps the entire police force trapped underground (why would you have every police man go to the tunnels anyway?) and they are rescued by Batman months later. When they emerge they are all clean-shaven, unscathed, and somehow… alive?
#14 Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
The Hogwarts Express only has 4 carriages, so it’s not surprising that Ron says that everywhere else is full, so why was Harry alone in a compartment that could seat 6 people?
#15 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
During numerous fight scenes, Captain America falls back due to blocking hits with his shield: which absorbs nearly all kinetic energy. See other Marvel movies where he can take a hit from Thor’s hammer, blasts from Iron Man, shots from aliens & ships, yet a human punch/kick causes him to stumble back.
#16 Frozen (2013)
It is revealed on Elsa’s coronation day that Anna had stayed inside the palace for the entirety of the time that the gates were closed, even though the only reason the gate were closed was to prevent word getting out about Elsa’s powers, this means Anna could have gone outside and had a normal life whenever she felt like it.
#17 Signs (2002)
In the end it is revealed that aliens are supposedly afraid of or damaged by water, yet in the beginning of the movie they are running through a dew-covered Pennsylvania cornfield at night.
#18 Wonder Woman (2017)
When Diana is racing away from the gala on a horse back to the village, the blue dress she was wearing flies off, leaving her in her Wonder Woman costume. However, if she had been wearing her costume under the dress at the gala, it would’ve easily been seen peeking out the top of the dress, since the dress is much lower cut across her chest than her costume is.
#19 The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
In the final scenes, when helicopters rescue survivors in NY, people congregate on the roofs of skyscrapers. How did they manage to get onto the roof from inside the building when the roof is covered in more than 10 feet of snow and ice?
#20 Gone Girl (2014)
Amy would have been fully examined by doctors at the hospital. An attack that would have been able to incapacitate her and lose as much blood as claimed would still be very visible a month after the attack. It would have been easily detected at the hospital, yet was not.
Since Mieke only blocked Scott’s email, the trip to Europe was completely unnecessary. Scott could have simply contacted Mieke through a different email address.
#22 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Statistically, it would be almost impossible for all 12 districts to have a living male and female past victor to compete in the 75th Hunger Games. In the previous film The Hunger Games, Haymitch mentioned that “Career Tributes” from Districts One and Two won the Games almost every year. Even if just over half of the past Games were won by Career Tributes, subtracting previously identified victors leaves 30 past…
Statistically, it would be almost impossible for all 12 districts to have a living male and female past victor to compete in the 75th Hunger Games. In the previous film The Hunger Games, Haymitch mentioned that “Career Tributes” from Districts One and Two won the Games almost every year. Even if just over half of the past Games were won by Career Tributes, subtracting previously identified victors leaves 30 past victors to be distributed as one male and one female from each of the 10 remaining districts. That also assumes that none of the victors have died of old age.
#23 The Princess Diaries (2001)
Helen tells Mia that they (the Queen, Mia’s dad and Helen) were planning on telling Mia about her heritage when she turned 18. However the letter from Mia’s dad was for her 16th birthday and it has the royal insignia on the letter head. Wouldn’t that give it away?
#24 Aladdin (1992)
Genie offers to restore Aladdin as a prince instead of gaining his freedom, but why would Aladdin need to wish to be a prince again? He already wished to be one so unless the wish has an expiration date on it, this doesn’t make sense.
#25 The Wolverine (2013)
Wolverine’s claws have been established as being able to easily cut through all kinds of metal; even thick armored doors & concrete. A thin sword would not have even slowed them down.
#26 Back To The Future (1985)
In the past Biff tried to sexually assault Lorraine, however in the future George hires him to work on his cars, forcing his wife to see him every day.
#27 Passengers (2016)
We are told that the ship has spares of everything on board. Why not just build a second Auto-Doc so that both Aurora and Jim can go back into hibernation?
#28 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)
When Azog falls under in the water he keeps floating under the ice without sinking despite wearing metal armour.
#29 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
After years in a coma, the Bride’s legs have atrophied. Never explained is how her arms – with which she drags herself, kills two men, and effortlessly propels a wheelchair – have not.
#30 The Great Gatsby (2013)
When Nick is finally invited to the party, he tries to find Gatsby but is told by several party-goers that no one has ever seen him and they don’t know if he actually exists. Later in the movie,there are flashbacks of newspapers with front page stories of Gatsby buying up New York with several showing his picture as part of the article.
When Loki and Thor first meet up on Sakaar, Loki reveals that he’s been there for weeks and yet despite this, Loki is somehow completely unaware that Hulk is also on Sakaar as shown by his reaction in the battle arena. This seems incredibly unlikely considering that not only is Hulk a huge celebrity there, but also that Loki had gotten in good graces with the Grandmaster. Surely he would…
When Loki and Thor first meet up on Sakaar, Loki reveals that he’s been there for weeks and yet despite this, Loki is somehow completely unaware that Hulk is also on Sakaar as shown by his reaction in the battle arena. This seems incredibly unlikely considering that not only is Hulk a huge celebrity there, but also that Loki had gotten in good graces with the Grandmaster. Surely he would have found out who the champion is. His likeness is even featured atop the Grandmaster’s tower.
