Watching a film can be one of the most entertaining things you will ever do. It’s a medium that has existed for more than a hundred years now, and in this time it developed different camera angles, created its own kind of editing, gained colors and sound, along with special effects, its own awards, and a lot more to make this kind of art come into its own. However, even with the millions of dollars of the budget that films have, they still let some errors get into them. Here are 35 of them!
1. Legends of the Fall: Brad Pitt’s Hair
Legends of the Fall is a film that is supposed to be set in the 1910s, and while Brad Pitt sure looks beautiful here with his blonde hair depicting Tristan Ludlow, it might not fit the actual appearance of a man of that era, since that kind of hair-do actually wouldn’t have existed by that time, because it’s from the 1960s. And unless Tristan Ludlow was a time traveler, that wouldn’t be possible.
2. Troy: The Umbrella
Troy is a film that is based on, you guessed it, the Trojan War. And we can see by the picture that the armor is accurate, and so is the dress. However, there is one thing in this image that is highly inaccurate to the point that can make historians either laugh or cringe: The umbrella. And that type of umbrella specifically wasn’t invented until 800 years after Troy was conquered by Greece. So, it’s doesn’t make sense to have it here. Unless, again, there is a time traveler involved.
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark: Jeans
Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most popular films of the 20th century, especially with a lead like a young Harrison Ford, coming fresh of the success of the Star Wars original trilogy. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s a perfect film. In one of the scenes, if you look at the background, you can see an extra using jeans and a t-shirt, which is in direct contrast to the other actors clothing. Not only that, but jeans weren’t popular in the 30s.
4. Pride and Prejudice: The boots
The film “Pride and Prejudice” is based on the novel of the same name that was written by Jane Austin. It’s a classic, nearly everyone knows about it, have read it or watched the film. However, in this picture, Keira Knightley is shown using rubber Wellington boots under the dress, which I’m pretty sure is not something that existed in the time that the book was published, but only some 40 years later.
5. Captain America (The First Avenger): Hair should be up
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the greatest things that has happened to films when it comes to pure entertainment. One of the most important films in the MCU is the first Captain America movie. While it tries to be historically accurate, Peggy Carter’s shoulder-length hair is certainly not accurate. During WWII, female soldiers and special agents had to keep their hair up and off the collar of the uniform. It seems that Peggy doesn’t like to follow the rules then.
6. Gladiator: Lycra Shorts
Gladiator is another iconic film for not only how good the story was, but also how accurate historically it is. There are very few things in this movie that aren’t accurate. However, one of them is Russel Crowe’s lycra shorts that you can see in this picture. It seems that the actor probably knew that it would appear as well because he used a light beige one. The Romans certainly didn’t invent Lycra, unless they were made more technological advancements than what we know right now.
7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: No Medals
Indiana Jones is always a classic, but it seems like it has a certain streak against historical accuracy. In this picture, you can see the Nazi officers wearing really shiny medals on their chest, which seems ok at first. But, Germans didn’t use these medals and these types of medal until the later parts of WWII. Guess in which year the movie is set? 1938. A year before the war had begun. Now that’s a miss.
8. The King’s Speech: Wrong Kilt
The King’s Speech is a historical drama film. It is supposed to be set on the 20s and the 30s, and just like other films on this list, it’s relatively accurate. However, there is a rather big problem in one of the scenes, specifically the one shown in the picture. King George VI who is played by Colin Firth is using a free-form Irish kilt, instead of a Scottish Balmoral design, which if he really did, it would have been quite the controversy.
9. Glory: Digital Watch
Again, this is more evidence that there is a time traveller on al these movies. How could a digital watch like the one shown in the picture be in the Civil War? I mean, there is no explanation other than that or… They just let it in the scene because they didn’t notice. Glory is set on the 1860s by the way, so there is no way that a digital watch should be there because wristwatches weren’t invented until the 1920s.
