10 of the Most Memorable Elevator Scenes in Movies

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I ride in an elevator every day during the week in order to get to my office (and no, I’m not one of those lazy bastards who takes the elevator from the first to the second floor).  And for a moment, I’m trapped inside a small space, usually with one or more people joining me.  Maybe someone will make some small talk about the weather, but for the most part, it’s a quick, uneventful trip to the fifth floor.

But not in movies.  In movies, anything can happen in an elevator.  It could get stuck, people could have sex, or their could be a fight to the death.  Below, check out 10 of the most memorable elevator scenes in movies to see just what I’m talking about.  As always, let me know if I’ve left off one of your favorites.  Some clips are NSFW, ad there are some spoilers.

The Departed

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lak0__k8icw

I certainly never saw this coming when I saw The Departed.  Completely out of nowhere.

The Shining

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKdKc06av1g

This alternate preview for the movie shows an extended version of the elevator scene, in which poor Danny and Wendy are subjected to the horrible images of the Overlook Hotel.

Vanilla Sky

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wszZkCW73QM

As a warning, this scene is a huge spoiler.  All the surreal, trippy things that have been happening to David Ames since his car accident are explained to him.  A lot of people don’t really care for this movie, but I’ve always maintained that it’s pretty damn good.

Revolver

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpsnVoRgDwY

Jake Green (Jason Statham) is confronted by is own ego in this very well-done scene by Guy Ritchie.

Willy Wonka

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k8nbpFKAsI

The infamous Wonkavator!  I couldn’t find a full video clip, but I figured these screenshots coupled with the original score would be better than posting the dreadful Tim Burton version of the scene.

Get Carter

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIp9aLm1Ans

A very cool fight scene, courtesy of Sly.  Even in his later years, the guy is a total bad ass.

Die Hard

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPb9-OK9r9I

The ol’ makeshift computer bomb down the shaft of an elevator.  Works every time.

Police Story 2

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c_LNqQmzcA

You don’t need subtitles to understand what’s going on in this elevator.  In fact, I doubt you even need sound – but it helps.

Diamonds are Forever

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpffY6ZRfZk

James Bond takes on Peter Franks on this dinky little elevator.

Lift

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXX68Y7j75U

Here’s the trailer for the Dick Maas film about…a killer lift!


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