Top 10 Major Plot Holes in Movies

Script written by Niki Neptune. When you pay close enough attention, some things don’t quite add up. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 major movie plot holes. For this list, we’re taking a look at films that, while entertaining, have some pretty glaring problems with their storylines – either in the form of missing, yet relevant info, inconsistencies, contradictions or things that just make no sense. The plot holes in question don’t necessarily take away from our overall enjoyment of the movies themselves, but they do leave us wondering how something so questionable slipped past so many people. Special thanks to our users Juan Carlos Diaz Platas, Brody Nicholas Eiffel Jay, Quetzal00358, ruairi300, TheLikeGroup, Monica Salinas, Justin Kennon, Gradient14, Andrew A. Dennison, Jakob Silcox, Maximillian Mages, Jake Fraser, Daniel Landers, Meatbagggg, Andrew Horton, ruairi300, Nereeco, Alexander David Bourns, aldqbigsquare, WatchDogsFan47, Alejandro Nuñez, Shinitenshi, aldqbigsquare, Jacob French, Sam Rickard, DeviousLuchador, Aðalsteinn Sigmarsson and divinityman for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Major Plot Holes in Movies


When you pay close enough attention, some things don’t quite add up. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 major movie plot holes.

For this list, we’re taking a look at films that, while entertaining, have some pretty glaring problems with their storylines – either in the form of missing, yet relevant info, inconsistencies, contradictions or things that just make no sense. The plot holes in question don’t necessarily take away from our overall enjoyment of the movies themselves, but they do leave us wondering how something so questionable slipped past so many people.

#10: Binary Lunacy
“Independence Day” (1996)

Everyone knows aliens have it in for us and that humankind is a galaxy-wide nuisance. Unfortunately, these massively technologically advanced aliens underestimated one thing: 1990s computer viruses. They made it all the way to Earth from a distant planet, but they’re ultimately felled by something you mighta gotten while downloading porn. Not to mention the whole “finding an accommodating port on an alien spacecraft through which to upload said virus” thing. We can’t even charge our new iPods with our old chargers…

#9: Face Shot Facepalm
“The Karate Kid” (1984)

Having suffered a deliberate knee injury at the machinations of the opposing team’s nefarious instructor, Daniel is finally able to stand up to his bully in the karate ring. So what does he do? He kicks the dude in the face. Which, we already know, is a legal move. Or is it? The rules of the tournament say they’re kosher, but some calls from the officials say otherwise. Especially in the final. Apparently when you’re the good guy and your competition is a douche it’s fine and you end up winning the tournament. Probably.

#8: The Trouble with Time Zones
“Gremlins” (1984)

Why get a dog or an adorable cat when you can get a creature that looks like a Furby, that you can’t get wet and that you shouldn’t feed after midnight? And midnight according to what watch, btw? If you and your Mogwai are hanging out in New York and decide to catch a midnight plane to Los Angeles, can it have a snack while you fly over Montana? It’s pretty much always midnight somewhere, so should it just starve to death?

#7: Top Dumb
“Battlefield Earth” (2000)

This movie was a dumpster fire of awfulness, but we gotta narrow things down. One of the most obvious WTF moments in the film comes when the newly emboldened humans hop into some 1,000-year old Harrier jets to take their planet back from the humanoid, dreadlocked aliens. While most folks probably aren’t up on the half-life of jet fuel, it’s safe to say that most aircraft aren’t in top-shelf condition after a literal millennium of complete neglect.

#6: If I Could Turn Back Time…
“Superman” (1978)

What happens when your superhuman speed lets you lessen the consequences of a nuclear blast, but not save your ladylove? Why, you use that superhuman speed to fly around the globe with such velocity as to reverse time itself. While we could question why Supes didn’t use his immense, mind-boggling speed to, maybe, intercept the two nuclear missiles in the first place, we’ll just chalk that one up to kryptonite poisoning. Then again, we’re not scientists, but does reversing the Earth’s orbit really turn back time?

#5: Destroyed Pod = No “Star Wars”
“Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)

Princess Leia is hightailing it back to the Rebel Alliance when her spacecraft is captured. She jettisons an escape pod with R2-D2 and C3PO inside, who happen to be carrying the ever-so-vital plans for the Death Star. Instead of destroying the pod, and thusly preventing the series of events that lead to the destruction of the Death Star and the entire “Star Wars” saga, the Imperial Soldiers decide that since there aren’t any signs of life onboard, they should just let it go. That’s right, laziness brought down the Empire.

#4: Just Move Over!
“Titanic” (1997)

Jack and Rose fell in love rather quickly aboard that doomed vessel. And you would have to, considering the sinking of the ship interrupted their love affair and whatnot. Maybe MacGuyver-like creativity wasn’t at the forefront of their minds when it came to surviving the ordeal, but at least some effort could’ve been made to get Jack on that board. No matter what you say, there was enough space, and the buoyancy issue could’ve been resolved with Rose’s life vest. Bam, fixed, movie over.

#3: Talking to Yourself
“Citizen Kane” (1941)

It’s widely considered to be one of, if not the greatest film ever made, plot hole or not. The premise of the film follows a reporter as he scrambles to find the meaning behind a notorious public figure’s last word: “Rosebud.” Interestingly enough, however, no one was actually present in the room when Charles Foster Kane spoke his final word and died. So we have to question what set the reporter upon his journey of discovery in the first place, since no one knew he said it anyway.

#2: Superhero, Super Speedy
“The Dark Knight Rises” (2012)

Gotham is a magical city – apparently. Well, how else do you explain that attempts to microwave its water supply somehow don’t kill all the inhabitants? And then there’s Batman’s time-travel. How does the Caped Crusader end up in Gotham mere moments after escaping from an underground prison halfway across the globe with no passport, no resources and a recently broken back? Answer, because Batman. Speaking of which, we didn’t know that getting punched in the back could fix a major spinal injury.

Before we fill you in on our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Forgets First Movie “The Mummy Returns” (2001)
- Girls Ruin Routine, Team Isn’t Penalized “Bring It On” (2000)
- No One Calls the Cops? “Jeepers Creepers” (2001)
- Ending Hides the Film’s Lack of Plot “Vanilla Sky” (2001)
- E.T. Needs a Bike to Fly? “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)

#1: Water, Water Everywhere
“Signs” (2002)

We mentioned that thing about aliens wanting to kill us and being super smart, right? Well, you would think that if you’ve developed the ability to travel light years through space and time, you’d have the ability to do a little research on the planet you’re headed to. Considering Earth is approximately two-thirds water and water is apparently the deadliest thing ever to these particular aliens, we’re left to assume there was never a scouting mission sent prior to the whole global invasion thing. Idiots.

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