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10 Secret Subplots Hidden In Movies

Hidden storylines in plain sight.

Paramount Pictures

Movies can be rich and rewarding in many different ways, but it's always deeply satisfying when you revisit a film years after your initial viewing and continue to peel back layers of secret meaning.

Perhaps your own personal growth allows you to reflect on the film in a different way, or perhaps you picked up on an additional sliver of narrative being hidden in plain sight.

The nature of filmmaking also often means that intended subplots are left on the cutting room floor for one reason or another - whether at the behest of the studio or the director themselves - yet it's rather common for the DNA of these scenes to remain in the movie in some form.

And so, these 10 films all feature the kernels of subplots which further developed characters and expanded the narrative scope, yet were ultimately kept vague for one reason or another.

So subtle are what remains of these plots that it's entirely possible you never even picked up on the possibility of a wider context, but it's absolutely there waiting to be dissected...

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