With all the work that goes into making big-budget films, you’d think errors and mistakes would be far and few between. However, we’re all human, and it’s only natural, right? Whichever movie you choose to watch, there most likely will be something that’s off about it, whether it’s the time period, the setting, or just a small mishap by the cast. It’s rather fun to poke fun at them, honestly. Lucky for us, fans are out there ready to expose each and every flaw they can find in their favorite movies. It’s hard to think that the directors and editors missed details in their own movies, but who are we to judge? We didn’t notice them either.
Troy: Umbrellas Didn’t Exist Then
The elegant umbrella we see protecting Orlando Bloom in Troy isn’t just splitting our sides – it’s simply inaccurate. The umbrella was only invented in the 5th Century BCE, years after the Battle of Troy even took place!
Pulp Fiction: Bullet Holes Appear Before the Shootout
Since 1994, Pulp Fiction has become a fan-favorite. The movie produced some of the best one-liners out there. Some of them are still relevant today. Despite the fact that Quentin Tarantino successfully caught watchers’ attention, there were some small mistakes in the movie. If you really pay attention in the shootout scene with Vincent reciting Bible verses, you’ll see that there are already bullet holes in the wall behind him.
Back to the Future: This Guitar Didn’t Exist Yet
We all know Marty McFly as the punk skater who became an epic time traveler and did everything in his power to ensure his parents get together so he’d be born. The feel-good movie makes us all reminisce about our youth and all that bad CGI. In the ‘1955’ scene, Marty nails a guitar solo. Well, it turns out that this musical instrument wasn’t invented until 1958. Maybe he brought the guitar back in time with him?
Pretty Woman: Vivian’s Gown Changes Length
Here’s one big mistake from Pretty Woman. In the epic first kiss between Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, there is only one problem that made the final cut. The scene begins with Vivian wearing a white nightgown that is clearly long. By the end of the scene, however, the white nightgown magically became short.
Pirates of the Caribbean (The Curse of the Black Pearl): Redcoats – No Such Thing Then
The Curse of the Black Pearl is one movie that seems to have history rather mixed up. There is absolutely no way that the “Red Coats” would be around at the time since the movie is set during the 1720s. On the other hand, the Red Coats didn’t exist until 1747.
Singin’ In the Rain: A Pink Dress? No Chance
Debbie Reynolds played Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain’ and while her performance was incredible, the movie still had one mistake we simply cannot look past. The character wore “that” pink dress. Well, the iconic dress is reminiscent of the 1950s. The problem? The movie was set in the late 1920s. Oops.
Forrest Gump: The Iron Keeps Moving
No one can forget Forrest Gump, that’s for sure. People have shed tears while watching the classic 1994 movie. Despite the movie having that emotional element, it had one major mistake. From one frame to another, the iron board behind switches from lying down to standing up when Forrest is with Jenny.
Titanic: Rose’s Beauty Mark Switches Sides
When the Titanic was released in 1997, it became massively successful. It even went on to break multiple world records. Even with such great achievements, the movie still had one obvious mistake. A beauty mark is meant to permanent, no? Meaning that it doesn’t move – ever. Well, in one scene, Kate Winslet has a birthmark on the side of her face, but then it moves to the other side. Strange…
La La Land – Wrong Shirt
When the same scene is shot on different days, it’s easy to deal with all kinds of problems – wardrobe being one of them. Mia and Sebastian get involved in a road rage incident, and he’s wearing a brown shirt. However, when he gets back to his apartment and talks to his sister, he’s suddenly in a blue shirt. Even better, later on, when Sebastian plays the piano, he’s back in the brown shirt!
Thor: Green Powder Gone
In order to escape, Bruce Banner and Thor run through the crowd. As they manage to fit into the crowd, Bruce gets hit in the face with bright green powder. In the next scene, it somehow disappears with no trace at all. You can’t see any powder on his face or clothing.
