After seeing a great movie enough times, it's hard to imagine changing anything. But, as is the case with all films, there are plenty of scenes written and/or shot that never make it to the final cut. In some instances, the omitted scenes don't mean much, but in these nine cases, adding these short scenes would have added quite a bit to the movies we love.
From character development to closing up plot holes, these nine deleted scenes would have completely changed the movies they were cut from.
1. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
In Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Luke has to grapple with discovering his parentage. Viewers are led to believe that Yoda and Obi-Wan actively lied in an attempt to make it easier for Luke to see Darth Vader as an enemy and someone who should be killed, rather than his father and a former Jedi.
This scene finally reveals that Obi-Wan actually wanted to tell Luke the truth, but Yoda wouldn't let him. Not a very nice secret to keep from the Jedi you trained, Yoda!
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1
The unfinished scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 shows the small attempts towards reconciliation that Dudley offered to Harry. Dudley was the only member of the Dursley family to say goodbye to Harry when they fled the Death Eaters.
It was a small gesture, but after being traumatized by Dudley for years, it would have been enough for us to see that his character had been an immature and mean child but not an inherently horrible person.
3. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
For those fans who only enjoyed the movies and never read the books, Boromir seems like a hypercritical jerk throughout most of The Fellowship of the Ring, all of which leads up to the point where he tries to take the ring from Frodo. Just before his death at the end of the movie he is able to redeem himself and die with honor after defending the group and helping the Hobbits get away.
However, had his brother Faramir's flashback scene from The Two Towers been included, we might have learned that even though he underestimated the power of the Ring, he was always trying to do right by his family. He may have been a little caught up in the power of the ring, but Boromir was really trying to do the right thing to protect Middle Earth.
4. I Am Legend
This might not be a deleted scene, but this alternate ending to I Am Legend speaks volumes about the Darkseekers and Doctor Robert Neville. Instead of being mindless mutants that he had previously thought, Neville finally realizes that the Darkseeker Alpha male had been trying to save those that he had captured and killed in his tests.
5. Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
This deleted scene from Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines would have finally explained just why Cyber Research Systems and Skynet modeled all Terminators after the aesthetic of Arnold Schwarzenegger, also known as Chief Master Sergeant William Candy.
This short scene is truly adorable and perfectly describes what it's like to have a sister, but unfortunately didn't make it into the final cut of Frozen.
Part of the reason it was omitted was because it would show that Elsa and Anna were still close growing up, somewhat defeating the separation created by the song "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?" and the sense of isolation Elsa felt.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
Before becoming the Jack Sparrow we all know and love, the rum-loving captain was in business with the East India Trading Company to transport slaves on his ship the Wicked Wench. Instead of doing so, he freed them, his ship was burned, and he was branded a "Pirate."
His line "People aren't cargo, mate" certainly adds a new level of depth to Depp's character. You can read a more in-depth breakdown and analysis of the scene here.
8. Little Shop of Horrors
Instead of ending on Seymour and Audrey living out their dreams behind a white picket fence, Little Shop of Horrors was initially supposed to have a far darker ending. In the original, Frank Oz, Howard Ashman, and Alan Menken intended to have Audrey II come out the winner.
In this version, eventually released to DVD, Audrey II devours Rick Moranis and succeeds in taking over the world. The original scene took over a year to film and is still known as one of the most expensive deleted scenes of all time.
9. The Dark Knight Rises
Full disclosure: the scene above is not actually the deleted scene in question, but it's where the clip likely would have gone. Since you can't actually watch the scene in question, I'll briefly describe what happens.
At the start of The Dark Knight Rises, Batman is staying out of the vigilante business, and, thanks to the Dent Act wiping out organized crime, Gotham is all the better for it. According to WhatCulture, a deleted scene between Commissioner Gordon and Scarecrow actually shows that without Batman Gotham's legal system had become unethical under the Dent Act with the accused being unfairly convicted of crimes without trial or rights to an appeal.
GORDON: No lawyer, no witnesses. What sort of due process is this?
CRANE: More than you gave Harvey's prisoners, Commissioner.
These few words would have drawn a clear parallel between the Dent Act and the court system under Bane's rule. Bane's unfair courts only existed as a criticism of what the Dent Act had become. Batman's abandonment of the city and allowing it to exist under such corrupt rule is a little more questionable under these circumstances.