As a general rule, movies are about what you think they're about. Romantic comedies are romance movies that make you laugh, horror movies are meant to scare you, action movies are about mindless high-octane thrills and alien invasion movies are about... well... aliens invading - and the same generally applies across the board.
However, sometimes, a movie that seems like one thing on the surface could represent something else when you look deeper into it.
Screenwriters, directors, producers and other people behind movies may have a hidden agenda - a plan to subconsciously implant a message in the minds of audiences or a sneaky plan to get one over on a certain group of people without making it totally obvious.
The entire plots of some movies - or merely aspects of them - can be symbolic of something completely different, and that's what this article is going to be all about. Here are 15 movies with extremely interesting hidden meanings.
15 The X-Men Movies (The Fight For Gay Rights)
You may think the the X-Men movies are just about mutants with superpowers, but they actually have an underlying meaning that was the main reason Ian McKellen AKA Magneto was attracted to star in them.
14 Spider-Man (Dealing With Puberty)
The Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies (the ones starring Tobey Maguire) are extremely reflective of the problems associated with dealing with puberty. A teenage boy is bitten by a radioactive spider and his body goes through a number of changes - including his body becoming more muscular and a sticky, white substance excreting from it (webbing, incidentally).
13 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Racism & Segregation)
Roger Rabbit may have seemed like a nice, child-friendly movie (in spite of the rather terrifying Judge Doom) about a world in which real-life human beings and cartoon characters lived alongside each other, but there's actually an underlying message in the movie about racism and segregation.
12 Groundhog Day (Achieving Enlightenment)
On the face of it, Groundhog Day is about Bill Murray's character - Phil Connors - living out the same day until he lives it correctly and productively and breaks the loop (which theorists have claimed could have been for anything up to thirty years and beyond). That moment in which he wakes up to finally find that it's a new day may seem like a moment of relief, but it is said to represent more than that.
11 Aliens (The Vietnam War)
Aliens is the 1986 sequel to the 1979 movie Alien. It sees action heroine Ellen Ripley returning to the planet where her crew encountered the titular hostile Alien creature (the Xenomorph) the first time around, but this time she's accompanied by a unit of space marines.
10 Alien (Rape)
1979's Alien introduced audiences to the highly dangerous and aggressive Xenomorph. The alien attacked the crew of the commercial spaceship the Nostromo and killed the crew one by one, with Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley eventually succeeding in killing it, prior to a subsequent series of films in which her character would face more of them.
9 Toy Story 3 (The Holocaust)
The Toy Story movies are the last films you'd ever expect to be anything other than innocent kiddy flicks, but Toy Story 3 is said to have a very dark underlying meaning - it is a metaphor for one of the worst events in human history, the Holocaust.
8 A Serbian Film (The Serbian Government)
A Serbian Film is, frankly, one of the most disturbing movies ever made - it's pretty damn vile and depicts a retired adult actor being persuaded to come out of retirement to star in one more adult movie. The movie he is asked to star in is as depraved and twisted as anything the human mind could come up with - but the whole thing is said to have a hidden meaning.
7 Drag Me To Hell (Bulimia)
On the surface, Drag Me to Hell is about a young woman named Christine who is cursed by an old gypsy lady for refusing to extend her loan from the bank she works at. However, its underlying meaning is that of a woman suffering from bulimia and the anxiety-related side effects that come with the terrible eating disorder.
6 The Dark Knight (George W. Bush & The War On Terror)
To most people, The Dark Knight is just a Batman movie - but it's actually also a not-so-subtle metaphor for George Bush's presidential reign and his war on terror after the events of 9/11.
5 Battle Royale (The Japanese Education System)
Battle Royale is a great film in which a group of Japanese students are forced into a deadly game by the government in which they must kill each other, over the course of three days, until only one of them remains.
4 District 9 (Apartheid)
District 9 is a science-fiction movie in which extraterrestrial creatures (known derogatorily as "prawns") are confined to a specific area of Johannesburg in South Africa. It appears to be a fictionalized version of Earth on which this occurs, but it's actually symbolic of something in the real world.
3 The Shining (The Death Of Native America)
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining - a live action take on Stephen King's novel of the same name - is a complex enough film to understand to begin with, without factoring in potential hidden meanings. But the fact is that there are said to be several hidden meanings - the most prominent of which is that it represents the murder of the native American race.
2 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Jesus)
One of the outright biggest movies of all time, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial sees the coming to Earth of a friendly little alien who just wants to get home. Simple enough? Well, maybe, but the story draws a lot of parallels with the life of a certain Jesus Christ and, as such, has hidden religious undertones.
1 RoboCop (Jesus)
A very different movie than E.T., RoboCop is said to have the same underlying meaning. It's a violent and bloody movie, unlike the kid-friendly E.T., but both the alien and the cyborg police officer are representative of Jesus Christ.
In the first fifty minutes of the movie, the titular character is tortured and killed (essentially, his crucifixion) and then, in the next fifty minutes, he's resurrected and becomes a saviour of sorts. Also, very symbolically, he walks over water at the end of the movie (well, he appears to levitate over a puddle at a scene in a factory, but you get the point). Jesus is the last thing you'd associate with the movie on the face of it but, when you actually think about it, it makes a lot of sense.
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