Pretty Woman: Edward’s Tie
Pretty Woman has another mistake that we want to talk about. In this particular scene, Vivian is in the middle of watching I Love Lucy when she decides to go to Edward. She undoes his tie and then goes back to watching the show. Well, in the next shot, Edward’s tie is as neat as ever. Then, it’s undone again. We have no idea how this made it to the final cut. Maybe producers thought no one would notice?
Captain America (The First Avenger): Hair Needs To Be Up Here
Even though she’s absolutely gorgeous in the first Captain America, Peggy’s hairstyle wasn’t appropriate for the army. Even though it fits the time period, it was a requirement during WWII that women serving pull their hair up, tie it back and keep it off the collar.
Zootopia: Different Shirt
When editors chop and change scenes in a movie, it must be a challenge to make sure everything comes out just right. Here in this scene, Judy puts “Carrots for One” into the microwave when she gets home. You can see that she’s wearing a pink shirt. Later on, when she sits down to eat, she’s wearing her uniform again. The scene where she was wearing something more comfortable was taken out apparently.
Dirty Dancing: Baby’s Shorts Needed To Be A Skirt
This movie was set in 1963 and takes us on an epic ride that evokes a sense of nostalgia in everyone who’s seen it. Except maybe those who noticed one significant mistake. Baby was wearing denim shorts. They came into fashion later on, during the ’80s.
Wonder Woman: Clean Boots
Even the greatest movies can make mistakes. Wonder Woman is one example. The lead, played by Gal Gadot, runs through a field while bullets are flying around her. The field is covered in mud, meaning that she should be covered in mud too, right? Well, in the next shot, her boots are sparkling clean.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Modern Sunglasses
There’s no doubt that the storyline of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is extremely confusing. On top of that, it has a rather silly mistake with the wardrobe. Brad Pitt is seen wearing some Ray-Ban sunglasses in a scene that’s meant to take place in 1945… Ray-Bans were first made in 1952.
The Mummy Returns: Meema’s Skirt Is Not Battle Friendly
In The Mummy Returns, the battle scene between Anck Su and Nefertiri is… something. However, the impressive fight scene loses credibility rather quickly when the women’s clothing showed brand tags that definitely were not from that period. What a shame.
Captain America (The First Avenger): The Headset Didn’t Exist Yet
Despite how cool we think this movie was, the radio earpiece that was worn by Jim Morita was out of place. That particular system was designed much later, in the year 2000 to be exact. It was very far off from the military use during WWII.
Legends of the Fall: Brad Pitt’s Blonde Hair Was Too Perfect
As usual, Brad Pitt is a great example of a cowboy in this coming-of-age story. The movie is set in the early 20th century and the actor plays Tristan Ludlow. One serious problem in this movie is his hair. It’s heavily styled the sixties way. Not to mention, it was paired with a shave job that never would have passed back in those days.
Pride and Prejudice: Rubber Boots Didn’t Exist Then
Of course, this movie was based on the classic novel by Jane Austen. Kiera Knightly starred in it and it became a cult classic over time. We did find one issue, however. Those Wellington boots that Kiera was wearing in the movie? They weren’t invented until over 40 years later.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: An Extra Is Actually Wearing Jeans
If the guy in the background was wearing jeans and the t-shirt in another setting, it wouldn’t have been an issue. However, the movie is set in 1930s Egypt, meaning that the random guy walking along in Jeans is way out of his time.
The Ten Commandments: Nefertiri’s Dress Is Just Too Advanced
The classic biblical movie from 1956 is one of the most successful movies in history. It has Anna Baxter playing Nefertiti while wearing a stunning blue dress. However, in regards to the time period the movie is set in, it had a color that was impossible to get by using natural tints.
Gladiator: Crowe’s Lycra Shorts Don’t Make Sense
Out of all the mistakes we’ve seen, spandex lycra shorts under a leather outfit is rather disappointing. On top of that, it’s not much of a stretch to say these weren’t available in ancient Rome. You don’t need to know much history to know that’s true.
