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Top 20 Movies Ruined by The Mythbusters

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp
Thanks, "MythBusters," now these movies are ruined. Our countdown includes "Batman," "Titanic," "Speed," and more! Which movie did "MythBusters" ruin for YOU?
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Top 20 Movies Ruined by Mythbusters


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 20 movies ruined by MythBusters.

For this list, we’ll be looking at various fun or exciting big screen scenes that were thoroughly debunked on “MythBusters”.

Which of these findings did you find the most disappointing? Let us know in the comments below!

#20: “Batman” (1989)


We probably don’t need to tell you that “Batman” isn’t exactly rooted in reality. The Caped Crusader is a big fan of the grappling hook, and in one scene, he uses it to turn the Batmobile a sharp 90 degrees. He shoots the hook into a steel structure, and it allows the vehicle to make a smooth turn while the pursuing car spirals out of control. Perhaps unsurprisingly though, this is pure superhero magic. The Build Team attempted to replicate this stunt, only to find that the grappling hook continually snapped under the high speeds. They deduced that there's no type of rope available today that would make it a reality, even though there are some feasible elements to this myth.

#19: “The Dukes of Hazzard” (2005)


This action comedy starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott contains a fantastic introduction. While making a quick getaway, the General Lee busts through some barriers and uses a conveniently-located pile of dirt to jump an unfinished bridge. And despite a rocky landing, the car is totally fine and drives away without a loss of momentum. The MythBusters deduced that the gorge was an estimated 175 feet long, but when they tested the stunt themselves, the car could only jump 172 feet using a pile of dirt as a launching pad. The car missed the target, planted front-first into the ground, and was busted in the attempt.

#18: “The Green Hornet” (2011)


One scene in the Seth Rogen-led “Green Hornet” sees the Black Beauty entering a rising elevator. Once it reaches the top, the roof severs the back half of the car that’s had multiple bullets shot at it. And while it makes for a great visual, it is complete Hollywood fabrication. Grant and Tory fired 200 rounds of ammo into a Black Beauty replica and lifted the car using a forklift to simulate the elevator. But upon reaching the top, the car was simply crushed without shearing in the middle. However, guest star Seth Rogen revealed that Black Beauty had the special ability to cut itself in half in case of emergencies, so all we need to plausibly replicate this stunt is a special superhero car.

#17: “Body of Lies” (2008)


While not one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s better efforts, “Body of Lies” contains a fun scene involving a surveillance drone and a creative use of desert dust. A large group of vehicles do donuts in the sand, which brings up enough dust to obscure their actions from the military drone overhead. This is either a special type of sand, or that is the cheapest drone on the market. Military-grade drones come equipped with thermal imaging, which allows the cameras to see through dust. With Grant using a thermal imaging camera, he was effortlessly able to detect Kari and the vehicles in a mock replica of the scene.

#16: “The Mummy” (1999)


Mirrors reflecting sunlight is an ancient adventure movie trope, and “The Mummy” utilizes it in memorable fashion. After entering the ancient tomb, Rick shoots a mirror to reflect the beaming sunlight. This beam then shoots around the room to other mirrors, illuminating the interior of the tomb. The MythBusters headed to San Francisco’s Treasure Island and created a full-scale replica of the tomb. They found that the concept behind the scene is plausible, but it relies on so many individual factors going right that it was deemed both ridiculous and extremely unlikely. Put simply, this is about as realistic as an Ancient Egyptian mummy coming back to life and turning into a sandstorm.

#15: “Goldfinger” (1964)


James Bond’s horrifying discovery of the gold and dead Jill Masterson is one of the most iconic scenes in the Bond franchise, but here we discover that it’s all baloney. For one thing, Bond claims that Jill died of “skin suffocation”, which isn’t even a thing. Furthermore, one of the “MythBusters” pilots saw Jamie being painted head to toe, and he certainly didn’t die. That said, he did report feeling slightly ill after an hour. This myth was revisited again in another episode, this time with Adam as the test subject. And while he reported the same flu-like symptoms as Jamie, he too did not die.

