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Top 10 Crazy Obsession Walls in Movies and TV

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Elliot Baker. You know, maybe these guys should think about redecorating… Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Obsession Walls in Movies and TV. For this list, we’re taking a look at those walls cluttered with a character’s personal hang-ups, either in TV or in film. These are the walls littered with newspaper clippings, notes, photos or just important information that onlookers might find a bit obsessive, crazy or over the top for a character to have… Special thanks to our user kenn1987 for submitting the idea on our Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Elliot Baker.

Top 10 Obsession Walls in Movies and TV


You know, maybe these guys should think about redecorating… Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Obsession Walls in Movies and TV.

For this list, we’re taking a look at those walls cluttered with a character’s personal hang-ups, either in TV or in film. These are the walls littered with newspaper clippings, notes, photos or just important information that onlookers might find a bit obsessive, crazy or over the top for a character to have…

#10: Photo Wall
“One Hour Photo” (2002)

Deep, burning obsession is not necessarily the trait you think of when you hear Robin Williams’ name. Enraptured with the life of the Yorkin family, Williams’ character in this psychological thriller uses the developed photographs from his lab to align a chronological window into the family’s more personal moments. Illuminated by dingy lighting, the image of a sociopathic Robin Williams reading people’s life stories through their photos is too powerful to pass up for this list.

#9: Ray Finkle’s Room
“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994)

He was NFL’s most valuable player of 1984, yet Dan Marino’s greatest legacy is the effect he had on a ‘90s comedy character – at least that’s what concerns us most right now. Most of the entries on this list link in to a character’s deepest desire, but in this detective comedy, this is nothing but pure hatred. Ray Finkle’s abhorrence for his former teammate is effectively shown in an artistic display of pain. Taking the template of a teenager’s bedroom and projecting a dark twist on its appeal adds new depth to his compulsive way of thinking.

#8: The Seven Sins
“Se7en” (1995)

Everyone loves a good crime thriller, and they all need a good obsession wall to go with the mystery. Starting with ‘gluttony’, the chalkboard itself is simple in concept, merely listing off the Biblical seven sins as good old Morgan and Brad go through the film. But that’s what makes the listing of the seven sins so special; it’s a literal and foreboding countdown of the story’s most devastating events. In short, it’s a fantastic yet telling tip off for the main characters as everything tragically unfolds.

#7: Building Plans
“500 Days of Summer” (2009)

They say you should give yourself a project to focus on after a big breakup, so we can only imagine that the set designer went through an ordeal as huge as a divorce to build this entry. His perfect relationship concluded, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Tom switches gears to concentrate on his architecture career during the final days of summer. Redrafting the skyscrapers of the city, JGL’s wall brings out the best character growth in the film and proves a more heartfelt obsession wall than the film’s poster. Honestly, that one’s a little creepy.

#6: Carrie’s Living Room
“Homeland” (2011-)

Not everyone can say they’ve adapted their entire homestead into a wall of obsession. Convinced that the CIA is covering up a potential terrorist plot about to occur on American soil, Carrie Mathison transforms her home into an integral mind map in search of the truth. With a color-coded strategy that organises events by their dates, there’s no denying the effort and dedication of this woman’s endeavor and this is the physical and visual proof.

#5: Plans for Christopher
“The Imitation Game” (2014)

Everything starts with a simple idea laid out in pen – even a machine designed to take down Nazis. This film is focused almost completely on obsession walls, with several members of the team designing their own methods to crack the Enigma code. The set of Bletchley Park is littered with notes and illustrations on how to create the world’s first computer, which Alan Turing dubs Christopher in this historical thriller. It’s not every character’s obsession to beat Nazi Germany, but it’s a pretty good one to have.

#4: Whip Board
“House of Cards” (2013-)

One of the more lucrative walls on this list makes its dominating way over Congress. As Chief Whip of the Democratic Party, Frank Underwood is tasked with challenging congressmen to vote the way he wants them to, and he has a lovely whiteboard to remind him where everyone stands. Over the course of the TV series, this board has been used to pass and defeat the bills necessary to advance Frank’s political career. Listing everybody in the House, the whip board is essential to Frank’s obsessive plans.

#3: Rust’s Storage Unit
“True Detective” (2014-)

Some cops like to take their work home with them; Matthew McConaughey likes to take his to his own private locker. Only appearing in the later stages of season one, Rust’s storage unit is a crucial element to the final moments, especially as we see him reorganizing it into a makeshift office environment and coating the walls in evidence of the Dora Lange murder in 1995. Literal walls of obsession crafted over twenty years? Now that’s dedication.

#2: The Mailroom
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (2005-)

What happens when a dim-witted fool hyped on coffee gets a job in a mailroom, despite being unable to read? The answer is ‘Pepe Silvia’. While he and Mac are at their new job, Charlie Kelly stumbles on what he thinks is a massive corporate conspiracy, which is that none of its employees actually exist. Spending hours trying to decipher the mystery of the mail, Charlie is so stressed that not even another cup of coffee can help. But this obsession wall proves futile as the mail is not for Pepe Silvia, but most likely for the employees in Pennsylvania. Poor Charlie.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- Bruce Wayne’s Wall
“Gotham” (2014-)
- Mohinder Surresh’s Wall
“Heroes” (2006-10)
- The Question’s Wall
“Justice League Unlimited (JLU)” (2004-06)

#1: The Map
“A Beautiful Mind” (2001)

Certainly a film ‘The Imitation Game’ owes much to; this biographical drama sees Russell Crowe as John Nash, who’s given the assignment of solving hidden Soviet codes within newspaper clippings. And in the process, he gives the perfect example of an obsession wall. Unlike previous entries on this list, this wall-covering map reflects the character of John Nash and is a literal display of his own inner thinking. Seemingly mindless yet meticulously connected, the map is daunting to behold for anyone except for the genius character himself. And for us, that’s what makes it the best kind of obsession wall.

Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite obsession wall from movies and/or TV? For more mind-bending top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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