Most Famous Movie Doors
Doors are the gateway to anywhere. In film, this is quite literally the case. Admittedly, doors are not the most memorable feature of a film. None of us leave a cinema and comment upon how beautiful a particular door was, or think about how fabulously said door acted on screen – they don’t win Oscars, they’re just props. Famous movie doors are a means of entry into another world, the backdrop to an iconic scene, or a floating device if the unsinkable ship you were on has now sunk into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
Movie doors, unlike the ones found in our homes and everyday life, are often symbolic. They represent something meaningful or integral to the story being told before us on our screens. Without these iconic film doors we would not be led, or stumble into, secret fantasy worlds. Or, have some of the most memorable cinematic moments in film history. Without further ado, here is our list of famous movie doors:
Portal to Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)
Without this innocent looking wardrobe door that Lucy Pevensie stumbles upon, we wouldn’t be lead into the magical fantasy world of Narnia.
Round Hobbit Door – Lord of the Rings (2001)
This is arguably the most iconic image we have in our heads when we think of the Lord of the Rings trilogies, and especially when we envisage the Shire. It perfectly captures our imaginations and we gain real insight into how hobbits live, and how small they are.
Fire Doors – Ghostbusters (1984)
The original Ghostbusters film features the iconic red fire doors, behind which lies the main headquarters. The fire station is where Bill Murray’s character, Peter Venkman, and the rest of the ghost-busting gang start their parapsychologist establishment, plan and fight the supernatural creatures terrorising the city of New York.
Wooden Bathroom Door – The Shining (1980)
Without this door, we would not have one of the most iconic and memorable moments in cinematic history. When the deranged Jack Torrance takes an axe to the bathroom door, with his wife on the other side cowering and unable to get out, before he says: “Here’s Johnny!” A moment we all know and love – or loathe, if you are not partial to a horror film.
Snake Door – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
There are so many doors we could talk about from the Harry Potter franchise, but this one stands out the most: the snake door. Only Harry can open this door with the use of Parseltongue (language of snakes), and it leads to the mysterious Chamber of Secrets beneath Hogwarts. The carved serpents on the door provide us with a significant clue of what lies on the other side.
Boo’s Bedroom Door – Monsters, Inc (2001)
This animated Disney Pixar film brilliantly plays on every child’s fear: the unknown imaginative mystery of what lurks in the darkness, under our bed, inside our cupboard, or behind a closed door. The doors in this film are how our animated monster favourites, Mike and Sully, journey to the human world and begin scaring children for the energy company they work for.
London Underground Tube Doors – Sliding Doors (1998)
The central idea of this film is based around parallel “sliding door” moments. The idea that there are different courses of human action we could take operating side-by-side in the universe, and how small alternate actions have differing knock-on consequences. Our lives can change drastically in a single moment (or not), depending on the decisions we choose to take (or choose not to). In this moment, Gwyneth Paltrow’s character has to choose between pushing her way through the closing tube doors and travelling on this particular train, or waiting for the next one.
Rose and Jack’s Door – Titanic (1997)
Arguably, the door is the most famous piece of debris from this film. It saves Rose at the end of the film, much to Jack’s demise. This final scene with both our main characters has, in itself, become infamous. Infamous for the moment when Rose did not share the door (and the ample amount of space on it) with Jack, to which we then witness him freeze to death and fall into the depths of the ocean, lost forever.
The Door to 221B Baker Street – Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Aside from 10 Downing Street, this is one of the most famous doors (and addresses) in London. Inside, it’s the home of the literary character, and private detective investigator, Sherlock Holmes.
The Blue Door – Notting Hill (1999)
This tatty looking blue door is the fictional home of Hugh Grant’s character, William Thacker, in this classic British film. The door has taken on its own celebrity status within the city of London. Many a tourist crowd can be seen in front of it, snapping their picture in front of it.
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