Baywatch was a very popular TV show while it was on-air. Still, there was a lot going on off-screen that we had no idea about. For one thing, not all the cast members could actually swim. Can you imagine how hard it must have been to shoot some of those scenes?
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Nazi’s Shouldn’t Be Wearing Medals
Being set around 1938, The Last Crusade is set when the war hadn’t even started yet. We all know that this movie has gotten plenty of criticism. During the time period the movie is set in, the Nazis didn’t wear medals. It only became the norm towards the end of World War II.
The King’s Speech: Wrong Kilt
Colin Firth never got true credit for his performance in The King’s Speech even though it was captivating. On top of that, it seems that kilt experts also have something to say about the movie. They somehow saw that the kilt design he wore dates back to 1997 and not the correct period. Not to mention, it’s Irish and not Scottish Balmoral.
Glory: A Digital Watch During the Civil War, Really?
This is one of the best mistakes on this list. The movie takes place in the American Civil War. It stars Matthew Broderick, Carl Elwes, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman. One major mistake is a digital watch that can be seen. Wristwatches weren’t introduced until the 1920s, let alone digital ones.
Public Enemies: A Robe That’s Too Advanced
This movie took place during America’s Great Depression, in which Johnny Depp nails it as John Dillinger, the bank robber. We have spotted a flaw, however. The high-quality and flexible material that today’s jackets are made of wasn’t available back then. So, it’s hard to believe that after getting the robe from Judge Murray, Depp would wear the jacket in the getaway and make it look super light. At the time, the judge’s robes were a lot more rigid and heavy.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Telescope Didn’t Exist Yet
There’s one scene in which Freeman and Costner get a telescope. Even though not many people caught it, the device didn’t belong in the movie. In fact, the telescope wasn’t invented until around the 1600s. Even a variation of the device wouldn’t be available and compact during the 12th century – the setting of the movie.
Almost Famous: The Black Sabbath T-shirt
This movie is one that everyone is sure to remember. It’s filled with hilarious anecdotes in addition to having Kate Hudson in the cast. The only problem is the appearance of a Black Sabbath t-shirt. The shirts weren’t made until 1997 and the movie takes place in the early 1970s.
Pearl Harbor: Bare Legs Weren’t Appropriate
We know that some movies actually do their research and create period-appropriate costumes. However, there are some that don’t. Whether it’s done on purpose or it’s meant to be scandalous, the female characters in this movie aren’t wearing stockings with skirts. At the time that wasn’t appropriate since it was too revealing.
Braveheart: Gibson’s Scottish Skirt Was Totally Premature
This award-winning, critically-acclaimed movie is one that is incredibly famous. It’s safe to say that we’re all familiar with it in some way or another. So we think it’s fair to poke some fun at it. Supposedly, the movie takes place during the 13th century. Yet, the Scots only started wearing kilts during the late 1500s.
Django Unchained: Sunglasses Didn’t Exist Yet
We all loved Tarantino’s movie. It grossed about $300,000,000 worldwide, but it still has flaws nonetheless. One of them being that Django was wearing a pair of sunglasses that weren’t invented until 1929.
The Untouchables: Lapels Didn’t Exist Yet
This movie was the iconic film of the 80s and 90s. It really is a movie for the ages. Still, the trolls and fans managed to find a snag with the suit Ness wears. It had lapels, which were only created around 1989. Obviously, they missed the mark with that.
The Other Boleyn Girl: Portman’s Hair Needs To Be Pulled Back
Despite the fact that this movie stars two of the most famous women in Hollywood, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, there was a tiny mistake in the period clothing. During the period that the movie takes place in, French hoods were worn in a way that women pulled their hair back and hid it under a veil.
