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Famous Elevator Scenes in Pop Culture

I was thinking about it the other day and I realized that there are innumerable classic scenes from movies and TV shows that take place in elevators.

Here are some of my favorites:

Inception – If you haven’t seen this movie yet, then stop reading and go right now. The scene where Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character has to bundle all of his allies together and escape the dream by blowing the elevator backwards against the laws of physics is totally time capsule-worthy. The way that he weaved in and out in the elevator shaft was also particularly mind blowing.

Grey’s Anatomy – A good portion of the melodrama on this mega-hit ABC drama has taken place in the elevators of (fictional) Seattle Grace Hospital. Arguably the most memorable (and adorable) of these moments was the moment when Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) finally get engaged. I mean, come on – you’d have to have a heart of stone not to at least smile at this proposal.

Toy Story 2 – Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) finally meets his match in Evil Emperor Zurg during a fight atop an elevator cabin in an elevator shaft. It is there that Buzz finds out that Zurg is his father, which causes everyone to gasp!

500 Days of Summer – So many romantic comedies have had cute scenes take place in elevators, but none match the humor that 500 Days of Summer comes up with. When Summer (Zooey Deschanel) begins singing along with The Smiths’ song on Tom’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) headphones, a truly wonderful meet-cute is accomplished by everyone involved.

OK. So my calling all of these scenes ‘classic’ may be a stretch, but these are scenes that I happen to remember. Maybe next time, I’ll write about some classics. Until then, what are some of your favorite elevator movie scenes?


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