It takes a lot of work to make a movie come to life. No matter how great the script or director are, there’s something about the actor making the character come alive that really helps bring it all together. In some cases, a completely improvised line or moment can completely change a film and create some of the most well-known and classic scenes. For example, as Han Solo is about to receive a horrible carbonite treatment in The Empire Strikes Back, he remains his cocky and true self after Leia confesses her love for him.
The Silence of the Lambs was build all around the creepy character known as Hannibal Lecter. Anthony Hopkins really brought him to life with some great moments and a whole sound that has become iconic. The actors in Knocked Up are known for their off the cuff comments and great banter. This continues in an extended scene featuring Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen as they riff off each other. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones often relied on his trusty whip, but he stuck with a gun during what could have a long battle with someone using a sword. Taxi Driver is a great character study and Robert DeNiro put everything into his performance. His character became so deep that he started improvising lines and made one of the greatest catchphrases of all-time. Jack Nicholson can deliver no matter what role he plays and it was no different when he became crazed in the haunting film, The Shining. Watch to see 10 other legendary improvised movie scenes featuring films like Dumb and Dumber, The Godfather, Jaws, and The Dark Knight.