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Greatest movie showdowns


Speak to any screenwriting teacher and they'll tell you the most important element of a screenplay is conflict. If our protagonist just waltzes around getting on with everyone and everything then we'll get simultaneously bored and angry.

So quite often, we'll remember our favourite film by the conflict that arose within it. Where would Fatal Attraction be without the need to boil bunnies being challenged by the need to keep bunnies alive? Where would The Thing be without the need to take over humans going up against the desire for humans to remain free of aliens?

Recognising this important fact, Scott Campbell has created a series of famous movie conflicts, all hand-drawn and stuff.

Give yourself a challenge and try to guess the conflicts in each one. Answers at the bottom.

Find more of Scott's brilliant work here.

Carousel at top (Shaun of the Dead, the Great Escape, Fatal Attraction, Face/Off)

Underneath (Seven, True Grit, Stand By Me, The Thing, Lord of the Rings, Inception, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, 127 Hours, Labyrinth, Zoolander, Terminator 2, Misery, Showgirls, The Neverending Story, American Pie)


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