There are some doors that are instantly recognisable for many different reasons. Whether it’s Number 10 Downing Street or the door to your first house, a door can stir up different memories, emotions and thoughts – much like our favourite movies.
We’ve compiled a list of the most famous and recognisable doors from films that will have been seen by millions of people all around the world. Take a look and let us know of any you can think of that we might have missed.
The Shining: “Here’s Johnny” (1980)
The famous scene from The Shining when Jack Torrent (Jack Nicholson) hacks his way through the door, putting his face through gaps he’s created and then shouting ‘here’s Johnny’ has become one of the most recognisable and iconic moments in cinema history, and ranked in WhatCulture.com’s 50 Greatest Movie Moments of all time at number 44. The film is considered to be one of the best horror movies of all time and currently sits at number 58 in IMDb’s Top 250 Movies List.
Although we wouldn’t recommend treating your bathroom door in the same manner, this is one of the most famous doors in movie history.
This door has caused one of the biggest movie debates in cinema history: could Jack have fitted on the door? Whatever side of the fence your argument falls on (there was clearly enough room for Jack) this door is one of the most talked about in film history So much so that MythBusters went on to put the argument to the test. Titanic would go on to win a massive 11 Oscars (a joint record) and an even more impressive 117 awards in total.
Just goes to show that having quality door can quite literally save your life… And Jack’s if you share.
Monsters, Inc. Boo’s Door (2001)
Another one of IMDb’s top 250 with a rating of 8.1, Monsters, Inc. is one of the most highly rated animated films ever and is found at number 45 in Timeout’s list of the Top 100 Best Animated Movies. The story goes takes many twists and turns are Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) try to find Boo’s door to get her home.
Monster’s, Inc. was nominated for 34 awards, winning a total of 16 including 1 Oscar for best music.
Sherlock Holmes: 221B Baker Street
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most loved and well known fictional characters of all time and in 2014 featured in The Independent’s list of the best fictional characters, cementing his place as one of the literary great characters. Recently played by both Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC adaptation), the famous door to Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street flat has become one of the most famous doors in the world.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Bilbo’s Door (2001)
The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful film trilogies ever with all three films ranked in the top 20 of IMD’s Top 250 at 9, 11 and 16. The third and final instalment of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King holds the joint record for the most of Oscars won with 11 along side Titanic and Ben Hur.
Bilbo Baggins’ circular green door is one of the most recognisable and famous doors in the world, fitting for some of the best films of all time.
Friends: Monica’s Purple Door
Okay, it’s not a film, but when you think of on-screen doors, this one surely comes to mind. Friends was on our screens for 10 years and had most of the world cheering when Rachel got off the plane in the final episode in 2004.
The frame around the peephole originally had a mirror in it but it was broken by a crew member. The producers decided that the frame still looked good around the peephole and kept it there. The rest, as they say, is history.