13 Movies That Are Nearly Perfect Except for One Thing (Maybe Two Things)

Some movies come very close to being perfect and ideal, say for one annoying element. Someone recently asked for examples of near-perfect movies that have one or two flaws. Here are some of the top response.

1. Alien

Image from the movie Alien
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

The 1979 sci-fi horror film is considered a classic among filmgoers, with some calling it a perfect movie.

One fan said, “Performance, narrative, and direction wise, it's basically sublime. But one scene in it (the ending escape pod scene) really bugs me. When the Xenomorph is clinging to the outside of the ship it looks a tad goofy. Almost comparable to a power rangers villain.”

Another viewer defended the scene with a reminder that the computer-generated imagery (CGI) effects of 1979 will look dated compared to today's special effects.

The editing of the scene, when the crew is trying to obtain information from the robot Ash after he's been damaged, bothers another user. “They're setting his head in the floor and it's clearly a prosthetic. Then when his head sticks to the ground and he wakes up, the shot changes to Ash's actor.”

They continued, “The edit should have changed to show the crew in between shots or have some way to hide it better. Having a puppet and an actor shot-for-shot in the same position felt jarring.”

2. Titanic

Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio Kate Winslet Billy Zane
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

When elderly Rose reveals that she had kept the priceless sapphire and diamond necklace throughout her life, after finding it in her ex-fiancé’s coat pocket as a young woman, she throws it into the ocean; an act one person called, “dumb.”

3. The Untouchables

Sean Connery in The Untouchables (1987)
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

One person found the soaring Ennio Morricone soundtrack offputting, saying, “Just the tone, the volume, the tempo, to me it was distracting more than supporting,” while another person lauded the music as “freaking great.”

4. The Departed

The Departed Matt Damon Jack Nicholson
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The closing sequence of the film has its share of critics. Between the CGI rat walking along Matt Damon's balcony after he was exposed as a corrupt police officer, the scene was disappointing with its cheap-looking special effects in an otherwise beautiful piece of cinematography.

One film fan complained how director Martin Scorcese “…just couldn't leave it alone, he had to Hollywoodize that ending,” when Mark Wahlberg takes revenge on Damon's character for murdering his mentor.

5. The Godfather

The Godfather Marlon Brando Salvatore Corsitto
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It's rare to hear criticism of one of the greatest films ever made.

Still, one moviegoer took exception to the fight scene between Sonny Corleone and his brother-in-law Carlo Rizzi, writing, “The fight scene with Sonny and Carlo in the Godfather is pretty awful technically speaking. It looks like theme park fight choreography where they have to play to the back row so up close you can see they didn't even come CLOSE to making contact. It's also just awkward, clunky and kind of laughable.”

6. IT (1990 version)

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The conclusion of the television movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel “IT” is a terrifying film…until the murderous Pennywise the Clown is revealed to be a “…giant spider puppet that the kids who were now grownups had to fight. That spoiled everything for me,” said one user.

7. Religulous

Religulous Bill Maher
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One movie buff complained that “Bill Maher spends the whole movie showing how religion tells people what to think and then in the last 5 minutes goes on a rant about what people should think. Completely kills the message of the movie.”

Another didn't appreciate what they perceived as Maher's self-righteous, condescending attitude.

8. Back to the Future

Back to the Future
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

At the end of the film, we see Biff polishing George McFly's BMW. It's meant to showcase the role reversals for the characters following the movie's events.

However, it's a little weird to see George employ his former bully and the person who assaulted his wife 30 years prior.

9. Lord of the Rings – Return of the King

Return of the King
Photo Credit: New Line Cinema.

Many argue that Lord of the Rings is a perfect movie trilogy, but there's one valid critique of Return of the King.

Saruman, played masterfully by Christopher Lee, is sort of shoved off to the side in the theatrical cut. The cause of his death is “hidden” in the extended edition.

10. Robocop

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Image Credit: Orion Pictures

The 1987 sci-fi action movie is considered to be a groundbreaking film. Still, the movie isn't without its faults.

As a by-product of being made in the 1980s, some of the special effects aren't always up to par. For example, one fan points out that Dick Jones has double-length appendages when he falls out the window before being killed.

11. The Thing

The Thing
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

John Carpenter's legendary horror film is as beloved as his slasher masterpiece Halloween. Yet for many, there's one part of the movie that would be better left on the cutting floor.

“There is only one change I would make to any part of The Thing, ” states one moviegoer, “which would be to remove the intro with the spaceship coming to Earth. It adds nothing to the movie, and it would be a better first time watch if you learned about that as the characters did.”

12. Grease

Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

The beloved musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John has fans across the world. It's musical numbers and captivating dance sequences continue to delight audiences today.

Yet at the end of the film, some filmgoers are left scratching their heads over one thing: why is the car flying?

13. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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Image Credit: Tri-Star Pictures.

One of the few examples of a sequel outshining the original, Terminator 2 is a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish.

Yet when John is bonding with the Terminator, many feel like it doesn't fit with the rest of the film. “It comes across as really cringeworthy and doesn't fit the tone of the rest of the movie at all. I get we had to have a bonding scene for the ending to have an impact, but I wish they'd gone for anything else.”

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