#32 The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
The downstairs assumes that Marty is killed by Judah Buckner. However, an earlier shot shows that the downstairs is monitoring everybody’s vitals, so they should have known that Marty survived the attack.
#33 Skyfall (2012)
When Q investigates Silva’s computer he connects it to the MI6 network. No one who knows anything about computer security would ever connect a suspect computer to the network before it has been fully investigated and found to be safe. Such a system would be investigated in strict isolation.
#34 World War Z (2013)
Although there are many helicopters patrolling the area around Jerusalem, the pile of zombies that overrun the wall are, for some reason, not noticed by any of them until it was too late to curb the threat.
#35 Deadpool (2016)
For the most part of the movie, Francis behaves like not feeling any pain equaled invulnerable. The injuries he suffers during the plot (like the motorcycle crash, or the blade stabbed in this leg, not to mention the container hitting him) should have a serious effect on his mobility even if he can’t feel them happening.
#36 The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Sam is regarded as a music fanatic, particularly in regards to artists belonging to the glam and new wave genres. Anyone with any significant exposure to this music would undoubtedly recognize a David Bowie song by his voice alone. It is not believable that it would have taken Sam more than a school year to identify the tunnel song as David Bowie’s “Heroes.”
#37 X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Nobody brings up the idea of injecting Phoenix with the cure, which would be a way to stop her without killing her.
#38 Twilight (2008)
Victoria is seen twice in the last scenes (at prom). In different parts of the movie it is shown that Edward can hear thoughts from great distances and in loud places. Thus, in these last scenes, Edward should have been able to hear Victoria’s thoughts and should have acted on that.
#39 Saw (2004)
Dr. Gordon was the police’s initial suspect in the Jigsaw killings. Yet it never occurred to them that these killings took a huge amount of time to plan, setup and execute, so a surgeon who is constantly working doesn’t make sense as a suspect. The devices had to be custom built, the killing rooms configured and clues planed and hidden, the victims were under surveillance for weeks. So doing all…
Dr. Gordon was the police’s initial suspect in the Jigsaw killings. Yet it never occurred to them that these killings took a huge amount of time to plan, setup and execute, so a surgeon who is constantly working doesn’t make sense as a suspect. The devices had to be custom built, the killing rooms configured and clues planed and hidden, the victims were under surveillance for weeks. So doing all of this required hundreds of hours. Dr. Gordon is an oncologist and a neurosurgeon, a doctor with dual specialties like this often works 90-100 hours a week easily so most of his whereabouts during the day would have been known by his coworkers. While it’s possible that some of the work could have been done at night he certainly wasn’t able to survey the victims at night, plus if he was frequently staying up all night to do all of this it would have shown in his surgical skills, his ability to perform surgery would have been severely diminished if he was suffering from sleep deprivation. Dr. Gordon made no sense at all as a suspect, which is something an experienced homicide detective would have realized right away.
#40 Home Alone (1990)
In a scene where a policeman shows up to pick up Kevin and bring him to his family, he kept knocking until he decided no one was home. In reality, a policeman wouldn’t think no one is home when Kevin was in the house as they would actually get him to get out of the house so that they could bring him to his family.
Watney claims that nothing sent on the mission will burn, which is why he has to destroy the crucifix which Martinez had in his personal items. Yet Watney is often shown writing on paper in the Hab and paper, obviously, burns.
#42 Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
When the group goes into the parking garage to turn on the generators they never make it. They are instead confronted by zombies who they douse with gasoline from a pump and set on fire. If there was no electricity in the garage then the gasoline pump wouldn’t work.
#43 Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Edward is seen making various ice sculptures. Where does he get the ice from?
#44 Jurassic World (2015)
Earlier in the movie, a comment is made that all of the animals are ‘fitted’ with a device to shock them in submission if they escape from their paddock [the device fails on the Pachycephalosaurus because their butting heads short-circuits the device]. When the flying dinosaurs escape from the aviary, the device should have stunned all of them as they flew from the enclosure. Or, the humans back in the…
Earlier in the movie, a comment is made that all of the animals are ‘fitted’ with a device to shock them in submission if they escape from their paddock [the device fails on the Pachycephalosaurus because their butting heads short-circuits the device]. When the flying dinosaurs escape from the aviary, the device should have stunned all of them as they flew from the enclosure. Or, the humans back in the control room should have activated the device to stun the creatures instead of watching them attack the crowds.
#45 Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)
Snow White is wakened by a true love’s kiss from the Huntsman, yet there was never any hint of romance between them. In the sequel it is shown that the Huntsman’s true love was his wife.
Earth is shown to be a desert planet with the oceans and such dried up, yet there is a torrential downpour rainfall.