#14: “Point Break” (1991)


Anyone who has ever been skydiving knows that it is really, really loud. You wouldn’t know it watching “Point Break”, as the characters somehow have the ability to hold a conversation while in free fall. Testing this myth was quite easy. All it required was a professional skydiver approaching the falling Grant and yelling a phrase that he was required to repeat. Despite the instructor uttering the phrase multiple times, Grant was unable to hear him and failed to repeat the phrase when questioned. Hearing one simple phrase proved impossible, never mind holding an entire conversation.

#13: “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2002)


In the climactic scene of “The Count of Monte Cristo”, Edmond Dantes’s sword is cut in half by Albert Mondego. Either Edmond’s sword is the cheapest sword ever made, or Albert possesses some type of super sword with the ability to cut through another. During the Mega Movie Myths special, the Build Team tested numerous types of swords against each other, including katanas, rapiers, claymores, and viking swords. The only sword that cut through another was a genuine Japanese katana, which cut through stainless steel. But for the most part, the swords were either bent or partially cut when hit by another, but they failed to slice in half as seen in the movie. The sword-cutting stunt was certifiably busted.

#12: “Caddyshack” (1980)


In one of the most famous endings in comedy movie history, Bill Murray’s Carl rigs Bushwood Country Club with C-4 in a failed attempt to kill the annoying gopher. The explosion proves enormous, and the resulting shockwave knocks Danny’s teetering ball into the hole. The Build Team was tasked with recreating this famous scene, and the results proved rather disappointing. Not only did the shockwave not send the ball into the hole, but the C-4 didn’t even explode in the huge fireball that is seen in the movie. Turns out, Harold Ramis comedies aren’t the greatest sources of realism.

#11: “Shoot ‘Em Up” (2007)


This action film is intentionally outlandish and unapologetically ridiculous, so it’s not exactly surprising to hear that its action sequences cannot be recreated. The MythBusters have actually tested this movie on more than one occasion. The first test saw the Build Team shooting at a merry-go-round and attempting to make it spin with the bullets. Needless to say, it didn’t work. The second test saw Adam and Jamie seeing if someone could hold a bullet over fire and cause it to discharge with a lethal amount of force. They found that the primer and power do ignite, but only after 43 seconds, not two. Owing to the lack of a gun barrel, it also does not carry a lethal amount of force or speed.

#10: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)


This franchise is all about epic set pieces. One particularly memorable scene from the first film sees Jack and Will stealing a rowboat and turning it into a makeshift submarine. They use the rowboat to weigh themselves down, allowing them to walk on the ocean floor. Meanwhile, the rowboat provides a nice pocket of air. Unfortunately, this scene is a load of baloney. As the MythBusters eventually proved, keeping the rowboat underwater would take approximately two thousand pounds of force. Otherwise, humans are far too buoyant to pull a rowboat under the surface. Even with an additional sixty pounds of pirate gear, both Adam and Jamie were unable to pull the rowboat underwater.

#9: “Titanic” (1997)


This James Cameron blockbuster took the world by storm upon its release. Its heartbreaking ending has become one of the most famous in movie history. Jack, ever the chivalrous gentleman, lets Rose bob on the floating door while he slowly freezes to death in the water. But as it turns out, this outcome could have been avoided. Just like Jack and Rose, Adam and Jamie found it hard to stay afloat on the single door. However, if Rose were to tie her life jacket underneath the door, the jacket may have provided enough extra buoyancy to keep them both afloat—and, quite possibly, alive. Still, we can’t exactly blame Rose for not thinking of that in the moment.

#8: “The Grey” (2011)


Like most survival films, “The Grey” contains some wonderful bits of creativity and ingenuity. For example, one scene sees an attacking wolf being injured by a detonating shotgun shell that had been attached to the end of a wooden spear. While it makes for a fun movie moment, this would never actually work in real life. In most tests, the Build Team couldn’t get the shotgun shell to fire. And even when it did fire with the help of a metal screw, the mock wolf was completely unharmed. Not only was the myth busted, but they deduced that simply using the wooden spear as a weapon would have been just as successful if not even more so.

