These movies with elevator scenes are some of the best captured on film. Life truly has its ups and downs, but elevators sure do make interesting and exciting scenes in all genres of films. Check out this list we put together of memorable scenes that have taken place in or on an elevator.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013)
Katniss Everdeen is focused, but frightened when she sees the men in white suits destroy her friend. She becomes a wounded animal who’s trapped in an elevator.
“Die Hard with a Vengeance” (1995)
The “Die Hard” movies, in general, are chock full of elevator gold. When John McClane isn’t fighting terrorists, he’s fighting his way out of these tiny spaces. In “Die Hard 3,” he takes quite an eventful trip when it dawns on him that one of the “cops” in the elevator with him is donning his colleague’s badge. He sure is lucky to emerge alive from this close-quarters box.
“Mission: Impossible” (1996)
Emilio Estevez’s whizz-kid hacker character is killed in an elevator, but not the way you’d expect. Rather than plummeting downwards, he goes up, with the director sparing us his untimely demise when he cuts away at the last second. Probably a good idea to stay inside of the elevator where you should be.
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971)
This iconic elevator is made of glass — classic Willy Wonka! He took a usual contraption and made it into something unusual. This glass machine goes up-ways, down-ways, round-and-round in circles-ways. And of that wasn’t enough, this unique elevator becomes a flying machine after crashing through the glass shaft ceiling.
“Liar, Liar” (1997)
In this hilarious tale of a father who becomes unable to tell lies of any kind due to his son’s birthday wish, we find our main character Fletcher riding in an elevator with a very attractive young lady from the building. When confronted with some personal questions from the girl, we find Fletcher learning very quickly how not to break the ice in an elevator.
An elevator shaft rigged with explosives: what better way to set the scene for one of the most iconic movies ever? The elevator may be going down, but not in the way it was designed to, as its emergency breaks threaten to be blown up too. We can only watch the terror of the victims who rush to squeeze out at the last second before being forced straight downwards.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)
Hospital corridors have never looked so scary, and an elevator ride has never been quite so life-threatening. Robert Patrick, as T-1000, pierces the roofing with ease while Arnie and co. scurry underneath. Truly a claustrophobic and unforgettable scene.
“Spider-Man 2” (2004)
After Spider-Man loses his powers while swinging around Manhattan, he is relegated to taking a high-rise apartment elevator to get back down to street level. His travel companion is comedian Hal Sparks and while they mostly ride in silence, it provides a bit of comic relief.
“Top Gun” (1986)
Elevator flirting and romantic tension is taken to a whole new level when Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis take our breath away in the elevator.
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