Every movie starts with a script which the acting team follows throughout the entire shooting of the particular flick but, no movie makes it to its premiere without some changes in the particular script. It happens when actors go off the script and improvise during some particular scene, which is most remembered.

Occasionally the improved lines become immortalized as some of the most memorable in the history of cinema.

Here is the list of 6 unscripted movie moments which are fondly remembered:



  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

1Director – Steven Spielberg

One of the most iconic scenes in the movie, instead of trying to fight a large sword-wielding bad guy dressed all in black, he instead shoots him. Indiana Jones makes the smart move of bringing a gun to a swordfight; he pulls out his revolver and drops the swordsman with a single shot.

The original script had called for a lengthy fight sequence but the night before Ford got a severe case of food poisoning and didn’t have the energy to film the fight scene. After a discussion with director Steven Spielberg, the scene was changed and became an iconic part of Indiana Jones.



  1. The Dark Knight (2008)

2Director – Christopher Nolan

Heath Ledger’s Joker was the most loved character in movie history. The Joker is the most iconic villain on screen, adding anarchy and dark humor, making him the most memorable villain in the big screen.

After finding himself in police custody, arrested by Jim Gordon, Joker witnesses Gordon’s promotion to the rank of Commissioner.

As the officers in the room applaud their colleague’s promotion announcement, Joker begins, unscripted, the mocking expressionless clapping which grabs the attention of all, including Nolan, who lets the film roll and setting the camera towards him and asking everyone to continue acting. It was a brilliant improvisation as no one in the room expected it, giving it a chilly moment and the true reactions of the surprised co-actors.



  1. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

3Director – Farrelly Brothers

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels came out with lots of comical gags and memorable exchanges as the lead actors.

In a scene where the hitman Joe Mentalino (Mike Starr) hitches a ride with them, he discovers how the pair entertained themselves. This scene went completely off script without any warning given to the actors when Lloyd (Carrey) asks Harry (Daniels) if he wanted to hear the most annoying sound in the world. Even hitman Joe Mentalino’s (Mike Starr) bursting in a fit of anger reaction to this scene was unscripted, which makes the scene that much funnier.



  1. The Dark Knight (2008)

4Director – Christopher Nolan

The most fondly remembered scene in the movie where the Joker is seen fidgeting with the remote clicker before the explosion. Originally, the Joker (Heath Ledger) was supposed to walk down the street while the explosion at the hospital began. However, as the explosion was delayed due to some technical errors, Ledger stopped walking during the pause and in a moment of improvisation began fidgeting with the remote detonator in a very Joker-esque manner saving the scene and also bringing in a dark and funny matter in it.

  1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

5Director – Steven Spielberg

Saving Private Ryan was a refined cutting edge war movie and one of the most fondly remembered conversations between; Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) and Private Ryan (Matt Damon) swapping stories about what it was like back home for them both.

The story Damon tells about his brothers and the barn was made up entirely by him during filming and was non-scripted, making the laughter and smile of both the actors genuine and real, reaching to the audiences and making them believe the story. It made the audiences feel passionate to know what it was like to be a war-battered soldier who missed his home and family.

None of the story was part of the original script.



  1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

6Director – Irvin Kershner

When the heroes of Star Wars are captured in the final act of The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo is captured by Boba Fett, a bounty hunter, who plans to freeze Solo and carbonate him. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) reveals her love for Solo and the script called for Leia to say “I love you” to which Solo was supposed to respond with “I love you too”. But the director asked Ford to response in a way his smuggler-turned-hero character should. Ford decided that Solo wouldn’t say something like that and instead, changed the line to simply “I know.”

What Ford came up with captured the smugglers character flawlessly and offered a line no fans of Star Wars will ever stop thinking about.



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