Saving Private Ryan: The Case Of The Black Boots
When we watched this epic war and action film, it’s safe to say that there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. All the same, there were a few mishaps in some of the scenes. The black boots that Matt Damon is seen wearing, for one thing. Black boots were only introduced in the 1950s and were worn by the airborne.
Catch Me If You Can: Braces Didn’t Exist Yet
This fun movie starred Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Amy Adams. It takes place in the 1960s. The reason it made it to our list is that Amy wears braces in it. Well, braces were only introduced in the ’70s.
The Tudors: Wearing Ruffs Is Scandalous
When we look into period pieces, it’s hard to catch each and every detail. One being ruffs worn by women around their necks in this historical drama. Wearing then without an undershirt was unacceptable at the time. In fact, it was considered inappropriate or rather scandalous for the 1500s.
Good Night and Good Luck: Name Tags Equal Nope
This great movie earned a spot on our list thanks to name tags. The movie takes place in the 1950s. In it, some military officers dressed rather casually and even wore name tags. Fun fact, name tags weren’t introduced until the late sixties.
American Hustle: No Rolex Watches In The ’70s
This flaw is a rather small one. However, the thing that caught our eye is the shiny 2010 Rolex that Louis C.K. sports. The reason it’s out of place is that the movie is set in the 1970s, and as we’ve said, the watch was a 2010 model.
Amadeus: Mozart’ Sippers Didn’t Exist Yet
This biographical movie about Mozart’s life in the 18th century has plenty of errors. As a matter of fact, it has the same mistake over and over again. Zippers were visible the whole way through despite the fact that they weren’t invented for another 100 years.
The Color Purple: Clip-on Ties Didn’t Exist Yet
This movie is one that tells the story of the lives led by African American women that lived in the south in the 1930s. It’s based on the novel written by Alice Walker. There’s a bit of a snag in the movie. Danny Glover can be seen wearing a clip-on tie in a scene that’s set in 1916. These types of ties weren’t invented until 10 years later.
Gangs of New York: Firefighters Modern Uniforms Don’t Make Sense
The massive cast may have made the movie’s mistakes more difficult to spot, but they were most definitely there. One that stood out is when the firemen wore modern garb instead of the early fire gear that was used in that period.
Schindler’s List: Women Didn’t Shave Then
This movie is rather difficult to watch for a lot of us due to its emotional and dark nature. One wardrobe mess-up can be seen, though. Women in the 1930s and 1940s – especially those who were in concentration camps, didn’t shave their armpits or legs.
Julius Caesar: Bullet Bras Didn’t Exist Yet
In the 1950s, bullet bras were some of the most iconic pieces of lingerie that existed. It was normal to wear such pointed bras, especially women of high stature. Still, wearing these kinds of undergarments should be impossible for characters in Julius Caesar, which takes place in 44 BC. It was around 2000 years before the bullet bra was even invented.
My Girl: Mood-rings Didn’t Exist Yet
This heartbreaking movie released in 1991 starred Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin. In the movie, Vada has a very cool mood ring. However, those rings were only invented in 1975m which the movie is set in the year 1972.
Sense and Sensibility: The Baby’s Diaper
There are most definitely worse things to worry about than a diaper. The problem isn’t that the diaper made an appearance in Sense and Sensibility, it’s more so that the kind of diaper was problematic. The one in the movie was much too modern for the 19th-century setting.
The Doors: Ray Ban Sunglasses Didn’t Exist Yet
Throughout the movie, The Doors, you can see Val Kilmer, who plays the singer, sporting Ray-Ban sunglasses. The movie follows the rock band of the ’70s, and while these sunglasses look great on the actor, they were only produced during the ’80s.
The Wedding Singer: Barrymore’s Haircut = 10 Years Later
Even though we don’t like nitpicking The Wedding Singer, we have to. The adorable haircut that Drew Barrymore had was a total ’90s fashion trend. It has no place in a movie that takes place in the 1980s, however.