#7: “Kill Bill: Volume 2” (2004)


In one of this movie’s most famous sequences, Budd buries the Bride alive inside a wooden coffin. She then remembers Pai Mei’s teachings and literally punches her way out of the coffin before clawing her way to freedom. To test this scene, the Build Team conspired with a martial arts expert to determine the most powerful punch a human can deliver while restricted by the confines of a coffin. Grant then built a robot that could deliver the proper amount of force, but after 600 punches, it only managed to crack the coffin’s wooden lid. They then tested what would happen if the coffin could be broken and found that dirt would have poured in too quickly to escape. Bummer.

#6: “American Graffiti” (1973)


In George Lucas’s “American Graffiti”, Curt hooks a chain to the rear axle of a police car. When the car takes off at high speed, the rear axle is ripped clean off the car. It makes for a spectacular movie stunt, but sadly, a mere movie stunt nonetheless. When tested by Adam and Jamie, they found that the rear axle remained firmly in place. It was only when they removed a few necessary bolts that the axle was torn from the test car. But even then it wasn’t like the movie, as the axle wasn’t ripped clean from the car. Rather, it got caught in the undercarriage.

#5: “Hellboy” (2004)


Hellboy is obviously incredibly strong. But is any being strong enough to break the very laws of physics? In the 2004 film directed by Guillermo del Toro, Hellboy punches the hood of a moving SUV, causing it to flip in the air. The Build Team determined that 5,000 pounds of force was required to cause an SUV’s hood to touch the ground. While they were successful in punching an SUV into the ground, the SUV did not flip over. During further tests with a toy car, they found that flipping one with a punch was simply out of the question, and the stunt was firmly busted.

#4: “Wanted” (2008)


The central gimmick in “Wanted” sees the characters curving bullets around objects to assassinate targets. The method of curving varies, but sometimes it’s as easy as swinging an arm really fast while shooting a gun. Of course, this is utter nonsense. As the Build Team discovered, swinging your arm in an arc while shooting a gun never results in the bullet curving around an object. The bullets even remained straight after being shot by a robot flinging its arm at superhuman speeds. As much as we “wanted” this stunt to be confirmed, the laws of physics had other plans.

#3: “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004)


After Jason Bourne strangles Jarda, he disconnects some pipes to cause a gas leak and sticks a magazine in the toaster. Sure enough, the magazine eventually catches fire inside the toaster and causes a huge explosion. It makes for a badass scene, but while it may seem plausible on paper, the magazine explosion is pure Hollywood fabrication. The MythBusters tested the scene exactly as it’s depicted in the movie, but the flaming magazine and gas failed to generate an explosive reaction. It’s only when they increased the methane concentration to 9% and set up circulating fans (along with diffuser hoses) that they were able to blow out the walls.

#2: “Speed” (1994)


There are more than a few ridiculous scenes peppered throughout “Speed” - some which have been tested (and busted) by the MythBusters. In one episode, they tested the idea that passengers would have to sit on one side of a bus that was taking a turn at 50 miles per hour to stop it tipping over. They performed two tests - one with the “passengers” on one side and one with them evenly distributed. In both tests, the bus remained upright. The Build Team also tested the infamous scene that sees the bus inexplicably launching itself through the air to jump a 50-foot gap in the freeway. Needless to say, this was not possible. The bus continuously dropped off the ledge, and even when a ramp was installed, it failed to jump the gap.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Underworld” (2003)
Shooting a Ring Around Yourself Does Not Cause the Floor to Collapse

“Kiss the Girls” (1997)
A Carton of Milk Will Not Contain a Pistol’s Muzzle Flash & Prevent an Explosion

“Real Genius” (1985)
Popping Popcorn Will Not Break a House

“Shanghai Noon” (2000)
A Shirt Soaked in Urine Will Not Bend Prison Bars

#1: “Jaws” (1975)


In one of the most famous endings in movie history, Chief Brody tells Jaws to smile before shooting the scuba tank and blowing the deadly shark to kingdom come. The MythBusters actually tested this scene on two separate occasions. In the Jaws Special, they deduced that shooting a pressurized scuba tank will only cause it to quickly decompress, not explode. However, their testing methods were criticized by fans, and they re-tested the scene in a later episode. Sadly, no matter what they did, they couldn’t get the scuba tank to explode. Watching Jaws blow up certainly makes for a cathartic ending, but in reality, Brody would be in for one heck of a letdown.
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