Check out the most overused movie tropes in cinema history.
Bruce Almighty - Universal Pictures
The first thing that happens when you get fired in a movie is to turn in your office key, and grab the old banker's box. Just once I'd like to see someone remove their office contents in a milk crate.
Michael Clayton - Warner Brothers
There is always one of two things in every movie grocery bag, and usually both -- the baguette and the leafy vegetable. Nothing says "I've just been shopping" better than a French Loaf and some celery. Nicely lampooned here in Michael Clayton.
A Fistful of Dollars - United Artists
Just when you think the good guy is dead from bullet wounds to the chest, the magical bullet-proof vest is revealed. Clint Eastwood even uses an early version of this trope here in A Fistful of Dollars.
Cliffhanger - TriStar Pictures
You know the scene - someone is hanging from a cliff momentarily, only to be pulled to safety by the hero. Doesn't matter how much the hanger weighs, or how strong the puller is - it's gonna happen. Also usually followed by both laying on the ground for a moment before jumping up with a "Let's get out of here!".
Horror movie rule #83 - if you have a flashlight in a dark and scary place, you need new batteries. You just don't know it yet.
MI:2 - Paramount Pictures
It doesn't matter what is exploding, or where it is exploding, if it happens onscreen, the hero will safely dive away from the flames, unless instructed by the script to "cooly walk away."
Gone in 60 Seconds - Buena Vista Pictures
Nothing says "I'm one bad mother" more than calmly walking away as massive explosions rock the background. Especially when it's all on a green screen.
Airplane! - Paramount Pictures
Try this - next time you see someone becoming unhinged, slap them in the face and say, "GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF!" See what that does for you. The face slap was brilliantly lampooned in this clip from Airplane!
Leaving Las Vegas
When an alcoholic relapses in a movie, that first sip may as well be dragon's blood. Huge opportunity for showing your dramatic chops as an actor. Interesting fact - it's also the same face used when drinking "the antidote." Coincidence?
The Big Lebowski - Gramercy Pictures
If you're a movie character holding someone at gun point and you REALLY want to get their attention, there is but one move - the gun cock. Nothing says "I mean business" more than clicking that hammer back, or pumping a perfectly good shell from your shotgun.
Tombstone - Buena Vista Pictures
Found most often in Westerns, it seems that when ammunition runs out, guns become useless. As Jim Jarmusch mused in Smoke - "Guns are expensive!"
Scary Movie - Dimension Films
Horror movie rule #74 - when you enter a haunted house or any kind of generic bad place, you must loudly announce that you are there. Suggested greetings include "HELLO?" , "IS THERE ANYONE HERE?" or "BOYFRIEND'S NAME?"
An American Werewolf in London - Universal Pictures
SNL did a great spoof on what may be the most overused horror movie trope - the mirror gag. If you see a character open a medicine cabinet in a horror movie, there is always a surprise waiting when it closes. And it's never good.
Back to the Future - Universal Pictures
There are some great YouTube compilations of interrupted kisses. It's an oldie, but a goodie.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day - TriStar Pictures
Does anyone really leave their keys in the visor? Because in movies, almost everyone does.
The French Connection - 20th Century Fox
The Pew Research Center found that 84% of women walking babies in a stroller had a 67% chance of narrowly missing being squashed by a car chase (not really).
Nobody ever says goodbye on the phone in movies. Sometimes you'll get a hello, but rarely a goodbye. Rude.
Die Hard - 20th Century Fox
Never turn your back on the dead bad guy. You know why? Because 100% of the time they are not dead. Never ever dead.
The Matrix Reloaded
It probably has its roots in Kung Fu movies, but it's pretty much a standard movie trope now. Whenever the hero fights a gang of toughs, it's almost always one at a time. So much for strength in numbers.
The Matrix - Warner Brothers
Although Keanu managed to avoid the trope in The Matrix, surveys indicate that 90% of movie pill takers jerk their heads back dramatically when swallowing. Extra dramatic head jerks for pill addicted characters is mandatory.
The Blues Brothers - Universal Pictures
You all know that cops never really dip their pinky into bags of suspicious white powder and taste it, right? Right?
Seven - New Line Cinema
Psychopaths must be green, because they sure know how to save paper -- by scribbling insane musings across every millimeter of their journals. Just once I'd like to see a serial killer who isn't margin challenged.
Taxi Driver - Columbia Pictures
The slow clap is one of the most overused movie tropes that doesn't appear to have ever happened in real life. Origins unknown.
Saw - LionsGate
The old torture tray. Things have evolved over the years from simple surgical tools, to items you might find in a steampunk hardware store. Overused.
Miller's Crossing - 20th Century Fox
Here's the scene... Movie character walks into a darkened room, turns on the lights, and finds a bad person sitting silently in a high-back chair. Miller's Crossing here is one of hundreds of examples.
The World's End - Working Title Films
The generic "gimme a beer" order is just lazy. Ask any bartender for that in real life and see what happens.