10. Captain America (The First Avenger): Advanced Technology
Wireless, wearable communicators were created in 2000, which means that they are quite modern. The First Captain America movie is set in the 40s, and you can already see the problems here. This is the second spot that this film took as well, and for a good reason: It just doesn’t make any sense to have this kind of telecommunication in that time period. But, with Endgame’s time manipulations, it could be possible, and so far, this is the only item on the list that could be kind of explained.
11. Public Enemy: The Robe
Judge Murray, played by Johnny Depp, uses a very beautiful robe in Public Enemy, however, this Depression-Era character wouldn’t have used this clothing if it really was in that era. In fact, it would be a different robe, much heavier, and hotter than it seems. Johnny Depp doesn’t look like he’s sweating it too much. However, this robe looks much better on him than the historically accurate one, good on the production of the film to go for style this time around.
12. Almost Famous: Black Sabbath T-Shirt
Almost Famous is a classic movie that was released in 2000, and was nominated for four academy awards. However, there is a small problem in at least one of the scenes: In this one shown above, a background character is using a Black Sabbath T-Shirt. That’s not a problem, in general, since Black Sabbath was around during the 70s, which is when the movie was set. However, that t-shirt wasn’t, because it was only created in 1997.
13. Pearl Harbor: Bare Legs
Pearl Harbor is one of the most famous historical films ever made. And it can be quite hard to be accurate about everything since you must capture nearly every single social cue from that era. Unfortunately, the film couldn’t do so entirely. During this scene, you can see that the women are wearing skirts without using any stocking, which would be something truly scandalous during that time. Who would have imagined that women from that era could be this bold?
14. Braveheart: Again, It’s the Kilth
Nearly everyone you know has probably watched Braveheart, loved it and remember a lot of quotes from the movie. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that the kilt that William Wallace uses in this film wouldn’t be around during the 13th century, which was when he was alive, with the kilt appearing only three hundred years later. Still, it’s iconic, it’s memorable, and it doesn’t really make much of a difference overall.
15. Django Unchained: The Sunglasses
Quentin Tarantino is one of the most well known and talented directors out there, and Django Unchained is one of the movies that he has directed. It’s also one of his most popular movies, with a box office of more than 400 million dollars. However, just because it’s popular doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have inaccuracies. After all, what is a sunglass doing in a movie that is based on the wild west?
16. The Untouchables: Suit with Lapels
The Untouchables is a film that depicts the prohibition era during the 20s and the 30s, that shows how Al Capone controlled Chicago from the shadows because of how powerful he became thanks to the illegal liquor that he sold. The movie generally gets everything right, but when it comes to clothing, I must ask: Why nobody told Kevin Costner that lapels on a suit only came to be considered fashion much later?
17. Gone with the Wind: Electric Lamps
Gone with the Wind is not necessarily known as an accurate historical movie. In fact, there are several scenes when you can see things that shouldn’t be there because they come from a time that is after the setting of the movie. One example can be seen in this picture: Melanie picks up an electric lamp, and it’s pretty obvious it’s electric because there is a power cord there. Lamps like these didn’t exist until years after the movie’s setting.
18. The Other Boleyn Girl: Hair Problem
The Other Boleyn Girl is a film that is well known for historical inaccuracies, and this is just another one of them. While we have to be honest and admit that Natalie Portman looks cute in her French hood and with her hair down, women from that time didn’t do so, and if they did, it would be considered something quite scandalous or rebellious, considering that the movie was based in the 1500s.
19. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl: No Red Coats
British soldiers are famously known for using red coats, and when we think of then, it’s hard to imagine them without it. And in this scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, you can see them wearing them proudly, or if you judge by their face, fearfully. However, this movie is set in 1720, and the red coats that the British used only came out in 1747. Anyway, they still look cool even if they are inaccurate.
20. Julius Caesar: Bullet Bra
As you can see, this film is pretty old and was released during the 50s. Back in those days, bullet bras were crazy in fashion. Women everywhere used them like there was no other option. It seems the cast of Julius Caesar didn’t escape that because it was such a rage that even people from 44 BC used it, or at least the ones in the picture do. I guess it never went out of fashion then.