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October 25, 2017

24 Rare and Fascinating Behind the Scenes Photos From Iconic Movies From Between the 1950s and 1980s

For years, movie magic has been "tricking" audiences in to believing that some fantastical worlds and stories are real. Most movie goers know that they are being duped. After all, that's the best part of going to the movies. Suspending disbelief and accepting an entire world as truth can be fun... even if it's just for 90 minutes of your life.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from some of the most iconic movies over the decades. No matter how much you love these movies (or how many times you've seen them), we bet you've never pictured them like this before.

1. The Seven Year Itch (1955)

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Marilyn Monroe stands over a subway grating and has her skirt blown up by a giant blower. About 1,500 New Yorkers formed an audience outside the food store, at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue.


2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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Director and screenwriter Stanley Kubrick finds his shot on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the MGM British Studios in Borehamwood, England. On the left is American actor Keir Dullea in a spacesuit.


3. Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Foam-rubber makeup being applied to actor Maurice Evans.


4. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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Natalie Wood, James Dean, and director Nicholas Ray on the set of Rebel Without a Cause.


5. The Great Escape (1963)

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A film crew ready to shoot Steve McQueen's motorcycle escape sequence on the set of The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges, in Bavaria, Germany.


6. Apocalypse Now (1979)

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Actor Dennis Hopper with director Francis Ford Coppola on the set of Apocalypse Now, based on Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness.


7. Psycho (1959)

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Director Alfred Hitchcock and actor Janet Leigh on the set of Psycho.


8. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

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Tracy Reed being made up before shooting begins on the set of the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.


9. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

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George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany's, based on the novel by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards.


10. Help! (1965)

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Members of the Beatles climb out of a pool during the filming of Help! in Nassau, Bahamas. From left: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney (in background), John Lennon, and George Harrison.


11. The Shining (1980)

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Actor Jack Nicholson and director Stanley Kubrick on the set of The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King.


12. Enter the Dragon (1973)

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Actor Bruce Lee with producer Fred Weintraub on the set of Enter the Dragon.


13. Easy Rider (1969)

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Dennis Hopper holds a bottle in his hand as he directs a setup for the film Easy Rider in New Orleans. Actor Peter Fonda stands next to him in sunglasses and motorcycle leathers while a group of extras and onlookers mill about behind them.


14. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

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Actors Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh relax on the set of A Streetcar Named Desire.


15. Top Gun (1986)

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Tom Cruise with director Tony Scott on the set of Top Gun.


16. Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983)

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George Lucas inspecting the fully operational Death Star.


17. The Exorcist (1973)

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Actor Linda Blair and director William Friedkin during the making of The Exorcist.


18. The Godfather Part II (1974)

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Director Francis Ford Coppola sits with a film camera on the set of The Godfather Part II. Robert De Niro is standing at left.


19. Aliens (1986)

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Actors Paul Reiser and Sigourney Weaver act out a scene for director and screenwriter James Cameron on the set of Aliens.


20. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Director Steven Spielberg and actor Harrison Ford chat on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark.


21. The Graduate (1967)

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Director Mike Nichols watches as actors Katharine Ross and Dustin Hoffman act in a scene from The Graduate.


22. Raging Bull (1980)

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Actor Robert De Niro chats with director Martin Scorsese on the set of Raging Bull, based on the book by Jake LaMotta.


23. The Misfits (1961)

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Marilyn Monroe and screenwriter Arthur Miller on set of The Misfits.


24. Blade Runner (1982)

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Actor Harrison Ford and director Ridley Scott on the set of Blade Runner.

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