Screenwriters get a lot of credit for coming up with the best parts of our favorite movies. While this is an accurate acknowledgment that usually holds true, often times the best line or scene from a movie is fabricated by none other than the stars or the director. The end result makes for scenes that feel very raw and very real that we could watch over and over again. Here are 15 of the best unscripted moments in movie history, many of which may surprise you.
Francis Ford Coppola approaches film direction like a true artist, meaning he’s always open to new ideas, experimentation and collaboration. The Godfather has a few unscripted touches that have helped define it as a classic. While it isn’t a memorable line or even much of an action, Coppola’s decision to have Marlon Brando coddling a feline companion during his opening conversation really underscores the duality of the character and his family of criminals. It says everything you need to know about the character, his past, and his future. Our second favorite moment comes in the form of a line that was added by actor Richard Castellano. For the sake of continuity Castellano tweaked Peter Clemenza’s “Leave the gun” line, adding “take the cannolli.”